CLEP and DANTES FAQ Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a CLEP test?
Who takes a CLEP test?
Why should I take a CLEP test?
Who can take a CLEP test?
What is an open testing center?
What is the Fee to take a CLEP test?
Where can I take a DANTES test?
What do I need to bring to the test?
What tests can you test out of?
How do I know if my school accepts CLEP credit?
How long does it take to study for a CLEP test?
Do I need to purchase other books to go with this study guide?
What percentage of your students pass the test?
How do I know that this is the best product?
Where do you ship study guides to?
How do I download the PDF now?
Who writes the books?
What happens if I don’t pass the test?
Which test is the easiest to take?
Do you have any testimonials from other students?
What if I have another question?
What do I have to score on a DANTES test?

What is a CLEP test?

  • The CLEP test is short for College-Level Exam Preparation®. This is a program where you can take a test, and if you pass, you’ll receive college credit. There are tests for a variety of study areas, most are general education classes. This allows you to skip a class, a semester or even a whole year of college, depending on your school.

Who takes a CLEP test?

  • Everyone: In reality, any student who wants to skip a class, with credit, should take a CLEP test.
  • Adult Students: Because adults returning to college are in a hurry to graduate as fast as possible, testing out is a great way to shave off an extra class or two.
  • High School Students: Enter your 1st year of college as a sophomore, not a freshman by testing out of your general education credits.
  • Military Students: Students that are in the military do not have to pay for CLEP testing fees (although the testing center may charge a fee). Also, many military bases, especially Air force bases have testing centers on site, making it easier than ever to test out for credit.

Why should I take a CLEP test?

  • Taking a CLEP test will:
    • Save you money on tuition and books. Don’t forget all those extra expenses like lab fees and school supplies.
    • Save you time. Your time is the most precious thing you have. If you could reduce a year off your schooling, would you do it? That’s one full year earlier that you can start your career, at a higher salary. Even testing out of only one CLEP test will save you at least three months of class time. That’s extra time you can spend with your family, your friends and doing the thing you enjoy.

Who can take the CLEP?

  • Everyone, at any age can take a CLEP test at an Open Testing Center.

What is a CLEP Open Testing Center and Where Can I Find One?

  • An Open Testing Center is a school that allows anyone to take CLEP tests there, even if you are not a student. Usually, these Centers involve a fee above the regular testing fee. Sometimes, the Center will charge you an appointment fee in addition to a testing fee. If you don’t show up for the test, they keep the appointment fee. The average school testing fee is about $15 above and beyond the test fee. You can look up the closest CLEP testing center by clicking here.

Where can I take a DANTES test?

  • Dantes tests are now $80 plus any additional fee that the school or university charges. You can take them at most schools that accept the credit. For a list of testing centers, click here.

What is the Fee to take a CLEP test?

  • The fee to take a CLEP test is $72. However, most schools charge an administration fee in addition. Most schools charge an additional $15, making it approximately $85 to test out of one CLEP test. The fee is the same for a 3 credit hour or a 6 credit hour test. Students in the Military do not have to pay the CLEP fee but are still subject to the administration fee.

What do I need to bring to the test?

  • Bring two forms of government issued identification and your credit card to pay for the test. You cannot pay for the CLEP test in cash.

What tests can you test out of?

  • You can take as many CLEP tests as you wish. However, you will need to contact your school directly to find out how many credits you can receive by examination. Here is a list of all the CLEP tests and their credits. Remember, you need to contact your school to verify that test credit is accepted and the amount of credit you can receive. Finally, double check with your academic advisor to make sure you actually NEED that type of credit. For example, some schools may count English Literature as a communication art while another will count that test as general education, while another will count that same test for an elective or interdisciplinary. Your academic advisor can be a great source of information about CLEP. If you attend a public school, chances are your academic advisor will have little if no experience with this under publicized information. In that case, send them to this web site!
CLEP TEST CREDIT RECEIVED
Composition and Literature Tests
American Literature 3-6 credits*
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 3-6 credits*
English Composition 3 credits
English Literature 3-6 credits*
Freshman College Composition 3 credits
Humanities 3-6 credits*
Foreign Languages
French Language 6-12 credits*
German Language 6-12 credits*
Spanish Language 6-12 credits*
History and Social Sciences
American Government 3 credits
Human Growth & Development 3 credits
Introduction to Educational Psychology 3 credits
Principles of Macroeconomics 3 credits
Principles of Microeconomics 3 credits
Introductory Psychology 3 credits
Introductory Sociology 3 credits
Social Sciences and History 3-6 credits*
U.S. History I: Early Colonization's to 1877 3 credits
U.S. History II: 1865 to the Present 3 credits
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 3 credits
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 3 credits
Science and Mathematics
Biology 3-6 credits*
Calculus 3 credits
Chemistry 3-6 credits*
College Algebra 3 credits
College Mathematics 3 credits
Natural Sciences 3-6 credits*
Precalculus 3 credits
Business
Information Systems and Computer Applications 3 credits
Introductory Business Law 3 credits
Principles of Accounting 3-6 credits*
Principles of Management 3 credits
Principles of Marketing 3 credits

*Depends on your school/university policy (at least 3 credits, sometimes 6)


How do I know if my school accepts CLEP credit?

  • You can check on your school’s website or click here. Make sure you verify your school’s policy with an academic advisor before you take your test, to make sure you’ll receive credit.

How long does it take to study for a CLEP test?

