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Passing the CLEP College Composition/College Composition Modular Exams
ABOUT THIS BOOK AND TestWare®
This book will provide you with complete preparation for the CLEP College Composition and College Composition Modular exams. Inside you will find a targeted review of the subject matter, as well as tips and strategies throughout for doing well on either test. In addition we offer you two full-length tests for each of the specific exams. These tests are based on the official CLEP requirements.
By answering all of the questions—both multiple-choice and essay questions—you will benefit from the basic rule of test preparation success: the more questions you answer before you take the test, the better your chances are for improving your score on the actual exam.
The practice exams in this book and software package are included in two formats: in printed format in this book, and in TestWare® format on the enclosed CD. We strongly suggest that when you begin your preparation for the tests, that you start with the TestWare® practice exams. The software provides the added benefits of instant scoring and enforced time conditions.
All CLEP exams are computer-based. As you can see, the practice tests in our book are presented as paper-and-pencil exams. However, the content and format of these exams faithfully mirror the actual subject tests.
ABOUT THE EXAM Who takes CLEP exams and what are they used for? CLEP examinations are typically taken by people who have acquired knowledge outside the classroom and wish to bypass certain college courses and earn college credit. The CLEP is designed to reward students for learning— no matter where or how that knowledge was acquired. The CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in North America, with almost 3,000 colleges and universities granting credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP exams.
Although most CLEP examinees are adults returning to college, many graduating high school seniors, enrolled college students, military personnel, veterans, and international students also take the exams to earn college credit or to demonstrate their ability to perform at the college level. There are no prerequisites, such as age or educational status, for taking CLEP examinations. However, because policies on granting credits vary among colleges, you should contact the particular institution from which you wish to receive CLEP credit.
There are two categories of CLEP examinations: 1. CLEP General Examinations, which are six separate tests that cover material usually taken as requirements during the first two years of college. CLEP General Examinations are available for College Composition and College Composition Modular, Humanities, College Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences and History.
2. CLEP Subject Examinations include material usually covered in an undergraduate course with a similar title. For a complete list of the subject examinations offered, visit the College Board website.
Who administers the exam? The CLEP exams are developed by the College Board, administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), and involve the assistance of educators throughout the United States. The test development process is designed and implemented to ensure that the content and difficulty level of the test are appropriate.
When and where is the exam given? CLEP exams are administered each month throughout the year at more than 1,700 test centers in the United States and can be arranged for candidates abroad on request. To find the test center nearest you and to register for the exam, you should obtain a copy of the free booklets CLEP Colleges and CLEP Information for Candidates and Registration Form. They are available at most colleges where CLEP credit is granted or by contacting:
CLEP Options for Military Personnel and Veterans CLEP exams are available free of charge to eligible military personnel and eligible civilian employees. All the CLEP exams are available at test centers on college campuses and military bases. In addition, the College Board has developed a paper-based version of 14 high-volume/high-pass-rate CLEP tests for DANTES Test Centers. Contact the Educational Services Officer or Navy College Education Specialist for more information. Visit the College Board website for details about CLEP opportunities for military personnel.
Eligible U.S. veterans can claim reimbursement for CLEP exams and administration fees pursuant to provisions of the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004. For details on eligibility and submitting a claim for reimbursement, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website atwww.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/testing.htm.
CLEP marks a special spot with reference to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which applies to veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of operation. Because the GI Bill provides tuition for up to 36 months, racking up college credits by testing out of general introductory courses with CLEP exams expedites academic progress and degree completion within the funded timeframe.
SSD Accommodations for Candidates with Disabilities Many test candidates qualify for extra time to take the CLEP College Composition and College Composition Modular exams, but you must make these arrangements in advance. For information, contact:
College Board Services for Students with Disabilities P.O. Box 6226 Princeton, NJ 08541-6226 Phone: (609) 771-7137 (Monday through Friday, 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. ET) TTY: (609) 882-4118 Fax: (609) 771-7944 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
FORMAT AND CONTENT OF THE COLLEGE COMPOSITION AND COLLEGE COMPOSITION MODULAR EXAMS These exams are new, and were first administered in July 2010. These exams replaced three exams that have been discontinued:
• English Composition has been replaced by College Composition Modular. • English Composition with Essay has been replaced by College Composition. • Freshman College Composition has been replaced by College Composition Modular.
The two new College Composition examinations are designed to measure your writing skills that are taught in most first-year college composition courses. They consist of Conventions of Standard Written English, Revision Skills, Ability to Use Source Materials, and Rhetorical Analysis. In addition there are two essays on the College Composition and one or two on the College Composition Modular. (The number of essay questions in this test is determined by the institution.)
