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Description of the Examination The Natural Sciences examination covers a wide range of topics frequently taught in introductory courses surveying both biological and physical sciences at the freshman or sophomore level. Such courses generally satisfy distribution or general education requirements in science that usually are not required of, nor taken by, science majors. The Natural Sciences exam is not intended for those specializing in science; it is intended to test the understanding of scientific concepts that an adult with a liberal arts education should have. It doesn’t stress the retention of factual details; rather, it emphasizes the knowledge and application of the basic principles and concepts of science, the comprehension of scientific information, and the understanding of issues of science in contemporary society. The primary objective of the examination is to give candidates the opportunity to demonstrate a level of knowledge and understanding expected of college students meeting a distribution or general education requirement in the natural sciences. An institution may grant up to six semester hours (or the equivalent) of credit toward fulfillment of such a requirement for satisfactory scores on the examination. Some may grant specific course credit, on the basis of the total score for a two-semester survey course covering both biological and physical sciences. The examination contains approximately 120 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Some of these are pretest questions that will not be scored. Knowledge and Skills Required The Natural Sciences examination requires candidates to demonstrate one or more of the following abilities in the approximate proportions indicated. Knowledge of fundamental facts, concepts, and principles (about 40% of the examination) Interpretation and comprehension of information (about 20% of the examination) presented in the form of graphs, diagrams, tables, equations, or verbal passages Qualitative and quantitative application of scientific principles (about 40% of the examination), including

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