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Study.com (ACE & NCCRS)

Study.com (ACE & NCCRS)
Study.com

Limitations of Transfer

Before you consider this, or any ACE company, for your teen’s college credit, you must understand the limitations of transfer.

The companies/organizations in this category sell courses “for college credit” that have been evaluated by ACE. ACE (American Council on Education) is a third party credit evaluator that evaluates all types of learning programs that happens outside of a college. Officially, ACE advertises that there are almost 1,500 colleges that “may consider” ACE credit. Unofficially, this credit should only be used when you plan to use one of the partner colleges. Inside a partnership, credit transfer is guaranteed!

Using ACE credit requires creating an account with another third party, Credly, to “hold” your teen’s credit until they’re ready to use it. HS4CC List of ACE Partners


You won’t be able to see the prices unless you create an account on Study.com’s website, but the ONLY PLAN that allows you to earn college credit is called College Accelerator and currently charges $199/month.

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Study.com has several partner colleges that guarantee transfer credit.

Study.com’s website boasts over 4,000 courses, but not all of their courses are available for college credit, but they have more than anyone else!

ACE evaluated courses: 240 and counting    


Selected ACE recommended for college credit


NOTE:  parents should always preview college courses before enrolling their teen. It is not uncommon for courses to have “PG-13” or even “Rated R” content that would be considered inappropriate by most parents.

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 up to 3 more 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 Credly account.  While it is true that some colleges allow you to directly send your Study.com credit to them (going around Credly) 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 Credly 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 Credly transcript anyway – save yourself a headache and get each Study.com course on your Credly 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 that get posted) you’ll find you can complete most of a college degree this way.  Many parents select one of the Big 3 (low residency) or similar since they guarantee maximum transfer credit.  In most cases, you can transfer in up to 90 credits from Study.com towards a bachelor’s degree.  The remaining credits can come from other sources.

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!!

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