OAE Foundations of Reading Practice Test

The Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Foundations of Reading test is an exam intended for prospective reading teachers seeking initial educator licensure in grades preK-3 (early childhood), and grades 4-9 (middle childhood). Additionally, individuals seeking licensure as intervention specialists in early childhood, mild/moderate, moderate/intensive, hearing impaired, visually impaired, or gifted areas must also pass the OAE Foundations of Reading exam. The Foundations of Reading exam was designed in alignment with the reading competencies agreed upon by the State Board of Education in Ohio and functions to evaluate prospective teachers’ pedagogical knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based reading instruction.

How do I register to take the OAE Foundations of Reading test?

Eligible test-takers have studied relevant material at the collegiate level, as defined by the Ohio Department of Education. For additional eligibility details, visit the Ohio Department of Education website to ensure you meet all necessary criteria before registering for the OAE Foundations of Reading exam.

In order to sit for the OAE Foundations of Reading exam, you will need to register for the test on the OAE website. The Foundations of Reading test is available year-round, by appointment, on a first-come, first-served basis. Testing locations are available across Ohio and the remaining United States. Visit the OAE and Pearson VUE websites for testing dates and centers that work best for you.

What fees are associated with the OAE Foundations of Reading test?

The OAE Foundations of Reading test will cost $139, payable via credit or debit card during online registration. To pay by check, you will have to contact Evaluation Systems via the OAE website. Your OAE Foundations of Reading test registration will remain valid for one year past the date of registration. You will not receive a credit or refund if you fail to cancel your test or do not show up for test day, so make sure to plan accordingly.

What is a passing score for the OAE Foundations of Reading test?

To pass the OAE Foundations of Reading test, and earn your initial credential, you will need to reach a score of at least 220. You can retake the test if you do not pass it on your first attempt, you may retake the test; however, you will have to wait at least 30 days before completing the registration process again. Check the OAE website for details regarding your specific score report date, which is dependent on the timeframe in which you take the test.

OAE Foundations of Reading Practice Test

What does the OAE Foundations of Reading exam cover?

The OAE Foundations of Reading exam is a computer-based test (CBT) consisting of 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 written assignments. You will be given a total of 4 hours to complete the exam. The OAE Foundations of Reading test is separated into four weighted subareas, each covering specific objectives and related topics. The subareas, objectives, sample topics, and approximate weighted percentages are as follows:

  • Multiple-choice questions
    • Foundations of reading development, objectives 01-04, approx. 35%
      • Phonological and phonemic awareness; alphabetic principle; promotion of reading development; word analysis strategies and skills, and other related topics
    • Development of reading comprehension, objectives 05-07, approx. 27%
      • Vocabulary development; reading comprehension strategies for literary texts; reading comprehension strategies for expository texts, and other related topics
    • Reading assessment and instruction, objectives 08-09, approx. 18%
      • Formal and informal reading assessment methods; multiple reading instruction approaches, and other related topics
    • Written assignment
      • Integration of knowledge and understanding, objective 10, approx. 20%
        • Preparation of a well-developed analysis on a topic related to reading development, the foundations of reading comprehension, reading assessment, or reading instruction

Test Preparation

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by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: February 14, 2019