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Sandra in NC

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  1. DD wants to use it to prepare for clep exams. I am wondering if it would be a suitable resource for SAT 2 prep also - in particular, Biology. Has anyone experience with this?


    Instantcert has a comprehensive library of Biology flashcards. If your daughter likes flashcards, I'd recommend it. It will definitely help her prepare for the Biology subject test. Instantcert flashcards are "fill in the blank" - you're supposed to type words or phrases. By typing the answers, the information is retained better, but my boys didn't want to do that, so they answered in their heads and then typed any letter to submit and read the answer. They didn't care if the program said they were wrong.


    If you decide to try it (they have a risk free trial) you can use discount code 85722 to save some money.


    The Natural Sciences CLEP is 50% biology. If she does well on Biology, it shouldn't take long to prepare for Natural Sciences. We found the REA books and Biology DeMystified to be a big help. This past summer, my son spent about 2 months studying for the Biology CLEP and did well on the test. Then he spent another two weeks studying for Natural Science CLEP and did even better on it. Finally he spent one more week studying for the Environment and Humanity DSST and scored well on this exam, too. There's lots of overlap in these!

  2. The Spanish CLEP is accepted for up to 12 college credits at many colleges. Twelve credits is equal to one full-time semester at college! If your student is going to study Spanish in high school anyway, why not plan on taking the CLEP? (CLEP credit doesn't keep anyone from taking a class in college if they want to, but it can help those who aren't fond of foreign language test out of this requirement in college.)


    That being said, it's hard to find good foreign language instruction. Here is a site that has a no-risk, inexpensive ($9.95/month) program. I like it because it is targeted to CLEP prep. It's also favorably reviewed by college professors as effective.

  3. As a homeschooler, it's hard to find good foreign language instruction. We used Rosetta Stone for high school, but I recently found a better option.


    Here is a site that has a no-risk, inexpensive ($9.95/month) program.


    I like it because it has a CLEP-prep option. It's also favorably reviewed by

    college professors as effective. Reviews from professors are posted on their site.


    The Spanish CLEP is accepted for up to 12 college credits at many universities. Let your student's efforts do double duty by earning college credit while they're completing their foreign language requirement in high school.



  4. Consider taking CLEP tests along with dual enrollment. (Or, depending on your daughter's age, before! There is no age requirement for credit-by-exam.) Sometimes, community college courses transfer as "elective credit" whereas credit-by-exam, if accepted, usually has course equivalencies. Course equivalencies are preferable because they can count as prerequisites for higher level courses.


    Another benefit is that credit-by-exam usually doesn't factor in to tuition surcharge calculations (NC has a 50% tuition surcharge at state universities for students earning more than 140 credits in a 4-yr program.)


    At our local community college, you can earn an AA with 43 credits from credit by exam and 21 credits in residence. Credit-by-exam is a good way to get placed into higher-level math at the community college, too. The placement tests they use (ours uses Accuplacer) seems to max-out at Pre-Calculus. If you want to start at Calculus at our community college, you can do so by passing the Pre-Calc CLEP.


    Speaking of Accuplacer, I know many students who didn't study for the Accuplacer and are now trapped in a long series of remedial math courses. Passing a math CLEP exam would allow them to sklp all that.


    More about CLEP and high school here:


  5. The Spanish CLEP can be worth up to 12 credits if your student's score is high enough and the school accepts it. (Spanish I and Spanish II are the same exam; the score determines whether your student gets credit for level 1 or level 2.) The CLEP can be taken any time. You don't have to wait for specific subject test dates. See the FAQs on my site http://degreeplanners.com to find out where to take a test.


    I would recommend signing up for Instantcert.com. Use discount code 85722 to save some money. Instantcert doesn't have flashcards for Spanish, and you won't see the Spanish CLEP listed as one of the exams they have prep materials for, but they do have specific exam feedback in a private forum for members only. In this forum, there will be a dedicated thread for the Spanish CLEP with many posts, giving you an idea of what the test was like and what the most helpful study aids were. It's well worth a month's subscription, and if you don't agree, you can get your money back.


    I would recommend following the advice you read from actual test takers on the Instantcert specific exam forum....then take the exam. If the score is not good enough, study more and try the SAT II Subject Test.


    Hopefully the college grants credit for CLEP!

  6. CLEP is a good choice, if your student plans to go to a school that accepts it for credit.


    The reasons I like CLEP exams is that they are:



    instantly scored

    multiple choice (for the most part)


    I've noticed that when a school accepts both AP and CLEP, they often require a "B" on the AP exam but a "C" on the corresponding CLEP. It doesn't make any sense, but it's true.


    Because students self-study for CLEP, they take the exams when they are ready. They don't have to wait until May if they feel ready in October.


    There are resources for CLEP and other alternative sources of credit on http://degreeplanners.com/ See videos on how to coordinate credit-by-exam with high school courses in the Homeschool/Earn College Credit section.


    Oh, and if your student "fails" a CLEP, no one has to know about it. On the CLEP transcript request form your student can pick and choose the scores to send....and there is an option to send only scores of 50+ (generally passing).

  7. Don't you have to be in the military to earn ACE credits? Correct me if I am wrong, please.


    No, you don't have to be in the military. I'm amazed at the varied list of courses and certifications recommended by ACE (including some IT certs). As with AP, CLEP, etc., it's up to individual colleges whether or not they'll accept the credit. http://www2.acenet.edu/credit/?fuseaction=browse.main&firstLetter=A



  8. We had to move both boys in the same weekend to two different schools. We fit everything for both boys in the RAV4. For extra storage, we bought a rooftop cargo bag (used it for bedding).


