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Course SummaryPrepare for the ILTS School Psychologist content area test with our simple and fun study guide course. Use these video lessons to review the psychology subjects you'll find on the test and then measure how well you understand the material with the self-assessment quizzes.
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About the Course
To work as a public school psychologist in Illinois, you'll need to pass the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) School Psychologist content area test, in addition to meeting other certification requirements. This 125 multiple-choice-question test covers three subareas: human development, diversity and learning; prevention, intervention and collaboration to support students; and schools, systems, research and the practice of school psychology.
To help you prepare for the school psychologist content area test, we have developed this online study guide. Through a series of video lessons, you can learn about motivation in learning, various ways to assess learning and methods of instructional pedagogy. You'll also explore individual differences in children and diversity issues in school settings. Other topics covered in the study guide include:
- Developmental psychology in children and adolescents
- Cognitive and behavioral perspectives in psychology
- Assessment of social-emotional and behavioral interventions
- Prevention and intervention programs
- Consultation models and methods
- Home, school and community systems
- Organization and operation of school systems
- History and foundations of the school psychology profession
- Research design and analysis
- Principles of data-based decision making
Questions on the ILTS School Psychologist content area test might focus on your ability to recognize and serve students who are at-risk, disabled or academically gifted, as well as measure your understanding of the effects of gender equity and sex-role stereotyping. You also might be asked about medical interventions and their impact on the academic, social and emotional behavior of students. Or you might be required to demonstrate how factors such as teen pregnancy, eating disorders and stress can affect children and adolescents.
ILTS School Psychologist Content Area Test Preparation and Registration
Developed by professionals with experience in school psychology, this study guide features dozens of brief video lessons that can help you refresh your knowledge - and perhaps even introduce you to some new concepts - before you take the ILTS School Psychologist content area test. The videos are accompanied by short quizzes that feature questions similar to those you'll find on the ILTS. Take these quizzes to gauge your knowledge of school psychology and to familiarize you with the test format.
You can register for the school psychologist content area test online through the ILTS website. The test is given 12 times a year, with morning and afternoon testing sessions on one day of each of the following months: February, April, June, July, September and November. During registration, you'll be able to request that your score be sent to prospective employing school districts as well as the college or university you're attending or have graduated from.
ILTS School Psychologist Content Area Test Scoring
As with other ILTS content area tests, the school psychologist exam is scored on a scale of 100-300. You must earn at least 240 points to qualify for certification. Your test score will be available online - and automatically reported to the Illinois State Board of Education and the institutions you requested upon registration - approximately four weeks after your test date. In addition to receiving your total score, you'll receive a breakdown of your performance in each of the following subareas:
Human Development, Diversity and Learning
This section of the test measures your understanding of child and adolescent development as well as your knowledge of various learning theories. You also might be asked about student diversity, ways to respect diversity in a school setting, and techniques for assessing students' academic and cognitive performance and social-emotional and behavioral development.
Prevention, Intervention and Collaboration to Support Students
Questions on this section of the test focus on biological, psychological and societal factors that affect students and schools. You also might have to address questions regarding prevention strategies and crisis intervention, methods of consultation and collaboration among various individuals and teams.
Schools, Systems, Research and the Practice of School Psychology
To succeed on this section of the test, you'll need to know how school systems are organized and how they operate, as well as how families, schools and community systems relate to one another. The remainder of this section tests your knowledge of school psychology as a profession, including its history and standards, in addition to your ability to evaluate school psychology programs and research and to make decisions and solve problems based on data.
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