Q: Can I use a college textbook to study for a CLEP or DSST test?
A: Yes! CLEP and DSST’s test creators even offer textbook suggestions. The College Board’s textbook examples are located online in the Study Resources for each exam. DSST textbook resources are listed on the test’s Fact Sheet.
Because most CLEP and DSST tests cover general education, many commonly-available textbooks for the test’s topic will cover the same material as the test. You can compare the textbook’s content outline with the content of the CLEP/DSST test to determine if the textbook is suitable study material.
For CLEP Study Resources, visit https://clep.collegeboard.org/exam and choose your exam. Then click “Additional Study Resources.” The following link shows the resources for the American Government exam: https://clep.collegeboard.org/exam/american-government/resources
DSST Fact Sheets are available from this page: http://getcollegecredit.com/exam_fact_sheets