Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA) includes Constitutions of United States and Arizona test as one of its assessments. AEPA is a group of exams administered by State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) of Arizona. The aim of these exams is certification of teachers and school administrators in the state. These exams help in ensuring quality and standard of education and assess professional efficiency of teachers and administrators before they are employed in public schools. AEPA tests are available in five categories- Professional tests, Subject Knowledge tests, Constitution of United States and Arizona test, administrator tests, and basic skills test. ‘Constitutions of the United States and Arizona’ test is required by candidates who have applied for certification of teacher or school administrator.
‘Constitutions of the United States and Arizona’ exam is breakdown into two content areas- Constitution of United States and Constitution of Arizona. ‘Constitution of United States’ covers principles and provisions in constitution of USA. Whereas, ‘Constitution of Arizona’ sub-area includes laws, provisions, and regulations in constitution of Arizona. The proportion of ‘Constitution of United States’ is 60 percent of exam, and that of ‘Constitution of Arizona’ is 40 percent of exam. There are 10 multiple choice questions in exam. Therefore, 6 questions are on Constitution of United States and 4 questions are on Constitution of Arizona.
Each content area of this exam includes certain objectives, which outline the content covered in respective sections. These test objectives are as follow-
U.S. Constitution: – understanding major constitutional principles as defined in the preamble and in the articles of U.S. constitution; understanding Bill of Rights and other amendments to the U.S. constitution; understanding ways in which U.S constitution has been defined through interpretation.
Arizona Constitution: – Understanding principles of Arizona Declaration of Rights and direct democracy; Understanding structure, powers, functions, and limitations of the three branches of Arizona government- legislative, executive and judicial; understanding other provisions of Arizona constitution.
More details of these test objectives can be studied from study guide of the exam available at AEPA website. The study guides available from AEPA also contains practice questions.
There are approximately 100 multiple choice questions in test. Candidates are awarded scaled scores between 100 (minimum score) to 300 (maximum score). The passing scaled score is 240.
Registration and fees-
This exam can be taken on scheduled dates. The registrations for taking the exam are available through internet, telephone and mail. Registrations can be done in regular, late or emergency periods. This test is delivered in morning sessions.
The fees structure is as given below-
Registration fees: – $35
Examination fees: – $40
Late registration: – $30
Emergency registration: – $50
Change of registration: – $20
Rescoring: – $20
Additional copy of result: – $15