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Saylor vs. Study.com
#1
Hello, 

I am new here and I have a few questions. 

1. I would like to know whether Saylor or Study.com would be better for the following courses:

American Government
Principles of Management

2. What is Saylor's PHIL 102: Intro to Critical Thinking and Logic like? Are there a lot of assignments, quizzes? How difficult is it? 

3. What is Study.com's Chemistry 1 with Lab like?

Thank you,
eminor7
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#2
1) study.com courses are usually way higher quality than saylor, however saylor is free(besides proctoring). You can always start with saylor and switch to study if you need to.

2) I don't know anything about that course other than all saylor courses are graded only based on a single final test.

3) the study.com chemistry lab uses a physical lab kit that you pay for(~$100 iirc) and do the labs at home.
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#3
Neither for American Government, I would go with Instantcert for $35.
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#4
Honestly, I'm not a big fan of Saylor. It is hard to beat free (well, $25 for proctoring fees), but in my case I found that I got what I paid for. In my experience, the exams were not really in alignment with the study materials and much of the material used to prepare the exams were out of date, inconsistent, or just wrong. Looking back, I feel that Shmoop's learning material was superior, and that is saying something since it was terrible.

Of course, this was like 2011-12, so I have to believe that things have improved since then. Either way, it left a bad taste in my mouth all the same.

On the other hand, I consider Study.com to be one of the best resources out there... particularly for upper-division courses. There you pay more (a monthly subscription which includes 2 free exams; after that you pay like $70 extra per additional exam up to a max of 5 per month), but the proctoring fees are included.

Some people don't like the Study.com format with lots of small knowledge check tests after each section, but I found it worked well for my learning style. They don't just have you read textbooks, they provide interactive lessons (video and text) which cover all the information relevant to the subject of each section. I took nearly two-years worth of college credits, including practically all of my upper-level courses, from there.

Also keep in mind that Sophia.org is free right now and they are also one of the better providers, albeit normally quite expensive. If you have any GenEd courses you still need, you should definitely check them out ASAP to register for the courses that are relevant to you before the deal is over. OnlineDegree is also free, but their courses are less widely accepted since they are NCCRS and not ACE recommended. Get as many free courses taken as you can and then take the balance of GenEd courses wherever you want... InstantCert, Study.com, StraighterLine, etc.

For your upper-level courses, there really isn't much competition to Study.com since they have the most UL courses (and more courses in general) compared to any other alternate credit provider out there.
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#5
Thank you MNomadic, LevelUp, and Merlin for your advice. 

I have finished taking all the Sophia courses that I need. 

Where else can I take Critical Thinking and Logic besides Saylor?

Does InstantCert transfer to WGU?
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#6
(05-21-2020, 10:55 PM)eminor7 Wrote: Thank you MNomadic, LevelUp, and Merlin for your advice. 

I have finished taking all the Sophia courses that I need. 

Where else can I take Critical Thinking and Logic besides Saylor?

Does InstantCert transfer to WGU?

Critical Thinking can only be taken at Saylor.

ICC is accepted by WGU.
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#7
Thank you so much everybody!
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