Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 037: Agricultural Education

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 80 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 Animal Science 001–009 22%
II Plant and Soil Science 010–019 20%
III Horticulture 020–029 22%
IV Agricultural Business and Management 030–038 20%
V Agricultural Resources and Careers 039–045 16%
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table below.

Subarea I—ANIMAL SCIENCE

Objective 001—Understand biological aspects of swine production.

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Objective 002—Understand biological aspects of beef and dairy cattle production.

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Objective 003—Understand biological aspects of horse production.

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Objective 004—Apply principles of nutrition to livestock.

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Objective 005—Apply procedures to control the diseases and parasites of livestock.

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Objective 006—Understand animal reproduction and breeding practices.

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Objective 007—Understand livestock evaluation.

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Objective 008—Analyze methods of controlling the environment of livestock.

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Objective 009—Understand livestock and poultry product processing.

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Subarea II—PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE

Objective 010—Analyze the processes of plant growth and reproduction.

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Objective 011—Identify the characteristics and uses of field crops.

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Objective 012—Analyze methods of preparing seedbeds and planting field crops.

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Objective 013—Analyze methods of harvesting field crops.

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Objective 014—Identify types of plant pests (e.g., insects, diseases, and weeds) and ways of controlling them.

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Objective 015—Identify types of soil and their composition.

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Objective 016—Understand drainage and irrigation.

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Objective 017—Apply soil-testing methods.

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Objective 018—Apply the principles of soil conservation.

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Objective 019—Understand crop product processing.

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Subarea III— HORTICULTURE

Objective 020—Identify horticultural plants and their uses.

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Objective 021—Analyze the characteristics of horticultural growing media.

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Objective 022—Analyze the growth requirements of horticultural plants.

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Objective 023—Apply procedures for planting, transplanting, propagating, maintaining, and harvesting horticultural plants.

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Objective 024—Identify types of horticultural plant pests (e.g., insects, diseases, and weeds) and ways of controlling them.

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Objective 025—Understand the production of nursery plants.

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Objective 026—Understand the production of greenhouse plants.

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Objective 027—Understand the principles of floral design.

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Objective 028—Understand the principles of landscaping.

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Objective 029—Understand the principles of turf management.

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Subarea IV— AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

Objective 030—Apply principles of economics in agricultural business.

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Objective 031—Understand the use of credit in agriculture.

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Objective 032—Apply business recordkeeping procedures.

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Objective 033—Analyze the role of the government in agriculture.

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Objective 034—Analyze financial practices in agriculture.

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Objective 035—Apply procedures for scheduling and planning agricultural operations.

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Objective 036—Understand business ownership.

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Objective 037—Identify methods of marketing agricultural products and services.

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Objective 038—Apply the principles of marketing to agribusiness.

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Subarea V— AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES AND CAREERS

Objective 039—Apply the principles of conservation.

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Objective 040—Understand forestry.

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Objective 041—Understand ecology.

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Objective 042—Understand land-use issues.

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Objective 043—Identify the characteristics and functions of vocational student organizations (e.g., FFA).

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Objective 044—Identify the characteristics and functions of supervised agriscience and natural resource experience programs.

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Objective 045—Identify career opportunities and requirements in agriculture.

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