College Majors with Papers, College Majors with Tests

Find out which top majors require a lot of papers and which require a lot of tests.

Depending on which college major you choose, you may be subjected to classes that require a lot of tests or classes that require a lot of papers. Of course some majors require both, but usually a major’s required courses demand more of one than the other. Based on your personal skill level, you may want to choose a major according to your preference for writing papers or taking tests.

If your chosen major wasn't listed or falls into a subcategory, rely on your high school experience to decide whether your major is a test major or a paper major.

Top 10 College Majors

In general, college majors are divided into two categories: arts and sciences. However, some fields, such as anthropology, may have some crossover. For the most part, art majors require a lot of papers while the sciences have a lot of tests. The crossover majors tend to have a balance between papers and tests.

Here is a look at the top majors (according to CollegeStats.org) and which side of the paper/test balance they come out on:

  1. Biology or Biotechnology. As a science degree, biology majors should be prepared to spend a lot of time in the lab doing experiments and writing lab reports. While lab reports are similar to papers, biology courses tend to demand more tests than papers.
  2. Business. Business majors will take plenty of math classes, ranging from statistics to calculus, and should be prepared for frequent tests in each subject.
  3. Communication or Journalism. These majors require courses in fields such as public relations, marketing, advertising, English, writing, communications, print media and electronic media, all of which require many research papers and essays.
  4. Computer Science or Computer Technology. As a relatively new science, computer majors should be prepared for plenty of computer-based testing.
  5. Criminal Justice. Criminal Justice majors will spend the majority of their academic time doing research and writing papers about their findings. However, tests are also common for Criminal Justice classes.
  6. Elementary Education or Education/Teaching. This degree is usually a gateway to a higher level of education. It may require research and paper-writing, as well as a good number of tests.
  7. Marketing. Marketing degrees require courses in both mathematics and communications, and classes with therefore demands students who can take tests and write papers.
  8. Nursing. Nursing programs often feature a healthy dose of science classes, which will include writing lab reports as well as taking tests.
  9. Psychology or Counseling. Psychology is considered a science and some time may be spent taking tests. However, as a social science, Psychology and Counseling generally requires research and paper-writing.
  10. Political Science and Sociology. Essays and research papers are common in these majors.

How to Tell if Your Major Has More Tests or Papers

If your chosen major wasn't listed or falls into a subcategory, rely on your high school experience to decide whether your major is a test major or a paper major. If you wrote a lot of papers in your high school geography class, you’re likely to have to do the same in college.

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