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Take a test, earn college credit Minnesota high school students have until June 30 to earn college credits by taking College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams before the "Get Ready, Get Credit" initiative ends. CLEP allows students to earn c...

Take a test, earn college credit

Minnesota high school students have until June 30 to earn college credits by taking College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams before the "Get Ready, Get Credit" initiative ends.

CLEP allows students to earn college credit while still in high school by earning qualifying scores on exams, which can save families big bucks on college tuition. Through June 30, the state of Minnesota will pay the $60 examination fee, according to a news release. Students are responsible for paying the college test center administration fee, which usually is $15-$25.

To take advantage of this opportunity, students need to get a CLEP authorization form from their school counselor. The form serves as a voucher for payment at the test center on exam day.

All Minnesota state colleges and universities grant credit for a CLEP score of 50 or higher. They are among nearly 3,000 colleges and universities that grant credit or advanced standing based on CLEP exam performance.

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The exams are offered in 34 subjects, from English composition to U.S. history, Spanish and precalculus. In addition to saving students money, the exams save students time because they allow them to avoid taking college courses in subjects they already have mastered, the news release said.

The 90-minute exams are administered by computer and can be taken at 19 college test centers throughout Minnesota, including one at Lake Superior College in Duluth. Students learn their scores immediately, except for the English composition essay.

For more information about CLEP, go to www.collegeboard.com/clepMN .

Info available on adoption

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota will hold an adoption information meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 20 in Room B and C in the Ordean Building, 424 W. Superior St.

The organization can help families adopt children locally, and from countries around the world, including Guatemala, Colombia, Vietnam and others. To register, call 726-4888. Walk-ins also are welcome. For more information, go to www.minnesotaadoption.org .

Valentine's Day suggestions

What do married couples want most for Valentine's Day?

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Quality time, according to a survey conducted by the Nest, ( www.thenest.com ), a new Web site and magazine for married couples.

Nearly 91 percent of the respondents said they'd prefer a week away at a fancy resort over a pair of diamond earrings, according to a news release.

"From our conversations with thousands of married women on TheNest.com, conventional romance doesn't always apply when it comes to showing how much you care -- especially after you've been together for a while," Rosie Amodio, executive editor of the Nest, said in the release.

Here are some ideas the Web site suggests to celebrate Valentine's Day:

* Forgo the fancy dinner and get breakfast instead. Seventy-six percent of couples polled said they planned to stay home the evening of Feb. 14 to avoid crowds. An option would be to head to the best brunch spot in town that morning.

* Revisit your early days of dating and get burgers and beer at the best dive in town.

* Create a photo book that chronicles your love story. Online storybooks range in price from $13-$55 on sites such as Shutterfly.com, Snapfish.com and KodakPhotoGallery.com.

Suggestions of items for Family Matters can be mailed to Linda Hanson, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St. Duluth MN 55802; e-mailed to lhanson@duluthnews.com ; or faxed to (218) 720-4120. Deadline is 12 days before publication.,

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