Monday, March 28, 2011

Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union DSST

Wow, what a test. This one hurt the ole' noggin. I passed it with a 58. Minimum score needed was a 45.
-There were no questions on Andropov, or Chernenko. Spend most of your time studying Lenin, Stalin, Bhreznev, and Gorbachev.

-The only question about Chernobyl Nuclear Accident was "What did the Soviet Union immediately do when the accident occured..", obviously, the tried to cover it up from the world.

-Study up on the Battles of Stalingrad and Lenningrad during the "Patriotic War" or WW II.

-There were some questions about what side and efforts the Bolsheviks took with regards to the Spanish Republicans during the Spanish Civil War.

-Read up on the Soviet Unions Constitution. Know what Gorbachev did in reference to amending an article (#6, I believe)

-Know all the names that the Soviet Secret Police have been called (ie. Cheka, GBU, NKVD, KGB)

-Know which countries became part of the CIS after the break up of the Soviet Union.

-Know what Lenin put in his last statement to the Communist Party that the leadership did not want everyone else to know about.

-Know about "War Communism" and the "New Economic Policy"

-Know what was gained by the Red Army's invasion of Finland.

-Know about the Great Purges.

-Know about Maxim Gorky and Vsevolod Meyerhold

-Know about the Molotov-Ribbentop Pact.

-Know about the "Marshall Plan"

-Know that during WW2, that Stalin was upset because the Allies would not open up a Western European Front when he needed it.

-Know that from 1941 to 1943, Stalin mass deported Volga Germans and Crimean Tartars to Siberia, Kazakhstan, and Central Asia.

-Know that the 'Korean War', was a hard lesson the Soviets learned when they walked out of s 1950 UN Security Council meeting. This was the only time they ever did that. If they had stayed during the Security Council vote, The Korean War might not have happened.

-Know that Boris Yeltsin became the popular political figure in the Soviet Union after the failed 1991 coup.

-Know that the Soviet Union's War in Afghanistan was the worst military mistake in Soviet History.

-Know that Perestroika was economic reforms and only that. (This was one of those "could it be I, II and IV., or I, III, or IV, or I only. Chose the one that states 'Economic Reforms only".

I know that there are a couple formats out there for this test. My test was 100 questions long, I had 2 hrs to take and did it in 45min. And boy does my brain hurt.

Hope this helps. Thanks to all the previous posters here. They were very instrumental in my passing this exam.

Friday, March 25, 2011

General Anthropology DSST

I took the DANTES General Anthropology exam. I think it went quite well, and I am pretty sure I passed it.

I didn't think it was TOO hard an exam. Definitely harder than CLEP Sociology, but not as hard as DANTES Intro to World Religions.

As usual with DANTES, there were quite a few questions that I didn't know the answer to. But I am hoping that I was able to correctly answer enough questions to pass. 

Only time will tell!


Wikipedia (I looked lots of terminology up).

Things to Know (based on MY version of the exam):

Cross-cousins (identify on a kinship chart)
Catal Huyuk
Linguistics (Sapir)
DNA (just know what it is)
Genetic Drift
Natural Selection
Hominids (know this stuff well. Know the different kinds of hominids, where, when, what they did first, where their fossils/bones have been found, etc.)
Oldest hominid found so far in USA
Dating Technology (Scientific Dating of Archaeological Sites and Artifacts)
Civilization (definition)
Culture (definition)
Ideal/Real Culture
Cultural Relativism
Band/Caste/Chiefdom/Class/Clan/Tribe/Kinship/State etc.
Lineage (Matri/Patri)
Hunter-gatherer/Horticulture/Agriculture/Industrial/Market Exchange.
Cargo Cults (know what they are. I LOVE those guys: Cargo cult - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Applied Anthropology

Names (just know why each name is important):


Civilizations to Know:


Bonus Point: Which civilization first invented "zero"?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Geology DSST

Well, not the most popular exam, is it? I needed science credits, and I don't know why I chose Geology, except that I just think rocks are cool. I studied for one week. I speed read my way through The Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology, by Tarbuck/Lutgens, and Exercises in Physical Geology by Hamblin and Howard. Both books are very good, lots of pictures and excellent illustrations. I scored a 54, a 'B'. I think I could have scored much higher if I had learned all the terminology better. Here's a few things I remember:

-Which planet has plate tectonics like Earth?
-Rocks older than 180 million years are not found on the ocean floor, why is that?
-What is the ocean floor made of?
-What are the mineral compositions of granite, quartz, and feldspar?
-What distinctive landscape features are caused by glaciers?
-What climates are most/least conducive to chemical weathering of rocks?
-Know the law of superposition, be able to recognize a diagram of it, with laccoliths, dikes, and faults, and be able to say which of all these things occurred in what order.
-Know how to figure out the rate of sea floor spreading.
-Know all about transform faults
-How were the Aleutian Islands formed?
-Know Bowen's Reaction Series really well
-How is an oxbow lake formed?

Sorry it's not much, that's all I can remember. I found the subject matter fascinating. I definitely think that the key terms--vocabulary and knowing all the definitions is key on this one. Good luck!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

World Conflicts Since 1900 ECE

The test was almost wholly fact memorization, with a few theoretical scenario questions thrown in (130 questions total). Hope that helps someone, I didn't know much about any of the writers, or half of the terms, but had a basic knowledge of all the conflicts and I looked through the ECE study guide and read "Complete Idiot's guide to World Conflicts".

  • World War 1 - lots of questions especially on causes.
  • World War 2 - a few questions, most notably on Germany and Hitler. Several questions on Hitler's motives/strategy. Also a couple on European powers breaking up and administering the conquered lands.
  • Korea - Several questions on Korea, esp. causes and international actions (*** this one was NOT listed on the study guide).
  • Veitnam - Causes, how it ended.
  • Balkans - lots of questions on the breakup of Yugoslavia, and Slobo's motives (one specific question was: which state was the first to break away). Also, know why each state declared reasons, safety
  • Gulf War - Causes, UN action (also, specific question was: what year did it start?).
  • Iraq - there were a few questions on Iraq's motives for invading Kuwait, and for attacking Iran...and questions about who the US supported, why...and UN action.
  • Cold War - several questions on the cold war, mostly about nuke deterrent, proxy wars, when the cold war ended and why (specific question: what action most closely depicts the end of the cold war? answer was the fall of the Berlin Wall)
  • Arab/Israeli - several questions on the different wars, and who signed what treaty and why (specific question: when was the first Arab/Israeli war? answer: as soon as Israel was created)
  • Pakistan/India - couple questions, mostly on kashmir and nukes (specific questions: which nation gained its independance from Pakistan? answer: bangladesh; question: why did Pakistan start nuke testing?)
Major things to study:
  • UNITED NATIONS! study basically everything about UN actions, abilities, lots of questions.
  • Treaties - several questions on major treaties and accords like Versailles, Camp David, Oslo, nonproliferation.
  • American Wars/motives - seemed to have alot of questions on specifically American wars/motives (America is the nation that has been involved in the most conflicts in the 1900's).
  • Political Scientists/writers - there were a LOT of questions on the writings/theories of: Stoessinger, Huntington, Waltz.
  • Terrorism - causes, why it's easier today (also, NGOs), definition of terrorism.
  • Globalization - a couple questions on impact.
Terms to KNOW:
  • Balance of power
  • Bipolar/multipolar
  • Collective security
  • Realism
  • Liberalism
  • Marxism