The Ultimate CDA Practice Exam!

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The Ultimate CDA Practice Exam!

In the following quiz, we’ll be testing your knowledge on the Child Development Associate credential, which is a recognized credential in the USA wherein applicants must demonstrate competency in areas that support the healthy growth and development of children, for education and care purposes. Are you ready for your CDA credential?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Fire exit information should be:
    • A. 

      In written form.

    • B. 

      Kept in a file labeled "Emergency Procedures."

    • C. 

      In both written & pictorial form, posted near the exits.

    • D. 

      In pictorial form.

  • 2. 
    The first-aid kit should be kept:
    • A. 

      Out of the reach of children.

    • B. 

      In an easily accessible location, clearly marked, and out of the reach of children.

    • C. 

      In a restroom.

    • D. 

      In a drawer far from where children will play.

  • 3. 
    Frequent hand washing is important because:
    • A. 

      Children need to keep hands clean.

    • B. 

      It keeps germs from spreading.

    • C. 

      It is a positive social skill.

    • D. 

      It is the law.

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      Saltine crackers & Milk.

    • B. 

      Orange juice and carrot sticks.

    • C. 

      Oatmeal cookies & milk.

    • D. 

      Apple slices & low fat (or 2%) milk

  • 5. 
    An open ended question has:
    • A. 

      1 right answer.

    • B. 

      No right or wrong answer.

    • C. 

      2 answers.

    • D. 

      A commonly repeated answer.

  • 6. 
    The amount of adult supervision needed depends on:
    • A. 

      The number of children in the group.

    • B. 

      The activity.

    • C. 

      The developmental needs of the children who are present.

    • D. 

      All of these.

  • 7. 
    Children should be provided with these items washing their hands:
    • A. 

      Cold water, bar soap & paper towels.

    • B. 

      Hot water, liquid soap, & a cloth towel.

    • C. 

      Warm water, liquid soap & paper towels.

    • D. 

      Water & paper towels.

  • 8. 
    Children need their own spaces in the classroom for their coats & other belongings because:
    • A. 

      It promotes their positive self-concept.

    • B. 

      It helps maintain good health.

    • C. 

      A and B.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 9. 
    An example of a positive nonverbal communication is:
    • A. 

      A smile.

    • B. 

      Saying "Good Morning".

    • C. 

      Ignoring a child's actions.

    • D. 

      Moving away from a child.

  • 10. 
    • A. 

      Insist that children finish all food on their plates.

    • B. 

      Not offer any dessert until all their food is finished.

    • C. 

      Only offer dessert to the children who remained quiet at the table while eating.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 11. 
    • A. 

      Lower expectations for these children's achievements in the classroom.

    • B. 

      Cooperate with school administrators and public officials to provide such assistance as a free lunch program and/or some academic assistance.

    • C. 

      Counsel parents on ways to economize with their limited financial resources.

    • D. 

      Provide the best possible instruction without any need for intervention or public assistance.

  • 12. 
    • A. 

      Keep the quiet & noisy activities together.

    • B. 

      Put related activities near each other.

    • C. 

      Provide a large, open area in the center of the room.

    • D. 

      Arrange the furniture all along the walls.

  • 13. 
    Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of a child with emotional disturbance.
    • A. 

      Lower academic performance.

    • B. 

      Social skills deficits.

    • C. 

      Aggressive behaviors.

    • D. 

      Making large efforts to make friends.

  • 14. 
    • A. 

      An Alphabet puzzle.

    • B. 

      Play Doh & cookie cutters.

    • C. 

      A piece of paper & crayons.

    • D. 

      Unit Blocks.

  • 15. 
    Children's play materials should be kept:
    • A. 

      In sealed containers.

    • B. 

      On low, open shelves.

    • C. 

      On high shelves the children cannot reach.

    • D. 

      In a storage cabinet only used by the Educators.

  • 16. 
    A teacher sets up a Literacy Center where the students match pictures of objects that begin with the same sound. Which of the following skills is the teacher trying to develop in students using this center?
    • A. 

      Phonics.

    • B. 

      Vocabulary.

    • C. 

      Letter Recognition.

    • D. 

      Phonemic Awareness.

  • 17. 
    • A. 

      Lasts only a short time.

    • B. 

      Gets the children actively involved.

    • C. 

      Permits children to leave, if they wish.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 18. 
    Why do you give children a warning before activities are about to change?
    • A. 

      It gives them time to clean up their toys.

    • B. 

      It provides them time to finish an activity.

    • C. 

      It helps quickly get their attention.

    • D. 

      It is a signal to come to the next activity right away.

  • 19. 
    An activity that develops small motor skills would be
    • A. 

      Swinging.

    • B. 

      Beanbag throwing.

    • C. 

      Stringing Beads.

    • D. 

