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AP and College Credit

Advanced Placement (AP), Pre-AP, Concurrent Credit, and CLEP:

Why take a college-level course during high school?

Earn college credit at a fraction of the cost and avoid high tuition for freshmen level courses. Free hours up to spend more time with subjects you enjoy in college. Enhance your high school resume with challenging courses. Use these courses to further explore a subject that interests and challenges you!

The following information explains four ways Little Rock Christian offers to achieve college credit:

Students should read the “Credit by Exam” or “Transfer Credit” webpages of the college or university they plan to attend to make sure that credit will be granted, and if so, what type of credit. Each institution has the discretion to determine what type of credit will be accepted.

Advanced Placement and Concurrent Credit

The most popular means of achieving college credit at Little Rock Christian involve two similar, but separate programs. While both programs offer the possibility of college credit, their end goals and some details are quite different. In order to help decide which is the best t for you and your needs, the chart below offers a side-by-side comparison of some frequently asked questions.

Advanced Placement:

Concurrent Credit:

What is its purpose?
Prepares students to pass a national, standardized exam through a year-long academically challenging course.

What is its purpose?

Afford students the opportunity to earn transferable college credit through a sponsoring organization while simultaneously earning high school credit.

Are there any extra costs?

Each AP exam cost approximately $95 billed to your student account.

Are there any extra costs?

Each credit hour costs approximately $110 billed to your student account. A standard three-hour course will cost approximately $330. This rate is significantly cheaper than typical college rates.

How am I eligible?

Individual courses have different requirements. However, GPA, PSAT scores, and teacher recommendations are all basic components of these criteria.

How am I eligible?Students are required to have the following prerequisites to be eligible for concurrent enrollment:

  • Junior or Senior status
  • 3.0 unweighted cumulative GPA and minimum 20 ACT composite OR 950 SAT CR+M
  • Rising junior applicants may use a 20 PLAN composite OR 100 PSAT CR+M combined with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • Must have at least 1 recommendation or endorsement from a teacher in a related subject.
  • Additional prerequisites may apply. See individual course descriptions.

How is credit earned? Students earn credit by achieving a score between 3 – 5 on the AP exam at the end of the year.

Note: Not all colleges accept AP credit, and those that do offer varying amounts of credit based on scores and speci c majors.

How is credit earned? Students earn transferable college credit by passing the sponsor institutions required assessments with a C or above.

Note: Unless a student attends the sponsor institution, the credit transfers as Pass or Fail rather than a letter grade.

Is it graded differently?

AP courses are weighted (e.g. an extra point is added on the transcript, so an A carries a weight of 5.0 points rather than 4.0)

Is it graded differently?

Concurrent enrollment courses are weighted (e.g. an extra point is added on the transcript, so an A carries a weight of 5.0 points rather than 4.0)

What courses are offered?
Math & Science:
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Physics I

Arts & Humanities:
Literature & Comp
Language & Comp
United State History
World History
US Government & Politics
Music Theory

What courses are offered?

1 Semester (3 hours each):
EGL 1013 English I: Composition
EGL 1023 English II: Literary Analysis & Research HST 2113: US History to 1865
HST 2123: US History since 1865

2 Semesters (3 hours):
MTH 1113: College Algebra

*Limit of 2 per semester

Is this right for me? AP courses meet rigorous speci cations mandated by College Board. These courses are designed to be challenging and are geared to serious students.

  • The AP exams are egalitarian tests, which allow students to display their competence on a national, standardized exam.
  • AP courses make for competitive resumes, and high test scores provide a nationwide metric for universities to compare students within certain subjects.

Is this right for me?
  • Concurrent enrollment courses are modi ed college courses, taught at LRCA by teachers with advanced degrees.
  • Concurrent enrollment allows students to earn credit in core classes and enter college with credit hours
    in required courses. This frees students up to take more courses that interest them or are required.
  • Concurrent enrollment allows students to earn college and high school credit at the same time, but it does not necessarily provide a more robust college application.

What’s the bottom line?

Both AP and concurrent enrollment courses are hard work, high reward programs. Both provide a collegiate crucible at the high school level. Generally, AP is better suited for students who wish to have the most competitive college application. Concurrent enrollment is better suited for students who wish to eliminate required courses before entering college and allowing more time to take courses in a major or minor area.

Grade Calculation for AP and Concurrent Credit

AP courses and concurrent enrollment courses are “weighted” on the student’s transcript: an additional one point is added to the GPA when the semester grade is posted to the student’s transcript (a “B-” 3.0 in an AP class would become an “A-“ 4.0 on the student’s transcript when calculating the student’s grade point average). It is important to note that many of the better colleges and universities do not use our grade point average; they often recalculate and do not weight grades, but do consider diffculty of course work in other ways. The extra point is not added until the grade is posted at the end of the semester, so report cards and Renweb will show the lower score. Colleges receive the transcript with the additional point.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP tests are administered through College Board and cover material from the first two years of college in 33 different subjects. Each tests cost $80 and primarily consist of multiple-choice questions. They can be taken in a variety of locations including locally at UALR and Strayer University. Students should contact one of the test centers directly to register and then complete the online registration form through

Numerous studies indicate that CLEP testing resulted in more hours taken, a quicker route to degree, and higher graduation rate. A passing score can earn between 3 to 12 hours of college credit, depending on the course and the institution.

While not provided through LRCA, CLEP testing is highly recommended as an alternate route to college credit. Any student can participate in CLEP tests, but AP students who did not earn a passing score on the exam or whose preferred institution does not recognize AP credit are strongly encouraged to participate in CLEP tests.

College Attendance

It is possible for a junior or senior student to arrange his or her LRCA schedule in order to take a regular course at a local college or university. Admission is up to the university. While this option is sometimes dif cult logistically, it has proven to meet the needs of some students.

Students are required to consider only courses that meet in the afternoon or evening.

Students must be on the LRCA campus for all community times (such as APP, chapel, class meetings, etc.) Community times typically happen in the morning and during lunch. We will do our best to help a student arrange his or her schedule to make this work, and while it usually can work, sometimes schedules do not allow this option.

Students who are approved to take a college class off-campus may take an additional study hall in order to help with scheduling. The college class can replace one class at LRCA and normally receives one full high school credit for a one semester, three credit hour college course. LRCA tuition is not reduced for this provision.