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Boo! 5 Truly Scary Things About College Matriculation

college_matriculationCollege matriculation is the gateway to a rewarding and better paying career. Studies have shown that a college graduate will earn $2 million more in a working lifetime than someone who only has a high school degree. That can buy a lot of Halloween candy! However, there are some pretty scary truths that today’s college students need to face. So, put on your fright wig and grab some candy to get in the Halloween spirit as we look at some frightening facts about getting your college degree – and the secrets to overcoming them.

1. Most Students Pay for Classes Not Related to Their Major. The typical traditional degree will require you to spend 4,500 hours in class and study time over four years. A great deal of that time is spent on material you may already know or have experience in, or it is completely unrelated to the degree you seek. Wouldn’t it be great if you could reduce that time and spend it on relevant subjects or other obligations instead?

2. Text Books Cost Up to $900 Per Semester. This is a cost often overlooked by students, but it can be very expensive, even if you buy used texts (which isn’t always possible). Imagine the savings if your text books were free.

3. You Have to Pay to Take Failed Courses Again. There are a number of pre-requisites and a set of core subjects that are required by most colleges for degrees in any field. You will have to pass them before you can go on with other courses. In a traditional setting, you will usually have to pay to take the course over again. Considering that 23% of all first-time undergraduates wind up with at least one remedial course, this is a burden many students will have to face.

4. 23% of All Full-Time Students, Aged 24 or Younger, Work At Least 20 Hours a Week. It’s a Catch-22. College is expensive (the average cost per year is over $28,000 and rising), so many have to work to pay for their education. Yet, working often causes conflicts with traditional classes. This is one reason that 70% of students who take classes part-time drop out. What you need are classes that are offered with a flexible calendar, which traditional colleges do not typically provide.

5. Barely Half of All College Students Will Obtain a Degree within Six Years. Despite all the unquestionable benefits a degree affords, almost half of those entering college will fail to obtain one. Cost and time issues are the two most frequently given reasons for failure. Fortunately, there is an answer.

Programs Don’t Wear Halloween Costumes, But If They Did…

…then Achieve Test Prep’s Credit-By-Exam Bridge Program would be a superhero. Achieve is the secret to taming those frightening facts and saving you time and money.

The first thing we do at Achieve is look at what credits you may already have or could qualify for through experience. Then we research colleges for you to find the ones that best fit your needs. Once you’ve chosen a college, we find out which credits can be transferred, and which courses you can take through credit-by-exam.

With Achieve, after a few weeks of one of our prep courses, you take one exam to receive the same credit you would for a traditional semester’s worth of class time and work. Our courses are flexible, offered day and night, weekends, and year-round instead of by semester. You can take the courses on one of our many campuses, or through our live, interactive, on-line option that offers the same quality instruction found in traditional classrooms. Text books are free with the prep course. Our students have an over 94% pass rate, but should you fail to pass or need remedial work, we have one-on-one tutoring and the chance to retake the course and exam – at no extra cost.

For more information on how credit-by-exam works, download our free guide, Testing Out of College.

And for more information about Achieve’s fast-track Bridge Program to getting a degree, Contact us today to find out how to save time and money over traditional methods.

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College matriculation is the gateway to a rewarding and better paying career. Studies have shown that a college graduate will earn $2 million more in a working lifetime than someone who only has a high school degree. That can buy a lot of Halloween candy! However, there are some pretty scary truths that today’s college students need to face. So, put on your fright wig and grab some candy to get in the Halloween spirit as we look at some frightening facts about getting your college degree – and the secrets to overcoming them.

 

  1. Most Students Pay for Classes Not Related to Their Major.

 

The typical traditional degree will require you to spend 4,500 hours in class and study time over four years. A great deal of that time is spent on material you may already know or have experience in, or it is completely unrelated to the degree you seek. Wouldn’t it be great if you could reduce that time and spend it on relevant subjects or other obligations instead?

 

  1. Text Books Cost Up to $900 Per Semester.

 

This is a cost often overlooked by students, but it can be very expensive, even if you buy used texts (which isn’t always possible). Imagine the savings if your text books were free.

 

  1. You Have to Pay to Take Failed Courses Again.

 

There are a number of pre-requisites and a set of core subjects that are required by most colleges for degrees in any field. You will have to pass them before you can go on with other courses. In a traditional setting, you will usually have to pay to take the course over again. Considering that 23% of all first-time undergraduates wind up with at least one remedial course, this is a burden many students will have to face.

 

  1. 23% of All Full-Time Students, Aged 24 or Younger, Work At Least 20 Hours a Week.

 

It’s a Catch-22. College is expensive (the average cost per year is over $28,000 and rising), so many have to work to pay for their education. Yet, working often causes conflicts with traditional classes. This is one reason that 70% of students who take classes part-time drop out. What you need are classes that are offered with a flexible calendar, which traditional colleges do not typically provide.

 

 

  1. Barely Half of All College Students Will Obtain a Degree within Six Years.

 

Despite all the unquestionable benefits a degree affords, almost half of those entering college will fail to obtain one. Cost and time issues are the two most frequently given reasons for failure. Fortunately, there is an answer.

Programs Don’t Wear Halloween Costumes, But If They Did…

…then Achieve Test Prep’s Credit-By-Exam Bridge Program would be a superhero. Achieve is the secret to taming those frightening facts and saving you time and money.

The first thing we do at Achieve is look at what credits you may already have or could qualify for through experience. Then we research colleges for you to find the ones that best fit your needs. Once you’ve chosen a college, we find out which credits can be transferred, and which courses you can take through credit-by-exam.

With Achieve, after a few weeks of one of our prep courses, you take one exam to receive the same credit you would for a traditional semester’s worth of class time and work. Our courses are flexible, offered day and night, weekends, and year-round instead of by semester. You can take the courses on one of our many campuses, or through our live, interactive, on-line option that offers the same quality instruction found in traditional classrooms. Text books are free with the prep course. Our students have an over 94% pass rate, but should you fail to pass or need remedial work, we have one-on-one tutoring and the chance to retake the course and exam – at no extra cost.

For more information on how credit-by-exam works, download our free guide, Testing Out of College.

And for more information about Achieve’s fast-track Bridge Program to getting a degree, contact us today to find out how to save time and money over traditional methods.

Topics: College Success, College Credits

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