# How to Pass My CLEP Math Exam

Earn college credit for what you already know. If you pass the College Level Examination Program math test, the college you attend may allow you to bypass the mathematics courses you are expected to take as part of your general education requirements. The College Board website states that if you want to pass the CLEP math exam, it's to your advantage to take the time to prepare.

## Study Smart

The materials covered in the math CLEP exam are similar to the basic type of math you would learn during a year of college as a non-math major, such as a 100-level algebra class or a general math class designed for freshman students. Use a comprehensive math CLEP workbook to study the different types of mathematics you’ll find on the exam. The College Board writes the CLEP exams and offers study guides and workbooks you can purchase or borrow from a library.

## Get Familiar With the Format

The College Board website notes that you’ll find about 60 math questions on the CLEP math test, and you will have 90 minutes to answer them. Pre-test questions will not be scored and you will be given extra time to provide your personal information and complete any pre-test tutorials. The CLEP math test does not include any questions that require you to perform long calculations or use a calculator. However, if you feel you need a calculator, the testing center will provide you with one.

## Study Top Topics

The CLEP math exam covers six non-advanced math-related topics. A quarter of the exam tests your ability to solve problems related to probability and statistics, like finding averages and interpreting data on charts. About 20 percent of the exam covers functions and their graphs, posing questions in which you have to complete simple transformations of functions, identify properties of a graph and figure out ranges. Another 20 percent of the exam tests you on real number systems, such as prime numbers, factors and absolute values. Math problems related to algebra and geometry make up approximately 15 percent of the test. Ten percent of the test covers sets, such as Venn diagrams and Cartesian products, and the remaining 10 percent relates to logic problems, like truth tables and conditional statements.

## Practice, Practice, Practice

When you begin studying for the CLEP math exam, take practice tests to learn about the mathematical areas in which you need improvement and to become comfortable with the test's format. Instead of taking the same test over and over, use different practice tests. Sources of practice tests include math-related CLEP workbooks and the College Board website. As you complete the practice tests, give yourself a 90-minute time limit to simulate the actual CLEP math exam. Passing test scores vary by educational institution, so check with your college or schools of interest to learn about the score that you need to aim for when you take the practice CLEP math exams.

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