We received a 3-month subscription to Study.com to check out their CLEP and DSST prep materials. I figured using the preparation materials would be useful even though we are not positive if our son is going to try testing out of courses for college. The site provides CLEP Practice Tests, DSST Practice Tests, CLEP Study Guide, DSST Study Guide and more.
Study.com provides materials in everything from Language Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business Courses, Psychology, History, Humanities, and more. They offer products for Middle Schoolers, High Schoolers, and college ranging from popular tests to Teacher Certification, to Nursing and more.
The CLEP and DSST materials are ideal for earning college credit. Students have the option to use the courses as a full study program, an as needed review, or even as a supplement to an additional program (perhaps a homeschool course or even other test prep materials. Students work at their own pace from either a computer or the mobile App. For this review, our son used his laptop to work on the materials.
The CLEP materials generally contain about 15 – 20 hours of content. The goal of the CLEP test materials is to spend about 1.5 hours a week on the contents over three months. However, some families opt to use the materials only to brush up on their knowledge or may decide to go through the materials at a faster pace.
The CLEP section is the section we decided to concentrate on for this review. Initially, we were looking at doing either the U.S. History course or the College Algebra Course. In the end, the College Algebra course was our selection. Our son began by taking a placement test. Once the placement test was completed and submitted, we received the results of the test. These results included Strengths and Weaknesses, which I appreciated.
Once the students complete the Placement tests and review the results, they begin working through the actual course materials. Students watch a collection of videos, complete quizzes and chapter tests to improve their grasp of the materials. The students also have the option to retake the placement test to ensure they are making progress. This option also allows students to refine what they need to work on as they progress through the course.
We felt the videos were of good quality, but they did not necessarily keep our son’s interest. He tends to do better with an in-person instructor rather than completing lessons on the computer.
As much as I wanted my 18-year-old son to enjoy this program, unfortunately, he found it tedious. When I watched the placement quiz and the videos, I had to agree with him. However, I believe the test-taking practice will be invaluable to him in preparation fr college regardless of whether he actually takes any CLEP exams or not. I do believe many families will find this site incredibly useful and worth spending time using. For those students who love working on the computer and learning from videos, this site offers incredible opportunities with over 4,100 videos. The ability to retake the quizzes and watch for improvement also impresses me.
So if you are looking for materials to help your students prepare for CLEP Tests or the DSST Tests, check out Study.com and their CLEP and DSST prep materials for yourself. Other members of the Home School Review Crew are blogging about these materials this week, so click here or on the graphic below to check out more of these reviews for yourself.