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Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz

Can you answer the following  questions?  If so, you are well on your way to taking the U. S. History CLEP!

  1. What did Eli Whitney invent?
  2. Why was the Battle of Saratoga important?
  3. What did William Garrison call for?
  4. What is Manifest Destiny?


  1. Cotton Gin
  2. It convinced France to side with American in the American Revolution
  3. Total emancipation, No compensation
  4. The belief that the United States had the natural right to own the entire continent.


(I had a practice test today and made a 63.)

Captain's Log 2.25.13

Captain's Log 2.25.13

Hello everyone and greetings!  I usually try to do 2 Captain’s Logs a month, but sometimes I only get to do 1.  🙂


This month has been pretty good.  (Other than being sick for awhile)  My family and I are putting up a fence for the 30 chickens I just bought, I am prepping for the Film Festival and the Wheat Order, movie making is starting up slowly, and I have been trying to catch up on reading and writing.  As Easter approaches we also have to hit violin practice hard!!!   And of course, test prep!

U. S. History 1 CLEP

The CLEP this month is U. H. History 1.  It covers 1500-1877, and I have enjoyed studying for it.  The traditional take on history is not my take on history, so I have had to “unlearn” some of my leanings to test well on this exam, but overall it hasn’t been to bad.  One big topic is the Constitution vs. the The Articles of Confederation.  My sister, Rachel, is a huge history buff (especially about the 1700s) and, because of lots of debates and discussions with her, I am ready for this part of the test!  I took a practice test on Friday and made a 60.  That was really encouraging for me!

I borrowed the book Making America and I really like it for studying!!!

On the Horizon

My next test is Information Systems and Computer Applications CLEP , which is supposed to be my CLEP for March.  I don’t know how this one will work out.  I hope to take a practice test soon and then decide how studying will go.

February Focus: College Mathematics CLEP ~ Apologies, Real Numbers, and Functions

February Focus: College Mathematics CLEP ~ Apologies, Real Numbers, and Functions


First the apologies.  I am sorry for not being faithful recently with blogging and explaining the College Mathematics CLEP exam, but life here is crazy busy.  As only life in a family of 10 can be.  I have been busy promoting my Film Festival at several local homeschool groups, and I got to speak to my brother’s Scout troop.  I learned so much about preparation, deadlines, and speaking!  So, I was working on that and going to bed late.  So, I didn’t get to work on the blog.  than my family finally came down the stomach bug and I got wiped out!  Sick and feverish, I didn’t want to blog.  🙂  But, I’m back now.  Its warming up here, the sun is shining, my brother is tearing apart my room (I don’t know why) and I’m ready to blog.

Captain’s Log is coming next week to update you with what I am doing in my studies.

Real numbers

Part 3 of the College Mathematics CLEP is the Real Number System, and it covers 20% of the exam.  This will cover, prime and composite numbers, odd and even numbers, rational and irrational numbers and factors and divisibility.  Some other stuff is covered.  The BEST way to cover these topics for the test is to use your highschool books.  Because this is just College Math, this is just what you learned in highschool.  Some of the topics are slightly more advanced than your highschool work, but only slightly.  Really, pull out your school books and reread them.


CollegeBoard says that Functions only account for 20% of the exam, but I think you see them a lot more than that!  They are very common.  And, I don’t know about you, but I hadn’t covered functions in my highschool work.  I think my math program lumped them in with a higher math that I didn’t take.  Typically they are taught lower, I don’t know how I missed that.  Anyway, I didn’t know a thing about Functions, but I looked them up and started working problems.  I actually like them now (in a small way) and was able to feel good about a lot of the Function problems on my test.


Quick note I want to say.  The College Mathematics CLEP (unlike College Composition, which we just went through) is not truly divided into sections.  You will not work all the Real Number problems and then move onto Functions.  They will be mixed in together.  Just thought I should point that out!

I took the College Mathematics CLEP on May 15, 2012, and scored a 59.  For the month of February we are focusing on the College Mathematics CLEP, and you are invited to join us!

Febuary Focus: College Mathematics CLEP ~ Sets and Logic

Febuary Focus: College Mathematics CLEP ~ Sets and Logic

Sets and Logic are really two different parts of the College Mathematics CLEP … but they are small parts and I missed Tuesday because I was gone all day, so I’m going to combine them.

