How to Test out of College Courses (Ep. 49)

JayWhat do you do when you’re going into your 4th year of college – and then you school tells you the rest of your classes are unavailable?

You test out of them, save thousands of dollars, and graduate a semester early – that’s what you do.

Or, at least, that’s what my friend Jay Cross did.

Jay found himself in this situation as he was readying to complete his senior year. His school had no idea when they’d offer the classes he needed again; they didn’t really make it seem like they cared either.

Instead of waiting around, though, Jay started taking stock of his options – and found out about tons of opportunities for testing out of classes. By utilizing these opportunities, he finished his entire senior year in a single semester, and he saved thousands in the process.

Now, Jay runs Do It Yourself Degree, a website that teaches other students how to do the same thing.

So, if you’re looking to cut the time you spend in school, save money, and waste less hours sitting in class, give this episode a listen.

Things mentioned in this episode:

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Katie Dwyer

GREAT episode in general, and I especially loved the discussion of “the myth of the high-paying major.” I thought you both made great points about this, and it was particularly great to hear in the context of these testing-out strategies. There’s so much you can gain from studying what you love, whether that’s in classrooms or combined with other strategies for learning. AND it was so cool to hear about how to talk about what you’ve learned and how you learned it without any of the narrow-minded advice that your major will determine your future.

Love the podcast, and really enjoyed this episode. Thanks to you both for doing what you do!

– Katie

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