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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

No. It doesn’t matter if you are attending courses online or at a college campus, in both cases, credit-by-examination policies allow you to test-out of college courses.

Testing-out of college courses has actually been around for decades, so it’s not new.

Achieve simply makes the testing-out path a lot more accessible than it would be on your own and you end up with exactly the same degree. Testing-out is a 100% acceptable way to contribute to your degree.

Absolutely! We'll be happy to provide you with a student reference.

First we need to gather a little information about you, then we’ll be pleased to provide you with the phone number of an Achieve student who will be happy to answer your questions and share their experiences with you. By the way, we have never heard of any college willing to do that.

Please see our testimonials page for pictures of graduates and students that are willing to speak with you.

When you're successful with our program, you will receive a degree from an accredited college, and that’s important.

It doesn’t matter if you want regional accreditation or national accreditation, our program supports both.

All degrees are awarded by accredited colleges, not by Achieve, as we are not a college.

Just about every single college and university allows you to transfer in credits and test-out of exams, including: Arizona State University, Boston University, Columbia College, Monroe College, and Penn State University just to name a few.

Yes, Achieve’s programs work with virtually any college or university, as it’s the college or university that ultimately awards the credits and the degrees according to their policies.

We just help you meet all your general education requirements to get there quicker.

It’s true we teach students how to pass exams, but we help them accomplish more than that by encouraging career goals and helping students reach them.

The service we provide is truly unique with start to finish support that’s part of a culture of success. Your success.

Well, since it’s the college and universities’ themselves that create the testing-out policies, we don’t see how this should be a concern.

Credit-by-examination happens every day with millions of students – your degree will look just like everyone else’s. You won’t be the first person to transfer in college credit to your college, or the last.

Some courses are undoubtedly critical to your education, and these are precisely the courses you will not be allowed to test-out of.

Ask anyone who ever got a degree, just how handy those obscure Algebra formulas have been during their post college life.

Let’s not forget that America’s public school system is one of the best in the world and teaches a well-rounded educational foundation. So why force a student to load up on a bunch of repetitive general education courses?

Could it be because the college can collect a lot more revenue if every student, regardless of their field of study, is required to take general education courses like Western Civilization, Biology, and Algebra?

Well, it does make you wonder.

This is a question we get asked a lot. The difference is when you are taking a test-prep class; you’re studying just a small subset of focused topics in preparation to pass just one exam.

So you meet once a week, that’s just 4 to 8 sessions for most subjects. You only need one thin, condensed test prep book, and it’s free.

When you take a college course, first you will need to buy a bunch of expensive books. Then you are going to meet several times a week, and you’ll need to find time to complete a full semester of assignments, quizzes, research projects, essays, and term papers. And in the end, you still need to take a final exam.

At Achieve, we concentrate on the exam. We know the types of questions that will be asked and, we’re experts at getting you to pass.

You might say our books are the best kind of books. They’re thin, condensed books that get straight to the point and teach you just what you need to know to pass the exam.

If you like thick expensive books that will eat up all your free time with reading assignments, then you probably won’t like testing-out.

Well, that depends on how far you have to go before completing your degree and it also depends on how many college courses we can eliminate from your path.

But rest assured we will save you time and money. The proof lies in the thousands of students that enroll with Achieve every year.

And with our guaranteed student loans and other financial aid options everyone can afford to get that degree.

Through Achieve's program instead of TAKING college courses, you test out of them. This means instead of paying for expensive courses PLUS crazy expensive books, you only pay for testing fees and test prep courses (books are FREE). The cost savings are typically 50% less and you receive the exact same credit for the course!

Yes, we have financial aid.

Some financial aid programs, but not all, are available for the Achieve portion, and regular federal financial aid is available for any of the college courses that still need to be taken.

When you have your evaluation appointment, we can determine what financial aid you qualify for.

