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OAE Mathematics Study Guide

ISBN Number: 978-1-68317-105-8

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What’s on the OAE Mathematics Exam

The OAE Mathematics exam is a required exam that ensures candidates have sufficient knowledge in all relevant subject areas to teach secondary math.

Taking the OAE Mathematics exam can be a daunting task.  Because its goal is to test your classroom readiness across the spectrum of content, it covers a lot of ground.  This breadth can make it hard to know how to prepare.  Luckily, if you understand how the test is organized and what it is testing, you will have no problem prepping for this test.  In order to cover everything, the exam is broken into five domains–which are broken down into sixteen competencies.


Now that you have your test date set, you can turn to preparing for the exam itself. To begin, let’s look at the structure of the exam. The OAE Mathematics exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. The test is administered via computer. Because of this, there can be a variety in the style of questions that are asked. You should expect to see three main types of questions: single-answer, stimulus-based, and cluster. You should expect most questions to require you simply to click an oval next to the correct answer. However, there may be questions that utilize the technology more. They may ask you to zoom in on details in a graphic or picture, click boxes next to all that apply, click on check boxes, click on parts of a graphic or sentence, use a drag and drop feature, or select your answer from a drop-down menu.

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You will have 4 hours and 15 minutes to complete the test.



4 hours and 15 minutes

Exam Domains

Domain I: Mathematical Processes and Number Sense

0001 Understand mathematical problem solving.

0002 Understand mathematical communication, connections, and reasoning.

0003 Understand number theory.

Domain II: Patterns, Algebra, and Functions

0004 Understand relations and functions.

0005 Understand linear, quadratic, and higher-order polynomial functions.

0006 Understand exponential and logarithmic functions.

0007 Understand rational, radical, absolute value, and piece-wise defined functions.

Domain III: Measurement and Geometry

0008 Understand measurement principles and procedures.

0009 Understand Euclidean geometry in two and three dimensions.

0010 Understand coordinate and transformational geometry.

Domain IV: Trigonometry and Calculus

0011 Understand trigonometric functions.

0012 Understand differential calculus.

0013 Understand integral calculus.

Domain V: Statistics, Probability, and Discrete Mathematics

0014 Understand principles and techniques of statistics.

0015 Understand principles and techniques of probability.

0016 Understand principles of discrete mathematics.

 Passing Scoring

Your score will be based on the number of questions you answer correctly. You will need to score a minimum of 220 in order to pass.

Registration and Testing

The first step in getting yourself ready for this exam is to complete the registration.  The OAE exams are offered continuously throughout the year. However, it is important to register as soon as possible to make sure you get the date and location you want.  It is also a good idea to register early, so that you leave enough time for yourself to prepare.

Which OAE Test Do I Need to Take?

Those seeking an initial license need to demonstrate proficiency in basic skills and must do so by passing the OAE Pedagogy Assessment that corresponds to their desired level of licensure. Those seeking Early Education Certification (prek-3) must pass the Assessment of Professional Knowledge Early Childhood Exam.  Those seeking Middle Childhood Certification (4-9) must pass the Assessment of Professional Knowledge Middle Childhood Exam. Those seeking Adolescence to Young Adult (grades 7-12) must pass the Assessment of Professional Knowledge Adolescence to Young Adult Exam.

In addition to passing the OAE Pedagogy Assessment Exams that correspond to the desired licensure, initial license seekers also need to demonstrate proficiency in subject knowledge. The OAE has a variety of examinations that testers can take to prove competency. Please visit the OAE website in order to determine which tests are required for your desired licensure.

How to Register

Applicants are required to create an account in order to register for any OAE Exam. You can create an account by providing your email, desired password, and answers to a variety of security questions on the OAE website. It is crucial that the information you provide at the time of registration matches your government-issued ID. Early Registration is strongly encouraged in order to schedule a desired seat and meet the required deadline for any OAE exam.

Beginning to Prepare

Beginning to Prepare

After you have determined which exam you need to take, have registered and paid the exam fee, it is time to begin preparing for the OAE. The most effective way to prepare for the OAE Exam series is to develop a study plan. Your study plan should include understanding the standards, the structure of the OAE, what study materials are available, practice or diagnostic assessments, studying strategies, how to write a CRG (if applicable), and developing a study schedule as discussed below.

Understanding The Standards

The OAE was designed to align with Ohio state regulations and content standards for teachers. The Professional and Subject Knowledge exams will measure proficiency in their respective fields based on the Ohio Learning Standards for that field. You can find information about these standards on the Ohio Department of Education website.

Structure of the OAE

Each OAE exam consists of a unique format and time allotment. Please visit the OAE Website and select the desired test for more information about structure, number and type of questions and allotted testing time.

Don’t Forget to Study Testing Strategies

Testing strategies are an essential element of preparation for the OAE. Here are some helpful articles that detail testing strategies and reasons why people fail their certification exams.

How to Write a CRQ

CRQ’s or Constructed Response Questions are an important part of the OAE. If your exam includes CRQ’s, you will need to know how to write one effectively. Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare for the CRQ portion of your exam.

Taking the Test

By now, you should be familiar with what to expect on the exam. All that is left to do is complete it, but that may not be as simple as it sounds once the test is in front of you.

If you feel anxious, remember 7 Reasons People Fail Their Certification Exam. If you have prepared using these tips and 240Tutoring’s study guide, you will have:

  • Learned the content
  • Reviewed testing strategies
  • Learned how to break down questions and answer choices
  • Learned how to write a constructed response
  • Developed strategies for reducing test anxiety

Throughout the test, remember what you have learned, maintain a steady pace, and keep calm!

Test Scores

Passing Score

A passing score for every OAE subtest is 220.

 When Do I Get Scores?

A score report will be emailed to the email address you provided upon registration as soon as it is available, so it is important to keep your registration information up to date. A copy of your results will also be sent directly to the Ohio Department of Education, as well as the teacher training program first time applicants graduated from. You can also access a PDF version of your score report 45 days after the test date by logging in and following the prompts. Lastly, you can find your results when they become available on the OAE website.

Understanding Your Score Report

Your Score Report will include the date of the exam, your subtest scores, and a pass or fail status. In order to help testers understand their strengths and weaknesses in testing areas, indices marks are provided for each content test subarea.  The indices marks for both multiple choice and constructed response can be interpreted as:

++++   Most items answered correctly. Your writing skills (if applicable) and content knowledge are substantially above the performance level represented by the passing standard.

+++  Many items answered correctly. Your writing skills (if applicable) and content knowledge are at or above the performance level represented by the passing standard.

++  Some items answered correctly. Your writing skills (if applicable) and content knowledge are limited and below the performance level represented by the passing standard.

+   Few or no items answered correctly. Your writing skills (if applicable) and content knowledge are weak and substantially below the performance level represented by the passing standard.

State Reciprocity

A passing score on the OAE Exams is a requirement for certification in Ohio. In some cases, alternate state exams can replace the OAE. For up to date information on specific requirements please visit the Ohio Department of Education.

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