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Should I Prescreen for Eligibility?

You've heard of the prescreen option...but do you really need to?  Here's the scoop on the difference between a prescreen and a traditional application, and why a prescreen may be the right place to start.

Prescreen vs. Application

prescreen application is often used in place of a regular application, if you are in any way unsure of coursework eligibility.  In fact, there are several benefits to using the prescreen service that you may not be aware of: 

  • You will not need to resubmit an additional application if you are eligible. You simply log back into the account you create, and complete the exam payment and select a test site location.
  • Prescreen applications receive priority during the review process - so your results will be received within about 2 weeks or less. Traditional applications may take longer.
  • If you are not currently eligible, you will learn exactly how many credits you are missing, as well as sample course titles to help you select additional classes. You can pick up these credits online if you wish.
  • The cost of the prescreen ($25) is subtracted off of your application fee if you are eligible, so you will not end up paying more than the cost of original exam fee.  You will not have to pay the full exam fee until after you know that you are eligible.

The date of your prescreen application will be considered your exam application date, so you will not incur a higher exam fee due to a deadline cutoff.

You can apply for a prescreen review online here. Make sure to click the "New Prescreen Applicants" option.

Posted by Jessica Wessner at 6:00 AM
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