3 Things Taking a Course Exam Reveals About You

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No one enjoys taking exams. Why would we? Exams are stressful, they’re time-consuming, they can be really hard, and they might have a big effect on a final grade. Sometimes, when we’re in the thick of it, it’s hard to see the benefit of taking exams.

However, succeeding on a course exam demonstrates your strong skills and abilities. So when you do well on a test, be proud. You’ve accomplished a major achievement. Next time you’re studying or logging in to take your exam, try to ignore the anxiety, and remember: you can do this.

Topics: Taking Courses, Credit by Exam

5 Quick Facts You Didn't Know About Taking TECEP® Exams Online

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Most students are aware that successfully passing a TECEP® exam offers college credit without taking a single course, especially those who want to earn credit faster. But many students are often worried that they lack the specific subject knowledge or test-taking skills necessary to succeed and do not take advantage of these exams - even when they do possess the critical knowledge and experience to successfully pass and earn credit.

Topics: Credit by Exam

What to Do If You Miss a Midterm, Final or TECEP® Exam

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It is every student’s worst nightmare. Late nights and early mornings spent studying, or reading the textbook cover to cover. But then, something happened. Life got in the way. Perhaps a major project at work tied you up, or your child got sick. Whatever the reason, you missed your exam.

Most of us may panic. But in reality, it can be fixed.

To reschedule your exam, your best defense is a good offense. Be transparent, stay calm and contact the Office of Test Administration immediately. All assignments and examinations must be completed by the last day of your term, but you do have some options when it comes to rescheduling your test.

Whether you missed a midterm, final or TECEP® exam, here is what to do and keep in mind to ensure that you meet your course deadlines. 

Topics: Taking Courses, Credit by Exam

5 Simple Tips to Improve Your Writing Skills

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This is a guest post written by DSST Credit by Exam Program.

You do not need an English degree to know that writing plays an important role in any profession. From writing cover letters to composing emails, communicating with the written word is critical to your career.

Thankfully, writing is like a muscle - the more you work on it, the stronger it grows.

So how do you actively improve your writing skills? Try incorporating one of these five tips into your daily or weekly routine.

Topics: Study Tips, Credit by Exam, Work-Life Balance

This TECEP Timeline Explains Everything To Do Before the Test [Infographic]

Whether you are a credit by exam novice, or a seasoned testing veteran, you know it is never too early to prepare for a TECEP® exam.  

Taking an exam for credit does not have to be complicated. That is why we have put together a TECEP® Exam Timeline to help make your testing process and preparation easier to navigate. Adapt and apply this plan to your own exam prep schedule. Check it out and be sure to review our explanations below the timeline for more in-depth details. 

Topics: Credit by Exam

14 Most Effective Tactics to Conquer Test Anxiety


If you have ever “blanked out” or “froze” on a test, you know what test anxiety feels like. It is terrifying. 

Test anxiety can affect anyone at any age. For most students, it may occur once or twice each school year. Others may experience it on a regular basis. If left untreated, anxiety can interfere with test performance and actually go beyond excessive nervousness to include memory loss and physical discomfort.

It is not fun but, in most cases, it is controllable. There are steps you can take early on to alleviate the anxieties of exam day. Here are some stress-reducing ideas to get started.

Topics: Taking Courses, Credit by Exam

How to Better Balance School, Family and Work as an Online Learner


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If you are an adult today, your days are busy enough without adding classes and studying to your daily routine. You probably feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day for work, family and a social life, and when you imagine juggling classes and homework on top of that - life gets a lot more complicated. So how are you to supposed to study for your degree but still maintain an active social and professional life?

Topics: Credit by Exam, Going Back to College, Time Management, Work-Life Balance

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


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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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


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