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General Biology

The General Biology examination contains 110 questions to be answered in 90 minutes.

The test includes questions on the broad field of biological sciences, organized into three major areas: molecular and cellular biology, organismal biology, and populational biology.   

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

  • knowledge of facts, principles, and processes of biology
  • understanding of the means by which information is collected, how it is interpreted, how one hypothesizes from available information, how one draws conclusions and makes further predictions
  • understanding that science is a human endeavor with social consequences.

Computer-based Scoring: CLEP computer-based (CBT) 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 CBT are reported in a range from 20 to 80.

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

Course(s) and Credits 

  • BIOL General Credit
    4 credits

Credits meet the scientific understanding component of the general education requirement. Credits will not meet the lab class component of the general education requirement.