Introductory Sociology

The Introductory Sociology examination contains 100 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. 

The test questions cover the basic facts and concepts as well as general theoretical approaches used by sociologists. 

Students should consider taking the exam if they can demonstrate the following abilities:

  • identification of specific names, facts, and concepts from sociological literature
  • understanding of relationships among concepts, empirical generalizations, and theoretical propositions
  • understanding the methods by which sociological relationships are established
  • Interpreting tables and charts

Computer-based Scoring: CLEP exams are scored without a penalty for incorrect guessing. The raw score--the number of correct responses--is translated into a scaled score. The scaled scores for CLEP are reported in a range from 20 to 80.

At Ferris, candidates taking the Introductory Sociology exam earn credit for a score of 50 or higher.

Course(s) and Credits

  • SOCY 121
    3 credits


Credits meet the social awareness, race/ethnicity and/or gender issues social foundations components of the general education requirements.