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Taking Challenging Classes in High School Matters

Last updated August 9, 2021

Ever wondered, "Why should I take an honors, AP, IB, or dual-enrollment class?" After all, regular-level classes are less stressful, and easier to get good grades in. There are several reasons - most importantly, when you begin to apply to college, colleges like to see that you've challenged yourself. It can improve your chance of being admitted! AP, IB, and dual-enrollment classes can also earn you college credit, saving you money on college tuition later on down the road.

Demonstrate overall academic preparedness 

Taking rigorous courses help prepare you to not only successfully complete high school but it prepares you for college level coursework. Succeeding in AP, IB, and Honors classes is a great way to show colleges that you are ready for college-level academics.

Prepare for SAT/ACT

The additional reading, more complex math, and course testing all contribute to stronger test scores. You'll develop your critical thinking skills and expand your knowledge in areas typically covered on the SAT/ACT. Stronger SAT/ACT scores will make you more likely to get accepted into the college of your dreams.

Potentially receive college credit

You can “get your feet wet” experiencing college academics. It's a confidence booster to do college level work in high school and proves you’re ready to conquer college. You can also receive credit for receiving a 3 or better score on an AP exam, or from dual enrollment classes. This credit can transfer to the 4-year college you choose to attend, saving you money on tuition! 

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