    You can fold one or both seats down. It's roomy. It's the largest vehicle we've owned--all of our other cars have been Toyota Camrys.

  9. Have you tried searching for


    human growth and development site:degreeforum.net


    You'll find a lot of feedback there. Unless you're a subscriber, you can't see the Specific Exam Feedback area, but it's invaluable in preparing for CLEPs. You can get a discount code here: http://www.degreeplanners.com/?Instantcert.com -- Watch the video if you're not familiar with this CLEP prep site.


    Good luck!

  10. Did you know some of the ALEKS.com courses are recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) for college credit? Once your student scores 70% or better in the ACE-approved courses, you can have ACE transcript it. There are colleges that accept ACE credit. Some colleges state ACE acceptance on their websites. At others, you need to ask the registrar (admissions folks often don't know anything about ACE, so the registrar's office is the one to ask about it.)


    Check to see if the course you're taking is approved (http://www2.acenet.edu/nationalguide/) and if it is, get it transcripted by ACE at 70%+. Why not? You might be able to use those credits in the future.


    Here is an efficient way to build college credit while studying math in middle/high school:


    * Take ALEKS beginning algebra to get an idea how this program works. This class is often evaluated for remedial college credit, so it won't help toward your degree.


    * Take ALEKS intermediate algebra and score 70% or better...transcript with ACE before switching to another ALEKS course....3 credits.


    * Take College Mathematics CLEP after studying the REA prep book (algebra on the test is similar to ALEKS intermediate algebra) .... 6 credits.


    * Take ALEKS college algebra and score 70% or better...transcript with ACE before switching to another ALEKS course...3 credits.


    * Take CLEP college algebra (just in case you go to a school that accepts CLEP but not ACE)


    * Take ALEKS pre-calculus and score 70% or better...transcript with ACE before switching to another ALEKS course...3 credits


    * Take CLEP pre-calculus (just in case you go to a school that accepts CLEP but not ACE).


    * Take an ALEKs statistics course and add it to your ACE transcript for 3 more credits!



    You can start this plan at any age. It's important to earn credit for math classes in a logical pattern. Some schools won't give credit for lower-level math if you've already proved mastery at a higher level. For instance, students who have passed the AP Calculus test might not be able to earn college math and algebra credit with ALEKS/CLEP.


    Using the plan above, you can earn up to 18 college credits at schools that accept ACE and CLEP. A side benefit is that you be well prepared for the math portion of the SAT or ACT, and you will place into a higher section of math in college. Who knows, you might need Calculus for your major. (FYI, there is Calculus CLEP, too.)


    For more information see http://www.degreeplanners.com/?About_ACE%AE%2C_FEMA%2C_%26amp%3B_NFA.


    Here is a link to a 3-month free trial of ALEKS for homeschoolers: http://www.aleks.com/webform/hsm_203 . The link is valid until 1-27-11.

  11. I'd homeschool her. She wants to homeschool, she has missed too many classes to get credit for this semester, and it sounds like she could be more productive at home.


    A couple of resources are linked below. While you're on this site, think about credit by exam for college. It's a convenient way (and inexpensive) to earn a college degeree.






  12. I am taking two online computer classes this term..and 2 in-person classes. There is no comparison. I know I am not learning as much in the online classes because there isn't the feedback/interaction of a regular class. It's basically teach yourself and get college credit. Bleh!


    That being said, here is a good resource for online classes:




    I did a quick search and found this for C#


  13. I took an excellent e-commerce class at our local community college last semester. It was textbook-based and we read all 800 pgs of the text...one chapter per week...for the class. The textbook was engaging and well-written: "e-commerce: business, technology, society." by Kenneth Laudon (ISBN 978-0-13-600711-1). The book has a companion site with practice quizzes (lots of errors in the quizzes, but you can override those...).


    There is a 2010 version of the textbook out now, so you should be able to get the 2009 version inexpensively. Because this subject deals with rapidly changing technology there will be a few differences in the statistics quoted. (For instance, my textbook shows MySpace as the #1 social networking site but notes that Facebook had the fastest growth.)


    If you decide to do an e-commerce class, I have an outline for midterm and final exams I can share with you. (PM me.)



  14. Last year, someone on CC was asking about submitting extra material for consideration. The MIT rep said not to mail anything...to create a website and include the link in the application.


    There was a place to include a website link on most of the college apps my son filled out last year.


    I guess it's the 21st century version of a portfolio.

  15. to be at least 21. Not sure how one of the writer's of an "inspirational" post could have a daughter complete a TESC degree at age 17.




    Thomas Edison generally requires students to be 21 or older, but they make exceptions. High school graduates with at least 24 credits may appeal (many homeschoolers do this).


    But back to my initial point: why would an eighteen year old want to do one of these online degrees?


    For those who view an undergraduate degree as simply a necessary ticket to graduate school or employment, an inexpensive online degree could be a good choice.


    A GPA is important for graduate school, so many students earn their degrees with a mixture of graded distance courses and credit by exam.


    We did not go this route, but I can see why some would choose to.

  16. Some highschool students earn an AA or BA while in high school. See the list of inspirational posts here:



    Thomas Edison, Charter Oak, and Excelsior are three accredited universities that have no residency requirement (you can earn a degree without taking courses through them.)

    Many students accumulate CLEP, AP, and ACE credit before applying/enrolling in these schools and end up getting their BA quickly and inexpensively.

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