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Science and Technology/Engineering

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Test Blueprints by Grade

Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Test Blueprints
Number of Multiple-Choice Items
(1 point per item)
Number of Open-Response Items
(4 points per item)
Grade/SubjectCommonMatrix-SampledCommonMatrix-SampledTotal Common Points
Available per Form
High School/Biology40125260
High School/Chemistry40205260
HS/Introductory Physics40125260

Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Reporting Categories
GradeReporting CategoryPercentage (+/- 5%)Total Number of Points
Grade 5 STEEarth and Space Science30%16
Life Science30%16
Physical Sciences25%14
Grade 8 STEEarth and Space Science25%13-14
Life Science25%13-14
Physical Sciences25%13-14
High School BiologyBiochemistry & Cell Biology25%15
Anatomy and Physiology15%9
Evolution and Biodiversity20%12
High School Introductory PhysicsMotion and Forces40%24
Heat and Heat Transfer15%9
Waves and Radiation25%15
High School ChemistryProperties of Matter and Thermochemistry25%15
Atomic Strucure and Periodicity25%15
Bonding and Reactions30%18
Solutions, Equilibrium, and Acid-Base Theory20%12
High School Technology/EngineeringEngineering Design20%12
Construction and Manufacturing20%12
Fluid and Thermal Systems30%18
Electrical and Communication Systems30%18

Last Updated: September 14, 2016
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