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- Available Lessons: 131
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
Eligible for Certificate: Yes
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Course SummaryAccess this convenient test prep course at any time to get ready for the CLEP Western Civilization II exam. The course contains short lessons and self-assessment quizzes to help you master Western civilization topics and practice answering the types of questions you'll find on the CLEP exam.
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About This Course
Use this study guide to prepare for the CLEP Western Civilization II exam and earn three hours of transferable college credit. We'll get you ready for the test with entertaining videos and self-checking quizzes that take a look at watershed moments in European history, such as the Enlightenment, Napoleon's rise to power, the Industrial Revolution, 19th and 20th century imperialism and both World Wars.
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Syllabus & Course Information
CLEP questions gauge your ability to meet learning objectives aligned with each of the test's content domains. Prepare for them with lessons designed to help you:
- Examine the Thirty Years' War, the Holy Roman Empire and the Dutch Golden Age. Take a look at the creation of Great Britain and Louis XIV's France.
- Study the decline of the Holy Roman Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Look into Austria's rise to power, the creation of Prussia, Russia's westernization and the partitioning of Poland.
- Explore 18th century world economies alongside developments in society and culture. Learn more about the Peace of Utrecht, the War of Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War.
- Consider the significance of breakthroughs in medicine and chemistry during the Scientific Revolution. Learn how Enlightenment thinkers influenced leaders in Great Britain, France, Russia, Austria and Prussia.
- Examine the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. Trace the rise and fall of Napoleon's empire and assess the outcomes of the Congress of Vienna.
- Consider the effects of agricultural developments, the First Industrial Revolution and England's reform movement on the Western world.
- Explore 1800s political ideologies, such as liberalism and socialism. Learn more about revolutions and independence movements occurring in Europe and Latin America from 1815-1848.
- Analyze nationalist movements resulting in the unification of Italy, the unification of Germany and the creation of Austria-Hungary. Examine reforms in Russia and the opening of Japan under Emperor Meiji.
- Take a look at the Second Industrial Revolution, the 19th century world economy and notable developments in the realms of politics, science, art, religion and philosophy.
- Study European and American imperialism in the 19th and 20th centuries. Examine the outcome of the Russo-Turkish War and the scramble to colonize Africa.
- Examine the main causes of World War I and study its famous battles. Take a look at America's entry into the war, Russia's exit, the Peace of Paris and consequences of the war.
- Outline causes of the Russian Revolution and the impacts of the Soviet Union's formation.
- Assess the gains in democracy after 1919. Study the collapse of the Weimar Republic, resistance movements in Turkey and India and the effects of the Great Depression.
- Learn more about interwar conflict in Asia, the rise of fascism in Europe and the Soviet Union under Stalin.
- Discover what caused World War II and learn why the U.S. entered the fight. Explore important aspects of this war, such as the Holocaust, the Manhattan Project and the Yalta and Potsdam conferences.
- Learn about economic and political reconstruction in post-war Europe. Study the Chinese Revolution and the creation of Taiwan, Cold War conflicts and the fall of the Soviet Union.
- Get an overview of social, political and cultural developments since 1945.
Many people who study for this CLEP also study for CLEP Western Civ 1.
Check out our Western Civilization I course if you feel the need to brush up on your history knowledge before beginning the lessons included here. While not required, this course could help bolster your understanding of European history prior to the 17th century.
All 108 lessons in this course deliver instruction through entertaining videos lasting around six minutes each. If you'd prefer a written format, there are also transcripts that include links to supplementary text lessons.
Additionally, at any point during your studies, you can assess your mastery of everything from the partition of Poland to 20th century technological developments by taking short multiple-choice quizzes included at the end of each lesson and all 14 chapters. There's even a final CLEP Western Civ 2 practice test to help gauge your preparedness for the CLEP test.
CLEP Western Civilization II Exam Information
This CLEP exam addresses key developments in European history from the mid 17th century to now. These are the same topics covered in the second half of a two-part survey course on Western civilization. Students typically take this one-semester class to meet general education requirements or to prepare for advanced classes in a major related to history or the social sciences.
- Number of Questions: 120
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: 90 minutes
- Number of Credits: 3
- Exam Cost: $85
Earn CLEP Credit
You might already know that earning three hours of CLEP credit can save you money. Make the most of your time as well when you use our self-paced study guide to prepare for the exam. Video lessons and quizzes can get you ready for the test in around two weeks, and you can sit for the exam without having to wait for the start of a new semester.
Study Schedule for the CLEP Western Civilization II Exam
Depending on the frequency and duration of your study time, you can complete the roughly 11 hours of instruction included in this course in anywhere from one to four weeks. Take a look at the table below to decide what kind of study schedule will work for you.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|3 hours a day; 3 days a week||Just over 1 week|
|2 hours a day; 3 days a week||Around 2 weeks|
|1 hour a day; 3 days a week||Almost 4 weeks|
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