CLEP, DSST, PSEO Classes


CLEP - The College Level Examination Program offers you the opportunity to receive college credit by earning qualifying scores on any of the 34 exams. CLEP exams do not relate to a specifically designed college-level course taught in high school.  Rather, CLEP exams test mastery of college-level materials acquired in a variety of ways - such as through general academic instruction, significant independent study, or extracurricular work.   By skipping introductory level courses in subjects you have already mastered, you can move into more challenging and interesting advanced course work.  All Minnesota State Colleges and Universities grant credit for a CLEP score of 50 or higher.  Check with the college you plan to attend to confirm its CLEP credit granting policy.  You may want to visit the following website:  www.collegeboard.com

DSST - Credit by Examination Program has tests in more than 30 subject areas, including science, math, business, social sciences, and the humanities.  The subject matter reflects the kinds of things people might learn in nontraditional ways, such as on the job, or as a hobby.  You may want to visit the following websites:  www.getcollegecredit.com  and www.istudysmart.com

PSEO - Post Secondary Enrollment Options, is a program the allows high school students (grade 11-12) to take college course for both high school and college credit.  The State of Minnesota funds this program, so it is free to Minnesota residents.  You can take a total of four semesters over two years.  HERO works with the University of Northwestern College (UNWC) to offer their PSEO courses at HERO taught by their Professors. You will need an 18 composite score for the PLAN or ACT/120 for PSAT/1200 for SAT and a 2.75 GPA.

Which courses does Northwestern recommend for college-bound high school students?

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of Math
  • 3 years of Natural Science
  • 3 years of Social Science
  • 2 years of foreign language and/or other general electives

Students are eligible for On-Site PSEO when they meet the minimum requirements for the program:

  • Composite score of at least 18 on the PLAN/ACT, 120 on the PSAT, or 1200 on the SAT
  • 2.75 GPA

If student is new or has previously withdrawn from UNWC  program

  • A completed application form
  • A completed PSEO State Form
  • Students will no longer fill out a paper copy of the Course Registration Form, but instead fill out an electronic application form found at PSEO On-Site Application.    Students will not be registered until this form has been submitted. 
  • Students will not be registered until this form has been submitted. 
  • A copy of student’s approved standardized test score (Aspire, ACT, SAT or PSAT)
  • A copy of student’s high school transcript
  • The deadline for the University of Northwestern College is July 15, 2016

If student is continuing UNWC  PSEO student

  • A completed PSEO State Form
  • A copy of the course registration form
  • Students will no longer fill out a paper copy of the Course Registration Form, but instead fill out an electronic application form found at PSEO On-Site Application.
  • The deadline for the University of Northwestern College is July 15, 2016

Applicable Forms:

Current High School Transcript (Note:  HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Organization) has a website that will help you develop your child's transcript. Fast Transcripts gives homeschool parents the ability to create professional high school transcripts with error-free GPA calculation. Cost is only $16 ($12 for HSLDA members) http://www.FastTranscripts.com


2016-2017 PSEO Courses through the University of Northwestern College


PSEO ENG1105 College Composition (4 credits) - Tuesday 10:30 - 12:30 Professor Robin Iredale - FIRST Semester


 PSEO  HIS3116 NT Archaeology  (2 credits) - Tuesday 2:30 - 4:00 Professor Linda Blessner - FIRST  Semester


PSEO ECO2201 Principles of Economics I (4 credits )  - Tuesday 4:00 - 6:00 PM - Professor Molly Burnham- FIRST Semester


PSEO  ACC2101 Principles of Accounting I (4 credits) -  Tuesday 4:00 - 6:00PM - Professor Molly Burnham- SECOND  Semester


PSEO HIS3115 OT Archaeology Old Testament- (2 credits)  Tuesday 8:30 - 9:30 Professor Linda Blessner- SECOND Semester


PSEO ART1007 Art Appreciation (3 Credits) - Tuesday 2:30 - 4:00 -Professor Jill Rische - SECOND Semester

An introductory study in the field of art covering the elements and principles of design, and creative expression.  The course will develop the student’s appreciation for art down through the ages, including art and the Christian faith.  Class will feature individual art projects, student video presentations, and a field trip to the University of Northwestern’s Denler Gallery.  Equivalent to ART1005.  This course will be offered second semester.


