Dual Credit Tracks
Trinity Prep students have two Dual Credit Tracks they can follow to earn college credit, just as would any full-time public or private school student. Our Dual Credit Tracks are:
1. AP or CLEP tests.
2. Online Courses from one of our partner colleges.
Dual Credit for high schoolers is somewhat complicated, but we can give you a brief ‘tour’ of the dual credit landscape in America today, and the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Also, scroll down to read the experiences of a few of our Trinity Prep students with the AP and CLEP test option.
AP or CLEP Tests
Each year the College Board offers AP exams at the end of the school year, and CLEP exams year-round. Each of these tests are designed to award college credit to students for subject knowledge they achieve in high school (or in the “school of life”).
● These tests MAY yield college credit, but what credits are awarded is solely the decision of each college or university. They vary widely. The College Board cannot guarantee college credit.
● These tests CAN substantiate your transcript, absolutely. Such outside verification can be very important in preparing a transcript for more competitive colleges.
● Less expensive than a college online course.
● Will distinguish your student’s high school transcript with passing AP or CLEP test scores; this demonstrates your student’s academic diligence.
● Our students do not need to enroll in an additional course; the Trinity Prep course provides a foundation for the test content. View which tests align with which of our courses here. Additional test prep is important but is an adjunct to our course and flexibly scheduled.
Unlike a course in which your student is enrolled with a specific college, credit can NOT be guaranteed at the college of his/her choice. AP and CLEP are widely recognized for college credits; all state of Texas schools accept at least some tests scores and many accept ALL AP and CLEP passing scores for credit.
Both AP and CLEP tests can be taken by your Trinity Prep student, and s/he can prepare for many of them via Trinity Prep courses. Some SAT Subject Tests can also yield college credit – again, depending upon the college. Every year, diligent Trinity Prep students sit for AP or CLEP exams and earn college credit.
Whether or not these test scores will provide college credit, they WILL absolutely provide outside verification of your student’s transcript. Although public and private full-time schools offer “AP classes,” the class is NOT what yields the college credit. AP and CLEP are tests. You may prepare for those tests in any way you wish.
Trinity Prep students with an A average in class and a willingness to put in extra time studying can study for the AP or CLEP test, work hard for the Trinity Prep class, sit for the test, and earn college credit with a passing score. It is a test.
Some of our high school students take online courses offered by colleges with whom we have partnered. We are adding college partners regularly, but our current list includes LeTourneau University, Oklahoma Wesleyan, and Cedarville University, to name a few.
● Guaranteed college credit for a passing grade for the course, at that college/university.
● The experience of taking an online course. Online courses are becoming a larger segment of college life.
● Pacing and assignments are set by the course; the student does not need to manage self-study for a test.
● Credit may not be awarded by colleges other than the one offering the course.
● Cost is higher than the AP or CLEP fees. Test fees are approximately $125, whereas college tuition for a course is $500-700.
Read below for just a few of the stories from the many Trinity Prep students who have earned college credit via AP or CLEP testing.