to take the ECE World Population test on Wednesday. I've read the book by
Weeks, but is there any area I should be paying close attention to?
EXCELSIOR COLLEGE EXAMINATION
(ECE) WORLD POPULATION
understand the meaning of common demographic terms and the differences
between terms, such as "birth rate" and "fertility
rate", crude birth rate, total fertility rate, etc.
differences in the population age distributions of developed and
underdeveloped nations. Apply common sense - in general poorer
nations – high birth rate - high death rate - pyramid shaped distribution.
Rich nations low birth rate - low death rate - longer life spans -
population distribution skews top heavy - more old people - bulges in the
middle or is like inverted pyramid.
nations still show marked population growth. Developed nations show little
or no population growth, or declining population (exception – USA where
immigration and immigrant birth rates high, maintaining population
largest populations - China, India - projections indicate
India overtaking China by 2050.
factors to population growth - famine, disease (AIDS - particularly its
effect in Africa), affluence.
to the practice exam content outline.
Reference - use
CIA world fact book - available free on the internet.
If you have not
already done so, do the ECE practice exam for World Population. There are,
if I remember correctly, 25 or so questions. Your score on this mock exam
will be a useful proxy for your performance in the actual exam. The
actual exam had, as I remember it, 120 questions, though the exam book
suggests there are 160 questions, I don't remember it that way.
A direct link
to exam PDF file is available on the main menu of my web site (see bottom
of this note) under the heading ECE PRACTICE EXAMS, subheading, "World
Of the 14 CLEP,
10 DANTES, 13 ECE, and 2 GRE exams I passed over the course of two bachelor
degrees, the ECE World Population was the easiest. However, one note on
pass rates - as I remember it the DANTES statistics for ECE exam pass rates
are generally higher than for CLEP or DANTES (DSST) exams. This I think is
likely due to the much higher motivation and caliber of the average ECE
test candidate, rather than any significant inherent ease in the ECE exams
relative to the CLEP or DSST exams.