Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 008: Geography

Test Overview

Table outlining the test format, number of questions, time, and passing score.
Format Computer-based test (CBT) and paper-based test (PBT)
Number of Questions 100 multiple-choice questions
Time
  • CBT: 2 hours 30 minutes*
  • PBT: up to 4 hours 30 minutes
    (up to 2 partial-session tests may be taken in one test session—test session information is on your test's information page)
Passing Score 220

*Does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial

Test Objectives

Table outlining test content and subject weighting by sub area and objective.
Subarea Range of Objectives Approximate Percentage of Questions on Test
I Geographic Concepts and Skills 001–002 15%
II Physical Systems, Natural Resources, and Land Use 003–004 15%
III Human Systems and Human–Environment Interaction 005–006 15%
IV World Regions and Global Issues 007–008 15%
V History and Geography 009–011 20%
VI Other Interdisciplinary Perspectives 012–014 20%
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table below.

Subarea I—GEOGRAPHIC CONCEPTS AND SKILLS

Objective 001—Understand geographic terms, concepts, and resources.

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Objective 002—Apply methods for conducting geographic investigations and analyzing and interpreting geographic information.

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Subarea II—PHYSICAL SYSTEMS, NATURAL RESOURCES, AND LAND USE

Objective 003—Understand physical features of the earth and the natural processes that shape the earth's surface.

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Objective 004—Understand global ecosystems, natural resources, and patterns of land use.

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Subarea III—HUMAN SYSTEMS AND HUMAN–ENVIRONMENT INTERACTION

Objective 005—Understand human culture, human settlement, and global and regional patterns of population growth, distribution, and migration.

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Objective 006—Understand the nature and effects of human interactions with the environment.

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Subarea IV— WORLD REGIONS AND GLOBAL ISSUES

Objective 007—Understand characteristics, processes, and issues of major regions of the Eastern Hemisphere.

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Objective 008—Understand characteristics, processes, and issues of major regions of the Western Hemisphere.

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Subarea V— HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY

Objective 009—Understand basic historical concepts.

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Objective 010—Understand history and the relationship with geography within major eras of U.S. history.

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Objective 011—Understand history and the relationship with geography within major eras of world history.

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Subarea VI— OTHER INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES

Objective 012—Understand basic economic concepts and the relationship between economics and geography.

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Objective 013—Understand basic political science concepts and the relationship between political science and geography.

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Objective 014—Understand core democratic values, recognize the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society, and apply methods for analyzing public policy questions.

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