Do you believe you are ready teach Earth Science in the great state of Arizona? Before you have that privilege, you must pass the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments Earth Science Test. The Arizona State Board of Education requires that you pass the AEPA Earth Science Exam, AZ045, with a score of 240.
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You must answer the AEPA Earth Science Test’s 100 multiple-choice questions in two and a half hours. Your exam can be scheduled throughout the year, and you get your results fairly quickly. Test results are sent to the e-mail you registered with for the AEPA Earth Science Test, and the results are ready usually within four weeks.
The AEPA Earth Science Exam has five subareas to determine proficiency. Each subarea has a varying number of objectives within their scope. Three sections of the AEPA Earth Science Test are worth around 22% each, and two sections are worth approximately 17% each.
The Characteristics of Science subarea, worth 22%, covers five main objectives. These objectives include understanding the historical and contemporary contexts of Earth and space science, analyzing scientific inquiry processes, identifying the procedures of scientific investigations, demonstrating the process of organizing Earth and space science investigations, and recognizing how Earth and space science relates to everyday life. This section will range from analyzing graphs, diagrams, and tables to asking you to look at ethical issues that arise when reporting experimental results.
The Origin and Evolution of the Earth System tests four main objectives. In this section you must look at the formation and structure of the Earth, analyze plate tectonics, apply Earth dating techniques, and demonstrate the process of creating and changing landforms. Although this section is only 17%, it requires you to have knowledge of climate, soils, stratigraphy, fossilization, Earth’s layers, and crustal deformation as just a few of the target objectives.
The Geologic Materials, Processes, and Cycles subarea covers 22% and five central objectives. This subarea is where you must show that you understand the physical and chemical properties of Earth materials, the formation of minerals and rocks, volcanoes and other igneous activity, earthquakes, and geochemical cycles. Radioactive decay, identifying varying rocks, and biogeochemical cycles are just a few of the tested targets for this subarea.
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by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: March 4, 2019