How to Study For Your CLEP* Test For Free

If you’re not in a hurry to pass your CLEP exams, then you can do a lot of your studying without paying a cent. There are tons of free CLEP study guides available all over the web to browse through, and free CLEP practice tests to test your knowledge with. We’re constantly adding new notes to our free CLEP study guides, so you will want to check out what we currently offer and come back to see the new content we have added.

In the mean time, if you’re strapped for cash but have lots of free time on your hands, you should take advantage of these other free CLEP study options:

  1. The College Board Website

This is a great place to start, as it is where you will be able to find free CLEP information straight from the organization in charge of the CLEP. Use it to read descriptions of exam content, including mark breakdowns of the topics covered by percentage, so that you can better focus your studying. You can also look through its suggested textbooks for each test. The free content here is only meant to give you direction for further studying. (If you want access to more detailed information, you will have to purchase its paid study guides.) Don’t try passing a test with its limited information, but use it as a starting point.

  1. The Free University Project

This site provides free CLEP study guides and links to relevant study materials. It has notes and outlines on many of the CLEP tests.

  1. SparkNotes

SparkNotes are not CLEP exam-specific (that is, they are not free CLEP study guides, but rather are free online notes that cover subjects that are tested by the CLEP). These topics include literature, economics, psychology, math, history, and more. Studying with SparkNotes is more useful for some subjects than others.

  1. Wikipedia

This popular online encyclopedia offers entries that are often in depth enough to cover the information you need to know about a testable topic, but it will require more work and effort to use it to target the areas you need to learn for a CLEP exam. The content is user-generated and not CLEP exam-specific.

However, Wikipedia is easy to browse and covers a wide range of subjects. A good strategy might be to use the College Board’s breakdown of exam topics to guide your searches and keep your studying relevant. You will want to supplement this resource with ones geared toward the CLEP to make sure you cover all your bases for the exam.

  1. The Library

If you have the time to read a relevant textbook, then you can turn to your college or local public library to check out textbooks on the courses you are planning on CLEPing. You can refer to the suggested textbook lists provided on the College Board site to choose a good one. If you cannot find one that is available, try seeing if you can find someone you know who has taken the course in the past and is willing to lend you their old textbook to study with.

  1. Google

Google is a great way to find free CLEP study guides and free CLEP practice tests. Search Google by entering the specific CLEP test as the search term.

Free study methods require more time and effort to help you succeed, but you can pass your exams with them if you use them correctly.

If you decide that you would prefer to pay a little money to cut your study time in half, then you can check out our reviews of paid study options. They’re not that expensive (some cost only $20 a month for access to all of their study content), and they will give you a better chance of passing your CLEP tests.

Try studying with both options and find out which one works best for you.

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