Free University Guidance Office
Updated Oct. 15, 2006
At the present time, the prepared material for this site consists of a discussion of the benefits of Credit by Examination in the file Why CBE? and a detailed Step-by-Step Guide.
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the extensive links on improving your Study Skills.
How to Save Money Using Credit By Examination, and Multi-exam Strategy.
Briefly stated (we will add more examples during the summer), you benefit in several major ways:
I call this example the American Studies Strategy. There are CLEP exams in American History I (three units), American History II (three units), American Literature (six units), and American Government (three units). In a typical university there would be no correlation between these subjects because American History is taught in the History Department, American Literatuire in the English Department and American Government in the Political Science Department. But they obviously cover the same peiord of time (from Colonial times to today), were influenced by the same events, and share many of the same cast of characters.
Doesn't it make sense to study history, read the literature, and explore political development of a particular period in time as a totality? Aren't you likely to have even a better grasp of the subject matter than taking courses from three different departments in different semesters?
You can start your independent studies as a junior in high school, start building up steam during the summer before you even attend your first college class and take the exams in the summer between your freshman and sophomore year.
The cost of four exams is roughly $240 in fees. Compare that to the cost of a full semester's tuition.
Here's another combination you can think about: psychology, sociology, anthropology, criminal justice, gerontology. Five exams, 15 units, with subjects that reinforce each other.
We'll be adding more suggestions, and a more detailed approach, as we build the Free University Project
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