This course can be used as a study resource, for professional development, or to earn college credit by passing a CLEP™ exam (multiple-choice examination). Each college sets its own credit-granting policies for the exam, so check with your college admissions office, test center, or academic adviser before taking the test.
To communicate with clarity and style is the goal of any writer. Writing for academic success is a vitally important skill for every college student. The College Composition course will focus on writing skills typically taught in a first-year composition class. The course measures the student’s ability to think, organize, and express their ideas. Knowledge of grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and understanding of the conventions of standard written English is the focus.
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”—Ernest Hemingway
The term composition (from Latin com- “with” and ponere “to place”), in written language, refers to the body of important features established by the author in their creation of literature. Composition relates to narrative works of literature, but also relates to essays, biographies, and other works established in the field of rhetoric.*
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The exam contains approximately 50 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 50 minutes with some pretest questions that will not be scored.
The exam also requires two essays to be written in 70 minutes. Students have 30 minutes to write the first essay and 40 minutes to read the two sources and write the second essay. The essays must be typed on the computer.
SpeedyPrep prepares its subscribers for the question portion of the exam, but not the essay portion.
Please consult the College Board College Composition page to learn what the essays will require.
CLEP™ Score Information
Credit-Granting Score for College Composition
ACE Recommended Score*: 50
Semester Hours: 3
Each institution reserves the right to set its own credit-granting policy, which may differ from that of ACE. Contact your college as soon as possible to find out the score it requires to grant credit, the number of credit hours granted, and the course(s) that can be bypassed with a satisfactory score.
*The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated CLEP processes and procedures for developing, administering, and scoring the exams. The score listed above is equivalent to a grade of C in the corresponding course. The American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. Visit the ACE CREDIT website for more information.*
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