CLEP Natural Sciences [With CDROM]

CLEP Natural Sciences [With CDROM]

by Laurie Ann Callihan, David Callihan


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ISBN-13: 9780738604657
Publisher: Research & Education Association
Publication date: 08/07/2009
Series: CLEP Test Preparation Series
Edition description: First
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

About Our Authors  

Laurie Ann Callihan received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from San Diego Christian College in El Cajon, California. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Science Education as a University Fellow at Florida State University. She has extensive writing, speaking, and teaching experience. Her authorship includes The Best Test Preparation for the CLEP Biology Exam and other REA titles and journal articles currently in press. She is an internationally known speaker on education, having been the keynote speaker at state and local education conventions throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. In addition to years of study, curriculum development, and teaching Biology and Physical Science, her current research focuses on development of effective teaching methods and tools for conceptual understanding.  

David Callihan earned a Bachelor of Science in Geophysics from San Diego Christian College in El Cajon, California. He currently teaches physical science and mathematics at Bishop Hall Charter School in Thomasville (Thomas County), Georgia.  He began his teaching career at DeSoto Middle School in Arcadia, Florida, where he was recognized as the top performing teacher based on AYP results. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr. Callihan had a successful career in manufacturing, oil exploration, and high technology sales. Mr. Callihan is a Zero-G teacher coach, and has worked with the Florida Space Grant Consortium, the Center for Oceanic Studies in Educational Excellence, and the Florida Institute of Phosphate Research. He is currently working on his Master’s in Science Education at Florida State University.

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Passing the CLEP Natural Sciences Exam  

About This Book and testware® 
This book provides you with complete preparation for the CLEP Natural Sciences exam. Inside you will find a targeted review of the subject matter, as well as tips and strategies for test taking. We also give you three practice tests, featuring content and formatting based on the official CLEP Natural Sciences 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.

Practice tests 1 and 2 are included in two formats: in printed format in this book, and in TestWare® format on the enclosed CD. We strongly recommend that you begin your preparation with the TestWare® practice exams. The software provides the added benefits of instant scoring and enforced time conditions. Practice test 3 is included in printed format only.

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. Later in this chapter you’ll find a detailed outline of the format and content of the CLEP Natural Sciences exam.

About the Exam

Who takes CLEP exams and what are they used for?
CLEP 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 learning—no 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.

There are two categories of CLEP examinations: 
1. CLEP General Examinations, which are five separate tests that cover material usually taken as requirements during the first two years of college. CLEP General Examinations are available for English Composition (with or without essay), Humanities, College Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences and History.

2. CLEP Subject Examinations include material usually covered in an undergraduate course with a similar title. For a complete list of the subject examinations offered, visit the College Board website.

Who administers the exam?
The CLEP exams 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?
CLEP exams are 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) 771-7088

CLEP Options for Military Personnel and Veterans
CLEP exams are available free of charge to eligible military personnel and eligible civilian employees. All the CLEP exams are available at test centers on college campuses and military bases. In addition, 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.

Eligible U.S. veterans can claim reimbursement for CLEP exams and administration fees pursuant to provisions of the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004. For details on eligibility and submitting a claim for reimbursement, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website at 

SSD Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Many students qualify for extra time to take the CLEP Natural Sciences exam, but you must make these arrangements in advance. For information, contact:

College Board Services for Students with Disabilities
P.O. Box 6226
Princeton, NJ 08541-6226
Phone: (609) 771-7137 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET)
TTY: (609) 882-4118
Fax: (609) 771-7944

Our TestWare® can be adapted to accommodate your time extension. This allows you to practice under the same extended-time accommodations that you will receive on the actual test day. To customize your TestWare® to suit the most common extensions, visit our website at 

How to Use This Book and Testware®
What do I study first?
To begin your studies, read over the introduction and the suggestions for test taking. Take Practice Exam 1 on CD-ROM to determine your strengths and weaknesses, and then study the course review material, focusing on your specific problem areas. The course review includes the information you need to know when taking the exam. Make sure to follow up your diagnostic work by taking the remaining practice exam on CD-ROM to become familiar with the format and feel of the CLEP Natural Sciences exam. 

