Business

The examination measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in an upper-level undergraduate course in business ethics. The content of the examination is designed to assess mastery of business concepts, principles, And knowledge related to business ethics. In addition to factual knowledge, the exam evaluates students' abilities to analyze and solve ethical problems, understand relationships, and interpret material. The exam may contain questions that require critical thinking and interpretation of situational factors related to the interaction of Business, government, and society. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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This examination measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in an introductory undergraduate course in Business Law. The content of the examination corresponds with course offerings such as Introduction to Business Law or Business Law I. No prior knowledge of Business Law is required for this examination. This examination tests for knowledge and understanding of Business Law in pursuit of organizational goals and strategies. This examination specifically tests for a familiarity with the key legal issues and terms related to business law as well as an application of The legal tools needed to deal with real world legal/business issues within the US legal environment. The student will understand sources of law, dispute resolution, business ethics, criminal law as it relates to business, tort law, contracts, agency law, the various types of business organizations, and matters of real and intellectual property under US law. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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This examination measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in a lower-level undergraduate course in financial accounting. This examination tests for comprehension of basic financial accounting in pursuit of organizational goals and strategies. The exam tests for the familiarity with the technical skills of working with financial statements, accounting information systems, operating decisions, and financing decisions. Thinking as a manager/accountant, the test taker should be able to identify relevant information and the appropriate methods for analyzing information while working in a financial, global, and ethical environment. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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This examination measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in a lower-level undergraduate course in managerial accounting. This examination tests for comprehension of basic managerial accounting principles in pursuit of organizational goals and strategies. The exam tests for familiarity with the fundamentals of basic unit costs, cost flow management systems and processes, budgeting and performance measurement, and cost analysis and pricing decisions. Thinking as a manager/accountant, the test taker should be able to identify relevant information and the appropriate methods for analyzing information while working in a financial, global, and ethical environment. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Corresponds to a one-semester course for management majors. Includes the role and context of human resource management, fair employment practices, human resource planning, human resource staffing, performance management, employee development, employee compensation, and labor relations. Tests for a knowledge of facts and terminology, particularly understanding of personnel management concepts and principles, and the ability to apply these concepts to typical personnel management situations. Assumes knowledge of basic management concepts. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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This examination measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in an introductory undergraduate course in macroeconomics. The content of the examination corresponds with course offerings such as Principles of Macroeconomics or Introduction to Macroeconomics. No prior knowledge of economics is required for this examination. This examination tests for a knowledge of facts and terminology, an understanding of concepts and forms, and for the student's ability to apply the concepts learned in Introduction to Macroeconomics. The exam also assumes a good understanding of high school algebra. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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This examination measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in an introductory undergraduate course in Microeconomics. The content of the examination corresponds with course offerings such as Principles of Microeconomics or Introduction to Microeconomics. No prior knowledge of economics is required for this examination. This examination tests for a knowledge of facts and terminology, an understanding of concepts and forms, and for The student's ability to apply the concepts learned in Introduction to Microeconomics. The exam also assumes a good understanding of high school algebra. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Corresponds to a one-semester course in labor relations; comparable to an end-of-course test required of business administration majors. Includes labor relations in the United States, United States labor law, the organizing process, Collective bargaining, contract administration, and miscellaneous related topics. Tests for knowledge of facts and terminology, an understanding of basic concepts, and particularly for the ability to apply this knowledge and understanding to typical business situations. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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The examination measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in an upper-level undergraduate course in operations management. The content of the examination corresponds to course offerings such as Operations Management or Operations and Supply Chain Management. No specific prior business courses are required for this examination; however, students are expected to have a strong understanding of business statistics. The exam also assumes a strong understanding of high school algebra. The exam will not test spreadsheet skills. The examination tests for a knowledge of facts and terminology, an understanding of concepts and forms, and the student's ability to apply the concepts learned in actual operations management. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Corresponds to a one-semester course typically required of business administration majors in the junior or senior year. Major emphasis is on the individual and workforce diversity, interpersonal processes and the group, and the organization. Tests for knowledge of facts and terminology, understanding of basic concepts, and particularly for the ability to apply this knowledge and understanding to typical business situations. Assumes knowledge of the principles of management. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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The examination measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in an upper-level undergraduate course in principles of finance. The content of the examination is drawn from that commonly included in courses with such titles as Finance, Principles of Finance, or Corporation Finance. The examination assumes a familiarity with macroeconomics, microeconomics, financial accounting, and statistics. The exam focuses on balancing finance, marketing, and operating decisions for doing business in multicurrency environments. It also includes the basic role of finance in a corporation and how management decisions are made from the financial perspective. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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This examination measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in a lower-level undergraduate course in Principles of Management. The content is drawn from that commonly included in courses with such titles as Introduction to Management, Business Organization and Management, or Fundamentals of Management. The examination tests for comprehension of fundamental management theories and the particulars of the manager's role in today's global business world. The examination measures knowledge and understanding of the following major themes: role of managers in the business environment, strategies for planning and decision making, organization and controls, leadership, motivation and staffing, and managing change. This examination will review the evolution of management thought, function, and practice and will stress current approaches and emerging concepts. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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This examination measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in a lower-level undergraduate course in marketing. The content of the examination corresponds with course offerings such Introduction to Marketing, Basic Marketing, Principles of Marketing, Marketing Concepts, or Marketing Management. The examination tests for a knowledge of facts and terminology, an understanding of concepts and theories, and the student's ability to apply this knowledge and understanding within an organizational environment. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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The examination measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in an upper-level undergraduate course in quantitative analysis. The exam covers the major quantitative techniques and their application to the analysis of business problems. Topics include estimation, hypothesis testing, linear and multivariate regression and correlation, decision theory, linear programming, time series and supply chain management, transportation and assignment models, and inventory management and queuing theory models. A solid grounding in statistics is assumed. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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This examination measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in an introductory undergraduate course in Workplace Communications with Computers. The content of the examination corresponds with course offerings Such as Business Communications, Workplace Communications, Introduction to Communication Technology for Business, and Managerial Communications. Students should enter this course with a basic proficiency in computer use and in the office application they will use to help prepare for this examination. This examination tests for comprehension and understanding of Workplace Communications with Computers in pursuit of organizational goals and strategies. This examination specifically tests for an understanding of business communications principles, including the foundations of communication, effective and ineffective teams, interpersonal communication, and diversity within the business environment; how to write effective business messages; how to select the most appropriate technologies to enhance communication within organizations; how to use various message patterns effectively, how to use visual aids and supporting data to enhance communications, and how to use oral and online presentations to improve business communications. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Humanities

