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Missing 15 semester hours

Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:06 am
by vet2000
Hello every body.I am new to this country and dont know any thing about CLEP test.Let me briefly introduce myself.I am foreign veterinary graduate.I had applied for veterinary license in NY state.After evaluating my credential,they told me that i am missing 6 months or 15 semester hours in my studies.They advised me either to take CLEP or DANTES exams to fuflfill missing 15 semester hours.
I am unfamiliar with these exams.Can some one tell me that how many subjects do i need to take?
Which are the basic and easy subjects so that i can take exam and fulfil my requiremenst ASAP.
Thanks in advance


Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:54 am
by ncmom
The clep exams are general knowledge tests on a subject. You can CLEP out of all your required classes as long as you know the material. I would find someone who has taken the course you want to CLEP out of and get the syllabus, find a used book to look through, and then take the CLEP test (unless you really already know the material well).

I suggest finding out exactly what it is you are missing. Is it just general requirements or specific courses for your degree. If you are from another country it could be the general requirements like a History or US Government course, maybe you are missing a communications course or a fine arts course. When I was in college one of the grad requirements was that I had to either had to take a course and pass a US constitution test or have passed one in high school. This was a state requirement though and not all states require this. Some states require students to take PE in college; however, mine did not. It just really depends on what NY is wanting you to take.

I have never heard of DANTES, but I am sure someone else out there can tell you about what it is.

Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:56 pm
by vet2000
Thanks for your reply.I need any subjects.It could be liberal arts or science.They dont require any specific subjects.This is what NY state told me.
"[u]The additional studies may be in liberal arts/sciences and professional subjects which do not duplicate other college credit. You can also substitute for a college course a satisfactory score on an acceptable college proficiency examination, such as CLEP and DANTES, which does not duplicate other college credit. Any college proficiency examinations may not include your native language/s. Additional college studies could include (but are not limited to) graduate coursework toward an advanced degree in a field related to veterinary medicine.[/u]

In order to gain 15 hours,how many subjects will i have to take?

Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:34 pm
by 4given
It depends. Usually 5 classes, though.

Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:35 pm
by vet2000
Thanks for your reply.Which subjects should i consider.The basic and easiest one.I want to do it in a month

Posted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:17 pm
by ncmom
What about a music theory class, psychology, communications, a computer course; things like that. Those are pretty straight forward and generally, if you know the subject matter, can easily be tested out of. It sounds like they are wanting you to get those "general" requirements that the undergraduate degree would require in NY. Maybe you could find a course catalog at the college you want to take your CLEP tests at and see what they offer, then pick out your courses from there.

If the courses are 3 credit hours each you will need 5 and if they are 4 credit hours each you will need 4. Most general requirement type courses are 3 credit hours each.