- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 108
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
Eligible for Certificate: Yes
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About This Course
This course is designed to help you get ready for the CLEP History of the United States I exam, successful completion of which can earn you three college credits in history. As a self-paced study guide, it is an efficient and fast way to prepare for the test and earn college credits that can be transferred to more than 2,900 colleges and universities across the United States.
Once you begin this history course, you'll study all of the historical events typically found in a 2-semester History of the United States I course, such as early European colonization, the American Revolution and the Civil War. Through a series of short, lively videos, you'll travel back in time to when the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, the pioneers traveled west and Northern and Southern soldiers fought in the key battles of the Civil War. You'll also learn about our country's first presidents, the Constitution and the implications of Manifest Destiny. Each video focuses on a particular topic and provides you with all the information you'll need to answer the CLEP test questions correctly.
Syllabus and Course Information
When you've finished taking this CLEP History of the United States I course, you should feel comfortable responding to questions on the objectives summarized below; this study guide was developed to reflect the test topics on the actual CLEP exam. You can also use the final CLEP US History 1 practice test at the end of the course to see how well you understood the material.
- Outline the major civilizations that lived in North America prior to first contacts.
- Illustrate the impact of initial settlements in North America, including Jamestown and Plymouth Rock.
- Examine the causes and significance of the French and Indian War.
- Break down the events that led up to the American Revolution.
- Diagram and explain the major events and significance of the American Revolution.
- Identify and appraise the major elements of the Declaration of Independence.
- Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.
- Analyze the major elements of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
- Outline and define the three branches of the U.S. government.
- Appraise and contrast the presidents of the Virginia Dynasty and the important events of their presidencies.
- Explain the impact of Andrew Jackson's presidency, including the Trail of Tears.
- Compare and contrast life in the north and south prior to the Civil War.
- Explain the causes of westward expansion, including the California Gold Rush.
- Diagram the impacts of the Dred Scott case and John Brown's uprising.
- Distinguish and outline the key battles of the Civil War.
- Categorize the causes and effects of the Civil War.
- Describe the main elements of Reconstruction and how it affected the country.
Many people who study for this CLEP also study for CLEP US History 2.
There are no formal prerequisites for this course. However, prior exposure to some of the more noteworthy historical events and figures may make it easier to follow along.
The CLEP course consists of 12 chapters organized around a total of 108 video lessons. Each video is about 5-10 minutes long and precedes an online self-assessment quiz. The quizzes can show you how well you processed the information and point out what topics need a second look. You can also refer to the lesson transcript or contact the instructor if you have any questions. As noted above, the course culminates in a final exam.
CLEP History of the United States I Exam
The CLEP History of the United States I exam is the equivalent of a 2-semester, survey course, which can be used to fulfill general education requirements in the liberal arts or social sciences. History majors may use the course to lay the foundation for more specialized studies.
- Number of Questions: About 120 questions
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: 90 minutes
- Number of Credits: Three credits
- Exam Cost: $85 (plus a small test center fee that varies)
CLEP History of the United States I Exam Breakdown
|CLEP Exam Concept||Percent of the CLEP Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Study.com Lessons|
|Political institutions and developments, behavior and public policy||35%||42||73 lessons|
|Social developments||25%||30||19 lessons|
|Economic developments||10%||12||Five lessons|
|Cultural and intellectual developments||15%||18||Five lessons|
|Diplomacy and international relations||15%||18||Six lessons|
Earn CLEP Credit
A passing score on the CLEP History of the United States I exam culminates in three transferable credits. Overall, CLEP tests can reduce the amount of time you spend in college and cut the cost of your tuition by almost half.
Study Schedule for the CLEP Exam
The History of the United States I exam consist of approximately 11 hours of lesson time. As a self-paced course of study, it allows you to plan your online viewing time around your busy schedule. Before you start the course, you can use the table below to decide when to register for the exam. Be sure and call your local test center a few weeks you'd like to sit for the exam, so you'll be sure to have a place.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|A little over two hours a day, five days a week||One week|
|A little over one hour per day, five days a week||Two weeks|
|One-and-a-half hours a day, three days a week||Three weeks|
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