Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.

When i returned to school in Fall of 2019 as a working adult with a family, I knew that it was going to take a lot of hard work and dedication. I re-entered with a desire to finish my degree plan as quickly as possible. In order to accelerate the process, I looked at the CLEP college credit program as an opportunity to save both time and money. For core classes in my major I identified subjects where I had real world experience as opportunities to test out of classes. The first course I attempted was Principles of Management. In order to prepare for this exam, I researched and reviewed statements by others who had passed this course and laid out a plan and timeline.

My first step was to read a Principles of Management CLEP study guide. This 15 chapter book laid out all the aspects of the examination. Concurrently with this, I went through the course work on Modern States' website. In order to gauge my readiness I took a number of practices tests from a variety of test preparation websites. I took three Peterson's exams, two REA exams, and the practice test on Modern States.

The CLEP recommends that colleges and universities accept a score of 50 as a passing grade to earn credit for the course. Raw scores are weighted and test takers are given a final score that ranges from 20 to 80. I had been consistently testing at around 78% on my practice exams; since the credit you receive from a CLEP exam is a pass/fail, I felt ready to attempt the exam.

Having put in over 20 hours of work to prepare, I found that during the exam I felt over-prepared. It was a major relief to find that I felt confident on the majority of questions. When I submitted my results, I received a score of 73. I had passes the exam, saved over $1000 in tuition and 16-weeks of time. I could not have passed this course without great test preparation, so I encourage everyone to prepare as fully as possible from as many sources as they can. The relief of passing a major test is worth it.

Brian from Oklahoma
College Junior
Northeastern State University