How To Pass American Government CLEP Exam

The American Government CLEP exam covers quite a bit of information and should certainly not be taken lightly.

The American Government CLEP exam covers quite a bit of information and should certainly not be taken lightly. I recommend studying for this exam for at least 2 to 3 weeks. Below, I will briefly cover some of the things you will be tested on. If you want a more in-depth review, please watch the video above. Thanks!


30-35%

of the questions cover institutions and policy processes. This includes the presidency, bureaucracy, cabinets, and congress. There are several questions about the policy structures in congress and the differences between the House of Representatives and the Senate. I strongly encourage you to have a thorough understanding of the roles of the House and the Senate and how interest groups affect decision-making.

15-20%

of the questions cover the federal court and civil liberties. Many of these questions pertain to specific cases, such as Roe vs Wade and Brown vs Board of Education. I recommend that you research some of the significant cases that took place within the last 50 years, specifically cases that changed policy. Along with the critical court cases, you need to understand the structures of court systems among the judicial powers and the supreme court. There are a few questions regarding civil rights and civil liberties in this section. I came across pretty specific questions about the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, including the names of the people who contributed to them.

15-20%

of the questions are about political parties and interest groups. Understand the role of a political party and the defining factors of the Republican and Democrat parties.

10-15%

of the test covers political beliefs and behavior. Check out the video above for a more in-depth look at how to pass your American Government CLEP exam.

I hope that this information was helpful, and I hope that it at least gives you a good starting point on approaching your exam. If you still need further guidance, check out the video above!

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