PSEO SPE1075   Public Speaking (3  Credits) - Tuesday 10:30 - 12:30 - Professor Iris Dodge - SECOND Semester


CLEP/DSST Courses for 2016-2017

Attention Parents:  If your student enrolls in a CLEP/DSST class, you need to be aware of the following:

  1. It is the sole responsibility of the parent and the student for passage of the exam.  The teacher is a FACILITATOR IN THE LEARNING PROCESS.
  2. Attending the class each week DOES NOT ensure that your student will pass the exam.
  3. The student needs to be prepared to dedicate a significant amount of study time in order to be prepared for the exam.  Approximately 7.5 hours per week of study time is expected for each CLEP or DSST class.  This includes studying textbooks, films, projects, etc.  
  4. At the end of the semester/year, the teacher will give an evaluation to the parent regarding their student's work.
  5. It is the parent's responsibility to ensure that the student has taken practice tests and is fully prepared for the exam.
  6. Not all students who take this course should take the exam.
  7. Your student can take this course as high school credit.
  8. Not all CLEP/DSST exams are the same degree of difficulty.  Even though your student may have passed one exam, this does not mean that they will pass all of the exams.

First Semester CLEP and DSST courses for 2016-2017

Western Civilization I, History of the United States I, College Composition (this is a whole year class), Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (this is a whole year class), Introductory Sociology CLEP, 

Second Semester CLEP and DSST courses for 2016-2017

Western Civilization II, History of the United States II, , College Composition, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (this is a whole year class)


Introductory Sociology - CLEP, Instructor: Mrs. Wong - Grades 9-12

Sociology is the study of society.  This course covers basic facts and concepts of the society, as well as general theoretical approaches used by sociologists. Various off-site homework observations are required.  This is a one semester course.  

Students have two choices when taking this class.  The first is to take this class for a high school Sociology class.  The second is for the purpose of passing the CLEP test for Sociology.  Upon passing the CLEP exam at the end of the semester, the student will receive 3 college credits.   

The CLEP exam is administered at a different location and is the responsibility of the parent to find transportation to the test. Those students desiring to take the exam need to use additional CLEP study materials for the exam (practice exams, etc.) 

TEXTBOOKS: 

Brinkkerhoff, David B. Essentials of Sociology 8th Edi. Australia; Wadsworth, 2010.  # 9780495812951 

CLEP Introductory Sociology 2nd Edi.  NJ; REA, 2012.  # 9780738610917

Introductory Sociology Study Guide              Available in the HERO Bookstore 

 


History of the United States I - CLEP, Instructor:  Mrs. Wong - Grades 9-12 - Fall 2016-2017

This course covers the history of the United States from early colonization through Reconstruction after the Civil War.

Students have two choices when taking this class.  The first is to take this class for a high school American history class.  The second is for the purpose of passing the CLEP test for History of the US I.  Upon passing the CLEP exam at the end of the semester, the student will receive 3 college credits.  

The CLEP exam is administered at a different location and is the responsibility of the parent to find transportation to the test. Those students desiring to take the exam need to use additional CLEP study materials for the exam (practice exams, etc.) 
TEXTBOOK:

Roark, James L., et al. The American Promise: A Compact History Vol. 1: To 1877.  5th Edi. Boston; Bedford, 2013.  # 9781457631450

CLEP- History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877.  6th Edi. NJ; REA, 2012.  # 9780878912728

History of the US I Study Guide            Available in the HERO Bookstore


History of the United States II - CLEP, Instructor: Mrs. Wong - Grade 9-12 - Spring of 2016-2017

This course covers the history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present time.

Students have two choices when taking this class.  The first is to take this class for a high school American history class.  The second is for the purpose of passing the CLEP test for History of the US II.  Upon passing the CLEP exam at the end of the semester, the student will receive 3 college credits.  

The CLEP exam is administered at a different location and is the responsibility of the parent to find transportation to the test. Those students desiring to take the exam need to use additional CLEP study materials for the exam (practice exams, etc.) 


