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Elementary Education K to 6

Subtest 3 – Science

Test Format and Sample Questions

The Science subtest contains approximately 55 multiple-choice items. You will have 70 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
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 1
Direct Question
Choose the response option that best answers the question.
Question 2
Sentence Completion
Select the response option that best completes the sentence.
Question 7

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 3 - Science

Competency 1—Knowledge of effective science instruction

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

During the discovery and application process students are making discoveries. Which of the following should the teacher be doing?

Choose an answer
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Correct Response: B.

Question 2

Subtest 3 - Science

Competency 1—Knowledge of effective science instruction

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

Which scientific device would be most appropriate to use to map the ocean floor?

Choose an answer
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Correct Response: A.

Question 3

Subtest 3 - Science

Competency 2—Knowledge of the nature of science

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

When examining the color and clarity of 20 milliliters of a liquid, which of the following would be the most appropriate substitute for a test tube?

Choose an answer
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Correct Response: C.

Question 4

Subtest 3 - Science

Competency 3—Knowledge of physical sciences

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

A pendulum bob swings back and forth. When does the bob have its greatest potential energy?

Choose an answer
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Correct Response: C.

Question 5

Subtest 3 - Science

Competency 4—Knowledge of Earth and space

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

Which of the following is the most important rationale for the scientific study of Mars?

Choose an answer
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Correct Response: B.

Question 6

Subtest 3 - Science

Competency 5—Knowledge of life science

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

Which of the following structures is present in plant cells but not in animal cells?

Choose an answer
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Correct Response: A.

Question 7

Subtest 3 - Science

Competency 5—Knowledge of life science

DIRECTIONS: Read the question and select the best response.

The mechanism that Darwin saw as the means for evolution to occur was

Choose an answer
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Correct Response: D.