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  • 3 Ways to Test Out for College Credit

     

    What if you could save your time and money earning 3-6 college credit hours by passing one exam? Most would likely be interested in skipping a semester of sitting in a classroom, and the good news is that there is a way. The bad news is you might not have heard of it. This is the idea behind “testing out” of classes, or credit by examination. Simply put, it’s a faster, more affordable way to earn college credit by passing one standardized exam per course. This is the solution for many who want to earn their college degree but face obstacles such as time to attend class, the cost of typical college expenses such as tuition, transportation to and from school, or other restraints such as family and work responsibilities. By earning college credit by examination, suddenly it’s possible to earn a degree faster and more affordably than traditional options. You can use testing out to complete 2 years’ worth of college classes, or use it as a supplement for your other traditional classes. One of the best parts of testing out is anyone can earn college credit this way. High school students can earn college credit in their free time while still in high school. Adult learners, including veterans, can earn college credit on their own schedules that works for their lives. How can you start testing out?

    Three types of exams you can take to earn college credit by exam are CLEP (College Level Examination Program), DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests), and ECE (Excelsior College Exam). iStudySmart.com offers exam preparation in over 60 CLEP, DSST, and ECE college-level exams in subjects such as business, nursing, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. In order to earn full credit per course, you only need to pass one standardized exam per course. You can prepare for these exams until you’re comfortable with the material and then take the standardized exam at testing locations throughout the country.

    iStudySmart.com is an official partner of DSST, recognized for their exceptional preparation materials. You can browse iStudySmart.com’s DSST and other recognized standardized exam prep courses by clicking here. Good luck studying and earning college credit by testing out of CLEP, DSST, & ECE exams with iStudySmart.com!

     

    If you’re ready to take a DSST exam, you can save $10 on your exam fee by signing up for a free membership at www.NationalEducationAlliace.com and use coupon code iSSsave when signing up!

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  • Meet a Few Members of our Staff

          

     In today’s modern world we might call an 800 number and  speak to one person in India and another in South Dakota; yet they all work for the same company. Then there are the times you call and speak to one person at a company and they give you the information you need but you call back only to get a new person who has no idea what you’re talking about. Here at iStudySmart.com the staff is customer oriented and gives you the feeling  of the old days. The days when you knew your grocer, when you saw the same Doctor from your birth and when you would walk in the barber shop and everybody knew your name.  

    We try to fill your needs on a personal level and understand your circumstances in order  to tell you what degree plan works with your schedule, your family, and your social life.  Are you a paramedic, LPN/LVN or Respiratory Therapist looking into becoming a Registered Nurse? We will help you decide if Western Governors program fits your lifestyle or if Excelsior College is the better choice. If you  have no idea what degree you want but have a lot of college credit we might recommend you look into our partners at The National Education Alliance Counseling Center (NEACC).  The NEACC will help you find the quickest path to degree completion, the least expensive degree and show you how to get the most credit for your prior college credit, military/corporate training, licenses, certificates and/or credit by examination (AP, CLEP, DSST and ECE).  The NEACC degree exploration system will also provide you with a complete list of iStudySmart.com courses you need to complete your degree. 

    Meet some of our staff and know who you are talking to! 

    Educational Consultant:  Ashley McCoury. 

    I am here to help you through the sometimes stressful process of finding the courses you will need to graduate from college and get that life changing degree you have always wanted! If you have questions about how testing out works, where to take your test, when to take your test and which test to take (CLEP, DSST formerly the DANTES exam or ECE) I can help! 

    President:  David Wright 

    Are you a college, company or hospital interested in a partnership with  iStudySmart.com?  David is the one to contact! He can set up a discount program for your employees or students.  If you have interest in creating a library for your facility give David a call.

     

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  • Military Exclusive Opportunity for Tuition & College Credit Savings

    Until recently, tuition assistance has been available to military personnel since the late 1940’s.  However, due to recent budget cuts, military branches have been forced to suspend their tuition assistance programs.  “These cuts will have an impact on military families.  The National Education Alliance is subsidizing the cost of the in-depth study materials from iStudySmart.com to help out during the suspension of tuition assistance.  This will allow military personnel to continue to prepare for and pass exams to complete college credit.  Our goal is to support the military during this time,” said National Education Alliance President, Shara Wright.  The courses are normally $225 each but with the funds provided by the Alliance, military personnel can have online access to the iStudySmart.com traditional courses for $49.95 per month per course with the exclusive military discount on the SmartSubscription.  There is no limit to the number of courses which may be purchased in this manner.  iStudySmart.com’s test preparation materials are a flexible alternative to help military personnel complete college credit toward degree completion or for work related advancement. 

     

    Military members can prepare for their college credit equivalent exams using iStudySmart.com materials at the reduced rate and test out with DSST and CLEP exams.  These exams remain funded by the military.

