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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!

  1. They are highschool subjects – history, math, science, english – you know it all from highschool
  2. They are your freshman year.  You get all 30 credits of your freshman year in 5 tests
  3. They are each worth 6 credits – almost all other CLEPs are only worth 3
  4. You can earn your freshman year for $500 – does it get better than that?
  5. It is very easy to find test prep material for all 5 – some other CLEPs are hard to study for because of lack of material.

Why you should use the Princeton Review for studying!

  1. Cracking the CLEP by Princeton Review is easy to read and easy to understand
  2. Divided into 5 sections (one for each test), this book includes a practice test for each exam
  3. Each answer has a explanation.  “now that you got it wrong, here’s why!”
  4. Helpful comments and tips are spread throughout the book – however, unlike some books, their comments are never annoying
  5. Last but not least, this was my favorite test prep guide ever.  I have it on my shelf, and I wish they had guides for all the other CLEP exams!

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Natural Science CLEP

Natural Science CLEP

I took and passed Natural Science today!  I passed with a 50… just squeezing in and managing to keep my “no fail” record.  I know they failing test is out there, somewhere!

This exam contained a lot more information on cells than I was prepared for, and a ton on evolution.  I was not prepared for the evolution section at all.  Most of the terminology and history was unfamiliar to a Creationist student.

How sad that a CollegeLevel test is not testing a science, but a religoun.  Do you know what would happen if Christians tried to force Biblical questions into a standardized test?

October Updates and November Goals

October Updates and November Goals

October Updates

My goals were to:

  • Take Natural Sciences.  I couldn’t take it for many reasons, but I have moved it to November.  (see November goals)
  • Prepare for American History 1 CLEP.  Since then I have changed my degree and the CLEPs to take.  I have put American History on hold for now.  I may take it later as an elective, but for now I have other CLEPS to take.
  • Turn 19.  Well, I was able to do that!  🙂

November Goals

  • Take Natural Science CLEP on November 16th
  • Prepare for Information Systems CLEP in December.
  • Research online classes for some requirements.


Natural Science CLEP

Natural Science CLEP

As I face the last of the 5 General Exams, I am getting stretched in new directions.  Atoms, cells, Smooth ER, planets, weather, volcanoes, and genetics.  I’m enjoying studying for this exam.  I have all my Apologia books and ABeka books with my REA guide and I am ready!  Zoology, Botany, Chemistry, Physics, and Meteorology are very interesting (if a trifle overwhelming).

The Protons

This test is easy to prepare for.  It’s very specific in what will be tested, and any science book has basically the information you are looking for.

This is not a test for a science major, this is a test for someone who needs one year of science and is testing out of it.  Because of that, you don’t really need a college text book to prepare.  Your highschool books will do great, which is what I’m using.  I do recommend getting the REA guide just as a backbone.

The Neutrons

This test (like the other general five) is very broad, and, because of that, is sometimes overwhelming to prepare for.  There is a lot of science topics and it is all covered here.  🙂  Gear up for a tidal wave of all the scientific facts they can throw at you.  You will be naming the parts of plants one minute, and be identifying elements by their atomic weight the next.

September Updates and October Goals

September Updates and October Goals


In the month of September I did the following…

  • Passed Humanities CLEP – earning me 6 more credits
  • Finished Freshman year of college
  • Passed American Literature CLEP – 6 credits
  • Passed English Literature CLEP – 6 credits

All in all,

  • 3 CLEPs
  • 18 college credits

September was a very good month.  🙂


My plan for October is to

  • take Natural Sciences CLEP on the 30th – this will wrap up the 5 general exams
  • celebrate my 19th birthday
  • prepare for American History 1 CLEP.