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Statistics


Statistics meets the requirements for the DSST examination. This exam covers material normally taught in a one-semester introductory course in statistics at the undergraduate level. You must have a basic knowledge of algebra. The exam tests the following abilities:
  • Interpretation of various types of data
  • Determination of implications and consequences
  • Performance of statistical calculations
  • Use of abstractions and concrete situations
  • Performance of statistical calculations

Topics covered in this course are:
  • Descriptive Statistics
    • Histograms
    • Averages
    • Standard deviation
    • Normal approximation for data
    • Standard units
    • Areas under the normal curve
    • Quartiles
    • Percentiles

  • Correlation and Regression
    • Scatter diagrams
    • Correlation coefficient
    • Estimation and the line of best fit

  • Probability
    • Basic concepts
    • Dependent and independent events
    • Compatible and incompatible events
    • Binomial formula
    • Combinations and permutations

  • Chance Models and Sampling
    • The law of averages
    • Expected values
    • Standard error
    • Normal approximation
    • Confidence intervals
    • Sample size
    • Sample average
    • Estimating accuracy of sample average

  • Test of Significance
    • Null hypothesis
    • Significance levels
    • Comparing two samples
    • T-test and x2 Test

(Taken from ā€œPrinciples of Statistics,ā€ DSST Fact Sheet, Thomson Prometric)

The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

  • Modern Elementary Statistics   
      12th by Freund, John E. / Perles, Benjamin M. - Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007
        
    ISBN 9780131874398
  • Modern Elementary Statistics Student Solution Manual   
      12th by Freund, John E. / Perles, Benjamin M. - Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007
        
    ISBN 9780131874428