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- Available Lessons: 290
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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If you need to prepare for the NES Earth & Space Science (307) exam, try studying with this comprehensive test preparation course. As you work through the course's short lessons and practice assessments, you'll review the geology, astronomy and earth science concepts that you'll need to know for the test. The course is accessible whenever you need it, and you can study on any device that has an Internet connection.
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Syllabus & Course Information
This course helps you prepare for the NES Earth & Space Science exam quickly and efficiently. You'll review the foundations of astronomy, earth science and geology, and we've closely aligned the course content with the topics that appear on the NES exam. When you're finished with the course, you should be equipped to:
- Describe the study of science
- Explain how plate tectonics move
- Recognize proper lab safety measures
- Discuss the formation of rocks and volcanoes
- Understand how pollution affects the ozone layer
- Identify the world's oceans and freshwater systems
- Assess the Earth's climate system
- Identify objects in the universe, Milky Way galaxy and our solar system
This course contains 257 lessons, which are divided into 35 topical chapters. You can work through the course at your own pace and submit questions to our subject matter experts if you need any extra help. The course also offers chapter exams and a final assessment to help you evaluate your readiness for the NES Earth & Space Science test.
NES Earth & Space Science (307) Exam Information
Several states across the U.S., including Washington and Wisconsin, use this exam as a requirement for secondary-level teacher certification in earth and space science.
- Number of Questions: 150
- Question Type: Multiple-choice
- Time Limit: 3 hours
- Exam Cost: $95
NES Earth & Space Science (307) Exam Breakdown
|NES Earth & Space Science (307) Exam Concept||Percent of the NES Earth & Space Science (307) Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Nature of science||18%||27||35|
|Oceanography and freshwater systems||19%||28||17|
|The atmosphere, weather and climate||19%||28||36|
NES Earth and Space Science Exam Preparation & Registration
The NES Earth and Space Science exam is offered on many dates throughout the year at testing centers nationwide. To register, you must create an account at the test website, at which time you'll designate a test location and a date. You can change the test appointment without penalty up to 24 hours in advance. When your registration is confirmed, you'll be sent a notice with the time and date. On test day, you must show a government-issued ID with a photo.
NES Earth and Space Science Exam Scoring
A scaled score will be available immediately after you complete the test, and you'll get a score report within two weeks of the test day. The minimum passing score is 220. Only correct answers are tallied, so guess if you aren't sure of the correct answer. A wrong response won't count against you. The NES Earth and Space Science exam contains five content domains and, within the 3-hour total time limit for the exam, you can spend as long as you need to on each section.
Nature of Science
Percentage of test score: 18%
Exam topics covered: How to design and execute scientific investigations, safety procedures for scientific investigations, scientific notation and mathematics for Earth and space science problems, history of science, contemporary theories, interrelationships of science, engineering, technology and mathematics, and the use of maps and models to depict scientific information
What you'll study: Our study guide explores the definition of Earth science, the scientific revolution and its ideas, the space race's influence on math and science education and science careers. Take the opportunity to re-examine the scientific method, experimental design and ways in which to utilize scientific graphs and charts. Further study the metric system, maps, common equipment in the laboratory, safety techniques and laboratory measurements.
Percentage of test score: 25%
Exam topics covered: Relative and absolute dating techniques, theories of the Earth's origin, the fossil record, plate tectonics, geologic faulting, chemical and physical processes involved in the formation of rocks, the Earth's interior, weathering, impacts of erosion and sediment transport
What you'll study: Theories on the Earth's formation, forces that change the Earth's surface, Pangaea, continental drift, the Earth's tectonic plates, causes of tectonic plate movement are discussed. Learn about plate boundaries, the geologic time scale, relative dating, radiometric dating, fossil preservation, erosion, and chemical and mechanical weathering. You'll also find material on the factors that affect weathering, glacial erosion, atomic and mass number, the periodic table, radioactive decay, and mineral shape, strength and density. Types of rocks, volcanoes, causes of earthquakes, cycles of matter and the Earth's four spheres are among the other concepts reviewed in our lessons.
Oceanography and Freshwater Systems
Percentage of test score: 19%
Exam topics covered: Physical and chemical properties of water, origins and structure of the ocean basins and coastlines, characteristics of ocean water, biological marine resources, properties of surface water and groundwater and geologic factors that influence the availability, use and management of freshwater resources
What you'll study: Get facts about the water cycle, evaporation and transpiration, the distribution of water on Earth and the groundwater system. Springs, wells, caverns, environmental problems with groundwater, properties of ocean water, ocean circulation, the tides and causes of a tsunami are also examined in our study guide.
The Atmosphere, Weather, and Climate
Percentage of test score: 19%
Exam topics covered: Layers of the atmosphere, the role of gases and particulates, global wind patterns, changes in the atmosphere due to human and natural activities, high- and low-pressure systems, air masses and fronts, types of clouds, jet streams, weather maps, characteristics of Earth's climate systems, causes of unique climate phenomena and causes of current and past changes in global climate
What you'll study: Our lessons cover information on components of the atmosphere, temperature, the enhanced greenhouse effect, solar energy, the energy transfer process and the ozone layer. Other topics include the natural factors that determine climate, global warming, air pollution, geography of the four seasons, climate classifications and global wind patterns. Solidify your knowledge of weather variables, air masses and their impact on weather, circulation of the atmosphere, weather fronts, weather events, methods of forecasting weather and weather maps.
Percentage of test score: 19%
Exam topics covered: The sun's structure and life cycle, characteristics of various types of stars, theories on the origins of the universe, technology used to study the solar system, origin of the solar system, position and characteristics of the planets, comets, asteroids, meteors, physical characteristics of the moon and Earth and apparent motions of the stars and planets relative to Earth
What you'll study: Types of telescopes, history of space travel, formation of the moon, the moon's atmosphere, moon phases and the ways in which gravity, the moon and the sun cause tides, lunar and solar eclipses are featured. Get details about the sun's structure, solar flares, sunspots, the Babcock model of the sun's magnetic cycle, elliptical orbits and Kepler's laws. As you progress through your studies, learn about trajectories for celestial objects, definition of energy, solar radiation, thermal energy, electromagnetic waves, major regions of the electromagnetic spectrum and blackbody radiation theory. Some lessons explore the theories of the formation of the solar system, the age of the solar system, characteristics of the planets, asteroids, comets, dwarf planets and Newton's laws of motion. The law of universal gravitation, types of stars and star clusters, the magnitude scale, Kirchhoff's laws, the structure of the Milky Way, Hubble's law and Hubble's constant are focal points. Finally, the origins of the universe, models of the universe, methods used to calculate the universe's age and the fate of the universe are included in these video lessons.
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