Yes, we have a withdrawal policy, if you're not satisfied for some reason, we will be happy to provide a refund based on our withdrawal policy.
You may pay as you go, but a deposit is required when you enroll.
No, it is not cheating. Colleges allow students to test out of classes when they demonstrate mastery of a subject by passing an approved test. If you learn enough about the subject to pass the test especially if the class is a general education requirement of a pre-req for a class that you really do want to take, the college is happy to let you move on. The quality of your education will not be affected since you will be able to focus on the courses you really do want and need.   
Yes. Our classes are effective and efficient but you will still have to apply yourself to learn the material to pass the test. Remember, you are earning full accredited college credits for the course, it will take a some work but far less than if you had to take the full class, write papers, do projects, read one or several books and attend a full semester of classes.  

Our students typically start one to two weeks after enrollment. We're not restricted by standard semesters. We run our courses all year long so you can start anytime!

Each class runs once a week and meets for 4 hours. We run day, night, and Saturday classes.

Yes, we have a very active referral program that our current students use to refer their friends. When a friend they refer enrolls, we express our thanks with $50-100 financial gift.

Sorry, not at this time.  We do however offer CNA to RN, Medical Asst to RN, Respiratory Therapist to RN and more. 

Nursing Bridge Questions

Many people find that the self-study, online components of many RN and BSN bridge don’t work very well for them. Achieve Test Prep’s program really is very different because we want you to succeed.

The following are our distinct advantages:

    1. Both our site-based and our virtual classes are taught live with qualified instructors. Click to watch a 1 minutes clip of an actual class.
    2. Our pass rate is over 95%, but in the unlikely event that you fail an exam. We have ACHIEVE 911, our unique test remediation program that ensures your success and costs nothing. If you ever fail an exam, we will provide individualized attention and additional resources until you pass.
    3. Through the Achieve Exam Fee Guarantee, if you fail an exam two times within 6-months of completing any course, we will reimburse the cost of your exam fee.
    4. The Achieve Withdrawal Policy, was developed, because we understand life changes quickly.
Through Achieve's program instead of TAKING college courses, you test out of them. This means instead of paying for expensive courses PLUS crazy expensive books, you only pay for testing fees and test prep courses (books are FREE). The cost savings are typically 50% less and you receive the exact same credit for the course!
Achieve’s program will allow you to attend a variety of well-known colleges and universities, who issue the appropriate credentials, according to their transfer credit policies. While Excelsior is one of these colleges, it is not the only college as there are many other great colleges to choose from.
Some of the colleges that work with our program give full credit for the clinical portion of the program to LPNs and therefore no additional clinical courses are necessary.
Many of the colleges we work with give full credit for the clinical portion of the program to RNs and therefore no additional clinical is necessary. However, some colleges will require some clinical work, which either the college or Achieve will help you arrange in your local area.

The short answer is that nothing changes except ATP will work with students to reorder, if necessary, their remaining courses to focus on completing the nursing exams first. Excelsior’s online learning modules can’t replace ATP’s live, teacher-led classes. Excelsior’s website lists a 73% pass rate and on our website we list about a 93% pass rate average.

Excelsior has announced a new policy effective July 1, 2015 where it will force students that wish to test out of Excelsior’s nursing exams to take Excelsior’s own test prep online module. This new policy only applies to the nursing exams and not to the general education courses.

Excelsior’s new program will not be live training with live instructors as provided by ATP and therefor can’t replace the need for ATP’s test prep classes. Students come to ATP because they want and need the benefits of real live classes and live qualified teachers, and ATP must continue to provide these classes exactly for that reason. ATP’s time-tested and proven test prep courses are invaluable to our students, and many, many students succeed only because of the training and support they receive through ATP.

Our primary goal is to help our students successfully complete all nursing exams prior to Excelsior’s new policy effective date of July 1, 2015. When the exams can’t be completed by that date, we recommend that those students at least register for the exam by June 30, 2015, which will allow them another 6 months to complete the exam without having to be forced into Excelsior’s new test prep program. As long as a student is registered for the nursing exam by June 30, 2015, the student has until December 31, 2015 to complete the exam. This provision leaves plenty of time for ATP to help its students complete the nursing courses before the deadline.

