This Captain Cram's Condensed Audio Course is the only audio program designed specifically for the American Literature CLEP test. This program provides you with all of the information you need to pass the test. We don’t take any shortcuts. Some study guides are made up of just a list of suggested books to read. While that’s a solid way to prepare, most students don’t have years to invest in reading book after book. Other study guides are just a whole bunch of practice tests. These tests tell you that you have a lot to learn, but leave you wondering how you’re going to learn it.
Captain Cram is unlike any other study guide available for the American Literature CLEP test. It’s over six hours of material packed with rich American literature content and effective techniques to help you remember what you learn. Because it’s an audio guide all you need to do is listen. It’s that simple. We picked over 80 of the nation’s most important authors and covered them and their work in detail. Then we tested the program by getting it in the hands of real test-takers – people who needed the credits from the test to graduate from college. Then we took a few years to perfect the program before releasing it for sale. The CLEP exam tests your general understanding of American literature. The Captain Cram program gives you that general understanding. You don’t need to be an expert on the subject – you just need a basic understanding, and you need to be able to quickly recall the information that you learn. The Captain Cram program trains you to do that in a way that’s fun and easy – with no reading or writing required. It’s a 100% audio course - the only program of its kind on the market. No other study guide will assure your success like the Captain Cram program.
Don’t walk into the test wondering if you know enough to pass. Save yourself that terrible anxiety and stress. Walk in knowing that you’ve mastered the material because you’ve used the best program available anywhere.
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I PASSED MY CLEP EXAM!
I don't think there is a print version.
I liked their memory methods for the test. To help keep all of the authors and stories (or poetry) straight they recommended and even demonstrated a technique that involved creating an outrageous story using the author's name and the titles of their works, and even some characters names. It works surprisingly well.
Jennifer Dickmann had a very clear and pleasant voice. Corey Loeffelholz had very good emphasis and inflection in his reading, but I could tell he probably has an under-bite because some of the S sounds were more like SH sounds (I only noticed because it reminded me of someone I work with and I had to figure out why they sounded alike; so there I was listening and trying to reproduce their S sound). His enthusiasm was fantastic.
Listening to this book all in one sitting may not give the listener enough time to absorb all of the information they are conveying. I frequently paused and rewound to make sure I heard all of the information, plus I was taking notes as I listened.
I studied this while using the Barron's EZ-101 Study Keys for American Literature (it's not specifically for the CLEP exam, but it was inexpensive, short, and a good place to write notes). They didn't align very well (they're not intended to), but I was able to write additional notes on the pages of each author discussed. Of the two study guides, the Captain Cram's Audio guide was the closest to the exam and by far the most helpful.
My version of the CLEP exam was heavy in poetry. I recommend learning not only the poetry technical terms in the audio guide (i.e. iambic pantameter, metaphysical conceit, sonnet, free verse, blank verse, etc), but others like onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor, etc (I know there are a lot more terms, but those are ones I rememeber).
I passed the CLEP with very little knowledge. Only listened to it twice and did great.
Easy to understand, a great listen, and it works.