- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 258
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Passing the Astronomy DSST exam can help reduce the cost of your education and get you three credit hours closer to graduating. Moreover, our test prep course can be used to prepare for the exam in less than three weeks.
Let the instructors teaching our engaging video lessons introduce you to everything from the cosmic forces affecting planetary orbits to the life cycle of the sun and the evolution of the universe. You can also use the self-assessment quizzes to ensure you're ready for test day.
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Syllabus & Course Information
Each of the lessons included in this course is aligned with learning objectives addressed by the Astronomy DSST exam. This course can help you:
- Understand how scientists work and think
- Describe the orbits of celestial bodies
- Identify the structure and components of the sun
- Outline the different types of stars and their significance
- Explain how star qualities are measured
- Discuss the life and birth of stars
- Detail the characteristics of the planets in our solar system
- Understand the intricacies of the Milky Way galaxy
- Describe the characteristics and properties of galaxies
- Understand the dating, formation and layout of the solar system
- Outline key theories and concepts about the universe
- Detail the phases and formation of the moon
- Identify the satellites and small celestial bodies in our solar system
- Understand how celestial timekeeping and navigation works
- Provide a history of the basics in astronomy
- Give an overview of light and Newton's Laws in astronomy
- Detail the Earth's spheres and how they relate to astronomy
- Define the basics of the moon, the sky and the Earth
- Explain how star death works
- Identify black holes and neutron stars
- Detail an introduction to life in the universe
- Provide an overview of telescopes
There are no prerequisites for this introductory astronomy course. You can begin viewing the lessons whenever you're ready.
Our instructors deliver 217 lessons over the course of 23 chapters. Content is available in the form of short, entertaining videos as well as transcripts. There are also multiple-choice quizzes attached to the end of each lesson. Use them to check your understanding as you work your way through the material and track your progress. Our subject-matter experts are also here to answer any astronomy questions you might come up with during your studies.
Astronomy DSST Exam Information
Topics covered on this DSST exam are the same ones you'd encounter in a semester-long astronomy course. Both the exam and a traditional class can earn you three hours of credit that might be used to fulfill general education requirements for your degree program or core course requirements for a major related to the field of astronomy.
- Number of Questions: 100
- Question Type: Multiple-choice
- Time Limit: 2 hours
- Number of Credits: 3
- Exam Cost: $80
DSST Astronomy Exam Breakdown
|DSST Astronomy Exam Concept||Percent of the DSST Astronomy Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Introduction to the Science of Astronomy||5%||5 questions||20|
|Cosmic Forces||15%||15 questions||7|
|Celestial Systems||10%||10 questions||36|
|The Science of Light||10%||10 questions||11|
|Planetary Systems: Our Solar System and Others||15%||15 questions||31|
|The Sun and Stars: Nature and Evolution||15%||15 questions||49|
|Our Galaxy and Other Galaxies: Contents and Structure||15%||15 questions||24|
|The Universe: Contents, Structure, and Evolution||10%||10 questions||15|
|Life in the Universe||5%||5 questions||24|
Earn DSST Credit
The Astronomy DSST exam provides you with one of the simplest and quickest ways to earn three hours of college credit. Preparing for the exam is just as easy with our self-paced video lessons and quizzes.
Study Schedule for the Astronomy DSST Exam
This test prep course includes approximately 29 hours of instruction. To get a better idea of how long it will take to complete it, check out the chart below. It might also help you determine when you'll be ready to schedule a test date.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|3 hours a day; 3 days a week||Just over 3 weeks|
|2 hours a day; 3 days a week||About 5 weeks|
|1 hour a day; 3 days a week||Around 10 weeks|
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