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Elementary Education K to 6

Subtest 2 – Social Science

Test Format and Sample Questions

The Social Science subtest contains approximately 55 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
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 2
Direct Question
Choose the response option that best answers the question.
Question 4

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 2 - Social Science

Competency 1—Knowledge of effective instructional practices and assessment of the social sciences

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

To assess a studentís ability to analyze the draining of the Everglades and the development of South Florida, it would be most effective to ask the student to

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Correct Response: D.

Question 2

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 1—Knowledge of effective instructional practices and assessment of the social sciences

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

A second grade teacher is planning a lesson on the Constitution. Of the following, which would be the most appropriate primary source through which to present the lesson?

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Correct Response: C.

Question 3

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

In the summer of 1765, the Sons of Liberty organized to protest against the

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Correct Response: B.

Question 4

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of time, continuity, and change (i.e., history)

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

Between 1849 and 1852, nearly 250,000 people arrived in California, which ultimately led to the admission of California as a state in 1850. Which was the cause of the largest migration in American history to date?

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Correct Response: A.

Question 5

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 3—Knowledge of people, places, and environment (i.e., geography)

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

The formal name the United States of America denotes which type of region?

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Correct Response: C.

Question 6

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 4—Knowledge of government and the citizen (i.e., government and civics)

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

Which of the following U.S. documents states that the purposes of government include establishing justice and securing the blessings of liberty?

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Correct Response: B.

Question 7

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 4—Knowledge of government and the citizen (i.e., government and civics)

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

Over the course of U.S. history, six constitutional amendments have expanded voting rights to more citizens to include African Americans, women, and young citizens.

Which amendment specifically gave women the right to vote?

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Correct Response: B.

Question 8

Subtest 2 - Social Science

Competency 5—Knowledge of production, distribution, and consumption (i.e., economics)

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

The Latin phrase caveat emptor encourages consumers to

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Correct Response: D.