CLEP Biology - Test Out with CLEP!

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Passing the CLEP Biology Exam


This book provides you with complete preparation for the CLEP Biology exam.
Inside you will find a targeted review of the subject matter, as well as tips and strategies
for test taking. We also give you three practice tests, featuring content and
formatting based on the official CLEP Biology exam. Our practice tests contain
every type of question that you can expect to encounter on the actual exam. Following
each practice test you will find an answer key with detailed explanations
designed to help you more completely understand the test material.

Practice exams 1 and 2 are included in two formats: in printed format in this
book and in TestWare® format on the enclosed CD. We strongly recommend that
you begin your preparation 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. The content and format of the actual
CLEP subject exams are faithfully mirrored. Later in this chapter you’ll find a
detailed outline of the format and content of the CLEP Biology 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 more than 2,900 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 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 throughout the year at more than 1,200 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 Services
P.O. Box 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541-6600
Phone: (800) 257-9558 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET)
Fax: (609) 771-7088


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 Biology exam, 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

What do I study first?

To begin your studies, read over the introduction and the suggestions for test
taking. Take Practice Exam 1 on the CD-ROM to determine your strengths and
weaknesses, and 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 on the CD-ROM to become familiar with the format and
feel of the CLEP Biology 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.

When should I start studying?
It is never too early to start studying for the CLEP Biology exam. The earlier
you begin, the more time you will have to sharpen your skills. Do not procrastinate!
Cramming is not an effective way to study, since it does not allow you the
time needed to learn the test material. The sooner you learn the format of the exam,
the more time you will have to familiarize yourself with it.

The CLEP Biology exam covers the material found in a college-level biology
survey course. The Biology examination covers material that is usually taught in a
one-year college general biology course. The subject matter tested covers the broad
field of the biological sciences, organized into three major areas: molecular and
cellular biology, organismal biology, and population biology.

The exam consists of 115 questions to be answered in 90 minutes.
The review in this book provides you with a complete background of all the
important principles and concepts of biology. It will help reinforce the facts you
have already learned while better shaping your understanding of the discipline as
a whole. By using the review in conjunction with the practice tests, you should be
well prepared to take the CLEP Biology exam.

How do I score my practice tests?

The CLEP Biology exam is scored on a scale of 20 to 80. To score your practice
tests, count the number of correct answers. This is your total raw score. Convert
your raw score to a scaled score using the conversion table on the following page.
(Note: The conversion table provides only an estimate of your scaled score. Scaled
scores can and do vary over time, and in no case should a sample test be taken as a
precise predictor of test performance. Nonetheless, our scoring table allows you to
judge your level of performance within a reasonable scoring range.)

When will I receive my score report?
The test administrator will print out a full Candidate Score Report for you immediately
upon your completion of the exam. Your scores are reported only to you,
unless you ask to have them sent elsewhere. If you want your scores reported to a
college or other institution, you must say so when you take the examination. Since
your scores are kept on file for 20 years, you can also request transcripts from Educational
Testing Service at a later date.

It is very important for you to choose the time and place for studying that work
best for you. Some students may set aside a certain number of hours every morning,
while others may choose to study at night before going to sleep. Other students
may study during the day, while waiting on a line, or even while eating lunch. Only
you can determine when and where your study time will be most effective. But be
consistent and use your time wisely. Work out a study routine and stick to it!

When you take the practice tests, try to make your testing conditions as much
like the actual test as possible. Turn your television and radio off, and sit down at a
quiet table free from distraction. Make sure to time yourself. Start off by setting a
timer for the time that is allotted for each section, and be sure to reset the timer for
the appropriate amount of time when you start a new section.

As you complete each practice test, score your test and thoroughly review the
explanations to the questions you answered incorrectly; however, do not review
too much at one time. Concentrate on one problem area at a time by reviewing the
question and explanation, and by studying our review until you are confident that
you completely understand the material.

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