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How to Pass the CLEP** Exam
Especially if you plan on obtaining a significant chunk of your college credits through CLEP, it’s worth learning how to study for CLEP exams efficiently and effectively.
Because the exams are meant to save you time and money, you will want to make sure that you pass the exams on your first try and don’t waste time studying material that is only worth one percent of the exam.
The best strategy for how to pass the CLEP exam that you can take is to focus your studying. This means being aware of what material will be covered and how much of the exam it will be worth. It means finding the right resources that will help you pinpoint the key facts you will need to know and give you multiple ways to review them so they will stick to your memory.
Here’s a step by step guide on how to study for the CLEP exam efficiently.
Step 1: Decide which exam you want to take.
You should choose the exams you can perform the best at. Some exams are generally easier than others to pass (for example, Principles of Marketing and Introductory Psychology have much higher pass rates than subjects like American Government). Some exams are also worth more credits than others. You can try taking a few sample tests in areas you are interested in CLEPing to determine which subjects you know the most about.
Step 2: Find out what you need to know for the exam, and how much each topic is worth.
Our site has overviews and mark breakdowns for the most popular CLEP subjects, and we are in the process of putting more up. If we have not yet covered the subjects you are interested in, visit the College Board site for in-depth breakdowns of what to expect. The College Board is the organization behind the CLEP, so it is worth looking over their content to see what they recommend.
Step 3: Get a good textbook to study from.
Because the CLEP tests everything you would learn in a college course, reading through a good textbook is a way to for make sure you have all your bases covered. The College Board Fact Sheets have lists of recommended textbooks for each subject.
Check your local library to see if it has any copies of recommended textbooks you can borrow. If there are none available, you can see if you can borrow copies from friends or neighbours who have previously taken the course you are studying for. If worse comes to worse, you can always buy a used copy online or from the college you plan to attend, or buy a new textbook from a brick-and-mortar bookstore.
Step 4: Use a paid study site to reinforce the points you should focus on.
If you are pressed for time, you might want to go straight to this option. While a textbook will probably cover all of the topics in a course, a paid online site focuses on the main points and draws your attention to important ideas and concepts. A paid site also provides access to resources like flashcards, test questions, and forums to discuss upcoming CLEP tests with other test takers. It is a great way to solidify facts in your mind and is often relatively inexpensive.
Check out our reviews of paid online guides to see which ones we think are best and why.
Your chances of passing the exam will go up with every step you follow, so if you care about doing well on your test, you will want to spend a bit of time looking into each of our suggested resources.