The ASBOG® examinations consist of two multiple choice examinations, the Fundamentals of Geology (FG) and the Practice of Geology (PG). These examinations have been developed to assess common knowledge and skills related to the practice of geology throughout the nation.Individual Member Boards may require additional testing on local geology, statutes, rules and regulations that address state-specific issues.
The FG examination which consists of 140 questions emphasizes knowledge and skills that are typically acquired in an academic setting and lead to a baccalaureate degree. You will have four hours to complete this exam and it is the first of the two starting promptly at 8am and ending at 12pm.
The FG exam consists of the following:
- General & Field Geology – 21%
- Mineralogy, Petrology & Geochemistry – 11%
- Sedimentology, Stratigraphy & Paleontology – 12%
- Geomorphology, Surficial Processes & Quaternary Geology – 13%
- Structure, Tectonics & Seismology – 11%
- Hydrogeology – 12%
- Engineering Geology – 11%
- Economic & Resources Geology – 9%
The PG examination which consists of 110 questions emphasizes skills and knowledge acquired or expanded in a practice or job setting. You will have four hours to complete this exam and it will begin at 1pm and end at 5pm. Ample time for instruction will be allowed before the actual start time of each exam.
The PG exam consists of the following:
- General & Field Geology – 20%
- Mineralogy, Petrology & Geochemistry – 5%
- Sedimentology, Stratigraphy & Paleontology – 6%
- Geomorphology, Surficial Processes & Quaternary Geology – 8%
- Structure, Tectonics & Seismology – 8%
- Hydrogeology – 19%
- Engineering Geology – 19%
- Economic & Resources Geology – 15%
ASBOG Examinations are held administered twice a year, generally the first Friday in March (3rd Friday starting in 2016) and the third Friday in October (schedule). However, the dates fluctuate depending on holidays and other factors. To apply for approval to sit for the FG and/or PG examination(s), you must submit your application and all required documentation by the application deadline defined by your Board.
The application process is as follows:
- Candidate completes application form (provided by the State Board) and submits this form along with application fee to their respective Boards.
- The Board then approves or denies the Candidate to sit for one or both of the examinations.
- Once approved by the Board, a Candidate Request Form is authorized/signed by the State Board Administrator. In 12 states, the Candidate Request Form is returned to the Candidate for completion.
- If your Board mails you the signed Candidate Request Form, then you must then complete and sign this approved form and mail the original to ASBOG. Payment options include check, cashiers check, credit card, or PayPal. (see the Candidate Request form for payment details). For Boards that do not send you the Candidate Request Form, the Board office will send you a notice with further instructions on registering for the examination.
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Question 1 of 10
An alluvial aquifer is known to exist to a depth of 100 feet below ground surface (ft. bgs). The water table is 50 ft. bgs. The transmissivity of the aquifer has been determined to be 1,000 ft 2/day. The slope of the water table is 0.001 ft/ft. What is the average Darcy velocity of groundwater movement?CorrectIncorrect
Question 2 of 10
An aerial photograph taken with a camera having a focal length of 6 inches flying 10,000 feet above the datum has a scale of:CorrectIncorrect
Question 3 of 10
You have been asked to locate a public water supply well in a shallow, sand aquifer. Your locations are limited to three choices, all associated with land-use restrictions: Site 1 is 300 feet upgradient of a multi-acre, cattle feedlot. Site 2 is centered in an established residential neighborhood with 1/2-acre unsewered lots. Site 3 is 1,000 feet upgradient from a newly developed industrial park. In what order would you rank (best to worst) these three sites for installation of the new well?CorrectIncorrect
Question 4 of 10
You want to record the field location of pebble samples taken for determining regional size distribution of gravelly beds within a 10,000-square mile-area in the Great Plains Province. What is the most useful method for locating the sample sites so you can plot them for a preliminary report?CorrectIncorrect
Question 5 of 10
Which of the following indicates the highest measurement of permeability?CorrectIncorrect
Question 6 of 10
You have been retained to identify the extent of groundwater contamination resulting from a truck rollover accident with a release of 1,000 gallons of trichloroethylene (TCE) two days ago. A large municipal well field, located about 1.5 miles from the accident site, produces groundwater from a carbonate aquifer. Regional stratigraphy, based on published sources and the well field stratigraphic logs, is characterized by: 0-20 ft below ground surface (bgs), unconsolidated sand and silty sand; 20-35 ft bgs, hard, blue-green clay; 35-100 ft bgs, weathered, fractured limestone. Water levels in the surficial aquifer are reported to be about 12 ft bgs. Monitoring wells installed at the accident site should be screened from:CorrectIncorrect
Question 7 of 10
You have received a map from a client. You determine a 150-foot property line measures 3 inches on the map. You need a final scale at 1 inch = 20 feet (1:240). What percentage of enlargement or reduction is needed?CorrectIncorrect
Question 8 of 10
An oil well at elevation 9.575 ft., in the Desolation Formation, has been economically depleted. Management has decided to plus and abandon the well. Which of the following plugging procedures should be followed?CorrectIncorrect
Question 9 of 10
The term "growth fault" means which of the following?CorrectIncorrect
Question 10 of 10
All of these can result in a canyon cutting through a ridge. Which one is least likely to be the correct explanation?CorrectIncorrect