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CLEP Human Growth & Development (REA)-The Best Test Prep for the CLEP Exam (CLEP Test Preparation) Paperback – October 27, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: CLEP Test Preparation
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association (October 27, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878919023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878919024
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About Research & Education Association
Research & Education Association (REA) is an organization of educators, scientists, and engineers specializing in various academic fields. Founded in 1959 with the purpose of disseminating the most recently developed scientific information to groups in industry, government, high schools, and universities, REA has since become a successful and highly respected publisher of study aids, test preps, handbooks, and reference works.

REA's Test Preparation series includes study guides for all academic levels in almost all disciplines. Research & Education Association publishes test preps for students who have not yet completed high school, as well as high school students preparing to enter college. Students from countries around the world seeking to attend college in the United States will find the assistance they need in REA's publications. For college students seeking advanced degrees, REA publishes test preps for many major graduate school admission examinations in a wide variety of disciplines, including engineering, law, and medicine. Students at every level, in every field, with every ambition can find what they are looking for among REA's publications.

While most test preparation books present practice tests that bear little resemblance to the actual exams, REA's series presents tests that accurately depict the official exams in both degree of difficulty and types of questions. REA's practice tests are always based upon the most recently administered exams, and include every type of question that can be expected on the actual exams.

REA's publications and educational materials are highly regarded and continually receive an unprecedented amount of praise from professionals, instructors, librarians, parents, and students. Our authors are as diverse as the fields represented in the books we publish. They are well-known in their respective disciplines and serve on the faculties of prestigious high schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States and Canada.

Chapter 1: PASSING THE CLEP HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT CBT

ABOUT THIS BOOK
This book provides you with comprehensive preparation for the CLEP Human Growth and Development (Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, and Aging) Computer-Based Test, or CBT. Inside you will find a concise review of introductory human development, as well as tips and strategies for test-taking. We give you three full-length REA practice tests, all based on the official CLEP subject exam. Our practice tests contain every type of question that you can expect to encounter on the CLEP CBT. Following each practice test you will find an answer key with detailed explanations designed to help you more completely absorb the test material.

All 34 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. We detail the format of the CLEP Human Growth and Development CBT on pages 4-5.

ABOUT THE EXAM

Who takes CLEP exams and what are they used for?
CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) examinations are usually taken by adults who have acquired knowledge outside the classroom and wish to bypass certain college courses and earn college credit. The CLEP Program 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 candidates are adults returning to college, many graduating high school seniors, enrolled college students, 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.

Most CLEP examinations include material usually covered in an undergraduate course with a similar title to that of the exam (e.g. Human Growth and Development). However, five of the exams do not deal with subject matter covered in any particular course but rather with material taken as general requirements during the first two years of college. These general exams are English Composition (with or without essay), Humanities, College Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences and History.

Who develops and administers the exams?
The CLEP CBTs are developed by the College Entrance Examination Board, administered by Educational Testing Service, and involves the assistance of educators from across the United States. The test development process is designed and carried out to ensure that the content and difficulty of the test are appropriate to the college level.

When and where is this exam given?
The CLEP Human Growth and Development exam is administered each month throughout the year at approximately 1,400 test centers in the U.S. 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 6601
Princeton, NJ 08541-6601
Phone: (609) 771-7865
Fax: (609) 771-7088
Website: http://www.collegeboard.com/clep
E-mail: clep@info.collegeboard.org

How to Use this Book

What do I study first?
Read over the course review and the suggestions for test-taking. Then use the first practice test as a diagnostic to determine your area(s) of weakness. Once you find out where you need to spend more time, focus your efforts on those specific problem areas. To reinforce your facility with the subject matter, we advise keeping at your side a college-level textbook that covers the appropriate material.

To get the most out of 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 a single week.

When should I start studying?
It's never too early to start studying for the CLEP Human Growth and Development exam. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to sharpen your skills. Don't leave it to the last minute; cramming is not an effective way to study, since it does not allow you the time needed to learn the test material.

Format and Content of the CLEP CBT
The CLEP Human Growth and Development exam covers the kind of material that is typically part of a one-semester introductory course in developmental psychology or human development. Test-takers should be conversant with the major theories and research connected with physical, cognitive, and social development. The exam will present you with approximately 90 questions to be answered in 90 minutes.

The approximate breakdown of topics on the CLEP Human Growth and Development CBT as follows:

10% Theories of development
Cognitive-developmental
Learning
Psychoanalytic

5% Research strategies and methodology
Case study
Correlational
Cross-sectional
Experimental
Longitudinal
Observational

10% Biological development throughout the lifespan
Development of brain and nervous system
Heredity, genetics, genetic testing
Influences of drugs
Motor development
Nutritional influences
Perinatal influences
Physical growth and maturation, aging
Prenatal influences
Sexual maturation

7% Perceptual development throughout the lifespan
Critical periods
Hearing
Sensorimotor activities
Sensory deprivation
Vision

12% Cognitive development throughout the lifespan
Environmental influences
Information processing
Memory
Piaget, Jean
Play
Problem solving
Vygotsky, Lev

