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  • Military Exclusive Opportunity for Tuition & College Credit Savings

    Until recently, tuition assistance has been available to military personnel since the late 1940’s.  However, due to recent budget cuts, military branches have been forced to suspend their tuition assistance programs.  “These cuts will have an impact on military families.  The National Education Alliance is subsidizing the cost of the in-depth study materials from iStudySmart.com to help out during the suspension of tuition assistance.  This will allow military personnel to continue to prepare for and pass exams to complete college credit.  Our goal is to support the military during this time,” said National Education Alliance President, Shara Wright.  The courses are normally $225 each but with the funds provided by the Alliance, military personnel can have online access to the iStudySmart.com traditional courses for $49.95 per month per course with the exclusive military discount on the SmartSubscription.  There is no limit to the number of courses which may be purchased in this manner.  iStudySmart.com’s test preparation materials are a flexible alternative to help military personnel complete college credit toward degree completion or for work related advancement. 

     

    Military members can prepare for their college credit equivalent exams using iStudySmart.com materials at the reduced rate and test out with DSST and CLEP exams.  These exams remain funded by the military.

     

    Students can TAP into a program that is:

    • Transferable: over 3,800 colleges accept credit by exam
    • Affordable: one course per month for only $49.95 – for military personnel
    • Portable: work at your pace – anywhere in the world

     

    iStudySmart.com is the only publisher of in-depth study materials endorsed by DSST, formerly known as DANTES Subject Standardized Test. Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth was recognized for its superior educational performance and Chief Master Sgt. Wanda Dillon stated, “Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth went from 5 graduates of the Community College of the Air Force to 77 graduates in one year and iStudySmart.com contributed to that success.” 

     

    For military personnel to take advantage of the iStudySmart.com discount, please email info@iStudySmart.com with Military in the subject line.  Members of the Military will be given a coupon code to use at checkout.

     

    About iStudySmart.com

    iStudySmart.com offers exam preparation for DSST, CLEP and EC exams that enable students to pass the first time and a path to the degree which accelerates your progress to completion, while saving a considerable amount of time and money along the way.

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  • Education Options to Fit Into Your Budget



    iStudySmart.com was envisioned with flexibility in mind. You choose from over 60 courses to prepare for CLEP, DSST (formerly DANTES) and Excelsior College Exams, you choose when you study, where you study, and when you test. Flexibility is key, and our customers really enjoy being able to pick and choose the college courses they want to test out of. For those looking to test out of just one college course they are missing, choosing the single-course option is the best idea. However, did you know iStudySmart.com also offers long-term options for learners that want to take more than one course? The best part is there’s an education option for every budget!

    • SmartSubscription

    Access one online Traditional Course per month with an $89 monthly subscription

     

    • SmartClub

    1 year access to 14 online Traditional Courses for $740 or 2 year access to unlimited online Traditional courses for $990

     

    • Premier Bundle

    Bundle Premier self-paced online courses into easy monthly payments

     

    For details on SmartSubscription and SmartClub click here.  If you’re interested in learning more about how to bundle our Premier courses, give us a call at 800-737-2222. Whether you only need one college course or you want to test out of entire semesters, iStudySmart.com has the right options to fit every need and budget. If you’re ready to test out of DSST, ECE, and CLEP college course, iStudySmart.com has many ways to help you start.

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  • Military Servicemembers taking CLEP, DSST(DANTES) or ECE, pass the first time for FREE!

    In the not so distant past Military servicemembers had their CLEP, DSST (DANTES) and ECE exams paid for no matter how many times it took to pass. So if they did not know the Biology material they could take the CLEP exam over and over until they passed and not worry about studying.  It made perfect since to take the exam multiple times without studying as long as the exam was free.  Why pay for study material when you can just retake the exams until you passed? However after a number of budget cuts this convenience to the military student was revamped.

    DANTES New Retest Policy: The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) announced they will only provide funding for initial testing for College Level Entrance Examination Program (CLEP) exam, DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) and Excelsior College Examinations (ECE) exams taken after May 20, 2010. If a retest is required for exams taken after this date, it will be at the expense of the servicemember. Retests will continue to be funded through DANTES for servicemembers who took a test prior to May 20 and take the retest before Dec. 11, 2010.” This according to Military.com

    Some exams can cost up to $350.00, imagine paying for that exam but receiving no credit, might as well burn your money right?  This policy makes passing the first time essential! In an earlier blog I talk about 7 Study Tips which can help military students pass the first time. Although this may be scary news to some or not news at all to others, it shouldn’t discourage you from testing out of college courses.  Testing out saves time, money, gives you flexibility, and allows you to study at your own pace in your own space. 

