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How to Pass a CLEP Test

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How to Ace Your CLEP Tests

Study and practice are the keys to passing one of the 33 different CLEP tests. There are many resources available to help you prepare, including test descriptions, textbooks, and test-prep courses.

CLEP Test Descriptions

First, make sure that you read your exam's detailed description, which is available on the CLEP website (clep.collegeboard.org). Each description outlines the skills and knowledge the test measures, what percentage of the test focuses on each topic, sample questions, how long the test takes, and the number of questions you'll have to answer.

Test Prep Courses

Because they zero in on the exact content of CLEP tests, CLEP prep courses are an excellent resource to help you pass your exam. Study.com offers dozens of online CLEP courses. Each course features short, easy-to-follow video lessons, quizzes to help you measure your mastery of concepts, and practice tests. The online nature of these courses means you may study whenever you have time, as long as you have an Internet connection. Find your CLEP test below to check out the corresponding prep course.

SubjectStudy.com Prep Courses
MathCollege Mathematics
Financial Accounting
Calculus
College Algebra
Precalculus
EnglishAmerican Literature
College Composition
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
English Literature
BusinessPrinciples of Marketing
Information Systems
Introductory Business Law
Principles of Management
Science Introductory Psychology
Natural Sciences
Chemistry
Human Growth and Development
Biology
Intro to Educational Psychology
Social Sciences & HumanitiesSocial Sciences and History
American Government
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
Humanities
Principles of Macroeconomics
U.S. History I
U.S. History II

Textbooks

Because each of the 33 CLEP exams correlates to a specific college class, you may want to review textbooks used in the course that corresponds with your CLEP test. In addition to online resources, the test descriptions on the CLEP website include a list of textbook recommendations specific to the test you're taking. You may also research online to find textbook information included in the syllabi of similar courses, or inquire at your college bookstore about appropriate textbooks.

CLEP Test-Taking Tips

While mastering the content of your CLEP test is critical, you may also want to review test-taking best practices, such as overcoming test anxiety and how to answer different types of exam questions. Refreshing your essay-writing strategies is also a good idea if you are taking one of the five CLEP tests that include an essay portion (English Literature, College Composition, American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, and College Composition Modular).

Test Day Tips

In addition to studying well, making sure you understand what test day entails is important to acing a CLEP test. Keep in mind these test-day tips to avoid any unexpected problems at the testing center:

  • Print and bring your registration ticket.
  • Bring number 2 pencils that have erasers. Other types of pencils may not be used on CLEP tests.
  • Bring a valid government-issued ID that includes your signature and exactly matches the name with which you registered for the test.
  • Cell phones are prohibited.
  • You may not wear a sweater or sweatshirt that has a hood.

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