What is Dual Credit?
Dual credit is a process by which an eligible high school student enrolls in a college course and receives simultaneous academic credit for the course from both the college and the high school. While dual credit courses are often taught on the secondary school campus to high school students only, a high school student can also take a course on the college campus and receive both high school and college credit. These courses are stepping stones from high school to college, serving as a path to academic degree programs.
Am I Eligible?
If you are a college ready high school student, you may qualify for this outstanding opportunity.
To qualify a student must:
- Be a high school student
- Meet high school or school district requirements for taking a dual credit class
- Meet any required course prerequisites
- Obtain permission from school and parent to take the course(s)
- Must demonstrate college readiness by passing relevant sections of the TSI college readiness assessment test (TSIA), if not otherwise exempt:
- ACT – Composite score of 23 (or higher) with a minimum of 19 on the English test shall be exempt for both the reading and writing sections and/or a 19 on the mathematics test shall be exempt for the mathematics section
- SAT – A combined critical reading and mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 on the critical reading test shall be exempt for both reading and writing sections and/or 500 on the mathematics section
- STAAR – a minimum score of 2000 on English III EOC exam and/or 4000 on the Algebra II EOC exam. (Good for 5 years)
- PSAT – If administered prior to October 15, 2015, a combined score of 107 with a minimum of 50 on EBRW and Math. If administered after October 15, 2015, a score of 460 on EBRW and 510 on Math
Minimum TSIA Scores (for all students not exempt and registering for the first time after August 28, 2013):
Reading – 351 or higher
Writing – Essay score of 5 and multiple choice score of at least 350 OR multiple choice score of at least 363 with a minimum essay score of 4
Math – 350 or higher
- An eleventh grade high school student is also eligible to enroll in dual credit courses if one of the following conditions is met:
- the student achieves a minimum score of 4000 on the Algebra II end-of-course assessment and/or a minimum score of 2000 on the English II reading or English II writing end-of-course assessments (a high school student who has enrolled in dual credit courses in the eleventh grade under this provision shall not be required to demonstrate further evidence of eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses in the twelfth grade)
- the student achieves a composite score of 23 on the PLAN with a 19 or higher in mathematics and English (a high school student who has enrolled in dual credit under this provision must demonstrate eligibility to enroll in dual credit courses in twelfth grade)