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Posted July 9, 2008
I'm giving this book three stars because it's useful but it's full of errors. I contacted REA about an errata for it and they didn't have one at the time (I created one and you can download it from 4Shared ¿ just search for 'CLEP Chemistry', for some bizarre reason, REA refused to make an errata easily downloadable on their website ¿ if they have one now you'll have to call or email). Nevertheless, this book was still useful to me and I recommend buying it. I used this book in conjunction with a college chemistry textbook to pass the CLEP. If you can get past the errors, this book really helps narrow the field of study. You'll definitely still need a college chemistry textbook to go along with it for further reading or for sample problems to work. Please don't view this as an additional criticism of the book as it's unreasonable to expect that a book of this size could give you everything from a one-year general chemistry book. This book reinforces key concepts and helps you focus on what's really important. The two practice tests in the book are excellent and were crucial to my passing score (test one is easier than the CLEP but test two is about on par with the actual CLEP test). The tests have a few errors in them but are better than the main text. You might also consider purchasing a sample chemistry CLEP test from CollegeBoard (for $10) just to have third test (I did). By the way, if you're interested, the college chemistry textbook I used was 'Chemical Principles - The Quest for Insight' 3rd Edition by Atkins & Jones ¿ the same book MIT uses for it's free OpenCourseWare. Good luck on the CLEP ¿ it isn't easy!
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