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Upgrading old high school courses

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Sr. Member
Sep 7, 2018
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Upgrading old high school courses

How crazy is it to go back as an adult and upgrade my college level high school courses to university level?

Would like to do online, I balk at the crazy prices of some online sites and what they offer. Is there a free or cheaper option to complete this upgrade?

Will I be crazy out of touch? Haven't been in post secondary for nearly 15 years...
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Deal Expert
Feb 7, 2017
15195 posts
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Eastern Ontario
Never too old to learn.
One honestly should spend their whole life engaged in this pursuit.
So good on you.

So if I understood your post.

You did not finish HS.
Then as an adult you took a GED Equivalency Test.
And passed that
So now at least on paper ... you have a GED High School Diploma

Now you are thinking about going forward
With a post secondary education

And as such, you’ll need actual credits in the likes of English, Math, Sciences
For whatever area of education you wish to pursue
Be it for College or Uni

I suppose you could do these on line

But I would think you’d garner a better quality of education / understanding as an Adult Student of the course material if you did it in a classroom setting with a LIVE teacher that you get to interact with. Because ultimately that’s what you want to do ... really understand the stuff so when you go forward onto higher levels of College / Uni, the FOUNDATION is as strong as it can be to build on.

I’d be calling my local Community College or Uni, and asking questions. Preferably setting up an appointment to meet with someone for guidance who can point you in the right direction ... so that you have both a short term & longterm plan / goal academically.

And ... I wish you all the best.
It takes real courage, and metal to go back to school as an Adult
But the rewards... financial as well as personal (self esteem) can be definitely worth the effort
Newbie
Jan 15, 2015
20 posts
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North York, ON
I recommend ILC. I’ve upgraded 2 courses from them.
It will be difficult for you since you want uni level and you’ve been out of school for 15+ years but if you have the motivation that’s all you need.

$40/course last time I checked. And I think they give you a year to finish. Fastest time I’ve completed one was little over a month
Member
Dec 30, 2016
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hryu94 wrote: I recommend ILC. I’ve upgraded 2 courses from them.
It will be difficult for you since you want uni level and you’ve been out of school for 15+ years but if you have the motivation that’s all you need.

$40/course last time I checked. And I think they give you a year to finish. Fastest time I’ve completed one was little over a month
What is ILC?
Sr. Member
Aug 14, 2015
910 posts
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Burnaby, BC
When I was 19, I upgraded my grades for a year before heading into post secondary.

My class do have 2 40-50 year old taking Grade 12 English classes. They weren't there to try to get into University though, so they didn't take any Grade 12 science courses.

Kids my age at the time don't care about their presence. We only cared about ourselves.

So do what helps yourself most.
Deal Addict
Dec 27, 2013
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Woodbridge
x3fann wrote: What is ILC?
It's an Ontario Ministry of Education funded and approved service which offers online high school credit courses for basically nothing, as long as you're a resident of Ontario and have Canadian Status (citizen, landed immigrant or refugee), or for $500 if you're a Canadian who isn't a resident of Ontario, or for $500 +$180 initial assessment fee for international students. International students can take the courses from their home country with no visa requirement.

https://ilc.tvo.org/en-ca/home
Last edited by OntEdTchr on Sep 7th, 2019 8:29 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Dec 30, 2016
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OntEdTchr wrote: It's a Ministry of Education funded and approved service which offers online high school credit courses for basically nothing, as long as you're a resident of Ontario and have Canadian Status (citizen, landed immigrant or refugee), or for $500 if you're a Canadian who isn't a resident of Ontario, or for $500 +$180 initial assessment fee for international students. International students can take the courses from their home country with no visa requirement.

https://ilc.tvo.org/en-ca/home
Wow, that's pretty awesome! Here in Saskatchewan it's $400 per class but you can apply for aid through the province to cover up to $1200 worth.
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Dec 27, 2013
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x3fann wrote: Wow, that's pretty awesome! Here in Saskatchewan it's $400 per class but you can apply for aid through the province to cover up to $1200 worth.
Yeah it's not bad. I believe it's $40 per course.

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