you’re new to CLEP and DANTES and you want to know what it
is all about? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We offer
more information, materials and specifics about CLEP and DANTES
tests than any other website out there. There isn’t anything
we don’t know about CLEP and DANTES tests and we’d like
to share it all with you.
1 - Don't Get Overwhelmed
are a lot of different tests that you can take, tests you are qualified
for, tests that are interesting to you and let’s be realistic,
tests that just sound easy and quick to pass. We'll help you narrow
down the field, provide insight into taking the right test and get
you the materials that you need to pass.
2 - Find out your school’s CLEP and DANTES policy
this isn’t too hard to do. Most colleges and universities post
their CLEP and DANTES policies online. It may be listed under the
testing center. Or, it may be listed under their transferring credit
or credit by examination or portfolio category.
It’s important to find out what you school
will accept and how. There are two different ways that colleges
apply CLEP and DANTES tests as credit. The first way is to assign
a specific class to a specific test. For example, a college accepts
CLEP credit for English Composition. The school determines that
this test covers the same information as a Freshman English 1010
(just an example). This means that you will receive credit for Freshman
English 1010 which you may need for graduation or to fill a prerequisite
for a higher level English course. If you don’t need this
exact class, it will most likely count as an elective credit.
The second way that a school can assign credit for
a test is in a category. For example, you’re taking the English
Composition CLEP test. The school says that for graduation you need
six credits in English. That means you can take this test and any
other English test to fill the credits in that category. This is
the way that University of Phoenix determines credits, however,
they call the category Communication Arts.
There are some standard rules that schools have
about CLEP or DANTES tests. These include things like, if you have
taken the class in college before you won’t be able to take
the CLEP test, or it will count as elective credit and not the category
credit. As always, each school makes up its own rules and they are
varied for each person so it’s always a good idea to check
with your school first.
good to find out how long after you get your passing score does
it take to post the credit to your school account. This mainly is
important for students you are taking a CLEP or DANTES test in order
to make a graduation deadline. Make sure you allow enough time to
post the credit or make arrangements with your counselor.
3 - Select your CLEP or DANTES test
may be the easiest part of the whole process. Browse through the
categories and tests until you find the test you are most interested
in, or the test you need in order to fulfill graduation requirements.
We list each test by subject so you'll know which tests count for
which types of credit. Each test has the number of questions on
it and the difficulty ranking. You can find that on the products
page for CLEP and for DANTES.
order the study materials. You can choose to have the instant download
or the hard copy mailed to you, or both! If you would like to have
both the PDF and the hard copy, please select “order now”,
complete your order and then send us an email with your receipt
number requesting the PDF. We will then email it to you so you can
begin studying while you wait for the study guide to come in the
mail. If you select the PDF, download it to your computer. You will
not be able to access it again to download it. If your computer
crashes or you do need the file again, we would be happy to email
it to you. To help you faster, please always include your receipt
number, name and email address.
4 - STUDY!!!
may seem like an obvious step but is very important to YOUR success.
Your amount and quality of study will determine how well you do on
the test. We are frequently asked how much you need to study. That
depends on you. How fast you read, how familiar you are with the topic
from work or school, and the difficulty of the material all play a
part in your study time. If you plan on taking the test within 24
hours of purchasing the study guide, make sure you memorize all the
study for one to two hours a night for two weeks and then are prepared
to take the test. Some guidelines in determining if you are ready
to take a CLEP or DANTES test are: read the study guide at least
three times. You should know the material well enough to be able
to teach it to someone else from memory. If you can teach a concept,
give examples of it and answer questions about it, you are ready
to take the test. Have a family member open the book at random and
quiz you. Use the flashcards and if necessary, make additional ones
for the areas that are giving you trouble.
5 - Schedule the Test
you haven’t done so already, schedule the CLEP or DANTES test
with your testing center. If you need help locating where you can
take your test, click here. Many testing centers will require advanced
notice of at least a few days. However, some will let you walk in
and take the test. Find out the testing center’s policy about
scheduling in advance. The ideal situation is to schedule your test
after you feel you are completely ready.
6 - Take the Test
sure you are on time for your CLEP test as some schools give them
at specific times and may need you to reschedule. This is also a courtesy
to the testing center. Bring yourself, your checkbook and/or credit
cards to pay for the test and the testing center. The CLEP test is
$72 and the DANTES test is $80. In addition, the school may charge
a testing center fee. This is in addition to the testing fee and is usually
about $15. This is paid to the school directly. They should give you
this information when you schedule your test. For military members
past or present: there are special rules about paying for CLEP and
DANTES tests. These are free for you to take. However, depending on
your status, you will either pay for the test and be reimbursed or
you will not have to pay at all. You need to contact your education
officer for more information.
7 - Get Your Score
over 90% of you, you will receive your score instantly. Most CLEP
and DANTES tests are taken on the computer which will automatically
score your test. You do have the option to cancel your score before
the score is shown to you or printed. Generally, you only do this
if you don’t think you have passed. However, you still won’t
be able to retake the test for six months if you cancel the score
or if you don’t pass, so it is better to take the risk, you
may have passed by one point! It doesn’t affect your GPA or
transcript if you don’t pass so you don’t have anything
If you take the pencil and paper version of the test then you will
receive your score by mail in 3-6 weeks.
On your score
report it will list your score and the ACE recommended score. This
is the score that most colleges and universities use to determine
if you got a high enough score to award credit, basically, the passing
score. Most schools give a pass on your transcript, they do not
assign a letter grade such as “A, B, C”. However, this
is only the majority so always check with your school. Also, some
schools require a score higher than the ACE recommended score for
passing. If this is the case, we will still honor our guarantee
for Pass or Don’t Pay. Simply provide us with a copy of your
score, the school’s policy (from their web page) and your receipt.
8 - CELEBRATE!
passing your first CLEP or DANTES test! Most CLEP tests and all DANTES
tests are worth 3 credit hours. Look at how much time you’ve
saved driving to, sitting in, and doing homework for class. Think
about how much extra money you will have now that you don’t
have to pay tuition and books for an extra class.
that you’ve got the process down, start again! University of
Phoenix will let you test out of up to 30 credits. Other schools average
around 18 credits. That is a lot of money and time you can save! We’re
glad to be here to help you on your way. Let us know your experiences!
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