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK AND TestWare® What do I study first? To begin your studies, read over this introduction and our suggestions for test taking. Take Practice Exam 1 for the CLEP College Composition or CLEP College Composition Modular exam on CD-ROM to determine your strengths and weaknesses. Then study the course review material, focusing on your specific problem areas. The course review includes the information you need to know when taking the exam. Make sure to follow up your diagnostic work by taking the remaining practice exam printed in this book to become familiar with the format and feel of the CLEP College Composition or the CLEP College Composition Modular exam.
To best utilize your study time, follow our Independent Study Schedule, which you’ll find in the front of this book. The schedule is based on a six-week program, but can be condensed to three weeks if necessary by collapsing each two-week period into one.
HOW THE EXAMS ARE SCORED College English professors selected by the College Board score the essays for the CLEP College Composition exams. Each essay is read and graded by two or more faculty consultants and the grade is combined with the multiple-choice score. The result is reported as a scaled score of 20 to 80. You will receive your scaled score for the CLEP College Composition or College Composition Modular exam within three to four weeks of taking the exam.
The American Council on Education’s (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service recommends the awarding of six credit hours for a score of 50 on the CLEP College Composition examination. ACE recommends awarding of three credit hours for a score of 50 on the 90-minute multiple-choice College Composition Modular exam. If colleges elect to supplement the Modular version of the examination with an essay available from CLEP or with a writing assessment of their own, the credit recommendation is six credit hours for a score of 50.
TEST-TAKING TIPS Although you may not be familiar with computer-based standardized tests such as the CLEP College Composition or College Composition Modular exams, there are many ways to acquaint you with the type of examination and to help alleviate your test-taking anxieties. Following are some ways to help you become accustomed to the CLEP, and some tips to get you through the multiple-choice section.
Know the format of the test.CLEP computer-based tests are not adaptive but rather fixed-length tests. In a sense, this makes them similar to the familiar paper-and-pencil exam, in that you have the same flexibility to go back and review your work in each section. Moreover, the format isn’t a great deal different from the paper-and-pencil CLEP. The TestWare® CD enclosed with this book should help you acclimate to the style and format.
Read all directions, questions, and response options carefully.For example, the Conventions of Standard Written English section will be described as a test of your knowledge of grammar, usage, diction, and idiom. You will not be asked to evaluate the accuracy or relevance of details given in the sentences of this section.
Use the process of elimination.As you prepare to answer each question, start by eliminating options you know to be incorrect. Often, you will be asked to choose the “best” option, or the one that is “most clear,” or “most likely,” and so on. These superlatives hint that that some of the options for a particular question may be partially correct, but that one particular option will be preferable.
Acquaint yourself with the computer screen.Familiarize yourself with the CLEP computer screen beforehand by logging on the College Board website. Waiting until test day to see what it looks like in the pretest tutorial risks injecting needless anxiety into your testing experience. Also, familiarizing yourself with the directions and format of the exam will save you valuable time on the day of the actual test. You will have only one minute to answer each multiple-choice question. Don’t waste time trying to figure out what they’re asking of you.
Be sure that your answer registers before you go to the next item.Look at the screen to see that your mouse-click causes the pointer to darken the proper oval. This takes less effort than darkening an oval on paper, but just be careful.
THE DAY OF THE EXAM On the day of the test you should wake up early. Make sure you’ve had a decent night’s sleep, and then eat a good breakfast. Check the weather and dress appropriately, but remember that you’ll be taking the test indoors, so keep that in mind as you select your clothing. Try to arrive early at the test center. This will allow you to collect your thoughts and relax before the test. Keep in mind that no one will be allowed into the test session after the test has begun.
Before you leave for the test center, make sure that you have your admission form and another form of identification, which must contain a recent photograph, your name, and signature. Acceptable forms of identification are a driver’s license, student identification card, or current alien registration card. If you do not have the proper identification, you will not be admitted to the test center.
You are permitted to wear a watch, but it should not make noise. Also, turn off your cell phone and put it away. You are not permitted to bring dictionaries, textbooks, notebooks, briefcases, or packages, and drinking, smoking, and eating are prohibited.
If you have spent your time working with this book, reading through the review chapters, answering the questions in the chapters and taking the tests, you should not have a lot of trouble with the exam. The more questions you answer before you take the test, the better your chances are for greatly improving your scores on the actual exam.