And stop writing run-on sentences!  🙂

  • union
  • intersection
  • subsets, disjoint sets, and equivalent sets
  • Venn diagrams
  • Cartesian product
  • truth tables
  • conjunctions, disjunction, implications, and negations
  • conditional statements
  • conditions
  • converse, inverse, reverse 🙂
  • hypotheses, conclusions, and counter examples

Wow!  Isn’t that a lot of information?

This stuff is no big deal if you read a textbook on it and work some problems.  Logic should be easy for you at this point in your life.  And sets are pretty easy to understand after you have read about them.

To tell you the truth, there isn’t much to say on these two!  I’m sorry, but there isn’t.  Math is math.  The best way to learn math is to do math!

Read your highschool textbook, read your REA guide, and watch KHAN videos.

February Interview: Bethany Strang

February Interview: Bethany Strang

Meet my good friend, who I have never met, Miss Bethany Strang!  Bethany has a great personality and love of music and people that I really enjoy!  Please read her story and feel free to ask questions in the comment section… 🙂

My name is Bethany Strang and I am 19 years old.  I live in the beautiful state of Oregon on a small farm with my family of nine.  Music is a huge part of my life and I play and teach the violin and piano.  I also sing in a quartet with my siblings.  There are quite a few things that I enjoy doing such as visiting with friends (I’m super social!), working with the diary goats on our farm, coming up with ideas, and anything active.  My hobbies would include computers, puns and jokes, pranks, watching movies with my family, cooking, filmmaking, and talking with people.
I am a Christian and I love the Lord!  My goal is to honor God and to fulfill His plan for my life.  I want to be a light in this dark world and share the gospel to the lost.

Have you graduated from college?
Where are you in your studies?  What are you studying and from what college?
I CLEPed my first test on College Mathematics and hope to do the Natural Science CLEP soon.  I’m studying on my own, from home.

Did/are you earning a degree through Distance Learning?
Right now I’m not totally sure if I really need to get a degree… However, if I do get a degree, it would be in Music or Communications.

Which CLEP exams have you taken?
I have only done one (so far!) and it was College Mathematics.

What was your main reason for taking the CLEP exam instead of the course?
I had done all the higher mathematics already and didn’t feel the need to repeat it in a course.  I had to learn some new things that were not covered in what I had already done, but it wasn’t too difficult.

Which CLEP is your favorite (to date)?
Being that I have only taken one test, it would have to be the College Mathematics test!

On which CLEP have you scored the highest?
Again, I don’t have any other test to choose from, so by default, I scored highest on my math CLEP.

Do you have a humorous, bad, or interesting test memory?
Actually yes, I have a very humorous story.
Since I had never taken a CLEP test before, I wasn’t sure I knew what to expect.  Yes, I had taken practice tests (lots of them!), but doing the “real thing” just seemed like uncharted waters.  I worked like crazy the night before getting my information together, trying to convince myself that I would pass, asking people to pray for me, and going to bed past eleven.  The next morning I felt excited and also a little apprehensive because I was starting out in new territory.  After walking around the campus, checking in, checking on, checking up—whatever else you have to do!—I settled down to take my test.  I am a very focused person, so for that hour and a half, I was in my “intense mode”.  When I finally finished up, my score flashed up on the screen.  That’s when I realized I didn’t know what the passing score really was!  Yes, I knew that you have to get at least 50%, but when I saw a score in the 50ies, I wasn’t sure if I passed or not.  I thought I had, but I just wasn’t certain!  Believe me, you want to be certain that you passed!  The conclusion of my time was spent on taking their surveys and signing out of the computer.  And I still didn’t know if I passed or not.  I stood up, stretched, and walked out of the testing room.  The lady behind the desk was printing out my papers.  She smiled at me and said, “How did it go?”  I answered, “It went well!  Um…” and a bit sheepishly I added, “Did I pass?”  At that moment she flipped my paper across the counter to me and said, “Yes, you did!”  I was overjoyed and couldn’t resist a triumphant, “YES!”

What is your favorite resource to use for test prep and study?
I’m assuming that there are going to be lots different resources for different tests.  For me, I did a lot of internet research to find practice tests (doing lots practice tests are the way to go!).  I also borrowed a stack of textbooks from my friend, but only ended up using this one called “Review for the CELP General College Mathematics” by Comex Systems, Inc.  It was extremely helpful, explained everything well, and gave many problems to work through as well as having a practice test in the back.

