Hiset Science

About Hiset Science Test

The Science test provides evidence of a candidate’s ability to use science content knowledge, apply principles of scientific inquiry, and interpret and evaluate scientific information. Most of the questions in the test are associated with stimulus materials that provide descriptions of scientific investigations and their results. Scientific information is based on reports that might be found in scientific journals. Graphs, tables, and charts are used to present information and results. The science situations use material from a variety of content areas such as: physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, health, and astronomy. The questions may ask candidates to identify the research question of interest, select the best design for a specific research question, and recognize conclusions that can be drawn from results. Candidates also may be asked to evaluate the adequacy of procedures and distinguish among hypotheses, assumptions, and observations. This test may contain some questions that will not count toward your score.

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Hisset Science

The Science Hiset Test Framework

The Science test framework is organized into broad areas of content, called Content Categories. Each Content Category is further divided into Content Category Descriptors. The Content Category Descriptors describe in greater detail the skills and knowledge eligible for testing. In addition to knowing and understanding the science content explicitly described in the Content Category Descriptors, candidates also will answer questions that may involve one or more of the Process Categories. Each Process Category is further divided into Process Category Descriptors. The Content Category Descriptors are numbered under each Content Category on the next page. The Process Category Descriptors are numbered under the Science Process Categories section on the next page.

Social Studies 98
Math 92
Reading 96
Writing 98
Science 70

I. Life Science

 1. Understand organisms, their environments, and their life cycles 2. Understand the interdependence of organisms 3. Recognize the relationships between structure and function in living systems 4. Understand the human body systems

II. Physical Science

1. Recognize observable properties such as size, weight, shape, color, and temperature 2. Recognize concepts relating to the position and motion of objects 3. Understand principles of light, heat, electricity, and magnetism 4. Understand the principles of matter and atomic structure 5. Understand the principles of chemical reactions

III. Earth Science

1. Recognize the properties of earth materials 2. Understand Earth’s systems, processes, geologic structures, and time 3. Understand Earth’s movements and position in the solar system 4. Understand the sun, other stars, and the solar system

III. Earth Science

1. Understand concepts and know terminology of physical and human geography 2. Use geographic concepts to analyze spatial phenomena and discuss economic, political, and social factors 3. Interpret maps and other visual and technological tools, and analyze case studies

Hiset Science Process Categories

Science Process Categories Each Process Category is further divided into Process Category Descriptors. The Process Category Descriptors are numbered under each Process Category below.

A. Interpret and Apply

A. Interpret and Apply

1. Interpret observed data or information

2. Apply scientific principles

B. Analyze

1. Discern an appropriate research question suggested by the information presented

2. Identify reasons for a procedure and analyze limitations

3. Select the best procedure

C. Evaluate and Generalize

1. Distinguish among hypotheses, assumptions, data, and conclusions

2. Judge the basis of information for a given conclusion

3. Determine relevance for answering a question

4. Judge the reliability of sources