Study Guide

Test Design and Framework
Field 190: Foundations of Reading

The test design below describes general testing information. The framework that follows is a detailed outline that explains the knowledge and skills that this test measures.

Test Design

Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions 100 multiple-choice questions, 2 open-response item assignments
Number of Items by Subarea
  • Subarea 1: 43–45 multiple-choice questions
  • Subarea 2: 33–35 multiple-choice questions
  • Subarea 3: 21–23 multiple-choice questions
  • Subarea 4: 2 open-response items
Time 4 hours testing time
15 minutes additional time to complete CBT tutorial

 

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Table outlining test content and subject weighting by sub area and objective.
Subareas Range of Objectives Approximate Test Weighting
Multiple-Choice
1 Foundations of Reading Development 01–04 35%
2 Development of Reading Comprehension 05–07 27%
3 Reading Assessment and Instruction 08–09 18%
80%
Open-Response
4 Integration of Knowledge and Understanding
Foundational Reading Skills 10 10%
Reading Comprehension 11 10%
20%

Test Framework

Subarea 1–Foundations of Reading Development

Objective 0001: Demonstrate knowledge of principles and evidence-based instructional practices for developing language and emergent literacy skills, including phonological and phonemic awareness, concepts of print, and the alphabetic principle.

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Objective 0002: Demonstrate knowledge of principles and evidence-based instructional practices for developing beginning reading skills, including phonics, high-frequency words, and spelling.

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Objective 0003: Demonstrate knowledge of principles and evidence-based instructional practices for developing word analysis skills and strategies, including syllabication, structural or morphemic analysis, and orthographic skills.

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Objective 0004: Demonstrate knowledge of principles and evidence-based instructional practices for developing reading fluency at all stages of reading development.

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Subarea 2–Development of Reading Comprehension

Objective 0005: Demonstrate knowledge of principles and evidence-based instructional practices for promoting academic language development, including vocabulary development.

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Objective 0006: Demonstrate knowledge of principles and evidence-based instructional practices for promoting comprehension and analysis of literary texts.

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Objective 0007: Demonstrate knowledge of principles and evidence-based instructional practices for promoting comprehension and analysis of informational texts.

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Subarea 3–Reading Assessment and Instruction

Objective 0008: Apply knowledge of principles and evidence-based best practices for assessing reading development.

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Objective 0009: Apply knowledge of principles and evidence-based best practices of reading instruction.

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Subarea 4–Integration of Knowledge and Understanding

Objective 0010: Prepare an organized, developed analysis on a topic related to the development of foundational reading skills.

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Objective 0011: Prepare an organized, developed analysis on a topic related to the development of reading comprehension.

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