Test Design and
Test Framework

Field 237: School Psychologist

The test design below describes general test information. The framework that follows is a detailed outline that explains the knowledge and skills that this test measures.

Test Design

Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions 100 multiple-choice questions
Time* 3 hours, 15 minutes
Passing Score TBD

*Does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial

Test Framework



Test Subarea Number of Test Objectives Number of Scorable Items Number of Non-Scorable Items Subarea Weight as % of Total Test Score
Subarea 1—Human Development, Diversity, and Learning 3 20 5 25%
Subarea 2—Data-based Decision Making to Address Individual, Group, and Schoolwide Needs 6 40 10 50%
Subarea 3—The Practice of School Psychology 3 20 5 25%
Totals 12 80 20 100%

Subarea 1—Human Development, Diversity, and Learning

Objective 0001—Understand child and adolescent development and behavior.

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Objective 0002—Understand learning processes and learning environments that are responsive to students' diverse characteristics and needs.

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Objective 0003—Understand issues of diversity in the school setting.

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Subarea 2—Data-based Decision Making to Address Individual, Group, and Schoolwide Needs

Objective 0004—Understand curricula and instruction that promote learning, achievement, and competence in students with diverse strengths and needs.

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Objective 0005—Understand the principles and practices of assessment and data-based decision making.

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Objective 0006—Understand how to use assessment information within the multidisciplinary team process to make recommendations that are appropriate for students' identified needs and enhance students' educational functioning.

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Objective 0007—Understand strategies, processes, and the use of data in the development, monitoring, and evaluation of academic interventions for addressing students' identified learning needs.

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Objective 0008—Understand strategies, processes, and the uses of data in the development, monitoring, and evaluation of interventions for addressing students' identified social/emotional and behavioral needs.

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Objective 0009—Understand research- and evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies and resources for addressing individual, group, and schoolwide needs.

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Subarea 3—The Practice of School Psychology

Objective 0010—Understand consultation, communication, and collaboration in school and community settings.

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Objective 0011—Understand research methods and program evaluation.

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Objective 0012—Understand the foundations of the school psychology profession and the professional roles and responsibilities of the school psychologist.

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