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The exam is approximately two hours and 15 minutes long and has two parts - multiple choice and free response. Each section is worth 50% of the final exam grade.
Section I is Multiple Choice consisting of 75 Questions with a 1 hour time limit. This section tests your ability to use and think about maps and spatial data, your understanding of how the world looks from a spatial perspective, your ability to interpret patterns and processes at different scales, your understanding of regions, and finally, your ability to characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places. Total scores on the multiple-choice section are based on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are not deducted for incorrect answers and no points are awarded for unanswered questions.
Section II is Free Response consisting of 3 Questions with 1 hour and 15 minute time limit. This section requires you to interrelate different topical areas and to analyze and evaluate geographical concepts. Some questions may be based on stimulus material such as verbal description, maps, graphs, photographs, and diagrams. You are expected to demonstrate both analytical and organizational skills in your essays. Remember to answer each question in the way it is structured as points are allocated for sub-parts of the question and not for the overall answer.