It's no secret that a college education is expensive. The average cost for the 2016-17 school year for tuition and fees was $9,650 – an increase of several hundred dollars over 2015-16 period.
“Testing out” through credit-by-exam is one way students can lower those costs, but before you take that route, there are some myths that need to be cleared up to discover the real facts about credit-by-exam:
- Myths One and Two – You get credit for any exams you take, and you can use credits earned at any college
Wrong. Every institution has its own rules about allowed credits – and how they are applied. For some degree programs, there are limits on how many credits you can “test out” of. Some schools allow you to test out of a prerequisite but not give credit, and others may only allow credit for electives.
Schools also vary on how many credits they allow from transfer, and in what fields. That’s why it is important to research your options. Achieve Test Prep has done much of this research already, and can find the schools that best fit your individual needs.
- Myth Three – You don’t have to study as hard, it’s just a test
For the lucky few, this may be true. But if you are like most, you are going to need to be self-motivated and disciplined to pass. Most need some help in that area, and that’s where the prep courses from Achieve come in. Through one of our nation-wide campuses, or online through our virtual live classrooms, you have a qualified instructor that prepares you and keeps you on-track.
What is true is that you avoid all the busy work, the research papers, and seemingly endless quizzes. Instead, you take a few weeks of prep classes and take one exam to test out for the same class credit you would have gotten for an entire semester of coursework. Our 94+% pass rate proves how successful Achieve students are at this.
- Myth Four – It takes four years to get a college degree
In fact, recent studies show that only 19% of college students at public universities graduate on time. This may be true if you don’t take advantage what credit-by-exam offers. Using Achieve’s credit-by-exam program, you could get your degree in as little as half the time a traditional degree program requires.
No Myth: Save Time and Money
Graduating sooner with fewer classes means less tuition and fees, and if you use our online virtual live classroom option, you save on transportation fees like car maintenance, parking fees, and commuting time. Classes are offered day of night, and on weekends, year-round to give you the flexibility to take courses when it fits your schedule – instead of trying to juggle your schedule to fit ours. Contact Achieve today and discover how you can get your degree in as little as half the time of traditional methods, while saving up to 50% or more in tuition fees.
And to learn more about how credit-by-exam works, and whether it is right for you, register for one of our free online seminars on our Credit-by-Examination Test-Out College Bridge Program, today!