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    I see this question in this forum from time to time. What is the easiest test out there?
    Well, I found this online and thought it might help.
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    So, how do CLEP exams stack up as to difficulty? It is hard to say with precision because College Board and Dantes do not publish their overall pass rates, but the military posts their pass rates online. Military testers can take CLEP or DSST (Dantes) exams for free which could influence their choice to take an exam “cold” or without a lot of preparation. That being said, here are the military pass rates, arranged easiest to most difficult.

    2008 Pass Rate for Computer-Based Military Testing

    CLEP/DSST Exam – Pass Rate

    DSST Technical Writing – 94%
    CLEP Spanish Language – 88%
    DSST Introduction to Computing – 83% (or 53%)*
    DSST Introduction to Business – 81%
    DSST Ethics in America – 82% (or 30%)*
    CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature – 71%
    DSST Here’s to Your Health – 70% (or 41%)*
    DSST Principles of Supervision – 69%
    CLEP Principles of Management – 67%
    DSST Business Mathematics – 66%
    DSST Human Resource Management – 65%
    CLEP Principles of Marketing – 64%
    CLEP German Language – 64%
    CLEP Freshman College Composition – 64%
    CLEP French Language – 63%
    DSST Introduction to Law Enforcement – 62%
    DSST Personal Finance – 61% (or 31%)*
    DSST Environment and Humanity – 60%
    DSST Management Information Systems – 58% (or 33%)*
    DSST Foundations of Education – 56%
    CLEP Western Civilization 1 – 55%
    DSST Fundamentals of Counseling – 55%
    DSST Organizational Behavior – 53%
    DSST Introduction to World Religions – 53% (or 30%)*
    DSST Astronomy – 52%
    DSST Principles of Physical Science 1 – 52%
    DSST Introduction to Modern Middle East – 49%
    DSST Business Law 2 – 48%
    CLEP Social Sciences and History – 47%
    CLEP Introductory Sociology – 45%
    CLEP Western Civilization 2 – 44%
    CLEP Introductory Psychology – 42%
    DSST Lifespan Developmental Psychology – 42%
    DSST Human Cultural Geography – 40%
    CLEP College Mathematics – 40%
    DSST Criminal Justice – 40% (or 35%)*
    CLEP Natural Sciences – 40%
    CLEP Information Systems and Computer Applications – 40%
    CLEP English Composition with Essay – 39%
    CLEP Humanities – 37%
    DSST Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union – 37%
    DSST Substance Abuse – 37% (or 39%)*
    DSST Civil War and Reconstruction – 35%
    DSST Western Europe since 1945 – 35%
    DSST Art of the Western World – 34%
    CLEP English Literature – 33%
    DSST General Anthropology – 33%
    CLEP History of the United States 2 – 32%
    CLEP History of the United States 1 – 31%
    CLEP Biology – 31%
    CLEP English Composition – 31%
    CLEP Introduction into Educational Psychology – 29%
    CLEP Precal – 28%
    DSST A History of the Vietnam War – 27%
    CLEP American Government – 24%
    DSST Principles of Statistics – 24% (or 49%)*
    DSST Fundamentals of College Algebra – 23% (or 12%)*
    CLEP Principles of Macroeconomics – 22%
    DSST Principles of Financial Accounting – 22%
    CLEP Human Growth and Development – 22%
    CLEP Introductory Business Law – 21%
    CLEP Principles of Microeconomics – 20%
    CLEP American Literature – 18%
    CLEP College Algebra – 17%
    CLEP Calculus – 17%
    DSST Money and Banking – 16%
    DSST Principles of Finance – 11%
    CLEP Financial Accounting – 7%
    CLEP Chemistry – 4%
    DSST Physical Geology – 2%

    Bear in mind a few details. These pass rates are for 2008 military on base computer versions of these exams. Some have been modified since these results were compiled. The best way to make an exam easy is to work hard, use the best materials available and study for exams that interest you. And a sure fire edge is being a member of InstantCert.

    More later on what makes an exam easy.
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    Great info, thanks!
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    Yes, thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nj593
    The best way to make an exam easy is to work hard, use the best materials available and study for exams that interest you. And a sure fire edge is being a member of InstantCert.
    So very true. "How hard was the test?" "Easy, because I studied for it."

