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Hebron - May 11, 2005

Counselorís Corner
By
Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Hebron & New Salem High Schools

College Credit For High School Students?
Thatís right! Its that time of year when juniors and seniors who have really worked hard and mastered the content in some advanced classes may want to consider trying to obtain college credit. The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) provides students this opportunity.

While Hebron High School does not offer college credit through advanced placement courses and tests, students can still receive college credit through CLEP. A few years ago one of my students received a total of 35 semester hours of college credit through Advanced Placement and CLEP examinations.
This article provides answers to some common questions I hear each year about CLEP.

What are the CLEP exams?
CLEP exams are a means by which some individuals that have acquired the knowledge and skills that are taught in various college courses the opportunity to take a test to demonstrate what they have learned. This knowledge may have been acquired through various means including but not limited to: advanced high-school courses, independent reading and learning, job training, adult courses, etc. It is important to check if the college one plans to attend accepts CLEP credits prior to taking the CLEP tests.

How much does it cost for taking each CLEP Test?
The cost at Bismarck State College is listed below.
Test Center Fee $ 15.00
CLEP Fee $ 55.00
Total $ 70.00
While $ 70.00 may seem like a lot of money, a college student will often pay this much alone just for the book(s) for a college class. In addition, a college student will pay tuition, fees, board, room, etc. while taking the course in college.

Are there CLEP preparation study guides?
Yes, there are. Most bookstores have some CLEP study materials on hand. In addition, various test preparation materials can be found on the web. Most CLEP study guides sell for between $ 14.00 to $ 34.00. The higher priced ones usually come with a CD that enables the student to take the practice tests and use the study guide either in the book or on the CD. The actual CLEP exams are administered on a computer.
To see what The College Board has for CLEP preparation materials, you may go to their web site at http://www.collegeboard.com/clep.

Does the school have any CLEP study guides that can be checked out?
Yes, the high school has CLEP study guides. In fact, the school just purchased a new study guide earlier this month. Students may check out a CLEP study guide for two weeks. If interested, stop by my office. There is also a College Board CLEP Official Study Guide available for checkout in the high school library.

When will I find out if I received the college credit?
Test takers will know if the minimum passing score was met prior to leaving the testing center.

Where can I take the CLEP exams?
Dickinson State University offers the CLEP exams. To register call Dr. Pete Froelich at 483-2182. The tests are administered in room 101 May Hall.

Bismarck State College also offers the CLEP exams. To register call Bonnie Weisz at 224-5658 in room 115-A Schafer Hall. Most college testing centers provide CLEP examinations. If you would like assistance from me in registering for a CLEP examination, please stop by my office.

When are the CLEP exams offered?
Dickinson State University has no set schedule for students who wish to take a CLEP exam. It is done on an individual basis at a mutually agreed upon time.

During the school year Bismarck State College administers the CLEP exams on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Due to the high number of students who take tests during the summer, the tests will be offered during June, July, and August on every Tuesday afternoon. One test can be taken per day. For students who come from out of town and with advanced arrangements, a student may request to take 2 CLEP tests in one day. A student could take one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Pre-registration is required. In addition, the number of students who can take a test is limited. So if a student wishes to take a CLEP test this summer, I recommend that the student contact the testing center and register for the test now as the test dates will fill with students wanting to test. If you want to register or find out more information, please either call the college testing center or stop by my office.

For more information on career information and links, please see my Career Planning website at http://www.cplanning.org. If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, you can e-mail me at Gaylynn.Becker@sendit.nodak.edu. You can also contact me at Hebron High School at 878-4442, at New Salem High School at 843-7610, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent academic day!