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MarkJC
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I'm enrolled at a college for the fall, and i'm considering taking the CLEP exams to get rid of some silly classes that i've been set up to take in the first semester.

Right now, i'm registered to take College Algebra and Trigonometry classes. These are two separate classes, and I believe they make up a total of 5 hours. The best part is that not only can I not apply these credits to my major, but they also can't be applied toward my overall GPA. Talk about a waste of time and money!

I didn't quite pass my college's math placement test, but it had some questions that I thought were very unusual, or to put it bluntly, pointless. Questions such as: find the log of a number, the sine value of an angle, and the secant value of an angle.. all without a calculator! Is anyone these days actually taught how to derive those in high school? I almost wondered if the tests weren't created before the invention of calculators.

Does anyone know how difficult CLEP math tests are? My college requires a score of 58/80 on them for a passing grade, but if it has questions of a similar nature to those, I think i'm going to have to bury myself in a book for a few months to pass it.

Right now, i'm registered to take College Algebra and Trigonometry classes. These are two separate classes, and I believe they make up a total of 5 hours. The best part is that not only can I not apply these credits to my major, but they also can't be applied toward my overall GPA. Talk about a waste of time and money!

I didn't quite pass my college's math placement test, but it had some questions that I thought were very unusual, or to put it bluntly, pointless. Questions such as: find the log of a number, the sine value of an angle, and the secant value of an angle.. all without a calculator! Is anyone these days actually taught how to derive those in high school? I almost wondered if the tests weren't created before the invention of calculators.

Does anyone know how difficult CLEP math tests are? My college requires a score of 58/80 on them for a passing grade, but if it has questions of a similar nature to those, I think i'm going to have to bury myself in a book for a few months to pass it.

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## Replies to: How hard is the CLEP?

3,916Senior Member600Member52Junior MemberNo, where they aren't standard angles or numbers. Such as,

Find the sine of an angle of 22 degrees.

Find the secant of an angle of 48 degrees.

Find the log of the number 1.6823.

Maybe my textbooks just didn't cover that. Are you able to solve those questions without a calculator? I'm under the impression that they can't be solved without memorizing some lengthy and complicated formulas that most textbooks today do not teach. I had a rather non-standard high school curriculum though.

3,916Senior Member1,326Senior MemberZebes

13New MemberAnd how hard is it to get a 50 on the College Algebra Clep? I have been studying for a few days now, and I have my exam on Tuesday. Do you think thats enough studying to get a 50 on the College Algebra Clep?

1,326Senior MemberMy S got his score immediately from the university testing center where he took the exam as it's all computerized. They tell you that it's an unoffical score, and that you will receive the official score in a few weeks. However, when we did a degree audit, which he can do on his university website, he already showed credit for having CLEPPED out of the college algebra class. So, it happened almost over night. As for studying, I couldn't tell you. I think it depends on each student. My kids have never studied for any math exam; they wouldn't know how. My daughter breathes math, she loves it so much. My S does well; just can't stand it particularly, which is why he didn't want to take the algebra class. <g> Good luck!

Zebes

648MemberYea, the most awesome part of CLEP is that you know your score immediately after taking the test.