AEPA Special Education: Visually Impaired Exam

The Special Education: Visually 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 with Visual Impairments (22% of the test); Assessing Students and Developing Individualized Education Programs (22%); Promoting Student Development and Learning (38%); and Working in a Collaborative Learning Community (18%). The test covers broad and narrower content within these areas. For example, the first subarea covers visual impairments and their implications for functioning (e.g., cognitive, social, and living competence), as well as basic optics and environmental adaptations to enhance vision. Test-takers should know how to assess and place students with visual impairments, in addition to how to develop and implement education programs for such students.


The test includes content on establishing a learning environment that meets the needs of visually impaired students and that promotes successful transitions to adult life, academic achievement, and important skills (e.g., communication, literacy, and functional living skills). Lastly, test-takers should know how to establish partnerships within school and outside it, as well as the history, philosophy, roles, and legal and ethical issues relevant to special education.

AEPA Special Education: Visually Impaired Practice Questions

Special Education: Visually Impaired
1. Which of the following is NOT used to promote mobility by blind students?

A: sighted guide
B: wheelchair
C: cane
D: guide dog

2. What is the technical term for blindness in individuals who become blind after age 3?

A: legal blindness
B: congenital blindness
C: functional blindness
D: adventitious blindness

3. The sharpness and clarity of an individual’s vision at various distances is known as his or her visual _____.

A: delivery
B: acuity
C: capacity
D: efficiency

4. Approximately what percentage of children begin school with some sort of visual impairment?

A: 2%
B: 5%
C: 10%
D: 25%

5. Many blind students are aided by having all their classes in the same room, an educational concept known as the _____.

A: enclosed classroom
B: self-contained classroom
C: restricted classroom
D: autonomous classroom

Answer key

1. B. Wheelchairs are seldom used by blind students who have no other physical disability.
2. D. People with adventitious blindness may have some lingering visual memories.
3. B. 20/20 vision is considered to be normal visual acuity.
4. C. This percentage includes students whose vision is corrected by prescription lenses.
5. B. It is easier for visually impaired students to function in a self-enclosed classroom, though teachers must give them ample opportunities to move about during the day.