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Ohio Licensure Test

In order to obtain a school counselor license through the Ohio Department of Education, one must earn a passing score on the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) School Counselor Test #040. The passing score needed is a 220. The OAE is a 180 minute long, computer-based test consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions. The test covers three domains of school counseling:

  • Domain I: Student Development & Learning (approximately 22% of test)
    • Understand human development from early childhood to young adulthood.
    • Understand the learning process and factors that affect learning.
  • Domain II: Comprehensive School Counseling Program (approximately 45% of test)
    • Understand the development and implementation of a guidance curriculum.
    • Understand methods for individual planning to help students establish goals and develop future plans.
    • Understand methods for providing responsive services to meet students' needs.
    • Understand principles of leadership to support the educational system.
  • Domain III: Personal Knowledge & Practice (approximately 33% of test)
    • Understand applications of testing and assessment.
    • Understand strategies for developing effective relationships with students, their families, professionals, and the community.
    • Understand roles, responsibilities, and professional standards of school counselors.
To learn more about the OAE, visit the Ohio Department of Education or the Ohio Assessments for Educators. 

Resources to Help You Prepare

The Ohio Assessments for Educators

The Ohio Assessments for Educators website offers the most comprehensive test resources available. Please note that some of the resources have an added fee.

  • Study Guide (Free): Includes tips on taking the assessment, detailed breakdown of domains and competencies covered and sample multiple-choice questions
  • Practice Assessment ($29.95): includes 120-day access to practice assessment & review of results
  • Expanded Study Guide ($22.50): includes 6 months of access to expanded study guide & diagnostic assessments

Prior to testing, a thorough review of the ASCA National Model (purchased in the ASCA Bookstore for $44.95), the ASCA School Counselor Competencies and the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors is strongly recommended.

Secrets Study Guide OAE School Counselor by Mometrix

One of the few independent resources on the market. Comes in a printed or e-book version for $39.99. Can also be found on Amazon.

Study.com

Study.com offers 181 lessons and quizzed related to the competencies of the OAE. An account and fee may be required to access the full content of the site.

EZ OAE Tutoring Services

Offers one-on-one online tutoring services to help prepare for the OAE. Please note that this service is not officially endorsed by OSCA nor can we verify claims made by the company.


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