Of all the CLEP exams offered, the CLEP Chemistry exam is widely considered to be the most difficult. With a passing percentage of less than 7%, this exam is not everybody’s cup of tea.
Who should take this exam then?
1) High School Students
High school students or recent graduates who have take 1 – 2 years of chemistry and want college credit for it. For those of you who got an A or B in high school chemistry, this test should not be too difficult for you. Spend about 4 weeks reviewing topics covered on the Chemistry CLEP exam and take 3 – 5 practice tests and you should be in good shape if you score above 60% on the practice tests.
2) College Students
If you want to avoid taking a core chemistry class in college, the CLEP Chemistry exam may be a good option for you if you are a math/science person. Go through an AP chemistry study book AND then a CLEP Chemistry study guide. If you manage to score above 60% on the 4th and 5th practice exams you take, you should go ahead and try to test out of chemistry.
3) Individuals with Relevant Experience
You may have learned some chemistry by working as a lab assistant or by any other means. If on top of this you are good at math, then go ahead and try to get college credit in chemistry!
If you don’t know anything about chemistry, don’t take the CLEP Chemistry exam.
If you are considering taking the CLEP chemistry exam, keep reading!
Content and Format of the Chemistry CLEP
The CLEP Chemistry exam tests material taught in a typical one-year college-level introductory chemistry class. There are 75 multiple-choice questions that are to be completed within 90 minutes.
Here is an approximate breakdown of topics covered on the Chemistry CLEP exam:
20% Structure of Matter
19% States of Matter
14% Descriptive Chemistry
12% Reaction Types
10% Equations and Stoichiometry
9% Experimental Chemistry
Are you ready to start studying for the Chemistry CLEP exam?