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Foundations of Education DSST
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Name of Exam: Foundations of Education DSST

Number of Questions: Around 100 (varies)

Time Limit: 120 Minutes

ACE Recommended Passing Score: 46

Practice Test Available?: Yes - See below in "Free Resources"

Cost: $80 + Sitting Fee (Usually no more than $20) at your testing site. Military can take DSSTs for free with Tuition Assistance. Check with your Educational Officer!

Difficulty 1-5 : 2
(One being the easiest, and five being the hardest)

Exam Description:

The Foundations of Education DSST covers what a student would learn during a single semester of a Foundations of Education college class.

A few of the specific topics you'll see see are: Jeffersoniasm, Morality/Values/Character, Democratic Ideals, Governance, and Societal Mobility.

Personal Thoughts:

For someone creating a study guide, the Foundations of Education DSST officially qualifies as "annoying". There isn't much feedback available for the exam. What little there is, doesn't go into much depth. All in all - "Annoying"

So what we do have is a fact sheet filled with terms, and that's what we're going to concentrate on. What feedback I can scrounge up, I'll be sure to make available. In the mean time, let's do this.

Exam breakdown:

Make sure you check out the Official DSST Fact Sheet for this exam.

Pay attention to the bottom of the fact sheet. It contains some sample questions that closely mimic the type of scenario-based questions you'll see on the actual exam.

The Foundations of Education DSST is broken down as follows:

43% Contemporary Issues in Education
37% Past and Current Influences on Education
20% Interrelationships between contemporary issues and influences, past or current, in education.

Areas of Study

I'm going to list some specific topics that you'll need to study.

Though there are different versions of Foundations of Education DSST, you'll most likely see some of the following on your exam:

  • Level of Control
  • Equity for Sexes
  • Social/Economic Influences
  • Legal Liabilities
  • Socio-Cultural Learning Theories
  • Economic Structure Influences
  • Pragmatism
  • Role Definitions and Descriptions
  • Scheduling
  • Equity for Diverse Economic Groups
  • Cognitive-Development
  • Societal Mobility
  • Connectionism
  • Equity for Individuals with Special Needs
  • Court Decisions
  • Behaviorism
  • Professional Conduct
  • Lobbying
  • Control (National/State/Local)
  • Funding and Finance
  • Constructivism

Recommended Free Study Resources

  • Foundation of Education Textbook - Flashcards - Man, I love Cengage! Here's a companion website for one of the DSST recommended textbooks. The navigation isn't the easiest, so I'm going to link to all the cool stuff I could find. This is the flashcards. You can change chapters in the top left of the screen, and they have flashcards for each chapter. Click on the "Improve your Grade" link to go back to the flashcards after changing chapters.
  • Foundation of Education Textbook - Practice Test - Same site as above, but this time it's practice tests for each chapter! Click on the blue "Ace Self-Test" to begin the practice exam. Click on the "ACE the Test" link to find the Practice Test after changing chapters.
  • Foundations of Education Web - Doesn't have too much info, but what it does have on the different types of theories is easy to understand.
  • Social Mobility - Two words and a whole lot of info. Read the first few paragraphs to get an idea of what they're talking about, and then jump down to the "Educational Factor" area for the part that applies to the Foundations of Education DSST.
  • The Evolution of Educators (Part 1) - An interesting student video from Youtube. Of limited use for the Foundations of Education DSST, but it does mention some names and laws that you'll most likely see on the exam.
  • The Evolution of Educators (Part 2) - The second part of the above video. I'm really quite impressed with this. I certainly hope they received an "A" on their assignment!.

Recommended bargain-priced study resources

Always check your library first! You may be able to find some of these for free. You don't have to buy the officially recommended resources all the time. If you're the type of person that prefers to study from a textbook source however, then please see below.

Foundations of Education - The only reason I'm listing the current version of this textbook is that it matches the Cengage site in the Free Resources section above. This is the book that the website is based off of. If you don't mind things being out of order, then you probably want to look at the 2008 version of the book. It's much cheaper, but won't follow the companion website as closely. If that's not a big deal to you, then grab the cheap one.

Teaching To Change The World - One of the suggested materials from the Official Fact Sheet. I can't find a cheaper edition of this book (even the used versions are $50!). I'd definitely check the library or the used textbook shop in your area if you can before buying it online.

The American School: 1642-1990 - An older book from the Official Fact Sheet which means you can pick it up on the cheap.

InstantCert Academy Foundations of Education Specific Exam Feedback - There are only two pages of feedback for this test, but someone has been kind enough to include a downloadable study guide on the second page. Also if you've subscribed, make sure you go through the Flashcards for Foundations of Education as well.

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You'll find an InstantCert link for every exam here if that gives you an idea of the amount of information they have available. It's an outstanding resource.

Closing Thoughts

As I said earlier.. The Foundations of Education DSST is an annoying exam to prepare a study guide for. Considering we are talking about education here, you'd think it would be easier to find resources on this exam.

I would definitely recommend using two sources here. The first, as always, is InstantCert. It has both flashcards and the feedback thread for this exam.

The second is the Cengage website in the Free Resources. That online book review covers almost everything I've seen on the Official Fact Sheet for the Foundations of Education DSST. It's free! Use it!

You can do it! Best of luck!

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