CLEP is an examination program that enables students to display proficiency in a specific course area by
passing a test. The program has been in existence for over 40 years and is accepted at over 2900 colleges and universities. According to the College Board website, “CLEP exams test mastery of collegelevel material acquired in a variety of ways — through general academic instructions, significant independent study or extracurricular work.”
The exams are not only a convenient way to earn college credit, but a widely accepted way to demonstrate the same proficiency students show by completing a semester in a typical classroom setting. Most students could not just walk in to an exam enter and expect to pass the test. Does the test-out method work? The answer is, yes. If a student puts in the time and effort to study the relevant course material, the test-out method can be as effective as classroom study. Because of its’ wide level of acceptance, the test-out method can actually save students time and money in earning a college degree.
Accell Education Group charges $599 per course for all of your online study materials and tutors. The number of courses varies between 7 and 16 per student depending on how many previous courses were taken.
There are exam fees that range from $80 to $465 per course and are administered by either CLEP, DANTES or Excelsior College.
Once a student enrolls at Excelsior College, there are application and enrollment fees and fees for the clinical components of the program.
While all education is an investment in your future, the Accell program is one of the least expensive options available when you compare our program with any other, including local campus-based programs.
Any student needing a specific breakdown of costs can get one by speaking with one of our education advisors at 866-74-ACCEL.
An easy comparison is to think about preparing for the SAT or ACT test or your licensing exam. Most students took some type of test preparation course prior to taking their college entrance exam or their LPN NCLEX exam. Accell Education provides that same service for each CLEP, DANTES or Excelsior College exam offered. Because we have a superior pricing and educational model, Accell is able to offer
a unique and proven methodology that enables students to pass these exams and earn an Associates Degree quickly, efficiently, and affordably.
Students can apply for credit at any of these schools.
With the Accell LPN to RN program, we recommend Excelsior College to the vast majority of our students. The Excelsior College ADN degree requires 67 credit hours, many of which can be earned via the test-out method. Since the Accell educational model makes earning these credits quickly, efficiently, and affordably, we help students complete their preparation for their end of course exams.
Upon completing all of the requirements of the Excelsior College ADN program, students will be awarded their degree from Excelsior College.
The main reason students ask us this question is that they want to make sure their degree is valid and that their college or university is accredited.
Most colleges and universities pursue regional accreditation. When an Accell education advisor recommends a program, it is ALWAYS through an accredited institution.
Using Excelsior College as an example, Excelsior College is regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Its nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Accell Education Group prepares each of our students for the end of course exams offered by CLEP, DANTES and Excelsior College. Excelsior accepts this credit regardless of how the student prepared for their exam.
Just like the College Board does not partner with SAT or ACT preparation companies, Excelsior College does not partner with Accell Education Group. There are a variety of organizations who prepare students to pass exams – including Excelsior College. Accell simply offers a popular option for students who want to save time and money in earning their degree.
Accell Education Group is in the nursing field to enable our students to complete their degree in less time and for less money than alternatives, including Excelsior College itself.
Compare and contrast time and cost with your education advisor by calling Accell at 866-74-ACCEL.
Accell is the only test preparation company to offer a certified tutor for every course. Once you enroll, you will be introduced via email to your certified tutor. That teacher is available to you from the day you start your course until the day you pass your exam.
Our certified tutors are dedicated to your success! Contact them as often as you wish to help you complete your course and truly learn and understand every facet of your subject area.
Take this statistic from a recent study conducted by SRI International for the US Department of Education: online learners perform slightly better than students in traditional face-to-face classrooms.
Accel guarantees our online learning. By passing a final exam taken through the CLEP, DANTES, or Excelsior College “test-out” method, you earn college credit that can be transferred into approximately 2900 colleges and universities nationwide.
Combine these specific attributes:
- Affordable – each course is priced lower than our competitor
- Accessible – our online learning format is available at your convenience
- Certified tutors – our instructors are available to you throughout each course
- Guarantee – we guarantee you will pass each course!
- Accurate – each course was specifically designed to help you pass your test on the first try
And you have the premier program in the country for earning your associates degree.
There are a number of factors that impact completion time, but an average student could take anywhere from 1 year to several years. To help you determine your suggested degree path, contact your education advisor at 866-74-ACCEL.
Each course is designed to be as efficient as possible. Some are naturally shorter than others, so the total number of sessions and time involved will vary.
Because each course is self-paced, the time required to finish a course will depend on the student. The average student should be able to complete the average course in 45-60 days.
CLEP test centers can be found at https://clep.collegeboard.org/search/test-centers
DANTES test centers can be found at http://getcollegecredit.com/institutions/search
Excelsior College test centers can be found at http://www.pearsonvue.com/uexcel/
Phase III includes two separate “Focused Clinical Competencies Assessment” online components. One is called the “Head-to-Toe Assessment and Nursing Process” (worth 2 credit hours), while the other is the “Managing Multiple Patients/Working with Interdisciplinary Teams” (worth two credit hours) online component.
Phase IV is the Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination (CPNE) component. This component is given in-person at a testing site and covers approximately three days. Testing sites can be found at http://www.excelsior.edu/schools/nursing/cpne/finding-a-test-site.