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CLEP Test Subjects and Structure

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

With the exception of a few tests offering essay options, each CLEP test consists primarily of multiple-choice questions. A few tests include fill-in questions as well. Each test is 90 minutes long.

The following subjects are currently available:

American Literature 
This CLEP exam presents you with 100 questions that task you with analyzing and interpreting American prose and poetry from colonial times through the present. There is also an optional essay.

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 
Approximately 80 multiple-choice questions measure your understanding of passages (poetry, drama, fiction and/or non-fiction) taken primarily from American and British literature. You may also elect to complete an optional essay.

English Composition 
Two options are offered: one that is all multiple-choice, one that contains multiple-choice questions and an essay. Both measure your ability in and understanding of basic college writing skills.

English Literature 
This CLEP test includes 95 questions on British literature from Beowulf to the present. There is also an essay, which is optional. To do well, you must understand common literary terms, themes, and forms.

Freshman College Composition 
The composition exam presents you with 90 questions that test your writing skills, including language and grammar use, with some analysis of prose and poetry. There's also an optional essay section.

Humanities 
Your CLEP study for this 140-question test should focus on knowledge in a range of topics in the arts and philosophy of all periods, classic to contemporary.

French Language Levels 1 and 2 
Both exams include 120 questions that measure your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills — one at the two-semester and one at the four-semester level. There are two listening sections and one reading section.

German Language Levels 1 and 2 
This test measures your German skills at the one- and two-year level. Each test includes 120 questions divided into two listening sections and one reading section.

Spanish Language Levels 1 and 2 
120 questions measure your ability in Spanish reading, writing, listening, and speaking at the one- or two-year level. There are two listening sections and one reading section.

American Government
Featuring 100 questions about American government, this CLEP exam covers topics including federal government, the courts, politics, and the Constitution.

Human Growth and Development 
90 questions cover introductory developmental psychology, including topics in infancy, childhood, adulthood, and aging.

Introduction to Educational Psychology 
This 100-question test covers learning and cognition, teaching methods, child development, and the evaluation and assessment of learning.

Pre-calculus 
This 48-question CLEP test covers algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities; functions; representations; analytic geometry; and trigonometry.

Principles of Macroeconomics 
80 questions cover the principles of economics that apply to a total economic system. Topics include important terms, economic performance, international markets, and national income and price determination, with an emphasis on the latter.

Principles of Microeconomics 
CLEP study for this exam should focus on the principles of economics that apply to individual customers and businesses within an economic system. There are 80 questions.

Introductory Psychology 
This 95-question test covers a broad range of introductory concepts, including behavior, perception, cognition, emotion, personality, and more.

Introductory Sociology 
This CLEP test emphasizes basic facts and general theoretical approaches in sociology. There are 100 questions.

Social Sciences and History 
CLEP prep for this test should cover a broad range of topics in social science and history. This exam features 120 questions on topics in American, European, and world history; anthropology; sociology; psychology; economics; geography; and politics.

History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 
120 questions emphasize American history from 1790–1877, including politics, social developments, economics, culture, and diplomacy.

History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 
This 120-question CLEP college credit exam measures your knowledge of American history, with the majority covering important events of the 20th century.

Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 
This test includes 120 questions on ancient civilizations, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation, and early modern Europe.

Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 
120 questions gauge your understanding of European history from the mid-17th century through the post-World War II period.

Calculus 
This CLEP exam includes 45 questions. About 60 percent task you with problems on limits and differential calculus; the other 40 percent require you to apply your skills in integral calculus.

College Algebra 
Of these 60 questions, about half involve solving routine, straightforward algebraic problems. The rest task you with applying algebraic skills and concepts.

College Mathematics 
These 60 questions cover: sets, logic, the real number system, functions and graphing, probability and statistics, and additional topics from algebra and geometry.

Biology 
CLEP study for this 115-question test should include preparation in molecular and cellular biology, organismal biology, and population biology.

Chemistry 
75 questions gauge your understanding of the structure and states of matter, reactions, equations and stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, descriptive chemistry, and experimental chemistry.

Natural Sciences 
This test presents you with 120 questions that span a wide range of topics, including both biological and physical sciences.

Information Systems and Computer Applications 
CLEP prep for this 100-question test should cover: hardware, software and programming, data management, information processing, technology applications, and social/ethical implications and issues.

Principles of Management 
Covering human resources, operational and functional aspects of management, and international management, this test focuses on contemporary issues and includes 100 questions.

Financial Accounting 
From balance sheets to business ethics, 75 questions test your financial accounting know-how on this CLEP college credit exam.

Introductory Business Law 
This 100-question CLEP test emphasizes the function of contracts in business law, as well as the legal process, torts, and the history of law in America.

Principles of Marketing 
From the role of marketing in society and in a firm to target markets and the marketing mix, this 100-question test covers all of the basics.

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