    “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” ~Vince Lombardi


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  • 7 Study Tips on “Testing Out”

    Taking a test in grade school, although scary at the time, seems like a distance but pleasant memory to most, so how did we make it this far? As kids we took multiple tests through grade school, middle school and high school yet we graduated. But as working adults we cringe at the very thought of test taking.  Will we look back on tests we take now and wonder what the big deal was? I think not. Most kids have one responsibility SCHOOL, now we juggle work, family, social obligations and continuing our education. Testing out of college courses using DSST, CLEP and ECE exams saves money and time, but for some seems daunting. So let me give you a few helpful hints.

    1. Study: I know it may seem obvious but reading + writing = retention.
    2. Sleep: Before taking the exam get a good night’s sleep don’t cram!
    3. Prolong knowledge: Instead of cramming, study a little each day
    4. Eat Well: Stay healthy and feel good, your brain is a vital organ feed it well.
    5. Use good resources: Textbooks, study guides and internet resources. You can buy really cheap textbooks at amazon.com, study guides at iStudySmart.com and two good internet resources are getcollegecredit.com or collegeboard.org.
    6. Eat a good meal before the test: a grumbling stomach can be a distraction that causes you to think of nothing other than that MacDonald’s sign out the testing center’s window.
    7. Don’t Stress: You are PREPARED!

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  • You CAN earn your ASN degree!

    You CAN earn your ASN degree! iStudySmart.com courses are designed to help you pass CLEP, DSST (used by DANTES), or ECE exams to earn credit by examination so you CAN earn your ASN degree. Over 3800 colleges and universities will let you apply credit earned by examination toward your degree.

    Contact your local college and find out if will allow you to test out of your general education courses. If you are a LPN/LVN, Paramedic or Respiratory Therapist Excelsior College may be a  good option.  Excelsior will allow you to test out of your general education courses and your nursing courses.

    Whether you plan to earn your degree from a college in your home town, through Excelsior College, or another school, iStudySmart.com can help.

     

    Study at your pace in your space!

     

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  • Study Guides for CLEP, DSST and ECE

    iStudySmart.com writes in depth study guides for CLEP, DSST (DANTES) and ECE (Excelsior College Exam)exams. Passing these exams allow students to complete college credit at home.  iStudySmart.com offers an online format so students can access their courses anywhere at anytime.  Students can study at their own pace in their own place. 

    The online courses guide students through key concepts designed to make sure they learn the information that will be on their tests. Included with the assignments are sample tests and other study tools.

    All of the online study courses are the same format. The only difference is the subject matter. iStudySmart.com has over 60 courses within five major categories: Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Business and Nursing. The actual CLEP, DSST and ECE exams are all multiple-choice questions with the exception of English and Religions of the World, which have essay sections. The iStudySmart.com course sample exams are multiple-choice too and the computer scores your results to let you know your level of comprehension.

    Each assignment has a question, a reference to a section of the related text, and a place for students to type answers in an online form. Assignment questions and answers can be printed in an open-ended format, if desired.

    Each assignment question comes with the chapter reference to help students find the answers quickly. After a question is answered, it can be printed out for study.

    A sample exam provides a multiple-choice exam designed to emulate the proficiency exam a student will take. Each online course has a computer application built in that automatically scores the results. Therefore, students can review the questions they missed. They can reset the exam and try it again. In fact, they can take the test as many times as they wish.

    Each exam question is designed to help students recall the information they've studied. At the end of each exam, they're shown the questions they answered correctly -- and the ones they didn't. The exam results are designed to help the test takers determine their weak areas, he added.

    No instructors are involved as iStudySmart.com courses are designed to let students work through an entire course without needing outside assistance. However, they do have access to other students working on the same material via the iStudySmart.com forums. There are forums for adult learners, high school or college students, military, nursing, time management, testing companies, and a general forum for posting comments about distance learning.

    The online courses are completely self-paced. There are no time-limits. Once you have completed a course and feel comfortable with the subject matter, then you register to take the proficiency exam at a testing site nearest you. When you pass the exam, you can transfer it to the college of your choice as credit.

