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Freshman College Composition CLEP Study Guide

Name of Exam: Freshman College Composition CLEP

Number of Questions: 90 + 2 Optional Essays

Time Limit: 90 Minutes + 90 more minutes for essays

ACE Recommended Passing Score: 50

Practice Test Available?: Yes - Click here

Cost: $80 + Sitting Fee (Usually no more than $20) at your testing site. Military can take CLEPs for free with Tuition Assistance. Check with your Educational Officer!

Difficulty 1-5 : 2
(One being the easiest, and five being the hardest)

Alternatives: StraighterLine English Composition I and II

Exam Description:

The College Freshman Composition CLEP tests your ability in identifying errors in existing sentences and passages. You will need to have a basic understanding of good sentence structure, and will be tested on your knowledge of punctuation and syntax.

The optional essay portion of the Freshman College Composition CLEP will test your ability to write clearly and effectively on two given topics.

Personal Thoughts:

I must admit, I'm going to take the easy way out on this study guide. Everything that you need for the Freshman College Composition CLEP can be found in the study guide for English Composition CLEP without Essay Study Guide. If you end up having to take the optional essays, then you can find everything you need to prepare for that portion in the English Composition CLEP with Essay Study Guide. You see how conveniently this works out?

I do want to stress that if you have taken the English Composition CLEP already, then you need to check with your student advisor on whether or not the Freshman College Composition CLEP will count. I was bored one Saturday and took it for fun, but it didn't count since I had already taken the English Composition CLEP and the ECE Composition test. (I get bored easily). Unless you get bored too, confirm with your advisor whether or not you'll get credit for this.

Exam breakdown:

According to the College Board website, the Freshman College Composition CLEP exam is broken down as follows:

20%Ability to Recognize and use Written English by:
 Identifying Sentence Errors
 Improving Sentences
65%Ability to Recognize Logical Development by:
 Revising Work in Progress
 Analyzing Writing
 Analyzing and Evaluating the Choices of the Writer
15%Ability to use reference materials

Areas of Study

Freshman College without Essay portion, please see - English Composition CLEP without Essay Study Guide.

Freshman College with Essay Portion, please see both the study guide above and - English Composition CLEP with Essay Study Guide.

Between those two study guides, you should have everything you need to pass the Freshman College Composition CLEP with flying colors.

Recommended bargain-priced study resources

Always check your library first! You may be able to find some of these for free. You don't have to buy the officially recommended resources all the time. If you're the type of person that prefers to study from a textbook source however, then please see below.

CLEP Freshman College Composition (REA) - The Best Test Prep for the CLEP Exam (Test Preps) - Library on base for the win! Make sure you check your local library before laying down the money for this one, but it does a great job preparing you. The true value lies in the included practice exams.

InstantCert Academy - English Composition Specific Exam Feedback - Five pages of study notes, specific topics of study, and after action reports from returning test-takers. The community has done a great job with this particular thread. Definitely check out the Flashcards! Sections two and three are set up in the same format as the Freshman College CLEP. It's great practice for the real thing!

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You'll find an InstantCert link for every exam here if that gives you an idea of the amount of information they have available. It's an outstanding resource.

Closing Thoughts

On one hand, any study guide that comes in under 1,000 words makes me feel like I'm slacking. On the other hand, since I have to wake up and be at work in five hours I think I'll get over it soon enough. :P

Truly, if you know the material for the English Composition CLEP, you can pass this one as well. They both cover the same material for all intents and purposes, and that's why most colleges will only give you credit for one or the other. As always, check with your student advisor before taking any exam. Make sure you're not spinning your wheels for nothing.... unless you're bored of course. ;)

Best of luck!

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