Are you just going in and paying to take the tests or are you taking the required college courses THEN taking the test? This is something I debated with over the summer. I know that I want additional certifications but which way should I do it? This summer I took 2 ESL classes out of the four that are required. I only passed one and ended paying alot of money that could've went for just paying for tests. My reasoning is I think I should take the courses to have the knowledge. I don't want to have a certification and get asked about it in an interview and not know how to answer the question. BUT as I was taking my courses this summer I found myself thinking this stuff is common sense and things you should do anyway BUT it was all good information and I did learn alot of good things from it such as tips and strategies. So what do you think? I really don't want to dish out all this money again for school when I can just take a test but I dont know.