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How To Prepare For (And Pass) The OAE

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The OAE is an exam series required for teaching licensure in the state of Ohio. The following article is for test-takers preparing for an upcoming exam. We will discuss everything you need to know about how hard the OAE is and how to pass. We will also help you build a study plan and learn where to find study guides and resources that are tailored specifically for OAE. Effective preparation is the most important step in passing the tests.

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How hard is the OAE?

The difficulty of the OAE is different for every test taker. A person’s academic and professional background, the amount of effective preparation, and the test day conditions can all factor into making a test seem harder or easier. However, passing rates from previous years can give some indication of the exam difficulty. In 2015-2016, 80% of test-takers passed the OAE pedagogy assessments. Passing rates for subject tests have generally been lower, at around 50-60%. For more statistics on passing rates, you can visit the Ohio Assessments for Educators website.

Remember that it’s still possible to fail a test with a high passing rate. Always make sure to follow a study plan and prepare effectively before test day.

How do you pass the OAE?

Follow these steps to pass the OAE:

        1. Determine which test to take

The OAE is an exam series that includes general pedagogical and content-area assessments. Different teacher licensure areas have different OAE requirements. Determine which test to take by reading “What OAE Test Do I Take?”, visiting the Ohio Assessments for Educators website, or contacting your agency licensing board.

        2. Register

After determining which OAE exam(s) to take, make an account and register online at the Ohio Assessments for Educators website. And for more details, check out 240 Tutoring’s FAQs about registering for the OAE exam.

3. Make an OAE study plan

An effective study plan should include enough time to learn about the test and study each test competency, including repeated reviews and practice problems. Make sure to start early and set achievable goals.

        4. Follow the study plan

Once you’ve made an effective study plan, stick to it to achieve results. Adjust your study plan timing as needed so that there’s enough time to fully cover all the test competencies and work practice problems before test day.

        5. Make a test day routine

Making a test day routine can help decrease test anxiety and free up your brain to focus on passing the exam. Remember to dress comfortably in layers in case the test center is uncomfortably warm or cold. It is important to recheck the test center address, appointment time, and testing policies before leaving home on test day.

        6. Pass the test


Where do you find resources for the OAE?

There are lots of resources for the OAE. 240 Tutoring has test information, study guides, practice problems, and full-length practice tests for the OAE all in one place. Additionally, the Ohio Assessments for Educators website is a good resource for comprehensive information about any of the OAE assessments. Here you can find test information including content breakdowns that can help guide an effective study plan.

What are the best resources to use for OAE?

The best way to prepare for the OAE is to familiarize yourself with the test, including the test structure and details about how the exam is scored. Then, follow a study guide and do as many practice problems as you can. Study guides like those offered by 240 Tutoring are engaging, efficient, and designed to cover every test competency on the exam. Practice problems should be designed specifically for OAE preparation so that they are the closest in format and content to the real exam.

Where do you find study guides for the OAE?

You can find pre-made study guides for the OAE right here at 240 Tutoring! 240 Tutoring guides are easy to use and targeted specifically to each OAE exam. You can also use the test information on the Ohio Assessments for Educators website to build your own study guide. Remember to include practice problems and content information when building your own study guide or supplementing a pre-made study guide.

How do you use study guides to study for the OAE?

Study guides are targeted summaries of information that will appear on the exam. Study guides are more efficient study tools than raw material from a lecture or textbook because they cover key concepts that are likely to show up on the exam. Study guides may include new vocab terms, graphics or illustrations of important processes, and step-by-step example problems.

As you read a study guide for the first time, make notes of questions or confusion as you go. It is important to engage with the study material. Then go back to academic sources either online or in the text to find answers to your questions and further expand on the knowledge in the study guide. Finally, review the study guide again to make sure that you have a full understanding of everything on it. After completing a study guide for each test competency, continue to do quick reviews to keep the information fresh as test day approaches.

How do you study for the OAE?

The best way to study for the OAE is to make an effective study plan and stick to it! A study plan is like a map that shows all the test content to learn and a timeline for completing each topic. For example, a study plan may include 90 minutes reviewing study guides MWF and two hours of practice problems on Saturday. Once you fully understand the information in a study guide, move on to the next test competency. Break up big goals into smaller tasks that you can complete in each study session. “Study for the test” is not an effective study goal. “Finish two study guides and 50 practice problems this week” is a more useful goal. Finally, it is OK to adjust the study plan as you go. Some competencies may take more or less time than initially planned.

When should you start studying for the OAE?

You should start studying for the OAE at least two to three months before the test day. This will ensure that you have time to make an effective study plan and learn everything about the test. Include a timeline in the study plan so that you know approximately how much time it will take to cover each topic on the test. Make sure to leave enough time for practice problems, including a full-length practice OAE test (like the one found at 240 Tutoring) People study at different speeds, and it’s OK to reduce or increase the amount of time you budget for each topic as you go.

Cramming the content a few days before the exam is NOT an effective strategy. Adequate sleep and a healthy lifestyle support learning and critical thinking.

How much should you study for the OAE?

You should study as much as you need to pass the OAE. The amount of studying that you need to do may be different from the amount that someone else needs to do. A person’s academic or professional background, the effectiveness of their study plan, and previous experience with the exam will all contribute to the amount of study time needed. In general, you should study for one to three hours several times a week and include about two hours of practice problems each week. More frequent, shorter study sessions will reduce distractions and help retention.

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Aubrey Trapp

Aubrey is a graduate student studying chemical contaminants in marine food webs. She is interested in all things science-y and aims to improve scientific communication by making concepts accessible and fun for interdisciplinary audiences. Aubrey loves to swim, and she once visited all 34 public pools in her Texas hometown in one day.