Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 092: Reading Specialist

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 16%
II Genres and Craft of Literature and Language 006–009 14%
III Skills and Processes 010–014 16%
IV Instruction 015–020 20%
V Assessment 021–024 14%
VI Professional, Program, and Curriculum Development 025–030 20%
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table below.

Subarea I—MEANING AND COMMUNICATION

Objective 001—Understand the constructive, dynamic process of reading.

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Objective 002—Recognize the various uses of language.

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Objective 003—Understand the processes of language development and reading acquisition.

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Objective 004—Analyze the integrated nature of the English language arts.

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Objective 005—Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of various factors on language development, reading acquisition, and the promotion of literacy.

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Subarea II—GENRES AND CRAFT OF LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE

Objective 006—Demonstrate an understanding of literature written for students.

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Objective 007—Apply knowledge of methods for using literature in reading instruction.

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Objective 008—Understand characteristics of various literary genres.

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Objective 009—Understand the appropriate use of mechanics and craft to convey meaning in the English language arts.

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Subarea III—SKILLS AND PROCESSES

Objective 010—Demonstrate knowledge of ways to create a literate environment in the classroom.

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Objective 011—Apply knowledge of the developmental nature of the language arts.

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Objective 012—Understand methods for promoting literacy as a lifelong skill.

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Objective 013—Apply knowledge of reading comprehension strategies.

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Objective 014—Apply knowledge of various study strategies.

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Subarea IV—INSTRUCTION

Objective 015—Apply literacy instruction theories.

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Objective 016—Apply methods for enhancing students' reading comprehension.

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Objective 017—Apply methods for enhancing students' oral communication.

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Objective 018—Apply methods for enhancing students' written communication.

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Objective 019—Apply methods for promoting vocabulary development.

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Objective 020—Apply methods for establishing a learning environment that supports the literacy development of all students.

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Subarea V—ASSESSMENT

Objective 021—Apply knowledge of current principles of reading assessment.

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Objective 022—Analyze ways to implement literacy assessment.

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Objective 023—Understand the appropriate uses of assessment.

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Objective 024—Apply knowledge of the uses of self-assessment.

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Subarea VI—PROFESSIONAL, PROGRAM, AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

Objective 025—Analyze methods for assisting students with reading difficulties.

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Objective 026—Apply knowledge of professional practices related to students and others.

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Objective 027—Understand methods for promoting professional growth.

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Objective 028—Apply knowledge of methods for creating professional development programs for reading teachers and paraprofessionals.

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Objective 029—Analyze the role of reading specialists in curriculum development.

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Objective 030—Apply knowledge of literacy research.

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