I receive emails from Modern States.  They recently highlighted a student who went back to college after taking some time off.  Robert Ayres describes his experience here.

As you probably know, you can test out of some college courses by taking CLEP exams.  

In case this is new to you, CLEP stands for College Level Examination Program.

I have looked into this in the past for my own kids.  But, I found the process confusing.

Then, I discovered modernstates.org.   

In 2017, Steve Klinsky wanted to decrease the cost of education.  He found a way to give students their first year of college free.  He started modernstates.org.

Modernstates.org has free online preparation for ALL CLEP exams on its website. 

Not only will this site help you pass the CLEP exams, but get this. If a student answers 75% of the practice test questions correctly, modernstates.org will pay the $89 CLEP fee.

I am not a big fan of college, that’s no secret.  I think it’s an overpriced product with dubious results 

But, if you are going to go… go as cheaply as you can.  

With modernstates.org, you could skip all the silly classes you have to take during your freshman year.  (Incidentally, that’s where colleges make a lot of their money since everyone entering college has to take those classes.)

I am currently running an experiment on myself.  I am trying to become fluent, or at least proficient, in French as fast as I possibly can.  

I am going to add modernstates.org to the experiment.  There is a French CLEP course on their site.  To see what happens, I am going to go through the course and take the test.  

I’ll post updates on my blog.  

But, don’t wait around on me.  If you are college-bound, check out modernstates.org.  CLEP out of your first year of college and save yourself a ton of money!


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