Practical advice if you are considering doing an Online College or University
degree, one of the things you want to ask before you enroll is: Does this college or
university accept and
grant college credit through any of these credit by examination or portfolio programs. When you askk if is worth listing the names of each program since some colleges and
universities might accept CLEP test and DANTES but not APP or ACT-PEP. Others might accept credits from any of the examination programs. And still other colleges and university on-line degree programs might not accept any.
The second thing you want to find out is if there is a limit on the number of credits that can be earned by examination. This is an important question that some students do not think of asking. You also need to know if credits, from an examination program eg. CLEP exam will be accepted as part of one's major or if it will only be accepted for general educational or elective credits.
Finally, you will want to find out if the total number of credits that can be earned by examination allows additional credits to be earned via a Credit for Life Experience Portfolio. In many colleges and universities that have a limit
of CLEP credits, the total number is from all sources and if you earn the total number by examination, then you can not earn additional credits via the portfolio method.
How to proceed for your CLEP Test.
Review the description of the 6 testing programs, including the CLEP test, given below:
1. American Council of Education PONSI (Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction ) is particularly useful to students who have worked in companies that provide in-service
education and training. With ACE's PONSI program, organizations and businesses which offer 'in service education' or training programs can apply to ACE to have their educational programs reviewed with an eye to allowing participants to be granted
college credit for the learning that occurs. STUDENTS may not apply for credit on their own although they can suggest to the training group to request PONSI review or they can submit the name of a program and agency to the American Council of Education
with an aim of ACE contacting the group about possible review.
The PONSI program evaluates non-credit, employment-related courses sponsored by over 100 organizations. These courses are given by business or industry. Some participating businesses are: CBS, IBMA, the Post Office. PONSI reviews the courses and may recommend that college credit be granted to individuals who complete these courses. Examples of qualifying organizations are AT&T, IBM, CBS, and the Postal Service.
So, ACE PONSI college credits are obtained through formal training or in-service education programs provided by your employer, or as in-service training by a not for profit group
where you volunteer etc.
If you want to check what organizations have PONSI approved training and courses or if you want to check what colleges and universities accept PONSI credits, visit American Council of Education web site.
2. ACT-PEP or American College Testing Proficiency Program has been administered directly through Regents College Examinations since 1998. ACT-PEP administers exams
that are similar to CLEP examinations. The subject matter of ACT-PEP is primarily occupational eg. business, education or nursing. ACT-PEP results are not so widely accepted as the CLEP exams are. But it is always worth checking to find out if these
are accepted at the college or university where you intend to apply.
3. APP Advanced Placement examinations are given at the end of an Advanced Placement Course. These are usually offered at a high school but adults and the disabled can also take these courses on-line or through other formats.
4. CLEP examinations. There is a full page on this site devoted to More about CLEP test
5. DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support) has a very extensive set of subject examinations that remembers of the armed services can take. Civilians may take these examinations also but they must pay a fee.
In addition some test centers may charge civilians a registration fee.
The examinations cover a number of fields: Business, Education, Humanities, Mathematics , Science and Social Science. To learn more about DANTES go to: Dantes Test program.
6. ACE-Military This program evaluates and recommends college credit for courses and on-the-job training offered by the Armed Services and the Department of Defense. ACE publishes their recommendations every two years in the "ACE-Guide to Evaluation of Education Experience in the Armed Services" as a source for granting credit . Acceptance of ACE-military is limited to few colleges and universities.