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    Default TECEP: BIO-208 Science of Nutrition

    Has anyone taken this TECEP? BIO-208 Science of Nutrition

    How does one study for a TECEP? Obviously there's no IC for this test. I've taken a few CLEP/DSST, but never a TECEP. I'll do a search and gather what I can but I figured I get some additional input on this as well.

    Thank you very kindly, as usual!

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    Nobody has TECEP experience? Insight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dblhelx
    Nobody has TECEP experience? Insight?


    Yep, I took this test. Here is my feedback.


    Originially posted by cookderosa:


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    The Science of Nutrition TECEP exam (BIO208)

    This test is worth 3 Natural Science credits at TESC.

    I used a text called Perspectives in Nutrition that was a college discard from 1990. I also had a laminated nutrition Quick Study card from 2003. There were a couple questions on the current nutritional info, but nothing that wasn't already in the news headlines. So, for that reason, I suggest any college text used in a biology based nutrition course will do.

    TESC has a print out exam prep guide which includes an outline and sample questions, be sure to get this. I found it was very on target. I am using it in my feedback- much of what I am writing is ALREADY ON the guide, I am just pointing it out to underscore that it WAS included on the exam as predicted in the guide.

    There are 100 multiple choice questions drawing from three areas. 60 is passing. You have 2 hours to take the test, it is pencil and paper given by the proctor of your choosing.

    Digestion 5% (5 questions)
    -know the basic parts of the digestive system as well as which part is responsible for each function. Know where digestion vs absorption occurs in various parts.
    -know the names of enzymes and hormones, as well as where they are found and what they do. (very basic, not in depth, just memorize)

    Metabolic Process 40% (40 questions)
    -Carbs: My carb questions mainly required a thorough understanding of glucose. Do understand sucrose, fructose, dextrose, maltose, galactose, etc. Glucose + what = what. Also, understand glucose function and storage. What type of carb is found in various foods (from choices) as well as identify simple and complex carbs from a list.
    -Lipids: not too much. Do know the various classifications.
    - Protein: brush up on vegetarian, amino acids, and metabolism of proteins.
    -vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals: quite surprised by the number of questions in this area. I had no less than 10! A standard table of food sources, excess of, deficiency of, functions of, and scientific name will do. I had several questions EACH specifically on B vitamins, zinc, and iron.

    Direct Nutrition 55% (55 questions)
    - know the names and tools RD's use- like BM tables, height to weight tables, RDA guides, etc.
    - a few questions on obesity- causes, treatment
    - at least 2 questions on pregnancy, and another 5 on lactation. These were "gimme" questions for me since I used to be a childbirth educator! For the rest of us, you'll want to read up on the benefits of breastmilk and how long you should breastfeed- as well as knowing when it is safe to start other foods. Especially if there are foods that cause allergies in infants.
    -one food borne illness question about the most deadly type.
    - one question on the content of sports drinks.
    -finally, several questions on cancer, hypertension, diabetes.

    Missing:- nothing to calculate. You won't have to calculate calorie content, BMI, weight in kilograms, daily RDAs or any math at all.

    -nothing on food labels (one question on label law, but it was from left field)

    - nothing on the food pyramid, or number of servings/RDA



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    I passed with a 69. 60 was required. I have not looked at my score report, I phoned to get the score. My score is much lower than I expected, I expected to be at least 10 to 15 points higher. My best guess, is the extensive vitamin/mineral questions must have been my downfall- but I'm not certain. My knowledge in carbs, protein, lipids, and food is solid.....so..... that's my best guess.
    Another thought-
    If you look in the free TESC Nutrition study guide, there was 1 "trick" question.
    Something like- which one of these populations is most significantly impacted by a deficiency of x.
    The population that is most stricken by the deficiency is senior citizens by far...but that's not the answer. The answer is infants, because SHOULD an infant have the deficiency, then they would be the more nutritionally compromised than a senior. Hummmm......
    Looking back, maybe there were more of these type of questions than I realized- in other words, maybe they tricked me!
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    Wow....as usual....thank you oh wise one. Sounds like an easier exam. The TECEP description for this class on the TESC site lists a recommended study text....I found it super cheap online. I'll grab that.

    Is the process of taking a TECEP straight forward? Can I use financial aid to pay for It? I assume my already approved proctor will suffice. This is a proctor for my classes...final and midterm exams at TESC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dblhelx
    Has anyone taken this TECEP? BIO-208 Science of Nutrition
    Thank you very kindly, as usual!
    I think in order to succeed on a TECEP examination, one need to have specific knowledge of the subject matter and test-taking skills. Even with previous background in an area, it is unlikely that a student can simply proceed to take and pass the exam. The first step is to review the information contained in the test description to learn what will be required. Actually, the student will typically have to read several textbooks from the list of possible readings in the test description. Succeeding on examinations requires planning and preparation, so you need a better plan now.
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    Need to work hard on nutrition, this has become a separate subject for me now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadphish10
    I think in order to succeed on a TECEP examination, one need to have specific knowledge of the subject matter and test-taking skills. Even with previous background in an area, it is unlikely that a student can simply proceed to take and pass the exam. The first step is to review the information contained in the test description to learn what will be required. Actually, the student will typically have to read several textbooks from the list of possible readings in the test description. Succeeding on examinations requires planning and preparation, so you need a better plan now.



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    Hello Jeniffer,

    Do you have any clue if the final exam for BIO-208 online class, is similar to the TECEP?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by laritza View Post
    Hello Jeniffer,

    Do you have any clue if the final exam for BIO-208 online class, is similar to the TECEP?

    Thanks
    IF they have an online class, it must be brand new. The last time I checked it was only offered via testing. Sorry!

    **EDIT** I just checked and lookie there! They DO have this as an online class now! Cool. No, I have no idea about the exam. Based on my experience with TESC courses, it's likely text book specific but that's just a guess. I'd love to hear your feedback if you take the course.
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    Straighterline offers a course called 'Introduction to Nutrition'. Maybe this is an option for you?

    The TECEP is on my list of exams to consider; Human Nutrition is a prereq for an accelerated BSN program in my area. I don't know if I'll pursue nursing, but I think that a nutrition course might be good to have on my final Excelsior transcript.

    I am now considering the Straighterline course as an option for 'nutrition'. I took their 'Medical Terminology' course simply to have it on my transcript for similar reasons.
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    I just took this test today. It's IMPOSSIBLE! I was very, very unimpressed with the way Thomas Edison handled actually being able to order the test. Then, after I studied from their exam breakdown guide, and from Jennifer's explanation of that guide, I didn't know anything on the test! I don't really know how it's possible to give a test that doesn't actually test on what students were told to study, but Thomas Edison somehow managed it! To actually know this test, and not only make educated guesses, one would need to have a VERY strong background on literally everything, because the test didn't even test on topics that were very related to nutrition! I've taken MANY tests before from other colleges and programs, and done relatively well. However, I'm not even expecting a "pass" on this one! My advice, stick with the Biology CLEP as a science for a BA degree. CLEP provides lots of study guides, as well as many other methods of studying, ie. instant cert! Really don't waste your time on this! I studied for a loooong while, from the text book Thomas Edison suggested and it's just not worth it!
    Good Luck!!!

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