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Elementary Education K to 6

Subtest 1 – Language Arts and Reading

Test Format and Sample Questions

The Language Arts and Reading subtest contains approximately 60 multiple-choice items. You will have 65 minutes to complete the subtest.

Each of the questions will contain four response options. You will choose the best response out of the available options, and indicate A, B, C, or D.

The table below presents types of questions on the exam and directs you to examples of these formats among the sample items that follow.

Table of Question Formats

Type of Question Sample Question
Sentence Completion
Select the response option that best completes the sentence.
Question 1
Direct Question
Choose the response option that best answers the question.
Question 2
Scenario
Examine a classroom situation or a student composition. Then select the response option that best answers a question, recommends a course of action, or gives the appropriate evaluation or teacher comment.
Question 5

Sample Questions

The following questions represent both the form and content of questions on the examination. These questions will acquaint you with the general format of the examination; however, these sample questions do not cover all of the competencies and skills that are tested and will only approximate the degree of examination difficulty.


Question 1

Subtest 1 - Language Arts and Reading

Competency 1—Knowledge of the reading process

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

The most effective way to develop studentsí reading fluency is through

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Correct Response: A.

Question 2

Subtest 1 - Language Arts and Reading

Competency 1—Knowledge of the reading process

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

Which of the following instructional strategies would be a good way to introduce a variety of genres to a class in order to compare and contrast information about a subject?

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Correct Response: C.

Question 3

Subtest 1 - Language Arts and Reading

Competency 2—Knowledge of literary analysis and genres

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

Which literary device is being used when inanimate objects or abstract concepts are seemingly endowed with human characteristics?

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Correct Response: C.

Question 4

Subtest 1 - Language Arts and Reading

Competency 3—Knowledge of language and the writing process

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

Which of the following describes what happens in the graphophonic component of writing?

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Correct Response: C.

Question 5

Subtest 1 - Language Arts and Reading

Competency 4—Knowledge of literacy instruction and assessments

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

A third grade teacher asks the students to partner-read a literary selection. The teacher walks around the room and stops to question each pair of students about the story. Which type of assessment is the teacher using?

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Correct Response: A.

Question 6

Subtest 1 - Language Arts and Reading

Competency 3—Knowledge of language and the writing process

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

Which of the following modes of writing is intended to provide information and includes facts and data?

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Correct Response: C.

Question 7

Subtest 1 - Language Arts and Reading

Competency 4—Knowledge of literacy instruction and assessments

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

A kindergarten teacher prefaces reading to the class by pointing out the title, author, illustrator, and title page. Which skill is this teacher most likely developing with his students?

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Correct Response: C.

Question 8

Subtest 1 - Language Arts and Reading

Competency 5—Knowledge of communication and media literacy

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

Students need a collection of maps to complete an assignment. The best resource for students to use would be a(an)

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Correct Response: C.