      Jumping.

  • 20. 
    When you provide an activity that allows children to use their sense of smell, sight, sound, touch & tastes, it promotes
    • A. 

      Physical Development.

    • B. 

      Social Development.

    • C. 

      Cognitive Development.

    • D. 

      Communication (Language Development)

  • 21. 
    When talking to a child, the Educator should
    • A. 

      Shout at them.

    • B. 

      Get down to the child's eye level.

    • C. 

      Whisper softly to the child.

    • D. 

      Skip with the child around the classroom.

  • 22. 
    A child with fine motor impairments will likely have the most difficulty performing which of the following tasks?
    • A. 

      Kicking a ball.

    • B. 

      Carrying a book.

    • C. 

      Drawing a picture.

    • D. 

      Reading a story.

  • 23. 
    Using picture books with no words is most effective for promoting children's
    • A. 

      Emotional Development.

    • B. 

      Awareness of narrative (story) structure.

    • C. 

      Written language skills.

    • D. 

      Fine motor skills.

  • 24. 
    A student arrives at school with several large bruises that s(he) cannot explain. Which of the following is the appropriate course of action for the Educator?
    • A. 

      Writing down the incident in the child's file.

    • B. 

      Making eye contact with the child's parent/caregiver.

    • C. 

      Following the school's protocol as a Mandated Reporter.

    • D. 

      Request a referral for a Child Psychologist.

  • 25. 
    Children's artwork should be
    • A. 

      Put on bulletin boards in the hallways.

    • B. 

      Placed high on the walls so they children cannot touch the artwork.

    • C. 

      Displayed at the children's eye level.

    • D. 

      Put immediately into the children's cubbies to be taken home.

  • 26. 
    Caregivers should
    • A. 

      Completely control the conversations that children have with them.

    • B. 

      Be good listeners.

    • C. 

      Ask a lot of open ended questions.

    • D. 

      Both B & C.

  • 27. 
    An activity that develops fine motor skills would be
    • A. 

      Manipulating Play Doh.

    • B. 

      Walking on a balance beam.

    • C. 

      Throwing a ball.

    • D. 

      Riding a tricycle.

  • 28. 
    2 boys want the same truck to haul blocks across the room.  1 boy goes to the housekeeping area and gets a basket.  This is
    • A. 

      An open ended question.

    • B. 

      An example of problem solving.

    • C. 

      A fine motor exercise.

    • D. 

      Guidance.

  • 29. 
    • A. 

      Painting with Orange & Black paint on White paper.

    • B. 

      Marble painting on turkey shapes.

    • C. 

      Painting at the easel on a pumpkin shaped paper with Orange & Black paint.

    • D. 

      Sponge painting on a white ghost shape.

  • 30. 
    CDA stands for
    • A. 

      Child Dental Assistant.

    • B. 

      Child Development Associate

    • C. 

      Child Development Association of America

    • D. 

      Child Development Administration

  • 31. 
    A CDA is
    • A. 

      A licensing agency for Early Childhood professionals.

    • B. 

      The only Nationally recognized Early Childhood Credential.

    • C. 

      An association for Early Childhood Directors only.

    • D. 

      A program offered by certain states in the South.

  • 32. 
    A good technique for dealing with favorite toys is to
    • A. 

      Provide duplicates of them, if possible.

    • B. 

      Put them away when children squabble over them.

    • C. 

      Provide them as rewards for good behavior.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 33. 
    A positive circle experience includes
    • A. 

      Scheduling & planning beforehand.

    • B. 

      Interesting & active activities.

    • C. 

      Anticipating problems beforehand.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 34. 
    Appropriate choices for young children include this statement
    • A. 

      "Whatever you like to do today."

    • B. 

      "You may have ice cream and oranges for snack today."

    • C. 

      "You may choose from the art area, the housekeeping area, or the puzzle table."

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 35. 
    Good practice provides children the opportunity to "live with diversity."  Which of the following statements best represents that statement?
    • A. 

      There are children of mixed heritage in the classroom.

    • B. 

      Pictures, learning materials & posters depicts children and families of diverse backgrounds, ages, abilities, and both genders. This includes the dominant culture of the room.

    • C. 

      The classroom celebrates Black History Month with a grits & sausage breakfast.

    • D. 

      Teachers offer children a piƱata and make tacos on Cinco de Mayo.

  • 36. 
    Situations that reflect bias include
    • A. 

      Thanksgiving stories that depicts Indians with war paint and headdresses.

    • B. 

      Halloween stories with pictures where everything black is portrayed as scary.

    • C. 

      Block activities that exclude girls & housekeeping activities that are never offered to boys.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 37. 
    Children learn best when they
    • A. 

      Actively participate.

    • B. 

      Follow directions carefully.

    • C. 

