Education

Preparing for Academic Success

Alternative Options for Earning College Credit

Some students have college credits completed before they officially start college. Some programs allow you to test out of classes and others give you credit for non-academic experiences. Below are some alternative ways to earn college credit:

Advanced Placement (AP) This is a nationally standardized program with courses and tests in a variety of subjects. Students may participate while attending high school. Many colleges and universities offer credit to students who attain a certain score on the exams.

College Level Equivalency Program (CLEP) This program provides general and subject specific standardized tests. Many colleges and universities will accept this credit if a certain score is attained. Check with the institution that you plan to attend as there may be a limit to the amount of credit an institution will accept.

Credit for Prior Learning This site describes some ways to gain credit for your work or life experiences.

DSST (Dantes) Examinations These standardized tests are usually administered to military personnel and may be recognized for college-level credit if a certain score is achieved.

International Baccalaureate Program (IB) This program is a comprehensive approach to international education and includes curriculum for students aged three to nineteen. Some colleges and universities will recognize the IB diploma for credit.

Post-Secondary Options Program (PSEO) This program allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college-level classes and earn credit at both the high school and post-secondary levels.

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Checklists
Career Checklist

Navigate your CareerPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Assessed your values, interests, and skills?
  2. Researched possible career choices?
  3. Created a resume and cover letter?
  4. Activated your eFolio account?
  5. Started the job search process?

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Education Checklist

Navigate your EducationPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Developed SMART goals?
  2. Decided on a major or program of study?
  3. Assessed your learning style?
  4. Researched study skills and strategies?
  5. Arranged a meeting with an advising professional to select appropriate courses?

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Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Finance Checklist

Navigate your FinancePlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Established your short and long-term financial goals?
  2. Created a budget?
  3. Explored resources to help you pay for college?
  4. Assessed your debt situation?
  5. Developed a savings plan for the future?

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Leadership Checklist

Navigate your LeadershipPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Assessed your leadership style?
  2. Completed a personality inventory?
  3. Formed your personal mission and vision statement?
  4. Explored the leadership resources?
  5. Participated in a campus or community activity to help build your leadership skills?
  6. Determined your Carbon Footprint?

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Personal Checklist

Navigate your PersonalPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Explored the transition to college resources?
  2. Assessed your resiliency and ability to adapt to change?
  3. Established personal fitness goals?
  4. Examined the physical and mental wellness resources?
  5. Researched how to manage healthy relationships?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.