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
Below that is Peter's “eloquent reposte”.
From: Wes & Linda Grady (email@example.com)
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:
. . 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.
Lawrie Miller (LAW11@ix.netcom.com)
The only empirical data we have suggest the kid
may well clean their clocks!
From: SA (SA@SA.COM)
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).