OAE Special Education (043) Practice Test

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The Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) Special Education exam is designed for all candidates seeking to work as a special education teacher in Ohio public schools.

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OAE Special Education Exam Outline

The OAE Special Education exam contains 150 multiple-choice questions and four written assignments, and you will be given a time limit of 3 hours.

The exam is split into four domains:

I. Students with Disabilities (20%)

The questions in this domain assess your knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Characteristics of typical and atypical human growth and development
  • Types and characteristics of various disabilities
  • The roles played by families and communities in student development and learning
  • Implications of various disabilities for education and learning, development, and other aspects of life
  • Unique medical needs that accompany various disabilities

II. Assessment and Program Planning (20%)

The questions in this domain assess your knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Basic assessment terminology
  • Selecting, adapting, and modifying multi-level assessments
  • Administering assessments
  • Collecting, organizing, interpreting, and evaluating assessment data
  • Screening, prereferral, referral, and eligibility procedures
  • Identifying components of the ETR and IEPs
  • Developing IEPs and other individualized plans
  • The continuum of placement and services available for students with disabilities
  • Integrating affective, social, and life skills with academic curricula

III. Learning Environments and Instructional Practice (40%)

The questions in this domain assess your knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Strategies and procedures for planning, managing, and modifying the learning environment for students with disabilities
  • Effective instructional practices for promoting student success in the general curriculum
  • Developing students’ communication and social skills
  • Providing effective behavioral interventions for students with disabilities
  • Teaching functional living skills and promoting successful transitions for students with disabilities

IV. Foundations and Professional Practice (20%)

The questions in this domain assess your knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • The historical and philosophical foundations of special education
  • Contemporary issues and trends in the field of special education
  • Federal laws and policies and ethical guidelines related to the education of students with disabilities
  • Communicating and collaborating with students with disabilities and their parents
  • Communicating, collaborating, and consulting with general education teachers, school staff members, and service providers
  • The importance of upholding high standards for professional practice
  • Engaging in reflection and self-assessment activities to identify strengths and weaknesses

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OAE Special Education Exam Registration

When you are ready to register for the exam, you will need to create an account with the Pearson Vue testing center. At this point, you will select which testing method you want to use: in-person or remote.

Regardless of the testing method, the cost of the exam is $109.

Test Day

In-person Testing

You should arrive at the Pearson VUE testing center 30 minutes earlier than the scheduled exam time. After you arrive, you will be asked to sign in and present your photo ID to the proctor. You will be photographed and asked to sign a roster and other rule forms.

Personal items are not allowed in the testing room, so they should be left at home or placed in a secure locker outside the testing area.

Just before the exam starts, you will be given a brief tutorial on the testing system and will be asked to sign an NDA.

Remote Testing

Before the day of the exam, you should ensure your equipment meets the minimum requirements. You must have a desktop or laptop with a webcam and microphone, and you should take your exam in a private workspace. The exam cannot be taken on mobile devices, smartphones, or tablets. The technical requirements can be detailed on Pearson’s website.

On the day of your exam, you will be asked to show the remote proctor your testing space and submit a valid form of photo ID. The proctor will walk you through the examination process after the check-in process is complete.

How the OAE Special Education Exam is Scored

Your OAE Special Education score is determined by the State Board of Education of Ohio using a scale-based scoring system. This system involves taking your raw score, which is the number of correct answers you provided, and converting it to a numerical score on a scale of 100 to 300. The minimum passing score is 220.

You will receive your score report before leaving the testing center for in-person testers, while remote test-takers will receive their report within 2 weeks after testing.

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How many questions are on the OAE Special Education exam?


There are 150 multiple-choice questions on the exam.


How long is the OAE Special Education exam?


The time limit for the exam is 3 hours.


What is the passing score for the OAE Special Education exam?


To pass the exam, you must achieve a minimum scaled score of 220.


How much does the OAE Special Education exam cost?


The examination fee is $109.

By Eric Richter

Eric is the Product Development Manager responsible for developing and updating the Mometrix Teacher Certification and K-12 products. Eric has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s of education in Teaching ESOL.


by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: May 28, 2024