CLEP, College-Level Examination Program, is for high school students who want to test out of a number of college freshman classes.  If that’s you, then guide your son to take CLEP Exams while in high school, starting in the 9th grade.  Want to save money on college?  Then have your son take CLEP exams in high school.  For the English Literature CLEP exam, start here. And here is a sample question for the American Literature test.   Please note: **You must get a statement in writing in advance regarding the college’s acceptance of CLEPs, APs, and DSSTs.  Each school is different.

Books you need to read for a CLEP English exam:

1. Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence
2. Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth
3. Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms
4. Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls
5. Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises
6. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
7. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise
8. Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
9. Kate Chopin’s The Awakening
10. Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
11. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter
12. Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man
13. Richard Wright’s Black Boy
14. Richard Wright’s Native Son
15. Stephen Crane’s Maggie, a Girl of the Streets
16. Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage
17. Stephen Crane’s War Is Kind
18. Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop
19. Willa Cather’s My Antonia
20. Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!
21. Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark
22. William Faulkner’s The Light in August
23. William Faulkner’s The Sound and Fury

1.  Let’s call this a CLEP hack.  
5. Here is an exam guide to the American Literature CLEP Exam.  Find others here.


From the Ron Paul Curriculum author, Dr. Gary North:


Gary North – November 30, 2013

Colleges use the SAT and ACT exams to guess how well a high school student will do in college.

If a student applies with (say) five CLEP exams, with scores over 50, that student has proved that he can do college-level work. There is hardly any guessing. He will enter as a sophomore.

The SAT or ACT score then becomes a formality.

Bradley Fish, who teaches half a dozen courses in this site, used a combination of CLEP exams and distance learning upper division to quiz oiut of college. He got his B.A. degree in the month he turned 18.

The SAT and ACT exams are for students who do things the conventional — way too expensive — way. There are better ways.

If you’re going to cram, cram for a CLEP, not the SAT.

Here’s how it works. //