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Peter Glaeser, was a German student living in Germany, who came to AED usenet in 1998 to ask questions and seek advice. Over the next three years, he and I exchanged much email on the subject of college regulations, requirements, foreign credit transfer, and credit by examination. Essentially, Peter enjoyed the personalized "mentored" version of BA in 4 Weeks. I have watched his progress since, with interest.


The same set of doubts and objections about credit by examination and, "only wanting a diploma rather than an education", were voiced back then in internet fora as they are today. Little has changed.


In BA in 4 Weeks  Exam Profile, it reads



Whatever your relative performance  though, what matters is that you see it through to the end and get the degree. Do not be swayed by the uninformed naysayers. Do your own research  and, above all, try the practice exams yourself.


While some will wag a finger and offer a host reasons why it can't be done, you'll be off earning your bachelor diploma. There is no more eloquent riposte


Below is a liltle snippet of the jabs'n'jibes and interestingly, the predictions of Peter’s future performance, made back in 1998.


Below that is Peter's “eloquent reposte”.





From AED


From: Wes & Linda Grady (


Date: 1998/05/27


I am totally amazed.  A 20 year old individual, without any prior course work scores a 500 on the Graduate Record Exam, multiple choice exam, and the Regents College is prepared to give him 24 credits for it.  That is the equivalent of 8 courses in the subject area and in most schools, equal to the number of courses that are required to complete a major.


In my opinion, that not only seems excessive, it reflects poorly upon the degree that might be awarded.  One multiple choice exam, with no prior course work and no preparation is not worth 24 credits in any program.





Wes & Linda Grady wrote:

Date: 1998/05/27


. . Eight courses at any college or university will require the writing of papers, extensive reading and discussion of complex idea in the subject area. Because someone is able to pass a single multiple choice exam does not suggest that he or she has reached the level of expertise in that subject to be awarded 24 credits and if you think otherwise then I have to believe that you are not seeking an education, but only to accumulate credits and obtain a degree.  The first time this wonder-boy gets into a real discussion with someone familiar with political science, I suspect he will come off looking rather poorly.



Date: 1998/05/27

Lawrie Miller (

The only empirical data we have suggest the kid  may well clean their clocks!



From: SA (SA@SA.COM)

Date: 1998/05/28


Had the student challenged the individual exams I would have less problem accepting the credits. The inherent problem here is that we may be encouraging students to study to only pass exams...thereby missing a complete and thorough education.



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Peter completed his degree at Excelsior and graduated magna cum laude. He applied to ten of the top 20 or so, UK university graduate schools on the strength of his Excelsior degree, and received nine formal offers from the ten applications. He opted to study at the University of Warwick, one of Britain best universities, earning a Master of Arts degree with distinction in Political Economy. Today aged 24, he is on the career fast track as an investment Accounts manager for a financial services group in Liechtenstein, which specializes in serving the financial needs of the world's glitterati (the rich and famous).




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