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Freshman Year for Free with Modern States Education Alliance

Freshman Year for Free with Modern States Education Alliance
Modern States Education Alliance has a program to provide freshman year of college for free through free online CLEP courses and payment of $80 test f...
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Online Classes, Community College, AP, or CLEP?

Online Classes, Community College, AP, or CLEP?
Are you wondering just what to do next? There are so many options for your homeschooled child!I remember what it felt like to worry around in circles over these options! Choosing between community college, AP courses , CLEP exams, online classes, and other options depends on your child. I have recommended each option to different homeschoolers.When you're making the decision for your family, take a step back and think about what your goals are for your child. If...
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CLEP, Community College Credits, and Scholarships

CLEP, Community College Credits, and Scholarships
CLEP exams, Community College, and Scholarships can be confusing to sort out when homeschooling high school. Wouldn't it be nice if there was just one single source for information, so you could figure it all out easily? It seems like there is conflicting information out there! I attended your classes at the recent Homeschool Conference in Cincinnati. Just noticed your post on facebook and read the entire article (ReduceCollege Expenses with CLEP and CollegePlus! ) You...
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Guest — Ann
What we have found at many colleges is that the big scholarships go to incoming freshmen. This means that all of the college cour... Read More
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 19:48
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Terrific information, Ann! Thank you for sharing! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:40
Guest — Edna
What does CC mean?
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 18:07
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Homeschool College - Do Community Colleges Accept CLEP Credits?

Homeschool College - Do Community Colleges Accept CLEP Credits?
I received this message about CLEP credits from a homeschooling parent:"In Florida, the state universities have a reciprocal policy with the community colleges if you complete your AA. So, we'll probably go that route and do his AA via CLEP and dual enrollment."Earning an AA through CLEP credits and dual enrollment wasn't the route we took, but it may work for you. It turned out that our community college would not accept more than 2 CLEP...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Chris, When my children passed a CLEP, I gave them 1 high school credit, and gave them an A. I put "Honors" by those classes... Read More
Thursday, 02 February 2012 08:10
Guest — Chris
How do you grade a CLEP for the High School Transcript. In other words, my son passed a CLEP with a 56 (Western Civ 1) I need to... Read More
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 18:59
Guest — Lee
Dear Sherri, Yes, it's possible, but it takes some research. If you search my website for "Dual enrollment CLEP" you will find a ... Read More
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 12:09
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Considering CLEP Tests

Considering CLEP Tests
Considering CLEP Tests This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. CLEP exams are college level tests that assume a student has learned naturally by reading a lot, going to museums, reading the paper, perhaps some hands-on learning. That's why CLEP is often a great fit for homeschoolers - it doesn't assume we learn in a classroom setting.  When homeschool parents sign...
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Lee Binz
That's great news, Barbara! Be aware that the policy will probably only apply to Ohio STATE colleges, so you still need to check t... Read More
Saturday, 26 May 2018 23:21
Barbara Yoder
Looks like Ohio now has a CLEP for credit policy for 33 exam areas. https://www.ohiohighered.org/transfer/clep... Read More
Saturday, 26 May 2018 19:34
Guest — Sally
For your Minnesota readers' info, all CLEP and Dante (DSST) tests are accepted for credit by all state colleges. This makes it pos... Read More
Saturday, 06 June 2015 17:52
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Graduate Your Homeschooler with College Credit

Graduate Your Homeschooler with College Credit
In this video, I talk about how to help your homeschool student graduate high school with college credit. For personal support join the Gold Care Club! If you subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Earn College Credits while in High School

Earn College Credits while in High School
You can give high school credit for students who earn college credits, regardless of how old the student may be.  Of course, when I tell that to parents, half of them laugh and think, 'MY child getting college credits in high school?  HA!"  I know it's easy to be skeptical - I remember thinking that way myself!  But when kids really start to learn a subject they love, it's completely possible to earn college credits through...
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High School Testing Help

High School Testing Help
Understanding the common high school tests can save you real money right now - saving thousands of dollars on college. In my online training resource, “High School Testing” I compare major high school tests, discusses general strategies & study tips, and shares how my sons homeschooled one year of college using CLEP exams. This great resource, which includes a video, audio transcription, handouts and an ebook, will help you understand and navigate the following tests: SATACTPSAT/NMSQTPLANSATII...
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OpenCourseWare for Homeschoolers