8% Language Development
Development of syntax
Environmental, cultural, and genetic influences
Language and thought
Pragmatics
Semantic development
Vocalization and sounds
4% Intelligence throughout the lifespan
Concepts of intelligence and creativity
Developmental stability and change
Heredity and environment

10% Social development throughout the lifespan
Aggression
Attachment
Gender
Moral development
Peer relationships
Prosocial behavior
Social class/behavior
Social cognition

8% Family and society throughout the lifespan
Abuse and neglect
Cross-cultural and ethnic variation
Family relationships
Family structure
Mass media influences
Social/class influences

8% Personality and emotions
Achievement motivation
Development of emotions
Erikson, Erik
Freud, Sigmund
Locus of control
Self-control and self-regulation
Temperament

8% Learning
Classical conditioning
Discrimination and generalization
Habituation
Observational learning and imitation
Operant conditioning

5% Schooling and intervention
Applications of developmental principles within the school
Facilitating role transactions in adulthood
Intervention programs and services
Preschool, day care, elder care
Training in parenting skills

5% Atypical development
Alzheimer's, Dementia, Parkinson's
Antisocial behavior, delinquency
Asocial behavior, fears, phobias, obsessions
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
Autism
Consequences of hereditary diseases
Giftedness
Learning disabilities

Customer Reviews

If I wouldn't have used this book, I wouldn't have passed.
Susi
The great thing about this book is that it presents all the necessary material in a condensed format.
BSN student
Most of the questions in the actual exam were not from the practice tests in the book.
Student

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D Valenti on August 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
Inasmuch this book covers the information on the clep exam, it fails to thoroughly explain many psychological concepts. (Refer to Santrock's Intro to Psychology for comprehensive explanations)Questions in sample tests are frequently confusing and lack clarity.
I took the clep in August of 2000. There were NO questions on the brain, eyes or ears. Primary focus was on the theories of Piaget, Erikson and Freud. In addition to the aforementioned theorists, have a complete understanding of classical conditioning, operant conditioning and all the consequences attributed to an underpriveleged childhood.
P.S. Know PKU
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BSN student on July 25, 2005
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This was the only book I used to prepare for the CLEP exam, and I passed with a 71! The great thing about this book is that it presents all the necessary material in a condensed format. I studied about 2-3 hours a day for 2 weeks before the exam, and that seemed to be enough.

The practice exams at the end of the book have some questions that weren't addressed in the review section. Don't let that worry you too much, though. If you know the review material inside and out, you should be able to pass the exam.

I also highly recommend buying the sample exam from the CLEP website. This was more representative of the actual exam in my case.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By clep-aholic on December 22, 2000
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I did the CLEP exam today. I studied this book and did all the tests at the end, but also followed the advice of previous reviews and read other Psyc books. I did not do marvelously in the test, but I passed with 10 points to spare. So yes, it is great to use the practice exams and see which areas you need to brush up on, but definitely use supplement material - I used "Infants, Children and Adolescents" by Laura E. Berk, and found it very helpful and detailed (as well as interesting). Know the major psychologists and theories, and some biology.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2003
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I read this book cover to cover and paid attention to the detailed answers in the back. I also supplemented this with a college textbook, which I don't believe I needed...probably wasted my time. CLEP tests are not that difficult; they're well worth the $50 or so. I passed with 16 points above the required 50 and had 42 minutes left on the clock. I saved $350 and spared myself the 3 hours a week in the classroom plus study time. Be sure to make educated guesses on the questions you don't know, points aren't deducted for wrong answers anymore - who knows, you may even guess correctly!!
Try it - I'm sure you'll pass, too! Good luck!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pup on September 13, 2001
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I did pass the exam. But a lot of the material in the book is not even covered in the exam. I would avoid the whole section on the brain,ears and skeletal system. Fortunately, I went to the collegeboard.com site and downloaded the study guide for that exam. I realized that only 5-7% of the exam dealt with the brain/ear so I didn't even bother to study for it.
My advice would be to get the study guide from their website and use that as a guide. Good Luck!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2003
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I found this book to be very helpful and manageable. I started studying intensively 2 weeks before the exam and scored 17 points above the required 50. I would recommend using a textbook for the clarification as needed. The book was adequate in discussing Piaget, but it's well worth the extra effort to review a textbook. I also thought the practice exams were more difficult than the actual CLEP exam. So if you can pass the 3 practice exams, the real thing should be a breeze.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Foley on May 3, 2006
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I took the clep and passed with a 59. I would not have passed without this book. Study and know the different theories, particularly Piaget. The overall test was not as easy as some have described.If you study and learn the contents of this book you will pass. Definately recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Student on August 26, 2005
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I studied for only 3 weeks - mainly during lunch. I read this book and divided my study based on my time and the course curriculum as defined by CLEP. I got 56. The Pass score is 50.

Most of the questions in the actual exam were not from the practice tests in the book. I also signed for practice tests from Prometric. Those tests only helped me understand the type of questions in the actual exam. Questions were more essay type. About 70% of course is covered in the book. Also, questions are not direct but indirect references to the subject matter. No questions about names of scientists with theories or about ear/eye.

Lots of questions were basic biology about genes and chromosomes.

My recommedation would be to study some textbook alongside studying from this study guide to score above average scores.
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