Ch 5: Transferring College Credit

About This Chapter

Transferring completed college credits to another school is a common practice that usually takes little effort. Learn about some of the options to complete this task. The video lessons available can help you make the transition so that you can continue your postsecondary education.

Transferring College Credit: Chapter Summary

There are several paths to getting completed college credits moved to another school. You'll explore some of the options and also get information on how transferring credits may affect your major and graduation. This chapter includes lessons on:

Transferring credits by exam

The old school method of transferring credits was to complete paperwork through your current school's registrar's office or a similar process. Nowadays, many schools will accept credits by having you take an exam to test your knowledge of a given subject.

Testing out of general education requirements

The process of passing a test or series of tests in order to not take a general education class may not be offered at all schools, but should be explored if you want to save some time and money in college. This video lesson explores the three paths to testing out of general education classes.

The impact of credits by exam and transfer credits on your major

As a transfer student, in order to complete all of your studies within four years, you'll need to transfer your completed credits to your new school. While your plan is to stay on track and graduate on time, the hitch in this idea is that there may be a limit on the number of transfer hours and some classes may not be identical.

General tips for transferring college credits

This video lesson provides an overview of options for transferring credits in order to save time and money. For example, there's a discussion of credits by exam, which will make the cost of tuition cheaper since those classes won't need to be taken.

Credit by exam process

The first thing you should do when deciding to take an exam to earn college credit instead of having to take a class is to speak with the school to find out the requirements (i.e. find out if any or all of the tests can be accepted). The admissions office, registrar's office or an advisor can direct you in finding the appropriate exam.

5 Lessons in Chapter 5: Transferring College Credit
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Saving Time and Money with Credit By Exam

1. Saving Time and Money with Credit By Exam

College is expensive, but there are ways to cut down on your expenses, even before you set foot on campus! Learn how to use credit by exam to cut the cost and time of your degree program in this video lesson.

How to Test Out of College General Education Requirements

2. How to Test Out of College General Education Requirements

To save time and money on college, some students choose to test out of some of their classes. In this lesson, we'll examine what general education classes are, how students can test out of them, and how colleges apply credits earned in exams.

How Can Transfer Credit and Credit by Exam Affect Your Major?

3. How Can Transfer Credit and Credit by Exam Affect Your Major?

Transferring credits or earning them through exams can be a great way to save on money. But they aren't always the best option for classes within your major. Watch this lesson to find out more about majors, transfer credits, and credit by exams.

Tips for Transferring Credit to Your College

4. Tips for Transferring Credit to Your College

There are many ways to save money at college, including transferring credits from community college or earning them through credit-by-exam. In this lesson, we'll look at what transfer credits are and how to transfer them to your school.

How to Prepare for College Credit-By-Exam

5. How to Prepare for College Credit-By-Exam

Taking an exam for credit is a good way for college students to save time and money. But what types of exams are available? And how can a student prepare for these exams? Watch this video to find the answers to these questions.

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Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

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