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Introductory Sociology Clep Study Guide - What I Used To Pass
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Introductory Sociology Clep Study Guide  -  What I Used To Pass

There are quite a few study guides out there for the Introductory Sociology CLEP. The study guide that I used to pass the Sociology CLEP isn't even a study guide at all. Well, I guess it could kind of be seen as a study guide. What I used was online flash cards.

Why I Chose Online Flashcards

I walked through the test preparation sections at Barnes and Nobles and Borders(no longer in business). The only CLEP prep materials they carried were either REA or Peterson's study guides. These guides are huge and usually consist of selected reading material with practice quizzes after each chapter or section.

I remember the feeling of dread that came over me when I looked at these books. It was if as these books were sucking the excitement of taking CLEPs right out of me like some crazy sci-fi tv show ghost that perpetuates its existence by sucking the energy out of humans.

I know from personal experience that I don't learn a whole lot just from reading over material. I tend to gloss over it. I needed something that I could review over and over in a quick, easy to use fashion.

Then I Found Instantcert

Anyways, I thought there was definitely a better way, so I did some search online and discovered Instantcert. Instantcert has made the flashcards for you. As a result, you don't have to spend countless hours pouring through sociology books just to create your own flashcards.

How it works is you log into their website and select a subject(in our case sociology.) The sociology flash cards are divided into four sections and you can choose to just work on one section at a time or you can quiz yourself using all of them. I chose to work on them one section at a time.

When your flash cards are initialized you will see a sentence or a couple of sentences on the screen. There is a twist though. The sentence(s) have blanks in them and you have to type the right answer in the blank. After you hit the enter button it will tell you whether you filled in the blank with the right answer or the wrong answer. If you got it wrong it tells you the right answer.

You then continue on to the next question and study for however long you want. Whenever I first begin a new subject I find it to be frustrating because I don't know a lot of the answers. However, as I keep on using the flashcards I will slowly get more and more of the answers right. When you've gone through all of the flashcards it let's you know what percentage of answers you got right. I like this feature becauseI know that I am actually learning the material and making progress.

How I Used Instantcert To Pass The Sociology CLEP

Basically, what I did was study each section individually. I went through the flash cards. Every time I didn't know they answer I would type the information from the flash card into a notepad document. I'm not sure if the extra typing helped, but that's what I did.

After you have finished a section you have the option of repeating the same section using only the flash cards that you missed. I would choose to do this. I would then repeat the section as many times as it took until I had answered each flash card correctly. Then I would move onto the next section.

After I finished all the sections I ran through the flashcards one last time, to freshen up my memory. In total I spent about 14 hours over the course of two or three days preparing for the CLEP.

During The Test

I must admit that I didn't have an air of confidence about me that i was going to ace the CLEP. Rather I was just so sick and tired of studying and I wanted to get it over with. It was the last of three CLEPs I had studied for and taken over a period of eight days.

While I was taking the test I felt pretty good, sure there were some things I didn't know but it's like that on all of the CLEPs. I ended up scoring a 56. It's not the highest score in the world, but it was high enough to get me credits for the Introduction to Sociology class at my university and that's all that matters when it comes to CLEP.


If you haven't tried out Instantcert, give it a shot. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy and effective it is to use when studying for CLEP tests.

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