  • How long it takes to study for a CLEP test depends on a few factors:
    • What is your life experience? Are you a business person who is taking Principles of Management just to save time? If so, you’ll have the work and life experience that will give you some background in this test area.
    • Have you previously taken a class in this area? If you’ve taken psychology, even in high-school, you’ll have a base knowledge that will help you study faster. Even if it was 20 years ago, pieces of knowledge will fall into place for you faster, because you’ve already learned this before.
    • Are you interested in the subject area? Have you read a lot of books, seen a lot of plays or read a lot of poetry? Then you’ll be halfway there on many of the Humanities and English tests. Again, any previous knowledge you have in an area will help improve your score.
    • Are you a good student? If you can read fast and well, it will take you less time to study for a CLEP test.

    The more you already know a subject, the less you will need to study for the test. Think of studying for a test in hours, not in days. Some students have the ability and the free time to study four hours a day while other’s can only study one hour a day. On average, to study for a 3 credit hour CLEP test, approximately 20 hours of studying is required – give or take on your experience with the subject area.

Do I need to purchase other books to go with this study guide?

  • One of the best things about our materials is that it is not necessary to buy other text books. All you need is our books and access to the internet. With some study guides we’ll give you links to explore areas online – only if you need the extra review – otherwise you can go ahead and skip that section with no unnecessary studying.

What percentage of your students pass the test?

  • A fantastic 98% of our students pass with our study materials.

How do I know that this is the best product?

  • Rest assured with our “Pass or Don’t Pay” Guarantee. Study the material, read the texts in the book and online. If you still don’t pass, just fax us a copy of your score within six weeks of buying the book to be eligible for a refund.

Where do you ship study guides to?

  • We ship our guides to all AEO, APO, and FPO locations at the included rate. We also ship to all international locations, please email us for a shipping quote.

How do I download the PDF now?

  • If you are in a hurry and ONLY want the PDF, you can order the PDF only by clicking "instant download" on the product's page. This will allow you to receive ONLY the PDF. Once you enter your information on Pay pal you will be redirected to download your PDF- this will allow you to be able download the material instantly. If for some reason you are not redirected, don't worry, an email will be sent to you with a link where you can download your study guide PDF instantly. Make sure you save the PDF to somewhere on your hard drive you will remember because your link will expire after a few days.

Who writes the books?

  • The books are written with contributions from college professors and graduates. These instructors teach the very classes that you are hoping to test out of.

What happens if I don’t pass the test?

  • Send us a copy of your score within six weeks of buying the book and we will refund your money the same way that you paid.

Which test is the easiest to take?

  • It all depends on your background – but in general, we recommend taking Analyzing and Interpreting Literature. It is the only English CLEP test that you don’t need to know specific poems, texts, etc. All you’ll need to know is how to analyze literature (which we teach you how to do).

Do you have any testimonials from other students?

  • We have more testimonials than we can put on the site. We help students every year test out of DANTES and CLEP tests, saving them time and money. Some graduate early and it allows others to graduate on time. We've put together a few and you can read them on the individual product pages.

What if I have another question?

What do I have to score on a DANTES test?

  • How many questions are on the DANTES test and what score do I have to get to pass?

    You can take as many DANTES tests as you wish. However, you will need to contact your school directly to find out how many credits you can receive by examination. Here is a list of all the DANTES tests, the number of questions on them, the required score and their credits. Remember, you need to contact your school to verify that test credit is accepted and the amount of credit you can receive. Also, some schools have deviated from this scoring sheet and have their own policy of WHAT score is passing. Finally, double check with your academic advisor to make sure you actually NEED that type of credit. For example, some schools may count English Literature as a communication art while another will count that test as general education, while another will count that same test for an elective or interdisciplinary. Your academic advisor can be a great source of information about DANTES. If you attend a public school, chances are your academic advisor will have little if no experience with this under publicized information. In that case, send them to this web site!

    DANTES TEST # OF QUESTIONS

    Upper or Lower

    Division Credit

    PASSING SCORE CREDIT RECEIVED
    Art of the Western World 90-100 L 48 3 credits
    Astronomy 82 L 48 3 credits
    Business Law II 94 U 52 3 credits
    Business Mathematics 59 L 48 3 credits
    Civil War & Reconstruction 112 U 47 3 credits
    Criminal Justice 90 L 49 3 credits
    Drug & Alcohol Abuse 106 U 49 3 credits
    Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet 104 L 46 3 credits
    Ethics in America 110 L 46 3 credits
    Foundations of Education 94 L 46 3 credits
    Fundamentals of College Algebra 78 L 47 3 credits
    Fundamentals of Counseling 99 L 45 3 credits
    General Anthropology 102 L 47 3 credits
    Here's To Your Health 101 L 48 3 credits
    A History of the Vietnam War 90-100 L 49 3 credits
    Human Resource Management 99 L 46 3 credits
    Human/Cultural Geography 98 L 48 3 credits
    Introduction to Business 100 L 46 3 credits
    Introduction to Computing 96 L 45 3 credits
    Introduction to Law Enforcement 100 L 45 3 credits
    Introduction to the Modern Middle East 90-100 L 44 3 credits
    Introduction to World Religions 108 L 48 3 credits
    Lifespan Developmental Psychology 97 L 46 3 credits
    Management Information Systems 89 U 46 3 credits
    Money and Banking 94 U 48 3 credits
    Organizational Behavior 96 L 48 3 credits
    Personal Finance 98 L 46 3 credits
    Physical Geology 114 L 46 3 credits
    Principles of Finance 88 L 46 3 credits
    Principles of Financial Accounting 73 L 49 3 credits
    Principles of Physical Science I 71 L 47 3 credits
    Principles of Public Speaking 84 L 47* 3 credits
    Principles of Statistics 100 L 48 3 credits
    Principles of Supervision 94 L 46 3 credits
    Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union 90-100 U 45 3 credits
    Technical Writing 100 L 46 3 credits
    Western Europe since 1945 90-100 L 48 3 credits

    *Plus you must give a speech that will be graded separately.

 

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