In the near future, we will conduct a special information session where we will discuss the details of Excelsior’s new policy and how our students can use the resources at ATP to successfully complete their nursing course requirements before the new policy effective date. By September 30, 2014, ATP will send an email invitation to our students that will explain how to register for this important information session.

During the special information session, ATP will also present another exciting option for our students that will allow them to completely avoid Excelsior’s whole forced test prep policy. Our current Excelsior ASN bridge students can consider upgrading to a BSN program at a different college. In fact, ATP is offering to upgrade all current students at no charge and to lower students’ monthly payments, if financed. ATP will also ensure that students who upgrade to the BSN program are either able to transfer over 100% of completed courses or get 100% credit for the ATP courses that don’t transfer.

Upgrading your ASN program to a BSN program offers these benefits:

  • Go right to your BSN, Savings of time and money
  • More career opportunities, better earning potential
  • No charge to upgrade
  • Lower monthly payments, if financed
  • All courses will transfer or ATP will give credit

Fundamentally, nothing at all changes. There are many pitfalls that stand in the way of successfully navigating Excelsior’s ASN bridge program, and Excelsior seems to have non-stop changes to its policies. If you fail an exam, your GPA will drop. If your GPA drops too low, you end up on academic probation. If you fail too many exams, you get kicked out of the program permanently. If you take a CLEP or DSST exam and fail it, you have to wait 6 months to retake

Bottom line, you need to pass the exams on the first try and that is why you need ATP. The investment you make with ATP could potentially be very small compared to money and time that could be lost if you try to navigate the Excelsior ASN bridge program on your own. Not only do we give you the absolute best chance of passing the exam, we also provide lots of structure and support on the college’s policies and procedures to help you sidestep the pitfalls that many students encounter along the way, when they try the program on their own.

On the Excelsior website’s fast facts page, they show an exam pass rate of 73% (http://www.excelsior.edu/about/fast-facts). At Achieve, our website shows an exam pass rate of around 93% (http://www.achievetestprep.com/exam-results). See both webpages for more details on these figures.

Also, the Excelsior website’s fast facts page indicates that Excelsior had over 37,000 students last semester. That’s a lot of students to support. With ATP, you are part of a much smaller student population, and you will get the attention and support you need and deserve.

The Excelsior website’s fast facts page also indicates that of the approximate 37,000 students enrolled in 2014, only 4,757 graduated in the past fiscal year. That’s only about 12.6% of student enrollment.

Colleges mean well, but they are very large organizations that often become out of touch with what is really needed by its students. ATP is the exact opposite. We are a smaller organization that only exists because we know exactly what our students need to be successful.

For students considering enrolling with ATP, this new Excelsior forced test prep policy only increases the need to quickly enroll into an ATP test prep program now so that you can get the benefit of our live, teacher-led classes prior to the effective date of Excelsior’s forced test prep program. After this date, if you want the benefit of ATP’s test prep services, you will have to also take Excelsior’s online test prep module. While adding the Excelsior’s online test prep module onto ATP’s test prep live class won’t hurt, it isn’t really necessary.

Let’s face it…students prefer to select their own method of test prep class, and most prefer the live classroom experience. While online learning modules may save the colleges money, they just can’t replace the benefits a student receives from a live class with a live teacher. All statistics show that a structured live classroom with a live teacher produces better overall results than a figure-it-out-on-your-own online learning module. In addition to our test prep classes, ATP also offers an extra layer of support through our exclusive free ‘Achieve 911’ program that kicks in just in case you find yourself struggling. Through Achieve 911, we offer free customized one-on-one tutoring, free individualized educational plans, free course retakes, and free refresher courses. And of course, let’s not forget that ATP maintains at about a 93% pass rate (see exam pass rate page for details)!

When you meet with an ATP educational consultant, we work closely with you and first decide which college and which program is best for you. At ATP, we do support other bridge programs with other colleges, including BSN bridge programs. Next, if you do choose the Excelsior’s ASN program, we will run an analysis of your past college credits and exams to determine which courses you still need. And then we will work with you to develop a list of exams that we can help you pass. Your success is paramount to us at ATP, and we don’t want you biting off more than you can handle.