CLEP. Seems like just about everyone is taking advantage of this credit-by-examination tool. But
Got a great question from a parent:
If a student takes a CLEP exam and does not make a high enough score, will it negatively impact their college transcript? Do you still need to turn that test score in to the college?
It's important that you have all the details when it comes to utilizing any college prep tool, and the last thing we want is to do is negatively impact their chances of getting into their desired school/program.
Here are a few things to know:
There is a growing trend to utilize credit by examination, whether that's AP exams or CLEP tests or other tools like DSST exams.
But just because something is a trend doesn't mean it makes sense for you!
Here we'll take a look at the difference between the two exams and then some criteria for you to determine if these tools make sense for you:
One of my recommendations if you decide to attempt credit by examination (using AP or CLEP tests) is to get a prep book (or online resource) and work through the book while completing your related high school subject.
With it being January and the start of a new semester, it's a great time to start preparing for the tests.
I won't get into the details about the AP & CLEP here, but rather want to point you to some awesome resources to help you be ready!
NOTE: though there are definite differences in the exam formats, resources to help you prepare for the AP can typically be used to prep for the CLEP and vice versa.
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