Test Design and
Test Framework

Field 201: Middle Grades (5–8) Language Arts

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 240

*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—Foundations of Language and Literacy Development 4 26 7 33%
Subarea 2—Reading Literary and Informational Texts 3 20 5 25%
Subarea 3—Writing and Research 3 20 5 25%
Subarea 4—Speaking, Listening, and Viewing 2 14 3 17%
Totals 12 80 20 100%

Subarea 1—Foundations of Language and Literacy Development

Objective 0001—Apply knowledge of foundations of research-based language and literacy instruction and assessment.

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Objective 0002—Apply knowledge of foundations of decoding, spelling, and fluency development in the middle grades.

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Objective 0003—Apply knowledge of foundations of academic-language and vocabulary development in the middle grades.

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Objective 0004—Apply knowledge of foundations of reading comprehension development in the middle grades.

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Subarea 2—Reading Literary and Informational Texts

Objective 0005—Apply knowledge of principles, skills, and approaches for developing comprehension and analysis of literary texts.

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Objective 0006—Apply knowledge of principles, skills, and approaches for developing comprehension and analysis of informational texts.

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Objective 0007—Apply knowledge of literature and literary nonfiction.

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Subarea 3—Writing and Research

Objective 0008—Apply knowledge of writing development and the writing process.

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Objective 0009—Apply knowledge of principles, skills, and approaches for instruction in writing in multiple forms and genres.

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Objective 0010—Apply knowledge of principles, skills, and approaches for instruction in conducting research.

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Subarea 4—Speaking, Listening, and Viewing

Objective 0011—Apply knowledge of principles and approaches for developing speaking skills and presentation skills.

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Objective 0012—Apply knowledge of principles and approaches for developing listening and viewing skills.

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