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What do I need to retake classes in college that I already took in high school ?

What do I need to retake classes in college that I already took in high school?

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Michel’s Answer

College level classes in some aspects are more difficult. Depending on situation AP classes are usually the exemption because they are following a higher standard. A lot of times you will learn something in high school as a stepping stone and then in college you will build upon that knowledge that you already have. It can be annoying, but a lot of times the classes even if they are review are going to build upon a bigger concept.

I will give an example. I took a lot of Biology in high school, but in college I needed to retake a basic Biology. The entire Biology department is monitored by a person who makes sure that the curriculum is standardized and that it is setting people up for success in more difficult classes. So i took basic biology and next took a biology that was a continuation. I then was able to start branching into more of the biology that i was interested in because I had a basic idea of the directions that Biology could move into.
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A. Michelle’s Answer

Kaylah,

Many colleges allow incoming students the opportunity to place out of coursework they did in high school. You could do this by getting a specific high grade in an Advance Placement exam or by doing well on a test the college administers. Even if a course has the same name or focus, you will find that the college course is not simply a rehash of what you learned in high school. College courses tend to be more in depth and allow for greater independent study.
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Kaylah !
You have asked a very insightful question. Although I do not know what you are taking in high school or what college you will be going to, I can best answer this by telling you of my own experience at a regular academic college.

The following courses I took in high school that I had to take in college were : English, History, Physical Education (Gym), and Science. No, I didn't have to take math in college. The college I went to at the time gave a choice between Math or Public Speaking as a requirement and I chose Public Speaking. In high school, the courses I just mentioned were just the basics and required in high school. Once you get to college and take these courses, you will see that the college versions are much more detailed and focused. I had to take two sciences in college so I chose Nutrition and Plant Biology. I had to take two gym/P.E. classes in college so I chose Modern Dance and Weight Training. For history, I took a course on Women In History. The English course in college was more like sentence structure, linguistics, vocabulary and not as literature oriented as it was in high school.

So yes, you will take subjects that you took in high school, but they will not be the same by any means. The college versions are more centered on a specific aspect of the subject. That was just my experience. A good thing to do if you already know which college you will attend, is to look at the college information about which basic courses are required for graduating. It may be the same ones that I have mentioned or they may have added or removed some, but it's always best to check with the exact school you'll be going to.

I wish you all the best at school and I also hope your college experience is a good one !
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DaSabria’s Answer

Choosing the right college and course can sometimes feel like a puzzle, but don't worry, it's a part of the journey. The college you're keen on and the major you're interested in can influence the process. For instance, Advanced Placement, or AP courses, are often recognized by colleges and can replace some curriculum courses.

However, there are also courses or programs that may need a prerequisite refresher course before you can enroll. So, it varies from one situation to another, but remember, this is perfectly normal. Don't let stress overshadow your excitement. You're on the right track!
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Alan’s Answer

If the classes you took in high school were specifically noted as college level and correspond to required courses at your college, you can generally get a waiver for them. But just because it might be the same subject doesn't mean the college will recognize it as being equivalent. It's something you should discuss with the Admissions office at the college you'll be going to. That's the technical answer. The fuller answer is that colleges/universities generally consider the classes they offer to be deeper, more demanding, and more "adult" than those given in high school. Most often they are, but not always. The good news is that having taken a similar class, you should be more prepared than some of your peers to do well in it, and you might even be able to use or at least build on some of the work you already did. In some areas, even repetition can be a good thing. You can never get too much when it comes to writing skills, for example. And something akin to "social studies" is likely handled quite differently at the college level.
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Jazhel’s Answer

College level classes or courses require more work. For example, composition or writing courses are likely to require minimum pages or words. This may feel overwhelming but you can prepare to meet the requirements by completing the weekly or module reading materials and/or videos. These are designed to help learn and absorb the course objectives and outcomes. More importantly, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Good luck in college. You’ve got this!
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