CLEP and DSST Feelings from a Teenage Homeschooler

I interviewed my daughter about how she feels about preparing for and taking the tests. These are the things she said, made into full sentences by me so that you may have a clear understanding. We do not usually take any tests in our homeschool, just so you understand a little in that way.****************

I don’t like the idea of preparing for or taking tests by reading the CLEP and DSST books. I feel bored taking practice tests and studying for the tests in the books.

I like the Great Courses Western Civilizatons I DVD’s. The guy is exciting. I do not feel like I am preparing for a test when I watch the DVD’s. Anything fun does not make me feel like I am preparing for a test.

I partially feel I am preparing for the Public Speaking DSST test when I go to my Speech and Debate Class. My teacher is a really good teacher and teaches me a lot of stuff and I learn how to make speeches and go to tournaments.

The flash cards are kind of hard to memorize because some of them are kind of long. The short answer flash cards are easier.

The test at $80 plus $20 fee for proctor sounds expensive. I am worried I will not pass and it will be a waste of my mom’s money. I would feel bored taking the test because it is super boring. I am worried I will not know very many of the answers.


Keywords: College Credit by Exam homeschool, homeschool early college

Quick DSST Tip Video

I have been looking at videos about CLEP and DSST prep. Here is a good one. It is quick. This will help my homeschooled kids get college credit by exam for Weber State University. Please enjoy. It is about 2 minutes long, tops.

DSST Tip with simple strategy.

Weber State University General Associates Degree Using Many CLEP & DSST Exams

Weber WSU General Associates with CLEP and DSST Exams (Download entire document for free here)

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Page 1 of the Document: Weber State University Associates Degree Guide for Homeschoolers 9th-12th Grades (Early College for Homeschoolers in Northern Utah)

Weber State University Credit by Exam

I hope these links help you to give your local Utah homeschooling kids an edge on life. You will be homeschooling college! That is just as normal as putting your public schooled high schooler in a concurrent enrollment or early college class at their high school. It is not weird. They do it. Why shouldn’t homeschoolers also do it? Here are some links you will need about Credits by Exam (for anyone, but especially for Homeschoolers) from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah:

General Requirements at Weber State University (requirements for every degree)

Questions about Generals at Weber State University

General Questions about Degrees at Weber State University

CLEP Tests Accepted by Weber State University (and what each gives credit for)

DSST (Dantes) Exams Weber State Gives Credit For (and which credits you will get for them)

DSST Testing Center Guidelines

CLEP Testing Center Guidelines WSU

WSU Testing Centers (click tabs to get to each testing center)

GED testing center guidelines WSU  — (In case you want to do that, too)

Video: Weber State University: How Our Testing Centers Operate

CLEP Official Study Guide at Amazon.com

DSST Principles of Public Speaking Exam Wise Owl Study Guide, Amazon.com

WSU Public Speaking HU 1020 book I bought

Info. on WSU Bookstore, where you could also get study books for the exams

CLEP Western Civilizations I Exam Study Guide by REA at Amazon.com

“The Great Courses: Foundations of Western Civilization I” (Search at Amazon.com)

I bought Parts 1-3 for $30 used. I am using this to teach my kids and help them prepare for the CLEP Western Civilizations I Exam.

The Great Courses: The Foundations of Western Civilization This is the same DVD from the creators’ website.

You can find study guides for any CLEP or DSST test at Amazon.com or wherever you buy books. (I buy them at Amazon.com).

Weber State University Credit by Exam

Homeschool Early College / Concurrent Enrollment at Weber State University

G.E.D.: 10 College Credits? Really!? That’s Great!

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Utah Relaxed Homeschool High School 9th Grade Battle Plan

“Relaxed Homeschool” means sort of halfway between “Unschooling” style and “School at Home” style. I am aware that a marriage between the two styles is impossible. However, my personality makes it work. Sometimes, we go weeks on unschooling style alone. Then I get steam and may have an hour, a few hours or a couple days of “School at Home” style academic stuff. I am not going to tell you that the latter is the most academic, learning-productive, rigorous or challenging. Surprisingly, the former is. I just cannot keep up with it fully as it is a lot of work for the mama. That is why sometimes, I take a break from the rigors of “unschooling” and do some “school at home” style.

I plan to have my child focus on the following for homeschool 9th grade Homeschool High School Early College & College Preparation. Please do not think I will do any of this with my child on a set schedule or routine. We do not work that way here. The exceptions are the following, which are at certain set days and times: Northern Utah Wildlife Rehabilitation Center volunteering, LDS Seminary, Intermediate Speech & Debate, swim lessons, swimteam and sports recreation leagues. The rest are just done throughout the year whenever I feel like they should be done or whenever my child does them.

