Everything you need to know about College Accelerator

Frequently asked questions

Credit & Transfer

Is Study.com an accredited college?

Study.com is not a college and does not confer degrees, so it can not be accredited. However, Study.com does offer ACE & NCCRS recommended courses which many accredited universities will accept as transfer credit. Although Study.com does not confer degrees, Study.com courses can be transferred to over 1,500 colleges and universities that do.

What is accreditation anyway, and are there different kinds?

This isn't straightforward so bear with us. The U.S. Department of Education does not accredit colleges and universities directly, but it does authorize a number of organizations to do so. Some of these are national in reach while others are regional. Regional accreditation is the gold standard and is the most widely recognized. It's important that the college or university that confers your degree be regionally accredited to ensure that your degree is recognized as widely as possible.

If Study.com isn't a college, then how can I earn college credit by taking your courses?

Study.com has over 200 courses that have been recommended as transferable to accredited institutions by the American Council on Education (ACE) and the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS). Over 1,500 accredited institutions in the U.S. will consider accepting credit earned by passing a course that's recommended by ACE or NCCRS. If you pass any of Study.com's credit-recommended courses, then you can request a transcript for them from ACE or NCCRS that you can submit to your institution as transferable credit.

What are ACE and NCCRS?

ACE is the American Council on Education and NCCRS is the National College Credit Recommendation Service. Both are credit recommendation bodies that have recommended Study.com courses for transferable college credit. You can learn more about them by clicking here.

Are Study.com courses equivalent to college-level work?

Yes! ACE and NCCRS have determined that Study.com's credit-recommended courses meet the standards of college-level coursework at post-secondary institutions. When taking a course, you will be expected to take lesson quizzes, a final exam and, for some courses, complete required assignments.

Are all Study.com courses recommended for credit by ACE and/or NCCRS?

No! While not all Study.com courses are credit-recommended, we do offer over 200 ACE & over 100 NCCRS credit-recommended courses. You can see a full list of Study.com courses that ACE and NCCRS recommend for credit on this page.

Which colleges accept credit from Study.com?

Study.com's credit-recommended courses are eligible for transfer credit with over 1,500 universities. In addition to this, Study.com partners with a number of universities to guarantee that the credit you earn here will transfer to one of their institutions. You can learn more about this on our college credit transfer page.

How can I be sure that my school will accept credit from Study.com?

Study.com strongly recommends contacting your school's registrar or admissions office to ask if they accept ACE or NCCRS recommended credits. If you have been working with a personal advisor at your school, we recommend that you ask them to review the Study.com courses you'd like to take to see if they'll transfer to your school.

How do I transfer the credit I earned to my school and what if my college requires a course grade?

You can transfer your Study.com credit to your school by sending them a Study.com, ACE, or NCCRS transcript. In general, all Study.com partners accept Study.com transcripts while some other colleges will prefer an ACE or NCCRS transcript. Follow the steps here to request a transcript.

How do I request a transcript from Study.com?

Once you have successfully completed one of Study.com's credit-recommended courses, you can request a transcript from Study.com, ACE, or NCCRS. To request a transcript from Study.com, go to your "My Courses" tab of your Study.com Member Dashboard and click the "Request Transcripts" button.

How do I request a transcript from ACE or NCCRS?

To request transcripts from ACE, you will need to create an account and fill out a request. You can start here.

To request a transcript from NCCRS, you will need to print and mail a paper form and fill out an online form here.

How long does it take for a transcript to arrive at my school?

Transcripts typically arrive to schools within 1-3 weeks after you request them.

Which transcript should I request? (Study.com, ACE, or NCCRS)

Talk to the school where you're transferring your credit to see which transcript they prefer. We've found that schools typically prefer ACE transcripts.

Is Study.com the right fit for my needs?

Whether you are looking for a cheaper, more flexible option to continue your college education, or a pre-requisite to satisfy a program requirement, Study.com provides tons of courses to fit the diverse needs of the 21st century student. Click here to check out our course catalog to see if we offer your desired course. Click here to review our course transfer guide for specific information about which of our courses could transfer to your institution.

Why is Study.com the best online alternative credit provider?

Study.com is the best online, alternative credit provider because we offer the most course options: over 200 credit-approved courses! Also, with the ability to learn on-the-go by watching lessons and taking quizzes through our mobile app, you can learn how you want and when you want.

Subscription & Membership

What do I get when I subscribe to the College Accelerator plan?

When you subscribe to the College Accelerator plan, you receive access to over 200 courses that are recommended for college credit, along with the ability to earn credit for up to 5 courses per month. You also gain access to our "Ask an Expert" homework help feature, to our "Request Transcript" feature, and of course, access to the many resources provided on Study.com such as flashcards, video lessons, lesson plans, and Study Answers.

How much does the College Accelerator plan cost?

The College Accelerator plan costs $200 per month. Additionally, College Accelerator users can pause their account at anytime.

How many courses can I take to earn credit per month?

You can take as many courses as you'd like per month, but you can only take 2 proctored exams each month under the College Accelerator subscription. You can purchase up to 3 more exam attempts each month for $70 for each additional exam. This allows you to earn credit for up to 5 courses month.

How do I cancel my subscription, and can I cancel anytime?

You can cancel online through your Profile page at anytime. You can also pause your account at any time as well. Pausing your account stops your account from being charged and restricts your access, but allows for your membership to remain active.

What happens to my coursework if I cancel in the middle of a course?

If you cancel your subscription in the middle of a course, your progress remains attached to your account. Simply, resubscribe to Study.com to pick up where you left off.

Grading & Exams

How are courses graded?

Your course grade is calculated out of 300 points.The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit is 210 points, which is an overall course grade of 70%. You can earn points from lesson quizzes, proctored final exams, and if applicable, course assignments. Check the course syllabus to see a full breakdown of the point distribution for each course. Although a 70% score is required to pass a course, Study.com transcripts record course performance as a Pass or Fail result.

Do all courses have quizzes, exams, and assignments?

All credit-recommended courses have lesson quizzes and proctored final exams, but not all of them will have required assignments. Check the syllabus for each course to review course-specific requirements.

Do I have to complete all lessons, quizzes, exam, and assignments in a course?

Yes, but many of our courses offer placement tests that allow you to test out of the material you already know. You will always need to complete the final exam and any required assignments to pass a course.

Can I test out of material I already know?

Yes! Many of our courses have placement tests, which allow you to test out of the material you already know. Check the overview tab of your course to find out if a placement test is available. If a placement test is available for your course, you will find a blue "Take Placement Test" button underneath the course progress bar.

What happens if I don't pass a lesson quiz?

If you do not pass a lesson quiz, you will have two more opportunities to re-take the quiz in order to improve your score; in total, you have three opportunities. You may continue to re-take any quiz as many times as you'd like, but only the highest of your first three attempts counts toward your final grade.

What is a proctored exam and how does it work?

A proctored exam is an exam in which a student's activity and environment are monitored to imitate a traditional testing experience. At Study.com, tests are monitored virtually through our third-party partner Software Secure. Study.com users simply download Software Secure to their device and follow directions. For more information about how this works, click here for a helpful video that breaks down the process.

What happens if I don't pass a proctored exam?

If you don't pass a proctored exam, you still may be able to take the exam again. You will need to wait at least 3 days before taking the test again.

What happens if I don't pass a course?

If you have used all your exam attempts and cannot earn more points by retaking lesson quizzes or resubmitting required assignments, then you may not be able to achieve a passing score in your Study.com course. If you find yourself in this situation, we recommend speaking with an advisor at your school. They may be able to recommend alternative courses that you can take to fulfill the requirements for your degree plan.

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