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GREady: Get Ready for Graduate School

Do you want to attend graduate school? If the answer is yes, shift the gear in drive. This blog will help you 1) stay informed about graduate programs, 2) decide on graduate schools, 3) apply for graduate schools (including the GRE and personal statements), 4) prepare for interviews, 5) find funding and lots more. Although this site cannot guarantee a masters or doctoral position, it does promise that you will be a very competitive candidate for your desired program!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Undergraduate Curriculum: Testing Out of Courses

More often than not college students graduate in 5-6 years, which is due to the number of classes needed to complete their bachelor degree. Somewhere in their hectic schedule of taking major and minor classes, they need to find to time to fulfill those general education (gen. eds.) requirements. Testing out of classes is increasing in popularity and is especially helpful in eliminating gen. eds.. Courses that students are usually able to test out of are Freshman English I and II, language classes, survey literature courses, and introductory courses. Testing agencies that offer the above are The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) and Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST). The CLEP test costs about $55.00, while the DSST is $60.00. Also, the university administering the test might require an additional processing fee, which usually is around $15.00. Although CLEP and DSST expenses seem exorbitant, keep in mind that taking the actual course will cost lots more. Besides, what is graduating in 4 years worth? Before taking any of these tests, make sure to contact the registrar’s department and/or program department to affirm that you will receive credit and study, study, study. So if you are looking to shed some of those added college years, click on the following sites:

About CLEP

Register for CLEP

Military CLEP

About DSST

DSST Courses

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