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CLEP® Introductory Psychology Book + Online (CLEP Test Preparation) Second Edition, Revised Edition

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Everything you need to pass the exam and get the college credits you deserve.

CLEP* is the most popular credit-by-examination program in the country, accepted by more than 2,900 colleges and universities. For over 15 years, REA has helped students pass their CLEP* exams and earn college credits while reducing their tuition costs.

Our online diagnostic exam pinpoints your strengths and shows you exactly where you need to focus your study. Armed with this information, you can personalize your prep and review where you need it the most.

Our targeted review covers all the material you’ll be expected to know for the exam and includes a glossary of must-know psychology terms.

The online REA Study Center gives you two full-length practice tests and the most powerful scoring analysis and diagnostic tools available today. Instant score reports help you zero in on the topics that give you trouble now and show you how to arrive at the correct answer—so you’ll be prepared on test day.

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About the Author

Don J. Sharpsteen is the recipient of the University of Missouri–Rolla College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. He received his doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Denver in 1988. Dr. Sharpsteen has taught courses in social psychology, personality, motivation and emotion, developmental psychology, learning, psychoanalysis, evolutionary psychology, close relationships, research methods, and statistics.

His current research focuses on the cognitive representation of emotion knowledge and on the social psychological processes involved in gossip. His research has been published in a variety of psychology journals and edited books. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri–Rolla.

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  • Series: CLEP Test Preparation
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association; Second Edition, Revised edition (February 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738610178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738610177
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By SGF on June 23, 2012
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This guide helped me achieve a 72 after about a consistent month of study. I also rented Myers's Introductory Psychology textbook from the University, and used it to bulk up my understanding of important concepts.

The key thing about this book is that it's a study guide, and while it covers about 99% of the questions on the exam (there was one obscure question about a psychologist whose name I didn't recognize), it doesn't give you a deep understanding of the tougher concepts.

My recommendation is that you study this guide thoroughly first and then take the practice exams to find areas of difficulty. Use a textbook to patch up those areas and you should be good. Know the psychologist's names (the ones mentioned in the study guide) well; I was surprised how many questions asked which psychologist did this or that.

I actually didn't end up taking the practice exams until the night before the test and they matched up very well with my actual score:

1st Practice Exam = 68
2nd Practice Exam = 70
Actual CLEP score = 72
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First off, there are 95 questions on the CLEP test for this subject. There will be about 20 - 25 questions that you will not be able to answer if you only use this book. Different experiments, different scientists, different theories, different phrases, all were a blind spot.

This is how I studied.

First read the book. Finished? Ok. You didn't memorize a dang thing did ya? No, you didn't. That's ok.

Second, go back to chapter 2, the book starts from there, and there are many empty pages, so it's a very short book. Now for every single bolded phrase in that book, you create an index card, with the phrase on the white part, and the definition, sometimes very long, on the opposite lined part. I ended up with 260 index cards. If you have less, you're a slacker, and Freud will personally come smack you around in your sleep.

3rd, go through the index cards, memorize everything, don't worry if you can't articulate exactly what you wrote from memory, just make sure you have a good idea of what the definitions are, and DO NOT confuse one definition with another, it's a multiple choice test, so once you see the relevant answer your bulb will light up and you will click it.

4th, read the book again. Listen. The book is actually 70 pages long. You start from Chapter 2, because Chapter 1 is just info on the test and a bunch of BS info you don't need to know. There are many empty pages used as a divider between chapters, and there are many pages that have like a paragraph or less on them.

5th, take the online tests. I did not do this. I only took the first test which is supposed to tell you where you are weak and where you are strong. I got an 80 on it, and I took this test about 4 or 5 hours before my CLEP exam.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Bella on March 8, 2014
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Airmen will be glad to know that I scored a 53 - cutoff for CLEPs in general is 50 - after just studying for one night, and a couple of hours of sleep. The test was done in March 2014. I supplemented this book with "CLEP Psychology - 2012: Condensed Summary and Test Prep Guide" by David C. Haus and Michael D. Haus. Do not be like me and actually take at least 2 weeks to study. Do all the practice tests and understand the concepts. If you want to score higher than 70 then you better buy a psychology textbook. Good thing that Arizona State University and Air University (USAF) accepts 50 for this particular subject. Remember, all colleges have their own criteria on CLEP scores and some do not accept them. The test is more of a you know it or you do not kind. No real in-depth questions. Sort of like military CDCs and PDG.

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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B-RAD on August 25, 2012
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This is the only source of study material I had for the Intro. Psychology CLEP exam. I received the book the day before I was scheduled to take the exam, and didn't get to spend more than 10 hours studying it. However those 10 hours were very intense.

There are two practice exams in the text, and you get access to the same ones online (plus a pre-study exam to see what your background knowledge is before you start with the text).

I'll explain how I studied for the CLEP with this book. Let me also say I am a Human Physiology TA, so I knew all the physiology info and know how to study effectively, but the rest was all new information to me. What worked for me may not work for you:

I first took the pre-study exam (the pre-study exam is only 50 questions, I made a 31/50 = 62%, and believe I only did that well due to already knowing the physiology info). I then read through the explanations to each question in that exam, which briefly explains what each one of the multiple choice items is. It was a lot of new information I had no background with, so I made a lot of notes while doing so. I probably spent 2 hours doing this.

I then read the text in about 3-4 hours and took a lot of abbreviated notes along the way.

After reading the text, I re-read all of the notes I had made then took the first practice test. Again I read through the explanations for each question and got to know all the multiple choice items, not just the correct ones.

The next day, I studied all my notes, and took the last practice exam. I again read the invaluable explanations to each question, then off I went to take the CLEP exam.
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