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CLEP Test Tips and Strategies

By Peterson's Staff updated on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Trust your instincts on the CLEP test

If you know the answer just by reading the question, you're probably correct. Look for the choice that is similar to your mental response and mark it on the answer sheet.

Use CLEP study to prepare for "trick" questions

Look for obvious inconsistencies. A question may ask you for specific information, such as the number of feet in a specific distance. If any of the answer choices presents dimensions that are in degrees or seconds, you'll be able to immediately rule it out.

Know the difference between a guess and an educated guess

There is a penalty for a wrong answer, but it is still worth your while to make an educated guess on the CLEP test. If you can eliminate answer choices that are obviously wrong, then your odds of selecting the correct answer will be higher.

Relax the night before the CLEP exam

Don't cram. CLEP prep at the last minute will only stress you out. Go to a movie or hang out with a friend — anything to get your mind off of the test!

Do your best

CLEP college credit exams may help you toward your degree, but don't put too much pressure on yourself. The tests are about showing colleges the knowledge and skills you already have, so just focus on doing the best you can.

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