     

    Students can TAP into a program that is:

    • Transferable: over 3,800 colleges accept credit by exam
    • Affordable: one course per month for only $49.95 – for military personnel
    • Portable: work at your pace – anywhere in the world

     

    iStudySmart.com is the only publisher of in-depth study materials endorsed by DSST, formerly known as DANTES Subject Standardized Test. Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth was recognized for its superior educational performance and Chief Master Sgt. Wanda Dillon stated, “Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth went from 5 graduates of the Community College of the Air Force to 77 graduates in one year and iStudySmart.com contributed to that success.” 

     

    For military personnel to take advantage of the iStudySmart.com discount, please email info@iStudySmart.com with Military in the subject line.  Members of the Military will be given a coupon code to use at checkout.

     

    About iStudySmart.com

    iStudySmart.com offers exam preparation for DSST, CLEP and EC exams that enable students to pass the first time and a path to the degree which accelerates your progress to completion, while saving a considerable amount of time and money along the way.

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  • Military Servicemembers taking CLEP, DSST(DANTES) or ECE, pass the first time for FREE!

    In the not so distant past Military servicemembers had their CLEP, DSST (DANTES) and ECE exams paid for no matter how many times it took to pass. So if they did not know the Biology material they could take the CLEP exam over and over until they passed and not worry about studying.  It made perfect since to take the exam multiple times without studying as long as the exam was free.  Why pay for study material when you can just retake the exams until you passed? However after a number of budget cuts this convenience to the military student was revamped.

    DANTES New Retest Policy: The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) announced they will only provide funding for initial testing for College Level Entrance Examination Program (CLEP) exam, DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) and Excelsior College Examinations (ECE) exams taken after May 20, 2010. If a retest is required for exams taken after this date, it will be at the expense of the servicemember. Retests will continue to be funded through DANTES for servicemembers who took a test prior to May 20 and take the retest before Dec. 11, 2010.” This according to Military.com

    Some exams can cost up to $350.00, imagine paying for that exam but receiving no credit, might as well burn your money right?  This policy makes passing the first time essential! In an earlier blog I talk about 7 Study Tips which can help military students pass the first time. Although this may be scary news to some or not news at all to others, it shouldn’t discourage you from testing out of college courses.  Testing out saves time, money, gives you flexibility, and allows you to study at your own pace in your own space. 

    “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” ~Vince Lombardi


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  • Testing Out Success: CLEP, DSST and ECE Exams


    Carswell AFB was recognized as a superior performer because of their use of Rosetta Stone and iStudySmart.com’scourses. Carswell AFB went from 5 graduates of the Community College of the Air Force to 77 graduates in one year and iStudySmart.com contributed to that success.
    Chief Master Sgt. Wanda M. Dillon at Carswell Air Force Base in Ft. Worth, Texas


    Thank you so much for your help! I have passed all my requirements for graduation with my BA in Music. Your company has helped me to gain 24 general education credits!
    Maggie Bristol


    Just passed today with an unexpected A! This has been the most difficult course for me, but with iStudySmart materials, I passed on my first try with an A!
    Christine C.


    iStudySmart helped me to complete 3 upper level required course requirements and achieve 'A's on my examinations. The assignments and exams helped me to focus on the information that would be expected of me. iStudySmart saved me time and money.
    Terri 
     


    Yes! I passed with a score of 72 - the highest of my group of dsst test takers! I answered all the questions (797) in the study guide, and kept reviewing the answers over and over for about three weeks. I took the practice exam twice, and then focused on the ones I got wrong both times. After that, took the practice exam again. Each time I received a better score. I went into the exam confident I would do well, and came out quite excited and fulfilled in my accomplishment. I am glad I purchased the i Study Smart guide. Thanks!
    Confident Test Taker

     

     

     

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  • 7 Study Tips on “Testing Out”

    Taking a test in grade school, although scary at the time, seems like a distance but pleasant memory to most, so how did we make it this far? As kids we took multiple tests through grade school, middle school and high school yet we graduated. But as working adults we cringe at the very thought of test taking.  Will we look back on tests we take now and wonder what the big deal was? I think not. Most kids have one responsibility SCHOOL, now we juggle work, family, social obligations and continuing our education. Testing out of college courses using DSST, CLEP and ECE exams saves money and time, but for some seems daunting. So let me give you a few helpful hints.

    1. Study: I know it may seem obvious but reading + writing = retention.
    2. Sleep: Before taking the exam get a good night’s sleep don’t cram!
    3. Prolong knowledge: Instead of cramming, study a little each day
    4. Eat Well: Stay healthy and feel good, your brain is a vital organ feed it well.
    5. Use good resources: Textbooks, study guides and internet resources. You can buy really cheap textbooks at amazon.com, study guides at iStudySmart.com and two good internet resources are getcollegecredit.com or collegeboard.org.
    6. Eat a good meal before the test: a grumbling stomach can be a distraction that causes you to think of nothing other than that MacDonald’s sign out the testing center’s window.
    7. Don’t Stress: You are PREPARED!

