About this book This book provides you with complete preparation for the CLEP Western Civilization I exam. Inside you will find a concise review of the subject matter, as well as tips and strategies for test-taking. We also give you two full-length practice tests, which are based on the official CLEP Western Civilization I exam. Our practice tests contain every type of question that you can expect to encounter on the actual exam. Following each practice test you will find an answer key with detailed explanations designed to help you more completely understand the test material. All 34 CLEP exams are computer-based. As you can see, the practice tests in our book are presented as paper-and-pencil exams. Even so, the content and format of the actual CLEP subject exam are faithfully mirrored. We detail the format and content of the CLEP Western Civilization I on pages xvii-xviii. About the Exam Who takes the CLEP Western Civilization I and what is it used for? CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) examinations are typically taken by people who have acquired knowledge outside the classroom and wish to bypass certain college courses and earn college credit. The CLEP is designed to reward students for learning-no matter where or how that knowledge was acquired. The CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the country, with more than 2,900 colleges and universities granting credit for satisfactory scores on CLEP exams. Although most CLEP examinees are adults returning to college, many graduating high school seniors, enrolled college students, military personnel, and international students also take the exams to earn college credit or to demonstrate their ability to perform at the college level. There are no prerequisites, such as age or educational status, for taking CLEP examinations. However, because policies on granting credits vary among colleges, you should contact the particular institution from which you wish to receive CLEP credit. There are two categories of CLEP examinations: 1. CLEP General Examinations, which are five separate tests that cover material usually taken as requirements during the first two years of college. CLEP General Examinations are available for English Composition (with or without essay), Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences and History. 2. CLEP Subject Examinations, which include material usually covered in an undergraduate course with a similar title. The CLEP Western Civilization I is one of 29 subject examinations. Who administers the exam? The CLEP tests are developed by the College Board, administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), and involve the assistance of educators throughout the United States. The test development process is designed and implemented to ensure that the content and difficulty level of the test are appropriate. When and where is the exam given? The CLEP Western Civilization I is administered each month throughout the year at more than 1,300 test centers in the United States and can be arranged for candidates abroad on request. To find the test center nearest you and to register for the exam, you should obtain a copy of the free booklets CLEP Colleges and CLEP Information for Candidates and Registration Form. They are available at most colleges where CLEP credit is granted, or by contacting: CLEP ServicesP.O. Box 6600Princeton, NJ 08541-6600Phone: (800) 257-9558 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET)Fax: (609) 771-75088Website: www.collegeboard.com/clep Military personnel and CLEP CLEP exams are available free-of-charge to eligible military personnel and eligible civilian employees. The College Board has developed a paper-based version of 14 high volume/high pass rate CLEP tests for DANTES Test Centers. Contact the Educational Services Officer or Navy College Education Specialist for more information. Visit the College Board website for details about CLEP opportunZiomkowski, Robert is the author of 'Best Test Preparation for the CLEP Western Civilization I ', published 2005 under ISBN 9780738601106 and ISBN 0738601101.