Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 064: Autism Spectrum Disorder

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 Understanding Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder 001–004 21%
II Assessing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developing Individualized Programs 005–010 28%
III Promoting Development and Learning in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder 011–018 36%
IV Working in the Professional Environment 019–022 15%
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table below.

Subarea I—UNDERSTANDING STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

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

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Objective 002—Understand characteristics of autism spectrum disorder.

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Objective 003—Understand the effects of autism spectrum disorder on human development, learning, and transition to postsecondary/adult life roles.

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Objective 004—Understand factors that affect development and learning in students with autism spectrum disorder.

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Subarea II—ASSESSING STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER 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 autism spectrum disorder.

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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 autism spectrum disorder.

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Objective 009—Understand procedures for developing, implementing, and amending behavioral support plans for students with autism spectrum disorder.

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Objective 010—Understand uses of ongoing assessment and evaluation in the education of students with autism spectrum disorder.

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Subarea III—PROMOTING DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING IN STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

Objective 011—Understand strategies for planning and managing age-appropriate learning environment(s) for students with autism spectrum disorder.

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Objective 012—Understand principles and methods of curriculum adaptation and instructional planning for students with autism spectrum disorder.

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Objective 013—Understand principles and methods of individualizing instruction for students with autism spectrum disorder.

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Objective 014—Understand strategies for promoting the language and communication skills of students with autism spectrum disorder.

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Objective 015—Understand strategies for promoting age-appropriate social competence of students with autism spectrum disorder.

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Objective 016—Understand strategies for developing and implementing positive behavioral supports and interventions for students with autism spectrum disorder.

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Objective 017—Understand strategies for developing students' acquisition of functional living skills in natural environments.

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Objective 018—Understand strategies and procedures for supporting transitions of students with autism spectrum disorder.

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Subarea IV—WORKING IN THE PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT

Objective 019—Understand strategies for communicating and collaborating with students who have autism spectrum disorder and their families to help students achieve desired outcomes.

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Objective 020—Understand strategies for establishing partnerships with other school personnel, members of the school community, and community agencies to enhance learning opportunities for students with autism spectrum disorder.

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Objective 021—Understand the historical, social, and legal foundations of education for students with autism spectrum disorder.

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Objective 022—Understand the professional, ethical, and legal roles and responsibilities involved in the education of students with autism spectrum disorder.

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