#13 Study.com (ACE)

#13 Study.com (ACE)
Limited Transfer

Author’s Note:   Though they offer many subscription plans, to receive college credit, you must subscribe to the College Accelerator plan. Study.com has several partner colleges that guarantee transfer credit.

Study.com’s website boasts over 4,000 courses. Not all of their courses are available for college credit, but here is a sample of those that are:

Introduction to Biology
Basic Genetics
Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Business
Principles of Marketing
Introductory Business Law
Information Systems Computers
Human Resource Management
Organizational Behavior
Introduction to Computing
Principles of Supervision
General Chemistry
Earth Science
Foundations of Education
Environmental Science
Physical Geology
Principles of Health
Western Civilization I

This content is reprinted from Chapter 2 of Homeschooling for College Credit 2nd Edition.

Study.com has the largest catalog of ACE credit courses of any provider- by a landslide.  Currently, hundreds of courses are available, in both lower (100/200) and upper (300/400) level credit.  Access to upper-level opportunities using ACE credit is pretty limited, but their list is the biggest.

Study.com’s College Accelerator program allows you to take 2 exams per month. In theory, this would translate into taking 2 courses, but technically you can take as many courses as you’d like- but you’re restricted to only attempting 2 exams.  If you’re a fast learner or studying something you’ve already studied in the past, you can zip along by paying a service fee of $70 for any additional exams.

If you have an account, anyone in the family can use the account, but only the registered user can take college credit tests.  Upon passing, you’ll have to send add your credit to your ACE account.  While it is true that some colleges allow you to directly send your Study.com credit to them (going around ACE) I would highly discourage you from doing so.  The added safety net of having this credit on your “permanent record” is worth any possible inconvenience.  Once it’s on your ACE transcript, you have it forever.  That is not the case when you send a Study.com transcript directly to a college.  Further, if you later apply to graduate school, you may have to provide the ACE transcript anyway – save yourself a headache and get each Study.com course on your ACE transcript the day you complete it.

Format:  Study.com is a “watch the video, take the quiz” format, with about 100-150 lessons per course.   Their lower level (100/200) courses will require “watch the video, take the quiz” plus a proctored final exam on your home computer.  Their (300/400) upper-level courses will require the same but with the additional requirement(s) of some type of project or research paper(s).

Speed: The courses are at a fast enough pace that makes their adult customers happy to zip along, but for homeschooled students, you may find that there are gaps in the material (not to mention a lack of enrichment opportunities like research off and away from the site, writing, etc.)  So, if you’re considering using Study.com for direct credit, my advice is to try 1 month and see how you like the format.

Degree Completion:  People who intend on accumulating a lot of ACE credit (not just through Study.com) ultimately are planning to complete their degree this way.  If you review their list of partner colleges (I mean their specific written partnerships, not the generic ACE list of colleges) you’ll find you can complete most of a college degree this way.  Many parents select Charter Oak State College (any age) or Thomas Edison State College (age 18 and older) since both are Regionally Accredited and guarantee maximum transfer credit.  In both cases, you can transfer in 90 credits from Study.com towards a bachelor’s degree.  The remaining 30 credits can come from other ACE providers, community colleges, CLEP or AP exams, and then complete the 1-2 required courses that the college offers online.

CAUTION:  when you use Study.com’s transfer tool, you’ll have to pay very close attention to the results.  They have agreements with Nationally and Regionally Accredited schools (high school students should choose RA only) and they also have 2 icons.  The green checkmark is a generic transfer (they may or may not accept your Study.com credit) but the gold star is a GUARANTEED transfer.  Only assume transfer if there is a gold star!!

Pages you may also like:

Understanding ACE Credit

Creating an ACE Account for your Homeschooled Teen

The “REAL” ACE College List