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CLEP®College Composition: At a GlanceDescription of the ExaminationThe CLEP®College Composition examination assesseswriting skills taught in most first-year college compositioncourses. Those skills include analysis, argumentation,synthesis, usage, ability to recognize logical developmentand research. The exams cannot cover every skill (such askeeping a journal or peer editing) required in many first-year college writing courses. Candidates will, however, beexpected to apply the principles and conventions used inlonger writing projects to two timed writing assignmentsand to apply the rules of Standard Written English.The College Composition examination contains multiple-choice items and two mandatory, centrally scored essays.Twice a month, the essays are scored by English facultyfrom throughout the country via an online scoring system.Each of the two essays is scored independently by twodifferent readers, and the scores are then combined. Thiscombined score is weighted approximately equally with thescore from the multiple-choice section. These scores arethen combined to yield the candidate’s score. The resultingcombined score is reported as a single scaled score between20 and 80. Separate scores are not reported for the multiple-choice and essay sections. The College Compositionexamination contains approximately 50 multiple-choiceitems to be answered in 50 minutes and two essays to bewritten in 70 minutes, for a total of 120 minutes testing time.Knowledge and Skills RequiredThe exam measures candidates’ knowledge of thefundamental principles of rhetoric and composition andtheir ability to apply the principles of Standard WrittenEnglish. In addition, the exam requires familiarity withresearch and reference skills. In one of the two essays inthe exam (in the mandatory essay section of the CollegeComposition examination), candidates must develop aposition by building an argument in which they synthesizeinformation from two provided sources that they must cite.The requirement that candidates cite the sources they usereflects the recognition of source attribution as an essentialskill in college writing courses.The skills assessed in the College Composition examinationfollow. The numbers preceding the main topics indicatethe approximate percentages of exam questions on thosetopics. The bulleted lists under each topic are meant to berepresentative rather than prescriptive.10% Conventions of Standard Written EnglishThis section measures candidates’ awareness of a varietyof logical, structural and grammatical relationships withinsentences. The questions test recognition of acceptableusage relating to the items below:Syntax (parallelism, coordination, subordination)Sentence boundaries (comma splice, run-ons,sentence fragments)Recognition of correct sentencesConcord/agreement (pronoun reference, case shiftand number; subject-verb; verb tense)DictionModifiersIdiomActive/passive voiceLack of subject in modifying word groupLogical comparison

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