The first step in the construction of a CLEP exam is a curriculum survey, which provides test developers with information about current college curricula in specific subject areas and recent trends in the field. This is used to develop test content specifications. The surveys are conducted approximately every five years, depending on the discipline.
Specifically, our curriculum surveys gather information about:
- Major content and skill areas covered in the course, and the proportion of the course devoted to each area.
- Specific topics taught and the emphasis given to each topic.
- Specific skills students are expected to acquire and the relative emphasis given to them.
- Recent and anticipated changes in course content, skills and topics.
- Primary textbooks and supplementary learning resources used.
- Titles and lengths of college courses that correspond to the CLEP exam.
70% of CLEP test-takers said their CLEP credits made a difference in their ability to finance tuition and other fees.
91% of CLEP test-takers said CLEP made a difference in helping them complete their degrees.
92% of institutions offer PLA credits to provide a time-saving avenue for degree completion.
More than 50% of PLA students earned a degree in seven years, compared to 21% of non-PLA students.
Students who receive credit-by-examination through CLEP for an introductory course are much more likely to earn an A or B in subsequent courses than students who complete the introductory course.
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