    Thanks for posting the updated military pass rates. Now we can find the exams on the list we've passed so we can feel good about ourselves.
    American Government (68) ~ Analyzing & Interpreting Literature (70) ~ Art of the Western World (72) ~ Astronomy (66) ~ ENG407: Chaucer (A) ~ Civil War & Reconstruction (69) ~ College Algebra (62) ~ College Mathematics (73) ~ College Writing (A) ~ English Composition with Essay (59) ~ GRE Literature in English (610/73%tile) ~ Humanities (75) ~ Introduction to Business (62) ~ Introduction to Computing (459) ~ Introduction to Educational Psychology (72) ~ Introduction to World Religions (478) ~ Introductory Psychology (74) ~ Money & Banking (48) ~ Research & Writing (A) ~ Rise & Fall of the Soviet Union (68) ~ ENG 310: Short Stories (A) ~ Introductory Sociology (77) ~ Social Sciences & History (76) ~ Technical Writing (67) ~ US History I (69) ~ US History II (64) ~ Western Civilization I (76) ~ Western Civilization II (65) Western Europe Since 1945 (65) ~ Exam Feedback

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    I'd be curious to know how IC members rate? From the postings here I think we are doing better percentage wise -- but because of our hard work, IC, and the great feedback from the forum members.

    IC rocks!

    By the way, nj593, thanks for sharing this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P00057870
    I'd be curious to know how IC members rate? From the postings here I think we are doing better percentage wise...
    There's actually a thread for that very question. http://www.degreeforum.net/general-e...ight=pass+rate

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    Yeah but that's just a poll. The only thing I didnt like about the thing I posted was that I noticed at the end it was an instantcert blog. So, I dont know how true the numbers are or where that person got their numbers from. Not saying instacert might lie or manipulate websites by setting up blogs. But, I dont want to post anything that might seem like fact. So just a heads up guys and gals that I dont know where that person truly got those numbers from.


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    QUOTE=n_runner]There's actually a thread for that very question. http://www.degreeforum.net/general-e...ight=pass+rate[/QUOTE]
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    Good info, makes me feel better since I just bombed Financial Accounting on Thursday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nj593
    Yeah but that's just a poll. The only thing I didnt like about the thing I posted was that I noticed at the end it was an instantcert blog. So, I dont know how true the numbers are or where that person got their numbers from. Not saying instacert might lie or manipulate websites by setting up blogs. But, I dont want to post anything that might seem like fact. So just a heads up guys and gals that I dont know where that person truly got those numbers from.


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    QUOTE=n_runner]There's actually a thread for that very question. http://www.degreeforum.net/general-e...ight=pass+rate
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    You are free to set up your own thread and ask this question. While I realize it's far from scientific, and PEOPLE could lie, Instant cert has nothing to do with the results, I don't know how it's a blog, but I have only had 1/2 cup coffee...let me wake up first.

    To find your own pass rate- simply take your passed exams divided by your attempted exams and post your %. If someone posted a while back and has since tested, their pass rate may be higher or lower...so keep that in mind.

    Military pass rates get posted here every year or so. There are a lot of threads that discuss some of the bias in those stats. But, I don't want my comments to be mistaken as disrespectful to the honorable men and women who serve and protect my country. That said, I think cost is part of the picture.

    Cost- it's free, so there isn't really anything to lose. In other words, you might be more willing to test if you know you can take it again and again at no cost. IC members are paying to CLEP and paying to be members here, and in some cases paying the yearly fee to EC or TESC.

    On the flip side, I have made a lot of observations about why I think the IC pass rate is higher than the military pass rate- that was the purpose of me starting that poll. The thread (not blog) is in my sig line titled "InstantCert WORKS!" .
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    Hi Cook,
    No I meant where I got my info from was a blog not yours. Just didnt want you to think that I meant your post. I was half asleep when I posted so maybe my tone came off that way.
    Sorry if it did.
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    You are free to set up your own thread and ask this question. While I realize it's far from scientific, and PEOPLE could lie, Instant cert has nothing to do with the results, I don't know how it's a blog, but I have only had 1/2 cup coffee...let me wake up first.

    To find your own pass rate- simply take your passed exams divided by your attempted exams and post your %. If someone posted a while back and has since tested, their pass rate may be higher or lower...so keep that in mind.

    Military pass rates get posted here every year or so. There are a lot of threads that discuss some of the bias in those stats. But, I don't want my comments to be mistaken as disrespectful to the honorable men and women who serve and protect my country. That said, I think cost is part of the picture.

    Cost- it's free, so there isn't really anything to lose. In other words, you might be more willing to test if you know you can take it again and again at no cost. IC members are paying to CLEP and paying to be members here, and in some cases paying the yearly fee to EC or TESC.

    On the flip side, I have made a lot of observations about why I think the IC pass rate is higher than the military pass rate- that was the purpose of me starting that poll. The thread (not blog) is in my sig line titled "InstantCert WORKS!" .[/QUOTE]
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