Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 056: Cognitive Impairment

Test Overview

Table outlining the test format, number of questions, time, and passing score.
Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions 100 multiple-choice questions
Time 2 hours 30 minutes*
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 Understanding Students with Cognitive Impairments 001–004 20%
II Assessing Students with Cognitive Impairments and Developing Individualized Programs 005–008 20%
III Promoting Development and Learning in Students with Cognitive Impairments 009–016 40%
IV Working in the Professional Environment 017–020 20%
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table above.

Subarea I—UNDERSTANDING STUDENTS WITH COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENTS

Objective 001—Understand typical, atypical, and delayed human growth and development.

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Objective 002—Understand factors that affect development and learning.

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Objective 003—Understand types, characteristics, etiologies, and prevention of cognitive impairments.

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Objective 004—Understand the effects of cognitive impairments on human development, learning, and transition to postsecondary/adult life roles.

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Subarea II—ASSESSING STUDENTS WITH COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENTS AND DEVELOPING INDIVIDUALIZED PROGRAMS

Objective 005—Understand types and characteristics of various assessment instruments and methods.

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Objective 006—Understand procedures for conducting assessments to address the individual strengths and needs of students with cognitive impairments.

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Objective 007—Understand procedures for interpreting and communicating assessment results to all stakeholders.

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Objective 008—Understand procedures for developing, implementing, and amending Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs), and transition plans for students with cognitive impairments.

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Subarea III— PROMOTING DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING IN STUDENTS WITH COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENTS

Objective 009—Understand strategies for planning and managing the learning environment for students with cognitive impairments.

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Objective 010—Understand principles, methods, and collaboration for individualizing instruction for students with cognitive impairments.

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Objective 011—Understand strategies for enhancing the communication skills of students with cognitive impairments.

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Objective 012—Understand strategies for enhancing positive self-concept, social interactions, and self-advocacy skills in students with cognitive impairments.

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Objective 013—Understand strategies for enhancing students' acquisition of functional academic skills.

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Objective 014—Understand strategies for developing students' acquisition of functional living skills.

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Objective 015—Understand strategies for managing student behavior and developing and implementing effective behavioral interventions for students with cognitive impairments.

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Objective 016—Understand strategies and procedures for supporting students' life transitions.

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Subarea IV—WORKING IN THE PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT

Objective 017—Understand strategies for communicating and collaborating with students with cognitive impairments and their families to help students achieve desired learning outcomes.

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Objective 018—Understand how to establish partnerships with other school personnel, professional organizations, and community agencies to enhance learning opportunities for students with cognitive impairments.

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Objective 019—Understand the historical, social, and legal foundations of education for students with cognitive impairments.

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Objective 020—Understand the professional, ethical, and legal roles and responsibilities involved in the education of students with cognitive impairments.

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