THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
The questions on this test measure your knowledge and understanding of science. The test has two parts. Both parts are contained in this test booklet. Part I consists of 45 multiple-choice questions. Record your answers to these questions on the separate answer sheet. Use only a No. 2 pencil on your answer sheet. Part II consists of 25 open-ended questions. Write your answers to Part II in the space provided in this test booklet. You may use a calculator to answer the questions on the test if you wish. You will have two hours to answer the questions on this test.
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Part I DIRECTIONS There are 45 questions on Part I of the test. Each question is followed by four choices, numbered 1 through 4. Read each question carefully. Decide which choice is the correct answer. On the separate answer sheet, mark your answer in the row of circles for each question by filling in the circle that has the same number as the answer you have chosen. Read the sample question below: Sample Question Earth gets most of its light from (1) (2) (3) (4) the stars the Sun the Moon other planets
The correct answer is the Sun, which is choice number 2. On your answer sheet, look at the box showing the row of answer circles for the sample question. Since choice number 2 is the correct answer for the sample question, the circle with the number 2 has been filled in. Answer all of the questions in Part I in the same way. Mark only one answer for each question. If you want to change an answer, be sure to erase your first mark completely. Then mark the answer you want. You will not need scrap paper. You may use the pages of this test booklet to work out your answers to the questions. You may use a calculator if needed. When you are told to start working, turn the page and begin with question 1. Work carefully and answer all of the questions in Part I. When you have finished Part I, go right on to Part II.
Inter.-Level Science — June ’03
Part I 1 The graph below shows the water levels that result from tidal action over a 24-hour period. Tide Chart
High tide High tide
Height of Water on Tide Marker (ft)
12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 Low tide 4 6 8 a.m. 10 12 2 Noon 4 Low tide 6 8 p.m. 10 Midnight
2 Midnight 2
Time of Day What was the approximate height of the water on the tide marker at 6 p.m.? (1) 4.3 ft (2) 5.4 ft (3) 8.5 ft (4) 11.2 ft
2 Approximately how long does it take to cycle from one new Moon to the next new Moon? (1) a day (3) a month (2) a week (4) a year 3 If shell fragments are found in a rock sample, it is most likely that the rock formed (1) on a mountain slope (2) on a glacier (3) from magma (4) in shallow water
4 The thin layer of water that covers most of Earth’s surface is called the (1) atmosphere (3) lithosphere (2) hemisphere (4) hydrosphere 5 Which term refers to the atmospheric conditions that prevail from season to season and year to year at a certain location? (1) weather (3) equilibrium (2) climate (4) ecosystem
Inter.-Level Science — June ’03
6 The diagram below shows three stages in the formation of a beach.
Waves hitting on cliff A
Cliff eroding B
Beach developing C
Which process is mostly responsible for the breaking down of the rock cliff into sand-sized sediment? (1) weathering (2) faulting (3) folding (4) precipitation
7 The diagram below shows a boy observing a fish located at position B below the surface of the water. The boy sees the fish at position A.
Apparent position of fish
A B Actual position of fish
The apparent position of the fish is…