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The program is called CLEP, which stands for the College-Level Examination Program. CLEP gives you the chance to earn college credit by passing a series of exams.
The Benefits of CLEP
- Save time – Depending on your school’s policy, a passing score on each exam will earn between 3 to 12 credits. This lets you skip many general education courses, and move straight to more advanced courses.
- Save money – Each is exam is only $77, which is a fraction of the tuition you’d pay for a normal college course.
- Both U.S. and International colleges grant CLEP credit.
- Accepted at over 2,900 colleges.
- Military personnel get to take these exams for free.
There are 33 exams, which cover material students usually learn in their first two years of college. Most exams correspond to one-semester courses, although some correspond to full-year or two-year courses.
The exams cover five subject areas:
- Composition and Literature
- Foreign Languages
- History and Social Sciences
- Science and Math
Each exam is 90 minutes long, and most consist of multiple-choice questions. Since they’re administered on computer, you’ll get your scores immediately after you finish.
Why Consider CLEP?
Let’s face it. College is expensive. How many of you are still paying off student loans?
Inflation affects all of us, and is challenging enough to deal with. Yet, less than 10 years ago, tuition increased at a ratethree times as high as the general inflation rate.
Because of the cost, a lot of people are kept back from the chance to go to college – an opportunity that many feel is crucial for success in society today.
This approach is unconventional, and will take drive and self-discipline. You won’t have professors reminding you to study. You’ll need to take initiative and study on your own.
However, one thing that may help is to find like-minded friends who also want to get ahead, and study together.
By going this route, you’ll avoid racking up the huge debts that most graduates have from student loans.
For most people, the purpose of earning a degree is to get a well-paying job. Graduating sooner than most four-year students allows you to enter the workforce faster. Jumping into the workforce gives you a head start in growing your career and building your wealth.
The less you spend on your college degree in money and time, the greater your return on investment will be.
Notable Colleges That Accept CLEP
There are three colleges that allow 100 percent of the credits required for a degree to be earned from proficiency exams. An important note, however, is that not all of these are from CLEP exams.
How Do You Get Started?
- Find out if the college you want to attend accepts CLEP. Or check out one of the three colleges above.
- Decide which exams to take.
- Register at your nearest test center by making an appointment. There are over 1,400 worldwide.
- Study. Take advantage of free resources, purchase a study guide, or borrow one from the library.
For a more in-depth guide on how to use CLEP to earn an accredited degree faster and cheaper, check out BA in 4 Weeks.
I wish I had this information before I went to college. Had I known about it, I would’ve strongly considered this option.
Now, with awareness of the opportunity, I think many more people will have doors opened to go to college.