Life Span Development through Excelsior

  1. I am studying for my first exam through Excelsior. I was just wondering if anyone had any pointers on how they studied for this exam. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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  3. by   Pixie.RN
    I did the CLEP equivalent, which is Human Growth and Development. Same subject matter, just a lot less expensive! If you haven't already signed up for the EC exam, I recommend doing the CLEP instead. If you have signed up already for the EC exam, then I suggest downloading the EC exam content guide and using the recommended resources. Good luck!!
  4. by   sierra101504
    Thanks so much! Did you literally read the entire book? I have the book and study guide Excelsior recommends, but I think I will take the CLEP exam to save money. I guess these books will still be fine. I am just trying to figure out the most effective way to study. It seems like it is taking me forever. I was going to try to take approx a test a month or something like that. Did you use the study guide? Just read the book? What did you find was the best way for you to study? Do you remember approx how long it took you to study for this exam?
  5. by   Pixie.RN
    I'll send you an email with some information.
  6. by   Dskills
    Im studing Life Span Deveopment of psychology through excelsior can u please explain how do I use the clep system, and is it just for "Life Span Development" please, please help especially if it's cheaper.

    Thank u
  7. by   Pixie.RN
    CLEPs = college level examination program. First, get approval from EC to take the Human Growth and Development CLEP exam in place of Lifespan. Then you can go here:

    That explains about CLEP tests. You can find your closest test center here:

    Mine was at a local university's library. I had to call them to schedule my exam, and they only administer CLEP exams one day each week, and needed a couple weeks' notice to schedule me. It was a lot less expensive -- $85, compared to the $200-whatever EC charges for Lifespan. Just be aware that CLEP exams are pass/fail, and you won't get a letter grade.
  8. by   caliotter3
    Consider your future after Excelsior before using CLEP or DANTES tests. While they are convenient for EC, not all schools accept these tests so you might have to repeat classes in the future. As long as you have considered that possibility you shouldn't be surprised down the road.
  9. by   Boston.TacMedic
    Lunah you are always so helpful ! I too have some prereqs, god it seems so overwhelming my goal is start to finish is under 2 years !!! Lunah could you also email me some of the same info on studying as well ?
  10. by   dmom08
    I am also studing for the Life Span and Development exam with EC any passed this exam and how did you study ?
  11. by   Ethanpark
    Quote from LunahRN
    I'll send you an email with some information.
    I need to take the CLEP Lifespan Human Growth and Development to satisfy a Psychology requirement.

    How long did it take for you to prepare for it, what exactly did you use to prepare for the exam and what would you have done differently if you were to take it again (more or different reading)?

    Thank you
  12. by   ladedi
    LunahRN I cannot thank you enough!!!

    For the winterim 2012-13 I had registered for Psych 2314 Lifespan and Development because TWU requires it by February 1 (my BSN deadline to start clinicals in Fall 2013). Anyhow, I had forgotten this incredibly important piece of information because I was also trying to take English 1302 Comp 2 so I could fast-track the English class over the shorter semester. I just finished the English class and enjoyed it much more than I ever thought I would have, and am now checking my portal at TWU for the next steps in my application process when I realized there was a good reason why I had selected to take the psych 2314 over winterim -- it is required to be completed by February 1st!

    I am panicking here big time -- I have all my pre-reqs completed except for two government classes and the lifespan class so I registered to take them spring 2013, which obviously isn't going to work with the Feb 1st deadline. I've had psych 101 and abnormal psych and I already have the text ready to start the course next week. I have been searching for the last two hours for "independent study", "online" psych lifespan development courses trying to find one I can finish in the next 2 weeks. I did find two who offered independent study at a cost of $1,000 and $1,250!

    I used your link and discovered TWU does accept CLEP for the psych 2314 so I am so grateful you posted this information! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    I found there are course outlines showing they pretty much read the whole book. I can do this! Thank you so much. Off to bed to read a book.... lol
  13. by   Pixie.RN
    Glad it's going to work out for you, Diana. You might also try as a CLEP study resource. If you use instantcert, be sure to Google for a $5 off coupon!
  14. by   scottsrus
    Hi Lunah!! I'm also interested in the information you were talking about I'm just now getting ready to start the excelsior RT-RN program