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How do I determine what courses I need for a degree?
Several factors are involved with this, including:
  1. the credits, if any, you have previously earned.
  2. the college or university where you plan to get your degree.
For students interested in a nursing degree from Excelsior College, there is a self-evaluation form that gives you a preliminary view of what courses you need based upon the information you give. Once the self-evaluation is completed, you can purchase your first course and begin immediately.

For students interested in earning a college degree from your local university, you should contact the admissions department and inquire about their acceptance of CLEP, DANTES/DSST, and ECE exams (which specific ones and the number of credits allowed to be transferred).

If you are strictly interested in learning for professional development or self-improvement, choose a course that is appealing to you.

What does it mean when a course is listed as 'Coming Soon?'
iStudySmart.com periodically adds or updates courses to ensure their accuracy. When we find out that a Credit By Examination or a textbook edition has changed, then we'll modify the course accordingly. We are always considering offering other courses according to demand. If you are interested in a course that is not listed, please let us know.

How do I know my assignment answers are correct?
The assignments are a self-guided tour of the textbook(s). There is no need for someone to look at your answers. By reading the page(s) listed with your question, you will get all the information you need to answer the question. This method allows you to move through your course as fast or slow as you wish. However, if you get stuck on a certain question, we have study groups (forums) available to you. If youčre still stuck after visiting the forums, we can put you in touch with someone for assistance.

How do I know if I am learning the course material?
Every course has a Sample Exam: a multiple-choice exam bank full of test questions for you to determine how well you comprehend the material. The Sample Exam computes all of your answers and scores the results. At the end of the exam, you'll be able to identify which questions you answered correctly and where you need a little more help. A word of caution, the Sample Exam is to be used only as a way of measuring your retention of the learning material. You will not be able to pass the real exam by only memorizing the Sample Exam questions. The Assignments section is the crucial portion of the courses.


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