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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1What Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples
Course SummaryUse this course's lively video lessons and short lesson quizzes to aid in your study of the biomechanics, physical fitness, and recreational sports concepts you'll need to know when taking the National Evaluation Series (NES) Physical Education exam. This exam has replaced the AEPA Physical Education exam in Arizona.
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About This Course
This course looks at topics covered on the NES Physical Education exam, which Arizona requires as a condition for licensing to teach the subject. You'll review what the subject involves and information on how to teach it. Our study guide covers topics that include:
- Human development and how to promote it through physical activity
- Principles of biomechanics
- Body composition and motor development
- The muscular, skeletal, respiratory, nervous, digestive and circulatory systems
- Strategies and safety practices for recreational activities and sports
- Benefits and promotion of lifelong physical fitness
- How to support students in physical fitness activities
About the Exam
The NES Physical Education exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. It is a computer-delivered test with a three-hour time limit.
NES Physical Education Preparation & Registration
This study guide covers information needed to pass the NES Physical Education exam. You'll review facts on the relationship between wellness and activity, and learn about body systems and how to strengthen them. Our instructors will discuss rules and strategies for various sports and activities, and examine how to develop group programs as well as individualized fitness regimens. Other lessons look at how to maintain safe environments, and they highlight legal issues that physical education teachers should understand. You can assess your learning with short lesson quizzes, a chapter test and a comprehensive course exam.
Registering for the test begins with creating an account on the AEPA website. You'll give some information on yourself and your education, then choose a test site and date. You can change the date without penalty up to 24 hours before your appointment. A confirmation of the test, date and place will be sent to you when your registration is accepted. On test day, you need to bring a government-issued photo ID in the name in which your signed up for the test.
NES Physical Education Scoring
You'll be able to view a scaled score immediately after you complete the exam, and a complete score report will be ready within two weeks after the testing date. The passing score is 220. Only correct answers are scored, so it won't hurt you to guess if you aren't certain of an answer. The test is divided into four subject areas, called content domains. These content domains aren't timed individually; you can use the allotted three hours as needed.
Growth and Motor Development
Percentage of total score: 25%
Exam topics covered: Stages of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from infancy through adulthood, factors that impact development, influences on health and fitness practices, changes in activity patterns throughout life, principles for maintaining lifelong wellness, human physiology and anatomy, physical changes caused by activity, health risks from inactivity, perceptual motor development's relationship to motor skill acquisition, factors that influence motor development and learning, and principles for modifying activities and games to promote motor learning
What you'll study: This study guide includes lessons on physical development in all stages of life, cognitive development and the role of play, changes that occur in adolescence, emotional development, how to maintain wellness throughout life, changes in physical activity throughout the lifespan, the effects of inactivity on the body, human body systems and how they function, how energy systems function during activity, physiological changes caused by physical activity, development of fine motor skills and factors that impact motor development.
Percentage of total score: 25%
Exam topics covered: Fundamental movement concepts related to body awareness, biomechanical principles related to motion, characteristics of locomotor and nonlocomotor skills, rules and safety practices for sports and recreational activities, benefits of participating in organized recreational activities, elements of rhythm, principles for promoting creative movement and dance, tumbling and gymnastics techniques, safety practices for adventure activities and ways to modify activities so all individuals can participate
What you'll study: These videos cover topics that include fundamental movement concepts, principles of biomechanics and kinesiology, locomotor and nonlocomotor skills, development of movement skills, strategies for sport and game skills in an elementary school program, principles for promoting lifelong sports skills, types of rhythmic movement activities, development of gymnastics skills, swimming skills, volleyball skills, racquet sports, how to identify level-appropriate activities for various purposes, group games and challenges, and planning safe adventure activities.
Lifelong Physical Fitness
Percentage of total score: 25%
Exam topics covered: Health-related components of physical fitness, training to address these components, principles and skills for improving cardiorespiratory endurance, joint flexibility, muscle strength and body composition, how to analyze the effectiveness and safety of various exercises, criteria for designing individual fitness plans, the relationships between diet, activity and body composition, principles of weight management, how to integrate fitness activities into daily life, how sports and fitness activities promote positive behaviors and ways that physical activities offer alternatives to risky behaviors
What you'll study: Conditioning and training principles for improving physical fitness, principles to develop aerobic endurances, cardiorespiratory fitness activities, strength, muscular endurance and flexibility, ways to determine body fat content, how to improve body composition, designing a personalized fitness plan, tips for maintaining a healthy weight, good nutritional choices, factors that contribute to being overweight or obese, working fitness into daily life, mental and physical benefits of activity, how fitness can promote positive behavior and how culture influences expectations related to body image and physical appearance are among the topics covered in this part of the test.
The Physical Education Program
Percentage of total score: 25%
Exam topics covered: Purpose of a student-centered physical education program, how physical education can promote critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, effective communication techniques, how to adapt instruction for different learning styles, how to modify rules and equipment for students with varying needs, how to use assessment methods to promote student development, professional conduct, legal issues, how to maintain a safe environment, common types of injuries and basic first aid.
What you'll study: These lessons discuss topics such as the characteristics of student-centered physical fitness programs, how physical education programs can promote cognitive development, ways to address differing learning styles, how to motivate physical education programs, how to design programs based on national and state requirements, ways to accommodate diverse students, strategies to ensure safety and progress, uses of physical education assessments, legal issues in physical education, how to choose appropriate instructional materials and injury prevention.
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