If you are locals and you drop in on a family at home doing things that look nothing like school, don’t be shocked. It is normal for us. Perhaps we are learning through play. Perhaps we are cleaning the house. Guaranteed, the more rigorous, more challenging, uncontrolled, unassigned, unmanaged “unschooling” learning is occuring. If you drop by and we are not home, then perhaps I am a chauffer to LDS Seminary, swim lessons or swimteam, local sports recreation leagues, Intermediate Speech & Debate  or volunteering with my kids at the NUWRC. Perhaps we are just hanging out with friends, on a picnic, on a field trip, shopping or running errands.

  • TABE Test Prep Level A: Score high on home-administered, correctly timed Tabe A practice tests. In Utah, passing TABE  level A in all 4 areas is required to take the GED test. A person must be age 16 to take this test. They must have a letter of withdrawal from the latest district school attended, on official letterhead if possible, signed by the school principle and secretary, stating when the child withdrew from school. Before the TABE there is a “Locator test” which is 37 minutes long. The Locator Test determines which level TABE test the student should use in each area. There are 5 levels of TABE tests. A= Advanced, 9-12 grades; D= Difficult, 6-8 grades; M= Medium, 4-5 grades; E= Easy, 2-3 grades; L= Literacy, 1st grade and/or non-reader. A person scoring 9.0 in Math is at the A, Advanced, 9th grade level in Math. A person will take 4 different level TABE tests to create one full TABE package. The TABE tests are in the following subjects: Reading, 50 min., 50 Q’s; Math I, 24 min., 40 Q’s; Math II, 50 min., 50 Q’s; Language, 55 min., 55 Q’s.
  • GED Test Prep: Score high on home-administered, correctly timed practice tests. A person must be 16 to take this test and in Utah, must take the TABE to qualify to take this test.
  • ACT English Section Preparation. A composite score of 21 on the ACT is required to be admitted to Weber State University when there are not 30 CLEP and DSST credits. (GED not required to be admitted into Weber State or to take CLEP or DSST exams).
  • World Civilizations I CLEP test prep. Take test at Weber State University when ready ($90). Passing the test gives the student 3 Social Science credits and replaces the History of the Western World I class at the University.
  • DSST Principles of Public Speaking test prep.  Take test at Weber State University when ready ($90). Passing the test gives the student 3 Humanities credits and it replaces Communications 1020: Public Speaking, at the University. This test has a speech portion, wherein the student gives a speech either to judges present or recorded on video and shown later to judges; and a written exam portion. Each section is given 50% of the test value.
  • Rosetta Stone Spanish Levels I & II
  • LDS Seminary
  • Volunteer at (NUWRC) Northern Utah Wildlife Rehabilitation Center approximately 3 hrs./ wk.
  • Intermediate Speech & Debate (This is a class we registered for, taught to a class of 15 homeschoolers by a really great local Speech & Debate Teacher).
  • At age 15, get a learner’s permit and practice driving in remote areas where no cars or pedestrians are present
  • Career and College Major/ Minor Planning and Research
  • Life School LDS Homeschool Curriculum Year 1, Parts 2 and 3 with the family, top level
  • Math: TABE, GED, ACT study & practice tests
  • Math assigned by me from themathworksheetsite.com, workbooks and textbooks I have in our homeschool library
  • Do Math in your head & everyday life math practice and learning
  • Math DVD series: Complete Basic Math & Pre-Algebra
  • Chemistry 101 DVD and workbook/ assignments
  • Complete the “Cover Story” Creative Writing DVD with lesson books series 
  • Various U.S. History DVD’s
  • Read 2 of the U.S. or World History books on my list
  • MyGeography app–100% on all exams
  • 2 countries research reports
  • 1 U.S. state or region research report
  • 1 State of Utah or 1 county in Utah research report
  • Literature: reading of 4 classic novels
  • Swim lessons pass level 5 and swim with swimteam
  • Softball with city league
  • Attend a play at the Shakespearean Festival with Grandma V.
  • Piano Lessons: complete Primer Level & Level I
  • Sewing Lessons from Grandma K.
  • Gardening
  • Cooking, Nutrition, Menu Planning, Shopping
  • Home Canning, Food Storage
  • Budgeting, personal finance
  • Attend church dances
  • Singing: church choir, family devotionals

Test Your Way Through College in Homeschool

If you do not wish to go attend classes at the University, but want to get University Credit, you can buy study packets or books, for AP, DSST or CLEP test.

Find out more details on these tests here.
http://www.weber.edu/admissions/aptests.html

You can study for the test, then take the practice test within it. When you pass, you can then go to Weber State’s Testing Center and take each test. I have to give credit where credit is due. I learned this from this meeting, but I learned to ask about it from books. One was “The Brainy Bunch.” The other was, “How to Homeschool College.” These are great books. They are chuck full of good stuff. Get them and read them!