Dysgraphia & Dyslexia Hasn’t Stopped Lucas

Dyslexia and dysgraphia are both learning disorders that don’t reflect intelligence, but do present challenges for regular academic activities like reading and writing. I’m thrilled to share how Liz helped her 13-year old son crush 5 CLEP exams despite his challenges.

Lucas had never been a strong student in academics. He struggled to learn to read, and even at age 13 he remains a very slow reader. He despised writing and even if you could read the handwriting, likely it wasn’t spelled correctly!

Lucas has dyslexia and dysgraphia. So, even as his older sister was racking up college credits through a variety of sources, we did not anticipate this being the path for our son.

I was preparing to work with a group of high school students to prepare for the Introductory Psychology CLEP exam. Lucas was only entering his 8th grade year, but expressed an interest in joining in the high school class and I figured, what do we have to lose?

To accommodate his learning, I read the material out loud to him and we watched videos and had review sessions with the other kids. It quickly became apparent that he knew his stuff!

He passed the Introductory Psychology CLEP!

Through the year he studied for and passed:

  • Introductory Psychology CLEP, 3 credits
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology CLEP, 3 credits
  • Introductory Sociology CLEP, 3 credits
  • American Government CLEP, 3 credits
  • History of the United States 1 CLEP, 3 credits

Lucas began his freshman year of high school (this year) with 15 credits already in the bank from passing CLEP exams! He intends to take 4 more CLEP exams this year as a high school freshman.

In spite of his slow reading, he has been able to complete all 5 of these exams in the 90 minutes and he loves the fact that they are multiple choice and he does not have to write or spell!


Visit The College Board’s website to learn about test accommodations and how to request them.

Author:

Executive Director of Homeschooling for College Credit