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Hey, I have decided to study for all my pre-reqs and CLEP them all on my own without signing up for ANY college or Publishing Company! So that being said, I am looking for students who can give me GREAT study advice on BOOKS, STUDY GUIDES, Computer CD"s that worked great for you when you went to take ANY of the CLEP tests! Please tell me what NOT to waste my money on and what is WORTH the money to buy to help me pass the pre-req's. Thank you in advance for your help!:yeah:

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agldragonRN has 5 years experience and works as a Wound Care RN.

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hey, i have decided to study for all my pre-reqs and clep them all on my own without signing up for any college or publishing company! so that being said, i am looking for students who can give me great study advice on books, study guides, computer cd"s that worked great for you when you went to take any of the clep tests! please tell me what not to waste my money on and what is worth the money to buy to help me pass the pre-req's. thank you in advance for your help!:yeah:

i took my first clep exam (human growth & development) a little over a week ago and i used rea book from barnes & noble and i signed up with instantcert.com. so i recommend using the above resources.

good luck!

angel

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little miss redpatch works as a Paramedic.

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I used instantcert, too. It's a huge help! The REA guides are good, as well.

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Thank you, I will go look at instantcert now. Never heard of it. I ordered the REA book and it is on it's way! Anyone else have suggestions? :up:

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mystic2fire has 10 years experience and works as a agency.

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Study guides from Excelsior College is all you need for their tests. The study guide lists the recommended books as well, I get the older editions of the books to save even more $.

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thanks but to save money I am not enrolling in any college, or any publishing companies UNTIL my pre-reqs are done. So I am clep'ing all my pre-reqs on my own and asking for what study guides are out that people are using.:)

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What is CLEPing?

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CLEP is college level examination program. You take an examination instead of taking the entire course at a traditional school.

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agldragonRN has 5 years experience and works as a Wound Care RN.

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thanks but to save money i am not enrolling in any college, or any publishing companies until my pre-reqs are done. so i am clep'ing all my pre-reqs on my own and asking for what study guides are out that people are using.:)

that's good but there are some classes you cannot clep. for example, ap i & ii you have to take from a college/university or take the excelsior exam for a & p (combined i & ii) without labs, same thing with microbiology. you also have to take a computer class with excelsior. i took my a&p i and ii, and microbiology from my community college because i wanted to make sure these classes will transfer towards my bsn. some college will accept a&p and micro from excelsior but i wanted to make sure. you may want to take these classes at your community college if you are planning on doing bsn afterwards.

by the way, did you even apply to excelsior yet? applying and enrolling are two different things.

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No I did not apply, I just asked alot of questions. I knew I can't clep A and P but I did not realize I can not Clep Microbiology. I just started off with the ones I knew and keep my goal short and small or else I know I want get started. When I do sign up I knew it was going to take A and P with them, but I can save money by cleping the others on my own. And when I talked to other students who are already in enrolled they highly encouraged it and wished they had done that (learn from others mistakes).

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Pixie.RN has 18 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and works as a ED/Trauma, Educator, IP/Nurse Epidemiologist.

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Just be careful doing it without EC's "official" guidance -- there are some CLEPs they don't accept. I can't remember which, but I think it's one of the ones for English credits. Angel is right -- there isn't a CLEP for Micro.

I took Human Growth and Development to satisfy EC's requirement for Lifespan Developmental Psych, and I took Introductory Sociology for the sociology credits (EC usually recommends its own Gerontology exam, of course). They weren't bad at all. Good luck!! :)

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bzmom has 15+ years experience and works as a Department of Veterans Affairs - PTSD treatment.

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I used CLIFF's notes quick study guides that I purchased off of Amazon.com for just pennies (literally!). They followed almost point for point the free study guide from Excelsior for the exams. I also used some of Schwams outlines, but these were a little bit cumbersome. Hope this helps and good luck!

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