Free Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Overview

The Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) are tests that determine an educator's competency in a content area before obtaining a licensure or adding a new licensure. In the fall of 2013, these assessments replaced the Praxis II series (except for world languages) and are aligned with the Ohio Academic Content and Common Core State Standards. The state of Ohio requires that the candidate pass at least one assessment for the first license as other assessments are complete and added to the licensure.

A candidate can take the exams as many times as he or she would like, and there is no waiting period should he or she not pass. The assessments are conveniently offered throughout the year at many testing centers. The Ohio Department of Education Web site provides all the information needed to apply for a new license; renew a license; determine which test to take; prepare for the exam; and explain background checks, out-of-state licenses, substitute licenses, and alternative and supplemental licenses. A test taker may find complimentary preparation material to help get started, such as study guides, practice assessments, and computer-based testing tutorials. Identifying a faculty mentor who has studied and passed the exam might be a good way to prepare too. The OAE Web site provides resources for faculty advisors to understand how assessments are scored and how to prepare a candidate.

At this time, the OAE licensures are in very broad categories and grade levels. There are license requirements for early childhood (prekindergarten-third grade) and middle school (grades four-nine) in language arts and reading, math, science, and social studies. In addition, there are licensure assessments for seventh to twelfth grade in all the core content areas, including physical, life, and Earth sciences. There are also assessments for educators who wish licensures in computer information science, dance, drama, foreign languages, health, library science, music, physical education, visual arts, and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). For educators interested in obtaining a license as an intervention specialist, there are assessments for early childhood, hearing impaired, mild and moderate needs, moderate and intensive needs (kindergarten-twelve), and visually impaired (prekindergarten-twelve).

The OAE offers assessments for individuals interested in marketing, agri-science, business, technology education, administrator educational leadership, school counseling, and Psychology. The assessments are mostly multiple choice; however, some tests include constructed-response questions. Testing requirements vary depending upon licensure type, and the passing score will depend upon the applicant's performance across all sections of the exam.

The time requirement and amount of content on each exam varies, so it is important to become familiar with the exam beforehand. There is typically a window of time to take the assessments; however, there is one designated date when scores are reported by e-mail or to an account. Be advised that if an account is opened on the OAE Web site, the account holder is able to track testing history and scores.

Assessment results are sent directly to the Ohio Department of Education and any preparation program identified when registering for the exam. Assessment results are what are used to process the license application. For individuals requesting special testing accommodations, provisions are made upon registering for the exam.

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Last Updated: 03/01/2017


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