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November 17, 2010 17:17 ET

Developers of Test Drive College Online Announce Graduate School Program

Program Readies Prospective Graduate Students for Online Degrees - New Alliance Formed With Saint Leo University

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwire - November 17, 2010) - EducationDynamics, higher education's leading marketing information and technology services company, announces the graduate school preparatory program Test Drive Grad School Online for prospective students applying to graduate degree programs. Students can now "test drive" a for-credit free online graduate-level class prior to committing time and tuition to a degree program. 

Test Drive Grad School Online creates a cost-free learning environment for students considering returning to school at the graduate level, but who are unsure of the demands the coursework and time will place upon them. Similar to Test Drive College Online, Test Drive Grad School Online is a skills assessment and advisory service that allows prospective students to enroll in a credit-bearing online graduate course for free prior to enrolling in a degree program. Prospective enrollees must first pass an assessment exam prior to being interviewed by an advisor. The interviews determine the students' goals, objectives and time constraints. Only when students exhibit the motivation, aptitude and time-management skills necessary to succeed in an online learning environment are they recommended to a partner graduate school offering an appropriate degree program.

Through the Alliance Program, Test Drive Grad School Online has partnered with Saint Leo University and is reviewing additional alliance schools. The Test Drive Grad School Online courses are administered by the selected graduate schools. Once the course is successfully completed, the student can choose to enroll into the program, and the free credits are transferred to that university. 

For public, private or for-profit colleges and universities, Test Drive Grad School Online is a valuable solution to assess new candidates who may otherwise discover that an online degree is not for them only after enrolling, receiving financial aid and paying tuition. By recommending only those students who do well in online studies to matriculate to partner schools, Test Drive Grad School Online improves student retention rates, reduces student loan default rates and allows schools to increase revenues through a steadier stream of tuition over the student lifecycle.

"Returning students understand the benefits of obtaining a Master's degree in today's job market, but they are concerned about the requirements before committing the time and money. Test Drive Grad School Online empowers the student with the confidence of completing an online grad school course. It also provides our partner alliance grad schools with a pool of applicants that have already proven themselves motivated and capable of completing a graduate level course online," said Richard Capezzali, Executive Vice President of EducationDynamics and Test Drive Grad School Online creator.

About Test Drive Grad School Online
Introduced by EducationDynamics, higher education's leading marketing information and technology services company, Test Drive Grad School Online is an innovative program that provides qualified students the opportunity to take an online graduate-level course at an accredited online university at no cost. This experience is a valuable way for potential students to discover if online education is right for them, prior to enrolling and committing money and time to an online graduate degree program. The Test Drive Grad School Online process allows students to determine if they have the motivation, time and academic acumen necessary to succeed in a graduate program. Prospective students begin by taking an assessment exam. Those who pass undergo an advisory interview to determine the student's goals and career path. If still interested, the students are then invited to enroll in the appropriate free online course. Upon successful completion of the course, administered by the graduate school, the credits are transferrable to that university once the student is fully accepted and enrolled. Test Drive Grad School Online enables potential students to "test drive" the online learning environment in order to make informed decisions about their continuing education. With this program, students can save up to $2,000 in tuition costs by earning credits toward a full degree. To learn more, visit www.testdrivegradschoolonline.com

About Saint Leo University
Founded in 1889 and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor's, master's and specialist's degrees, Saint Leo University is one of the nation's largest and most innovative Catholic universities. Today, Saint Leo University is nationally recognized as a leader in online education. The university offers flexible, convenient ways for adult learners to earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees -- while balancing family and work. Students pursue their coursework online and set their own weekly study schedules. 

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