and I took 18 credit hours every semester that would make 52 credit hours for one year. Then I only need 4 more credit hours, why do people take 2 years to complete it?
Is there a reason for this?
To answer your original question: yes, it is possible to complete an AA in less than 2 years. However, I don't know where you came up with the idea that you could take 52 semester units in a single year. There are only 2 semesters in an academic year - fall and spring. In most cases, the maximum number of units you would be able to take in the summer is 6. Plus, those classes vary in length from 4 to 8 weeks (as opposed to 16), so they are usually held daily for several hours either in the morning or evening. If you took 2 classes at 3 units each (one in the morning and one at night), there simply would not be enough time to complete homework and squeeze in a shift at work. This brings me to my final point of why people generally need 2 years to complete their Associate's degree. Most of us have to work in addition to school and taking that many units just isn't feasible. I did take 18 units in the spring of this year on top of working part-time and it nearly killed me. If you can do that on a regular basis, kudos! Otherwise, you'll just have to take 2 years like the rest of us. :)
There are classes that you can't take until you've passed the prerequisites. I had one semester where I could only take one class because all the other classes required that class for enrollment.
You also may have the option to challenge classes instead of taking them you take the final exam and if you pass you get credit for the class. In most cases you don't get a grade for it, it just shows that you have credit for it.
If you have never been in college before then I would not recommend taking 18 hours your first semester.
One 3 hour class = 6 to 9 hours study/homework time per week, so an 18 hour schedule would also include a minimum of 108 hours of work per week.
Also, enroll in a remedial math class...
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