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By taking US History CLEP exam instead of AP US History exam, what are some pros and cons?

I was not able to take APUSH exam, so I recently heard about CLEP considering taking it in college to save tuition for US History. I am not going to social studies/history relation study concentration for undergrad.

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Atul’s Answer

From what I understand, nearly every college or university will happily accept your AP course scores, provided they meet their specific criteria, and grant you the deserved credit. As for the CLEP, you'll need to check if your chosen institution accepts it. If they do, I highly recommend taking the CLEP.

Doing so can be a fantastic way to lighten your academic load by gaining credits for the courses you've already taken in high school. This not only saves you time, potentially allowing you to graduate in less than four years, but also enables you to concentrate more on your final year project by taking fewer courses.

This approach will afford you some much-needed breathing space and allow you to fully enjoy your final semester. You'll be able to create and cherish memorable moments without feeling rushed, with plenty of time at your disposal. It's a wise and beneficial move to make for your academic journey.
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Emma’s Answer

Opting for the CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) US History exam instead of the AP (Advanced Placement) US History exam has its advantages and disadvantages. CLEP exams offer efficiency and cost-effectiveness, allowing you to earn college credit with less preparation and flexibility in exam timing. However, they may provide limited college credit, lack the depth of knowledge of AP courses, and some institutions may not grant as much credit for CLEP as for high AP scores. Additionally, selective colleges may prefer AP scores for their rigor. The choice should align with your goals and the credit policies of your target colleges, considering your preference for depth of knowledge and commitment to academic rigor. Check with your intended institutions to make an informed decision.
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