Homeschooling opens up so many different avenues for our kids to undertake their education. CLEP exams are one such way. (CLEP is short for College-Level Examination Program.) We are a number of years away from this with Caroline, but I still welcomed the opportunity to explore CLEP exam study guides and, more specifically, Study.com which offers CLEP test prep products. If my daughter chooses to attend college, I would like to find as many ways as possible to keep the cost down and not saddle her with debt. CLEP exams can be a tremendous help in this area, making it possible for students to save thousands and thousands of dollars on college coursework.
I received access to this product for free and am being compensated for my time to write this review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.
CLEP Exam Study Guides
Study.com offers CLEP test products that help students prepare for CLEP exams. If you aren’t familiar with CLEP exams, they are Prior-Learning Assessments (PLAs) students can take to receive college credit prior to enrolling in college. Study.com has a resource page that provides lots of information if CLEP is new to you. It also offers:
So what do these entail? Let’s take a look and see how they might be helpful in your homeschool!
The Study.com website is very nicely done and easy to use. You can easily navigate to whatever particular need your child has.
The following screen shots give a great look at how different parts are organized and what your learner can expect. Although these shots focus on CLEP Biology, there are exams available in a variety of topics in areas such as:
(I’m a History gal, so I immediately gravitated toward that and enjoyed watching some of the videos and using the other materials.)
You can see how there are many chapters which include many lessons for each CLEP preparation process.
These test prep courses include features that make them workable for many different kinds of learners including:
- Short, engaging videos with lots of visuals that are very helpful for kids who learn that way
- Supporting text transcripts for videos so someone can watch and read the exact same content
- Quizzes to check what you’ve learned
- Practice tests
- Personalized study plan
So, for example, this shows the video for a particular biology lesson. There is also a transcript of the video below the video screen.
This shot shows the quiz the learner can take to see if she understood the material.
After taking the Practice Exam, the student can review how she did, her areas of strength, her areas of weakness, and what she might need to brush up on before taking the actual CLEP exam.
And then there is the Free Practice Test!
Overall, I was impressed with the quality of what is offered. These are in-depth courses that cover a lot of information. If a student masters what is there, I can imagine she would do very well on a CLEP exam and be deserving of receiving college credit for that material. This isn’t something that can be whipped off in a weekend.
There definitely has to be a fair amount of self-discipline to complete something like this. Motivation would have to be present because this is undertaking an entire college-level class on your own. But it could be a great tool for families who want to save money on college.
Study.com Free Trial
You can easily check all of this out for yourself by popping over and using their free trial offer. Even if you don’t have a child who is ready to use it today (like me), it’s worthwhile to know what is there and how it might meet a need in your homeschool in a few years.