Posted in AP Advanced Placement, CLEP, Dual Enrollment, HS4CC

WATCH NOW: CLEP, AP, or Dual Enrollment?

Part of being your teen’s best guidance counselor is choosing the right kind of college credit for them in high school. In this session, we’ll compare and contrast the major differences between the two popular credit by exam programs and dual enrollment. There are fifteen key differences between these programs, and you’ll leave with a solid understanding about how to make the best choices for your family. Watch Now (1 hour)

Posted in CLEP, High School, HS4CC

WATCH NOW: Max CLEP in High School

MAX CLEP IN HIGH SCHOOL In this session, you’ll learn how to bring in the maximum amount of CLEP exam college credit into your homeschool while still leaving room for other important high school subjects. We’ll discuss the importance of single-subject exams when compared to exams that rely on cumulative understanding. In this presentation, your teen will see how they can earn 2 years of college credit in a regular homeschool high school program. Watch Now (1 hour)

Posted in AP Advanced Placement, Career Planning, CLEP, Common Sense College Planning, Dual Enrollment, High School, HS4CC

GUEST APPEARANCE: High School Hamster Wheel

High School Hamster Wheel Betsy Jewell is a career and college coach and host of High School Hamster Wheel Podcast. The High School Hamster Wheel is a podcast for parents of teens and young adults exploring paths through and beyond high school. In this episode, we dive into what inspired Jennifer Cook-DeRosa to launch Homeschooling for College Credit and how she tested out of two degrees in 18 months. She also explains how to adapt these principles for adult learners or teens who aren’t homeschooled.

“Talk about eye opening! I have two kids in high school, one about to graduate, and most of this was news to me…I am blown away by how much Jennifer knows about all of this and she does this all for free! What an incredible opportunity for parents and teens to save time and money while earning college credits.” -Betsy Jewell

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Posted in CLEP, Common Sense College Planning, Credit by Exam, Dual Enrollment, High School, HS4CC

A Little Extra Credit

If your teen is using dual enrollment this year, you may experience a large “gap” between the end of this semester and the start of the next. My son’s dual enrollment college takes a full 4-week break! If you need a break, take it, but if your teen’s break is long like ours, you may not want to sit out that long.

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Posted in AP Advanced Placement, CLEP, Credit by Exam, DSST, HS4CC

Testing Out of Psychology 101

Introduction to Psychology is a favorite course for many teens, but parents are wise to use caution before enrolling. Psychology courses (depending on the teacher and textbook) can skim over mature content, slam into it head-first, or go way off topic. One way for parents to moderate the content of this course, and stay on topic, is to have your teen study at home and test out of psychology using a standardized exam.

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Posted in AP Advanced Placement, ASU UL, CLEP, Credit by Exam, DSST, HS4CC, Self-Paced Learning, Sophia, Straighterline, Study.com

Cost Challenge: 4 Courses

In this challenge, I wanted to know exactly what it would cost my family to take 4 courses in 1 semester using any of the popular college credit options in the Homeschooling for College Credit. I’ve compared costs for ASU, dual enrollment, Study(dot)com, Sophia, CLEP, and several others.

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Posted in CLEP, Curriculum, Dual Enrollment, High School, HS4CC

Parent question: If we are homeschooling with (name removed) Online Academy, can we still earn college credit from different sources?

That’s a great question and the short answer is YES! But you might not like the long answer.

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Posted in AP Advanced Placement, CLEP, DSST, HS4CC

Credit by Exam: Will my teen’s future college take it?

In the world of earning college credit YEARS before enrollment, parents have to play the odds a bit and hope that the college credit they’ve so carefully injected into their high school plan actually works later! Credit by exam is a *super* popular option, and with good reason. You can use any high school curriculum, test prep resources are bountiful, and the likelihood of acceptance is really good!

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Posted in ACE, AP Advanced Placement, CLEP, Credit by Exam, DSST, Dual Enrollment, HS4CC, Transfer Credit

How Many Ways to Earn College Credit in High School?

How many different ways can your teen earn college credit? More than you think! But the goal isn’t just to “earn credit” because the credit only saves you time and money if it can eventually be used toward a degree. This understanding is MORE IMPORTANT for high school students than adults because of the variables at hand.

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Posted in AP Advanced Placement, celebrate, CLEP, Community college, Credit by Exam, Debt Free Degree, Dual Enrollment, Foreign Language, HS4CC

100 Credits and Counting

I want to introduce you to a rising 12th grader named Mary Margaret. I met her mom before COVID, back when my local public library allowed me to give free college workshops to the homeschool community in person. Since my audience is typically only adults, it’s always a pleasant surprise to meet a teen, but I had no idea…

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Posted in CLEP, Common Sense College Planning, Credit by Exam

Report: HS Students Who Earn College Credit more Likely to Graduate College

College Board’s reports and supports what we’ve known HERE for a long time- earning college credit in high school helps teens get OUT of college! Getting IN to college is easy- it’s getting OUT that’s hard. Getting OUT is no small thing since nearly 1/2 of all students who start college never finish. (report follows)

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