Social Studies

The Social Studies: Content Knowledge test was developed to assess whether a test takers has the skills
and competency required for an entry level educator of social studies in secondary schools. This exam follows the
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) National Standards for Social Studies Teachers. The examinations measures the examinees ability to understand and apply social studies concepts, data, methods, theories and skills across the entire breadth of United States history, world history, government/civics/political science, geography, economics and behavioral science domains of sociology, anthropology, and psychology.

A number of the exam questions are multi-disciplinary. Therefore, the test surveys complex relationships among the social science disciplines. To answer questions corrections requires understanding, interpreting and synthesizing a history and social science facts and concepts. There are 130 selected-response questions. These test questions involve no more than 60 percent knowledge, recall, and/or identification questions and no less than 40 percent higher-order thinking questions.

There are some questions based on interpreting content such as written passages, maps, illustrations, graphs,
tables, cartoons, diagrams, and photos. Between 10 and 15 percent of the questions involves material
based on different experiences of people living in the United States in different time periods.