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by radrook radrook (New Member) New Member

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I am wondering since all you are basicaly doing is CLEPing the classes through Excelsior for your pre req's why can't you SAVE MONEY and just CLEP them yourself then enroll for your nursing classes with them? If I was to do that do I just do it all on my own? Study and then sign up at Pearson Vue for the test? Do they hold your testing information somewhere so when you do go to enroll at a college you can ask them to send it to your college you are enrolling with? Thank you for all your help!:)

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Excelsior has a "credit bank" option, where they will hold all or any of your stuff for you for a fee. I think when I looked at it, I thought the fee was expensive.

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Thanks, but what I meant was NOT ENROLLING in Excelsior, just taking CLEPS on my own then once I did it for all my pre reqs ENROLL in Excelsior. Can that be done?

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The credit bank is separate from the nursing program. You are not enrolled in any of ECs educational programs to use their credit bank.

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NC Girl BSN works as a Neuroscience Staff Nurse.

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You have to apply and pay $75 so they can evaluate your transcript and tell you what you need. Most things have a clep test that you can take a local community college. I would not take any clep unless it was approved by EC. Once your within 10 credits of completing your prerequisites then I would take the first 2 nursing test and then pay the $900 fee. You wanna try to enroll last because they charge a yearly fee every 12 months that it takes you to finish. Luckily I finished the whole program before I had to pay that fee. Good Luck!

Wow! EC Creditbank fee is expensive $270 to add credits and consolidate all your college transcripts! I am sure that once you take a clep test at a local college, they will keep the results on file. I am not 100% sure how it cleps work but it work call the college and find out.

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little miss redpatch works as a Paramedic.

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Thanks, but what I meant was NOT ENROLLING in Excelsior, just taking CLEPS on my own then once I did it for all my pre reqs ENROLL in Excelsior. Can that be done?

Yes, that can be done. I really think this is the way to go, if you know you have a lot of pre reqs to do. I know a number of paramedics (I'm a paramedic so those are the people I talk to) that were on the Excelsior path before me and they suggested I hold off enrollment until I have to. I am now on my way and see that they gave good advice.

I love CLEP exams! I have taken several CLEP exams over the years as well as regular classes at my local community college, but I still have A&P and Microbiology to go. So, I will be taking those 2 exams before I enroll, officially.

When you take the CLEP test, you can select Excelsior as the school you want to receive your exam results. I did this. I took my first CLEP in 2005 and sent the scores to Excelsior. I did not have enough money to go to college back then, so I CLEP'd as I could afford to do so. My exam results still show up on my Excelsior transcript when I log on.

Also, if want, you just can pay The College Board a small fee to send your CLEP transcript to whichever college you want, when you are ready. They hold your scores for 20 years. When I did that for community college, it cost me $20 and included the scores for ALL of my exams. I got credit for all it. Easy and virtually painless!

You DO NOT have to use Excelsior's credit bank or enroll in order to get started.

"You have to apply and pay $75 so they can evaluate your transcript and tell you what you need."

Actually, you can do your own research. You do not have to pay to have them evaluate anything yet. Excelsior makes it easy. They have a publication (the same one their employees refer to) that you can get for free. Register with Excelsior so you can log in, if you haven't already. Look under Publications and get the Student Guide to Credit by Examination. It's a PDF file. It shows you how much credit you get and what kind of credit for CLEP, DANTES, Excelsior College exams and others. For example, I took and passed the Biology CLEP. At Excelsior, that would give me 6 credits. I won't get official credit for it until I enroll and have my official evalulation through the school but I know #1 they do accept the exam #2 how many credits I can expect to get for the exam when the time comes. That bit of info cost me nothing but time. (If you have any doubts, you can confirm it with the school before you take the test.)

In order to take the rest of the nursing exams, after the first ones (see the other posts/threads about this), you do have to enroll in order to keep going.

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What does it mean when you CLEP and exam..I am alittle confused on this!!!!

Can someone explain it to me. I thought it was where you've taken a class before at one university and because each college curriculum is different you just try to test out on what you already had.

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little miss redpatch works as a Paramedic.

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http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/about.html

CLEP exams are exams that test what you know about a subject. You get credit for what you already know, no matter where you learned it. You can also get study guides for each subject.

They are multiple choice, cost $77 currently (plus a fee, usually, at the testing center). Many colleges and universities grant credit for passing the test. Most of the time, you don't get a letter grade (A, B, C). Instead, you pass it or fail it and the school gives you a certain number of credits.

As I said in my post, I took the CLEP Biology exam and passed it. I attend Houston Community College and they gave me 8 credit hours for that one test. I love science, but I did have to study for it... for 5 days. :) Each school is different so you might get more or less credit or they might now recognize it. You just have to check on their policy. It is great way to save money and time. Another good thing about them is you can also test out of boring classes. :)

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