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Advice for 16 year old American-BSBA Online from Southeast Asia
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This forum is an incredible resource! I have learned so much from all of you and appreciate it.

Looking at a BSBA or a Liberal Arts degree from COSC due to the age requirement at other schools. There is a CLEP testing center 400 Miles away in Bangkok and no nearby DSST testing center. Looking at Study.com, SL, Shmoop and Saylor to reduce the trips to BKK. Would probably go on to a Masters after completion. Would appreciate any suggestions on when to take CLEPs vs. being able to take the exam's online. Thinking a few CLEP's and four classes at SL and four classes at study.com to complete most of the general ed. requirements. Cost is less important than being able to take the exam online and a good class that can be passed. Effort is OK. Two classes a month for ten months with the ability to do additional classes when possible.
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Since you're that far from a CLEP Test center, I would only recommend taking the ones that provide 6 credits (example, English Comp w/essay - so it'll take one trip for 6 credits or more if you do more exams in one day). Shmoop is the only ACE recommended for credit provider I do NOT recommend, I usually don't recommend NCCRS credit providers either. I would recommend going with the tried and true providers such as Sophia.org, StraighterLine, Study.com

Sophia.org generally is a great provider, both because they have sales/specials and their quality/quantity of courses. I would highly recommend getting HALFOFF, or PHOENIXOFF for 50% off the courses, or you can wait for when they have $297/3 course specials. For StraighterLine/Study.com, I highly recommend SL or lower level and Study.com for upper level courses. You want to do a combo because doing 4 courses from SL will net you 10% off tuition/fees at COSC, $500 off WGU, and 10% off Excelsior.

SL/Study.com is my go to recommendation, as Study.com has an amazing amount of upper level credits for cheap. Oh, today is the last day for FREE membership - you should quickly sign up for StraighterLine and get 4/5 courses from them. Try to complete all 4 or 5 courses a month. I recommend Medical Terminology, Pharmacology for free electives or any of the courses that have an "open book final exams" in this link: https://www.straighterline.com/how-it-wo...g-details/

Note: If you are going to COSC, paying 4 courses from SL will net you a 10% discount on all fees, ie: capstone/cornerstone, grad fee, etc. That 10% discount will basically negate the cost of the SL courses & membership, so it's like paying for it now, but getting the money back later - in essence, those courses/membership cost become FREE! (Especially when you have a free membership until the end of today, you can use that cost to buy two more courses!)

Lastly, I would highly recommend starting with StraighterLine and cancel/pausing your membership after this first month membership is over. You should be able to complete all 4/5 courses within the month. So, create the ACE credit registry account, buy the SL courses/membership. When you're done with these 4/5 courses, get all the FREE credits completed on the wiki. When done, update us with what you've completed. All the general education/free elective courses will be usable for all of the Big 3/WGU.
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(02-29-2020, 11:24 PM)bjcheung77 Wrote: Since you're that far from a CLEP Test center, I would only recommend taking the ones that provide 6 credits (example, English Comp w/essay - so it'll take one trip for 6 credits or more if you do more exams in one day). Shmoop is the only ACE recommended for credit provider I do NOT recommend, I usually don't recommend NCCRS credit providers either.  I would recommend going with the tried and true providers such as Sophia.org, StraighterLine, Study.com

Sophia.org generally is a great provider, both because they have sales/specials and their quality/quantity of courses.  I would highly recommend getting HALFOFF, or PHOENIXOFF for 50% off the courses, or you can wait for when they have $297/3 course specials.  For StraighterLine/Study.com, I highly recommend SL or lower level and Study.com for upper level courses.  You want to do a combo because doing 4 courses from SL will net you 10% off tuition/fees at COSC, $500 off WGU, and 10% off Excelsior.

SL/Study.com is my go to recommendation, as Study.com has an amazing amount of upper level credits for cheap.  Oh, today is the last day for FREE membership - you should quickly sign up for StraighterLine and get 4/5 courses from them.  Try to complete all 4 or 5 courses a month.  I recommend Medical Terminology, Pharmacology for free electives or any of the courses that have an  "open book final exams" in this link: https://www.straighterline.com/how-it-wo...g-details/

Note: If you are going to COSC, paying 4 courses from SL will net you a 10% discount on all fees, ie: capstone/cornerstone, grad fee, etc.   That 10% discount will basically negate the cost of the SL courses & membership, so it's like paying for it now, but getting the money back later - in essence, those courses/membership cost become FREE!  (Especially when you have a free membership until the end of today, you can use that cost to buy two more courses!)

Lastly, I would highly recommend starting with StraighterLine and cancel/pausing your membership after this first month membership is over.  You should be able to complete all 4/5 courses within the month.  So, create the ACE credit registry account, buy the SL courses/membership.  When you're done with these 4/5 courses, get all the FREE credits completed on the wiki.  When done, update us with what you've completed.   All the general education/free elective courses will be usable for all of the Big 3/WGU.



Thanks!!!! This is exactly what I need. Please let me digest this and I will follow up for sure.

It is already March 1 here so I missed the COSC offer. Which four classes do you suggest we take from COSC?

The timeline is to start August 15 2020. Sign up for ACE. Two CLEP exams September 15, and SL or Study.com for a couple of months followed up with a couple of months of the other. Sign up with COSC around January 2021 unless it is beneficial to sign up sooner. 

GED/CHSPE in 2021 if required. Student will complete the 10th grade in June 2020.
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