Introductory Sociology CLEP Exam Free Study Guide

The Introductory Sociology CLEP may be one of the easier tests, but you are still only going to pass if you have the right resources. Thankfully, we have everything you need right here. 


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The Questions You Are Asking

HOW HARD IS THE INTRODUCTORY Sociology CLEP EXAM?

It is easy. On InstanCert's website, 97% of reporting users passed the test, other test-takers rank it as a 2 out of 5 for difficulty, and I got a good score on that CLEP myself after studying for eight days.

This does not mean the Introductory Sociology CLEP exam is so easy that you do not have to study or should not worry at all. It just means that this CLEP exam may be easier than you expect if you are used to the more difficult CLEP exams like Biology or Microeconomics. If you are a high school student, you likely have not taken a sociology course, so there is quite a bit of information that you need to learn to be ready for this test, but you will be able to learn everything you need very quickly.

ARE THERE PRACTICE TESTS? 

Yes, there are. Peterson's offers the best practice tests we know of. And REA has dependable practice tests you can use too. 

WILL THIS EXAM FIT INTO MY DEGREE PLAN?

Very possibly, but it depends on your college. Our MyCollege Online Workshop will train you in how to know which exams you can use.

WHAT ARE THE EASIEST STUDY RESOURCES TO USE FOR THE INTRODUCTORY Sociology CLEP EXAM?

  • We recommend College Board's study guide because they will show you exactly what the test is about ($10). 
  • Peterson's practice tests will help you to assess your readiness to take the test and show you specific subject areas you need to study more ($19.95).
  • The REA Introductory Sociology book and practice tests will give you a broad overview of the subject and more opportunities to assess your knowledge of specific subject areas ($34.95).
  • We recommend SpeedyPrep's flashcards to you because they 100% guarantee that you will pass your CLEP test, and they are very easy to use ($19.95/month). SpeedyPrep also includes comprehensive video lectures on most of the topics their flashcards cover. Plus, we have a $10 off discount code for your first month: MYCOLLEGE.

Total Cost: $74.85

HOW CAN I SAVE MONEY ON STUDY RESOURCES FOR MY CLEP EXAM?

 If you are on a tight budget, we recommend three study resources: College Board's free informationSpeedyPrep with a MYCOLLEGE discount code, and Google. College Board will give you general information about the test, SpeedyPrep will guarantee that you pass, and Google will help you to research things you need to learn more about. 

Total Cost: $ 9.95

My Experience with the Introductory Sociology CLEP

I had just started studying for the Introductory Sociology CLEP exam but grew bored with studying only one topic at a time, so I decided to study for the Introductory Sociology CLEP since the tests seemed to be similar subject areas.

After studying for a little while with online flashcards and the REA book, I took two Peterson's practice tests and scored 63 and 64. Those were high enough for me, so, with a little more study, I took the CLEP exam eight days after I had begun studying.

I passed with a 59.

THINGS I LEARNED

  1. I learned that it is possible to study for some CLEP exams very quickly and to then be able to pass them. It only took me eight days to study for and pass this exam because I used all of the right resources: flashcards, practice tests, and REA books. With the right tools, any test is passable.
  2. I learned that cramming for a CLEP exam does not always equate to information retention. I can remember very little about what I learned studying for the Introductory Sociology CLEP exam even though it has only been five years, but I am still glad that I passed it. If I ever want to return to that information and learn more, I am sure it will come back quickly, but sociology is one topic that I wish I could have spent more time on. 
  3. I learned that I could study for multiple tests at a time. Sometimes, this can be a good way to break up the monotony of studying for a single CLEP exam. Studying a single subject for hours at a time can be tiresome, and diversifying subjects being studied can make the entire learning process more enjoyable. 

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Introductory Sociology CLEP Exam Details 

This exam will test your knowledge of lower-level sociological principles. The test material is designed to be similar to what a one-semester introductory sociology college courses would teach you. You will be tested on a wide variety of subjects from sociological theory, social stratification, and interpretation of data to social institutions, analysis of hypothetical situations, and social patterns. The test is surface-level enough that you will not be required to have a very in-depth knowledge of the material, but you will still need knowledge (albeit only a small amount) on a wide variety of sociology topics.

Length: 100 questions

Time90 minutes

ACE Recommended Score: 50

ACE Recommended Credit: 3

 

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Introductory Sociology CLEP Skills

INTRODUCTORY Sociology CLEP SUBJECT MATTER

(Go to College Board's website for more detail.)


College Acceptance Examples

  • Thomas Edison State University requires a score of 50 and accepts it as SOC 101, a 3 credit class.
  • Liberty University requires a score of 50 and accepts it as SOCI 200, a 3 credit class. 
  • University of Phoenix requires a score of 50 and accepts it for 3 credits

Example Questions

1. Name one of the three major perspectives in sociology.

2. What kind of sample is the "best and most representative" of the general population in a sociological study?

3. "A _____ _____ is a collection of people who interact with each other and share similar characteristics."

