English Comp with Essay CLEP

Discussion in 'CLEP, DANTES, and Other Exams for Credit' started by Abner, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member


    Has anyone taken the English Comp with Essay CLEP? Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks and have a good Thanksgiving!

    Abner :)
  2. AGS

    AGS New Member

    Good luck

    I have seen the post with Unixman CLEP ODddyssey ..He actually described some of his experience with the English Clep and the Essay part ..
  3. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Re: Good luck

    Thanks AGS. I did a search and found the thread. I sent Unixman a private message.

    Have a Happy thanksgiving!

  4. DesElms

    DesElms New Member

    Um... I think there's more writing than there is with the one without the essay...

    ...but I could be wrong. ;)
  5. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Re: Re: English Comp with Essay CLEP

    Abner :)
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I took it Abner. It was my first CLEP(noncomputer) and was a bit nervous and barely passed. Not all that tough. Essay was fairly easy . I used Cracking the CLEP and Official CLEP Guide .
  7. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator

    I took both versions. The non-essay was all multi-choice. To prepare for the essay version I practiced writing a standard five paragraph essay. My wife would give me some topics off the top of head such as - Favorite Holiday or best childhood memory and I would write the essay.

    My essay was the most important invention of the 20th century.
  8. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator

    One more thing - I used the Comex study guide.
  9. pacificamark

    pacificamark New Member


    I've taken many a free CLEP through the Navy. This particular CLEP was very easy, for me at least. It's also worth 6 credits!
  10. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Hi FWD:

    This is a noncomputer CLEP? I was under the impression it was computerized. How long ago did you take it? Do you check your answers on a multiple choice answer sheet? Please advise.

    I also have Cracking the CLEP, will review. Thanks for you comments. Cracking the CLEP says the English Comp with essay CLEP is offered January, April, June, and October. I guess I will make my appointment ahead of time to make sure I get a slot reserved.

    Take care,

    Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

    Abner :)
  11. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Thanks Randell. BTW, have you checked your pm's? I sent you one.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Abner :)
  12. Guest

    Guest Guest


    Sorry I wasn't clear. I took it a few years ago prior to computer based testing. And it is only offered 4 times a year so make an appointment.

    As mentioned it was my first exam so while I didn't feel it was all that tough I didn't do as well as I thought but passed nontheless. Cracking the CLEP served me well . I read from another CLEP book a bit also but don't recall which one. Good luck!

  13. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator

    Yes, thanks.
  14. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Ok, thanks!!!!
  15. beholdweb

    beholdweb New Member

    Actually, I just took the English Comp w/Essay (computerized version) on November 2nd, 2005. I simply called the test center on Tuesday (the 1st) and was able to schedule it for the following day (the 2nd).

    So I don't think they stick to the '4 times a year' schedule anymore. Just call your local test center and check though.

    It took CLEP about three weeks to grade my essay and mail me my score.

    Hope that helps,
  16. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    First of all, welcome aboard! Second, thanks for your comments. Were you able to obtain your score on the multiple choice portion of the CLEP on the spot? Or did you have to wait until the written essay was graded as well?

    Also, how long does the essay have to be? Do they give a certain number of words you have to produce? Just curious.

    Thanks beholdweb!

    Abner :)
  17. Guest

    Guest Guest

    You are probably right. Good idea to call test center.
  18. beholdweb

    beholdweb New Member


    You don't receive any score at all after completing the exam. It's quite a disappointment if you are used to taking other CLEP's and getting instant feedback.

    Also, when you get your score in the mail, they only give you a final combined score. So basically, you never get to know how you did on either section individually.

    They don't specify any particular length for the essay. 45 minutes is NOT very long at all though, so they don't expect a 10 page essay.

    I can tell you that I think I did excellent on the multiple-choice segment and miserably bad on the essay section....but still managed to pass.

    For three weeks after I took the exam, I was certain I had failed.

    My brain pretty much froze up during the essay portion. For some reason, I could barely formulate an intelligent sentence. I turned into a dithering idiot! So I ended up just fumbling my way through some semblence of a structured essay even though I couldn't think of anything to say.

    My essay had an opening paragraph (intro). Three middle paragraphs (main points), and a final paragraph (conclusion).

    I only wrote about ten sentences in all. The content of those ten sentences was NOT particularly profound at all (because remember, I was an intellectual moron for those 45 minutes). But I made sure that the garbage I DID write was structured like an essay, contained no spelling errors, and adhered to correct grammatical rules.

    Even though my main points were stupid, by simply ensuring I followed a basic structure in the essay, I was apparently able to avoid getting a zero. When my essay score was combined with doing very well on the first section, it was enough to earn a passing score.

    This exam is pass/fail though and six credits is six credits. Thank God!

    I guess the moral is: As long as you write SOMETHING for the essay and STRUCTURE it well (even if it's not a work of genius), and if you perform well on the first section, it IS still possible to pass the exam.

    Hope that helps,
  19. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Thanks!!!! Great information. That helps a lot! I like to visualize, visualize, visualize when I prepare for any challenge. I will be ready, I figure probably in 1-2 weeks.


    Abner :)
  20. Daniel Eldredge

    Daniel Eldredge New Member

    I picked up both versions. Without the abstract everything was multi-choice.

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