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    I am going to be posting the below review of Jennifer Cook-DeRosa's new book Homeschooling For College Credit on the Amazon website, but I'm posting my review here on as well, because I'm sure most of the people who post here would like to congratulate Jennifer on her book. I'm also guessing that Jennifer hasn't said too much about the book because she doesn't want to appear like she is using these forums as a means to sell her book. BTW, I don't know her. I just liked her book and enjoy reading her posts here on this site.


    If you are a parent of a homeschooled child then this is a MUST BUY book. It is absolutely possible for your homeschooled student (or even traditionally schooled student) to earn a substantial amount of college credit before even graduating high school. Earning an Associates Degree, or for that matter an entire Bachelors Degree is possible while still in high school. The cost of earning the credits is not only inexpensive, but the savings from following the advice in Jennifer's book will save the typical college student not only thousands of dollars but tens of thousands of dollars.

    Her book covers everything from the details of how to earn the credit, to building of curriculum, to creating transcripts for applying to universities, to the study methods required to pass tests (her 6 layer method rocks), to student loans and other financial concerns, and details like knowing that earning an AS degree is FAR more valuable than earning an AAS degree. This book is an absolutely wonderful resource with information you won't find in any other book.

    Paperback: Homeschooling For College Credit
    Kindle Version: Homeschooling For College Credit

    The book does need another round of proofreading. However, one thing I dislike more than grammar errors is a reviewer that whines about them at the expense of the wealth of knowledge found in the book, so enough said about that.
    BA Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison State University

  • #2
    I loved the book too. I did a review on Amazon that said it was good for homeschoolers, but also adults who want a degree, etc. I've recommended it to several people.

    ADN/ASN Excelsior College - LVN to RN - In Progress

    MBA Healthcare - Patten University - In progress
    BS Liberal Arts - Depths in Healthcare and Psychology, Excelsior College 2014
    AS Licensed Vocational Nursing, Mesa College 1989
    Certificate Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN), Mesa College 1977


    • #3
      Reviewed this book too, the Rebel has, great wisdom it holds.....sorry, we are watching Star Wars III tonight.
      MBA, Western Governors University February 2014
      BS Charter Oak State College November 2011
      AS in EMS August 2010

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      • #4
        Great book. Let's support Jennifer by buying it, review it and recommend it.
        BSBA - California Coast University - 2008
        EMT/Paramedic - Percom - 2018
        ADN - Excelsior - 2018
        BSN - WGU - 2019
        FNP - ???


        • #5
          OMgosh you guys are awesome. I have so much respect for the thoughts and opinions of all of you- really. Your opinion of that book matters to me! Also, what I want most is for the INFORMATION to get out there- if not through me, then someone else. But, in any event, I'm proud to have such kind words said about me. I think my book already has 5 "likes" on Amazon...rockin!

          On the grammar, I must comment. Let's not pretend I'm a better writer than I am. I'm a pretty terrible writer. I always write in passive voice (I know, shame on me) and I always write like I speak. HOWEVER, I had an editor (unofficially) help me with the big stuff. But, I had to take it from there. Is there anything worse than reading your own words over...and over...and over? I went through 17 physical proofs. Literally! Each time one change is made (adding a single period or changing a letter from lower to upper case are each considered "a change") you must go through the whole 5 day review process again! Plus, for extra fun, when a new file is uploaded to CreateSpace (Amazon) for review, the format changes. I don't know how. I don't know why. But it does. The first 6 books off the press have the Table of Contents on the left side facing page! Rebel I'm sure your copy is that way. I have no brain space left to care about my grammar. I'm not a writer, I'm a mom with something to say. I hope it's worth twelve bucks.

          Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you.
          Last edited by cookderosa; 01-28-2013, 12:33 AM.
          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

          Homeschooling for College Credit (blog)
          Homeschooling for College Credit (book)


          • #6
            Congratulations Jennifer! Looks like you put a lot of work into this!
            Steve, Webmaster


            • #7
              Somebody moved this thread into the OffTopic subforum. That's too bad, because the book is specifically aimed at earning credits through CLEP/DSST etc. and the advice throughout the book covers this information in detail. Personally, I think this book really should be in the main CLEP subforum, because that is who it is aimed at helping.

              As a side note, the administrators of this board should really consider adding a HomeSchool subforum. There are probably just as many, if not more, homeschool affiliated people using this site as there are military people using the site, and the military has their own subforum. BTW, I'm a veteran and not a homeschooler, so this is not a bias on my part.
              BA Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison State University


              • #8
                Wow, good job Jennifer. I haven't read the book but your posts always seem knowledgeable so I have complete confidence in the book.

                Just last week I was on a job and learned that one of my coworkers home schools his daughter. (So picture two electricians in hardhats standing on construction site discussing this) I mentioned to him that there have been times that I have seen many high school aged kids taking CLEP/DSST tests next to me at the test center. He never heard about the program. I tried to tell him all that I have learned along the way, but it is overwhelming to someone who never even knew the avenue existed.