How many hours a day did/do you typically devote to test prep?
I would say about an hour to two and a half hours.  Initially I had studied and wanted to take the CLEP by a certain date, but had to postpone due to illness and too much stuff going on in my schedule.  When I came back to it about a month or two later, I remember a lot, but still had to work a bit.  As the day got closer, I was studying longer.

Would you recommend testing out of college classes exams to anyone?  Why or why not?
I would recommend it.  The first two years of college are repeating the last two years of highschool.  Why would you want to spend so much time on things you have already done?  Skip the classes and take the tests.  You will have more time to dedicate to the things you really want to do.  Not only is it cheaper, but also it is more efficient.  Just to make things clear, there might be some circumstances where you might want/need to take some classes in college, so I’m not saying that you never should take a college class!

How do you plan to implement your degree into your life, after graduation?
As I mentioned in my Bio, music is a huge part of my life so I would say that a degree in that area would be helpful for teaching and such.  I don’t feel like a degree is necessarily necessary (as I like to say), but some people need them and it is always good to further your learning by CLEPing tests even if you don’t get a degree.   If I didn’t go the music route, I would choose the Communications degree because I am involved with a lot of writing projects, speaking, and internet communication.  Speaking out against abortion is something I would really want to do more and that degree could come in helpful.
I’m not totally decided yet, but I still have a lot of time in front of me to make these plans certain; sometimes you just have to cross those bridges when you come to them and most importantly, be in prayer about where God wants you to be.

Captain's Log 02.11.13

Captain's Log 02.11.13

Hello everyone, and welcome to the February 13th Captain’s Log!  Life is really busy right now, and school can kind of be on the back burner right now, but I’m still working!

U. S. History 1 CLEP

I am using my mom’s highschool textbook for study prep – along with the REA book.  Both are really helpful.  I feel really good about this test,  I need some review on court cases and treaties, I think I can get this done.

I have a practice test on Friday, and we’ll see where that leaves us.  🙂


By the way, this is getting posted today… and I missed my post yesterday… because my internet has been down.  Catching up!

College Mathematics CLEP ~ February Focus

College Mathematics CLEP ~ February Focus

Hello, and welcome to the beginning of our February series!  This month we will be focusing on the College Mathematics CLEP.  The young lady I interviewed for this month is Miss Bethany Strang and  chose her for two reasons.  1) She is just beginning her CLEP journey and 2) the only test she has taken is College Mathematics.

To get us started, here are some fast facts about the College Mathematics CLEP:

  • This CLEP is one of the general 5 CLEPs.  There are many, many CLEP exams offered (33 to be exact).  Out of ALL the CLEP exams, there were 5 exams that everyone should take.  The Five General Exams.The Five General Exams
    1. English Composition (with or without the essay)
    2. Humanities
    3. College Mathematics
    4. Natural Sciences
    5. Social Studies

    No matter what degree you are pursuing, you should take these 5 general CLEP exams.  With a few exceptions (very few), all college will accept these CLEPs and they will apply to almost any degree.

  • This CLEP is worth 6 college credits – with a passing score of 50.  For a lot of degrees, especially non math degrees, that is all the math credit you need.
  • There are 60 questions to answer in 90 minutes.
  • You are not allowed to take a calculator into the testing room, there is one provided in the test.  NOTE: You don’t need a calculator to take the exam.

I am sure you can do great at this exam if you apply yourself and work hard.  For any highschooler, coming straight off of their normal schoolwork, this is a great test.  That’s when I took it and its one of my highest scoring exams.

I took the College Mathematics CLEP on May 15,2012, and scored a 59.  For the month of February we are focusing on the College Mathematics CLEP, and you are invited to join us!

January Updates and February Goals

January Updates and February Goals

Wow!  We are already past the first month of the new year!  Isn’t that amazing?  Time passes so quickly.  Remember to schedule time every day to spend time with the Lord and just slow down for awhile.

January Updates

February Goals

  • To interview another good friend (who I have never met!), Bethany Strang!
  • Teach you how to pass the College Mathematics CLEP
  • Take U. S. History 1 CLEP