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Are there alternative ways to recieve language credits other than taking foreign language classes?

I am currently a high school junior, and have not taken any foreign language classes (since I have not and will not have the space to) during my high school career. I am taking self-paced modules on a few languages including Spanish and French. But, it is likely that colleges that I am applying to will not count these, and I was wondering if there might be other opportunities that are more flexible, while still being able to quickly get a "higher" level!

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9 months ago

The main two options for high school students to earn college credit is through dual enrollment, usually through a local (community) college, or through AP classes. The advantage to dual enrollment is you just have to pass the class to earn credit, but it isn't as widely accepted. The advantage to AP is it's more widely accepted but you have to do well on the exam to earn credit. There's also the IB program, but I honestly don't know anything about it, my school doesn't offer it. AP French and Spanish are offered by CollegeBoard, if you can't take them at your high school but think you have the ability to self-study for either or both, I would look into self-studying and signing up to take them at a local high school. Read the course and exam breakdown on CollegeBoard's website, both exams are about identical in structure and only the content is different. There are many resources online you can use to specifically prepare for AP exams like released copies of exams from past years.

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