OAE Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age Exam

Educators who want to be teachers in Ohio must take a licensing assessment through the Ohio Assessment Educators (OAE) program. The Ohio Department of Education contracted with a private testing company to administer the assessment to teachers who are either seeking their first license or seeking to add a license in another subject area. Ohio offers OAE Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK-12) (004). This guide provides details on the most important test questions and concepts and offers a study guide that will help you prepare.


How many questions are on the test?

There are 100 multiple-choice questions, one case study written assignment, and work product written assignment on this computer-based exam.

How long do I have to complete the test?

Candidates have three hours to complete the exam.

When can I take the test?

The test is available year-round, by appointment.

What is the exam fee?

The test fee is $105

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Once I register for the exam, how long do I have to take it?

Candidates have 12 months from the date of registration to take the exam.

What is the passing score?

The passing score is 220.

What’s the framework for the OAE Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK-12) (004)?

The assessment contains three domains, or content, areas. Each test knowledge in several subcategories. Here’s what you can expect.

1. Student development and learning

This section tests knowledge in three areas:

  • Human development processes examine factors in student development, including culture, home, and community environments; developmental challenges as they relate to self-esteem, decision-making, self-direction and the like; factors that influence student development; and how to apply a student’s cognitive development to plan learning experiences.
  • Learning processes examines student learning and performance, and the factors that can influence them. Educators will be tested on their knowledge of theories and concepts as they relate to the learning process; strategies and technologies to influence student learning; and understands home, school and community factors that can impact student learning.
  • Student diversity tests knowledge of different types of diversity (cultural, racial, socioeconomic, etc.).

2. Assessment, instruction, and the learning environment

This section tests knowledge in five areas:

  • Assessment asks candidates to show an understanding of integrating assessment and instruction; using assessments to inform instruction; assessment result interpretation; and feedback.
  • Curricular and instructional planning asks candidates to demonstrate knowledge of effective planning to create instruction that benefits students; curriculum alignment with content standards; defining learning goals and objectives, and strategies to modify curriculum and instruction based on student needs.
  • How to use principles and practices to promote student achievement tests for an understanding of instructional approaches (class discussion, cooperative learning, etc); organizing and implementing instruction so students can achieve learning goals; and effectively integrating technology in learning.
  • Motivation and communication examine motivation, both intrinsic and extrinsic; enhancing a student’s motivation to learn; issues such as age, gender, and culture that can impact classroom communication; and using questioning techniques to meet instructional goals.
  • Classroom structure and management tests a candidate’s ability to create an inclusive and positive environment; promotes an environment that cultivates excellence; and promotes positive student interaction.

3. The professional environment

This section tests knowledge in two areas:

  • Partnerships and collaboration focus on the ability to work with families, colleagues and community members to focus on student learning; school-home communication; effective parent/guardian conferences; and effective collaboration within the school community
  • Roles and expectations of professional educators look at the student, teacher and parent/guardian rights; traits and behaviors associated with effective teaching; and professional development opportunities, including research and professional interactions.

Where can I take the test?

The Ohio Assessments for Educators uses a private test company to administer the test. There are centers in Ohio and across and country.

When will my test score be available?

Test scores are available, roughly, from two to six weeks after you take the test.

Can I bring personal items into the testing room?

No. Candidates can’t bring mobile phones, electronic devices, wallets, purses, hats, and head coverings into the testing room.

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Should I bring identification to the test center?

Yes. Bring two forms of identification. One must include a signature and photograph. The other must include a signature.

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