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    Does anybody know the minimum age for taking CLEP, ECE, DANTES testing? What about enrollment in Excelsior, Thomas Edison, or Charter Oak? I would be interested in hearing anyone's opinion or experience in the under 18 year old students getting their associates or undergraduate degree. It doesn't seem unrealistic for one to obtain an associates by age 18 from testing.

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    Not at all. In fact, my local community college offers a program where high school students may complete their HS requirements AND their first two years of college and graduate from HS with their Associate's degree. I believe Charter Oak allows enrollment from 16 yrs. old. Don't really know but that's what I've heard.
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    • #3
      When I researched it Excelsior's minimum age was 18, Thomas Edison's 21 (but there is an exception just call an ask and they will tell you who to send the request to), and Charter Oak is 16.
      BSBA Marketing Thomas Edison State College-63/120

      College Math-66, College Algebra-64, Analyzing & Interpreting Literature-67, U.S. History I-66, U.S. History II-61, Information Systems & Computer Applications-59, Biology-61, DSST Introduction to Business-61, Introductory Sociology-65, Introductory Psychology-52, Principles of Microeconomics-54, Principles of Macroeconomics-47, Principles of Marketing-68, Financial Accounting-47, Introductory Business Law-62, Principles of Management-70, DSST Principles of Supervision-64, DSST Organizational Behavior-68, English Literature-61

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dave042
        Does anybody know the minimum age for taking CLEP, ECE, DANTES testing? What about enrollment in Excelsior, Thomas Edison, or Charter Oak? I would be interested in hearing anyone's opinion or experience in the under 18 year old students getting their associates or undergraduate degree. It doesn't seem unrealistic for one to obtain an associates by age 18 from testing.
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        I'll let you know on the age and testing, My 13 year old son will be attempting the DSST Statistics exam with me next month.
        Jennifer
        10-year member

        MS Nutrition, 2014 Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
        BA Social Science, 2008 Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ
        AA General Studies, 2008 Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ
        AOS Culinary Arts,1990 Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY

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        • #5
          age of enrollment

          Charter Oaks is 16 - I checked. Excelsior is 18 UNLESS you have a high school diploma. In that case, the age 18 is waived.

          Sidney

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          • #6
            Thanks for the feedback. As a father about to home school my 13 yo son, I find this very interesting that I can get him on the fast track to a degree. I guess the first step is finding a program which allows him to pursue an associates and bachelors degree at the same time. His interests are in computers. As he is testing, does it make any sense to open a credit bank for him? Are there any age limitations to open or time limitations the credit bank stays open? Does anybody have any recommendations on a degree program and school which maximizes the use of CLEP, ECE, DSST, FEMA, and computer certifications (A+, MCP, etc) to apply towards a degree?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dave042
              Thanks for the feedback. As a father about to home school my 13 yo son, I find this very interesting that I can get him on the fast track to a degree. I guess the first step is finding a program which allows him to pursue an associates and bachelors degree at the same time. His interests are in computers. As he is testing, does it make any sense to open a credit bank for him? Are there any age limitations to open or time limitations the credit bank stays open? Does anybody have any recommendations on a degree program and school which maximizes the use of CLEP, ECE, DSST, FEMA, and computer certifications (A+, MCP, etc) to apply towards a degree?
              There are many of us who are homeschooling or who are being homeschooled on this board, you should have no trouble finding support. I homeschool my four sons ages 13, 9, 7, and 3. My oldest has started studying statistics with me. I offered him $100 if he could pass the DSST. I also told him that I wouldn't let him study during our regular school day, and I wouldn't do more than let him know when I was about to study- if he joined me fine, if not fine. So, no pressure from me at all. (But he is highly motivated $$) It remains to be seen if he ends up taking the exam, but so far he has kept up with our study schedule and doing fine.

