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Can I use my work experience to get college credits?


Has it been years since you’ve been in school? Have you been working and gaining all of that “experience” employers are always talking about? Great news! There is a way to take your life experience and knowledge and turn them into college credits. How? With CLEP tests and DSST.

What is CLEP? The College Level Examination Program or CLEP tests are a group of standardized tests created and administered by College board. Offering 33 exams in 5 different subject areas, CLEP tests cover material taught in courses that you may generally take in your first two years of college. By passing CLEP tests, you can earn 3 or more college credits and a fraction of the cost of the actual class. Each exam costs $80! There is no limit as to how many CLEP tests can be taken either. So, if you have a subject that you’ve always done well in or have a lot of knowledge in, take the test and add it to your GPA. Not only will you be saving money, but you will also shorten your graduation time as well. One less class to take!


What is DSST? Formerly known as DANTES Subject standardized tests, DSST exams are available to anyone who is seeking college credit outside of the traditional classroom including college student, adult learners, high school students and military personnel. If experience is the world’s greatest teacher, then your experiences may well qualify you for college credit. The nationally recognized DSST program helps you receive college credits for learning that took place outside of the traditional classroom. With more than 30 exams in several different subject areas, over 1900 colleges and universities will recognize these tests and award college credit for passing scores.