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Social Sciences and History

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Most of the textbooks used in college-level social sciences and history courses cover the topics in this test, but the approaches given to certain topics may differ. To prepare for the Social Sciences and History exam, it is advisable to study one or more college textbooks for related courses, which can be found in most college bookstores. Among the topics included are United States and world history, Western civilization, economics, political science, geography, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. When selecting a textbook, check the table of contents against the knowledge and skills required for this test. In addition, many college faculty members post their course materials on their schools’ websites.

The materials suggested for preparing for other CLEP exams may also be helpful. Study resources for these CLEP exams are particularly relevant: American Government, History of the United States I and II, Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics, Introductory Psychology, Introductory Sociology, and Western Civilization I and II.

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