Ready to give it a shot? Dive into the 10 question quiz below to get a feel for how prepared you are! Once you’ve written down your answers, hover over (or tap on a phone) the question to see the answers and explanations.
WarningPlease do keep in mind that we can’t guarantee the accuracy of this quiz, so we do recommend you also run through a full-length practice exam. The CollegeBoard offers a good one that we’ll share in the resources section below.
Question 1. Applying sociological methods helps people analyze data using which of the following?
a. interview techniques
b. theory application
c. statistical tests
d. all of the above
Question 2. Who of the following was one of the forefathers of symbolic interactionism?
a. Emile Durkheim
b. George Mead
c. Robert Merton
d. Herbert Spencer
Question 3. All the following are an example of collective behavior, EXCEPT
a. a student protest for a decrease in tuition fees
b. a group of people at a poetry jam
c. a prisoner questioning a guard’s authority
d. a class going on a field trip
There are three primary forms of collective behavior: the crowd, the mass, and the public. As you can imagine, there are countless examples of collective behavior in our society— other examples might be flash mobs or a group of teenagers adopting the hairstyle of their favorite pop star.
Question 4. A person who is walking down the street murmuring loudly to him/herself is violating which of the following?
Question 5. Which of the following specific roles for men and women did Talcott Parsons identify in his functionalist approach to gender?
a. Expressive roles for men and instrumental roles for women
b. Expressive roles for women and instrumental roles for men
c. Expressive roles for both men and women
d. Instrumental roles for both women and men
Question 6. If you had preconceived stereotypical notions about a person’s limitations, what would this be called?
d. direct institutionalism
Question 7. How do sociologists define a family?
a. the connection of bloodlines
b. the status roles that exist in a family structure
c. how closely members adhere to social norms
d. how a given society sanctions the relationships of people who are connected through
blood, marriage, or adoption
Question 8. What does human ecology theory address?
a. the relationship between humans and their environments
b. the way humans affect technology
c. the way the human population reduces the variety of nonhuman species
d. the relationship between humans and other species
9. Based on meritocracy, a lawyer’s assistant would:
a. receive the same pay as all the other lawyer’s assistants
b. be encouraged to earn a higher degree to seek a better position
c. most likely marry a professional at the same level
d. earn a pay raise for doing excellent work
10. What is the most significant factor that affects education systems throughout the world?
More CLEP Study Resources
Looking for a study guide to fill a couple gaps, or just want a full length practice exam? You can find a few of my favorite resources below. Note that some of the links are affiliate – meaning I’ll make a few dollars if you purchase, but I’m only sharing resources that were genuinely helpful during my own CLEP journey.
Official CLEP Study Guide: It’s quite short on the study side of things, but this is the go-to practice test bank. I don’t think I’ve done a single CLEP test without taking the practice test in this book first.
REA CLEP American Government: I’m not huge on reading, but this book series is fantastic if you’re into that kind of thing. It also includes some nifty online practice tests, though I always found the official practice tests more reassuring.
InstantCert Academy: The website looks like it was made before the internet, but it’s legitimately the single most useful study guide I’ve found. Basically it’s a series of flashcards that help you learn about American Government in a fast paced and fun way.
Plenty of other resources exist – just do a quick internet search – but these are the three that I’ve personally found the most helpful back when I did CLEP.