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This is the only official guide to the 33 College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) exams. CLEP exams are administered on computer test centers across the country. This Guide has been written mainly for adults who are making plans to enroll in college, but it contains information of interest to others as well. College-bound high school students, current college students, military personnel, professionals seeking certification and persons of all ages who have learned or wish to learn college-level material outside the college classroom will find the Guide helpful as they strive to accomplish their goals.
CLEP is based on the premise that some individuals enrolling in college have already learned part of what is taught in college courses through job training, independent reading and study, noncredit adult courses and advanced high school courses. Often, their jobs and life experiences have enhanced and reinforced their learning. CLEP provides these individuals with the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of college-level material by taking exams that assess the knowledge and skills taught in college courses. The first few sections of this study guide explain how CLEP can help you earn credit for the collegelevel learning you have acquired and provide suggestions for preparing for the exams. The guides to the individual exams include test descriptions, sample questions and tips for preparing to take the exams. CLEP has also made available an online preparation tool that uses the real computer-based testing (CBT) software to help you prepare to test on this platform. The CLEP Sampler contains tutorials to familiarize you with the basic computer skills needed to take the CBT exams. However, if you are already comfortable using a computer, you can bypass those tutorials and go straight to the sections illustrating how to use the testing tools and how to answer the types of questions developed especially for the computer version of each exam. The Sampler also shows you what to expect on the day of the test and gives useful test-taking tips and strategies. You can find the Sampler at www.collegeboard.org/clepprep. Use the Sampler to get comfortable with the computer-based format of the tests. Then, use this Guide to become familiar with the description and content of each exam you’re interested in taking. This Guide contains sample questions and an answer key for each exam, as well as in-depth information about how to decide which exams to take, how to prepare to take those exams, and how to interpret your scores.
Preparing to Take CLEP Examinations
Having made the decision to take one or more CLEP exams, most people then want to know how to prepare for them — how much, how long, when, and how should they go about it? The precise answers to these questions vary greatly from individual to individual. However, most candidates find that some type of test preparation is helpful.
Most people who take CLEP exams do so to show that they have already learned the key material taught in a college course. Many of them need only a quick review to assure...