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David Steer and David McConnell at the University of Akron are creating and reviewing ConcepTests for introductory geoscience courses. If anyone would like to test existing questions or submit additional questions, please contact them.

This collection was created with funding from the National Science Foundation, (DUE-0087894).

Introductory geoscience students may attempt to deal with the material by trying to simply memorize it. McConnell et al. (2003) suggest that geoscience ConcepTests should be additionally restricted to the level of comprehension or application in Bloom's taxonomy.


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ConcepTest: Rain Shadow part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
In the landscape below, how would the amount of rainfall change at location X if the mountain eroded down to the dashed line? a. Rainfall would increase b. Rainfall would decrease c. Rainfall would stay the same

ConcepTest: Hydrologic Cycle part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The following diagram illustrates the Hydrologic Cycle. Match the letters below to the arrow on the diagram (note: some letters may be used for more than one arrow). Which process best represents Arrow 1? a. ...

ConcepTest: Ocean Currents part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Ocean currents at G are flowing in what direction? a. to the west b. to the east c. to the north d. to the south

ConcepTest: Stream Gradient part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The town of Pleasantville is located at a meander bend in a floodplain. In order to reduce the threat of property loss due to erosion, Pleasantville's engineer proposes the construction of the diversion ...

ConcepTest: Rock Transformation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The graph below illustrates how the temperature changed with time for part of the rock cycle. Which of the following processes is best represented by the graph? a. sediment is lithified to form sedimentary rock b. ...

ConcepTest: Waves part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
At which location in the diagram below would the waves break closer to the beach? a. A b. B c. C

ConcepTest: Rock Ages part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Match the features in the relative time diagram below with the events described in the short sentences. Assume all rocks are sedimentary unless otherwise indicated. What is the best estimate of the age of F if A is ...

ConcepTest: Spit Formation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A beach is oriented east-west. It is bordered by bays at both its east and west ends. A current flowing parallel to the beach transports sand from west to east. In which bay will a spit form? a) east b) west

ConcepTest: Hot/Cold Water Circulation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
A fish tank is filled almost to the brim with room temperature water. Two containers of cold and hot water are prepared. Red coloring is added to the hot water, blue coloring is added to the cold water. The cold ...

ConcepTest: Earth Timeline - the fossil record part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Carefully examine the relative positions of the lettered arrows on the timeline below and estimate the ages represented by each arrow. Identify which letter corresponds most closely to the first appearance in the ...

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