How To Prepare for CLEP Exams
Clep prep is not necessarily focused solely on one individual method of preparing for the CLEP exams. You have to find the approach that works for you. Below are some guidelines to help you to determine your own CLEP prep strategy.
The Universal First Step – The DegreeForum.net Discussion Forum
Many forum members have stated that regardless of what resources they used to prepare for their exams, the single most crucial resource was this forum. Spend five minutes reading user feedback for the exam you’re about to take and learn:
Just use the ‘search’ function here on the forum to find feedback specific to the CLEP test you’re studying for.
- What resources are the most “on-the-mark” for this specific exam.
- What topics you need to focus your studies on
- How difficult this particular exam is—that way you don’t under or over prepare.
You’ll see that there’s a wide variety of paper-based and online CLEP study resources available for CLEP prep purposes. That being said, the majority of forum members use a combination of InstantCert and one or two other resources to prepare for their CLEP exams. Be sure to review the CLEP study guide on the DegreeForum site, to find additional resources and guidelines on CLEP testing available.
Below are some of the most commonly used resources along with recommendations for how to use them most effectively.
InstantCert is a paid subscription service that offers CLEP test study guides in the form of fill-in-the-blank flashcards. Many forum members report successfully passing most or all of their exams using only InstantCert. This approach is suitable for you if:
While InstantCert teaches you everything you need to achieve a passing score on the CLEP tests, it does not hand you a copy of the exam. Here’s how to get the most out of the flashcards:
- You’re a decent test-taker
- You’re happy with a passing score—you’re not looking to max out the test.
Prep time varies for each person, but generally after three or four times of going through the cards you will find yourself retaining a lot of the information. Keep going through the flashcards until you feel comfortable with the material.
- The first time you go through the flashcards, you are not expected to know any of the answers. Just read the question, think about what the answer might be, and then click Continue to read the explanation
- Always read the explanation—even if you already know what goes in the blank. Many times, information in the explanation will be critical to getting an answer right on the actual CLEP test.
Petersons Sample Tests
The resource most commonly used to supplement InstantCert is the Petersons sample tests.
For most exams, you probably would not want to use the Petersons tests as your only source of preparation, but they’re a great supplemental resource since they mirror the actual exam format. Don’t just use them as a way to gauge how prepared you are--use them as an additional study guide for CLEP. Study the questions carefully and boost your score by a few points on the actual exam.
After you’ve completed all of your other preparation, use any extra time you have left to do some reading on Wikipedia. The user feedback on this forum generally includes topics that users recommend that you be familiar with. You don’t need to do any in-depth study on these topics—just look them up on Wikipedia and spend a few minutes skimming the information.
In general, the above CLEP prep resources are more than enough to get you through all of your exams. If you want more options, read the user feedback on the exam you’re studying for and you’ll see other resources that members have found effective; for example, for a particular exam, some may report that a Spark Notes guide or an REA study guide was better than any other CLEP test study guide that they used.