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One Book for 2015

One Book for 2015

The one book… Students ask me, parents ask me, everyone asks me.  They all ask the same question.  “What do I need to get started with CLEP exams?” There is no magic formula, there is no skill set you have to have.  I have one, very simple book that I think is all you need to get started.  This one book is what I have always had on my shelf, and the only thing I always recommend to students and…

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3 Books for the American Government CLEP

3 Books for the American Government CLEP

In honor of November 4, 2014 – otherwise known as Election Day – let’s talk about the American Government CLEP.  Are you about to go take the American Government CLEP?  Well, you only need 3 books on your shelf, and you are ready to study! CLEP Official Study Guide – This book has one practice test for every CLEP offered.  It is also published by CollegeBoard (who hosts CLEP), so the practice tests use “official” questions.  A quick rule of…

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Books to Read for the Social Sciences and History CLEP

Books to Read for the Social Sciences and History CLEP

Books for Your Shelf CLEP Official Study Guide 2014is by far my favorite resource I have on my shelf.  It has the breakdown and official practice test for every CLEP exam.  I highly recommend that you add this to your shelf before you take any tests.   5 out of 5 stars.  CLEP Social Sciences and History.  REA is my “go to” resource for every CLEP exam.  My shelf is covered with yellow and purple books and I just love…

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Textbooks: The Big Ripoff

Textbooks: The Big Ripoff

I’m just going to say it… Textbooks are a ripoff.  You are required to have this book to take a class, and you have to have the new edition, and the price is through the roof.  Look at the chart below… That is according to 2013.  Textbook inflation has far out passed every other expense out there. It has grown by 812%!!!  Does this make sense?  Students will easily spend $500 per semester in textbooks.  In fact, CollegeBoard puts their…

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Textbooks: The Big Ripoff

Textbooks: The Big Ripoff

I’m just going to say it… Textbooks are a ripoff.  You are required to have this book to take a class, and you have to have the new edition, and the price is through the roof.  Look at the chart below… That is according to 2013.  Textbook inflation has far out passed every other expense out there. It has grown by 812%!!!  Does this make sense?  Students will easily spend $500 per semester in textbooks.  In fact, CollegeBoard puts their…

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Giveaway!!!

Giveaway!!!

With a few exceptions, because literature is my favorite subject, I took all 5 of the General CLEP exams before I moved on.  I personally, think that every distance student (and many students headed to a brick and mortar building) would do best if they would start with these 5 CLEPS.  And I know the perfect test prep guide for them! Why you should take the 5 General CLEPs! They are highschool subjects – history, math, science, english – you…

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Information Systems and Computer Applications CLEP

Information Systems and Computer Applications CLEP

Well, as of today, my next CLEP is two weeks away and I am working hard on studying!  The REA book I bought for this test (yes, I had to spend money!) has an online diagnostic test which is VERY helpful as you work out your weaknesses.  I highly recommend buying the new REA books (copyright 2013) for any tests you don’t feel really good about – the diagnostic test is wonderful.  Here are my test results.  (chapter 1 is…

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What to Use?

What to Use?

I just discovered two very aggravating facts in the distance learning, self directed, college world. They both involve the American and English Literature CLEP exams:   1. The test material There is no official test material by REA or Princeton Review for either of these exams.  CollegeBoard gives one practice test in their book, but that’s it. After some research I discovered that most people use the Complete Idiot’s Guide to American Lit and the Complete Idiot’s Guide to English…

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