As rewarding as earning a degree is, deciding on which one to pursue can be extremely challenging. To help with that, we’re putting together a spotlight series designed to offer a quick glimpse at specific areas of study. We’re calling it “Behind the Credits,” and our first edition focuses on the world of business.
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A 2014 study by David B. Monaghan and Paul Attewell at City University of New York provided some interesting stats on transferring college credits:
-14% of community college transfer students were able to transfer 10% or less of their credits to a four-year college.
-28% were able to transfer between 11% and 90% of their credits.
-58% were able to transfer 90% or more of their credits.
We put together the following six tips to help you fall into the last group, with the hope of being able to transfer 100% of your credits!
Sometimes the toughest thing about taking an exam isn’t the exam itself, it’s mentally preparing yourself for it. Yet, most of us tend to spend the bulk of our time and effort prepping for the questions and much less time and effort prepping our minds, our bodies, and our spirits for what we’re about to experience.
At DSST, our nationally recognized testing program allows students to earn college credit for learning acquired outside the classroom. That’s why we pride ourselves on the relationships we hold with established colleges and universities across the country. It’s about the shared approach of empowering all types of students to reach their academic goals efficiently, effectively, and affordably.
So you failed a test. Congratulations! In failing, you’ve joined the ranks of nearly everyone else on Planet Earth, including some of the brightest minds out there. There are countless quotes, stories, and books and dedicated to lessons learned and progress made because of failure. How we try, fail, and try again defines each of us. So embrace it, learn from it, and let us help you get it right next time.
Whether you’re headed to college at 18 or seeking a degree at 38, landing on a major can be one of life’s toughest choices. Perhaps that’s why at some of the nation’s most well-known universities, more than half of students switch their major. In fact, many schools have replaced the term “undeclared” with “exploratory” to shine a more positive light on the fact that for most of us, trial and error is a completely acceptable way to decide on the right major. Long story short, if you’re contemplating making a switch, you aren’t alone. And we’re here to help with a checklist to consider before taking the leap.
As another school year approaches, you may find yourself wondering how certain degrees are utilized in the real world. The truth is, every degree offers a surprising amount of flexibility. No matter how focused your track is, you probably have more choices than you realize. Once you know what’s out there, you can pursue what interests you. To help with that, we’ve chosen three of our more traditional test topics and explored how unique their career paths can be.
According to research from Student Loan Hero, the average 2016 college graduate has $37,172 in student loan debt, a six percent increase from 2015.
One way to save money on tuition is by taking DSST exams to earn college credit using knowledge you’ve acquired outside of a traditional classroom. “It is a great time-saver in that students may be able to enroll in advanced classes, rather than entry classes, and therefore they may graduate sooner,” said Mary E. Maggard, SPHR, Manager of Assessment and Testing, Bluegrass Community and Technical College.
If you’re about to take your first exam to earn college credit, here’s some advice from the experts at DSST.
Science, technology, engineering, and math jobs, commonly referred to as STEM careers, are essential to a high-performing society.Yet, despite the importance of STEM careers, there’s a shortage of people pursuing these careers — especially women.
Succeed in any problem-solving oriented class by following these study techniques from Jay Cross, founder of DIY Degree.
Taking a demanding course load in high school has many benefits for the student who continually seeks out new challenges. Earning American Council on Education credits (ACE credits) before embarking on your college career will give you several advantages.
Everyday challenges can quickly add up for a college student. With so much going on, students can easily find themselves a few credits short of graduating with not enough time to catch up. That’s where we come in.
Something is lurking just beyond the holidays: next semester. So what’s a student to do? Below are 7 tips on how to stay sharp over vacation that – we promise! – are easier than you may think.
College can definitely be stressful. Below are some of the most common stressors, plus some ideas on how to deal with them.
1. I need to keep my grades up...
You’re at college to learn. Or maybe you have a scholarship that depends on you maintaining a certain GPA. And while it’s true that not every piece of knowledge you acquire will come from a professor during a lecture, you need and want to get good grades.
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How and where you study can make a big difference between passing and failing an exam or an entire course. With all the effort being put into your degree, don’t let poor study habits affect your academic success. Here are three simple fixes to get rid of the most stubborn study habits forever.
1.Eliminate distractions by using the resources available to you.
There’s no secret formula or magic to passing a standardized test. Just take a deep breath, read through our test prep advice, and rest easy knowing that you’re doing everything you can to make sure you do well -- starting with reading these testing tips!
- Start studying. Good study habits and studying consistently – say, for an hour a day over the course of several weeks – is much more effective than cramming for a test the night before.
Student loans aren’t the only way to pay for college. In addition to Federal Student Aid, there are scholarships and grants students can apply for.
Upcoming conferences! Join DSST in San Francisco for the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers’ (AACRAO) 99th Annual Meeting April 14-17, 2013 as well as for the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) 93rd Annual Convention April 20-23, 2013.
The DSST program has surpassed 57,000 exams this calendar year. This is the first time the program has reached the 50,000 test milestone since moving to Internet-based Testing (IBT), in 2006. Active duty military, veterans and non-military college students benefit from DSST exams on IBT.