Study Guide

Physics
Test Design and Framework

The test design below describes general assessment information. The framework that follows is a detailed outline that explains the knowledge and skills that this test measures.

Test Design

Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions 80 multiple-choice questions
Time* 2 hours and 15 minutes
Passing Score 220

*Does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial

Test Framework

 

graph of percentages of each content domain's weight toward overall test score detailed in table below

Content Domain Range of Competencies Approximate Percentage of Test Score
I. Motion and Stability: Mechanical Forces and Interactions 0001–0004 27.5%
II. Motion and Stability: Electromagnetic Forces and Interactions 0005–0007 20%
III. Thermodynamics, Modern Physics, Waves, and Light 0008–0011 15%
IV. Chemistry 0012 12.5%
V. Biology 0013 12.5%
VI. Earth Science 0014 12.5%

Domain I–Motion and Stability: Mechanical Forces and Interactions

Competency 0001–Analyze linear and angular motion.

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Competency 0002–Apply knowledge of forces as interactions and their effects on linear and angular motion and stability.

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Competency 0003–Apply knowledge of energy and conservation of energy.

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Competency 0004–Apply knowledge of conservation of linear and angular momentum.

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Domain II–Motion and Stability: Electromagnetic Forces and Interactions

Competency 0005–Apply knowledge of properties of electric fields.

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Competency 0006–Apply knowledge of properties of magnetic fields and electromagnetic induction.

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Competency 0007–Apply knowledge of properties of electric circuits.

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Domain III–Thermodynamics, Modern Physics, Waves, and Light

Competency 0008–Apply knowledge of principles of thermodynamics.

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Competency 0009–Apply knowledge of fundamental principles of modern and nuclear physics.

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Competency 0010–Apply knowledge of properties of waves.

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Competency 0011–Apply knowledge of light and electromagnetic radiation.

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Domain IV–Chemistry

Competency 0012–Apply knowledge of chemistry concepts.

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Domain V–Biology

Competency 0013–Apply knowledge of biology concepts.

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Domain VI–Earth Science

Competency 0014–Apply knowledge of Earth science concepts.

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