When should I start studying? 
It is never too early to start studying for the CLEP Natural Sciences exam. 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 Exam
The CLEP Natural Sciences exam covers the material one would find in a freshman or sophomore general science survey course covering biology and physical science. It is meant for students who are non-science majors. The exam stresses basic facts and principles, as well as general theoretical approaches used by scientists. 

There are 120 multiple-choice questions on the exam, each with five possible answer choices, to be answered in 90 minutes. 

The approximate breakdown of topics is as follows:
50% Biological Science
10% Origin, evolution, and classification of life (Chapter 2)
10% Cell organization and division, gene regulation, bioenergetics,biosynthesis (Chapter 3)
20% Structure, function, and development of organisms; heredity (Chapter 4)
10% Concepts of population biology, ecology (Chapter 5)
50% Physical Science
7% Atomic and nuclear structure, properties, and reactions, elementary particles (Chapter 6)
10% Chemical elements, compounds, reactions, molecular structure and bonding (Chapter 7)
12% Heat, thermodynamics, states of matter; classical mechanics; relativity (Chapter 8)
4% Electricity and magnetism, waves, light, and sound (Chapter 9)
7% The universe: galaxies, stars, the solar system (Chapter 10)
10% Earth: atmosphere, hydrosphere, structure features, geologic processes and history (Chapter 11)

About Our Course Review
The review in this book provides you with a complete background of all the important natural sciences principles and theories relevant to the exam. 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 Natural Sciences exam.


Table of Contents


About Research & Education Association 
About Our Authors 
Independent Study Schedule 

Chapter 1  Passing the CLEP Natural Sciences Exam 
About This Book and TestWare®
About the Exam 
How to Use This Book and TestWare® 
Format and Content of the Exam 
About Our Course Review 
Scoring Your Practice Tests 
Studying for the Exam 
Test-Taking Tips 
The Day of the Exam 


Chapter 2  Evolution 
History of Evolutionary Concepts 
Plant and Animal Evolution 

Chapter 3 Cellular and Molecular Biology 
The Structure and Function of Cells
Chemical Nature of the Gene

Chapter 4 Structure and Function of Plants and Animals; Genetics, Plants (Botany), Animals (Zoology) 
Principles of Heredity (Genetics) 

Chapter 5  Ecology and Population Biology 
Population Growth and Regulation 
Principles of Behavior  
Social Biology 


Chapter 6  Atomic Chemistry
Structure of the Atom 
Periodic Trends 
Nuclear Reactions and Equations 
Rate of Decay; Half Life

Chapter 7  Chemistry of Reactions 
Common Elements 

Chapter 8  Physics 
The Laws of Thermodynamics  
States of Matter  
Classical Mechanics  
Theory of Relativity  

Chapter 9  Energy 
Electricity and Magnetism  
Waves: Sound and Light  
Chapter 10  The Universe 

Chapter 11 Earth 
Earth’s Layers  
Practice Test 1  
Answer Key  
Detailed Explanations of Answers 
Practice Test 2 
Answer Key 
Detailed Explanations of Answers 
Practice Test 3 
Answer Key 
Detailed Explanations of Answers 
Answer Sheets 
Installing REA’s TestWare® 

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used an older version of this book to prepare for the CLEP test. I did spectacularly well. I found the information to be very clear and complete. The practice tests were great and so close to the actual test that I thought I remembered some of the answers. If you leave enough time to look up the things you don't know or are struggling with, you will do great. I didn't have the cd, but I'm sure its a great addition.
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CubanDiva41 More than 1 year ago
This was the best preparation for me for the Biology Clep Test. It had everything I needed for the real test. I passed with flying colors.
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