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Questions on steps to take to reenter college

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Good evening everyone.
I am currently considering reentering college with in the next 3 years to study either a double major in Math/Physics or Aerospace Engineering.
The problem is I am nearly 28. I currently have a AS in Accounting (Got a GPA of 3.5 but thats no help at all) and all my work experience is in that field.

I did however spend 2.5 years of undergrad study at a Community College in Math and Physics with my last full course in Calculus based Physics 2 ( took a partial semester of Quanum Mechanics) and Calculus 3. Average GPA around 3.5 as well.

I have been looking at many colleges and wondering where to start in an enviroment that is geared heavily toward incoming freshmen straight from high school. While time is precious I have no qualms about studying independently in order to better position myself for this transition.
So where should I focus my energy?
Math and Physics refersher courses ?(I have been to MIT's site and love it )
Should I consider taking any SAT or ACT tests?
How long are my prior credits good for at the community college or should I just not bother with those at all? ( a general answer will do, but I understand if that can't be given)
Should I try to study to test out of entry level courses? (Basic math and english)
Should I consider a community college again and then move to a 4 year University/Tech school?

Just one more thing:
A career change to something better suited for Science at this point is not a viable option. My husband is a full-time student and we have children to provide for as well.

I greatly appreciate any advice that anyone can provide!
Thank you in advance
TeeA
 

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Doesn't your community college have a transfer agreement with local universities?
 
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The problem is I am nearly 28.
I'm older than you and I'm doing it. :-)

I have been looking at many colleges and wondering where to start in an enviroment that is geared heavily toward incoming freshmen straight from high school.
Let me tell you this: It being heavily geared towards high school graduates is actually a bonus to you, rather than a hindrance. You've got age and experience while the high schoolers are often coming from schools where they barely had to lift a finger to get an A. They'll be in for a huge wake-up call while you'll settle in nicely.

where should I focus my energy?
Honestly, I would say to just go for it. Dive right in. Everything else just wastes time.

How long are my prior credits good for at the community college or should I just not bother with those at all?
You'll have to ask the college you want to apply to. They probably do have an age limit so you'll need to check. You'll also need to check if they'll even transfer your courses at all.

Should I try to study to test out of entry level courses? (Basic math and english)
Who are the entry level courses geared towards? If they're geared towards people who never took the harder classes in high school and never did post-secondary education after that but who now suddenly want a bachelor's degree, then I say yes, get exempted from those as much as possible.

If you need a confidence booster, then go ahead and do the entry level courses.
 

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