AEPA Special Education: Hearing Impaired Exam

The Special Education: Hearing Impaired test measures your knowledge according to the Arizona Academic Standards. Success on the test indicates that you are qualified to teach this subject in Arizona public schools. The test content is drawn from four subareas based on AEPA learning objectives: Understanding Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (19% of the test); Assessing Students and Developing Individualized Education Programs (26%); Promoting Student Development and Learning (36%); and Working in a Collaborative Learning Community (19%). The test measures knowledge of hearing, hearing loss, language and language development, speech and speech development, and how hearing loss relates to learning.


Test-takers should know assessment and placement procedures for students who are deaf or hard of hearing (e.g., assessment of language skills, speech skills, and academic achievement), in addition to knowing about developing and implementing education programs for such students. Other content regards the creation of a learning environment that promotes speech, language, and auditory skill development, as well as academic achievement, functional living competence, and qualities such as self-advocacy. The test covers promoting partnerships within school and outside it (e.g., with families). Test-takers should also know the history, philosophy, roles, and legal and ethical issues relevant to special education.

AEPA Special Education: Hearing Impaired Practice Questions

Special Education: Hearing Disability

1. What is the medical name for the study and care of the ear?

A: otology
B: epidemiology
C: podiatry
D: audiology

2. What is the name of the language-learning approach that emphasizes the connection between language and its representations in the external world?

A: direct approach
B: total physical response
C: Orton-Gillingham
D: audiolingual method

3. Which of the following learning strategies promotes community in the classroom?

A: student-centered instruction
B: peer-assisted learning
C: direct instruction
D: response to intervention

4. The venue through which a student receives information best is known as his or her prime learning _____.

A: factor
B: entry point
C: methodology
D: modality

5. What is the name for the behavior modification practice in which an expected reinforcement is withheld until the student ceases the target behavior?

A: role playing
B: reinforcement removal
C: extinction
D: punishment

Answer key

1. A. Otologists research treatment procedures for tinnitus and Meniere’s disease, among other conditions.
2. B. The total physical response (TPR) approach to language acquisition encourages teachers to include stimulating physical activities during language instruction.
3. B. In peer-assisted learning (PAL), students act as tutors for one another.
4. D. Determining a student’s prime learning modality is the first step towards developing an effective teaching technique.
5. C. Extinction should not be used for dangerous behaviors.