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Is it worth attempting the Calculus CLEP exam?

I'm pretty good at math but not sure if I should take the Calculus CLEP exam. Any advice on the difficulty and the best way to prepare? Did it help anyone skip a lot of entry-level college math?

7 months ago

Absolutely, if you're confident in your math skills, taking the Calculus CLEP exam can be a great opportunity to demonstrate your proficiency and potentially earn college credit. The difficulty of the exam is generally considered to be about the same as a college-level introductory Calculus course, so prepare accordingly. I recommend reviewing any high school calculus materials you have, studying from CLEP prep books, and maybe even watching online tutorials for additional guidance.

As for the impact on college math placement, it can indeed help you skip over some entry-level courses. I've seen students benefit from it by freeing up their schedules to either take more advanced courses earlier or to explore other subjects they're interested in. It's especially beneficial in majors that are heavy in math or science, as it can lighten your initial course load.

Just be sure to check with the colleges you're interested in to see if they accept CLEP credits and what score you need to earn credit. Every school has a different policy on CLEP exams, and it's important that your effort will indeed pay off for you in the long run. It's also a good idea to think about how well you may do on this exam and if this fits into your college and long-term academic goals. I encourage you to give it a try if it aligns with your plans!

7 months ago

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