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What Will I Learn?
Formulate a strategy to make the most of your time and your money through smart test-taking, by understanding when (and when not) to successfully incorporate them into your path to a college degree.
Decide exactly which tests are relevant to your degree program, when and where the tests are offered, how much they cost, and how to study effectively for them in order to pass.
Take the necessary steps to transform your prior learning and life experiences into valid and recognized college credits through testing.
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  • No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. Juniors and seniors in high school are especially encouraged to discover these secrets before going on to college so as to get off on the right foot, and college freshmen can certainly benefit from this material.

Get credit for what you already know! If you are in school, you owe it to yourself to learn about these programs. These tests have been around for a long time (since WW II, in fact!) and they were specifically designed to help students demonstrate what they have learned independently so as to get college credit for it. You can take advantage of these programs and earn credits cheaper and faster!

Find out how credit-by-examination programs can help you earn college credits in less time and with less money, and create your own strategy for the most effective ways to study and pass your tests.

  • You can earn credit by examination!
  • Find out about CLEP, DSST, and other testing programs.
  • Discover alternative methods of earning credit.
  • Beware of the dangers of unaccredited programs and schools.
  • Learn how to develop an effective testing strategy.
  • Plan to study for, take, and successfully pass the tests.
  • Get valuable tips to help you overcome test anxiety.
  • Gain confidence in your ability to get through school and earn your degree!

If you’re an undergraduate looking for a cheaper, faster, and more flexible way through school, or a student looking to “jump start” your college career by getting some of the basic, required subjects out of the way, then this course is for you!

If credit-by-examination is completely new to you, then you are not alone. Even in spite of many years in student services, it was only after I became a proctor for CLEP and DSST tests fairly recently that I discovered how useful these programs can be. Both programs have been around for over half a century, both are widely recognized and respected by colleges and universities, but apparently they still remain a well-kept secret in the academic world.

After about eight years as a teacher and a tutor in a homeless shelter, I formed a non-profit organization to equip working adults with the resources, strategies, and tools they need to achieve their educational goals. I am convinced that credit-by-examination may be one of the most powerful tools available to help non-traditional students get their degrees.

Non-traditional or not, if you are a student, then you too can benefit from this course. There are no prerequisites and anyone can learn these “secrets.” In fact, you will hear in the lectures about high school students who are taking advantage of these same programs right now. All it takes is a desire to learn. I hope you’ll take the next step to discover how you too can earn college credits towards your degree in less time and with less money.

Who is the target audience?
  • Any student in an undergraduate degree program seeking a cheaper, faster, and more flexible route to earning college credits
  • A new student looking to “jump start” his or her college career by getting some of the basic, required subjects out of the way quickly and cheaply
  • A potential student needing a “shot in the arm” to convince him or her that taking and passing a college-level course is well within reach
  • Anyone who is completely petrified or overwhelmed with anxiety at the very thought of test-taking, or anyone not committed to doing a reasonable amount of independent studying to prepare for tests, should probably not take this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 10 Lectures Collapse All 10 Lectures 01:30:13
Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 12:48

Is it possible to earn college credits faster and cheaper on your own? Yes, as millions of students have already found. This lecture provides a broad overview of:

  • this “secret” within higher education that has been around for half a century,
  • who can benefit most from credit-by-examination and why,
  • when and how to effectively make use of tests.
Preview 12:48
You Can Earn Credit by Examination!
4 Lectures 41:05

Offered at test centers around the country, and accepted by most colleges and universities, CLEP tests have been a quicker and cheaper option for literally millions of students.

CLEP Tests

DSST tests are another way students get college credits for what they have learned independently, and the good news is that they are now no longer limited only to military personnel.

DSST Tests

Several other organizations also offer credit by examination. They may not be as widely known as CLEP and DSST, but many students have found these additional opportunities for earning college credit a tremendous help in pursuing a degree.

Other Credit-by-Examination Programs

Here we explore the meaning of the terms “credit for life experience” and “prior learning assessment,” and how they can be used to your advantage in your college career.

Alternative Methods of Earning Credit
Get Ready to Take Your Exams!
4 Lectures 15:05

One of the most important steps to take is to keep your academic advisor informed of your plans to incorporate credit-by-examination into your degree program. We explore that and other strategies in this lecture.

How to Develop Your Testing Strategy

Many resources are available for potential test-takers, but which ones work? Should you pay for books and prep services? We explore the possibilities in this lecture.
How to Study for Your Tests
16 pages

Here are 25 tips for triumphant test-taking! The most important one of all: budget your time, and make sure you pace yourself throughout the testing session.

How to Take and Pass Your Tests

Do you get a knot in your stomach at the mere mention of the word “test”? You are not alone! Here we take a look at solutions to the problem of test anxiety.

How to Overcome Test Anxiety
1 page
1 Lecture 04:15
In the world of higher education, semester hour credits are earned, not simply given away. If you studied for and passed one of the examinations discussed in this course, congratulations! You have just earned more credits toward your degree, and every credit counts!
Giving Credit Where It's Due...

Know Your Options in Earning College Credit!
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About the Instructor
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Hello and welcome! Thanks for taking a look at my course. I’m Dr. John Greenlee, and I’ve been involved in higher education my entire adult life.

  • BA, University of Washington
  • MDiv, Pepperdine University
  • DMin, Abilene Christian University

I’ve been a professor teaching college level courses in the humanities since 1990, for two colleges and two universities. I was Dean of Students at a small college beginning in 1997 and I then continued to be involved in Student Services for many years after that. In my most recent position at a large university, I became certified as a proctor for both CLEP and DSST examinations.

For almost eight years, I worked as a teacher and tutor for recovering addicts in a homeless shelter. We helped them get their GEDs and then we got them to go on to college. Partly because of my experiences there, I formed a non-profit organization in 2015 to equip working adults with the resources, strategies, and tools they need to achieve their educational goals. Through it, I provide free and independent college guidance and support services especially for non-traditional students.

All of that is just to say, what I teach as a college guidance advisor is exactly what you will learn here. If you are a college student (or are considering becoming one), these same “secrets” will help you get through school cheaper and faster. I hope you’ll join me!

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