History of United States II: 1865 to present is one of the 33 exams offered under College Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP is a credit by examination program which is developed and administered by College Board. CLEP exams are taken by high school pass outs and college students to earn college credits by examination. This saves time as well as money. Test takers can obtain maximum 12 credits in a subject through CLEP. However, total number of credits and maximum credits in a subject that can be obtained by a student depends on CLEP policy of his/her college. There are five subject categories of CLEP exams- History and social science, Composition and literature, Business, Science and mathematics, and world languages. History of United States II: 1865 to present exam comes under History and social science category.
History of United States II: 1865 to present test is based on second semester of two semester course in US history. It is based on knowledge of American history from end of civil war to present.
This test is based on knowledge, identification, analysis, comparison and interpretation of historical events in United States of America. Major topics included in this test are End of civil war and reconstruction, influence of civil war, nature of American expansionism, Amendments in constitution, interpretation of constitutional amendments by Supreme Court, nature of agricultural life and changes in it, development of political parties in United States, regulatory legislation, welfare-state legislation, conservatism, liberalism, other movements, political and intellectual influence of movements, economic growth and development, demographic trends, changes in occupational structure, labor organizations and nature of work, history of minorities and immigration, urbanization and industrialization, major movements, major wars in American history, influence of wars on America, American art and literature, and American culture.
There are 120 multiple choice questions in test, of which 35% are based on political institutions, public policy and behavior of political entities; 25% are based on social developments; 15% are based on cultural and intellectual development; 10% on economic developments; and 15% on diplomacy and international relations. About 70 percent of exam content is based on history in nineteenth century i.e. of period from 1915 to present and 30 percent is based on history in eighteenth century i.e. of period from 1865 to 1914. Examinees are given a time of 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the examination. This is a criterion referenced test; therefore, examinees are evaluated against a predetermined standard rather than performance of other examinees.
Each multiple choice question of test carries single raw point. There is no penalty for wrong answers. Therefore, test takers must try to attempt all questions and can also make use of reasonable guesses and anticipations. Raw score in test is equal to number of questions answered correctly. Raw scores are converted into scaled scores lying in range from 20 to 80, with purpose to eliminate effect of various test forms delivered in same administration. The answer sheets are checked by computer. Examinees are reported their result immediately after the test. Examinees have an option of score cancellation, but it can be used only before reporting of scores.
History of United States II: 1865 to present test fee is $77. Some of the colleges may also charge an additional administration fee.