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My TESU academic evaluation
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My evaluation has just come in, and I want to share it with those who need it. Sophia.org is the best bang for the bucks alternative credits. I've just done with Eng comp II for the written communication requirements. I'm taking ACTFL tests and TEEX Death Investigation for the 15 upper-level units. Then, I only have capstone and cornerstone left. I think I might just bite the bullet and pay the residency waiver to graduate (if I can get through the capstone, I'm usually very anxious for a big test or paper). Do I need to pay the waiver as soon as I start the capstone? or I can pay it together with my graduation fee. I can't believe that I will get this close to finishing college. I thought I'd never make it. A big thank you to everyone in our forum for your recommendations and experiences.


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Sophia.org: 74 LL credits
TEEX: 13 credits (3 UL + 10LL) 
ACTFL: 17 credits (12 LL + 5 UL) 
Community College: 81 LL credits (2 AAs)
Davar: 7 UL credits (planned)
WGU: 6 LL credits
UMPI: 12 credits (6 UL + 6 LL)
TESU: SOS-101, LIB-495 (planned)
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(07-20-2021, 03:03 PM)park0902 Wrote: My evaluation has just come in, and I want to share it with those who need it. Sophia.org is the best bang for the bucks alternative credits. I've just done with Eng comp II for the written communication requirements. I'm taking ACTFL tests and TEEX Death Investigation for the 15 upper-level units. Then, I only have capstone and cornerstone left. I think I might just bite the bullet and pay the residency waiver to graduate (if I can get through the capstone, I'm usually very anxious for a big test or paper). Do I need to pay the waiver as soon as I start the capstone? or I can pay it together with my graduation fee. I can't believe that I will get this close to finishing college. I thought I'd never make it. A big thank you to everyone in our forum for your recommendations and experiences.

As someone who just started this journey (I just got enrolled into TESU and my transcripts are being reviewed) last week, this is really inspiring! I don't know the answer to your question but I look forward to finding out as well. How long did it take you to work through those Sophia courses? Thanks for sharing!
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Wait to pay the waiver until you submit your graduation application. You need to contact them separately to get a bill for your residency waiver. Good luck on completion!
COMPLETED: BSBA OpMgmt - TESU June 2021

AP Tests: 20 credits | APICS: 12 Credits | CLEP: 6 credits Saylor Academy: 6 credits
Sophia.org: 27 credits | Study.com: 12 credits | Davar Academy: 3 credits
TESU: 15 credits | Other College: 99.5 credits
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You can pay the waiver with the graduation fee, AFAIK. Congratulations on getting this far! I'm sure that you can complete the last little bit to finish the capstone. Smile
In progress:
Pierpont - AAS BOG
TESU - BA Computer Science; BSBA CIS; ASNSM Math & CS; ASBA


Completed:
Sophia (30 courses), The Institutes (old), Study.com (5 courses)
ASU: Human Origins, Astronomy, Intro Health & Wellness, Western Civilization, Computer Appls & Info Technology, Intro Programming
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(07-20-2021, 03:12 PM)mahaganapati Wrote: As someone who just started this journey (I just got enrolled into TESU and my transcripts are being reviewed) last week, this is really inspiring! I don't know the answer to your question but I look forward to finding out as well. How long did it take you to work through those Sophia courses? Thanks for sharing!
I lost my job because of the pandemic so I'm able to work on them full time in just a month. Because I'm trying to save as much as I can. It was a long month. I skipped all leisure activities and focused on working on the classes except eating and sleeping time. I downloaded and read a bunch of the materials before I started paying for membership so I can save time later. Also, I skipped all the classes that have assignments as it would slow me down significantly. (I've heard from the forum that they grade slowly)
Sophia.org: 74 LL credits
TEEX: 13 credits (3 UL + 10LL) 
ACTFL: 17 credits (12 LL + 5 UL) 
Community College: 81 LL credits (2 AAs)
Davar: 7 UL credits (planned)
WGU: 6 LL credits
UMPI: 12 credits (6 UL + 6 LL)
TESU: SOS-101, LIB-495 (planned)
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Yes, the TEEX Death Investigation and the ACTFL will be enough Upper Level credits required if you score high enough. I would get your TEEX done first and "brush up" on the language, then just go for it! Don't look back and be afraid of the capstone, it's just a "slightly harder" course with more writing. You can do this! You've got it in the big bag already! In regards to the residency waiver fee, you pay it last after you finish your courses. I would pay that when you pay for graduation OR after you've received email that you've hit all the requirements for graduation...
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Congratulations on earning your credits so quickly!

You have 96 credits, maybe you should think about starting the Capstone/Cornerstone in August?  Normally they require 100 credits though you can ask for a waiver and tell them you have 99 credits with the English 2 and more credits coming in August.

The reason I suggest this is because there are deadlines for getting your degree.  If you start the TESU course in August, you can submit for your degree on Nov 1st and have your degree by December 2021.  Otherwise, you have to wait till March of 2022.
https://www.tesu.edu/current-students/gr...nformation
Course Experience:
Modernstates.org/CLEP, Straighterline.com, Onlinedegree.org, Saylor.org,  Sophia.org, Study.com, Instantcertcredit, Csmlearn.com, Theinstitutes.org, and TEL Learning

TESU Degree Plans:
Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in CIS  (Capstone Done)
Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science  (Capstone Done)

120+ credits earned with expected graduation September 2021.

Degree Help Wiki:  Wiki Link
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(07-20-2021, 04:57 PM)LevelUP Wrote: Congratulations on earning your credits so quickly!