Corresponds to a one-semester course in bioethics. Measures knowledge and understanding of ethical theories related to bioethics, topics in clinical biomedical ethics, social topics in ethics, and environmental ethics. The examination assumes a familiarity with introductory ethics and philosophy. The examination tests for a knowledge of facts and terminology, an understanding of concepts and theories, and the student's ability to apply this knowledge and understanding in an analysis of the philosophical issues concerning biomedical and environmental ethics. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Measures knowledge and understanding of the material typically taught in an introductory, one-semester course in college writing. The examination measures the ability to organize knowledge, ideas, and information; to adopt rhetorical strategies such as narration, illustration, explanation, and description in appropriate ways; to adopt and maintain a tone and point of view appropriate for a specified audience and rhetorical situation; to develop and maintain a controlling idea and a coherent organization; and to write within the rhetorical, syntactic, and mechanical conventions of Standard Written American English. (Extended response examination.)

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Corresponds to an introductory, two-semester course in English Composition. Measures the ability to persuade a reader; to understand and compose an extended argument; to analyze and respond appropriately to written texts including literary texts; to use and document sources; and to recognize and write about revision and editing processes. In general, the examination measures the ability to organize knowledge, ideas, and information; to use rhetorical strategies such as narration, illustration, explanation, description, comparison and contrast, division, classification, and cause and effect in appropriate ways; to choose a tone and point of view appropriate for a specified rhetorical situation; to develop and maintain a controlling idea and a coherent organization; and to write within the rhetorical, syntactic, and mechanical conventions of Standard Written American English. (A course guide can be obtained from the Excelsior College Bookstore as part of the guided learning package. Extended response examination.)

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Corresponds to a one-semester course in applied ethics. Measures understanding of ethical knowledge as it applies to practical ethical situations. Application of knowledge about ethics is accomplished through the use of case studies and related sets of multiple-choice questions. Knowledge categories include basic theories and concepts such as utilitarianism, natural law theory, justice, duties and obligations, and rights; metaethics, covering topics such as subjectivism, bjectivism, and naturalistic fallacy; and moral deliberation, covering topics such as moral sensitivity, status of moral judgments, and implications of moral concepts. Knowledge from these categories is then applied to practical ethical issues such as social and personal issues, bioethical and medical issues, professional and business issues, and environmental issues. Assumes a familiarity with the content generally taught in an introductory ethics course. (A course guide can be obtained from the Excelsior College Bookstore as part of the guided learning package. Multiple-choice examination.)

