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DSST vs. CLEP

There are a lot of standardized tests that we have to go through as we graduate high school.  Perhaps none are more famous (or more despised) than the dreaded SAT, ACT, and SAT II.  However, there are more standardized test that you can take once you have already been accepted to colleges. Most people do not know about this, but they are some of the most helpful standardized tests that you will actually take.

While the SAT determines your eligibility for different colleges, these two tasks determined whether you get college credit for certain courses or not. They are known as the DSST and the CLEP. Both of them essentially do the exact same thing, but most people preferred the DSST because it offers much more flexibility.

The CLEP only allows you to take tests that would qualify you for lower level courses, meaning that you cannot get as far ahead in a subject as you might like. This is extremely disadvantageous for someone who has very large knowledge in only a specific area. For instance, there are many people who have a deep well of knowledge in mathematics, and would like to get a lot of credit for that knowledge. The CLEP does not allow this to happen.

However, the DSST does allow you to take tests for upper-level courses. This means that you can come in as a college freshman and participate in courses that are typically reserved for sophomores, juniors, or even seniors. The level of advancement that you can gain by starting courses earlier in college is simply astonishing, so the last thing you want to do is take a test that does not allow you to gain that college credit.

If you’re considering taking either of these tests, the last thing you want to think about is the possibility of failing a test. The CLEP has a 90 day waiting period, which is twice as long as the DSST if you need to retake a test. Since time is of the essence when you are entering college, it just makes sense to take a test that allows you to retake failed attempts at a quicker pace. Every single test to pass is money that you don’t have to spending college, so be sure to skip the CLEP and go ahead and take the DSST for any college credit attempts.

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