4. What is the difference between an "in-group" and an "out-group"?

5. What is one method that sociologists use to determine people's social class?

 

(Answers below)


Other Top Study Resources You Can Use

  • DegreeForum - Free - This is the best discussion board out there for MyCollege students. The board members give helpful advice on planning one's degree and passing specific CLEP and DSST exams.
  • InstantCert - $20/month - When you sign up for InstantCert using our discount code 48990, you save money and get access to flashcards for 55 CLEP and DSST exams as well as locked portions of the DegreeForum message boards. 
  • Cliff's Notes: Sociology - free - The Cliff's Notes website includes a broad overview of sociology. While not focused directly on the CLEP test, it is inexpensive and very thorough. We recommend reading through the materials on sociology, but you can also look up specific topics that you are curious about there. 
  • Textbooks - varies - College Board recommends and so do we that you study with the textbooks you will find on their website. The CLEP tests are often written with certain textbooks in mind or by professors who have written some of the suggested textbooks.
  • Free-CLEP-Prep - $15.99 and Free - Free-CLEP-Prep is run by Justin Orgeron and contains helpful study guides for MyCollege students. Justin's study resources include personal advice about the test, links to important topics in the test, a free practice test, and sometimes a study package sold for $15.99 that includes two more practice tests and a well-researched prep sheet that covers "every topic that our visitors had told us that they had a question about."

Overlap with Other CLEP and DSST Exams

The Introductory Sociology CLEP shares overlap with three other tests:

  1. Social Sciences and History CLEP is 10% about sociology as a general topic, so the entire Introductory Sociology CLEP is relevant to that portion of the Social Sciences and History CLEP.
  2. Human/Cultural Geography DSST is 40% related to the Introductory Sociology CLEP exam, which is 30% related to the DSST
  3. General Anthropology DSST is approximately 50% related to the Introductory Sociology CLEP exam, which is 55% related to the DSST. 

If you need to pass the Introductory Sociology CLEP exam and any of these other tests, we recommend you take them in this order (removing tests you do not wish to take):

  1. Introductory Sociology CLEP
  2. Human/Cultural Geography DSST
  3. General Anthropology DSST
  4. Social Sciences and History CLEP

Generally, we recommend that students take the most specific tests first because that will ensure excellence on a portion of future broader tests and because much information will not apply when transitioning from a broad to a specific exam. In this case, however, since many students will not have taken any sociology classes, we think it best to take the Introductory Sociology CLEP exam early because it will lay a groundwork for other knowledge to be learned for other CLEP and DSST exams.


The MyCollege Study Plan

  1. Begin by taking the first Peterson's practice test and studying the answers. If you score 80%, skip to step 5. If 70%, skip to step 4.
  2. Read the REA study book and other textbooks you are using. 
  3. Take your second Peterson's practice test, studying the answers. If 80%, skip to step 5.
  4. Use SpeedyPrep flashcards.
  5. Take your third Peterson's practice test, studying the answers. If you score less than 80%, return to step 4.
  6. Take your test.

*We cannot guarantee that you will pass if you follow this study guide, but it will increase your chances greatly and help you to thoroughly learn the material. If you want a guarantee of passing, SpeedyPrep's flashcards and video lectures can help you.


Example Questions Answers

  1. Symbolic Interactionism, Functionalism, and Conflict Theory are the three major sociological perspectives. You can read more on the CliffsNotes website
  2. A random sample helps to ensure that a study's results are accurate. Read more.
  3. "A social group is a collection of people who interact with each other and share similar characteristics." Read more
  4. People are members of in-groups and are loyal to their in-groups. Out-groups are outside organizations that in-group members are antagonistic or aggressive towards. Read more. 
  5. Sociologists use the objective method, the subjective method, and the reputational method to determine social classes. Read more. 

How Do I Take It in High School?

If you attempt to take the Introductory Sociology CLEP exam in high school, you will likely find that you do not have a similar high school-level course that you can pair it with. If you can pair it with a high school course, then do so, and study for and take this CLEP exam afterwards. If you cannot pair it with a high school course, you should still be able to study for and pass this CLEP exam when you are not distracted by other tests, perhaps during the summer or another break.

If you are able to take a high school sociology course, we suggest you take this CLEP exam right after you pass your high school class or (if your teacher will let you) as a final exam for that class. After all, if you can pass a college level exam, you can pass a high school one, right? 

There are two ways you can study for this CLEP while you are in a high school sociology course. Either finish the high school course first and then begin using the study guide we describe above, or incorporate those study resources throughout your school year, following along at the college level with resources like REA or SpeedyPrep while you learn similar material in your high school textbooks. Likely, you will find that your high school grades improve dramatically, and you will be prepared to take the CLEP exam when you are ready to take your final exam for your high school course.


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Conclusion

The Introductory Sociology CLEP exam is an excellent test to incorporate into your degree plan. It is flexible and accepted by a wide range of colleges while remaining very passable for high school and college students. With the study resources and plans we have provided for you, passing this test will be easier than you think.