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Measures knowledge and understanding of the material and skills typically taught in a one-semester course in music appreciation. The content of the examination is drawn from that commonly included in courses with titles like Introduction to Music Literature, Music Appreciation, Survey of Music, and Music in the Western World. Topics include elements of music theory (for example: pitch, dynamics, rhythm, melody); types of voices, instruments, and ensembles; characteristics, forms, and representative composers from the Middle Ages to the present; and elements of contemporary and non-Western music. No prior knowledge of music is assumed. The examination tests for a knowledge Of facts and terminology, an understanding of concepts and forms, and the student's ability to apply this knowledge and understanding in listening to musical compositions. Headphones will be provided for use on the listening questions. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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The examination measures knowledge and understanding of the material typically taught in a one-semester survey course in philosophy. The examination content reflects common knowledge drawn from courses with such titles as Introduction To Philosophy or Basic Philosophical Issues. The examination tests for a knowledge of facts and terminology and an understanding of logic, epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. Students will be expected to know logical reasoning, the history of philosophy, and the different approaches to various philosophical problems. No previous knowledge of Philosophy is required prior to beginning study for this examination. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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This examination measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in a one-semester course in interpersonal communication. The content of the examination corresponds with course offerings such as Human Communication Dynamics, Relational Communication, Communication in Everyday Life, Principles of Interpersonal Communication or Effective Communication. The examination tests for a knowledge of facts and terminology and an understanding of concepts and theories related to interpersonal communication. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Corresponds to a two-semester sequence of courses in elementary school reading and writing instruction. Includes theoretical frameworks; emergent literacy/beginning reading; identifying and understanding words; constructing meaning: comprehension and response; writing instruction; the teacher as reflective decision maker; Implementing a classroom literacy program; and assessment and evaluation. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in a two-semester, undergraduate course sequence in elementary Spanish. The content of the examination corresponds with course offerings such as Elementary Spanish. It assesses basic Spanish language proficiencies in the areas of receptive skills, expressive skills, and cultural skills (applying language proficiencies within authentic cultural contexts), through four question types: listening comprehension (using audio cues), reading comprehension, verbal communication, and grammar.

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Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Corresponds to an introductory, two-semester sequence of courses in anatomy and physiology. The examination measures knowledge and understanding of the integrative mechanisms that contribute to the functioning of the human body. Assumes familiarity with basic terms of biology and with concepts such as basic cell structure and function. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Corresponds with course offerings such as Basic Genetics or Introduction to Heredity. The examination assumes a familiarity with introductory biology, general chemistry, and algebra. The examination tests for the basic concepts and terminology of transmission, molecular, and population genetics and the ability to apply this knowledge to solving problems in genetics and to understand the societal implications of genetic technologies. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in the first semester of a lower-level sequence in Calculus. The content of the examination corresponds with course offerings commonly called Calculus I. The examination assumes a familiarity with Precalculus topics including algebra, trigonometry, and functions. It tests for knowledge of facts and terminology, an understanding of concepts and theories, and the student s ability to apply this knowledge and understanding in an analysis of problems n business, the sciences, and engineering. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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The examination measures knowledge and understanding of material and skills typically taught in an undergraduate course that serves to fulfill a math or quantitative requirement for students who will not need to go on to take more advanced mathematics courses. The content of the examination corresponds with course offerings such as Mathematics in Contemporary Society, Liberal Arts Math, or Math for Non-STEM Majors. Knowledge of arithmetic and elementary algebra are prerequisites for the material covered in this examination. The exam tests for an ability to apply mathematical knowledge and concepts to understand and analyze practical contemporary mathematical problems. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in a one-semester course in the physical sciences, natural sciences, and environmental sciences. The content of the examination corresponds with introductory course offerings with titles like Earth Science, Physical Geology, Geoscience, Environmental Geoscience, or Earth-System Science. Topics include the internal structures of the earth, plate tectonics, the rock cycle, the hydrologic cycle, geological hazards, earth history, and energy resources. Tests for a knowledge of facts and terminology, an understanding of concepts and theories, and the student's ability to apply this knowledge and understanding in an analysis of earth's processes. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Corresponds to an introductory, one-semester course in microbiology. Tests for knowledge and understanding of bacteria, algae, fungi, protozoa, viruses, and their relationships with humans. Includes introduction to microbiology; biology of microorganisms; control of microorganisms; disease and resistance; biology of infectious diseases; and environmental, food, and industrial microbiology. Assumes general knowledge of chemistry, as well as biology or anatomy and physiology. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Based on material typically presented in a one-semester course in pathophysiology. Measures understanding of the physiological mechanisms altered by disease in the living organism. Primarily focuses on the altered health states of adults and includes clinical presentation, signs and symptoms, appropriate diagnostic studies, and global concepts of treatment. Assumes a familiarity with normal anatomy and physiology and microbiology. A familiarity with concepts of biochemistry and immunology is suggested. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in a two-semester (lecture-only) algebra/trigonometry-based course sequence in Physics. The content of the examination corresponds with course offerings commonly called Physics I & II. The examination assumes a familiarity with units and conversion, scientific notation and orders of magnitude; algebra, trigonometry, and graphing techniques. The examination tests for a comprehensive knowledge of facts and terminology; an understanding of physical concepts and theories, and the student's ability to apply this knowledge and understanding to analyze and solve a variety of problems. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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The examination measures knowledge and understanding of material and skills typically taught in an undergraduate course that serves as the final algebra course for liberal arts students who do not need calculus, or as a preparatory course for students who will need to go on to take more advanced mathematics courses. The content of the examination reflects comprehension of college-level algebra skills and concepts. It measures knowledge and understanding of the following major themes: solving a variety of equations and inequalities; graphing, analyzing and applying transcendental and algebraic functions; and operations with functions. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Measures knowledge and understanding of the material typically taught in an introductory, one-semester course in statistics. It measures the fundamental concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics and is designed to correspond to a service course applicable to many majors. A basic knowledge of algebra is assumed. Questions about the meaning and application of basic statistical ideas are included. Some of the questions involve calculations. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Nursing

