Preparing For CLEP Test Day 1

Once you have finished studying for the CLEP test, you can register to take the test at a local testing center.  Remember to continue studying during the days leading up to the test so you don’t forget any of the topics which you have worked so hard to learn.

When the day before the test arrives, you will be confronted with a number of important tasks… and some activities to avoid.  Using this list of “dos” and “don’ts”, you can confidently prepare for taking your CLEP test.

The Day Before The Test

Most of your preparations should be completed the day before the test so that you are not necessarily rushed or stressed on the day of the test.

Dos

  • Pack your “test bag” tonight.  Double check it’s contents before you go to bed.
  • Include one or more forms of personal identification in your bag.  Check the list of acceptable forms of ID.
  • Depending on the test center, you may need to bring your completed registration form.  Verify that it is filled out completely and accurately.
  • Include the money needed to pay for your CLEP test.  Each test costs $72 plus a small $15-$20 proctor fee.  Normally, the proctors, as the test supervisors are called, prefer to be payed by credit card, but the accepted payment methods vary from center to center.
  • Add two #2 pencils to your pack.  Make sure to avoid any mechanical pencils as they are not allowed on the test site.
  • Remember to get a good night’s rest.  You want to be wide-awake and alert while taking the test.

Don’ts

  • Avoid studying too much the night before the test.  After all, if you completed your studying thoroughly before, you should be well prepared and studying now will only risk damaging your ability to score high by reducing your night’s sleep.
  • Calculators are not allowed.  Tests that require calculators are equipped with calculator functions built into the exam software.
  • Reference materials are strictly rejected.  (For obvious reasons)
  • Highlighters, pens, or mechanical pencils cannot be used.
  • Read the complete list of rejected items here.

The Morning Of Test Day

On the morning of the test, you will have a few more preparations to complete.

Dos

  • Eat a healthy breakfast; it will help you to stay energetic and alert during the test.
  • Recheck your test bag.  Make sure everything needed is packed.
  • Verify the test time.  You don’t want to get their late!
  • Dress in layers.  Test centers vary widely in their temperatures.  You should be prepared for any temperature.

Don’ts

  • Avoid eating anything sugary or unnatural.  It can make you sleepy and slow during the test.

During The Test

Even during the test you have a few more activities to complete that will help you excel on the test.

Dos

  • Get to the test a little early so that you have time to find a seat and get comfortable.
  • Adjust your clothing layers to match the room temperature.
  • Read the instructions thoroughly.  Even if you are sure you know what to do, force yourself to read the directions – they might be slightly different than you expect.
  • Use good testing practices.  Don’t get bogged down on any one hard question, use educated guessing, and practice the other important testing skills.

Don’ts

  • Don’t get to the test late.  Late comers are not allowed to enter the test center.
  • Don’t try to cheat.  If should be obvious, but some people do try it.

This post on preparing for test is a part of my series on successful CLEP testing.  In the next part of this series, I will explain how to use your CLEP test score correctly.

Subscribe to Debt-free Scholar to be notified when that post is published!

One comment on “Preparing For CLEP Test Day

  1. Reply Mandy Harshbarger Jun 28,2012 9:26 PM

    Thank you for this CLEP resource. With my eldest going into High School, we are excited to pursue dual-credit and your guide has proven most helpful.

    Value aside, may I please draw your attention to a glaring error? I trust it will not strike you as too pedantic.

    “Verify the test time. You don’t want to get their late!”
    This should obviously read, “You don’t want to get there late!”

    We look forward to reading more in this series.
    Sincerely,
    Mrs. M. Harshbarger

Leave a Reply