Clep Tests

  1. I'm just wondering if anyone has ever taken Clep tests? I'm suppose to go Mon. to take English Comp. I clep test. I've heard it wasn't very difficult, and expressed my confidence to the guy on the phone with whom I made the appt. He said "that's what the last girl said - she failed". That worried me. Have any of you ever taken the English Clep or any other clep tests? Just curious...

    Thank you
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   oldnewnurse
    I took the English Composition CLEP about 8 years ago. Your opinion is correct, it was easy.

    Good Luck!
  4. by   jnette
    I Clepped out of German; Coll. Level I and Coll. Level II.

    I just hated the pencil/paper and filling in the little holes !
  5. by   nurse2be in ny
    I'm clepping Human Growth & Dev.; has anyone else done this one?
  6. by   meandragonbrett
    I'm taking College Algebra, English Comp, Intro to Psych, and the one dealing with computers. The people that I graduated with have told me the College Algebra and English Comp tests were easy based on our curriculum that we had. Good luck everybody !

    Brett
  7. by   spitfire
    Originally posted by nurse2be in ny
    I'm clepping Human Growth & Dev.; has anyone else done this one?
    Hi nurse2be, I clepped out of this,what I did to study was borrowed one of the clep books and kept taking the tests in the back until my score was good, about 3 weeks of casual study. I left thinking I didn't pass but I did I wish I had clepped more of the classes,some of the students clepped everything even A&P and micro. Study and I'm sure you will be fine. Good luck,spitfire
  8. by   Ann42
    In my college manual it says that passing the Clep test is the equivalent of a "C" or better. I don't think I'd want to do that with any course that is nursing related.

    Just my opinion though. It would be nice to get of school earlier.
  9. by   nurse2be in ny
    Spitfire-thanks! (I just moved from Maine back to New York; really liked it up there.)
  10. by   featherzRN
    I Clep'd Sociology. Was a piece of cake!
  11. by   spitfire
    Originally posted by Ann42
    In my college manual it says that passing the Clep test is the equivalent of a "C" or better. I don't think I'd want to do that with any course that is nursing related.

    Just my opinion though. It would be nice to get of school earlier.
    The school I attended did not include any clep tests in our GPA, it was added toward credits required only.Check with your school to see how the clep scores/credits are counted into your GPA. spitfire
  12. by   shelleybelle
    Our school doesn't add cleps into GPA's either. I'm really looking forward to PASSING the clep tomorrow. I'm thinking of also doing the clep for Psychology - it was the last class I took before graduating PN school a few weeks ago, so it's all still fresh. Does it really take 4 - 6wks to get your results? I guess I should've been doing this 2mos ago.

    What's the Growth & Devel. consist of? Is it about the theorists, their stages of development, etc? I wouldn't mind trying that one. I don't think I'd be very successful in trying to clep out on A&P - Some of you are just too smart!!

    Good luck... I may try to make a run to the bookstore today and see if I can find a clep book
  13. by   JudithL_in_NH
    Hi, Shelley!

    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
  14. by   Dixen81
    I clepped (spelling?) out of sociology. I studied the clep book for it for a week or so, and did very well on the test. Like the others said, it did not affect my GPA; just gave me the credit hours. Good luck! I'm sure you'll do fine!

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