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In this course, you'll find all the information you need to pass the UExcel Introduction to Sociology exam, available in a computer-based format only. Successful test-takers are eligible for three college credits that may be transferable to approximately 1,000 colleges and universities in the United States. Between the online video lessons and self-assessment quizzes, this course is the fastest and most efficient way to study for the exam and earn those transferable credits.
You'll begin the course with a study of sociological themes, theorists and research methods. Subsequent chapters will provide you with an overview of the different types of social groups. You'll also learn about the relationship between society and aging, ethnicity, gender or race. Brief, well-illustrated lessons cover one topic at a time so key points will be easy to remember on exam day.
Syllabus and Course Information
Completion of the UExcel Introduction to Sociology course and final exam should provide you with a thorough understanding of the objectives outlined below. All course goals and materials have been designed to reflect those topics found on the actual UExcel exam.
- Define sociology, including its basic theories and importance as a field of study.
- Summarize the sociological theories of DuBois, Durkheim, Marx and Weber.
- Identify the different types of research methods used in sociology.
- Discuss the meaning of culture, including its importance and relationship to societal roles.
- Describe how individuals develop socially according to Freud, Mead, Erikson, Piaget and other theorists.
- Discuss the formation and characteristics of social groups, including how people fit into groups.
- Explain the importance of diversity to a society, as well as its negative effects on society.
- Describe how gender defines individuals and the relationship between sex and society.
- Understand how ethnicity and race affect society.
- Summarize the impact of age on individuals and society and individuals.
- Examine the sociological links shared by economy, labor, politics and society.
- Identify the major social institutions, such as education and healthcare systems, families and religious congregations, including their roles in society.
The Introduction to Sociology course does not have any formal prerequisites.
The UExcel Introduction to Sociology curriculum consists of 13 chapters and 116 video lessons, about 5-10 minutes in length. Each lesson also includes an online self-assessment and a printable transcript that allows you to read along or highlight the major points of the lesson. Use the final exam at the end of the course to make sure you haven't forgotten any key concepts or examples. Remember to contact your instructor if you have any questions.
UExcel Introduction to Sociology Exam Information
The UExcel Introduction to Sociology exam has been endorsed by the American Council on Education; passing the test is equivalent to taking a 1-semester, lower-level, undergraduate course. Although each college and university has its own policy, exam-based credits can help you acquire advanced standing or meet the requirements for your degree.
- Number of Questions: about 120 questions
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: Two hours
- Number of Credits: Three credits
- Exam Cost: $95
UExcel Introduction to Sociology Exam Breakdown
|UExcel Exam Concept||Percent of the UExcel Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Our Chapters|
|The Sociological Perspective||10%||12||18 lessons|
|Social Foundations||20%||24||10 lessons|
|Differentiation and Inequality||30%||36||24 lessons|
|Social Institutions||30%||36||16 lessons|
|Social Change||10%||12||13 lessons|
Earn UExcel Credit
Based upon recommendations made by the test developer, students who pass the UExcel Introduction to Sociology exam are eligible for three transferable credits. Overall, UExcel tests can reduce how much time you spend in college and how much money you spend on tuition.
Study Schedule for the UExcel Exam
The UExcel Introduction to Sociology course takes about 12 hours to complete. Easy-to-digest video lessons and quizzes can be completed on the go and accommodate your school or work schedule. Use the table below to help you decide when you'll be ready to register for the exam. Exam fees and registration take place online or over the phone.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|Around 2.5 hours per day, 5 days per week||1 week|
|2 hours per day, 3 days a week||2 weeks|
|1 hour per day, 4 days a week||3 weeks|
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