Generally, my distance degree is going great. I am no longer pursuing a degree in English (more on that later), so that has set me back some. I had to change the CLEP exams I planned on taking. At this rate I will not be a Junior before the new year (that was one of my goals), but I will be close. I should be at 51 college credits, just 9 short of being a Junior. My goal is to get those done before the end of March.
I have Natural Sciences scheduled for November 16, and then the Information Systems and Computer Applications CLEP in December. Before my Christmas break! 🙂
More coming on the degree switch….
If you have learned nothing prior to taking college classes (or being college age) I am shocked. Everyone has learned something. And almost all that you have learned can be imported into a test and count as college credit.
- Have you been on a missions trip to Mexico or Germany? CLEP Spanish or German.
- Have you worked around computers your whole life and run the family business? CLEP Information Systems and Computer Applications.
- Are you fascinated with the Civil War, Vietnam, or the Soviet Union? There are DANTES exams for all of those.
- Have you worked with your Dad for awhile? Take the business DANTES exam.
- Done with highschool level math and science? CLEPs are available.
- Western Civ. or American History up your alley? Take some CLEPs or DANTES
- Have you done Debate through highschool? The public speaking DANTES exam is available.
- Are you a musician? Excelsior college has a music exam for college credit.
There are many, many more CLEPs, DANTES, and Excelsior exams available. Visit the links below to read more about Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
“Thomas Edison has been a part of New Jersey higher education for more than four decades. It’s one of New Jersey’s 12 senior public institutions of higher education, offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in more than 100 areas of study.
Here are some of the remarkable opportunities that Thomas Edison offers to students . . .
Thomas Edison is one of the most welcoming of all colleges for military personnel and veterans. If you learned technical skills in the military, Thomas Edison will invest extra effort to help you earn college credit for them. The college also participates in a number of specialized programs to help veterans and military personnel make a streamlined transition to college. To learn more, visit Thomas Edison’s Military & Veteran Education Support Center online.
Thomas Edison State College is a nationally recognized pioneer in distance learning. For more than 40 years, the college has been at the cutting edge of putting learning technologies into use for students – both in courses taught in classrooms and online. Whether you live in New Jersey or any other state, you will find that Thomas Edison’s online courses are state-of-the-art in delivery and quality.”
“Liberty Online a unique university with deeply Christian values, has been making the news lately.
Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, VA., was founded in 1971 by the late Dr. Jerry Falwell. Dr. Falwell had a vision to make Liberty University is the largest Christian university in the world, and that vision has now become reality. The University’s stated mission is to “Train Champions for Christ.”
Liberty now offers more than 230 programs of study on its 6,500-acre campus. With more than 12,000 resident students from all 50 states and more than 70 foreign countries, Liberty’s campus is vibrant and full of life. Sports are part of the culture at Liberty, which fields 20 NCAA Division I Teams and a variety of club and intramural teams.
Liberty also strives to keep its costs low. In fact, it costs about 51% less than the average private college in America. Financial aid is generous.
And if you have been homeschooled, Liberty has laid out a special welcome mat for you, called the Advantage Program. There is nothing quite like it anywhere for students who have been schooled at home, and who are now ready to move on to college.”
“Excelsior College is an accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Here are some reasons why Excelsior College could be the right choice for you . . .
Reportedly, theses are the hardest CLEP exams to take. 🙂 I’m proud to say that I have taken one of them (English Literature) and passed with flying colors.
Introductory Business Law
Human Growth and Development
Principles of Accounting
With the new month of October it is my goal to implement several changes to the blog that will help make it more informative and helpful.
- Frequent Captain’s Log posts
- Informative test breakdowns
- Interviews with CLEP takers and Distance Learning students
- Book (and other media) reviews for helpful resources. ‘
Do you have a test coming up and you want to know how to prepare? Do you know someone we could interview? Do you have a book review?
Let me know!
As I face the last of the 5 General Exams, I am getting stretched in new directions. Atoms, cells, Smooth ER, planets, weather, volcanoes, and genetics. I’m enjoying studying for this exam. I have all my Apologia books and ABeka books with my REA guide and I am ready! Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Physics, and Meteorology are very interesting (if a trifle overwhelming).
This test is easy to prepare for. It’s very specific in what will be tested, and any science book has basically the information you are looking for.
This is not a test for a science major, this is a test for someone who needs one year of science and is testing out of it. Because of that, you don’t really need a college text book to prepare. Your highschool books will do great, which is what I’m using. I do recommend getting the REA guide just as a backbone.
This test (like the other general five) is very broad, and, because of that, is sometimes overwhelming to prepare for. There is a lot of science topics and it is all covered here. 🙂 Gear up for a tidal wave of all the scientific facts they can throw at you. You will be naming the parts of plants one minute, and be identifying elements by their atomic weight the next.