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AP, CLEPping and Dual Credit….Oh My!

by Jennifer Carson

AP, CLEPping and Dual Credit....Oh My!It is common folklore that the oldest child is always the parents’ guinea pig, a child to “practice” on and see what may or may not work. Homeschooling is no different. The more children you homeschool, the more you learn about what does and does not work. Being connected to other homeschooling parents to learn what they did can reduce some of the trials and errors, but only if you know what to ask and how to listen. I attended a very small, rural high school that didn’t even have “honors” classes, so when my oldest daughter began high school, I was only vaguely aware of the concept of “testing” out of college classes. I’ve researched and paid close attention to what other homeschooling parents had to say regarding the resources of our community, but at times it felt as though I were wading through muddy, uncharted waters to learn the differences between Advanced Placement (AP) classes, CLEP testing and dual credit classes. Here’s a brief explanation of each, along with some of the advantages and limitations of each. [Read more…]