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Prepping for College Lit in Your Homeschool


Get ready for college and earn early college credit by taking the CLEP exams. Find out how @studydotcom can help your kids prepare

My boys are now old enough that instead of dreaming about college one day, we’re starting to think about it seriously.

We’ve had a literature-rich curriculum throughout their schooling, and I’ve always been pretty sure they’re prepared to handle any lit courses they have to take at whichever college they choose.  But even I can’t think of everything.

As we’ve been reading great works like The Great Gatsby, Lord of the Flies, and Animal Farm this year, we’ve also been considering how to better prepare them for entering college.  And I’ve found something brilliant that I just have to share with you.

Plus, I’m giving away FREE 6-MONTH SUBSCRIPTIONS to 3 lucky readers!

Get ready for college and earn early college credit by taking the CLEP exams. Find out how @studydotcom can help your kids prepare

This post is sponsored by study.com, but the opinions?  Oh. Yeah. They are entirely my own.

CLEP credits for your kids

I’m always looking for ways for my boys to get ahead in this competitive world, and early college credit is one of my favorites.  Have you ever considered having your kids take CLEP exams? The College Level Examination Program offers more than 30 exams that allow your students to earn real college credit without the expensive classes.  These tests are Prior-Learning Assessments–they test for your students’ current grasp of the subject–and passing them earns your child credit.

I mean, can you even?  You just have to check with your child’s prospective college about their CLEP policy to find out which courses they can ‘CLEP out’ of and how much credit they’ll get.

Benefits of CLEPing Out

When your child passes the CLEP exam for a subject, he earns the credit for it and gets to forgo taking the actual class.

That means two things, Mama.

  1. He doesn’t have to take as many courses in college and can finish more quickly

  2. You don’t have to pay for as many college courses.

It’s win-win.  And I know you’re all about saving money on college.

College Lit Prep

Study.com offers a variety of CLEP Prep courses, such as business law, Spanish 1 & 2, Introduction to Psychology, and even chemistry.  Each course includes a study guide, a worksheet and quiz, and a practice exam.  The cool thing about these courses is that the study guides offer both a video lesson and the transcript, so however your child learns best is pretty much covered.

Of course, we jumped right into the lit-based courses.  Because we’re us.

We started with LiteratureCLEP American Literature and CLEP Analyzing & Interpreting Literature, but there are also composition and English lit courses that we can’t wait to check out.

The Analyzing & Interpreting Literature course has been a great refresher for the boys, but they’ve also learned some new things–like labels for what they’ve been doing with literature all along.  Those labels?  Yeah, knowing what things are called is a good idea for a test.

There are 7 chapters in this course

  1. Improving Reading Comprehension
  2. Types of Poetry
  3. Principles of Prose
  4. Dramatic Literature
  5. Elements of Literature
  6. Basics of Writing Essays
  7. Analyzing & Interpreting Literature Flashcards

Each chapter contains five or more lessons for a total of 64 lessons.  The incredible part is that the lessons are in bite-size lengths–an average of 8 minutes each.

We added a lesson a day from each course to our regular homeschool day without adding any real stress.  With lessons this short, you could do or 3 a day and have your lit class covered.  The lessons are short, fun, and interesting.  The worksheets can be completed online as a quiz or printed out to be taken with a pencil.  We’ve done both.

All this yummy goodness is to prepare your kids to take the CLEP exam.  If your child is planning to take the test soon, here is the study frequency suggested by study.com.

You can prepare to take a CLEP exam in as quickly as 1 week by following these frequency directions from studydotcom

The American Literature Clep Prep Course has 11 chapters.  They are:

  1. Literary Analysis
  2. Colonial and Early National Period in Literature
  3. Romantic Period in Literature
  4. Dark Romantics
  5. Transcendentalism in Literature
  6. Realism in Literature
  7. Modernist Prose and Plays
  8. Modernist Poetry
  9. The Harlem Renaissance and Literature
  10. Literature of the Contemporary Period
  11. CLEP American Literature Flashcards

Be. Still. My. Heart.

Am I the only one whose heart rate increases dramatically just seeing that list?  This course has a total of 118 lessons, and quizzes, worksheets, and practice exams with the same options as the Analyzing Lit course.

Since this course is longer,  the study frequency suggested by study.com is a bit different:

So you can take them slow like we’re doing or dig in and get ready for the exam in a very short time.  So. Cool.

How to take the Clep Exam

Step 1.  Check with your college of choice to find out their credit-giving policy.  What courses can be CLEPed out of?  What scores are necessary for credit?  How many credit hours will be given for each exam passed? Once you know the answers to those questions, choose which of the 33 CLEP exams your child will take.

Step 2. Register for a CLEP exam. Visit CollegeBoard to find a test center near you and get registered.

Step 3. Study for the exam. With so many options and such incredible courses, Study.com’s Study Guides are an excellent choice for getting your children ready for the CLEP.

Step 4.  Save 20%!  Use the coupon code LitMama2018  and SAVE 20% off your first 3 months at Study.com and take advantage of all this good stuff!

Use this coupon code to get 20% CLEP prep courses from studydotcom and earn early college credit

Even if you’re not preparing for CLEP, the courses are priceless.  Ask my boys, who now know to call inference by its name.

Love wins,


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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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  1. This is great!! Very informative 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

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