AEPA Review Tests

For

Elementary Education Content

& Professional Knowledge

 

These are not the questions you will find on the AEPA tests. These review tests have been constructed to provide you with a way to measure your basic content knowledge in Reading, Math, Social Studies, Physical Science, and teaching professional knowledge. You should use this as a tool to diagnose areas that you will need to spend more time reviewing class notes, tests, and texts. To this end, answer keys are provided in the second half of this packet for you to self check your review tests.

 

Contributors:

Dr. William Buckreis

Dr. Ward Cockrum

Dr. Gae Johnson

Jim Manley

Dr. Sherry Markel

November 12, 2002

 

 


 

Reading and Language Arts Content Review

Knowledge of Sub-skills of Reading

1. Word Recognition in Reading

    1. The ability to get the main idea of a passage.
    2. The ability to go from the printed form of a work to the spoken form.
    3. The ability to recall events in a story
    4. The ability to follow specific directions

2. Sight Words

    1. The ability to see words clearly
    2. The ability to analyze words by looking at them.
    3. The ability to recognize a word immediately without analysis.
    4. The ability to line up words by sight.

3. Context Clues

    1. The ability to fit words together.
    2. The ability to recognize words by their shape
    3. The ability to recognize compound words.
    4. The ability to use the words around an unknown word to figure out what it is or means.

4. Phonics

    1. The ability to associate speech sounds with letters.
    2. The ability to associate letters with their shapes
    3. The ability to recognize prefixes.
    4. The ability to use letters to form words.

5. Structural Analysis

    1. The ability to decode words by using your knowledge of root words and affixes.
    2. The ability to recognize a word immediately without analysis.
    3. The ability to use the words around an unknown word to figure out what it is or means.
    4. The ability to rewrite words to make different words.

6. Dictionary Study

    1. The ability to decode words by using words by using your knowledge of root words and affixes
    2. The ability to rewrite words to make different words.
    3. The ability to determine the pronunciation of an unfamiliar word.
    4. The ability to recognize prefixes.

7. Vocabulary

    1. The ability to associate the printed form of a word with its meaning
    2. The ability to list words from memory
    3. The ability to list words in alphabetical order.
    4. The ability to determine word origins.

8. Comprehension

    1. The ability to answer questions about a story.
    2. The ability to associate the ideas the author put into print with the ideas stored in the readerís schema
    3. The ability to build meaning from print
    4. The ability to recall information from a passage you have read.

9. Literal Comprehension

a. The ability to infer information from what was read.

b. The ability to draw a logical conclusion from what was read.

c. The ability to recall ideas directly stated in what was read.

d. The ability to read beyond the words in a story.

10. Higher Order Comprehension

a. The ability to infer information from what was read.

b. The ability to draw a logical conclusion from what was read.

c. The ability to recall ideas directly stated in what was read.

d. The ability to read beyond the words in a story.

Reading Instruction

11. What does the term Whole Language View of reading instruction mean?

 

12. What does the term Phonics View of reading instruction mean?

 

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13. What does the term Subskills View of reading instruction mean?

 

14. How does a childís experiential background affect his/her reading ability?

 

15. How is reading an Ďassociational processí?

 

16. What are the two major physical abilities that can influence learning to read?

 

17. What is top-down processing?

 

18. What is bottom-up processing?

 

19. What does the term phonics mean?

 

20. What does the term phonemic awareness mean?

 

21. What is the analytical approach to phonics instruction?

 

22. What are phonemes? ___________________________________________________

 

23. What are graphemes?___________________________________________________

24. What is the synthetic approach to phonics instruction?

 

25. What do we have to assume if the ability to correctly pronounce a word using phonics is going to lead to meaning?

 

26. How many sound/symbol associations are there in the English Language?

27. Why teach a word as a sight word?

28. What are some ways you can teach sight words to children?

29. What is a CLOZE passage?

30. What is a 5 step procedure to use when you come to a word you donít know?

 

 

 

31. What is SSR?

32. What is a trade book?___________________________________________________

33. List the 4 elements of literature___________________________________________

34. List 3 of the cue systems of print language:

35. What are the 4 main language arts?

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Reading and Language Arts Content Review - KEY

Knowledge of Sub-skills of Reading

1. Word Recognition in Reading

    1. The ability to get the main idea of a passage.
    2. The ability to go from the printed form of a work to the spoken form.
    3. The ability to recall events in a story
    4. The ability to follow specific directions

2. Sight Words

    1. The ability to see words clearly
    2. The ability to analyze words by looking at them.
    3. The ability to recognize a word immediately without analysis.
    4. The ability to line up words by sight.

