So, spoiler alert, this post is not ‘on schedule’ 😛 But it is a post 😀
SO– as mentioned in my little bio, I am pursuing an English BA via unusual methods. I will never set foot in my future Alma Mater (it is in Virginia) and am not required to, either. I am not having to pay hundreds of dollars each semester, and I am not taking online college courses from the college I want to end up graduating from.
I am doing CLEPs.
What are CLEPs, you ask? Continue reading and I will show you.
According to the CLEP website,
“The College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) has been the most widely trusted credit-by-examination program for over 50 years, accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities and administered in more than 1,800 test centers. This rigorous program allows students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds to demonstrate their mastery of introductory college-level material and earn college credit. Students can earn credit for what they already know by getting qualifying scores on any of the 33 examinations.
“While CLEP is sponsored by the College Board, only colleges may grant credit toward a degree. Not all colleges have the same CLEP policies—some colleges accept credit for a few exams, while others accept credit for all of them. A college often grants the same amount of credit to a student who earns satisfactory scores on a CLEP exam as it does for a student who successfully completes the related course.” You can find their website here.
I know several people personally who have done their whole degrees through CLEP testing and similar tests such as DSSTs, paying WAY, WAY less than most college students wind up having to forfeit. One young lady I know completed her music degree using CLEP tests for around $9000. Her younger brother completed his for around $5000 – $6000 total. Talk about WOW.
Most people spend over $30,000 on their degrees. Compare that with CLEPs and you are looking at incredible saving!!!
So far, I have taken 6 dual credit classes from a community college (before I graduated from high school) and have taken 5 CLEP tests, beginning my study for them when I was 15 and taking my 1st test at 16. For the college classes, some of the textbooks ranged from $50 – $200. For CLEPs, we’ve spent around $435 total (tests are $85 and testing fee ranges from $15 – $20).
CLEP materials are ALL OVER THE PLACE. I love using REA guides (they include free practice tests in the back with detailed explanations for answers…so you can study your wrong answers to improve), which you can either buy from REA’s website or from Amazon (they ALWAYS have cheaper deals), or you can use other materials! The College Board sells their own CLEP study guides, and there are study forums such as Instantcert (pay a little each month for use) and Quizlet (totally free) which you can use as well. Not to mention the endless articles on the topic of your study all over the internet.
So CLEP, all in all, is simply a MUCH less expensive alternative toward accumulating college credit– credit which you can transfer to most colleges. There are CLEP-friendly colleges, some of which you can find here.
All that to say, I am very excited because I just completed my 5th CLEP just a few days ago!!! Passing score for CLEP is 50, and I was able to get a 63!! Praise the LORD ❤ ❤ ❤
For my study materials, I used…
- CLEP Principles of Management REA Guide
- Articles and videos on the Web
- A few students’ notes which they had shared on the Instantcert Forum
So ❤ I hope I have encouraged those of you who read this to look outside the box– there are alternatives to getting an expensive degree (even online) from a traditional brick-and-mortar school. You can earn a degree at your pace, on your time, your schedule. And it costs less!! (I think I’ve already said that 😛 😀 )
Anyway. It’s not that hard. I know people who study for and pass CLEP tests with flying colors using only a couple of weeks of studying.
And contrary to what many think, CLEPPING is NOT skipping out or ‘simply testing your way out of’ a good, solid education. If anything, I’ve learned through comparing taking CLEPs and taking traditional college classes that studying for a CLEP is actually harder than taking a class. At my classes, my professors fed me my material. For CLEP, I have to find my own study material and force myself to learn it without the help/accountability of a professor (It’s good for self discipline– not saying that those of you who are getting your degrees via the normal way aren’t using self discipline or getting a high-quality education!! Both have their benefits and drawbacks). I’m just saying that from my experience, I appreciate the challenges that CLEP has to offer. I love the classes I’ve taken so far from the community college and I’ve loved my classmates and professors ❤ I’ve learned tons. I’ve made so many awesome friends whom I didn’t even know I was missing. I’ve gotten to witness for Christ. It has truly been amazing.
But……don’t disregard the other options readily available to you, either. CLEP is an option. DSST is an option. SATs are an option, too.
And if you don’t feel that the Lord is calling you to get a degree, no worries!!! I just feel that this is the road God wants me to travel. I have sweet, sweet friends who are choosing not to go that route because they’re pursuing the mission field or other missions. And you know what? That is totally fine and awesome and wonderful. There is no right way here or wrong way here. Listen to the Lord and seek advice from your parents and other godly voices of wisdom in your life. No matter which way you choose to travel, God’s plans are active and span the whole of time that we simply cannot see as mere human beings. Trust Him– and let Him lead. It’s worth it ❤
SOOooooo……I just wanted to share this recent victory and share the CLEP info! 😀 I’m no expert and am learning my way through all the way around 😉 ❤
Hope that you ALL have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. ❤