Practice for the Exam

Your knowledge of the subject matter will be the foundation of your success, but practice with actual test questions will increase your speed, confidence, and accuracy. Follow the steps below to learn how to access online study courses, guides, and other resources to help you prepare for the exam.


  1. Review the exam description.

    Read the exam description carefully to understand what topics will be covered on it as well as how much time is allotted for the test as a whole and for each subsection. This will help you know what to expect when you’re taking the test.

  2. Become familiar with the sample questions provided on the exam page.

    You can find these questions in the free Resource Guide and Sample Questions PDF at the bottom of the exam page. This is a fairly limited selection of questions and it doesn't explain the correct answers. For more practice, you can purchase the CLEP Official Study Guide, a guide to the exam you’re taking, or a study app from the exam page, each of which contains many practice questions (all three have the same questions, so you only need to buy one).

  3. Review test-taking tips.

    Read this page for general advice and test-taking tips on multiple choice and essay questions for your CLEP exam.


    Test-Taking Tips

    Advice and test-taking tips on multiple-choice and essay questions for your CLEP exam.

  4. Purchase official practice resources.

    Buy the CLEP Official Study Guide or exam-specific guides (available on exam pages) for additional practice questions and tips. You can also buy the Official CLEP Study Guide App from examIam so you can practice for the exam on your mobile device. (Again, these official resources contain the same questions, so no need to buy more than one.)


    Warning About Third-Party Study Materials

    Things to be aware of when purchasing test prep materials from other sources.