(COLLEGE FIX) -- As the cost of a college education continues to skyrocket, one online program offers a way for smart and savvy students to avoid amassing a mountain of debt.
The College Level Examination Program, a credit-by-exam program administered by the College Board, helps students avoid the time commitment and financial burden of taking required general education subjects that they mastered in high school, like algebra, calculus, biology, world language, U.S. history, government and others.
If students pass an online multiple choice, 90-minute timed test on the subject, they get the college credit for it, and some 2,900 colleges and universities accept the program, according to its website. The cost for a test can run from about $85 to $130.
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