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Corresponds to one or more courses in fundamentals of nursing at the associate degree level. Includes concepts basic to nursing practice; communication and interpersonal relations; protection and promotion of safety; comfort, rest, and activity; nutrition; elimination; oxygenation; and fluid and electrolyte balance. (This exam does NOT apply toward the Excelsior College nursing degrees. Multiple-choice examination.)

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Based on material typically taught in a sequence of courses in medical-surgical or adult nursing. Measures knowledge and understanding of the physiological, developmental, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of health and illness in adults. Tests for the ability to use the nursing process in a variety of settings to deliver health care to adults with actual or potential health problems in the following areas: cardiovascular, hematologic, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, gastrointestinal, sensory, neurological, musculoskeletal, immune, or integumentary system dysfunction. (This exam does NOT apply toward the Excelsior College nursing degrees. Multiple-choice examination.)

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Corresponds to one or more courses in maternal and child nursing at the associate degree level. Includes maternity nursing and care of the well and ill child from birth through adolescence. Assumes a basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and growth and development. (This exam does NOT apply toward the Excelsior College nursing degrees. Multiple-choice examination.)

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Based on material typically taught in a sequence of courses in maternal and child nursing. Measures the ability to use the nursing process in the nursing management of the childbearing and childrearing family, of normal pregnancy, and of the family with a high-risk pregnancy and a high-risk neonate. Also includes nursing management of the well child and family and of the ill child and family, from infancy through adolescence. (This exam does NOT apply toward the Excelsior College nursing degrees. Multiple-choice examination.)

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Based on material typically taught in a sequence of courses in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Measures knowledge and understanding of the theoretical/therapeutic foundations for psychiatric/mental health nursing practice and tests the application of this knowledge and understanding to the nursing care of clients, using the nursing process as an organizing framework. Within this framework, the client system is defined as the individual, the family, the small group, or the community, with major emphasis on the individual. (This exam does NOT apply toward the Excelsior College nursing degrees. Multiple-choice examination.)

