CLEP Natural Sciences Exam
CLEP Natural Sciences Examination Description
The Natural Sciences examination covers an extensive variety of subjects habitually taught in initial courses studying both organic and physical sciences at the first year recruit or sophomore level. Such courses by and large fulfill conveyance or general training necessities in science that more often than not will be not needed of nor taken by science majors. The Natural Sciences exam is not planned for those works in science; it is expected to test the comprehension of exploratory ideas that a grown-up with an aesthetic sciences instruction ought to have. It doesn't push the maintenance of authentic points of interest; rather, it underlines the learning and utilization of the essential standards and ideas of science, the perception of investigative data, and the comprehension of issues of science in contemporary society.
The essential goal of the examination is to give applicants the chance to exhibit a level of information and comprehension expected of undergrads meeting a dissemination or general training necessity in the common sciences. An organization may concede up to six semester hours (or the proportional) of credit toward satisfaction of such a necessity for palatable scores on the examination. Some may allow particular course credit, on the premise of the aggregate score for a two-semester review course covering both organic and physical sciences.
The examination contains more or less 120 inquiries to be replied in an hour and a half. Some of these are pretest inquiries that won't be scored. At whatever time applicants spend on instructional exercises and giving individual data is notwithstanding the genuine testing time.
Knowledge and Skills Required for Taking the Test
The Natural Sciences examination requires candidates to demonstrate one or more of the following abilities in the approximate proportions indicated.
• Interpretation and comprehension of information (about 20 percent of the examination) presented in the form of graphs, diagrams, tables, equations, or verbal passages
• Qualitative and quantitative application of scientific principles (about 40 percent of the examination), including applications based on material presented in the form of graphs, diagrams, tables, equations, or verbal passages; more emphasis is given to qualitative than quantitative applications
• Knowledge of fundamental facts, concepts, and principles (about 40 percent of the examination)
The subject matter of the Natural Sciences 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 examination includes some questions that are interdisciplinary and cannot be classified in one of the listed categories. Some of the questions cover topics that overlap with those listed previously, drawing on areas such as history and philosophy of science, scientific methods, science applications and technology, and the relationship of science to contemporary problems of society, such as environmental pollution and depletion of natural resources. Some questions are laboratory oriented.