Take a CLEP® test. College-Level Examination Program (CLEP®) examinations are taken by anyone college age or older who has acquired knowledge outside the classroom.
Who Should Take Them
It’s for the student who would like to bypass certain college courses because of time or scheduling, yet still earn college credit. The CLEP®, the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program, is designed to reward students for learning, no matter where or how that knowledge was acquired. It may also help you to graduate on time.
How Many Are There?
There are some 34 different examinations. From English Literature to Introductiion to Sociology to Natural Sciences, your needed course may be among them. A passing score on a test can earn between 3 to 12 college credits—and save you a lot of money and time spent in the classroom.
The CLEP is administered each month throughout the year at more than 1,200 test centers in the United States.
Discuss the possibility with your college guidance counselor or admissions office first, to find out what they accept. Then register or make an appointment to take the test. Currenlty the cost of taking a CLEP is $72. Then, hit the books.
How to Study
To study up, you can order subject books from several places including the Research and Education Association (REA). “I studied for several hours a day for about three weeks, and used the self-tests provided in REA’s book on Introductory Sociology.
The next month, I paid a small fee to take the test at a local community college in my area. Within two months time I had credit for completing the course.”
How to prepare for the CLEP®. http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/prep.html
• Purchase an official study guide for your subject.They cost anywhere from $10 to $25.
• You can also take a “sample” test at the list listed above.
• Your study time should depend on your exposure to your subject, your ability to focus, and your own discipline for self-study.
• Avail yourself of FREE study material that is comparable to the course.
For more information, free booklets are available at most colleges or by writing or contacting: CLEP, P.O. Box 6601, Princeton, NJ 08541-6601, phone: (609) 951-1026. Study subject guides are available for purchase through the Research & Education Association, 61 Ethel Road W., Piscataway, NJ 08854, or call: (908) 819-8880. Also check out the College Board website at: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/about.html for frequently asked questions, exam site information, study guides and more.