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  • Test Out of College and Save Money

    Prices for college tuition continue to rise what working adult wants to risk  spending their milk money on an education?  Working adults face multiple challenges:  cutting down on hours at work, finding childcare, commuting to a college campus, paying a hefty tuition, purchasing numerous textbooks, and paying all the “fees” associated with college.  This all adds up to spending more while bringing in less.  On the other hand how can anyone afford not to have a college education?  According to the National Center for Education Statistics a person with bachelor degree earns 50% more then someone with only a High School Diploma and the gap is only rising!

     

    Here is a little tip that can cut college costs in half and the information won’t cost you a thing, TEST OUT! What does Test out mean? It’s an awesome way to save money. Let me explain, most colleges will allow you to take a proficiency exam.  There are three nationally accepted exams:   CLEP, DSST and ECE.   CLEP stands for College Level Examination Program.  DSST stands for DANTES Subject Standardized Test. ECE stands for Excelsior College Exam.  Testing out allows you to take the “final” test without physically attending the class. If you know the material for a subject you can take an exam, pass, and complete college credit, it is that simple! You can test out of 30-45 semester hours of credit at one of over 3,800 colleges and universities.

     

    Save the college tuition, save the gas, and save the time and complete college credit without setting foot in a classroom.

     

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  • You CAN earn your ASN degree!

    You CAN earn your ASN degree! iStudySmart.com courses are designed to help you pass CLEP, DSST (used by DANTES), or ECE exams to earn credit by examination so you CAN earn your ASN degree. Over 3800 colleges and universities will let you apply credit earned by examination toward your degree.

    Contact your local college and find out if will allow you to test out of your general education courses. If you are a LPN/LVN, Paramedic or Respiratory Therapist Excelsior College may be a  good option.  Excelsior will allow you to test out of your general education courses and your nursing courses.

    Whether you plan to earn your degree from a college in your home town, through Excelsior College, or another school, iStudySmart.com can help.

     

    Study at your pace in your space!

     

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  • Study Guides for CLEP, DSST and ECE

    iStudySmart.com writes in depth study guides for CLEP, DSST (DANTES) and ECE (Excelsior College Exam)exams. Passing these exams allow students to complete college credit at home.  iStudySmart.com offers an online format so students can access their courses anywhere at anytime.  Students can study at their own pace in their own place. 

    The online courses guide students through key concepts designed to make sure they learn the information that will be on their tests. Included with the assignments are sample tests and other study tools.

    All of the online study courses are the same format. The only difference is the subject matter. iStudySmart.com has over 60 courses within five major categories: Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Business and Nursing. The actual CLEP, DSST and ECE exams are all multiple-choice questions with the exception of English and Religions of the World, which have essay sections. The iStudySmart.com course sample exams are multiple-choice too and the computer scores your results to let you know your level of comprehension.

    Each assignment has a question, a reference to a section of the related text, and a place for students to type answers in an online form. Assignment questions and answers can be printed in an open-ended format, if desired.

    Each assignment question comes with the chapter reference to help students find the answers quickly. After a question is answered, it can be printed out for study.

    A sample exam provides a multiple-choice exam designed to emulate the proficiency exam a student will take. Each online course has a computer application built in that automatically scores the results. Therefore, students can review the questions they missed. They can reset the exam and try it again. In fact, they can take the test as many times as they wish.

    Each exam question is designed to help students recall the information they've studied. At the end of each exam, they're shown the questions they answered correctly -- and the ones they didn't. The exam results are designed to help the test takers determine their weak areas, he added.

    No instructors are involved as iStudySmart.com courses are designed to let students work through an entire course without needing outside assistance. However, they do have access to other students working on the same material via the iStudySmart.com forums. There are forums for adult learners, high school or college students, military, nursing, time management, testing companies, and a general forum for posting comments about distance learning.

    The online courses are completely self-paced. There are no time-limits. Once you have completed a course and feel comfortable with the subject matter, then you register to take the proficiency exam at a testing site nearest you. When you pass the exam, you can transfer it to the college of your choice as credit.

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  • CLEP, ECE, and DSST Study Guides

    For 26 years [Since 1986] iStudySmart.com, has developed study guides for CLEP, ECE, and DSST proficiency exams. With iStudySmart.com, they've transitioned their products and services to the Internet. However, it is very important to make sure the college you are planning to transfer proficiency exams is accredited. Accreditation is crucial when you're talking about the college where you are going to get your degree from. A student should know what his college's policy is regarding proficiency exams before beginning a course.

    This information can be found out by calling the appropriate Admissions department at the college, or by checking out iStudySmart.com's database of colleges accepting CLEP exams. In most cases, the database verifies which specific exams the colleges accept.

    iStudySmart.com helps students determine the proficiency exams to test out of and helps them locate the closest testing centers. After they've passed the proficiency exam, they transfer the score into their college of choice.

    Most colleges accept proficiency exams as college credit. However, each college has different requirements on the number of credits accepted and the specific proficiency exams they'll allow so you should check with your university of choice.

     

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