Hello, I'm wondering if anyone out there has tried Achieve Test Prep to help them get their RN through Excelsior? I've been a LPN for 2 years and work full-time in long-term care, plus have two young children. I really want to get my RN, but going to a traditional "brick and mortar" program is not going to be possible for me. I enrolled in Excelsior back in 2011, right after I got my LPN license. However, I lost motivation, got bored with it, and felt lost in the huge amount of reading I had to do with no guidance. So I dropped out of the program. Now, I'm thinking about doing it again. I am also considering Indiana State's online LPN-BSN program, but I still need two pre-reqs plus the TEAS, challenge exams, etc. And I know they've had some problems with their program lately (just in California from what I understand but who knows how it will affect their entire program in the future).
Long story short, I'm considering trying Achieve Test Prep to help me finish Excelsior's program. I do NOT want to even try College Network or any of those other places. I'd love to hear input from anyone who's tried Achieve's program. Do you feel prepared? How much is the total cost, monthly payment amounts, etc.? How long will it take you to finish? I've had most of the general education courses, but with Excelsior's new rule about A&P and Microbiology being completed in the last 5 years, I will most likely need to retake those along with all the nursing courses, FCCA, and CPNE. Thanks to anyone who can help!
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EC warns students about third-party publishers and test prep companies -- they are not affiliated with EC, nor does EC endorse their use (Excelsior College | Advisory
). EC's program is set up to provide an outline/syllabus for each class in the form of a free exam content guide that you can download. There are plenty of people out there looking for study buddies, both in person and through other media like Skype, if you need some external motivator to keep you on track. I'd advise you to think twice before you add a lot of money to the bottom line of your education bill! Good luck, whatever you decide.
Yes, I am aware that Excelsior warns against this, however, I am an adult and can make informed decisions. I know they are a Test Prep company. The Study Guides are "test prep" too. It is just another form of prepping for the tests, as is a guide from Clep or EC. The format seems like it may be more helpful than just trying to study for the tests from a study guide. Their format is somewhat different in that they provide Virtual classrooms, which may provide an additional dimension to the information that is being studied.
Of course Excelsior warns against test prep companies, it is more money in their pocket if they have you enroll into their program; however, you don't have to enroll to clep the general education courses, so using assisting with prepping for a test and getting the credit for it without taking the course, appeals to some people. It is my understanding that the classes they provide are geared towards passing the Exam or clep test, which is the ultimate goal.
Additionally, if one does thorough research and asks a lot of questions (make a list before hand); compare what they "advertise" to what they say and do not sign any binding long term contracts, there should be no reason why using them would not help someone achieve their goals.
I am pursing a BSN program and need to take Spanish and they provide a 8 week class for Spanish 1 and 2 which prepares you to take the clep for the and get 6 or more credits. If I can do this and get into the program a year earlier, you bet I am going to give it a try.
Last edit by Pixie.RN on Oct 2, '13