TEXTBOOK:

Roark, James L., et al. The American Promise: A Compact History Vol. II: From 1865.  5th Edi. Boston; Bedford, 2013.  # 9781457631467

CLEP- History of the United States II.  2nd Edi. NJ; REA, 2013.  # 9780738611273

History of the United States II Study Guide        Available in the HERO Bookstore


Analyzing and Interpreting Literature - CLEP, Instructor - Stacie  Zens - Grades 9-12

This class is a year long course for 2016-2017 school year 

Analyzing and interpreting Literature (CLEP - College Level Examination Program)  is a course for students who wish to study the "classics", engage in the study of literature and learn about the interpretive nature of literature. Students can also use the class to help prepare for pursuing college credit through CLEP testing, though it isn't required.   We will read some of the  finest "classic" literature from Ancient times forward and learn what makes each piece significant.  We will cover as many literary pieces as possible including poetry and prose (short stories, novels, and drama). This class is yearlong. 

Textbook: The book for this class is the REA: CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature book.  Other material will be downloaded from Edmodo.  Homework reading assignments will be found on  www.edmodo.com or instructor can download assignments onto a flash drive that the student providesMost of the materials will need to be downloaded from the internet so they will need good internet service to do that or they will need to find books at the library.

Students who wish to study for and take the CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature exam should purchase and study the following book outside of class, REA (Research and Education Association): The TestPreparation for the CLEP Analyzing and interpreting Literature) with software.  In addition the following book will help parents and students navigate the CLEP program, CollegeBoard CLEP Official Study Guile, "The only CLEP guide created by the test maker."  

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP Test

Description of the Test

The Analyzing and Interpreting Literature test covers material usually taught in a general two-semester undergraduate course in literature. Although the examination does not require familiarity with specific works, it does assume that candidates have read widely and perceptively in poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction. The questions are based on passages supplied in the test. These passages have been selected so that no previous experience with them is required to answer the questions. The passages are taken primarily from American and British literature.

The examination contains approximately 80 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Some of these are pretest questions that will not be scored. Any time candidates spend taking tutorials and providing personal information is additional to actual testing time.

Because writing about literary texts is central to the study of literature, some colleges may require candidates to take an optional essay section in addition to the multiple-choice section. The essay section is 90 minutes long and is made up of two 45-minute questions. One question asks candidates to analyze a short poem, the other asks them to apply a given generalization about literature (such as the function of a theme or a technique) to a novel, short story, or play that they have read. The essay section is still administered in a paper-and-pencil format; the essay responses are graded by the institution, not by the College Board.

Knowledge and Skills Required

Questions on the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature test require candidates to demonstrate the following abilities.

Ability to read prose, poetry, and drama with understanding

Ability to analyze the elements of a literary passage and to respond to nuances of meaning, tone, imagery, and style

Ability to interpret metaphors, to recognize rhetorical and stylistic devices, to perceive relationships between parts and wholes, and to grasp a speaker's or author's attitudes

Knowledge of the means by which literary effects are achieved

Familiarity with the basic terminology used to discuss literary texts

The test emphasizes comprehension, interpretation, and analysis of literary works. A specific knowledge of historical context (authors and movements) is not required, but a broad knowledge of literature gained through reading widely and a familiarity with basic literary terminology is assumed. The following outline indicates the relative emphasis given to the various types of literature and the periods from which the passages are taken. The approximate percentage of exam questions per classification is noted within each main category.


College Composition - CLEP, Instructor: Mrs. Wong - Grades 10-1

College Composition includes writing skills taught in most first-year college classes.  It also includes the components required for the CLEP exam: essay writing and multiple choice.

Students have two choices when taking this class.  The first is to take this class for a high school grammar/ composition class.  The second is for the purpose of passing the CLEP test for College Composition.  Upon passing the CLEP exam at the end of the year, the student will receive 6 college credits.  

The CLEP exam is administered at a different location and is the responsibility of the parent to find transportation to the test. Those students desiring to take the exam need to use additional CLEP study materials for the exam (practice exams, etc.) 

CONTENT:

First semester -Critical reading, various forms of writing, and basic grammar.
Second semester -Research papers and advanced grammar.

