When people hear about DSST credit-by-exam for the first time, a “Huh?” or “Really?!” often follows. Not only are they surprised that earning college credit can be so affordable and convenient, but they are delighted to learn that DSST credits are accepted by thousands of reputable colleges and universities. This is why our tests are perfect for adult students, working parents, military members, veterans, and anyone who values earning college credit on their own schedule. Truthfully, we know it can take a moment to understand that there’s no catch to our program, and that it’s not too good to be true. If you’re one of the many people wondering if DSST is right for you, we can help you figure it out with three simple numbers.
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Planning a civilian career after your tour of duty is over takes courage, focus, and motivation. Luckily you have all three, but there are questions. How will you fit into a workplace where it seems less is at stake and the projects seem less vital? Will potential employers be convinced that the leadership and technical skills you’ve acquired in a military setting can be adapted to the civilian world?
Most importantly, which careers are most suited to the traits you bring to the workplace: namely, mental toughness, discipline, and a powerful drive to learn? This article introduces you to careers that are particularly well suited to your experience as veteran, so please explore.
If you’re curious about how much college credit that experience is worth, start with a DSST practice test.
Serving in the military can be one of the best résumé builders for a career in the private sector. But once you hang up your fatigues and start drafting your résumé, it’s crucial to know your audience. Civilians, especially those who have never served, will be looking for qualifications, skillsets, and keywords that might surprise you. Below are three big tips to keep you on track.
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 this edition focuses on the humanities.
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.
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.
The shopping. The decorating. The parties. The carolers. Along with the holidays comes a ton of fun and a little chaos. But if you’re a student coming up on the end of your semester, the endless cheer might feel more like one giant, tinsel-covered distraction. For those aiming to have a productive December, we’ve gathered a few tips to help minimize the distractions.
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.
No matter which branch of military you’re in, it’s possible to earn a degree while serving. In fact, there could be serious financial and career benefits for doing so. With careful planning and diligence, advancing your education could go hand in hand with protecting our nation. To help you understand the higher education options for military personnel, we’ve broken it down to five key takeaways.
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.
Sharpen those pencils, charge those laptops, and listen up because it’s time to talk money. If you’re headed to college this year, you might be wondering how in the world you’re going to pay for it. To make the bills bearable, many families take advantage of financial aid. With $150 billion available in student aid annually, it’s a valuable resource for those who know how to capitalize. Below are three key ways to secure financial aid like a pro.
From serving in the military to starting a family to following a passion, there are many reasons you might experience an extended break from school. If you’re re-entering the world of academia after a hiatus, it’s normal for the transition to feel nerve-racking. You may be worried you’ve forgotten how to study properly or that you won’t fit in. In reality, you’ve probably attained useful new skills while away from school that will help you inside the classroom, and your professors and peers will admire your persistence. At the end of the day, managing the shift comes down to one big thing: preparation. Properly preparing yourself and your family will start you on the right track for accomplishing your educational goals.
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.
“Each one of us has a unique set of circumstances that led us to become non-traditional, and each story counts as a testimony of strength and endurance.”
– Amanda Condon, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Student, courtesy of myantshe.org
Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
America’s College Promise, discussed by President Obama in his State of the Union address, outlines a path for more Americans to afford college. Tens of thousands of Americans each year already utilize a program that saves them an average of $670 per class by completing nationally accredited DSST examinations that are accepted by more than 1,900 institutions.
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.
Winter break is coming to a close and this bizarre thing you've had on your hands called “free time” is about to be a thing of the past. Nice, wasn’t it? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to use this time to become more productive, more organized and more efficient?
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.
Every student has their own set of studying preferences and priorities; some prefer to immerse themselves in a certain environment, while others study best at certain times of the day. Creating a stress-free study environment is one way to improve your grades.
Whether it’s in the car, in front of the TV screen, or at the kitchen table, you do your homework whenever, wherever. The stress of these distractions weighs on you like a lead balloon while you try to study and retain so much information in such a short amount of time. But study time doesn’t have to be stressful. Here are five ways to assure your study sessions are stress-free.
Being an academic superstar is great, but the unemployment line is full of straight A students who couldn’t hack it on the job. The skills that served them well in school -- following directions, writing papers, sitting still -- were not enough for the new game being played around them.
After years of paying attention to things that don’t predict extraordinary performance, Google has finally identified what does. Not coincidentally, they are the same entrepreneurial traits students develop by taking a self-taught, exam-based path to graduation.
A college degree is no longer a ticket to success on its own. With tuition costs rising and hiring becoming more competitive, it’s more important than ever for students to get smart career advice.
In the Digital Age, the importance of technical skills to job seekers of all types will only increase. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook, a small but diverse set of career paths are likely to account for hundreds of thousands of job openings in total through 2018.
One piece of good news is that, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies are planning an 8.6 percent increase in their hiring of new college graduates in the coming year. With that pleasant fact in mind, here’s a look at some of the most promising career paths for recent college graduates to consider:
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.