Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 085: Middle Level

Test Overview

Table outlining the test format, number of questions, time, and passing score.
Format Computer-based test (CBT) and paper-based test (PBT)
Number of Questions 100 multiple-choice questions
Time
  • CBT: 2 hours 30 minutes*
  • PBT: up to 4 hours 30 minutes
    (up to 2 partial-session tests may be taken in one test session—test session information is on your test's information page)
Passing Score 220

*Does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial

Test Objectives

Table outlining test content and subject weighting by sub area and objective.
Subarea Range of Objectives Approximate Percentage of Questions on Test
I The Nature of Early Adolescence 001–004 18%
II Philosophy and School Organization 005–009 23%
III Curriculum and Instructional Design 010–013 18%
IV Pedagogy and Assessment 014–018 23%
V Collaboration and Professional Development 019–022 18%
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table below.

Subarea I—THE NATURE OF EARLY ADOLESCENCE

Objective 001—Understand the characteristics of the developmental period of early adolescence and the needs of young adolescents.

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Objective 002—Understand factors that affect the development of young adolescents.

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Objective 003—Understand the significance of human diversity for the development and learning of young adolescents.

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Objective 004—Understand the relationship of young adolescent development to the school setting.

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Subarea II—PHILOSOPHY AND SCHOOL ORGANIZATION

Objective 005—Understand the philosophy and foundations of the middle school concept.

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Objective 006—Understand the role of teaming at the middle level.

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Objective 007—Understand teacher-based advisory relationships and programs at the middle level.

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Objective 008—Understand the use of flexible grouping and scheduling at the middle level.

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Objective 009—Understand the characteristics and functions of exploration at the middle level.

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Subarea III—CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Objective 010—Understand how to create and implement a curriculum in the middle school.

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Objective 011—Understand how to develop curriculum and instruction that emphasize the interconnected nature of knowledge.

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Objective 012—Understand how to use student voice in the planning of curriculum and learning activities.

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Objective 013—Understand how to plan and adapt instruction that is responsive to individual learners.

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Subarea IV—PEDAGOGY AND ASSESSMENT

Objective 014—Understand that the basic concepts and skills of inquiry and communication are integral to all learning.

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Objective 015—Understand that cultivating problem-solving and critical-thinking skills is important for learning.

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Objective 016—Understand the purpose and use of various grouping strategies in the middle level classroom.

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Objective 017—Understand how to create and maintain a positive classroom environment that supports development and learning.

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Objective 018—Understand multiple strategies for the evaluation and assessment of development and learning.

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Subarea V—COLLABORATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Objective 019—Understand the importance of and strategies for collaborating with families, resource persons, and community groups.

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Objective 020—Understand the importance of and strategies for collaborating with colleagues.

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Objective 021—Understand methods and resources for advancing one's professional knowledge and practice.

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Objective 022—Understand the professional roles and responsibilities of middle level teachers.

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