OpenCourseWare for Homeschoolers
In the realm of online learning, “OpenCourseWare” is the new kid on the block, one worth checking into if you have a homeschool student who does well with virtual classes.  OpenCourseWare (OCW) includes coursework and materials shared freely with anyone via the Internet. Universities such as MIT, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Harvard, to name a few, all offer OCW, although there is no credit conferred for completion of any courses.I think it’s wonderful that these courses...
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Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Terrific info, Jackie! Thanks!
Thursday, 23 August 2012 20:04
Guest — Jackie Ryan Masek
1) We have done OCW and love it! It isn't nearly as easy as they make it sound, though. But, you know me, I'm a Google Master Extr... Read More
Thursday, 23 August 2012 13:13
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CLEP, AP, or Community College?

CLEP, AP, or Community College?
When you are looking at using CLEP, AP, or Community College, you may wonder which one is best.  "Best" is not always easy to decipher.I'll tell you the big truth about all of this:  it depends on the college your child will ultimately attend.  If you ask 10 different colleges, you might get 10 different answers.  Some very prestigious colleges feel the same way about AP exams and community college classes.  It's almost impossible to tell....
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Guest — Lee
Mary, yes, one transcript for all the colleges. You can make it look just perfect for your top choice college, but use that same v... Read More
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 06:59
Guest — Mary
I assume we need to have one transcript that is the same and is sent to all the colleges we apply to...correct? It would be so ni... Read More
Monday, 18 August 2014 18:34
Guest — Lee
Margie, Ron is correct, but only SOME colleges limit credits, and it's not ALL state colleges. Every college will have unique re... Read More
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 08:51
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The Great Courses: Honors, or Just High School Credit?

The Great Courses: Honors, or Just High School Credit?
Homeschoolers use lots of different resources, and one of the ones I’ve recommended in the past are The Great Courses.  With choices in science, mathematics, business and economics (just to name a few), many homeschoolers are utilizing these classes.  Parents have asked me whether the Great Courses should be considered AP Honor’s classes or high school level, but it really depends on how you utilize them. Obviously, the high school courses they offer are high school...
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Take CLEP when you are DONE

Take CLEP when you are DONE
 It's helpful to take the CLEP test when you are "done" with a subject - the problem is knowing what "done" means.Rachel asked, " I am wondering if it could make sense to take the CLEP on a subject right after the student has successfully completed it, rather than waiting until the last year of high school and taking several then.  Are there any disadvantages to this method (taking them as the subjects are "completed") that...
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Guest — J W
LOL, that's pretty bad. Thanks, Lee!
Friday, 13 July 2012 21:53
Guest — Lee
To find a location for the CLEP, contact CollegeBoard.com - the same people who do SAT, AP, and SAT Subject Tests. This is the loc... Read More
Friday, 13 July 2012 07:46
Guest — J W
Dumb question - where does the student take the CLEP tests and who do we contact?
Thursday, 12 July 2012 17:46
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Determining CLEP Credit

Determining CLEP Credit
For determining test-related CLEP credits, here are three big ideas to help:1. Ask the university where you hope to attend and give 1 high school credit per class they equate to that CLEP.2. Look at the "Sample CLEP Policy" from the CollegeBoard to estimate credits.  Each equivalent college class could be one high school credit:3. Remember, it all depends on where  you end up, and the CLEP policy for that university.Colleges each have their own policy...
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More Competitive with CLEP?

More Competitive with CLEP?
What about using CLEP in high school?  Wendy asked these questions after she read my blog post about Capturing CLEP Credit on a Homeschool Transcript: If a college doesn't accept CLEP courses as fulfillment of a college class, will they recognize it as fulfillment of the high school course? And will this make the student's college application more competitive? Will organizations like National Homeschool Honor Society and other "honor" societies make a student's college application more...
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CLEP Results

CLEP Results
Dear Lee,If your child takes and does NOT pass a CLEP exam, does the College Board® report that to colleges that the child applies to?Thanks,Sue Sue,When your child takes the test, you can choose ahead of time to send the score or not send the score. If you send scores later, after you know they pass, it costs more money. Here’s my tips: be SURE they will pass first, by making sure they get a good...
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Our experience has been that we didn't have to choose whether to send the scores until AFTER the test anyway so it wasn't a proble... Read More
Saturday, 29 October 2011 23:42
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