Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 091: Communication Arts (Secondary)

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 Meaning and Communication 001–005 28%
II Literature and Understanding 006–009 24%
III Genre and Craft 010–013 24%
IV Skills and Processes 014–017 24%
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table above.

Subarea I—MEANING AND COMMUNICATION

Objective 001—Demonstrate an understanding of the integrated nature of the English language arts.

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Objective 002—Demonstrate an understanding of the social, cultural, and dynamic nature of verbal and nonverbal language.

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Objective 003—Demonstrate familiarity with communication models (paradigms) and an awareness of the interdependence of their various components.

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Objective 004—Demonstrate an understanding of receptive roles in the communication process.

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Objective 005—Demonstrate an understanding of the history and evolution of the media.

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Subarea II—LITERATURE AND UNDERSTANDING

Objective 006—Demonstrate an understanding of the distinct characteristics of the forms of oral, written, and visual literature.

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Objective 007—Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics and functions of journalistic endeavors, performance art activities, and mass media.

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Objective 008—Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of journalists.

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Objective 009—Demonstrate knowledge of ethical issues and legal rights and responsibilities related to communication.

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Subarea III— GENRE AND CRAFT

Objective 010—Demonstrate an understanding of the purposes and conventions of various forms of communication.

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Objective 011—Demonstrate an understanding of how expressive choices influence audience response.

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Objective 012—Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of journalistic writing and style.

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Objective 013—Demonstrate an understanding of how values determine the content and hierarchy of information in a message.

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Subarea IV—SKILLS AND PROCESSES

Objective 014—Demonstrate an understanding of the skills and processes necessary for effective communication.

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Objective 015—Demonstrate an understanding of the inquiry process and the resources appropriate for investigating particular questions or topics.

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Objective 016—Demonstrate familiarity with principles for preparation, presentation, and evaluation of messages for print or nonprint texts.

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Objective 017—Demonstrate an understanding of the requirements for administering interscholastic communication arts activities.

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