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  1. Learn how to test out of classes in topics where you have gained knowledge through work experience or through other channels

Have you ever been in a class and already knew the material? Maybe you felt you should be the instructor. It is a waste of time and money to sit in a class when you might be able to "test out". There are several ways to test out of a class:

  • Challenge Tests. Many colleges and university offer ways to get college credit through challenge tests that coule include the final exam or equivalent. Many schools offer these challenge exams (or waiver exams) for prerequisites or introductory courses. The grade you get on the challenge test is usually the grade for the course, so you need to be prepared. 
  • Ohio University, Excelsior College or Thomas Edison State College Exams. These schools offer tests in many areas not found elsewhere. The tests can be transferred into other universities for college credit. Make sure to check with the college you are considering to determine their requirements for accepting these exams.  Ohio University offers tests in Basic Aeronautics; History of American Journalism and Ancient Greece, to name a few.  Excelsior College Exams are in Abnormal Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, Cultural Diversity and Religions of the World.  Thomas Edison State Exams are in History of Western Art, Introduction to Counseling and Study of Nutrition. 
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is the most popular of the testing options. The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP® ) offers you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any of the 33 CLEP examinations. The exams are administered at over 1,800 test centers in the United States and abroad; 2,900 colleges and universities will accept credit for successful scores. CLEP exams allow people who have acquired comprehensive subject knowledge through independent or prior study, on-the-job training, or cultural pursuits to show that they have the understanding of college-level material.  The cost is $80 per CLEP exam.  Study Guides can be purchased on the CLEP website or you can get resource materials at your local library or bookstore.

While most schools will transfer in the results of these testing options, 30 is the maximum number of units that may be transfered into most universities through testing. However, Excelsior College, Thomas Edison State College, and Charter Oak State College will allow students to bring in an unlimited number of passed CLEP tests.