A QUICK TOUR THROUGH THE DETAILS OF THE PROCESS
To complete an AS degree in
two weeks or BS degree in four weeks (a comfortable period) without using
GRE subject exams, military bases are one viable option. I guess you could
travel from test center to test center, doing the usual two exams per
diet, then traveling to the next center for another two exams and so
on. Not very practical. There are exam sites other than military bases that
allow multiple consecutive day testing. See the DANTES web
site for a list of test
stations. Many of these will also permit CLEP testing*,and some
will allow multiple day testing.
By way of practical, concrete
example, consider the following. VAFB near Lompoc, CA (University of La
Verne base outpost) will allow testing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
all day and Thursday part of the day. When you work out the
practicalities behind the numbers, this restricts you to three exams
a day. Three exams a day is also a comfortable pace that can be
sustained over a period of weeks (my experience).
Given the need for some
revision, nine or ten exams per week spread over three consecutive days of
four consecutive days, is practical and sensible. Note that at least some
of the exams will have to be ECE to meet upper division (UD) requirements.
Since the first five exams
should be the CLEP general exams, each worth six credit hours, the freshman
year can be completed before the second day's testing has ended. Yes,
that's right, a year's worth of college credit in less that 48 hours. By
the end of the second day of the second week, the sophomore year will be in
the bag. This leaves seven days testing over the next two and a half weeks
to complete the junior and senior years. Plenty of time for revision and
altogether a walk in the park. :-)
ECE English Composition required in the case of Excelsior College, not CLEP
English with Essay.
Note that the practical limit
on ECE exams is three per day. Each of these exams is three hours in
length. However, most can be completed (and passed) in about an hour. Most
Sylvan centers are open at least nine hours per day excluding Saturday and
Sunday (Saturday a half day normally).
I'm not suggesting spending
nine hours at a stretch testing, but you can schedule it that way. As
previously noted, most ECE exams can be completed in about an hour,
and those administering the exams will allow you to start the next
scheduled exam early if you have completed the preceding one in short
Of the thirteen ECE I've
taken, only two required the full three hours, English Composition and
Business Policy and Strategy . Both of these are written (non-objective)
exams. So, in the main, you should be in and out, and nine UD credits to
the good in less than four hours for each day of ECE testing, on average.
In two weeks (AS degree) or
four weeks (BA or BS degree), you will have completed all degree
requirements without prematurely turning gray. All that is then
required is that you send in the graduation fee and wait for conferral. The
diploma should arrive in the mail a week or so thereafter. Mount in a
suitable frame for viewing and keep it out of direct sunlight.