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I am level 48 in conjuration and need to get to 100. I know one way to speed it up, but it's not that fast.

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What is the "one way you know"? It may turn out to be the quickest way. Sometimes, things just take time. – Yuck Mar 8 '13 at 14:34

Casting spells in combat gives skill xp equal to the base cost of the spell.

If you use a Weapon spell, you can't recast while the weapon is out. Sheath it to cancel the spell, allowing the next cast.

If you use a Summon spell, it might kill the enemy, ending your combat, requiring you to search out another enemy to gain skill on.

If you use a Target spell, it must connect with a target to award skill xp.

SpellType  Spell Name              BaseCost  Required Skill
Weapon     Bound Sword              93        0
Weapon     Bound BattleAxe         169       25
Weapon     Bound Bow               207       50

Summon     Conjure Familiar        107        0
Summon     Conjure Flame Atronarch 150       25
Summon     Conjure Frost Atronarch 215       50
Summon     Conjure Dremora Lord    358       75

Target     Soul Trap               107       25
Target     Banish Daedra           196       50
Target     Command Daedra          243       75

So - to gain skill xp the fastest - enter combat and cast the most expensive conjuration spell you can. There are many good choices for spells, the problem becomes more about having enough magicka to cast it again. Use conjuration enchanted gear to modify conjuration costs (if you can get to 100% free cost, that's ideal). Use the Elf racial to regen magicka. Use potions. Take the 50% discount perks.

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This indeed is the better answer. Conjuration has been capped. It does not work like before. Only way is to enter combat with your summons. +1 – ヴァイシャリ Mar 8 '13 at 17:42
Also, don't forget to use experience boosts like mage stone and well rested bonus. – raznagul Jul 21 '14 at 13:03

The UESP pages for a given spell class always give good tips for gaining XP fast. Here is the one for Conjuration.

A couple of tricks that I'll highlight as being particularly easy:

  • Cast Soul Trap on your horse. They don't mind, and it's free skill XP.
  • Get on the shore where you know there are some hostile fish in the water. Cast Bound Sword repeatedly.
  • Summoning creatures and fighting them can give you skill XP, although you can't soul trap summoned creatures in this game.
  • If you've cleared the Dark Brotherhood quest line, there are some "hostile" guards in Solitude who will never actually attack you. You are counted as being "in combat" around them, so you can cast things like Bound Sword and so forth and get credit.
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How about conjure a creature every time you go into battle? Conjuration has been capped. No other easy way sadly and rightly so. Now if it was alteration that would have been easy. :-) – ヴァイシャリ Mar 8 '13 at 16:33

Engage in Combat, cast any Conjuration skill, Rinse, Repeat. (You may cast multiple spells, summons, conjure weapons etc)

That's the best way.

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It's been while, but I believe I completed the dark brotherhood questline to get the horse. Then I just cast bound sword and went mental on my horse untill my conj was max.

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