You have 96 credits, maybe you should think about starting the Capstone in August?  Normally they require 100 credits though you can ask for a waiver and tell them you have 99 credits with the English 2 and more credits coming in August.

The reason I suggest this is because there are deadlines for getting your degree.  If you start the TESU course in August, you can submit for your degree on Nov 1st and have your degree by December 2021.  Otherwise, you have to wait till March of 2022.
https://www.tesu.edu/current-students/gr...nformation

Do you have to take SOS-110 or did they waive that requirement since you had an associate's degree?

Thank you so much! I didn't know about that. I don't know if I can transfer the credits in time because I'm still in applicant status, and my evaluations are capped at 2. I signed up for medical terminology TECEP but it won't start until August, so I can't do anything until then. I wish they'd waive the cornerstone because of my AA, unfortunately, I still have to take SOS-110.
Sophia.org: 74 LL credits
TEEX: 13 credits (3 UL + 10LL) 
ACTFL: 17 credits (12 LL + 5 UL) 
Community College: 81 LL credits (2 AAs)
Davar: 7 UL credits (planned)
WGU: 6 LL credits
UMPI: 12 credits (6 UL + 6 LL)
TESU: SOS-101, LIB-495 (planned)
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(07-20-2021, 05:05 PM)park0902 Wrote:
(07-20-2021, 04:57 PM)LevelUP Wrote: Congratulations on earning your credits so quickly!

You have 96 credits, maybe you should think about starting the Capstone in August?  Normally they require 100 credits though you can ask for a waiver and tell them you have 99 credits with the English 2 and more credits coming in August.

The reason I suggest this is because there are deadlines for getting your degree.  If you start the TESU course in August, you can submit for your degree on Nov 1st and have your degree by December 2021.  Otherwise, you have to wait till March of 2022.
https://www.tesu.edu/current-students/gr...nformation

Do you have to take SOS-110 or did they waive that requirement since you had an associate's degree?

Thank you so much! I didn't know about that. I don't know if I can transfer the credits in time because I'm still in applicant status, and my evaluations are capped at 2. I signed up for medical terminology TECEP but it won't start until August, so I can't do anything until then. I wish they'd waive the cornerstone because of my AA, unfortunately, I still have to take SOS-110.

TESU should have given you a login so you can log into student services. This is where you sign up for courses.  Again you need a wavier to take the Capstone, I was under 100 credits, told them my situation and they granted me a wavier.
https://www.tesu.edu/current-students/on...t-services

Evaluations are capped at 2 if you only pay the application fee but this is groups of 2.  Meaning you can bring in ACE, RA credit, CLEP all at one time, this only counts as 1 total evaluation.  They are slow at doing evaluations so it may take several weeks to get one done. 

If you do end up taking the Capstone/Cornerstone in August, then you may as well drop the Medical Terminology before August and you should get a full refund.  Hey, $50 is $50 lol.

Also, be aware Amazon prime/Spotify is like 50% off when you are a student, Microsoft Office is free.

If you make under $60,000 a year, you may qualify for the Pell Grant.  (I think it goes by 2020 IRS reported income)  Taking 2 courses at TESU means you are a full-time student according to how the TESU terms are set up. (Pell Grant Award divided by 3 is what you get)  https://studentaid.gov/
Course Experience:
Modernstates.org/CLEP, Straighterline.com, Onlinedegree.org, Saylor.org,  Sophia.org, Study.com, Instantcertcredit, Csmlearn.com, Theinstitutes.org, and TEL Learning

TESU Degree Plans:
Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in CIS  (Capstone Done)
Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science  (Capstone Done)

120+ credits earned with expected graduation September 2021.

Degree Help Wiki:  Wiki Link
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(07-20-2021, 05:30 PM)LevelUP Wrote: TESU should have given you a login so you can log into student services. This is where you sign up for courses.  Again you need a wavier to take the Capstone, I was under 100 credits, told them my situation and they granted me a wavier.
https://www.tesu.edu/current-students/on...t-services

Evaluations are capped at 2 if you only pay the application fee but this is groups of 2.  Meaning you can bring in ACE, RA credit, CLEP all at one time, this only counts as 1 total evaluation.  They are slow at doing evaluations so it may take several weeks to get one done. 

If you do end up taking the Capstone/Cornerstone in August, then you may as well drop the Medical Terminology before August and you should get a full refund.  Hey, $50 is $50 lol.

Also, be aware Amazon prime/Spotify is like 50% off when you are a student, Microsoft Office is free.

If you make under $60,000 a year, you may qualify for the Pell Grant.  (I think it goes by 2020 IRS reported income)  Taking 2 courses at TESU means you are a full-time student according to how the TESU terms are set up. (Pell Grant Award divided by 3 is what you get)  https://studentaid.gov/
Thank you for your recommendation. Saw this on my evaluation so I don't know if it's possible to transfer more credits until my status is official: "07/20/21 You have received your second and final academic evaluation as an applicant. We encourage you to enroll in order to utilize academic advising to facilitate degree completion. If you have any questions regarding your academic evaluation, please call 609-777-5680." I still need some time to get everything ready, I think. I'll try to talk to my advisor to see what they can do.
Sophia.org: 74 LL credits
TEEX: 13 credits (3 UL + 10LL) 
ACTFL: 17 credits (12 LL + 5 UL) 
Community College: 81 LL credits (2 AAs)
Davar: 7 UL credits (planned)
WGU: 6 LL credits
UMPI: 12 credits (6 UL + 6 LL)
TESU: SOS-101, LIB-495 (planned)
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