Science Test Description

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The science test is a 40-question, 35-minute test that measures the interpretation, analysis, evaluation, reasoning, and problem-solving skills required in the natural sciences.

You are not permitted to use a calculator on the science test.

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NOTEThe test assumes that students should be in the process of taking the core science course of study (three years or more) that will prepare them for college-level work and have completed a course in Earth science and/or physical science and a course in biology.



The test presents several sets of scientific information, each followed by a number of multiple-choice test questions. The scientific information is conveyed in one of three different formats:

  • data representation (graphs, tables, and other schematic forms)
  • research summaries (descriptions of several related experiments)
  • conflicting viewpoints (expressions of several related hypotheses or views that are inconsistent with one another)

The questions require you to:

  • recognize and understand the basic features of, and concepts related to, the provided information
  • examine critically the relationship between the information provided and the conclusions drawn or hypotheses developed
  • generalize from given information to gain new information, draw conclusions, or make predictions

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