My son has one year of community college under his belt. He is fluent in a foreign language. He didn’t take a language or a language exam in high school because he graduated early under slightly different rules. (NY Alternative Pathway using Regents exams.) He would like to get language credits by examination to lighten his academic load in his sophomore year. He hasn’t decided yet whether to go straight to work after the Associates degree, or transfer directly to a four-year school.
His community college used to allow students to choose between CLEP and a local credit by examination test. I checked a large SUNY (4-year) website and found that they will accept CLEP transfer credits. But I’m not sure whether they also accept transfer credits from a local exam. So I’m thinking maybe CLEP would be safer. Oddly, the college is currently trying to steer him to take the local test, even though we informed them that the CLEP testing centers in our area are currently open.
- Is CLEP a safer bet in general? We have no idea where he would transfer to yet. But we want to get that test out of the way soon, so he can plan out his sophomore year more accurately.
- My guess is that the CLEP is going to be more standardized, and a local test might have some off-the-wall stuff on it, and therefore the CLEP is a safer bet in terms of making sure that the testing isn't a waste of time. Does that make sense?