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4 Ways to Study Effectively for Your CLEP Exams

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If you're in the process of studying for a CLEP exam, check out this blog post for four top tips on how to study as effectively as possible and pass that test!

Acing Your CLEP Exam

CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) tests, offered by the College Board, are a great option for people who want to earn college credits using a non-traditional approach. Whether your job, family, location, finances, or some other responsibility or circumstance makes CLEP the right choice for you, the ideal outcome is to pass each CLEP exam you take on the first try. To help increase your chances of CLEP success, check out these four study tips.

Somebody takes a CLEP exam

1. Know What's Coming

Because CLEP exams are different from most other academic experiences you've probably had, you'll want to make sure you're as prepared as possible going into each exam day. Review your exam's description and its suggested study resources. It might also be a good idea to look up syllabuses from colleges that correspond with your exam. Familiarize yourself with the allotted time for each test, including the sections and sample questions.

Also, make sure you know if you'll be writing an essay or not. Ensure that you're familiar with the testing platform, required tools (calculators, number two pencils), and scoring schema. Overall, just make sure that you know exactly what to expect. This way, you'll avoid any surprises that might throw you off on the day of your test.

2. Engage Your Learning Style

CLEP is all about academic efficiency, and the best way to study in an efficient manner is to cater to your own learning style. To sum up the idea, educators believe that every student connects most with one or two of the four learning styles, which include visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic.

To determine your own learning style, you can take an online quiz or simply think critically about your previous learning experiences and what has worked best for you in the past. So determine your learning style and use the CLEP study resources that best align with it. For instance, if you're a visual learner, try online video lessons. If you're more of a reader, try out CLEP textbooks. That way, you'll be tailoring your studying to your own needs, which is a major advantage of the CLEP process.

A visual learner watches a video lesson

3. Take Practice Tests

Ultimately, there's no better way to prepare for something than to practice doing that exact task. Thankfully, there are many CLEP practice tests available you can try, including the official ones offered by the College Board.

When you take your practice tests, try to mimic your actual testing environment by:

  • Choosing a quiet place with a proper desk and chair.
  • Using appropriate materials and tools.
  • Taking the practice test in the same time allotted for the actual CLEP exam.

Practice test, rinse, and repeat until you feel like you're a CLEP pro.

A CLEP practice test

4. Write a Practice Test

Taking practice tests is an important, effective strategy, but we also recommend trying out this more out-of-the-box tip: write a practice test, or at least some practice problems. This will force you to identify the most relevant information, think critically about it, and interact with it in a new way, all the while continuing to focus your studies on the actual test. This will test your comprehension of the material in a way that simple flashcards never could. Give it a try!

And, of course, best of luck on your exam day. If you've followed all of these tips, we're sure you'll succeed.

For more resources, tips, and help on your CLEP exams, check out this page.

By Daisy Rogozinsky
February 2019

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