After some thought, I may have jumped a bit too quickly on the "bash Patten" train. You can make even a poorly structured program work to your advantage if it's cheap and works with your schedule, etc. One of the tricks you learn from credit-gathering programs like Excelsior associate/bachelor degree is how to manage self-study situations where you have a minimal syllabus to work from (e.g. DSST or CLEP exams). I can tell you personally this served me well when completing a couple management-related competencies with WGU. You learn to read nearly the whole book that's recommended to you, if not the whole book. If the textbook publisher has chapter quizzes online, you take those for EVERY chapter. Here's my guess as to how one could work Patten if being tested on things not mentioned in the coursework: 1. Download the syllabi for 2-3 similar courses from regular B&M schools. Compare. If you find areas these cover that are not mentioned in your Patten syllabus or other materials, read up on this area. How does this cover you? erik mentioned having evaluators who did not have access to the course materials. Well, these "evaluators" had to have familiarity with similar coursework anyway, right? I'm thinking these are probably adjunct instructors from other institutions who've taught or taken these courses elsewhere. 2. As mentioned above, read the book and use any quizzes/supplementary materials from the textbook vendor. If you're not assigned a textbook, find one for a similar course elsewhere and work from that. 3. Find a "summary" or "outline" book for a popular text used elsewhere for that course. In some cases, reading it instead of the actual test might give you enough coverage of the material while taking less time. Again, this is my guess. YMMV.