Hello all! I've decided to take the plunge and begin my pursuit of a degree through testing. Thanks to all here for their time and information. I have already learned quite a bit. My background: I am finishing up treatment for Inflammatory Breast Cancer. After a year and a half of Chemo my mind is largely mush. I want to use this opportunity to engage my mind and help overcome the effects of 'Chemo brain.' After searching the boards and reading many posts, I still have a few questions. 1. How do people 'walk in' and take tests? Is this common in large cities? I've called the local test centers in my area and they need a week or more in advance notice for a Clep test, and they don't seem to know what a DSST is (they are on the approved list with a test center code.) 2. I know there is a 6 month waiting period if one fails a clep test. Is the same true for a DSST? 3. Test centers want the code of the college my cleps are to be sent to. I haven't enrolled anywhere yet...I wanted to wait until I got around 90 credits before I matriculate. I don't have to enroll, do I? I am leaning towards TESC as I started with the free and wonderful FEMA route. Based on what I've read here I plan on 'clustering' tests. I've organized them into groups with tests in order that one might build upon the next. A&I literature seems to help with English Literature, and English Literature seems to help with Humanities, for example. I am afraid of English Composition W/Essay as I feel I can barely compose a sentence after all the chemo. Forgive me if I am not making much sense; I am slowly getting better Thank you all for the guidance I have already received. This board truly is a wealth of knowledge. Courses I've Completed: All About Chemo: A hands on hair off immersive approach to learning that will have you asking, "is bone marrow considered weight loss?" Radiation 101: A 7 week program that meets daily in a classroom of one. The instructors provide detailed information from a shielded room. Under The Scalpel: A two-part series that will have you asking, "If you didn't find anything, why can't I have my lymph nodes back?" Sorry, I just couldn't help myself I have completed 29 FEMA courses, and that's about it so far.