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Social Sciences / History

Corresponds to a one-semester course in abnormal psychology. Includes the historical background of abnormal psychology, the major conceptualizations, and the nature and description of psychological disorders, as well as their definitions, classifications, etiology, and major treatments. Assumes knowledge of concepts typically learned in an introductory psychology course. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Corresponds to a one-semester social science course. The examination measures knowledge and understanding of social, political, and economic realities of human difference in the United States. The examination assumes a familiarity with introductory sociology and/or introductory cultural anthropology. The examination tests for knowledge of facts and terminology, an understanding of concepts and theories, and the student's ability to apply this knowledge and understanding in an analysis of the social construction of difference and its implications in North American society. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Corresponds to a one-semester, upper-level course in gerontology. Includes biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging and an understanding of issues, needs, and realities involved in the aging process. The examination is multidisciplinary in nature and covers theories, concepts, empirical patterns, and their implications for policy and practice. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Measures knowledge and understanding of the material typically taught in a one-semester, three credit, lower-level survey course in a baccalaureate program. The examination measures knowledge and understanding of the theories and principles of general psychology and the ability to apply this information to everyday life examples. The content of the examination consists of 11 major categories. The Science of Psychology, Neuroscience, Sensation and Perception, Consciousness, Learning and Memory, Motivation and Emotion, Cognition and Intelligence, Human Development, Personality, Psychological Disorders and Therapy, and Social Psychology. No prior knowledge or understanding of psychology is assumed. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Measures knowledge and understanding of the material and skills typically taught in a one-semester, undergraduate survey course in a baccalaureate program. The examination content reflects common knowledge drawn from courses with such titles as Introduction to Sociology or General Sociology. No prior knowledge or understanding of sociology is assumed. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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The examination measures knowledge and understanding of material typically taught in a one-semester course in juvenile delinquency. The content of the examination is drawn from that commonly included in courses with such titles as Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Delinquency and Justice. The examination assumes a familiarity with sociology, psychology, and research methodology. The examination tests for a knowledge of facts and terminology, an understanding of concepts and theories, and the student's ability to apply this knowledge and understanding in an analysis of contemporary issues. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Corresponds to a one-semester course in life span development. Measures understanding of the concepts, principles, and theories associated with life span development as well as the ability to apply this understanding in specific situations. Focuses on the following content areas: the study of life span development; genetics, prenatal development, and childbirth; infancy and toddlerhood; early childhood; middle childhood; adolescence; early adulthood; middle adulthood; late adulthood; and death and dying. Integrates content across the stages of the life span. Assumes knowledge of content typically learned in an introductory psychology course. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Measures knowledge and understanding of the material typically taught in a one-semester, three-credit, lower-level course in political science. The content of the examination corresponds with introductory course offerings such as introduction to political science, comparative law, and the international relations. It tests for a knowledge of facts and terminology, an understanding of concepts and theories, and the student s ability to apply this knowledge and understanding in an analysis of politics, government, and world affairs. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Corresponds to a one-semester course in psychology of adulthood and aging. Measures understanding of the psychological, biological, and social aspects of aging throughout adulthood. Includes both classical and contemporary research and theory related to adult development and aging. Covers the following content categories: concepts of age and demographics; research methods; personality and adjustment; biology, physiology, health, and chronic conditions; cognitive aspects; work, leisure, retirement, and relationships; death, dying, and bereavement; and mental health and psycho- pathology. Assumes a familiarity with the content generally presented in an introductory psychology course. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Corresponds to a one-semester course in research methods in psychology. Measures understanding of the course material as well as the ability to apply this understanding in specific research situations. Focuses on the following content areas: experimental psychology and the scientific method, research ethics (APA Guidelines), alternatives to experimentation (nonexperimental designs), basic concepts of experimental research, experimental research designs, data analysis and interpretation, and writing research reports. Assumes knowledge of content typically learned in courses in introductory psychology and elementary statistics. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Corresponds to a one-semester course in social psychology. The examination measures knowledge and understanding of the theories and principles of social psychology and the ability to apply this information to everyday life examples. Knowledge and understanding of research methods in psychology is assumed. Students will be expected to demonstrate basic knowledge of research methods (types of design, validity, and ethical concerns); comprehension of major theories and phenomena within social psychology; and the ability to apply this knowledge to examples of social psychology events in everyday life. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Corresponds to a one-semester course in world conflicts. Measures knowledge and understanding of material in international relations dealing with the origins of the major international conflicts. The content of the examination is drawn from that commonly included in courses with such titles as The Causes of War, International Relations, Twentieth Century Conflicts and Global Conflicts. The examination assumes a familiarity with modern world history and introductory international relations. The examination tests for a knowledge of facts and terminology, an understanding of Concepts and the student's ability to apply this knowledge and understanding in an analysis of contemporary events. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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Corresponds to a one-semester course in world population. Includes overview of the world's population, demographic perspectives, fertility, mortality, migration and urbanization, case studies and the future of world population, and population issues. (Multiple-choice examination.)

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