Study Guide

Journalism Test Design and Framework

The test design below describes general assessment information. The framework that follows is a detailed outline that explains the knowledge and skills that this test measures.

Test Design

Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions 100 multiple-choice questions
Time 2 hours
Passing Score 220

Test Framework

 



Content Domain Range of Competencies Approximate Percentage of Test Score
I. Journalism Skills and Processes 0001–0003 35%
II. Foundations of Journalism 0004–0006 30%
III. Student Media, Advising, and Instruction and Assessment 0007–0009 35%

Domain I–Journalism Skills and Processes

Competency 0001–Understand types of information sources and skills, criteria, and methods for gathering and evaluating information.

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Competency 0002–Understand principles, values, forms, and functions of journalism.

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Competency 0003–Understand processes and conventions of writing and editing for a variety of print and digital media.

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Domain II–Foundations of Journalism

Competency 0004–Understand the history and evolution of journalism and the role of journalism and a free press in a democratic society.

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Competency 0005–Understand laws, judicial decisions, and ethical principles related to journalism, mass communication, and media content.

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Competency 0006–Understand the evolution of mass media; functions, limitations, and influences of mass media in society; and skills and criteria for analyzing and evaluating mass media.

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Domain III–Student Media, Advising, and Instruction and Assessment

Competency 0007–Understand principles, elements, tools, and techniques of multimedia design and production.

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Competency 0008–Understand different types of student media and roles and responsibilities of scholastic journalists and student media advisers.

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Competency 0009–Understand journalism instruction and assessment.

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