This topic came up in a recent post and I would like to get some opinions and perspective. The blanket statement that is always stated on this forum is that testing out is cheaper, I know this is the case but for this discussion (and to help illustrate this for anyone new) let’s do the math. Here is the cost breakdown: My local community college is currently quoting tuition at $128 per credit hour, so a typical 3 credit course will look something like: 3 credit hours x $128 = $384 If we get lucky and get the text book for $50 This puts the cost of a course at $434* *This does not include any additional fees (application, technology, lab, etc.) My local community college is currently quoting the cost to take a CLEP at: $87 exam fee $28.50 testing fee Let’s say that the test prep material costs $20 This puts the cost to CLEP out of a course at $135.50 $434 vs $135.50. So CLEPs are roughly 70% less expensive than taking a Community College course. The other benefits of testing out include, but not limited to: *no classroom attendance *work at your own pace *multiple choice exam, in most cases Etc, etc, etc. - yes, I’m Im beating a dead horse here a bit. I want to get feedback about what a student gives up by testing out. A recent post brought this point up and I kinda get it, but I still favor testing out. *less learning the material and more just prepping for a test *learning from an instructor *collaborating with classmates *working on projects *deeper topic research *dialogue in the classroom *creating relationships and building your social/professional network And everything else that goes along with physically being on the campus and in the classroom. Especially when it comes to these lower level / Gen Eds, I think it is fair to make the statement “How much of this will a student actually retain? Why waste classroom time and money on them”. Thoughts?