Hi, my name is Todd, and I've been lurking here for a few weeks after becoming interested in finally getting back to school after some 20 years of dawdling about. When in my preteen/teen (back in the fabulous 80s), I always tested well but could never maintain long term focus on anything in classes... Bored too easily, I scraped by high school, did rather well on my SATs for not studying, and went to two 2-year colleges and one university (roll Tide!!) for about a semester each, but it was always the same story.... Bored to tears, and ambivalent about the subject matter... Well, that was a waste of my money so I took a year off from college and found a short program offered by Strayer University (College at the time.) 10 accredited courses, each done in a two week timeframe. All computer courses, starting with intro to computers, and included Unix, COBOL, C 1 & 2, Systems Analysis and Design, and a few other courses. Fast enough to keep my attention, some of the later courses were even challenging, which was another thing I needed. After that I earned a tech job working on Capitol Hill for a few years, and during that time I got my MSCE+I from Microsoft... 9 tests, all done with self paced study on my terms. Years have gone by and a few doctors have been seen, and I've been diagnosed with ADD & minor OCD, which answered more than a few questions about my past performances. Thankfully there's some wonderful medications out there that make life much easier with these issues. I've also come to the point in my life, where I'm edging 40 and don't want to be stuck as a computer tech for the rest of my life. After much discussion with my wife, I've decided to go back to school. I started doing research (mainly on CLEP tests, as they're the most similar to the testing situations I've excelled at in the past) and found this forum. I've been reading through it for about two weeks now, and finally decided to post and say HI... (Hi!) This forum has truly broadened my horizons as far as my educational outlook. Initially, I thought I was going to be stuck doing 3 years at a B&M community college (that long because of my fulltime work situation and just the cost itself) to get an AS, and then spending another 3-4 years at one of the local universities to finish off a bachelors. But now, after a good amount of looking around, number crunching and such, I've got a new goal, and degree could only be a year away. This week I'm going to start down the road of doing the 3 math classes + a statistics class class through ALEKS as well as taking 2 CLEPS on Friday (A&I Lit, and Humanities.) That point on I'm going to do a few CLEPS & DSSTs here and there, and I'm going to attempt the GRE Comp Sci test in April. In Jan, I'm going to hit the local CC and take a couple of night courses so I can get Freshman Comp I out of the way (along with finally doing a college class 'the right way' and sticking with it til the end. This time, its personal... ) Depending on how wacky I'm feeling I might attempt the GRE Lit in English or GRE Psychology, in Oct. Around next August, I'll apply/enroll in Excelsior and see where I'm at as far as my degree. And then its on to apply to SWOSU for Graduate school for their Masters of Education in Technology degree.