- Series: CLEP Test Preparation
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Research & Education Association; 2 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: 104 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CLEP* INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGYEverything 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. DIAGNOSTIC EXAM TO FOCUS YOUR STUDY
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. MOST COMPLETE SUBJECT REVIEW
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. TWO FULL-LENGTH PRACTICE EXAMS
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. Access the REA Study Center at: www.REA.com/StudyCenter
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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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. It did help, because all I had to do then was figure out which terms and definitions I am confused about and straighten myself out.
The test ; I went there, sat down, saw about 25 questions that I had no freakin clue about, but answered all with common sense. The way the questions are written out on the exam are a bit more complicated than I thought, just read them slowly and carefully. Also, although I only got about 4 hours of sleep before my test, it goes without saying, sleep good, and eat well before the exam.
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
I recommend this book to anyone taking the Introductory Psychology test.
I did both practice tests as well as the one you can get in the College Board's own publication (I think it was $10 from their site). I did one from this book, then the Board's, then the second one in this book. I was consistently getting 67-73% right (that percent went up each time, as I reviewed and went through the flashcards again). It's not clear how many you really need to get right to score a 50. Anyway, I was pleasantly shocked to get a 72. The college's test administrator said she had never seen a score that high. I'm really a B student in everything, from Spanish to anthropology to Law and certainly in hard sciences. So, if you put in some serious effort on (perhaps over the suggested span of 6 weeks, perhaps not), this book tells you enough of what you need to know. Also, the nervous system explanations and anatomy will help me this fall in Anatomy & Physiology I, since I have more of an idea of what to expect!