The CLEP English Composition exam is worth 6 college credits and tests a students grammar, usage, and writing skills. In addition to answering about 50 questions in 45 minutes, the student is required to write a short essay in an additional 45 minute time frame.
The type of questions students will encounter on the test are
* Best rewording of sample sentence
* Paragraph analysis
* Interpretation of a paragraph's thesis
* Grammar and usage errors
How to prepare
Don’t over analyze the questions—you’re first guess is probably correct!
Be able to write a 300 word essay in 45 minutes or less (use examples from Princeton Review Cracking the CLEP)
Use 5 paragraph structure for the essay: an intro paragraph, a paragraph for each of three points and a conclusion paragraph
When writing the essay, use the scratch paper and pencil provided to make an outline with the three main points of your essay as well as some sub-points for each. Don't start writing until you've completed the outline.
Once you've ordered your points to your satisfaction, start typing out the essay, starting with the first point, not the introduction. Do the introduction and conclusion last, after your three paragraphs for your three main points are complete.
English Composition Study Guide by Comex
Elements of Style by Strunk and White
Easy Grammar by Wanda Phillips
Gregg Reference Manual by William Sabin
Advanced Communications Series by Andrew Pudewa
Cracking the CLEP by the Princeton Review
Official CLEP study guide by the College Board
If you’ve take the CLEP English Composition with Essay exam, let us know how it went and any pointers you might have!