50 Lower Division + 40 Upper Division Needed = Any suggestions? FEMA, ACE, CLEPs ?

Discussion in 'CLEP, DANTES, and Other Exams for Credit' started by PositiveSoul, Oct 6, 2006.

  1. PositiveSoul

    PositiveSoul New Member


    This forum has always been very warm, receptive and informative to me. Indeed, I am very much thankful to all the contributors who have helped me in the past.

    I am trying to fullfill my dream of having an MBA for the past almost 13 years but so far I haven't even finished my Bachelor's degree yet.

    Once again, I am going to give it a try. And I hope you guys will kindly help me by offering your precious suggestions and advice.

    Here is the situation:

    - I have been given 30 lower level credits for my past transcripts towards Board of Trustees Bachelor of Arts degree program by the Western Illinios University as I am enrolled there for the past several years (I live in Southern California). I know I deserve, at least, 50 - 60 lower level credits as I have looked into that but I think it all depends upon the Evaluator. The Western Illinios University has its own in-house Evaluation Center.

    [A HUMBLE REQUEST: If you know ANY friendly and knowledgeable Transcripts Evaluator who would like to look at my transcripts and offer me an UNOFFICIAL evaluation then please let me know. Indeed, I would be greatly thankful. I have got PDF file ready.]

    - According to the advisor at the Wester Illinios University,


    [Q]"The BOT/BA degree requires 120 semester hours(sh) total and so far you have earned 30sh lower division and these hours have been applied toward the degree. This leaves you needing 90sh total with at least 40sh upper division (300/400 level) and that means 50sh can be lower division (100/200 level). (Please note that you can have more than 40sh upper division but not less)."[/Q]

    After researching through the posts at this forum and having read about TESC, COSC and Excelsior .etc, I think I can easily finish at least 40 - 50 Lower division credits doing FEMA courses.

    What do you think? Can I?

    Is there any cheapest way to get the credits for them except FCC mentioned on FEMA Official web-site? (FCC charges you $60 per credit)

    [I would like to use FEMA credits more and more and as they are FREE and most importantly, I am quite comfortable doing them. If you know any other method similar to FEMA then please let me know.]

    And rest 40 Upper Division, I may try to do through some other sources like CLEPS, DANTES .etc. Any other suggestion, advice, options .etc?

    I also have some CEUs which I would like to convert into credits.

    My ultimate goal is to do MBA.

    So, in a nutshell, I need help regarding,

    - 30 Lower Division Credits (Already have)
    - 50 Lower Division Credits (Needed - Any suggestions?)
    - 40 Upper Division Credits (Needed - Any suggestions?)

    TOTAL: 120 Credits needed

    Should you have any suggestions, advise or options which you know of then please feel welcome to help me.

    Thanking you in anticipation and eager to hear from you...

    Take care


    Positive Soul
  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    As a warning, CLEP examinations are all lower division, and many DANTES exams are as well.

    Have you considered shopping around? If you're really entitled to all that credit, I'd think that Charter Oak State College, Excelsior College, or Thomas Edison State College might be a faster way for you to finish:


    Good luck,

  3. berniejr

    berniejr New Member

    Keep in mind

    I am a former student of WIU and I looked into their BOT/BA program, but utilmately decided to go with Governors State University, (who at one time along with EIU, CSU, and NEIU were part of the same Board of Governors, until it disbanded in 1999) becasue of the ability to take weeked workshops for credit. Keep in mind that you will also need to have 30 credits in residence with WIU in order to graduate. I had my transcripts evaluated by WIU, GSU, TESC, and COSC and they all applied my hours in the same manner, with the exception of upper level credit, because TESC counts 200 level courses as upper level.

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