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

 

graph of percentages of each content domain's weight toward overall test score detailed in table below

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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