New Credit-by-Examination Options from the New StraighterLine

Jeffrey Simons

By Jeffrey SimonsCredit-by-Examination Options

You’re probably familiar with some CBEs already, like the AP test or CLEP exams. But now, at StraighterLine, we offer more than 30 new credit-bearing tests, as well as additional options like the PLA, and non-credit bearing tests that can help you land a job.

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With a test for credit, you still need to study. But when you’re ready, you can take a single exam, and if you score well, you can earn credit on your transcript and avoid taking that course wherever you choose to pursue your degree.

In this post, we’ll take a look at two types of credit bearing tests, Excelsior College Exams and the PLA, and two non-credit bearing tests that are useful for job seekers, the CLA and the ETS.

Excelsior College Exams

Excelsior College Exams have been around for more than 40 years. And unlike CLEP and DSST tests, your ECE score comes from a regionally accredited college, Excelsior College. Even better, more than 2500 colleges and universities accept Excelsior College Exams for credit.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

You’ve gained skills and knowledge in your life and on the job. Why not earn credit for what you already know? The PLA lets you translate the knowledge you've gained in the real world through jobs, civic and military engagement, volunteering, independent study, and even hobbies into college credit.

A Prior Learning Assessment is more than just a test. It’s a process that colleges and universities use to evaluate what you've learned outside the classroom for the purpose of assigning academic credit. And there’s not just one type of PLA. As a StraighterLine student, you can choose different types of PLA to fit your style and your budget.

You can find out more about Prior Learning Assessments here.

A Perfect Compliment for MOOCs?

One of the problems with many free Massive Open Online Courses is that you don’t earn any college credit for taking them. If you’ve taken a non-credit bearing MOOC from organizations like Coursera, EdX and Udacity and want to earn credit for what you’ve learned, you may want to consider taking a PLA or an ECE. They could represent the fastest, cheapest way for you to turn your “free” course into credits that can actually help you graduate.

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Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+)

Are you looking for a way to show potential employers that you've got what it takes to succeed? Then we think you’ll be interested in one of our new non-credit bearing assessments, the CLA+. It’s a computer-administered, open-ended exam designed to prove how strong your critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem-solving, reading and writing skills are.

You can find out more about the College Learning Assessment here.

ETS iSkills™ and ETS® Proficiency Profile Assessments

Our last new testing option comes from ETS, a global leader in testing and assessment known for their TOEFL®, GRE® and Praxis assessments. Now StraighterLine offers you secure electronic access to the iSkills™ and ETS® Proficiency Profile assessments, which measure higher-order skills like critical thinking and problem-solving that are essential for college success and beyond. Together, the iSkills™ and ETS® Proficiency Profile assessments will test the strength of your critical thinking skills and your mastery of college-level reading, writing, and mathematical concepts.

You can find out more about ETS assessments here

Enjoy Your StraighterLine

There’s plenty more for you to discover, including MyLine, your integrated student profile. Perhaps we’ll cover it in a future blog post. But for now, it’s time for you to go wander around on your own and get used to StraighterLine.

And remember, if there’s anything we can do for you, we’re here to help online. Just click live chat at the top of the page when you want to speak to a student advisor.

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