Care Bear just finished the DSST Intro to World Religions exam and passed, alhamdulilah! While most of her curriculum lines up with an exam worth college credits, there are still a few other exams we have in the plan to bulk up her completed credits (Intro to World Religions is in the “bulk” category).
Next on the list is the DSST Here’s to Your Health exam. Care Bear thought this would be a good next step given she is taking Biology, and studying for one could help the other. On top of that, the DSST Substance Abuse seems to have quite a bit of overlap with Here’s to Your Health, according to free-clep-prep.com, so overall it just seems like a great choice, in sha Allah.
Maybe you’ve noticed that we’ve only taken DSST exams so far, and no CLEP or APs. There isn’t any particular reason. I’ve read that AP exams should be taken during the high school years, so we have to wait until this upcoming spring to try one, and the subject areas that seemed easiest to start with just so happened to be under the DSST umbrella. I’m a bit apprehensive about the AP exam we have planned in the spring because it includes both short and long response questions while CLEP and DSST are completely multiple choice. We shall see how it goes, in sha Allah.
So, what are we doing to prepare for the exam? I just ordered the books that are listed in the DSST Fact Sheet, I’ll make a lesson plan, and Care Bear will take it from there. I’m sure there will be a bit of nagging along the way, but she’s always thankful for the little pushes I give here and there after the test is all over and done with.
Am I pushing her too hard? Well, it depends on your viewpoint and personal beliefs about parent/child relationships. Given that she is done with all her work by 1pm on most school days, I don’t feel bad for encouraging her to add in an elective exam. But that’s just me.
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