What Are the Types of Questions on the Child Development Associate Test?

What Are the Types of Questions on the Child Development Associate Test?

The exam for child development associates includes multiple-choice questions covering six competency areas established by the child development associate national accrediting program, CDA. One competency area is establishing a safe, healthy learning environment.

A second competency area established by CDA is advancing physical and intellectual competence, with the specific dimensions of physical, cognitive, communicative and creative competence. A third competency area covered on the exam is children's social and emotional development and how caregivers can provide positive guidance.

The exam also includes questions about a fourth competency area, establishing positive and productive relationships with children's families. The fifth competency area is ensuring that programs are well-run, purposeful and responsive to participant needs. The sixth competency area is maintaining a commitment to professionalism.

CDA sells a textbook and workbook for candidates to use in preparing for the CDA exam at CDAcouncil.org.

The CDA exam is made up of 65 multiple-choice questions, five of which include scenarios with short narratives and photos for test-takers to evaluate. CDA exam candidates have up to one hour and 45 minutes to complete the exam, which is administered on a computer.

CDA exams are administered at testing sites run by Pearson Vue. Those wishing to schedule an exam can do so at PearsonVue.com/CDAexam, as of January 2016.