DSST Organizational Behavior

Discussion in 'CLEP, DANTES, and Other Exams for Credit' started by MISin08, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. MISin08

    MISin08 New Member

    Just got back from the pencil-and-paper version of this exam. 96 multiple choice. I think everyone else in the room (15 people or so) was taking "Here's to your Health".
    To prepare, I used the DSST exam outline as my blueprint, the Peterson DSST study guide circulating around the Web, Robbins 12e (and its powerpoints -- very helpful), plus Barron's Management here and there. Robbins is very good for this test and was cheap used from Amazon. I looked once at 2 sections on InstantCert, and made a study guide from the forum feedback thread there (once I was more or less ready) but basically did not use IC for this exam. I have extensive management experience, took a non-credit OB class a few years ago, have taken Psych, Sociology, Anthropology, and Management classes/CLEP: these studies help with OB. I also really like the subject. I initially planned to take the Excelsior College exam, but decided in favor of the quick prep and the relatively sure A of the DSST. I began preparing for the ECE in the Spring of 09 (preparing a detailed study outline based on the ECE content guide) and covered the 'individual' topics before setting aside to do other work. I picked it back up about a month ago and banged out the 'interpersonal' and 'organization' topics in about 3 weeks. I basically re-wrote the DSST study guide in my own words, using Robbins to expand it. Followed that with one week of review.

    The exam was fun. I did not encounter a lot of tricky ambiguous wording IMHO as I have read about on other forums. I think DSST test questions are written to trip you up if you're only sort-of-prepared. For example, there are 4-5 questions you will get wrong if all you remember is "Hawthorne Studies" and choose it because you're guessing.
    One question was kind of weirdly written: where I had to select 'which of the following has the most task identity' (that's JCM, or Job Characteristics Model), because it read like you could check more than one answer, and DSSTs are never like that. I did some other questions and went back to it.

    I think one can get a good idea of what to expect from this exam from the materials above. Some standouts:

    One question on Vroom-Yetton (a decision theory, distinct from Vroom's expectancy theory). You need to know both.
    Be aware that "Vertical Dyad Linkage" is a real theory -- another name for "leader-member exchange" (the name used in Robbins), the theory that if a leader and followers share similar interests and are close it can lead to development of in-groups and out-groups, with in-group followers receiving more attention, which leads to favorable performance outcomes, etc. I had never heard of the term, so I almost took it to be a nonsense word, but there were three questions where knowing it could be helpful.
    One question about which organization structure is best for fast information flow.
    One question about performance appraisal -- characteristics of different appraisal methods.
    Only 2 questions on research methods.
    Some low-ball questions on reinforcement, OB Mod, and conditioning. Basics.

    I'll also put in a brief plug for my favorite study tool, OneNote software from Microsoft. They call it an add-on for your brain, and it is. I love it. Even if it's from the Beast.


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