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The official guide to courses from the Big Three: COSC, TESU, & Excelsior
Provider: Excelsior
Course: Uexcel World Conflicts Since 1900
Instructor: NA
Course content: there's a study guide on or another one on the Excelsior site
Final exam format: 113 Multiple Choice Questions
Final exam content vs course content/practice exams: I didn't think it lined up that well. See below
Time taken on course: I spent about 3 days brushing up on my knowledge of 20th century conflicts, which was already pretty good because of other History courses I've taken
Familiarity with subject before course: I've taken US History 2, the LL and UL Vietnam War courses, etc.
Pitfalls, high points, things others should know: I found the exam to focus very very heavily on the theory of international relations as opposed to facts about the 20th century's armed conflicts. In fact I would go so far as to say that this is more of a political course than a history course. Your mileage may vary but my final had 1 question about Vietnam, 2-3 on Korea, maybe 3 on WW2, maybe 3 on WW1, etc. Probably had 6 on Sierra Leone. Had at least a dozen on bipolar vs multipolar international models plus another dozen on realist vs liberalism conceptual models of international relations. Lots of questions about the 90's conflict in Yugoslavia. Lots of questions about NGO's and the role of the UN. So just bear in mind when you study for this that you need to lean real heavy on those areas.
1-10 Difficulty level: 5ish. If I had gone into this cold I would have known all the questions on WW1, all the questions on WW2, all the questions on Vietnam, all the questions on Korea, and all the questions on the Cold War, and I would have probably still failed it. Me brushing up on the international theory and Yugoslavia is what made the difference between the A that I got and an F. - 147 CR. TESU - 27 CR. Middle Georgia State University - 15 CR. COSC - 6 CR. Excelsior - 6 CR. CLEP - 6 CR. Sophia - 11 CR. TEEX - 2 CR. Shmoop - 18 CR. NFA - 4 CR. The Institutes - 2 CR. FEMA - 20ish

BA in History/English from TESU
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I need 15 UL courses to finish my BA in Liberal Arts, and Capstone. I'm close for Criminal Justice, as well but this would be quicker. 
Are there any courses on SL or that would fill the upper courses needed? Also, are there any course that I could test out of with TESU? I was looking at Abnormal Psychology, Marketing Communications MAN 373, Mar-321. I just want the fastest route. Thanks for any advise you can provide.
#13 has a ton of UL courses. Straighterline has very few, maybe 2.

If you want to test out of courses with TESU, you can take the Tecep tests. Some of them are UL. I took a couple and reviewed them here. Also the Uexcel tests from Excelsior are similar and some are UL, but with the Uexcel you have to go to a testing center and the Teceps let you test at home if you want, so I prefer those. TESU won't let you take more than 15 credits in a term so there's a limit there, not sure if there is one for Uexcels.

It's personal preference but if you have a webcam at home I would bet you could do 5 UL courses on in a month and transfer them over without any problem. Or you could do a mix of all three. It's just up to you and what you feel confident in. - 147 CR. TESU - 27 CR. Middle Georgia State University - 15 CR. COSC - 6 CR. Excelsior - 6 CR. CLEP - 6 CR. Sophia - 11 CR. TEEX - 2 CR. Shmoop - 18 CR. NFA - 4 CR. The Institutes - 2 CR. FEMA - 20ish

BA in History/English from TESU
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I took this test last year but just thought I'd migrate it from the other review thread:

Provider: Excelsior
Course: Uexcel/ Business 221: Business Information Systems
Course content: Standard stuff
Final exam format: 120 Multiple choice
Final exam content vs course content/practice exams: big problems, see below
Time taken on course: 3 days maybe
Familiarity with subject before course: i've taken other business courses that covered maybe half the material before this course
Pitfalls, high points, things others should know: I decided to use's course to prepare for taking the Uexcel test at a local college. I did fine on the material and had no problems with the practice questions provided by Excelsior for free. I did not take a practice test. When I sat down to take the test for real I discovered to my horror that maybe 20% of the material was totally foreign to me. Several things I not only didnt know, I had literally never heard of before. There is obviously a gap in the design of the material & the actual test. I had heard similar complaints about other match ups in the past so I was not totally surprised by this; I had thought my command of the subject matter was strong enough that it wouldn't matter if it happened and that it probably wouldnt happen anyway.

I got a C on the test and I consider myself lucky to have done that well. If I try another Uexcel test I will prepare for it some other way

Difficulty level: i'd say maybe 3 or 4 if you're properly prepared - 147 CR. TESU - 27 CR. Middle Georgia State University - 15 CR. COSC - 6 CR. Excelsior - 6 CR. CLEP - 6 CR. Sophia - 11 CR. TEEX - 2 CR. Shmoop - 18 CR. NFA - 4 CR. The Institutes - 2 CR. FEMA - 20ish

BA in History/English from TESU
Provider: cosc
Course: BUS 499 CAPSTONE
Instructor: neil mather
Course content: 1 paper 2 group projects discussion posts
Final exam format: none
Final exam content vs course content/practice exams: n/a
Time taken on course: Assignment weeks 3-5 hours, discussion board post weeks 1-1.5
before course: all other classes for the bsba in general management
Pitfalls, high points, things others should know: With two weeks left, I feel this is a very doable class, do not fear it. I'll say it's easy with one caveat - at this point in your degree everything your being asked to do is just a retread of what you learned or crammed along the way. 

1-10 Difficulty level: 1.5 - 2. I've taken a handful of B&M business classes and generally they grade papers more on content than mechanics.  This class is no different. Now I don't mean turn in a rough draft but, follow the rubric and then send it to and you should be golden. To give a comparison, In the cornerstone class I felt the papers were graded harsher but the instructor didn't really care about what you wrote about. As long as you stayed vaguely on topic you could just make things up.

I had a pet peeve but it was minor.

COSC AS 2019 - completed
COSC BSBA 2020 - in progress
Samford University M. Ed 2021 - coming soon!

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Dear All,

How hard is COSC cornerstone and Capstone?

How many papers do we need to submit?

Are there any exams along with assignments?
StraighterLine : 
Accounting I & II, American Government, Business Statistics, Cultural Anthropology, Calculus I, Physics I, IT Fundamentals, Intro to Comm, Intro to Religion, Macro 
& Microeconomics, Prin of MGMT

302: SAD, 307: Software Eng, 104: College Composition l & II, 303: MIS, 311: Project Management, 105: Operating Systems, 107: DB Fundamentals, 204: DB Prog, 303: DB MGMT

TEEX:  Cyber Ethics, Cyber Law

The Institutes: Ethics

CSM: The CSM Course


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