Colleges: A Way to Finish Earlier

In September a group of high school graduates entering American University will come on campus in Washington, D.C., with a third of their college work already behind them. Getting these credits required just two days—the time it took to undergo a new series of tests that make it possible, for those who score satisfactorily, to save as much as two years of campus time and thousands in tuition and living costs.

Advanced Standing. College equivalency tests were first tried in 1943 by the U.S. armed forces, but they were never widely used and...

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