I'm taking the Intro to Psych CLEP tomorrow and I took the English Comp (with essay) about a week ago.
First of all, I'm an English teacher. So why did I have to take the Comp CLEP? Because of my verbal SAT scores back in the dark ages, the college I earned my BA at (a well-respected state university in New England) waived College Comp. It is noted on my transcript; also noted are the five 200-300 level English courses I took (all As), and my 3.8 overall GPA. I've taught writing as adjunct faculty at a local Catholic college for five years. Yet the head of English at the Comm College I'll attend for my ADN said the lack of actually taking College Comp would mean I had "obvious gaps" in my knowledge of writing. Jeez! No discussion was permitted; he said take the course or take the CLEP!
So anyway, I know a lot about grammar
and writing, and I wouldn't say the Comp CLEP was "easy." The "easy" part, at least at my Comm College, is that you only need to score 50% to get the CLEP credit. (And it does not count in the GPA.) So you can get half the answers wrong and still get the credit!
In the version I took recently, you do need to understand sentence structure and punctuation well. A lot of the questions were about choosing the sentence with the right combination of commas, semicolons, or conjunctions to form well-structured sentences that were neither run-on sentences nor comma splices. The essay portion was 45 minutes long on a particularly lame topic. I'm pretty sure that they are looking for overall structure in the essay, meaning an introduction that contains a thesis, several unified body paragraphs supporting the thesis (with topic sentences!), and a conclusion that recaps the thesis and its main points of support.
On this test, the essay is graded by a human, so it does take 2-3 weeks to get the results in the mail. I was told that I'll get my score at the end of the Psych CLEP tomorrow, as my institution offers it on a computer and the scoring is instantaneous.
Anyway, if you paid any attention at all in high school English and if you read a lot, I'm sure you'll do fine on it and get a high enough score to receive credit. I was kind of anal about wanting to CLEP Comp with the highest possible score, just so I can go waive the results in the head of the English department's face! :roll