CLEP US History I Exam
Description for CLEP History of the United States I Examination
The History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 examination covers material that is generally taught in the first semester of a two-semester course in United States history. The examination covers the time of United States history from ahead of schedule European colonization to the end of Reconstruction, with most of the inquiries on the time of 1790-1877. In the part covering the seventeenth and eighteenth hundreds of years, accentuation is put on the English settlements.
The examinations contain 120 questions to be replied in an hour and a half. Some of these are pretest inquiries that won't be scored. At whatever time hopefuls spend on instructional exercises and giving individual data is notwithstanding the genuine testing time.
Knowledge and Skills Required for Taking the Test
Questions on the History of the United States I examination require candidates to demonstrate one or more of the following abilities.
• Comparison and contrast of historical phenomena
• Analysis and interpretation of historical phenomena
• Identification and description of historical phenomena
The subject matter of the History of the United States I examination is drawn from the following topics. The percentages next to the main topics indicate the approximate percentage of exam questions on that topic.
The following themes are reflected in a comprehensive introductory survey course:
• The causes and impacts of major wars in United States history
• The process of economic growth and development
• The motivations for and character of American expansionism
• Long term democratic trends (immigration and internal migration)
• Abolitionism and reform movements
• Major movements and individual figures in the history of American literature, art, and popular culture
• The intellectual and political expressions of nationalism
• The changing role of government in American life
• The growth of and changes in political parties
• The development and expansion of participatory democracy
• The content of the Constitution and its amendments, and their interpretation by the Supreme Court
• The changing role of religion in American society
• British relations with the Atlantic colonies of North America
• The development and character of colonial societies
• Major movements and individual figures in the history of women and the family
• Immigration and the history of ethnic minorities
• The origins and nature of slavery and resistance
• The nature of indigenous societies in North America
• The impact of European discovery and colonization upon indigenous societies