OAE Test Prep
The Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) tests are used to determine if individuals should receive teacher certification. Since passing your required OAE tests is crucial to pursuing a teaching career in the state, it is important to thoroughly prepare for your testing appointment. Some tips for doing just that are outlined below.
Find Out What's on Your Test
Each test has a preparation materials page on the OAE website that features several items you can use to help with the study process. Resources include test frameworks that allow you to develop a clear understanding of the competencies tested and review strategies for doing as well as possible when taking the test.
Use Reliable Study Materials
Using reputable study materials can be an excellent way to prepare for your OAE exam. There are a number of resources you can access to help you study effectively.
The Ohio Assessments for Educators - Early Childhood Education (012): Practice & Study Guide and Ohio Assessments for Educators - Biology (007): Practice & Study Guide each offer over 200 lessons that were developed to guide individuals through all of the material covered on these OAE tests.
Other study courses, such as the ones linked to here, offer over 400 lessons.
- Ohio Assessments for Educators - Elementary Education (018/019): Practice & Study Guide
- Ohio Assessments for Educators - Middle Grades Social Studies (031): Practice & Study Guide
- Ohio Assessments for Educators - Mathematics (027): Practice & Study Guide
These study courses are ideal because they offer the convenience of being accessible online. You can fit in study time when it is convenient for you because the courses are self-paced. Additional resources can be accessed by searching this collection of OAE Study Guides.
Examples of multiple-choice questions that may be on your test are provided on the OAE preparation materials page. You can use them to test your knowledge of each competency and identify information that you need to review.
Practice tests for some exams can be also accessed on the OAE website. These tests can be used to determine how effective your review has been and whether you are prepared for your exam.
Make Some Practical Preparations
There are some resources you can take advantage of that don't involve reviewing test information but can still get you ready for your exam. These are also found on the preparation materials page for each OAE test.
This is an online slide show that will give you an idea of what a typical test site looks like. This resource will help ensure that you know what to expect at the test site on exam day.
There is a general computer-based testing tutorial that all individuals can use to familiarize themselves with how the tests work.
Each test's OAE page also links to tutorials or resources that individuals taking that specific test can benefit from completing. For example, the chemistry OAE page provides a tutorial for using on-screen calculators. It also provides a copy of reference sheets containing the periodic table and formulas used on the exam.
Testing Center Rules
The test sites have specific rules that must be followed. You can review the ID policy and the items that are not permitted in Pearson VUE test sites on the OAE website. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with this information so that you know what to bring with you on exam day and what to leave at home.
You may also opt to join a study group or find a study partner who can motivate you to study regularly and review all of the information covered on your test.
It is also a good idea to schedule study time so that you do not choose a test date until you have had a chance to review all of the information on the test.