              High school is the perfect fit for a homeschooler to use CLEP/ DSST I think. My intentions are to use the exams as a "final exam" for his courses. We study US History 1 anyway...we study US History II anyway.....and so on.
              It's entirely possible that there may be a few failed exams, or a few passes that won't necessarily be guaranteed transferrable, but that doesn't concern me in the least. It's excellent experience- and the information is worth knowing and the cost is minimal.

              It's of my opinion that your son doesn't need to choose his college major right now. Let him take the subjects you know he needs and be flexible. How many adults are unsure?? Many! Your son will probably start to get a good idea after he starts studying for various exams. I always (literally- my entire childhood) thought I wanted to be a scientist. When I started my TESC degree, I considered science because I fondly enjoy the subject. Well, what I found out is that I fondly enjoy documentaries and exploratory science- I havn't got a fraction of the brain power necessary to major in a hard science. On the flip side, I found out that I am quite interested in anthropology, and should I pursue a PhD, it will be in food anthropology.
              I only say all this because if you start him filling degree requirements, there is going to be a lot of pressure to stay the course rather than getting a head start on his own course. (I hope that makes sense and doesn't sound preachy) He may have an undiscovered interest in a subject he hasn't been exposed to. He may get sidetracked during his American Lit CLEP to dive into Twain or James Fenimore Cooper for a month. Maybe he passes College Algebra (fills degree requirement) but wants to study calculus? During humanities he starts to enjoy art. I would encourage these kinds of distractions for a young person.

              So, formally, my suggestion is look at the requirements for an AA degree. That is your best bet for transferring into any bachelor program- and when the time comes that he has a solid idea for his major, you just enroll in the program. TESC doesn't require you to earn your AA first- you just switch programs and have at it. In the meantime, you are working from a basic idea of credit distributions.

              Credit banking is unnecessary. CLEP holds his score for 20 years. Just take exams, and when the time comes for college, pay CLEP $20 and they will forward the complete transcript.

              WELCOME!!!!!!!!!!!
              Last edited by cookderosa; 04-13-2008, 11:03 AM.
              Jennifer
              10-year member

              MS Nutrition, 2014 Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
              BA Social Science, 2008 Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ
              AA General Studies, 2008 Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ
              AOS Culinary Arts,1990 Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY

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              • #8
                Hi, and welcome to the board. I am unaware of a CLEP age requirement.
                I am 16 and have taken a ton of CLEP tests this year.

                In order for students to take the test they must have proper ID. For students who do not have their driver's license or a school ID, I recommend the State ID - it looks just like a driver's license, but it's just an identification card, issued at the same place as driver's licenses are (DMV). This state id card can also be used during the SAT and ACT standarized tests for students who are so young. I am very happy my mother got one because it saved a lot of trouble. (I did have a school id, but it was a correspondence highschool, and ordering school IDs was not required.)

                Good luck.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by goldpaws
                  Hi, and welcome to the board. I am unaware of a CLEP age requirement.
                  I am 16 and have taken a ton of CLEP tests this year.

                  In order for students to take the test they must have proper ID. For students who do not have their driver's license or a school ID, I recommend the State ID - it looks just like a driver's license, but it's just an identification card, issued at the same place as driver's licenses are (DMV). This state id card can also be used during the SAT and ACT standarized tests for students who are so young. I am very happy my mother got one because it saved a lot of trouble. (I did have a school id, but it was a correspondence highschool, and ordering school IDs was not required.)

