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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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  • 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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  • Three Primary Testing Organizations: College Board (CLEP), DSST and Excelsior College

    In the world of college testing for credit there are three primary testing organizations, College Board (CLEP), DSST and Excelsior College.

    1. College Board is a not-for-profit member association that is part of Educational Testing Services (ETS), a non-profit organization. College Board is responsible for SAT, CLEP, and Advanced Placement (AP) testing. It is the policy of College Board to remain neutral and avoid recommending any study materials other than their own so as not to risk conflicts of interest.
    2. DSST is also part of ETS, but is wholly-owned and independently operated. They are the largest test center network in the world, primarily offering test-taking services. If you are planning to take certification or licensing tests for the American Medical Examiners, the insurance industry, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, or many other professional groups, you will do so through a DSST test center. DSST is a part of DSST exams are similar to CLEP exams in that passing scores are equivalent to college credit.
    3. Excelsior College has been a pioneer in the development of accredited online degree programs to serve the needs of working adults. They developed their own challenge exams that allowed students to test for competency in different subjects. Excelsior recognized that many working adults already had considerable knowledge in some subject areas and having them complete a course in those areas was not a good use of the student’s time or resources. If you can pass an Excelsior College exam, you are demonstrating knowledge equivalent to having taken the class. Because the exams are thorough and measure competency well, other colleges and universities also accept passing scores on these exams as credit earned.

    DSST lists iStudySmart.com as a resource for in-depth study materials and has done so since 2002. In addition, a link to the iStudySmart.com website can be found on many college test center webpages because, again, iStudySmart.com materials and customer service have been found to be excellent.

    Since 1986, iStudySmart.com has worked hard to develop materials that would be quality test preparation and that would help students as they pursue their educational goals. Earning the recognition of professionals in the industry is a much appreciated reward.

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  • The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests or DSST

    Education Writer and Counselor: Thomas Nixon
    April, 2005: About.com's Continuing Education Page

    While many students have heard of GRE exams, CLEP exams and the rest, the best choice may not be quite as recognizable. The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, or DSSTs, were originally designed as a way for members of the military to earn college credit for either information they already possessed or information which they could learn through self-study. At present, there are close to forty examinations available with more in the works.

    DANTES stands for Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support.

    Why use the DSST exams when there are others available? For starters, the exam cost is only $60 each. (* Fees are subject to change.) Yes, that is $60 to earn three units. The tests are free to members of the military. Also, these exams are accepted at over 1,900 colleges and universities around the world and are recognized as worthy of credit by the American Council on Education.

    Widespread recognition at a very reasonable cost is a difficult combination to beat.

    Tests are in the general areas of mathematics, social science, business, physical science, applied technology, and humanities. Test titles range from 'Ethics in America' to 'Principles of Physical Science' to 'Organizational Behavior,' and many, many more. There are enough tests in enough different areas to earn a large portion of a college degree in this manner, provided you have or can get the knowledge necessary to pass the test.

    Each test has a fact sheet that is downloadable from the website. The fact sheet includes information on the areas covered on that test, plus sample questions to give you some idea what to study. Should you need to study, the fact sheet also includes a list of recommended books.

    If you're not ready to pass an exam and think that you need extra help, the Chauncey Group, creators of the exam, has partnered with iStudySmart.com to provide study courses, both online and by correspondence. Even with the $149 (or somewhat more) for the courses, that is still a reasonable amount for three units. iStudySmart.com offers courses for over twenty of the tests.

    If you're not sure if you are ready to pass the exam, you can take practice tests. GetCollegeCredit.com is the civilian DSST website. On that site, you can take nineteen practice tests. Clearly, all practice tests are not available for all subject areas, but this can be a useful tool for those areas where one is provided. While passing the practice test in no way guarantees passing the real test, it is a good indicator.

    If you hope to be successful with DSSTs or other credit-by-examination options, you may wish to follow this plan:

    1. Check out the fact sheet for that test. Does it seem like this is something where you have previous knowledge? If it is, go to the next step. If it is not, you would be wise to study prior to taking the practice tests.
    2. Test your knowledge. Use one of the practice tests at GetCollegeCredit.com or from one of the test preparation books available.
    3. If you don't nail the test, consider either purchasing a textbook for the topic or using a test preparation company such as iStudySmart.com.
    4. After sufficient studying, take a practice test again.
    5. If you do well on the practice test, it's time for the real thing!

    It's important that you don't rush the process. If you pass a practice test, but did not do particularly well, you are well-advised to learn more before taking the test. However, one advantage with the DSST is that the cost is so low relative to other tests that a failure on a single test does not cost you hundreds of dollars.
    * DSST fees changed to $80 as of December, 2008.


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