WGU is geared toward the student who is self-reliant, technologically capable, and dedicated to their success in completing a degree program. All colleges and universities have course work, exams, and professors; so does WGU. Pre-assessment exams allow a student to determine if studying is needed, or whether they know enough to take the final exam right away. Although each semester will have at least 12 units assigned which must be passed, taking and passing additional finals for more courses allows a student to complete more courses in a semester. There is a flat tuition fee per semester, so the more courses passed, the lower the cost per course and the faster a student can complete a degree. This is an awesome way to be in school!