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Earning College Credit without Going to the Classroom

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 By: Sue Perkins

In 2007 alone, DSST/DANTES and ECE administered over 124,000 exams worth college credit in the U.S. Add that to CLEP, and you will see that about ¼ million students earn credit-by-exam each year. That means that over 1 million semester hours of college credit are earned by examination at over 3,800 colleges and universities around the country annually.

What is credit by exam? There are three major testing options in the U.S.-DSST/DANTES, CLEP (College Level Examination Program), and Excelsior College Exams (ECE). Credit-by-exam is about 50-80% less than the regular cost of college tuition. You learn everything you need to pass the exam at home on-line or through a workbook and then go out to a local test site once to have an examination administered to you. It is like taking the final exam in a course without having ever taken the college course.

So how do you pass the final examination if you never went to the classroom? (ISS) has guaranteed study materials. You enjoy the benefit of learning everything that would be taught in the college course, but you learn in your own home at your own pace. has assignments, sample exams, and a PaceYourself calendar to help you with the course. You simply purchase an ISS course,choose on-line courses a compact disk or workbook and then buy an accompanying textbook (just like a traditional college course), learn the material, and go to your local test site to have the examination administered.

How many colleges accept credit-by-exam? There are over 3,800 colleges that accept from 15 to 60 credits by examination. Some fully accredited, distance learning colleges even let you earn your entire associate or bachelor's degree by examination.

Since 1986, ISS has been helping students earn credit-by-exam. Many home school students test out of freshmen level courses and enter college as sophomores. is the only company that is endorsed or recognized by not just one, but two of the three major testing companies-DSST/DANTES and ECE.

You can be one of the ¼ million students in the U.S. who earn college credit by proficiency exam each year. Log onto or call 1-800-737-2222 for more information about how to prepare for these exams.


Wow, I had no idea that there are so many on-line options for education. Thanks for the info.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 20, 2010 11:49 AM by Jenny
Can my kiddos, who are home-schooled earn college credit this way?
Posted @ Wednesday, January 20, 2010 11:59 AM by Lynette
Yes, they can. They need to have a college picked out first and make sure they accept CLEP or DSST exams. You can also look at Excelsior College and Thomas Edison College (distance learning colleges) many home school students use these schools.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 20, 2010 12:08 PM by Shara
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