An Invaluable Resource
you are serious about passing your certification test you should consider
purchasing the study guide for your vocation and grade level.
CWEA offers individual study guides for each grade within the six
certification vocations. The books cover everything from certification
policies, descriptions of the test subject areas, a diagnostic sample
test, a math refresher, reading assignments, a math anxiety section, and
an extensive glossary.
Using Your Study Guide Effectively
The study guides are designed to be one component of a study regime
that includes review of other widely used texts in the vocation and participation
at CWEA local section sponsored study sessions. Since the certification
test measures the general knowledge needed to perform the job competently,
as opposed to a certificate of completion for a study course, it covers
a wide variety of job-related topics. Since there are a wide variety of
job-related topics, no single book can adequately cover all of the material
required to perform complex jobs with competence. Of course, to prepare
for the test by studying all available training material would be nearly
impossible too. The study guides assist test takers by summarizing the basic
subject areas (Skill Sets) and giving specific reading
assignments from a limited set of outside training books. In a sense,
the study guides are like an "instructor on paper" who goes
over basic concepts, assigns reading, and gives practice tests.
Since the study guides are not an all-encompassing texts for the vocations,
it is important to review the assigned reading in other books. Purchasing
the study guide early will allow enough time to find the other books and
begin the reading assignments. Remember: the key to preparation is to
start early so that you minimize surprises at the last minute. If you
give yourself plenty of time, and prepare methodically, you will be much
Local Section Sponsored Study Sessions
The study sessions are another great way to help you prepare. However,
each session covers two grade levels in about 2.5 hours. Don't expect
to learn everything you need to know on the test right there. Instead,
go prepared. Read your assignments from the study guide ahead of time
and make notes of questions. Then take your questions to the study
This makes the study sessions much more valuable to you and other participants.
If you have a question about some of the material, there are sure to be
others wondering the same thing.
Study Guides Available on MyCWEA.org
Study guides are available for download at MyCWEA.org. All study guides are in electronic format and are free to CWEA members.