Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 105: Social Studies (Elementary)

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 World History 001–003 14%
II U.S. and Michigan History 004–007 18%
III Geography 008–013 27%
IV Political Science 014–016 14%
V Economics 017–019 13%
VI Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Perspectives, and Public Discourse 020–022 14%
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table below.

Subarea I—WORLD HISTORY

Objective 001—Understand historical concepts, terms, sources, and perspectives.

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Objective 002—Understand major events and developments in world history during Era 1, the beginnings of human society to 4000 BCE; Era 2, early civilizations and cultures and the emergence of pastoral peoples, 4000 to 1000 BCE; Era 3, classical traditions, world religions, and major empires, 1000 BCE to 300 CE; and Era 4, expanding and intensified hemispheric interactions, 300 to 1500 CE.

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Objective 003—Understand major events and developments in world history during Era 4, expanded and intensified hemispheric interactions, 300 to 1500 CE; Era 5, the emergence of the first global age, fifteenth to eighteenth centuries CE; Era 6, an age of global revolutions, eighteenth century to 1914 CE; Era 7, global crisis and achievement, 1900 to 1945 CE; Era 8, the Cold War and its aftermath, twentieth century since 1945 CE; and Era 9, America in a new global age, 1980 CE to the present.

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Subarea II—U.S. AND MICHIGAN HISTORY

Objective 004—Understand major events and developments in U.S. history during Era 1, beginnings to 1620 CE; Era 2, colonization and settlement, 1585 to 1763 CE; and Era 3, revolution and the new nation, 1754 to 1800 CE.

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Objective 005—Understand major events and developments in U.S. history during Era 4, expansion and reform, 1792 to 1861 CE; and Era 5, the Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850 to 1877 CE.

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Objective 006—Understand major events and developments in U.S. history during Era 6, the development of an industrial, urban, and global United States, 1870 to 1930 CE; Era 7, the Great Depression and World War II, 1920 to 1945 CE; Era 8, the post–World War II United States, 1945 to 1970 CE; and Era 9, America in a new global age, 1980 CE to the present.

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Objective 007—Understand major events, developments, and individuals in Michigan history.

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Subarea III—GEOGRAPHY

Objective 008—Understand geographic terms, concepts, and resources.

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Objective 009—Understand physical systems.

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Objective 010—Understand human-environment interactions.

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Objective 011—Understand human systems.

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Objective 012—Understand characteristics, processes, and issues of major regions of the Eastern Hemisphere.

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Objective 013—Understand characteristics, processes, and issues of major regions of the Western Hemisphere.

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Subarea IV—POLITICAL SCIENCE

Objective 014—Understand political science concepts, terms, and perspectives.

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Objective 015—Understand the foundations of U.S. government, the U.S. political process, and the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.

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Objective 016—Understand the structure, organization, and operation of local, state, and federal government in the United States and the role of the United States in the international community.

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Subarea V—ECONOMICS

Objective 017—Understand economic concepts and the market economy.

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Objective 018—Understand personal finance.

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Objective 019—Understand macroeconomics and international economics.

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Subarea VI—INQUIRY, INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES, AND PUBLIC DISCOURSE

Objective 020—Understand social studies research methods and the analysis and interpretation of social studies information.

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Objective 021—Understand interdisciplinary perspectives among the social sciences.

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Objective 022—Understand core democratic values, recognize the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society, and apply methods for analyzing public policy questions.

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