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Is taking the CLEP exam worth it for college credit?

Hey everyone, I'm a junior and just found out about the CLEP exams. I'm considering taking a few to get some college credits out of the way. Can anyone shed light on if they're widely accepted by colleges and if they really help you save on tuition or graduate early? Also, how should I prepare for them if I decide to take one?

7 months ago

Hello there! It's great to hear that you're exploring ways to earn college credit in advance through CLEP exams. CLEP exams are indeed recognized by many colleges and universities, potentially allowing you to earn credit for what you already know, thus saving on tuition fees and even potentially graduating early.

However, not all institutions accept CLEP credit, and the policies can vary quite significantly from school to school. It's crucial to check the credit acceptance policies of the colleges you are interested in, to see whether or not taking the exams would be a worthwhile use of your time.

For preparing, the College Board offers official study materials and practice exams to help you gauge your readiness. Additionally, free online resources, textbooks, and even courses related to the exam subjects can also be valuable tools for your preparation. As you prepare, try to focus on the subjects you're already familiar with or particularly strong in, as this will increase your chances of passing the exams, and also make studying less stressful—remember, you don't want studying for these exams to come at the expense of your GPA.

Finally, remember that CLEP credits can not only save on tuition but also free up your schedule to explore other areas of interest during your college years. Best of luck in your preparations!

7 months ago

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