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Human Growth and Development CLEP Study Guide

Name of Exam: Human Growth and Development CLEP

Number of Questions: 90

Time Limit: 90 Minutes

ACE Recommended Passing Score: 50

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Difficulty 1-5 : 3
(One being the easiest, and five being the hardest)


Exam Description:

The Human Growth and Development CLEP covers the natural physiological and psychological progression of a person from infancy to death. This includes the stages of Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, and Aging.

Personal Thoughts:

The Human Growth and Development CLEP is considered by many to be one of the more difficult Psychology CLEPs. If you're able, I would suggest you take Introductory Sociology CLEP, as well as the Introductory Psychology CLEP before attempting this exam. What you learn in studying for those two exams will provide the basis (and much of the material) for the Human Growth and Development CLEP. Many of the Psychology CLEP's have overlap with each other.

For example, when you study Erikson or Freud for the Introductory Psychology CLEP, chances are you will see them again on Educational Psychology, Human Growth and Behavior, and quite a few DANTES exams as well.

Grouping your exams and taking them in the right order will save you a lot of time down the road. You can see a list of exams which I grouped by difficulty **Here**. The list takes into account study overlap, so you may want to take a look if you're planning on taking more than one CLEP.

s you'll see from the below list, there are plenty of topics that you'll need to know for this exam. Most adults are at least familiar with the bulk of the topics, though knowing enough to pass the exam will require study for many individuals.

Exam breakdown:

According to the College Board website, the Human Growth and Development CLEP exam is broken down as follows:

12%Cognitive development throughout the lifespan
10%Theoretical Perspectives
10%Biological development throughout the lifespan
10%Social development throughout the lifespan
08%Language development
08%Family, home, and society throughout the lifespan
08%Personality and emotion
08%Learning
07%Perceptual development throughout the lifespan
05%Research Strategies and Methodology
05%Schooling, work, and interventions
05%Atypical development
04%Intelligence throughout the lifespan

Areas of Study

A few of the topics that you will need to know are:

  • Research Strategies (Cross-Sectional, Longitudinal, Observational, etc)
  • Nutritional influences on growth
  • Sexual Maturation
  • Autism
  • Memory, Attention, and Information Processing
  • Motor Development
  • Language Development (Vocalization and Sounds)
  • Social Influences
  • Gender
  • Sense of Self
  • Erikson, Freud, Maslow, Paiget, Kholberg (Schools of Thought)
  • Mood disorders

This is not a comprehensive list. As always, I suggest seeing the Exam Specific thread at InstantCert for a complete listing of all exam topics. You'll find out more about InstantCert below if you haven't already heard of it.

Free study resources

Click on the titles to go to the study resource.

Tufts University Open Coarseware - A good overview of the material required for the Human Growth and Development CLEP. Some of the lectures are missing however, so best reinforced with textbook study. You can find the text version of the lectures under the "Lectures" link on the top left. Definitely check out the "Cognitive Development Overview"

Gordon College HG&D Study Guides - I love online college repositories. Lecture slides, quizzes, and tests by chapter are all here and free!

University of New Mexico - Course website for Human Growth & Development from the University of New Mexico. It's hit or miss in terms of completeness, but it does contain a good overview of a few of the topics you'll need to study.

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 Human Growth & Development (REA)-The Best Test Prep for the CLEP Exam (Test Preps) - REA doesn't always give the best bang for your buck, but it does with this one. $24.50 but covers the material well, targeting exactly what needs to be targeted and leaving out most of the fluff.

The Developing Person Through the Life Span 6th ed. (Book & Study Guide Set) - All I can say is, "Ouch!" Textbooks aren't cheap, and I couldn't find any below $70 even used. I did find this package however, which has the book and the accompanying study guide. An option if you can't find a cheaper alternative and just want the textbook.

InstantCert Academy – Human Growth and Development Specific Exam Feedback - 4 pages of study notes, specific topics of study, and after action reports. Be sure to check out the Flashcards as well.

If you don't know what InstantCert is, then click here for the scoop as well as a discount code: **InstantCert Academy**

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

Though one of the more difficult of the Psychology exams, the Human Growth and Development CLEP isn't insurmountable.

If you're planning on taking other Psychology exams, then I would check out the list of exams by difficulty mentioned earlier and start with the easier ones. By the time you get to HG&D, you'll be well prepared. If this is the only CLEP you need, then use the above study materials and you should be fine.

Best of luck!

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