As we gear up for the new school year, those of us with homeschoolers in high school are already worrying about our kids’ futures.
College is an important step toward success in today’s world, and we want our kids to excel from the very first moment.
I’ve already told you about CLEP exams and how they can help your kids earn early college credit. Couple those exams with DSST exams, and you could shave more than a year off your child’s secondary education.
At a much cheaper price.
How is that not a win?
This post is sponsored by Study.com, but the opinions are entirely my own
What is DSST?
DSST is another way to earn college credit through a simple exam. With over 30 exam titles (including Art of the Western World, Business Math, Fundamentals of College Algebra, and Principles of Advanced English Composition), DSST exams save you time and money and allow your homeschooler to start college at a higher level, focus on his major, and/or take more electives in order to broaden their education.
The exams are each 100 questions and are offered online or at numerous sites around the United States, usually college or university campuses. Test takers are given 2 hours to take an exam and a passing grade equals up to 3 college credits.
Can you even?
College Credit for Homeschoolers
My boys are both gung-ho for college, and I’m a firm believer in higher education as a way to explore the world. Even so, the thought of paying for 2 more college careers makes me cringe on the daily. DSST exams cost roughly 10 percent of an actual college course.
Okay, so there are more reasons than that.
- DSSTs are approved college credit exams
- There are over 30 exams to choose from
- Over 1,900 colleges and universities grant credit for DSST exams
- Some institutions offer exams online
- Homeschoolers can earn their college credits early, before they even start attending college
- A DSST exam costs as low as $85
- THROUGH JULY 31, YOU CAN TAKE AN EXAM FOR $70 USING THE PROMO CODE SUMMER18
- There is NO LIMIT to the number of exams you can take with the discount code
Imagine how much time and money you can save off your child’s college experience. Also, how much would having these credits help their applications and admittance portfolios? There is no ‘lose’ here. It’s all win.
How to take DSST exams
Here are the steps you should take to register for the exam.
- Learn more about DSST by checking out their FAQs.
- Check that your chosen college or university awards credit for DSST exams
- Look over the exams and choose which you want to take
- Study, take some practice exams, and get prepared for the test
- Find a testing location near you or an institution that offers online testing
- Register and take the test
DSST Exam Prep
The most important thing you can do for your child before enrolling in the DSST exam is make sure he’s prepared.
The study guides are broken into lessons that average no more than 10 minutes. For instance, the DSST History of the Soviet Union Study Guide has 93 lessons that take about 8 minutes each.
For each lesson, there is a short video followed by a text transcript, flashcards for quick study, and short quizzes to help your child retain the subject matter.
This is quick, in-depth studying that allows your child to practice, practice, practice before they face the DSST exams.
As always, study.com has your back.
Wait. What if you haven’t started thinking about college?
Don’t yet know what colleges your child is interested in attending?
My friend Meryl over at FundaFunda Academy is running a challenge this month to get you thinking in that direction.
Take part in up to 30 challenges, including narrowing down your choice of colleges, and earn points toward some fabulous prizes.
And have a beautiful future. While saving time and money.