Student FAQs

What is Dual Credit?

Dual credit is a program that gives eligible high school students the opportunity to take college level course(s) that double as a high school class. You will be receiving credit for the course on both the college and the high school transcripts. Dual credit classes are a great way to acclimate to college course expectations, start on your degree, and save money on tuition and fees before you graduate.

Who can take Dual Credit classes?

Dual Credit classes are available to students who:

  • Are in grades 9-12.
  • Attend a partnering public, private, or charter school OR are home schooled and able to provide a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
  • Have college ready test scores (TSI, SAT/ACT, STARR, PSAT).
  • Contact your school counselor or ACC’s College and High School Relations Office to find out if your school offers Dual Credit classes.
What TSI, SAT, or other test scores do I need to take an ACC course?

You need the following College Readiness test scores to take ACC courses. (These scores were established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.) 

College Readiness Exemptions
ACT: Composite 23, with English-19+ and Math- 19+
SAT: (prior to 3/2016): 1070 Combined w/ scores of CR-500+ & Math-500+
SAT: (3/5/2016 and newer): EBRW-480+ and Math-530+
STAAR: English III- 4000+
STAAR: Algebra II- 4000+

College Readiness Waivers* (while in high school only):
ACT/ASPIRE: English-435+ Math-431+
PLAN: Composite 23, with English-19+ and Math-19+
PSAT/NMSQT: Effective 10/2015 & beyond: EBRW-460+, Math-510+
STAAR: English II- 4000+
STAAR: Algebra I- 4000+ with 70+ average in high school Algebra II course

*Exemptions and Waivers established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

How can I sign up for the TSI test?

Many of our high school partners in Central Texas offer the TSI test for their own high school students. Check with your school if they offer it. Students can also take the TSI test through Austin Community College.

Where are Dual Credit courses taught?

Dual Credit classes are held online and in-person at area high schools and ACC campuses. Students may choose how they attend classes when applying.

Will my Dual Credit classes transfer?

ACC credits transfer to the state of Texas’s top public colleges and universities, including UT-Austin and Texas State. It’s important to verify course transferability with the four-year institution you plan to attend. Information about course transfer and equivalencies can be found here or on the website of your preferred transfer location.

Are Dual Credit classes hard?

Dual Credit classes are college-level courses and appropriately challenging. Dual credit classes are also more self-guided and less structured than regular high school classes. Support from ACC, including free tutoring and academic advising, is available to dual credit students to help you succeed in your course.

What makes Dual Credit better than regular high school classes?

You can earn high school and college credit simultaneously with Dual Credit classes, saving you time and money. Check with your high school counselor to ensure the ACC classes you take will count towards your graduation requirements.

Dual Credit vs AP, IB Classes, and Early College High School. What’s the difference?

Unlike AP and IB Classes, Dual Credit puts you in the college classroom for the entire semester, providing college credit and experience. Early College High School’s (ECHS) goal is to provide applicable students with an Associate’s degree in their desired program, as they complete all the necessary college courses in a four-year period starting as early as 9th grade.

Can ACC help me get certified and ready to start my career while in high school?

Absolutely! ACC is proud to be Central Texas’s top educator and trainer for diverse, growing careers and through our Career Academies & ACCTech programs, high school students can get started with specialized courses at waived or heavily discounted tuition. Depending on your goals, you can even graduate fully prepared to enter the workforce with career certificates and training produced in partnership with Austin’s leaders in Construction, Education, Manufacturing, Health Sciences, IT and more.

Why should I take Dual Credit instead of AP or IB classes?

Dual credit courses give students the opportunity to earn credit while participating in and completing an actual college class. This experience will assist in understanding the expectations of college work, developing time management skills, and learning in a supportive, fun college environment.

I’m already busy with school and activities. Should I take Dual Credit classes?

Dual credit classes are a significant investment of time and effort during and after school hours. While preparing for your future is important, make sure that you do not spread yourself too thin, and talk to your high school counselor about creating a healthy schedule.

Can homeschooled students take Dual Credit classes?

Yes, but homeschool students are required to submit an additional document: an MOU which is required for all new homeschool students participating in ACC classes. Contact your Enrollment & Partnerships Liaison for processing homeschool student information. Important:  Your liaison will be assigned by the closest high school that you would attend if you were going to a public school in Central Texas.

Do I have to be a straight A student to take dual credit courses?

While Dual credit courses will affect both your college and high school transcripts, dual credit courses do not require you to have perfect grades to pass and get credit. You will receive a letter grade from the college at the end of each semester that applies to both transcripts.

How do Dual Credit courses affect my High School GPA?

Dual credit classes are used as both college and high school credits, and will be reflected on your high school transcript. Dual credit classes are weighted on a 5.0 GPA scale, rather than a 4.0 scale, so an A or grade of 100% will be a 5.0 on your transcript.

Where can I find the ACC classes offered at my high school?

Contact your Enrollment & Partnerships Liaison for more information on what classes are offered at your high school, as well as online and on campus options.

Can I register for an advanced ACC math course even though I don’t have the college course prerequisites?

No, students interested in taking an advanced math course such as MATH 2412 (Pre-Calculus) must take the math advanced placement test to qualify. Contact your Enrollment & Partnership Liaison after you take the test to determine eligibility in your requested advanced ACC math course.

Do I need permission from my high school to take an ACC class?

Yes. Students may register only for Dual Credit and ACC courses approved by their high school counselor and ACC advisor.

What is an HSO hold?

This hold is for ACC students’ accounts who haven’t completed the High School Orientation. The orientation is required for all new students to High School Programs and is Step #3 of the Application Steps and Checklist. Upon successful completion, the hold will automatically be removed 24 hours later.

Where can I see a list of available ACC courses for each semester?

Go to the ACC Schedule to see the full list of course offerings including locations and times available. You can also see the online classes available for the semester.

Where can I find help with Blackboard?

Go to the Blackboard Support site for specific information on logging in, access and troubleshooting issues. 

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