Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DSST - What Is It?

What is the DSST?

It's an acronym for a test:





DSST is actually a lot shorter and easier to say. DSST tests are tests that you take to earn college credit.

You choose the subject you are interested in, study, take the test and you're THREE COLLEGE CREDITS along on your degree.

They are similar to CLEP tests, cost $80 to take (plus the test center fee), and go on your college transcript as soon as you click "completed" on your test on the computer.

It's just that easy to get college credit with DSST tests.

And better yet, we guarantee that you'll pass the test!

More questions? See our New Student Center or send us an email.

-The PassYourClass Team

Friday, February 22, 2013

Homeschooling and CLEP

We've had a lot of questions from parents that homeschool their kids, particularly their teenagers, about CLEP and CLEP testing.

This will be the first of several articles that we will publish about how you can work CLEP into your days and lesson plans.

For the full homeschooling article, it can be found on the main website.

As always, send us your questions and we will make sure you get the answers that you need to help make the best CLEP education decisions for you.

-The PassYourClass Team

Thursday, February 21, 2013

What is the difference between CLEP and DSST?

Many of you have wanted to know what the difference is between CLEP and DSST or DANTES. It's very simple as there are only a few differences.

They both are tests for college credit.

Anyone (at any age) can take either a CLEP or a DSST test.

Basically they are made by two different companies and cover different subject areas. DSST is also statistically easier since their answer choices are A-D, not A-E like CLEP.

However, both tests are not well known. Typically most students find out about them through word of mouth, deep research in college tuition savings, or (less likely) from a college advisor.

We offer study guides for both - including our PASS OR DON'T PAY guarantee.

The easy part is up to you - deciding which test you want to study for and take first.

-The PassYourClass Team

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

How many hours of credit are your awarded for CLEP?

How many hours of college credit do you get for a CLEP test?

Good question. :) It depends on the test. Most tests will give you three credit hours - most will give you between 3-6.

Composition and Literature Tests
American Literature 50 6 credits
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 6 credits
College Composition 50 6 credits
College Composition Modular 50 3-6 credits*
English Literature 50 6 credits
Humanities 50 6 credits
Foreign Languages
French Language 50, 62** 6-12 credits*
German Language 50, 63** 6-12 credits*
Spanish Language 50, 66** 6-12 credits*
History and Social Sciences
American Government 50 3 credits
Human Growth & Development 50 3 credits
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 credits
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 credits
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 credits
Introductory Psychology 50 3 credits
Introductory Sociology 50 3 credits
Social Sciences and History 50 3-6 credits*
U.S. History I: Early Colonization's to 1877 50 3 credits
U.S. History II: 1865 to the Present 50 3 credits
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3 credits
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 50 3 credits
Science and Mathematics
Biology 50 3-6 credits*
Calculus 50 3 credits
Chemistry 50 3-6 credits*
College Algebra 50 3 credits
College Mathematics 50 3-6 credits*
Natural Sciences 50 3-6 credits*
Precalculus 50 3 credits
Information Systems and Computer Applications 50 3 credits
Introductory Business Law 50 3 credits
Financial Accounting 50 3 credits
Principles of Management 50 3 credits
Principles of Marketing 50 3 credits

*Depends on your school/university policy (at least 3 credits, but usually you will receive 6 credits)
**On foreign language tests, you can get more credit if you get a higher score. These are the ACE recommended scores to get 12 credit hours.

-The PassYourClass Team

Monday, February 18, 2013

How to CLEP college when you're over 50

How can you CLEP college when you're over 50 years old?


You actually have a great start by your experience in working and living life in general. You have a lot of work experience that will help you know a lot of the answers already.

You should be able to test out of as many as 30 credits towards your degree at most schools but that won't be an entire degree. Few schools will allow you to test out of an entire degree, and be skeptical of those that do. This is a way to get college done faster and cheaper.

Check with your school, or the school to intend to go to and see what their policies are regarding CLEP testing. You can also check out our New Student Center for step-by-step information and guidance.

-The PassYourClass

Friday, February 15, 2013

How long does it take to get CLEP credit after taking the test?

How long does it take to get CLEP credit after taking the test?

Well, technically you get it instantly. However, if you need the credit for graduation, then you'll need to review your deadlines for transferring credit at your university. Most schools will request your official CLEP transcript to add the credits to your "account" at the school - possibly as early as eight weeks before graduation.

If you are needing a few more credits before graduation but you want to "walk" with your class your school may have a policy that will let you walk if you need as few as nine credits (like University of Phoenix).

-The PassYourClass Team

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Which are the easiest CLEP subjects to pass?

Which CLEP test is the easiest to pass?

We get that question a lot.

Of course, you've heard that it depends on each student, their strengths, their experience, and their interests. While that's all true - it doesn't really help you with deciding which one to take does it?

We recommend taking the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP test first - assuming that the credit will apply to your degree program.


It is one of the easiest tests because there is not a lot of memorization. Those tests can be difficult because there can be a LOT to memorize. The Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP test however doesn't have a lot of memorization. You need to learn a few important terms and concepts, but the majority of the test has you analyzing literature - just like the name implies.

We don't recommend this test as the easiest for people who do have have English as their first or native language. But - assuming you're a native English speaker and you know how to read, with some effort, you can knock out your first three credits relatively fast and easy. We're happy to answer more specific questions if you send them our way.

-The PassYourClass Team

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

How long does it take to be charged for taking a CLEP test?

So you want to know how long it takes before your credit card is charged?

When you take a CLEP test online, it is charged (authorized) immediately. That means that the funds are taken from your account after you enter your credit card information and press submit at the beginning of the test. And yes, you HAVE to use a credit or debit card to pay for the test.

You'll also need to pay the CLEP testing center separately if they have a fee - and most do.

You can make sure you are totally prepared for your test by studying with the best CLEP resource possible - our CLEP test study guides. We offer a specific guide for every test so you only take time studying what you NEED to know to pass your CLEP test.

-The PassYourClass Team

Monday, February 4, 2013

How many questions do I need to get right to pass my DSST test?

I have been preparing and studying for two exams. 1) Civil War and Reconstruction 2) Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union.  I understand what the score is that I need in order to pass but my question is how many questions do I need to get right?  For example, the Civil War exam has 116 questions and I would like to know how many I need to get right out 116.  Same with the Soviet Union, out of 100 questions how many do I need to get right in order to pass with a score of 45?

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you.




Hi Laura,

The quick answer is about 50%, slightly less on Civil War. Doesn't seem like much does it? However, when you prepare for the test, try to go for 100% correct. That gives you quite a buffer ensuring that you will pass. We also recommend that you only study for ONE test at a time. This keeps you focused on one subject and gives you a better advantage in passing.

Thank you,

The PassYourClass Team

Friday, February 1, 2013

CLEP Infographic - College Tuition Costs

Here's a great CLEP Infographic to check out. See how much money you could be saving by testing out.

How to get a CLEP transcript?

How do you get a CLEP transcript?

Well, it is pretty easy.

Regular (non-military) students can order by phone at 1-800-257-9558 or you can

fill out this form and fax it to:


or mail it to:

CLEP Transcript Services
P.O. Box 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541-6600


Students who were in the military (who had exams paid for with military benefits) need to fill out this form and can send it in the following ways:

ATTN: DSST/CLEP Transcripts
1260 Energy Lane
St. Paul, MN 55108




More questions? We're happy to answer them!

-The PassYourClass Team