There are two types of CLEP exams - General and Subject. The five general exams can be worth up to six credits each for English, College Math, Social Science and History, Natural Science, and Humanities. The subject exams cover a wide range of topics and are typically worth three credits each.
If you are planning on taking an eCBT at an on-base national test center you will not be required to pay the $25 registration fee. DANTES pays for the administration and test fees for military and eligible civilian examinees. To date, 16 Air Force installations, 11 Navy bases, four Army installations, two Marine Corps bases, and one Air National Guard base offer on-base CLEP eCBT testing.
Something to Consider
Although CLEP tests are general in nature and a great way to earn college credit, they are still college level exams that require study time and commitment. According to DANTES, the 2005 pass rate for the five CLEP General exams ranged from 28 to 59 percent. (Only the Natural Science exam had a better than 50 percent pass rate.) This means that more people failed than passed four of the general CLEP exams.
The high failure rate doesn't mean these tests are extremely difficult, but it does mean that many military test takers didn't study and prepare for taking the exams. Study guides are a great way to prepare for the CLEP. You can get study guides from your local Education Service or Navy College Office, check them out from your local library, or purchase study guides online or at your local book store. In addition there are websites like www.studygs.net where you can access free study college level guides and strategies that can help you prepare for the CLEP.
Tip 1: Be absolutely sure you are ready before you take the exam because you have to wait 180 days to retest on a CLEP examination with the same test title.
Tip 2: Take the Natural Science exam first. The English Comp and Humanities are the most difficult CLEP exams, taking a less difficult exam like Natural Sciences will give you a chance to establish some success and build your confidence before you take on the more difficult exams.
Tip 3: Set deadlines. Pre-scheduling your exam dates well in advance will force you to stay focused on studying just like if you were actually in class.
Tip 4: Form study groups. A lunchtime study group also known as the "Brown Bag University," has helped military students be successful by giving them more incentive to study.
Tip 5: Make CLEPs your first step. Taking General CLEPs first is a good idea because the exams are widely accepted, can eliminate the need for freshman level arts and sciences, and they are FREE.
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