The CLEP Exam - It's the Easy Way to Earn College Credit

By: Susan Slobac

A CLEP exam, written by the College Board and administered by your home college, offers you the opportunity to earn college credit by taking a CLEP test. In ninety minutes, by taking a CLEP test, you can earn the same amount of credit that you would by sitting in an introductory class that takes anywhere from three months to a year to complete.

You will first need to take a look at your degree program to ensure that any CLEP exams you wish to take will help to fulfill your degree requirements. Assuming that they will, you will simply need to sign up for the next CLEP testing date offered by your college and pay the testing fee.

After you have signed up for your exam, the next step is to study for the CLEP. There are several CLEP study guides available; all of them are useful in order to prepare adequately in order to pass the CLEP exam.

Most of the CLEP exams are written in multiple choice format. You will want to use CLEP exam study aids that offer practice questions in this format, so you can get used to it before test day.

Full practice exams are available, and the beauty of these is that you can work on them and time them. This is important, because the real exam is timed, and you will want to try out any testing strategies for timed tests well in advance of having to perform them in a test setting.

If you are very familiar with the subject matter of the test, a quick review may be all you need in order to prepare. There are online flash cards available that offer you practice questions, and then after you answer, provide the correct answers immediately, so that you can see in an instant the right answers and can more easily commit them to memory.

Before the CLEP testing day, it makes sense to get a good night's sleep, and to eat a good breakfast with some protein in it the morning of the test. CLEP testing is stressful enough without a sugary haze clouding your memory. Avoiding excess caffeine, whether in the form of coffee, tea or carbonated beverages, is also a wise move. You do not want to be bouncing off the walls when instead you need to focus on the test.

You may want to wear a watch that has a stop watch feature, so that as the CLEP exam begins you can start your watch and keep track of how much time you have left. In this way, you should be able to answer all of the questions in the time allowed, and do great on your exam.

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