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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association (Nov. 14 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738600938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738600932
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 16.8 x 2.3 cm
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CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology

The Most Complete CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology Subject Review
Everything you need to know for the CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology exam. Comprehensive review chapters completely align with all the subjects tested on the exam.

The Best CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology Practice Exams Available
2 full-length CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology practice tests based on official CLEP exam questions released by the College Board.

Total Explanations of Questions & Answers
Each CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology practice test comes with detailed feedback on every question. We don’t just say which answers are right – but why the others are wrong – so you’ll be prepared for the CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology exam.

Proven Test-Prep Methods
REA’s focused content and practical advice have helped millions succeed on their exams. With our step-by-step plan, you can score high on the CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology exam and earn the college credit you deserve!

What is CLEP?
CLEP is the College Board’s credit-by-examination program for more than 30 subjects. Each exam passed earns the student between 3-12 credits at more than 2,900 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. REA has the largest library of CLEP test preps that can help you earn college credit while saving you valuable time and money.

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About this book
This book provides you with complete preparation for the CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology exam. Inside you will find a concise review of the subject matter, as well as tips and strategies for test-taking. We also give you two practice tests, all based on the official CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology exam. Our practice tests contain every type of question that you can expect to encounter on the actual exam. Following each practice test you will find an answer key with detailed explanations designed to help you more completely understand the test material.
All CLEP exams are computer-based. As you can see, the practice tests in our book are presented as paper-and-pencil exams. The content and format of the actual CLEP subject exams are faithfully mirrored.

About the Exam

Who takes the CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology and what is it used for?
CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) examinations are typically taken by people who have acquired knowledge outside the classroom and wish to bypass certain college courses and earn college credit. The CLEP is designed to reward students for learningÑno matter where or how that knowledge was acquired. The CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the country, with more than 2,900 colleges and universities granting credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP exams.

Although most CLEP examinees are adults returning to college, many graduating high school seniors, enrolled college students, military personnel, and international students also take the exams to earn college credit or to demonstrate their ability to perform at the college level. There are no prerequisites, such as age or educational status, for taking CLEP examinations. However, because policies on granting credits vary among colleges, you should contact the particular institution from which you wish to receive CLEP credit.

Who administers the exam?
The CLEP tests are developed by the College Board, administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), and involve the assistance of educators throughout the United States. The test development process is designed and implemented to ensure that the content and difficulty level of the test are appropriate.

When and where is the exam given?
The CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology is administered each month throughout the year at more than 1,300 test centers in the United States and can be arranged for candidates abroad on request. To find the test center nearest you and to register for the exam, you should obtain a copy of the free booklets CLEP Colleges and CLEP Information for Candidates and Registration Form. They are available at most colleges where CLEP credit is granted, or by contacting:

CLEP Services
P.O. Box 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541-6600
Phone: (800) 257-9558 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET)
Fax: (609) 771-75088

Military personnel and CLEP
CLEP Exams are available free-of-charge to eligible military personnel and eligible civilian employees. The College Board has developed a paper-based version of 14 high volume/high pass rate CLEP tests for DANTES Test Centers. Contact the Educational Services Officer or Navy College Education Specialist for more information. Visit the College Board website for details about CLEP opportunities for military personnel.

How to Use this Book

What do I study first?
Read over the course review and the suggestions for test-taking, take the first practice test to determine your area(s) of weakness, and then go back and focus your study on those specific problems. Studying the reviews thoroughly will reinforce the basic skills you will need to do well on the exam. Make sure to take the practice tests to become familiar with the format and procedures involved with taking the actual exam.
To best utilize your study time, follow our Independent Study Schedule, which you'll find in the front of this book. The schedule is based on a four-week program, but can be condensed to two weeks if necessary by collapsing each two-week period into one.

