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Which Curriculum is Best?

Which Curriculum is Best?

| January 1, 2014

“Which curriculum is best to prepare for a CLEP exam?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions I receive from homeschool parents. Sometimes the wording is slightly different ~ Do I have to use a college textbook? Is Abeka or Notgrass or A History of US okay for the US History CLEP? We’re […]

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CLEP Test Registration Process

CLEP Test Registration Process

| November 18, 2013

Beginning fall of 2013, the College Board launched My Account, a self-serve feature that enables test-takers to register for CLEP exams online. According to the College Board, My Account benefits include: • Simplified registration and check-in process (register for CLEP exams 24/7) • Update account information at any time prior to taking exam • Access […]

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10 Reasons Not to Go to College (At Least, Not Yet)

10 Reasons Not to Go to College (At Least, Not Yet)

| November 2, 2013

Which camp do you fall into when asked: “Why do you want to go to college?” Students will often say, “For the (social) experience.” Parents will often answer, “To get a better job.” Some will even honestly reply, “Because I don’t know what else to do.” Let me rephrase that first question: “DO you want […]

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10 Reasons to CLEP in High School

10 Reasons to CLEP in High School

| September 23, 2013

Students are finding a number of reasons to add CLEP and DSST exams to their high school studies. Print off this list and ask your student to circle the three that might apply to his/her goals for his education. Then you do the same. This makes for great dinner table conversation. 1. The first two […]

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What Will $400,000 Buy?

What Will $400,000 Buy?

| August 22, 2013

I met Mariah just two weeks ago, a week before she was departing for her first year of college. I had just finished giving a presentation titled “Getting Out, not just In” to a group of high school students who were attending a week-long summer residential business camp. As I wrapped things up, she shared […]

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College Composition CLEP Saves Students $1,000

College Composition CLEP Saves Students $1,000

| August 9, 2013

Where else can a student earn over $1,000 for two hours of work? The College Composition CLEP exam assesses writing skills taught in most first-year college composition courses. Hopefully this is remedial work for your student; encourage him to develop his writing skills before he enters college. Students who pass this exam will earn 6 […]

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PLAN Test Prep

PLAN Test Prep

| August 5, 2013

If your incoming 10th grade student is planning on taking the PLAN test this fall, then some prep before the summer is out is a good idea. If you have not yet made arrangements for your student to take the PLAN, check with your local public or charter school guidance office at the end of […]

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Test Day ID Requirements

Test Day ID Requirements

| May 1, 2013

These test-taking tips and more can be found in the newly released book: Credits Before College Test Day ID Requirements A little pre-planning is required prior to your student’s first exam to ensure he/she has the appropriate personal identification required on test day. Students without proper identification may not be allowed to test. Always check […]

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Announcing New Book Release!

Announcing New Book Release!

| April 3, 2013

I am pleased to announce the release of my new book Credits Before College: A Guide to Earning Affordable College Credits in High School CLEP, DSST, Choosing a Career, Degree Planning, and Charting your Course It’s all here! Start early, work at your own pace, and accumulate credits before entering college. This book coaches families […]

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MN Co-ops Offering CLEP Classes

MN Co-ops Offering CLEP Classes

| March 21, 2013

 Note: This may not be a comprehensive list.  If you know of a co-op in your area that provides students with the opportunity to earn Credit-by-Exam, please contact me so they can be added. Several Minnesota Homeschool Co-ops are offering classes that help students earn college credit while in high school.  Contact the Co-op directly […]

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