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SpeedyPrep test prep prepares you to earn college credit by testing out of college courses.

SpeedyPrep prepares you to pass CLEP (College Level Examinations), DSST (DANTES), & UExcel exams. You can test out of college courses and save thousands on college tuition! Testing out is one of the best-kept secrets in higher education. SpeedyPreps DSSTPrep is endorsed by and is an Official Test Prep Provider for Prometric/DSST Credit-by-Exam Program.


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So, what is “Testing Out”? ‘Testing Out’ is a way to earn college credit without attending a traditional college class—perfect for anyone who wants to save time and money on their degree. If students don’t want to spend an entire semester in a classroom, they can pass a single exam and earn the same credit as they would from doing a semester’s worth of lectures, homework, term papers, projects, and exams.

Anyone can use the ‘Testing Out’ option: College students; Working Adults; High School; Homeschool students and Military Members.

Two names are given to the ‘Testing Out’ route to college credit—CBE and PLA.

Credit-by-Examination (CBE) is exactly like it sounds. An exam is administered that covers what a student taking a semester-long class would be expected to learn for that course.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is also used to describe testing out. However, PLA can also include a person’s work experience, training, certifications, and licenses. These are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and credit is granted.

CLEP™ | College Level Examination Program™

Began over 50 years ago, there are currently 33 college subjects that can be ‘clepped’. Anyone can take these exams—whether you’re eight years old or 80. The subjects cover ‘general education’ requirements—​courses colleges and universities require of every student. Science, mathematics, social sciences & history, literature, business, and language subjects have CLEP™ exams. CLEP™ is accepted at over 2,900 colleges/universities. The College Board™ holds CLEP™ results for 20 years until they are sent to a school for credit.

SpeedyPrep provides test prep for 25 CLEP™ courses for less than $30 a month and provides a money-back guarantee.


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DSST™ | DANTES Standardized Subject Tests

Were originally created for military members to earn college credit. Now available to civilians as well, there are 38 exams that cover general education subjects as well as some upper-level courses. There is no age requirement to take a DSST™ & they are accepted at over 1,900 colleges/universities.

SpeedyPrep provides test prep for 6 DSST™ courses (at this time-more to come) for less than $30 a month and provides a money-back guarantee.

DSSTPrep™ the SpeedyPrep brand for DSST Prep is endorsed by and is an Official Test Prep Provider for Prometric/DSST Credit-by-Exam Program.


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UExcel™ | ECE™ | Excelsior College Exams™

Has over 50 exams, spanning a wide range of subjects. Text takers do not have to be enrolled at Excelsior College™ to take a UExcel™ exam, but they do need to be enrolled to take ECE exams. The age requirement is 18. ECE™ is specific to Excelsior’s nursing programs. UExcel™ exams are accepted at over 900 colleges/universities.

*SpeedyPrep™ test prep offers online courses for all the ECE™ nursing exams and two UExcel™ (Microbiology & Anatomy & Physiology) exams under the RNNursingPrep™ brand.

*SpeedyPrep is not affiliated with Excelsior College.


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How Does Credit by Exam Save You Money? 


“70 percent of CLEP™ exam takers said their CLEP™ credits made a difference in their ability to finance tuition and other fees.” – Academic Success in Higher Education, College Board

Nationally, across all higher education sectors (public, private, 2-year and for-profit) the cost-per-credit-hour is $594. A typical college class is 3 credit hours. That’s $1,782 for one class. Let’s compare that class cost to the current cost of taking a CBE exam.

Currently (2019), the fee to take a CLEP™ exam is $87. Testing centers will charge a proctoring fee that averages $25. This makes the testing cost $112. $112 vs. $1,782. What would you rather pay?

You can calculate your savings, too. Just get the cost-per-credit hour for a school, multiply by 3 and then subtract $112. The result is the savings on one passed CLEP™ exam.

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SpeedyPrep was designed with one idea in mind:  to offer exam preparation material that truly prepares a subscriber to pass their exam. We also wanted to keep our prices reasonable and membership flexible for our subscribers to keep their education costs down.

Using the exam guidelines, SpeedyPrep devised its ‘fill in the blank’ flashcard question format.  Added question explanations and short videos expand the user’s knowledge of a flashcard question. Each of our courses cover the broad range of facts, concepts, vocabulary and processes a user needs to learn to pass a CLEP™ or DSST™ exam.

The developers incorporated Mastery Learning concepts to SpeedyPrep’s study materials.  Mastery Learning works with how we both learn and retain new information.  The human brain needs repeated exposure to information before the memory can retain it.  SpeedyPrep knew that mastery could be measured, and the progress bar was born.  Every time a student correctly answers a question, an algorithm records it.  That, in turn, fills in a progress bar to show our subscribers the growing mastery of their subject.

The progress bar allows SpeedyPrep to guarantee its materials.  We do so because we are confident that our materials are sufficient to prepare our subscribers for their exams.

Our courses are curated by master teachers and college professors and we work to keep our materials in line with any changes the College Board™ or Prometric™ publishes about the exams.

We welcome any questions you may have.  Please email us at support@speedyprep.com

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