Is this how most college degrees will be earned in the future?
… Emina Dedic of HackCollege used standardized tests to save a ton of money and get two degrees a year earlier than she would’ve otherwise.
After several years of going the traditional college route, Dedic found herself struggling financially. In her research for options she “stumbled upon the concept of testing out of a degree”.
In the beginning, I was skeptical. I hadn’t heard of anyone in my day to day life who had used this method. I thought it was too good to be true, but after further investigation, I quickly realized this was a legitimate way to get college credit and speed up the graduation process.
I managed to take over 30 tests, for three college credits per class, each test costing me about 129 after administrative fees. Using the test-out method, I was able to obtain my AS in General Studies and BS in Psychology within the span of a year.
At the end of the day, I paid about one semester’s worth of tuition in order to obtain both degrees. The savings were extraordinary!…
She mainly used DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) and CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exams to earn enough credits to get her degree in psychology from Charter Oak State College in New Britain, Connecticut. This non-traditional school offering online courses is not prestigious by any stretch of the imagination, but their alumni page shows that graduates have gone on to get advanced degrees from institutions like Harvard and Quinnipiac University.
A pragmatic approach
Dedic appears to be an ambitious person whose next move is teaching English overseas. While her career path may take twists and turns instead of leading directly to a secure, well-paying job, that is also true for many graduates of traditional colleges who paid much more for their degrees. And whether it’s AP or CLEP, most colleges allow students to save time and money by testing out of some courses. Considering the limited amount of learning that goes on at college these days, this emphasis on credentialing may realistically be the best option for many students.