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Old 02-20-2010, 03:24 PM
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Hey everyone, how are you guys?
I'm going to be 24 this July and have never attended a day of college in my life. I decided not to attend college after high school, which was back in 2004.
I plan on attending a community college for 2 years or so before transferring to a university.
I did so-so in high school, I honestly did not have the best of grades and have below average grades in certain subjects like math/science, etc.

I was thinking I can score some credits with CLEP and maybe skipping some intro classes and whatever else is possible.
I ran into a number of sites such as instantcert.com, domeactreview.com, cleptestreview.com, passyourclass.com and speedyprep.com

Do any of you in my similar position have any experiences with these sites and any other ways of learning, studying, prepping, etc. that has helped you pass these tests?
I'm not too big on school but figured it would be something to fall back on and looking forward to going back to school the next semester.
Thanks in advance guys!

P.S. - I plan on attending either Grossmont, Cuyamaca or Mesa here in San Diego and maybe transferring to SDSU or something, any of you here have any experiences with those schools and know if they fully accept these credits, etc.?
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Old 02-20-2010, 06:41 PM
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Most people I have known to CLEP test have taken the test at the university or school they are going to attend. I would suggest calling the school you want to attend to see what they accept or do not.
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Old 02-20-2010, 09:01 PM
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Well I took two CLEP tests so here is what I know:

--not every school accepts scores for any subject. For example my school only accepted CLEP scores for four of the 26 subjects that CLEP tests. Others will allow you to earn credit for as much as 30 credit hours of coursework.

--'passing' score is different for every school. For most, it is 50 (out of 80, or 62.5%) but some require higher scores.

--after accepting your score, what they do with it is different for every school. Some may award only pass/fail scores. Others convert it to a letter grade (and often drop the score by one letter, which may hurt your GPA)

--Acceptance of a score may also depend on your intended major. Also, just because the school accepts the score doesn't mean you should skip the class. For example, a mere 51 in College Algebra suggests not a mastery of the subject but a mere basic grasp. That may be fine if you are an art major but if you are an engineering major, you may have trouble passing your upper level classes without a better handle on the subject. So you may be better off taking the course where you can study the subject in greater depth over the course of several months, thus giving you a more solid foundation for success with your degree.

--As an indicator of success on the test, you should have had an above average grade in that subject for at least the last two years of high school. The point of the test is to demonstrate that you have already learned a particular subject, not to avoid having to learn it.
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