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Does Instantcert Work? - My Personal Opinion
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Does Instantcert Work?  -  My Personal Opinion

If you've been taking CLEPs you have probably at some point heard of Instantcert. If you happen to be reading this and don't know what Instantcert is, Instancert is a website where you can quiz yourself using their online flash cards to study for CLEP tests.

My Results

I used Instantcert to study for and PASS the Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, and Introductory Sociology CLEP tests over an 8 day period. I would say 98% of my studying was done using the Instantcert flashcards. I did start studying other sources briefly, but I was tired and decided just to take the tests.

These are subjects that I didn't have any previous knowledge in. When you first start out using the flashcards it's kind of hard because they will leave blank spaces that you have to fill in. If you don't know the word that goes in the blank it will tell you, what word goes there along with a brief description before you move onto the next flash card.

After constant repetition and reading you start remembering the words that go in the blanks and you start learning the subject matter. Just when you think you've got it down they'll switch up the location of the blanks. This really forces you to learn the material.

How I Studied

Depending on the flashcards there can be quite a bit of material to study. Also, once you go all the way through the flashcards it can be hard to remember the answers to the blanks that you missed at the beginning. As a result, I started taking notes of things I didn't know as I went through the flashcards.

I would simply open up a notepad document on my computer and type the answer and the corresponding info that was on the flashcard. This way I could jog my memory whenever I couldn't remember the blank. This seemed to help me more than just going through the flashcards without taking notes..

I think the act of typing the flash cards you don't know is useful as well. It forces you to process the information even more since you are typing it instead of just looking at the computer.

Criticisms of Instantcert

Online I've come across different criticisms of Instantcert. One of the recurring criticisms that I see is Instantcert charges you for study materials, but if you had just taken the test without studying you probably would've passed anyways.

I will agree with that criticism to a certain extent. There are CLEPs that you can take and pass without any studying. I passed the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP without studying. However, there are other CLEPs that you won't be able to pass just by guessing and using common sense.

The three CLEPs that I mentioned above I know for sure I wouldn't have passed if I hadn't studied for them. I know this because there were questions on the test that I wouldn't have known if I hadn't studied.

Having The Confidence To Take The CLEP

For me one of the hardest things to do is to actually take the CLEP. It's really easy for me to put off taking the CLEP because I want to study more to make sure I pass. However, after awhile I realize that I'm just procrastinating.

Instantcert provides me a great way to stop studying. After going through the flashcards and getting about 90% of them right I feel prepared enough to take the test. In reality I would score higher if I studied longer, but I'm not trying to score a perfect on the CLEP. I'm just trying to score high enough to get credit from my college for the CLEP.


While there are many different study guides out there for CLEP tests that you can use, Instantcert is one of my favorites. My recommendation would be to try it out and see if you like it. If it's not for you then try something else out.

The important thing is that you find a study method that suits you and gives you the confidence to walk in and take the CLEP. Studying for a CLEP is one thing, but it's quite another to have the confidence in yourself to take the test.

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