When should I start studying?
It is never too early to start studying for the CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to sharpen your skills. Do not procrastinate! Cramming is not an effective way to study, since it does not allow you the time needed to learn the test material. The sooner you learn the format of the exam, the more time you will have to familiarize yourself with it.

Format and content of the CLEP
The CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology covers the material one would find in a college-level introductory educational psychology class. The exam emphasizes principles of learning and cognition, teaching methods and classroom management, child growth and development and evaluation and assessment of learning.

The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, each with five possible answer choices, to be answered within 90 minutes.

The approximate breakdown of topics is as follows:
5% Educational Aims or Philosophies
15% Cognitive Perspective
11% Behavioristic Perspective
15% Development
10% Motivation
17% Individual Differences
12% Testing
10% Pedagogy
5% Research Design and Analysis

The review in this book provides you with a complete background of all the pertinent facts, principles, and concepts of educational psychology. It will help reinforce the facts you have already learned while better shaping your understanding of the discipline as a whole. By using the review in conjunction with the practice tests, you should be well prepared to take the CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology.

Scoring your practice tests

How do I score my practice tests?
The CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology is scored on a scale of 20 to 80. To score your practice tests, count up the number of correct answers. This is your total raw score. Convert your raw score to a scaled score using the conversion table on the following page. (Note: The conversion table provides only an estimate of your scaled score. Scaled scores can and do vary over time, and in no case should a sample test be taken as a precise predictor of test performance. Nonetheless, our scoring table allows you to judge your level of performance within a reasonable scoring range.)

When will I receive my score report?
The test administrator will print out a full Candidate Score Report for you immediately upon your completion of the exam. Your scores are reported only to you, unless you ask to have them sent elsewhere. If you want your scores reported to a college or other institution, you must say so when you take the examination. Since your scores are kept on file for 20 years, you can also request transcripts from Educational Testing Service at a later date.

Studying for the CLEP
It is very important for you to choose the time and place for studying that works best for you. Some students may set aside a certain number of hours every morning, while others may choose to study at night before going to sleep. Other students may study during the day, while waiting on a line, or even while eating lunch. Only you can determine when and where your study time will be most effective. But be consistent and use your time wisely. Work out a study routine and stick to it!

When you take the practice tests, try to make your testing conditions as much like the actual test as possible. Turn your television and radio off, and sit down at a quiet table free from distraction. Make sure to time yourself. Start off by setting a timer for the time that is allotted for each section, and be sure to reset the timer for the appropriate amount of time when you start a new section.

As you complete each practice test, score your test and thoroughly review the explanations to the questions you answered incorrectly; however, do not review too much at one time. Concentrate on one problem area at a time by reviewing the question and explanation, and by studying our review until you are confident that you completely understand the material.

Keep track of your scores and mark them on the Scoring Worksheet. By doing so, you will be able to gauge your progress and discover general weaknesses in particular sections. You should carefully study the reviews that cover your areas of difficulty, as this will build your skills in those areas.

Test-Taking tips
Although you may not be familiar with computer-based standardized tests such as the CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology, there are many ways to acquaint yourself with this type of examination and to help alleviate your test-taking anxieties. Listed below are ways to help you become accustomed to the CLEP, some of which may be applied to other standardized tests as well.
Read all of the possible answers. Just because you think you have found the correct response, do not automatically assume that it is the best answer. Read through each choice to be sure that you are not making a mistake by jumping to conclusions.

Use the process of elimination. Go through each answer to a question and eliminate as many of the answer choices as possible. By eliminating just two answer choices, you give yourself a better chance of getting the item correct, since there will only be three choices left from which to make your guess. Remember, your score is based only on the number of questions you answer correctly.

Work quickly and steadily. You will have only 90 minutes to work on 100 questions, so work quickly and steadily to avoid focusing on any one question too long. Taking the practice tests in this book will help you learn to budget your ti...

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c98264) out of 5 stars Great Supplement for Passing CLEP June 28 2006
By Mrs. Night Owl - Published on
Format: Paperback
Just scored 73/80 after studying 5 days total. No prior knowledge of psychology (well, I took it in HS 16 yrs ago).

