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Course SummaryThe ORELA Physics test has been replaced by the National Evaluation Series Physics test. It's easy to get ready to take the test with the helpful lessons and quizzes offered in this study guide.
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About This Course
This study guide provides in-depth practice in all areas of physics covered in the National Evaluation Series (NES) Physics exam. You can also use the NES Physics Study Guide to prepare. Whether you are a seasoned physics educator taking this test because you're transferring to the Oregon public school system from elsewhere or a new educator working on original licensure, the lessons and assessments in this course will help you brush out the cobwebs and get test-ready in 10-minute chunks. The course is divided into subject-specific chapters, each of which contain several video lessons, study pages, and assessments to get you going. The topics covered by the chapters in this course include:
- Basic scientific inquiry, procedures for safety, and interdisciplinary principles
- Physics-related mathematics
- Laws of motion and other motion-momentum topics
- The theory of relativity
- Laws of gravitation and chapters on work, energy, and power
- Thermodynamics, electric force, and magnetism
- Waves, sound, and light
- Nuclear physics
About the Exam
The NES Physics exam is among a long list of assessments available to teachers seeking licensure as educators in Oregon. It is a content-knowledge assessment that's necessary in order to get a secondary-level physics endorsement on the teacher certification. The test is entirely computer-based, with three hours and forty-five minutes given to answer 150 multiple-choice questions over five content domains.
Preparing & Registering for the NES Physics Exam
This course is designed to boost your content knowledge, confidence, and competence as you get prepared to take the NES Physics test. In every lesson, you will be provided with a brief, engaging video which provides instruction from an experienced educator in the field of physics. The video will be accompanied by a lecture transcript to use as a ready-made study guide with critical terms bolded. The lesson quizzes, chapter exams, and course exam will all get you ready for the kinds of questions you can expect on the actual test, helping you to get a refresher in physics basics and lots of test-taking practice. Use the assessments to help focus your studies and determine which lessons you need to review the most to save time. The chapters build upon one another in a logical order, moving from basic principles of science through Newton's laws and Einstein's theories before getting into the details of various forces and energies.
To register for the exam, go to the ORELA website, find the appropriate test, choose a test date and site, and complete the registration. It would be a good idea to register well before your desired test date to make sure you get a seat and the registration process is complete. You will not be able to take any personal effects, including notes or digital devices, into the testing area to protect the integrity of the exam. You will be provided an on-screen scientific calculator to help you solve equations.
Scoring the NES Physics Exam
The NES Physics test is a content-referenced exam with scaled scores from 100-300. To pass the exam and receive your content-knowledge endorsement you must score at least 232 points. You will receive your score upon completion of the test. About two weeks after the test you will receive two reports: an NES score report outlining how you performed in each domain and an Oregon score report which tells you the test results, whether you passed, and which other agencies received copies of your score report.
Number of questions: 150
Time to complete: 3 hours 45 minutes
Exam topics covered: Basic principles of science, math in physics, laws of motion, relativity, force, gravity, power, work, waves, light, sound, and nuclear energy.
What you'll learn: In this study guide you will receive refresher training on all of the topics above, especially those which fall into the Mechanics content domain as that is the largest (28%) of the five content domains tested.
The Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments (ORELA) is a registered trademark of the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission and Pearson Education, Inc. or its affiliate(s), and the National Evaluation Series (NES) is a registered trademark of Pearson Education, Inc. or its affiliate(s), which are not affiliated with Study.com.
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