General Curriculum Study Guide

Test Design and Framework

The test design below describes general testing 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 Multi-Subject subtest: 55 multiple-choice items, 1 open-response item
Mathematics subtest: 45 multiple-choice items, 1 open-response item
Time 4 hours testing time for both subtests in one appointment
2 hours testing time for Multi-Subject subtest only
2.5 hours testing time for Mathematics subtest only
15 minutes additional time to complete a CBT tutorial

 

Multi-Subject Subtest Framework

Subareas Range of Objectives Approximate Test Weighting
I Language Arts 01–05 30%
II History and Social Science 06–09 30%
III Science and Technology/Engineering 10–14 30%
IV Integration of Knowledge and Understanding 15 10%

 

Subarea I–Language Arts

Objective 0001: Understand the history and structure of the English language.

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Objective 0002: Understand American literature and selected literature from classical and contemporary periods.

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Objective 0003: Understand literary genres, elements, and techniques.

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Objective 0004: Understand literature for children, including genres, literary elements, and literary techniques.

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Objective 0005: Understand the writing process and formal elements of writing and composition.

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Subarea II–History and Social Science

Objective 0006: Understand major developments in the history of the United States from precolonial times to the present.

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Objective 0007: Understand the founding documents and governmental systems of the United States; the principles, ideals, rights, and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship; and the fundamental principles and concepts of economics.

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Objective 0008: Understand major developments and figures in world history.

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Objective 0009: Understand basic geographic concepts, phenomena, and processes, and demonstrate knowledge of the major geographic features and regions of the world and the United States.

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Subarea III–Science and Technology/Engineering

Objective 0010: Understand and apply basic concepts and principles of life science to interpret and analyze phenomena.

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Objective 0011: Understand and apply basic concepts and principles of the physical sciences to interpret and analyze phenomena.

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Objective 0012: Understand and apply basic concepts and principles of the earth and space sciences to interpret and analyze phenomena.

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Objective 0013: Understand the foundations of scientific thought; the historical development of major scientific ideas and technological discoveries; and the relationships among scientific discoveries, technological developments, and society.

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Objective 0014: Understand the principles and procedures of scientific inquiry and experimentation; the relationships among science, technology, and engineering; and the principles of engineering design.

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Subarea IV–Integration of Knowledge and Understanding

Objective 0015: Prepare an organized, developed analysis on a topic related to History and Social Science or to Science and Technology/Engineering.

Mathematics Subtest Framework

Subareas Range of Objectives Approximate Test Weighting
V Numbers and Operations 16–19 41%
VI Functions and Algebra 20–22 22%
VII Geometry and Measurement 23–24 18%
VIII Statistics and Probablility 25–26 9%
IX Integration of Knowledge and Understanding 27 10%

 

Subarea V–Numbers and Operations

Objective 0016: Understand the number system and the concept of place value.

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Objective 0017: Understand integers, fractions, decimals, percents, and mixed numbers.

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Objective 0018: Understand and apply principles of number theory.

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Objective 0019: Understand operations on numbers.

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Subarea VI–Functions and Algebra

Objective 0020: Understand algebra as generalized arithmetic.

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Objective 0021: Understand the concept of function.

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Objective 0022: Understand linear functions and linear equations.

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Subarea VII–Geometry and Measurement

Objective 0023: Understand and apply concepts of measurement.

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Objective 0024: Understand and apply concepts of geometry.

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Subarea VIII–Statistics and Probability

Objective 0025: Understand descriptive statistics.

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Objective 0026: Understand and apply basic concepts of probability.

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Subarea IX–Integration of Knowledge and Understanding

Objective 0027: Apply mathematical knowledge and reasoning to communicate multiple solutions in detail to a problem involving two or more of the following subareas: Numbers and Operations, Functions and Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, and Statistics and Probability.