Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Looking ahead to college

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, administered by the College Board, allow students to gain college credit by taking the equivalent of placement tests in certain subjects.

Kristen Chenoweth is the communication program coordinator for the Career Development Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Her office administers the CLEP tests, and she said CLEP takers should be careful about which tests they take.

For example, UIS accepts one CLEP composition exam, but does not accept a different version of the CLEP composition exam. So a student should check to see whether his or her desired college accepts a particular version.

“They can be two different tests, taken two different ways,” Chenoweth said. “But in this case they actually differ in who grades them.” One test is graded by the school in which it was taken, and the other is graded by a board of CLEP members.

Chenoweth's comments were featured in a September 14, 2010, article in The State Journal-Register.

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