Easiest gen ed requirements??

  1. Hello, All!!

    What did you find are the Easiest gen ed subjects to CLEP to fulfiill my pre reqs for ASN Excelsior??

    They took my Intro Soc and Intro Psyc credits, but I need 3.00 in Arts and Humanities, 2.00 in Sciences supportive of nursing, and 5.00 in Arts & Sciences. I know I have to take written English (they didn't accept my Eng Comp w/essay), Information Literacy, Micro and A & P through EC.

    I'm working in LTAC and I need to get my RN ASAP!! Thanks so much in advance for all replies!
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Mudwoman
    I took CLEP tests for Anatomy/Physiology and Microbiology. I just studied my books I had in LVN school. That gave me 9 credits.

    They accepted Eng Comp II in my Art/Humanities, so if you are having to take Eng Comp I, then take part II. I had also taken Drawing in college. Not a hard class.

    Nursing related sciences, I took the test for Foundations of Gerontology. Again, I just studied my books on gerontology I had in nursing school and went and took the test.

    Hope this helps
  4. by   lalpn
    Quote from Mudwoman
    I took CLEP tests for Anatomy/Physiology and Microbiology. I just studied my books I had in LVN school. That gave me 9 credits.

    They accepted Eng Comp II in my Art/Humanities, so if you are having to take Eng Comp I, then take part II. I had also taken Drawing in college. Not a hard class.

    Nursing related sciences, I took the test for Foundations of Gerontology. Again, I just studied my books on gerontology I had in nursing school and went and took the test.

    Hope this helps
    Thanks, Mudwoman, but CLEP doesn't offer Eng Comp II, Micro or A&P-it would be SOOoo much easier if they did. I plan on taking the CLEP test for Human Growth & Dev., but then I'll still need 5 more credits in Arts & Humanities, and another 2 credits in Sciences supportive of Nursing.
  5. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    just remember the downside to CLEPPing is that the credits will not transfer, at least at the schools around here anyway. Nursing schools also look at GPA as well so make sure it is good.

    Swtooth
  6. by   JanWrotenRN
    Hi, swtooth ! Thanks for the reply!

    Excelsior will accept CLEP credits, I was just wondering which subjects would be easiest AKA quickest ones to study for and get.

    I'm anxious to get the gen reqs over with, so I can go on to my Nrsg Concepts and CPNE. It's also a LOT cheaper if I can get the gen req credits BEFORE I officially enroll in Excelsior. CLEP costs are $80, Excelsior costs $220.

    I have six months from Jan. 24 '07 to get my 10 hours of gen reqs credits. I can take two CLEPS (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) per scheduled day if I want.

    I need 3.00 hours of art, music, literature, philosophy, foreign lang, religion, ethics, theatre or speech.

    2.00 hours in Sciences Supportive of Nursing.

    5.00 hours in Arts & Sciences Electives.

    Any ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!
  7. by   Mudwoman
    I went on line and sure enough CLEP doesn't offer A/P and Micro anymore (gosh how things change!), but if you go online to Excelsior Tests, they offer 6 credits now for A & P and 3 hours for Micro----thank goodness. They also offer 6 credit hours for English Comp.

    CLEP offers English Comp still and they also offer Sociology and Psychology---both of which would count.

    The great thing about testing out is that you study and take a test and you are done.

    If you take the Excelsior tests for Life Span Development and Foundations in Gerontology, you will have the required Social Sciences/History of 6 hours.

    Taking the CLEP or the Excelsior English Comp will give you 6 hours that will count as 3 hours towards the written English and the other 3 hours will go to your electives leaving only 4 hours to do there.

    Taking the Anatomy/physiology and Microbiology test will fulfill the 8 hour requirement for Natural sciences/math.

    Ethic:theory and practice and Religions of the World are Excelsior tests and satisfy the Humanities 6 hours.


    Hope this helps you with a game plan.
  8. by   JanWrotenRN
    Thanks, Mudwoman! YES, CLEP has changed dramatically since I took my Paper and Pencil tests in 1994!!

    I wish CLEP offered more tests--it's SOooo much cheaper than going through Excelsior!! $80 as compared to $220.

    Excelsior absolutely will not take the CLEP English Comp with essay for credit. They said, "It doesn't have enough writing component." Well, gee, I don't think I'm going to write a novel anytime soon, so I don't see why they won't take it. I guess it's all about the dollar. It wouldn't surprise me if they stop taking CLEP credits altogether in the near future.

    I already have the Intro to Sociology and Psychology credits, I'm going to take the Human Growth and Development CLEP in two weeks.

    I guess I'm going to have to "bite the bullet" and just enroll in EC and take their tests. Shelling out the bucks might even spur me to finish faster to avoid the semester fees!!!

    Thanks for taking time to respond--have a great day!! :smilecoffeecup:
  9. by   andrea05
    you could take the english comp without essay, and there is analyzing/interpereting literature, you only have to read the lit in the test, it doesnt really require specific reading before the test, you could test out of bio, there is a art/humanities clep test. you could go to the clep test website and look at the tests offered and then go to your schools website and see which ones they will accept

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