The Power of CLEP and Other Testing Options

Have you ever been in a class and already knew the material? Maybe you felt you should be the instructor. It is a waste of time and money to sit in a class when you might be able to “test out”. There are several ways to test out of a class:

o Challenge Tests. Your university offers ways to get college credit by offering challenge tests by taking the final exam or equivalent. Many schools offer these challenge exams (or waiver exams) for prerequisites or introductory courses. The grade you get on the challenge test is usually the grade for the course, so you need to be prepared.

o Ohio University, Excelsior College or Thomas Edison State College Exams. These schools offer tests in many areas not found elsewhere. The tests can be transferred in other universities for college credit.

o Ohio University offers tests in Basic Aeronautics; History of American Journalism and Ancient Greece, to name a few.

o Excelsior College Exams are in Abnormal Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, Cultural Diversity and Religions of the World.

o Thomas Edison State Exams are in History of Western Art, Introduction to Counseling and Study of Nutrition.

o College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is the most popular of the testing options. Most schools will transfer in CLEP exams for liberal arts, business, languages, science, and math. CLEP exams are either 3 or 6 units and the $70/test makes it affordable.

While most schools will transfer in the results of these testing options, only 30 units are transferred. However, Excelsior College, Thomas Edison State College, and Charter Oak State College will allow students to bring in an unlimited number of passed CLEP tests. (I worked with a working professional who passed 17 CLEP tests, for a total of 51 units into his degree.)

The CLEP website shows colleges that accept CLEP, testing materials, test descriptions and where you can take the tests. Study Guides can be purchased for $10 on the CLEP website or you can get resource materials at your local library or bookstore.

CLEP and other testing options will save time by not sitting in a classroom and save money. Testing is much less expensive than the tuition at most colleges.

Post time: 03-10-2018