How to Save Money by Testing Out of Classes
The Cost of Schooling
College is expensive, and most students will do anything they can to save a buck or two. There are the usual things-buying used textbooks, living with a roommate, and going to community college for a year or two to get your prerequisites out of the way. But did you know that you might be able to save more by testing out of those basic classes?
If you test out of enough courses, you could quite easily save $2,000 – $3,000 on tuition.
For example, at one local college, students are required to take a keyboarding class. The only way around it is to take a keyboarding test and meet the minimum requirement of 30 WPM. Pass it and you can save $100 – $300 a credit hour times three credit hours plus a textbook. That’s a bargain, especially if you have to get a loan for school and you end up paying interest on that loan. Plus, you save on other incurred costs like fees, and commuting. If saving money isn’t enough incentive, you know that testing out can make it possible to transfer or graduate earlier than you expected.
How to Save Money and Test Out
The whole idea behind placement tests is that they can help colleges determine whether or not you have already mastered the objectives and subject matter for a given discipline. One of the most popular ways to test out of courses is through College Level Examination Placement tests (CLEP). CLEP exams make it possible for you to earn college credits without attending class. Other testing options may vary by school.
CLEP currently offers exams in more than 30 different subjects. However, before you take any exams, you should make sure your college or university awards credit for CLEP. After that, you can find the appropriate exams and register to take them at your local exam center. You can earn between three and twelve credit hours toward your degree through CLEP exams. Check out study guides and test taking tips to improve your scores and get the most out of the exam process.
AP Coursework Can Save You Money Too
Entrance exams or placement tests aren’t the only way to save money on tuition. You can also take Advanced Placement – or AP classes – while you are still in high school. If you pass your AP exams, then you may be able to earn college credit before you ever enroll.
With the rising costs of tuition, testing out of courses is one of the best things you can do for your bank account. Plus, the sooner you graduate, the sooner you can start earning money.
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Angie Best-Boss is a freelance writer, editor and life-long student. She is the author or co-author of seven non-fiction books, including "Before Your Time: Living with Premature Menopause," Living with PCOS" and "Budgeting for Infertility: Bringing Home Baby Without Breaking the Bank," all released by Simon and Schuster. Other books include the Everything Guide to Digestive Health (Adams Media 5/09) and a romance novel, "My One and Only."
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