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  • CLEP, ECE, and DSST Study Guides

    For 26 years [Since 1986] iStudySmart.com, has developed study guides for CLEP, ECE, and DSST proficiency exams. With iStudySmart.com, they've transitioned their products and services to the Internet. However, it is very important to make sure the college you are planning to transfer proficiency exams is accredited. Accreditation is crucial when you're talking about the college where you are going to get your degree from. A student should know what his college's policy is regarding proficiency exams before beginning a course.

    This information can be found out by calling the appropriate Admissions department at the college, or by checking out iStudySmart.com's database of colleges accepting CLEP exams. In most cases, the database verifies which specific exams the colleges accept.

    iStudySmart.com helps students determine the proficiency exams to test out of and helps them locate the closest testing centers. After they've passed the proficiency exam, they transfer the score into their college of choice.

    Most colleges accept proficiency exams as college credit. However, each college has different requirements on the number of credits accepted and the specific proficiency exams they'll allow so you should check with your university of choice.

     

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  • Test Out of CLEP, DSST and ECE exams to Complete College Credit at Home

    Electronic education is increasing in popularity, which is good news for iStudySmart.com, a company that specializes in distance learning and provides online courses that allow students to comlete college credit by testing out of CLEP, ECE (Exceslior College Exam) or DSST (used by DANTES) exams. (These proficiency exams are accepted by over 3,800 accredited colleges and universities.)

    iStudySmart.com offers self-paced learning, complete with assignments and practice exams. Students buy the courses, study when they'd like, and take the exams when they're ready. The traditional courses cost $225* each. While every college treats scores differently, most courses are worth between three to six hours of college credit.

    Students will need to buy a textbook for each course. Students can buy the texts from the iStudySmart.com On-Line Bookstore. Of course, if students decide to pursue a degree, they'll have testing and college fees. However, federal loans or grants can't be used for iStudySmart.com courses.

    After registering at iStudySmart.com, students are given access to local testing centers for all exams, their own interactive study calendar, and access to forums for communicating with other iStudySmart.com pupils. Registration is free.

    "Registering is a marketing tool that we use to gather demographic information about our users so we can better understand their needs," David Wright, iStudySmart.com President, says. "Anyone interested in completeing college credit can register and find out how iStudySmart.com can help them specifically."

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  • Distance Learning for Nurses

    There’s a nursing shortage in America – and your hospital will start losing if you’re not prepared. Studies show that educational benefits are a major component in the recruitment and retention of great nurses. iStudySmart.com has the key to maximizing your potential in this tight labor market. We can help your nurses obtain a degree through distance learning or fast track their degree at local college campus.  How? Over 3,800 colleges allow students to by pass the classroom and test out of college courses using CLEP (College Level Examination Program), DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Exam) and ECE (Exceslior College Exam) exams.

    1. Reduce Your Education Budget
      Because we can offer courses online and offline, we’re able to pass along cost savings that will expand your educational options and stretch your benefits dollar.
    2. Solve Scheduling Problems
      iStudySmart.com gives the student the power to control the schedule and pace of studying. No scheduling problems, no missed work.
    3. Attract and Retain Employees
      iStudySmart.com offers RN and BSN courses that have helped thousands of nurses working toward their degrees and improved the quality of care at hundreds of hospitals. Attract nurses when they’re in short supply – and keep the ones you’ve got.
    4. Custom Solutions
      We’re so convinced that iStudySmart.com will benefit your hospital that we’ll design a custom solution just for your business. We’ll conduct a free on-site seminar for your employees and help you make the most of their education.

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  • Credit By Examination: CLEP, DSST and ECE

    Credit by examination programs enable you to apply your knowledge toward college credit at participating colleges.

    Earning credit by examination works like this: you study college level material and take a final exam, if you pass the exam - you get college credit!

    Our study courses prepare you to take exams that are recognized nationally by more than 3800 colleges and universities. Many colleges allow you to earn part of your required credits through credit by examination. Some colleges allow you to earn your entire degree that way! It's easy to get started!
    • Earn college credit for what you already know!
      It doesn't matter how or where you learned a subject, as long as you can pass the exam. If you're not sure you are ready to pass, iStudySmart.com courses guide you through a subject and guarantee your passing score!
    • Save Money!
      Our courses can be less expensive than enrolling in traditional classes!
    • Graduate Faster!
      Study at your own pace to "test out" of the required coursework you need to earn an associate or bachelor degree.

    Note: Each school has their own policy about which tests are accepted and how much credit is allowed to be earned by examination.

    There are three main Credit by Examination programs: 

    • CLEP:  College Level Examination Program
    • DSST:  DANTES Subject Standardized Exam
    • ECE:  Excelsior College Exam

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