Social Sciences and History CLEP Exam Free Study Guide

The Social Sciences and History CLEP exam is one of the most popular "big" CLEP exams. It's one of the few that specifically overlaps with other subjects to cover a broad subject area. This test covers quite a bit, and you will find that planning to take it will enable you to better pass other related CLEP exams like American Government, the history CLEP exams, and Introductory Psychology.


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The Questions You Are Asking

HOW HARD IS THE Social Sciences and History CLEP EXAM?

It is of average difficulty.Test-takers rank it as a 3 out of 5 for difficulty, and I passed with a high score after only three weeks of study. 

The Social Sciences and History CLEP exam may challenge you, but the real beauty of is that if you have been taking certain other CLEP exams, you are already very well prepared for this particular CLEP. The Social Sciences and History CLEP exam is a compendium of nine other CLEP tests.

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 Social Sciences and History 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 Social Sciences and History 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 Social Sciences and History

When I started studying for the Social Sciences and History CLEP exam, I had already taken most of the other CLEP exams that it covers. I had taken and passed History of the United States I & II, American Government, Introductory Psychology, Introductory Sociology, and Western Civilization I & II. The only CLEPs that Social Sciences and History cover that I hadn't taken were Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics.

Thankfully, not having taken those subject areas (which comprise about 10% of the larger test) did not hurt my ability to pass. I studied for three weeks using practice tests, online flashcards, the REA book, and Google. My practice test scores were 62, 62, and then 55. 

Feeling ready and despite that last poor score, I took the test anyway. 

I passed with a 72. 

THINGS I LEARNED

  1. I learned about clumping CLEP exams together. While most of these study guides give details about how to study for similar CLEP exams simultaneously, this CLEP exam puts all of the others to shame in this respect: it contains material from nine other CLEP exams. By studying for them, you are studying for this one. 
  2. I was reminded that a poor practice score but confidence in the material you know may still be enough for you to pass a CLEP exam. I took a calculated risk, but it paid off, and I'm glad that I did it. Generally, I would recommend that you score 65 before you attempt a CLEP exam.
  3. I learned that my faithful study strategy--Peterson's practice tests, flashcards, REA, and Google--still worked for a test that I knew only a little about. The practice schedule I had created helped me to be successful. 

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Social Sciences and History CLEP Exam Details 

I have already explained quite a bit about this CLEP, but there is a lot to it. This test covers a variety of topics and is longer than the extra CLEP exam. Thankfully, the questions are rarely skills based, so answering questions can tend to go more quickly. Since you will need to answer 1.3 questions per minute, this is a very good thing. 

Length: 120 questions

Time90 minutes

ACE Recommended Score: 50

ACE Recommended Credit: 6

 

(Move your mouse over the charts below to see what is required for the exam.)

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HISTORY CLEP SKILLS

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HISTORY 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 SOS-101 and SOS-102 for 6 credits
  • Liberty University requires a score of 50 and accepts it as SOCI 200 and HIEU 201 for 6 credits
  • University of Phoenix requires a score of 50 and accepts it for 6 credits

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. (While there aren't flashcards for a Social Sciences and History CLEP, you can use InstantCert to study for the other CLEP exams covered by the larger test.)
  • Cliff's Notes: General Topics - free - The Cliff's Notes website includes a broad overview of social sciences and history topics in general. While not focused directly on the CLEP test, it is inexpensive and very thorough. We recommend reading through the materials on social sciences and history topics, 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 Social Sciences and History CLEP shares overlap with sixteen other tests, but I have included only those that the Social Sciences and History CLEP is at least 5% related to:

  1. American Government CLEP contains 100% material that matches 10% of the Social Sciences and History CLEP.
  2. Western Civilization I CLEP contains 100% material that matches 8% of the Social Sciences and History CLEP.
  3. Western Civilization II CLEP contains 100% material that matches 8% of the Social Sciences and History CLEP.
  4. US History I CLEP contains 100% material that matches 9% of the Social Sciences and History CLEP.
  5. US History II CLEP contains 100% material that matches 9% of the Social Sciences and History CLEP.
  6. Principles of Macroeconomics CLEP contains 100% material that matches 5% of the Social Sciences and History CLEP.
  7. Principles of Microeconomics CLEP contains 100% material that matches 5% of the Social Sciences and History CLEP.
  8. Introductory Psychology CLEP contains 100% material that matches 10% of the Social Sciences and History CLEP.
  9. Introductory Sociology CLEP contains 100% material that matches 10% of the Social Sciences and History CLEP.
  10. General Anthropology DSST contains 100% material that matches 6% of the Social Sciences and History CLEP.
  11. Human/Cultural Geography DSST contains 100% material that matches 11% of the Social Sciences and History CLEP.
  12. Introduction to World Religions DSST contains 100% material that matches 10% of the Social Sciences and History CLEP.

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

  1. Introductory Psychology CLEP
  2. Introductory Sociology CLEP
  3. Western Civilization I CLEP
  4. Western Civilization II CLEP
  5. Human/Cultural Geography DSST
  6. Introduction to World Religions DSST
  7. US History I CLEP
  8. US History II CLEP
  9. American Government CLEP
  10. Principles of Microeconomics CLEP
  11. Principles of Macroeconomics CLEP
  12. General Anthropology DSST
  13. Social Sciences and History CLEP

We recommend that students take the most specific tests first because that will ensure excellence on a portion of future broader tests. In this case, the first twelve tests build on each other and help test-takers to prepare for each next step in the process while also preparing them for the final Social Sciences and History CLEP. At the end of this process, a test-taker could have as much as 42 college credits.

Note also that there are even more tests that are related to the other tests listed here. Thus, your credit-count can still raise significantly without increasing study proportionally. 


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.


How Do I Take It in High School?

If you attempt to take the Social Sciences and History CLEP exam in high school, you will likely only want to take it immediately after you finish your senior year. Not only are there topics here not normally covered in high school (sociology, anthropology, psychology, etc.), but the topics covered by the Social Sciences and History CLEP could appear anywhere between the first and last years of high school. Once you have taken all of the high school classes that you need to prepare you for this test, then take it. Since most are still taking government or economics in their senior year, you likely will not take it until right before you graduate high school.

In studying for this test, we suggest that you simply wait until after your classes (and after you have taken the other related tests) to take it. Use our study resources and schedule then, and you should be able to pass. Waiting until that point will make sure you have studied most of the material on the test at one point or another during high school.


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Conclusion

The Social Sciences and History CLEP is certainly one of the most rewarding CLEP exams to take since it provides you with six college credits at most accepting schools. But since it covers a wide range of topics, it pays to know a little bit about each topic before you begin studying for this one. That is why we recommend taking other, related CLEP exams first and then studying for and taking this one. You will find it much easier that way, and, with our study resources and schedule, we are confident in your chances of passing.