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(U) = Updated 2011
(U04) = Updated 2004
(U)(V) = Updated 2004 with on demand video links
(U06) = Updated 2006
(U)(V)06 = Updated 2006 with on demand video links
(U)12=Updated 2012 retaining video links
CLEP General Exams
Natural Science (U)(V)
CLEP Subject Exams
Freshman English Composition(U04)
Western Civ. I & II (U)(V)06
History of the U.S. I & II(U)(V)12
Free University Project Celebrates Its
15th Year Helping Independent Learners
Earn College Credit by Examination
Features major updates to four CLEP Study Guides in American Studies so students can test out of a full semester of college.
While we broke new ground in 1997, the Internet now has many sites with CLEP related information. I am especially heartened by the growth of OCW - OpenCourseWare now being offered by both major universities and regional colleges. That said, the Free University Project's approach to help you prepare for CLEP exams -- attempting to provide direct links to specific sections of the CLEP exam -- still remains valid.
With the sharply increased costs of college, testing out of a full semester can save students thousands of dollars and can potentially cut their student loans in half.
As its name implies, all Project material is provided free, and no sign-up or registration is required.
Students learn at their own pace, on their own time. These Study Guides can be used by anyone from sophomores in high school to senior citizens.
However, in an attempt to encourage self-directed students to gain a full semester's credit by examination -- thereby slashing student loans -- I will focus on the four exams in American Studies: History of the U.S. I & II, American Literature, and American Government. Not only do these exams reinforce each other, all students have some background studies in middle and high school -- so it is not totally unfamiliar territory.
When I started there was very little information available on-line that was helpful to self-directed students, so the original Project included many general guidelines, study tips, and cost cutting strategies. In order to streamline the Project site, I will be pulling that information out, augmenting it, and posting it on a sister site CLEP Out Now!
In its current form some of the original Study Guides, though updated several times, still have broken links, as institutions changed computer servers, professors retired, or dropped material. At the same time, major colleges and universities have begun posting full not-for-credit courses, a limited number of which cover the same material as that in a related CLEP test. These will be incorporated in the next phase of updates.
Please NOTE new e-mail address: My old mailbox was hijacked and corrupted. I can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org. I love to hear from you. Jack Star