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Tips and Tricks for Preparing for a DSST Exam

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. 

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DSST’S 17 Reasons to Save $17 in 2017

In the spirit of turning a new leaf, DSST is offering a $17 discount on any test through January 31, 2017. If that’s not enough to convince you to earn college credit for the knowledge you already have, perhaps our list of 17 reasons will.

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4 Steps to Dealing with Holiday Distractions

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.

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DSST Spotlight: UMUC

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.

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Focusing After Failing

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. 

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5 Keys to Learning while Serving

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. 

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The Only Checklist You Need for Changing Your Major

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.

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Financial Aid 101

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.

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Uncommon Uses for 3 Common Degrees

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.

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4 Things Prospective Non-Traditional Students Need To Know

“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

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Summer Reading: 8 Must-Reads Inspired by Our Test Subjects

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

–P.J. O’Rourke

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Taking Your First DSST Exam? Here’s What to Expect

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. 

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3 Surefire Ways to Help You Get Ahead at Work

Everyone wants to get ahead at work, but what are the best ways to advance? Here are three key recommendations, irrespective of industry, that will help you succeed as a professional. 

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The Power of Subject-Specific Studying Part Four: The Problem-Solving Subjects

Succeed in any problem-solving oriented class by following these study techniques from Jay Cross, founder of DIY Degree. 

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5 Tips to Help You Retain What You Read

Try these five tactics to improve your memory retention and recall just when you need it.

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How to Get Ahead in College: ACE credits, AP Exams and DSST

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.

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DSST Cuts the Cost of Community College

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. 

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Studying Alone vs. Group Study: Which is Better?

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. 

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14 Tips to Finding A Great Online Degree Program

All online degree programs are not created equal. The technology is still pretty new, and each delivers education in a slightly different way. Are you looking for an online degree program?

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5 Ways to Create a Stress-free Study Session

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.

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The Ultimate Guide to Finding Community College Scholarships

Scholarships you can use toward your community college tuition fall into a couple of different categories. Fortunately, you search for and apply for them the same way you would any other scholarship. Your first step will depend on how far along you are in your education.

  • Current high school students should speak with their school’s guidance counselor as early in their application process as possible. Not only will they be able to give you advice and information you might not be aware of otherwise, but you’ll also be putting yourself on their radar. That way, you’ll be one of the first people they think of when new scholarship opportunities are announced.
  • Students returning to school – whether after spending time in the workforce, in the military, or raising a family – will do well to start by visiting the U.S. Department of Labor’s free scholarship search tool. You can search their website for opportunities based on your current education level, where you live, and a whole bunch of affiliations. (We’ll discuss these in a bit more detail in just a second.)

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The Best Online Colleges for Nontraditional Students

Online colleges offer nontraditional students an alternative to in-class learning, allowing more time for work and family obligations. Here are the best online colleges for nontraditional students.

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5 Ways to Keep Learning All Summer Long

Keep your brain working and return to school in the fall feeling refreshed and ready to learn with these tips for learning all summer long.

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In-State Tuition for Military Personnel

Many states are passing legislation to grant military members and veterans the right to in-state tuition wherever they enroll. Learn which states, and what you need to know about in-state tuition for military personnel.

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5 Ways to Make Studying Fun

There are many ways to make studying fun. Try these ideas from DSST for a more exciting study experience.

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Active Military Stay the Course Through DSST

Recent sequester budget cuts for tuition assistance threaten to delay or derail active duty military from earning their undergraduate college degrees.  DSST exams remain funded.

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When It Pays To Be A Student

Learn about generous student discounts from major technology brands that make it easier to manage education costs as a non-traditional student.

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3 Steps to Stay Focused In The Age Of Distraction

Nontraditional students have to work especially hard to stay focused while doing homework or studying. DSST shares their top tips for avoiding the lure of distractions and getting work done efficiently.

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Top Holiday Gifts for Students

What do nontraditional students really want - and need - for the holidays? Read on for DSST’s top holiday gift ideas for the adult learners in your life.

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3 Ways To Get Ahead During Thanksgiving Break

Suggestions from DSST on how to keep your brain sharp over Thanksgiving break and finish the semester with a bang.

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