“banking” of Cleps & Dantes

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by bceagles, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. bceagles

    bceagles Member

    Could I take a hand full of exams and not send them to a school right away? If I could, what would be the pros & cons of doing so?

    For example let’s say that I’m not currently enrolled at any institution. Can I take a bunch of Clep exams and a bunch of Dantes exams and wait to have the results sent to the college I enroll in at a later date?

    Will dantes or clep “bank” these exams for me until I’m ready to send them to a college?

    At what cost $ ?

    My goal would be to try to satisfy most of the degree requirements before enrolling. That way I would run less of a risk of not completing the degree before having to pay for a second year’s enrollment fee.
  2. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Yes, testing services maintain records and send transcripts to schools upon your request. You can take exams now and send them to schools later (and repeatedly).

    There is no additional cost for this, except for the cost of the transcript request(s).

    The only concern I would have is that some schools will place time limits on how old exams can be to remain acceptable. But these limits are stated in terms of years, not months, so you have some flexibility.

    Finally, you run the risk of taking exams that, later, prove to be inapplicable to the degree program you subsequently choose. This would be a waste of time, effort, and money.
  3. daisy

    daisy New Member

    I did what you are talking about; tested Clep & Dantes and didn't have my score sent to anyone.

    The fee for a Dantes transcript is $15.00 per institution you want your scores sent to - that fee is for 'all' scores. Clep charges $20.00.

    I would suggest you test in the GE requirements; Humanities - Social Sciences - History - Languages - Psychology, ect.... as you have more chances of having those accepted by schools.
  4. DesElms

    DesElms New Member

    Of the experts in DegreeInfo I ask: Of what value, if any, might Excelsior College's Credit Bank program be to the thread-starter in this situation? (Just askin')
  5. DaveHayden

    DaveHayden New Member

    None. "Credit banking" doesn't work because any transfering institutions will require original transcripts sent. Taking tests for later transfe will of course work.
  6. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I agree with Dave. In fact, I think I remember a thread in which it was asked whether any Excelsior Credit Bank customers were happy, and none were.

  7. carlosamador

    carlosamador New Member

    I appreciate all this information since it will help me as I figure my strategy for attaining my degree in the quickest manner. Thanks :).

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