3. Context Clues

    1. The ability to fit words together.
    2. The ability to recognize words by their shape
    3. The ability to recognize compound words.
    4. The ability to use the words around an unknown word to figure out what it is or means.

4. Phonics

    1. The ability to associate speech sounds with letters.
    2. The ability to associate letters with their shapes
    3. The ability to recognize prefixes.
    4. The ability to use letters to form words.

5. Structural Analysis

    1. The ability to decode words by using your knowledge of root words and affixes.
    2. The ability to recognize a word immediately without analysis.
    3. The ability to use the words around an unknown word to figure out what it is or means.
    4. The ability to rewrite words to make different words.

6. Dictionary Study

    1. The ability to decode words by using words by using your knowledge of root words and affixes
    2. The ability to rewrite words to make different words.
    3. The ability to determine the pronunciation of an unfamiliar word.
    4. The ability to recognize prefixes.

 

 

 

7. Vocabulary

    1. The ability to associate the printed form of a word with its meaning
    2. The ability to list words from memory
    3. The ability to list words in alphabetical order.
    4. The ability to determine word origins.

8. Comprehension

    1. The ability to answer questions about a story.
    2. The ability to associate the ideas the author put into print with the ideas stored in the readerís schema
    3. The ability to build meaning from print
    4. The ability to recall information from a passage you have read.

9. Literal Comprehension

a. The ability to infer information from what was read.

b. The ability to draw a logical conclusion from what was read.

c. The ability to recall ideas directly stated in what was read.

d. The ability to read beyond the words in a story.

10. Higher Order Comprehension

a. The ability to infer information from what was read.

b. The ability to draw a logical conclusion from what was read.

c. The ability to recall ideas directly stated in what was read.

d. The ability to read beyond the words in a story.

Reading Instruction

11. What does the term Whole Language View of reading instruction mean?

It is a whole to part/top-down model an an approach or philosophy that prmotes meaning centered literacy acquisition.

12. What does the term Phonics View of reading instruction mean?

An approach to reading that in its purest form follows the idea that reading instruction only needs to include letter-sound associations. Comprehension of words and larger passages will be an automatic outcome of the ability to blend individual letter sound together to form words. It is a bottom-up, part to whole approach.

13. What does the term Subskills View of reading instruction mean?

An approach to reading instruction that promotes instruction of specific subskills of reading to a level of mastery. It is a direct instructor approach where mastery of each subskill is believed to lead to literacy. It is a bottom-up, part to whole approach.

14. How does a childís experiential background affect his/her reading ability?

The concepts in print may not have a connection with the childís life.

15. How is reading an Ďassociational processí? letters with 50 sound associations, word-concept association

16. What are the two major physical abilities that can influence learning to read? Vision & hearing

17. What is top-down processing? Top-down processing is the idea that the concepts in print are dealt with in complete units with separate isolated concepts pulled from the complete unit.

18. What is bottom-up processing? Bottom up processing is the idea that isolated concepts are dealt with first then put together to get to the major ideas contained in the print.

19. What does the term phonics mean? Letter sound relationships and the relationship between sounds and their spelling.

20. What does the term phonemic awareness mean? Awareness of words at the phoneme level

21. What is the analytical approach to phonics instruction? A whole to part phonics approach that uses whole words and identifying individual sounds as part of those words. Effort is made to avoid saying letter sounds in isolation.

22. What are phonemes? The smallest sound unit in a word.

23. What are graphemes? The written representation of a phoneme.

24. What is the synthetic approach to phonics instruction? A part to whole phonics approach that uses individual letter sound relationships in isolation that are combined to form words.

25. What do we have to assume if the ability to correctly pronounce a word using phonics is going to lead to meaning? The word is in the readers speaking vocabulary.

26. How many sound/symbol associations are there in the English Language? 44 is the usual number reported.

27. Why teach a word as a sight word? Immediate need, high frequency of occurance, does not follow phonics decoding generalizations.

28. What are some ways you can teach sight words to children? Picture word association, key word approach

29. What is a CLOZE passage? A text passage with blanks in place of every X number of words. Using CLOZE passages helps teach readers to use context clues.

30. What is a 5 step procedure to use when you come to a word you donít know?

1. Skip it and keep reading; 2. Sound it out; 3. Look for parts you do know.; 4. Look it up in the dictionary; 4. Ask someone else.

31. What is SSR? Sustained Silent Reading Ė a quiet free choice reading time

32. What is a trade book Ė a book that tells a story, not an information book

33. List the 4 elements of literature Character, Setting, Plot, Theme

34. List 3 of the cue systems of print language: graphophonic, syntactic, semantic

35. What are the 4 main language arts? Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

 

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