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Advanced Academics

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“Advanced Academics includes courses, programs, assessments, services and supports that provide opportunities for students to demonstrate college and career readiness and earn postsecondary credit.”


- Texas Education Agency


Table explaining Advanced Academics Information

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What Is AP?

1 AP Courses expose student to college rigor, and allow them to earn college credit by passing an AP exam (score 3 or higher) 2

Students sign up for courses in the Spring through their counselors


Some courses may require summer reading.


Students pay for AP exams (Cost: $40) in the Fall. Students take the exam in early May and scores are received in early July



*Pre-AP courses expose students to the skills necessary for AP courses- no college credit is earned

🐾 Quick AP Links:


🐾 AP Exam Registration 

To register for AP Exams, please click below to register and pay for your exams on Total Registration.  You MUST register and pay for your exams using Total Registration for exams to be ordered for you

Total Registration Payment Link Coming Soon! 





Cost per Exam

Exam registered and paid for by November 15th


$20 Reduced fee for qualifying students

Late order fee for exams ordered between November 16 and March 15 

$40 in addition to the exam fee. 

Exams that are canceled or not taken by the student


Challenge Exams, Students outside the District



What Is Dual Credit?


Dual Credit allows students to earn both high school and college credit simultaneously simultaneously at their high school.


College credit is awarded as long as the student earns a 70 or higher each semester.

3 Awarding of college credit comes from a local community college (Northwest Vista College). 4

Can take up to 14 courses however, if the student exceeds 30 college credit hours of dual credit, it may affect financial aid



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1. Complete an ApplyTexas application

Students must complete an ApplyTexas application to their chosen program to begin the dual credit process.  Click on the ApplyTexas icon above to go to the application site. Click on the ApplyTexas Guide link below for guidance in completing the application. You must use a personal email when completing the application, DO NOT USE your NISD email. You must use a PERSONAL EMAIL when creating your Apply TX account. 

Apply Texas Guide - 2021-2022 version (2022-2023 Coming Soon!) 


Due: TBA


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2. Log into ACES Account

ACES is the Alamo Colleges student portal.  After completing the ApplyTexas application, students should receive an email with log-in information to access their ACES account. Click the icon above to access the ACES Login page. 


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3. Complete Online Modules

Log in to your ACES account to complete the GO FAARR and TEST PREP modules.  These modules are required for all students applying for Dual Credit classes.




ACES Instructions for Steps 2 and 3 



4. Complete Dual Credit Orientation 

Log in to your ACES account and locate the Canvas Icon. On Canvas complete the Dual Credit Orientation Module. There may be some assignments you will not be able to complete until a set date. 



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5. Submit Parent Consent Form

Students are required to submit a Parent Consent Form as one of the steps of the Dual Credit Orientation. Click the image above to access the form.


Canvas Instructions for Steps 4 and 5 



Once steps 1-5 are completed you will be emailed a form to your student email. Use this form to submit your Dual Credit course requests for the next year. 


Email with any questions or concerns.  

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Students earn college credit from UT Austin


Students engage with high-quality content and build digital literacy skills using the same tools as UT students


Students earn TWO grades (high school and college). These grades do NOT have to match


Students sign up for courses in the Spring through their counselors



🐾 Quick TSI Testing for Dual Credit Links:


🐾 TSI Testing Dates:


Testing will be January- May at the Sonia Sotomayor Campus, specific dates coming soon!


🐾 TSI Registration and Payment:

  • Register for the TSI: Registration Form Coming Soon! 
  • EXAM FEE: $14
  • Make your payment via My School Bucks.  


What is the TSIA 2 and do I have to take it?  


The Texas Success Initiative Assessment 2.0 (TSIA2) is a series of placement tests for students enrolling in public colleges and universities in Texas. The tests help Texas schools determine whether you’re ready for college-level courses in the areas of reading, writing, and math.


What do I have to score on the TSIA 2 to be eligible for Dual Credit?


ELAR Placement 

Math Placement

Passing: 945 or higher OR 

                Diagnostic Level 5 or higher and Essay of 5 or higher


Passing: 950 or higher  OR 

               Diagnostic Level 6  or higher

English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) Section - 30 items 

  • Students not meeting the college readiness for this section will be directed to a diagnostic assessment - 48 items 

Essay - Persuasive (350-600 words)

Mathematics (MATH) Section - 20 items 

  • Students not meeting the college readiness for this section will be directed to a diagnostic assessment - 48 items


Can I receive a TSIA 2 Waiver?


Students must score the following in order to be exempt from taking the TSI.

ELAR Waiver 

Math Waiver

PSAT score of 460 or higher

PSAT score of 510 or higher


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