How the TECEP® Test Description Can Teach You Everything You Need to Prepare for Your Exam

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By Elizabeth Gehrig

Many students think that reading a textbook from cover to cover will prepare them to take a TECEP® Exam. On the other hand, sometimes I hear from students that simply just are not sure how to prepare for the test. Wherever you fall on this scale, there is one crucial resource that can help you prepare and pass. And every TECEP® has its own in the form of the test description.

Topics: Study Tips, Credit by Exam

The Complete Guide to Career Networking Online

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By DSST Credit by Exam Program

A professional online presence is crucial for future career opportunities, as it can speak volumes to who you are and the value you can bring to a new position. Establishing a professional online persona can lead to exciting opportunities and connections.

Networking may seem intimidating, especially when you’re just starting out down a new career path. The good news is, most people love helping other people. All you have to do is ask. 

Topics: Credit by Exam, Career

7 Mistakes the Night Before a Big Test You Will Never Make Again

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You have studied and reviewed for months now in anticipation of exam day. There are stacks of index cards on your nightstand, notated study guides in your briefcase and over-highlighted textbooks covering your kitchen counter. You are ready, eager and confident, but there is still one more thing left to do - and it may be the most important of all.

Topics: Study Tips, Credit by Exam

8 Smart Strategies To Pass A Math DSST Exam Program

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By DSST Credit by Exam Program

There’s a lot of work that goes into a DSST exam. Preparing for a comprehensive test on your own requires a lot of discipline, and there is no shortage of great study resources available to students with all types of learning styles.

But what do you do when you’re in the room with a math test in front of you? The good news is that math is a cumulative discipline. To thoroughly prepare for whatever math curveballs are thrown your way, try these smart strategies designed to keep you focused and organized during a DSST exam, and you’ll be in great shape to pass in no time. 

Topics: Credit by Exam

How To Shorten Your Time To A Degree

How To Shorten Your Time To A Degree

By DSST Credit by Exam Program

A college degree is more important to job seekers and career changers than ever before. If you’re like most students, you already know that – but you also know college tuition costs are expected to continue to rise.

Aside from taking advantage of the many distance learning activities available to students – including earning credits by exam – the surest way to shorten the time it takes to earn your degree is to make sure you’re focusing on the right things at the right time. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

Topics: Credit by Exam, Going Back to College

Answers to 13 Testing Questions You Were Too Afraid to Ask

Answers to 13 Testing Questions You Were Too Afraid to Ask

When you first started college, you knew there would be tests. You figured you would study, take the exam and earn your grade. Doesn’t seem all that hard, right?

Then it came time to register for your first midterm. You discovered just how many credit-by-exam options there are, and you remember seeing something about taking tests at home.

You thought you knew it all, but now you realize there's more to learn. Maybe you do not have time to search for the answers. Perhaps you feel your questions are too simple and silly, or that you just don’t know where to start or who to talk to. If you feel lost or confused by test formats, examination programs or proctoring services, we’re here to help.

Topics: Student Services, Credit by Exam, Earning College Credit

10 Signs You Have More College-Level Knowledge Than You Think

10 Signs You Have More College-Level Knowledge Than You Think

Are you consulted as an expert in your industry? Are you a respected hobbyist in a specific field? Or is your resume just full of skills, expertise and experiences? If so, you may be able to translate that knowledge into college credit.

All too often, students think that only the courses they take sitting in a classroom will transfer as college credit. However, transfer credit can include professional licenses and certifications, military training and professional training. You can also earn credit through exams and portfolio assessment. Explore your transfer credit options so you do not have to put your life and career on hold by taking a course that, chances are, you already know everything about (and could probably teach!) Your goal is our goal – to finish your college degree – and the more options you have, the quicker you’ll get there.

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio, Transfer Credits, Student Services, Military and Veterans, Credit by Exam, Going Back to College

Beginner’s Guide: 7 Essential Ways to Transfer College Credits

If you could finish your degree in half the time – without sacrificing work and family commitments - would you be interested?

Transferring credit is the secret to finishing your degree on time, or even earlier than expected. Applied to your degree program from previously earned credit, transfer credits may come from community colleges and other 4-year institutions you attended, military training you completed, current licenses and certifications you already hold as part of your profession, and more. These existing credits are included in your customized academic evaluation, a valuable tool to help determine what courses you have left to take. That means no duplicating the same course twice. No registration confusion. No delaying your degree. So to reach your degree goals as quickly and efficiently as possible, take advantage of these 7 essential ways to transfer the college credit you deserve.

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio, Transfer Credits, Credit by Exam, Earning College Credit

How to Prepare for a DSST Exam in 8 Easy Steps

By DSST Credit by Exam Program

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to take a DSST exam, a test that will help you advance your college education without breaking the bank on tuition costs. Now that you’ve taken the leap you’re probably wondering…how do I get started? Do not fear! This quick step-by-step guide will help you prepare in no time!

Topics: Study Tips, Credit by Exam

7 Credit-by-Exam Myths BUSTED

7 Credit-by-Exam Myths BUSTED

Even though credit-by-exams programs like TECEP®, CLEP and DSST have been around for years, students still have many misconceptions about them.  All I have to do is read the textbook and I’ll pass the test, they say. I already know everything about the subject so I don’t have to study, they claim.

But, for most students, these statements couldn’t be further from the truth. Just like any other test, credit-by-exam programs require preparation, including a study plan to familiarize yourself with the format, timing and possible essay requirements. So if you’ve already registered or ever plan to take an exam for credit and think it will be easy, then test-takers, consider these 7 busted myths your reality check:

Topics: Study Tips, Credit by Exam