                I just sent him the AMAZON link for your book. It may be easier to grasp in a book than having someone try to explain it in windy conditions, outdoors during a New England winter.
                TESTS PASSED

                Intro to Law Enforcement (70) DSST, Criminal Justice (461) DSST, US History 1 (71) CLEP, US History 2 (66) CLEP, Civil War & Reconstruction (67) DSST
                Business Ethics & Society (447) DSST, Principles of Management (65) CLEP, Principles of Supervision (450) DSST, Organizational Behavior (60) DSST
                Rise & Fall of the Soviet Union (56) DSST, Intro to World Religions (469) DSST, Management Info Systems (448) DSST, Prin of MACROeconomics (63)
                Prin of MICROeconomics (64) CLEP, Labor Relations (A) ECE, HR Management (B) ECE, Principles of Financial Accounting(65) DSST, Prin of Finance (408) Money and Banking (52) DSST


                • #9
                  Are you sick of hearing about this yet?? Amazon ranks books- and in the "Hot New Releases in Homeschooling" I'm number 15! Hot New Releases: The best-selling new & future releases in Homeschooling They say they update hourly, so it may just be that I rank at 1am lol...but still feeling so blown away
                  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

                  Homeschooling for College Credit (blog)
                  Homeschooling for College Credit (book)


                  • #10
                    That's so cool! Congratulations!
                    AS in 2010 and BS in 2013 at Excelsior College - Transcripts and Costs

                    Next Goal - Sharing Credit-by-Exam* & Graduate School - MS = 8 done + 4 to take = Getting There!!!!!!!!

                    Resources Used - 20+ Exams Passed & General GRE

                    Practice Tests - Available for CLEP and DSST

                    * Link posted with permission from forum admin; thank you!


                    • #11
                      That is so cool!! Congrats! I just checked and your book moved up to #7!!
                      West. Civ I - 65, A&I Literature - 66, Biology - 65, Chemistry - 55, Nat. Sciences - 64, US History I - 68, Am. Literature - 61, US History II - 62, Am. Gov. - 67, Macroecon. - 63, Microecon. - 75, College Comp. - 66, Prin. of Marketing - 68, Prin. of Management - 71

                      Civil War and Reconst. - 70, Prin. of Supervision - 443, Intro to World Religions - 477, Intro to Business - 443, Human Resource Mgmt - 64, Intro to Computing - 458, Prin. of Fin. Accounting - 80, Business Ethics & Society - 447, Prin. of Finance - 437

                      Int. Algebra, College Algebra, Precalculus, Intro to Stats., Business Stats.

                      Corp. Communications - 78%, Business Law and Ethics - 76%

                      PENN FOSTER:
                      Managerial Acct. - 96, Int. Acct. 1 - 98, Int. Acct. 2 - 87, Cost Acct. - 94, Strategic Bus. Mngt. - 95

                      ADAMS STATE:
                      Auditing - 89

                      Advanced Acct. - B

                      Federal Income Taxation

                      120/120 completed ~ BSBA Accounting


                      • #12
                        Wow, now it's #4!
                        BA History 2014 - TESC

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                        "Courage..." "This day, we fight!" ~RotK

                        CLEP: A&I Lit 74 ~ Am Lit 73 ~ Eng Lit 72 ~ Humanities 75 ~ College Math 77 ~ Western Civ I 63 ~ Western Civ II 69 ~ Natural Sci 64 ~ US History I 76 ~ US History II 69 ~ Sociology 68 ~ Am Gov 69 ~ Social Sci & Hist 71 ~ College Comp 61 ~ Marketing 70 ~ Management 66 ~ Psychology 67

                        DSST: Supervision 453 ~ Tech Writing 61 ~ Computing 427 ~ Middle East 65 ~ Soviet Union 65 ~ Vietnam War 74 ~ Civil War 68

                        Other: College+ Biblical Social Justice B ~ ECE World Conflicts Since 1900 A

                        TESC courses: Capstone A ~ Leaders in History A ~ Photography 101 A- ~ Games People Play A ~ International Relations A- ~ Mass Communications I A

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                        • #13
                          I've been waiting to hear about it.
                          I put it in my wish list and look forward to getting it.
                          Home Educating 7 sons & 3 daughters so far
                          Yes, they're all ours!

                          Credits from CC classes:
                          eng 1113 freshman comp 1
                          eng comp 2
                          pos 1113 american fed gov't (I believe this was political sci.)
                          spa 1103 spanish 1
                          bio 2123 human ecology
                          his 1493 american history civil war era - ore
                          phi 1113 intro to philosophy
                          soc 1113 intro to sociology
                          total credits 24 hours for mom
                          gpa 3.12

                          Currently home schooling 2 oldest kids for:
                          CLEP West Civ 1 = 50, 64
                          CLEP West Civ 2 = 58, 60
                          DSST Intro to Geology
                          DSST Astronomy

                          Need help deciding which of the big 3 to use? Then go look at Awesome Alissa's Pros/Cons of the Big 3 Comparison.


                          • #14
                            I've been invited by Charlotte Homeschooling dot com to do a webinar based on my book- I don't know anything yet, other than it will be on March 16th! I approached the local homeschool consignment shop about holding a little class or book signing and was shot down (booooo) because she didn't know me or what I was about. LOL, homeschoolers are cautious to be sure, but ok, whatever. I bought her a book and sent it to her. I'm also trying to get in Rainbow Resources. Homeschoolers will know that catalog, it's one of the really big ones! Beyond that, I'm just enjoying the ride! I don't have the money to do the conference circuit (that's expensive-crap!) so I'll be grass-roots all the way. Thanks again for all the support!
                            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

                            Homeschooling for College Credit (blog)
                            Homeschooling for College Credit (book)


                            • #15
                              Belated congrats!!! BTW you are officially a writer now. And all this time I thought you were spending 24 hours a day on these forums =)
                              TESC AA
                              TESC BA June 2010