College credit program

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  1. usafahopeful

    usafahopeful Member

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    I'm a senior this year going to USAFA next year. I have taken 4 college credit classes through a local university at my high school. Will these courses be able to be validated at USAFA?
     
  2. Blackbird

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    It depends. Depends on the college courses you have taken and the grades you received in them. Validation of some courses at USAFA require that you take a validation test there, others can be validated by College courses as long as you earned at least a certain grade. Course validation is determined department by department so the Math department has different requirements than the Chemistry department. I believe that Math courses are validated by tests that are offered during BCT. A 2016er validated all the math classes which is impressive. I know that college English courses can validate English classes. Other courses vary. You will be briefed on this during BCT. Validating courses at USAFA doesn't shorten your academic experience. It just means that you can choose more interesting courses to take as a Junior and Senior.
     
  3. NMMI PREP DIRECTOR

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    As Blackbird stated, that will depend on the courses and the grades you receive. The bigger question is, "Why would you want to validate?"

    Our Falcon Foundation preps at NMMI take two full semesters of college classes - as high as 37 credit hours total. Not all of these may be validated.

    Do some research on both opinions ("to validate or not to validate; that is the question!" to paraphrase Shakespeare). There are advantages and disadvanteges.
     
  4. usafahopeful

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    I took calc 1, chem, and English composition and literature with all A's. Would it be possible to validate all of these?
     
  5. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    I would recommend validating as much as you can, as long as you have a decent grasp of the material.

    I validated a couple courses, and chose to not validate one (which was a mistake). Generally, getting into the higher level courses means you free up more time for electives/majors courses or don't have to take 7-class semesters. Often times, the higher level courses also wind up being smoother running.
     
  6. Invisibility

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    Quite possibly. +1 to raimius... I validated 4 courses, should have tried to validate a 5th, and am SO glad looking down the road that I have that space in my schedule.
    You will take the validation exams for Math and Chemistry while you are here; college courses may factor in, but it's mostly your performance on those tests. English is at USAFA's discretion... whenever you get Appointee instructions, you should be able to find out whether your course counts for validation. I personally took AP and validated freshman English, which was a good choice.
     

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