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My oldest will be a Senior next year. How in the world did that happen? She is still trying to decide what she wants to do about college, and I feel like we are walking a fine line when it comes to choosing courses she enjoys. I want her to have fun with her classes next year, but still be prepared for college if that is the path she chooses. JumpCourse.com is coming to our rescue with online CLEP prep courses.
The Smarter Way to Earn College Credits
With JumpCourse.com, my daughter will be able to earn dual-credits on any of the online courses. She can CLEP out of a class if she chooses to head to college, and if not, she hasn’t wasted any time because it also counts as part of our homeschool curriculum.
In case you aren’t familiar, CLEP stands for College Level Examination Program. It is simply a test that allows a student to receive college credit for a course if mastery is shown. The test and testing center fees usually run around$120, and each course is $99. This is significantly cheaper than a college class. It really becomes a bargain when you find out that there is no textbook necessary.
Enjoyable Online CLEP Prep
JumpCourse utilizes a very enjoyable combination of learning methods. You can use all three, or just the ones that work for you. Each unit of a course has three parts:
- Watch – A short, informative video draws the student in with an engaging speaker and lots of graphics.
- Read – The lecture contains the same info as the video for those who learn through text, or want to reinforce what was learned on the video.
- Practice – Interactive activities test your knowledge. You can’t move on until you have mastered a unit.
I decided to test it out by watching the video, quickly scanning through the lecture, and moving on to the activities. Unlike the intro lesson I did where I had to drag & drop some words to match definitions, this one was fill in the blank. Aack!! I was satisfied at that point that my kids will need to put forth some effort to master these units.
A student can complete as many activities as needed to show mastery. The program uses adaptive learning to tailor the review to your abilities. It becomes harder or easier depending on your skill level. You cannot unlock the next level without mastering the current one. Each course also has an online study group for students who learn best by interacting with others. An instructor is available for additional coaching.
Online Psychology Course & More
There are five courses currently available, five courses coming soon, and more in development. My daughter has started the Psychology course. She will be able to work on her own schedule without the pressure of logging on for a lecture at a specific time or stepping into a classroom of strangers.
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According to JumpCourse, “credit is earned when you pass a standardized test accepted at 1000s of colleges and universities”, but this is not necessarily the case. Those 2900 schools that accept CLEP each have their own CLEP policies. Some only give credit for a very limited number of core subjects and some only give credit for exams taken when the student is enrolled at that school (so credits earned prior to enrollment would not apply).
Also, you can only earn a maximum of 12 credits from CLEP testing and the maximum accepted by your school of choice may be less than that. Some schools only accept CLEP to opt out of a class without credit. I think it is important to understand these things before making a decision to take CLEP exams at the high school level.
I think JumpCourse is being a little underhanded in how it presents its CLEP offerings. I hope your daughter is able to apply the credits she earns as expected.
Amy @ Are We There Yet? says
Thanks for your comment voicing your concern! JumpCourse has a search option to see which colleges accept CLEP credits. Once a college is found in the search, JumpCourse provides a link to that college’s CLEP requirements. http://jumpcourse.com/colleges