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College Composition

College Composition

4 weeks / 6 hours per week

About This Course

This course will prepare you to pass the College Board’s CLEP College Composition exam. Our goal as creators of this course is to provide you with an accessible and affordable pathway to higher education by obtaining college credit.

This examination contains multiple-choice questions and two essay assignments that will test your skills in analysis, argumentation and synthesis.

Through the guidance of Dr. Dana (Dean) Simpson, from Tufts University, this course will review materials to improve both your awareness of a variety of logical, structural and grammatical relationships within sentences and your ability to use authentic materials and perform rhetorical analysis.

All of those skills are taught in most first-year college writing courses.

“College Composition” is a completely self-paced course. It has no prerequisites and it is offered entirely for free.

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How is this course organized?

This course is organized into four modules that contain short video lessons, exercises, readings and other instructional resources.

All of the course material has been released at once so you can complete it anytime.

What do I need to pass the CLEP exam?

You will be required to demonstrate knowledge on the fundamental principles of rhetoric and composition and as well as prove ability to apply the principles of standard written English.

The exam contains approximately 50 multiple-choice items to be answered in 50 minutes and two essays to be written in 70 minutes, for a total of 120 minutes testing time. Please examine our syllabus.

How does this course differ from other CLEP textbooks and traditional courses?

This online course includes a carefully structured series of video lectures, readings and exercises by a top quality university professor.




Navigating Through Our Platform

CLEP Program   

Modern States Education Alliance   

Introduce Yourself

1. Conventions of Standard Written English

1.1 Syntax (Parallelism, Coordination, Subordination)   

1.2 Sentence Boundaries (Comma Splice, Run-Ons, Sentence Fragments)   

1.3 Recognition of Correct Sentences   

1.4 Concord/Agreement (Pronoun Reference, Case Shift, and Number; Subject-Verb; Verb Tense)   

1.5 Diction   

1.6 Modifiers   

1.7 Idiom   

1.8 Active/Passive Voice   

1.9 Lack of Subject in Modifying Word Group   

1.10 Logical Comparison   

1.11 Logical Agreement   

1.12 Punctuation   

1.13 Readings

2. Revision Skills

2.0 Introduction   

2.1 Organization   

2.2 Evaluation of Evidence   

2.3 Awareness of Audience, Tone and Purpose   

2.4 Level of Detail   

2.5 Coherence Between Sentences and Paragraphs   

2.6 Sentence Variety and Structure   

2.7 Main Idea, Thesis Statements and Topic Sentences   

2.8 Rhetorical Effects and Emphasis   

2.9 Use of Language   

2.10 Evaluation of Author's Authority and Appeal   

2.11 Evaluation of Reasoning   

2.12 Consistency of Point of View   

2.13 Transitions   

2.14 Sentence-Level Errors Primarily Relating to the Conventions of Standard Written English   

2.15 Readings

3. Ability to Use Source Materials

3.0 Introduction   

3.1 Use of Reference Materials   

3.2 Evaluation of Sources   

3.3 Integration of Resource Material   

3.4 Documentation of Sources (Including, But Not Limited to MLA, APA and Chicago Manuals of Style)   

3.5 Reading

4. Rhetorical Analysis

4.0 Introduction   

4.1 Appeals   

4.2 Tone   

4.3 Organization/Structure   

4.4 Rhetorical Effects   

4.5 Use of Language   

4.6 Evaluation of Evidence   

4.7 Reading

5. The Essays: Our Guide

5.0 The Essays: Our Guide   

5.1 Readings

6. Review and Tips

6.0 Review and Tips   

6.1 Review Part 1   

6.2 Review Part 2   

6.3 Things to remember   

Sample CLEP Questions

Questions 1 - 15

Questions 16 - 30

Questions 31 - 45

Questions 46 - 50

Final Steps

Prof. Dean Simpson's Recommendation   

Register for the CLEP Exam   

Test Preparation Tips   

How Your Score Is Computed

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