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Monday, January 31, 2011
I thought this was a tough exam. I knew that I had gotten about half correct, and I was hoping that I had guessed well enough on the rest for a good score. The exam had more depth than I expected. There were only 82 questions, which I think makes it hard to get a really high score. I studied 4 weeks and got a 57, which is an A at Excelsior. I chose different materials than what were recommended (Cliff Notes online). I chose the Idiot’s Guide because I wanted to use a book format that was up-to-date. Idiot’s Guide had worked well for the Civil War DSST. Since there have not been a lot of very high scores on the Astronomy test, I wanted to try for a better score, but as you can see, it did not work for me. Here is what I used to study: Idiot’s Guide to Astronomy – I wanted a book that was up to date plus it has a CD with lots of excellent pictures. I enjoyed reading from an astronomer’s perspective, which made it easy to understand the concepts except for a couple topics. When I was studying it, I thought it would be too deep for the test, but that was not true. I did need to back up and look elsewhere for some of the basics, like tides, moon phases, Kepler’s laws, early astronomers, etc. The Sky Observer’s Guide – Golden Guide – It taught the basics about actually looking at the night sky. Pass DSST Astronomy the Easy Way – This book is not enough to know for the exam by itself, but it did help me on several questions. IC – There are excellent pictures and explanations which helped on several questions. Astronomy Study Guides - SparkNotes– quizzes and fact sheets on sun and planets – I was getting about 2/3 of the answers correct. Explorations An Introduction to Astonomy!- online textbook – I used the quizzes and was getting about 2/3 of the answers correct. I should have paid more attention to the quiz answers and looked at the chapter summaries and the web tutorials may have been helpful, also. Astronomy - CliffsNotes– I looked up a couple things but did not use this site. From others experiences, it may be more adapted to a college level course than the Idiot’s Guide was. I thought that all of the other websites mentioned looked good but I did not use them. Star evolution handout –http://astro.berkeley.edu/~dperley/a...volhandout.pdf- This was great, but not deep enough to answer all of the questions asked on the exam. DSST Fact Sheet – I did not do well on this practice exam. Having multiple questions on some of the topics helped me piece together some of the answers. I did earn an A and got to spend a lot of time studying for this exam. I was disappointed, though, by the number of answers that I did not know and that all I had learned was not deep enough for this exam. I have always wanted to learn about all of this and I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to getting to do some sky observing and will be able to use all that I have learned for the rest of my life. Extra note: I really liked the Wiley Self-Teaching Guide for Chemistry and just noticed that they have one for Astronomy also.