TEXTBOOK:

Faigley, Lester. Writing: A Guide for College and Beyond.  New York: Pearson Longman Publishing, 2010.  # 9780205648702

CLEP- College Composition Exams.  NJ; REA, 2011.  # 9780738608891

College Composition Study Guide                  Available in the HERO Bookstore


Humanities: Western Worldviews through Arts and Culture - CLEP, Instructor: Mrs. Wong - Grade 11-12

Due to low enrollment this class will not be offered first semester 2015-2016

Humanities is a broad study of literature, art, music, and the performing arts throughout the ages.

This course requires outside activities, such as watching the arts, listening to classical music, and visiting the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Students have two choices when taking this class.  The first is to take this class for a high school Humanities class.  The second is for the purpose of passing the CLEP test for Humanities.  Upon passing the CLEP exam at the end of the semester, the student will receive 6 college credits. 

The CLEP exam is administered at a different location and is the responsibility of the parent to find transportation to the test. Those students desiring to take the exam need to use additional CLEP study materials for the exam (practice exams, etc.)

TEXTBOOKS: Humanities Study Guide                                 Available in the HERO bookstore

 Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities Combined Volume- 2nd Edi.     By Janetta Rebold Benton et. al.        # 9780131899155 

Humanities- REA CLEP Prep- # 9780738601700


Western Civilization I CLEP - Instructors: Mrs. Wong - Grades 9-12 

Western Civilization I deals with European history from the Ancient Near East through 1648. 

Students have two choices when taking this class.  The first is to take this class for a high school Western Civilization class.  The second is for the purpose of passing the CLEP test for Western Civilization I.  Upon passing the CLEP exam at the end of the semester, the student will receive 3 college credits.   

The CLEP exam is administered at a different location and is the responsibility of the parent to find transportation to the test. Those students desiring to take the exam need to use additional CLEP study materials for the exam (practice exams, etc.) 

TEXTBOOKS: 

Noble, et al.  Western Civilization, Volume I- To 1715. 6th Ed. Houghton, 2010.    # 9781424069613 

Ziomkowski, Dr. Robert. CLEP- Western Civilization I.       NJ; REA, 2012.  # 9780738610481 

Western Civilization I Study Guide                                        Available at the HERO Bookstore


Western Civilization II CLEP - Instructor- Mrs. Wong - Grades 9-12

Western Civilization II deals with European history from 1648 to the Present.

Students have two choices when taking this class.  The first is to take this class for a high school Western Civilization class.  The second is for the purpose of passing the CLEP test for Western Civilization II.  Upon passing the CLEP exam at the end of the semester, the student will receive 3 college credits.  

The CLEP exam is administered at a different location and is the responsibility of the parent to find transportation to the test. Those students desiring to take the exam need to use additional CLEP study materials for the exam (practice exams, etc.) 

TEXTBOOKS: 

Noble, et al.  Western Civilization, Volume II.  6th Ed. Houghton, 2010. # 9781424069620

Jones, Dr. Preston. CLEP- Western Civilization II.    NJ; REA, 2012.  # 9780738610498 

Western Civilization II Study Guide                                       Available in the HERO Bookstore


CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION            DSST      - instructor- Mrs. Wong - Grades 9-12

 CLASS DESCRIPTION:

 Civil War and Reconstruction deals with the Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods, taking an in depth look at the causes for war, the battles and generals during war, and the rebuilding of America after war. 

 **Please note: This DSST exam is for upper level college credit.  Therefore, the degree of difficulty is harder and knowledge of American history prior to taking this class is recommended.

 Students have two choices when taking this class.  The first is to take this class for a high school history class.  The second is for the purpose of passing the DSST test.  Upon passing the DSST exam at the end of the semester, the student will receive 3 upper graduate college credits. 

 The DSST exam is administered at a different location and is the responsibility of the parent to find transportation to the test. Those students desiring to take the exam need to use additional DSST study materials for the exam (practice exams, etc.)

TEXTBOOKS: 

Civil War Study Guide                                                            Available in the HERO bookstore

 Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction3rd Edi.

By James M. McPherson.       # 9780072317367

 Civil War & Reconstruction   Ace the CLEP (Blue guide)- # 9781614331773