I purchased this book the night before taking the Intro to Psych CLEP exam. I had been studying for about 4 days prior. This book was an excellent supplement to the information I had learned on InstantCert.

The InstantCert info was like building the knowledge base with facts and concepts.

Then this REA book took all those facts and tied them all together in a readable format that solidified the entire subject. It was a fast read - about 2 hours for 100 pages.

The practice tests are instrumental in performing well on the CLEP. Do those tests until you get the answers right and have a good understanding of those answers.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c9a414) out of 5 stars I passed the CLEP with this book March 28 2012
By Duane - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased 5 REA CLEP books:
CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology (CLEP Test Preparation)
CLEP Introductory Sociology w/CD (REA) - The Best Test Prep for the CLEP Exam (Test Preps)
CLEP Biology w/ CD-ROM (CLEP Test Preparation)
CLEP College Mathematics w/CD-ROM (CLEP Test Preparation)
CLEP Analyzing & Interpreting Literature w/ Online Practice Exams (CLEP Test Preparation)

I also purchased the CLEP Official Study Guide 2012. This was only worthwhile because I was taking so many tests. It only contains a sample test for each CLEP - and there are no detailed answers. I will say I think it was helpful but I also do not believe it made a real difference in terms of pass / fail on the tests.

For the first three listed, it was enough to read the books a couple of times and then take the tests. Some of the material wasn't on the CLEP and there was material on the CLEP that was not in the book. That is to be expected given the broad topics covered. There is enough material in each of these three books to pass the CLEP they cover. I crammed a full semester of these classes into two weeks of study.

**NOTE** The sample tests are an important part of the learning process. There is information in the tests and detailed answers that is not covered elsewhere in the text. Do not underestimate the need to review the sample tests. They also give you good practice on timing. I considered this important for the Math and Literature tests. I was worried about spending too much time on each question for these last two. This is why I was disappointed with the lack of computer based testing with the Literature book.

The other two CLEP books require specific reviews.

College Mathematics: This was the toughest of the five for me personally. I do not feel the book covered the material in enough depth to prepare you for the test. It assumed you knew an awful lot that I did not know. There are drill questions at the end of each section. It would have been more helpful if they included detailed answers. There were a couple that I never did figure out. I do not consider myself math challenged but I also admit that I am not a math major. I spent a lot of time on-line utilizing other resources. My thanks to:

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature: I'm not sure this book really added value for me. The tests were helpful in getting me familiar with the format of the test (the printed version was all I had to work with - see above). However, there isn't much within the text that actually helped me prepare. In all fairness, I am an avid reader (not poetry!!) and could have simply taken this test at any time. If you are not much of a reader this book might be a good guide on what to read. It does not contain a list of what to read but if you read the material it uses as examples, it may help. Reading this book alone will NOT prepare you for this test.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c9ab70) out of 5 stars Great book! April 27 2006
By Athena - Published on
Format: Paperback
Really good book...I didn't know I had to take a CLEP until a week before the exam, so I rushed out and grabbed this book. I studied it for about 2 hours a day for 5 days, as well as did questions in the back and in the official CLEP study guide. I took the exam this morning and passed. It has everything you need to know for the exam =)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c9e0a8) out of 5 stars Just read it and pass, but take the Intro to Psych exam first. April 27 2006
By S. Goodwin - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I studied this book over the past few days and passed the exam today with a 69/80 (50 is passing). It covers almost everything on the exam and it's a quick and easy read. I would definitely recommend buying the Intro to Psych book and taking that exam first because this exam builds upon many of the same topics.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99c9a8ac) out of 5 stars Excellent Study Guide! Feb. 14 2006
By Tara - Published on
Format: Paperback
I studied this book for like three hours and passed the CLEP. this was my only study guide. all of the information on the test was in this book!