                  Good luck.
                  A U.S. Passport would serve the same purpose (and you can get one at any age).
                  Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

                  - Calvin Coolidge

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                  • #10
                    Goldpaws- Hi, good to hear from you. I'm impressed to see you have completed several CLEPs:
                    Freshman English w/ essay - 66
                    Principles of Management - 54
                    US History I & II - 65 & 53
                    Analyzing & Interpreting Literature - 62
                    Natural Sciences & Biology - 59 & 54
                    Business Law - 47 - Retaking
                    Govt - 46 - Retaking
                    Information Systems - 49 - Retaking
                    College Algebra - 39 - Retaking
                    Spanish - 44 - Not Retaking
                    Psychology- 72

                    And the next tests are:
                    Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
                    Government (Retake, 3 credits)
                    Microeconomics (3 credits)
                    Western Civilization (3 credits)

                    Looks like you have 24 hours completed, retaking 12, and 12 more coming up. Have you decided on which college to enroll or what to major in? Do you have a roadmap on what you need to complete? Are you wanting to graduate through testing or transfer your credit to a B&M school? On the tests you are retaking, why do you think you didn't pass? What recommendations do you have for other teenagers in order to pass the CLEPs?

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                    • #11
                      I am also homeschooled, 16, and have completed 102 of 120 credits needed for a B.S. in business at TESC. To enroll at TESC I had to submit a letter to them asking that their age requirment be waived as I had completed so many credits. There really are no barriers that keep your son from getting his bachlors before the age of 18 especially if he is motivated! Cookderosa's suggestions are spot on. It is really exciting to see more and more homeschoolers and young people find out about this path to a degree.

                      Best Regards,

                      Farmerboy

                      Finished in December, 2008 with my BSBA from TESC

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                      • #12
                        Farmerboy- Congrats on your progress. I think the moderators should create a Doogie Howser forum for all you guys. Please tell me more on your studies. How long ago did you start taking your tests? Does your homeschooling integrate the CLEP tests? How often do you test, once a month? What methods do you use to prepare for the tests? Does your state require you to take mandatory testing? Are you studying other subjects besides the CLEPs?

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                        • #13
                          Farmerboy,

                          Glad to hear this. My 15 year old daughter initially had trouble with Excelsior but when they discovered that she was taking university courses from a Canadian university and had her high school diploma, they tentatively said ok - BUT we need to have an official evaluation by an expensive evaluation outfit to prove that a Canadian high school diploma = a US high school diploma. They know that already,and living in Haiphong, Vietnam where I am working makes getting all of the paper work done a real pain, with much delay. Charter Oaks wouldn't budge on 16 but she is getting closer. I didn't try Thomas Edison but you have given me hope there. Our biggest problem now is that we can't test here (CLEP,DANTES,ECE) and she has to write all of her tests 23 or so in a few weeks back in the US/Canada. I am having a big problem finding testing people who will let her write exams day after day,several each day.

                          Good luck on your August 2008 grad!

                          Sidney

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dave042
                            Farmerboy- Congrats on your progress. I think the moderators should create a Doogie Howser forum for all you guys. Please tell me more on your studies. How long ago did you start taking your tests? Does your homeschooling integrate the CLEP tests? How often do you test, once a month? What methods do you use to prepare for the tests? Does your state require you to take mandatory testing? Are you studying other subjects besides the CLEPs?
                            I started taking test about two and half years ago. At first, I did 2 to 3 tests a month but I slowed down when I started on my business requirements. As far as methods, I used REA and Comex guides for the CLEPS and got the first textbook recommended on the DSST fact sheet for the Dantes. I would also go through IC a couple of times to solidify the material and then take a practice test. If I scored over 55% on the practice test I would take the real deal if not I would review more on IC and do another read-through on the texts.

                            Idaho is probably one of best states to homeschool in, as they do not require any tests or registration. I do take standardized testing through a local organization with many of the other homeschoolers in Idaho. What state do you live in and do you have any restrictions?

                            Best Regards,
                            Farmerboy

                            Finished in December, 2008 with my BSBA from TESC

                            Current events dialogue @SamRust on Twitter

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                            • #15
                              I am having a big problem finding testing people who will let her write exams day after day,several each day.


                              Sidney[/QUOTE]

                              I would try the University of Phoenix if there is one near you. At my location they were very helpful and allow me to schedule tests with very little notice. Are you coming back to the States or Canada?

                              Farmerboy

                              Finished in December, 2008 with my BSBA from TESC

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