      Both A & B.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 38. 
    • A. 

      Activities that strengthen skills.

    • B. 

      Developmentally appropriate.

    • C. 

      Not developmentally appropriate.

    • D. 

      Activities that should be offered every day.

  • 39. 
    • A. 

      Would be frustrating for most preschoolers.

    • B. 

      Should be offered on a preschool playground.

    • C. 

      Are activities for gifted children.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 40. 
    Experience charts, labeling items in the room, and making lots of books available are all examples of
    • A. 

      Practice that supports emergent literacy.

    • B. 

      Practices children will encounter once they begin elementary school.

    • C. 

      Practices that should be provided only to older preschoolers.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 41. 
    A writing center for preschoolers should include
    • A. 

      A variety of alphabet worksheets with letters to trace.

    • B. 

      Pencils, papers, markers, envelopes,, an old typewriter, and pieces of old mail.

    • C. 

      Both A & B.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 42. 
    Scribbling is
    • A. 

      Something that should be discouraged.

    • B. 

      An indication of a developmental delay in preschool children.

    • C. 

      An early stage in the development of children's art & writing skills.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 43. 
    To extend a teachable moment
    • A. 

      Observe what is happening.

    • B. 

      Describe what is happening & ask open-ended questions.

    • C. 

      Let the children come up with ideas about what they would like to do.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 44. 
    Children's artwork should
    • A. 

      Be clearly recognizable so that their parents can appreciate it.

    • B. 

      Be a perfect copy of the teachers work.

    • C. 

      Both of the above.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 45. 
    The following materials and activities are appropriate ways to help preschoolers prepare for reading
    • A. 

      Flash cards, workbooks, worksheets & phonics lessons.

    • B. 

      Magnetic letters, a well-stocked book corner, & reading to them every day.

    • C. 

      Learning "the Alphabet Song."

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 46. 
    • A. 

      Invite them to visit before the 1st day of school.

    • B. 

      Provide the family with written information about the program & answer questions they may have.

    • C. 

      Both of the above.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 47. 
    Positive ways to involve parents in the program include
    • A. 

      Reading stories.

    • B. 

      Wiping tables.

    • C. 

      Disinfecting the bathroom.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 48. 
    • A. 

      Parent for conferences.

    • B. 

      Parent meetings.

    • C. 

      Arguing with the parents in front of the Director.

    • D. 

      Conversations at arrival & departure times.

  • 49. 
    • A. 

      Practice "Active" listening.

    • B. 

      Suggest the parents review the Parent's Handbook, to clear up any misunderstanding and to directly address the problem.

    • C. 

      None of the above.

    • D. 

      Both of the above.

  • 50. 
    The typical toddler
    • A. 

      Understands more words that S(he) can say.

    • B. 

      Is possessive about his or her belongings.

    • C. 

      Sits & listens to short stories.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 51. 
    • A. 

      Writing down the children's stories.

    • B. 

      Requiring that they sit quietly and complete coloring pages or worksheets.

    • C. 

      Both of the above.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 52. 
    Community resources information for the parents should be available
    • A. 

      From the caregiver.

    • B. 

      From the Director.

    • C. 

      None of the above.

    • D. 

      Both A & B.

  • 53. 
    A milestone of development is
    • A. 

      A definite point in a child's life.

    • B. 

      A part of motor development.

    • C. 

      A functional skill or task that most children can do at a certain age range.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 54. 
    • A. 

      Writing down the children's stories.

    • B. 

      Requiring that they sit quietly and complete coloring pages or worksheets.

    • C. 

      Both of the above.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 55. 
    The typical toddler is
    • A. 

      Understands more words than he or she can say.

    • B. 

      Is possessive about his or her belongings.

    • C. 

      Sits & listens to short stories.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 56. 
    A caregiver can encourage a toddler's development by
    • A. 

      Trying to toilet train as soon as possible.

    • B. 

      Screaming at the child.

    • C. 

      Screaming at the child so they hear the directions.

    • D. 

      Being patient with the child to gain their respect.

  • 57. 
    Which of the following statements bests describes a blended classroom?
    • A. 

      A classroom with children with various ages.

    • B. 

      A classroom with only one grade level.

    • C. 

      A kindergarten classroom.

    • D. 

      A classroom with children spread out over 2 grade levels.

  • 58. 
    • A. 

      Council the child on how best to handle the situation at home.

    • B. 

      Contact the parents with a direct offer to help with their problems.

    • C. 

      Report the crisis situation to school and local authorities or the Center Director.

    • D. 

      Attempt to deal with the student as well as possible and ignore the home situation.

  • 59. 
    The child exhibits loss of cognitive thinking, social behavior, and academic progress which is unusual for this child. The teacher should suspect that the child
    • A. 

      May be developing schizophrenia.

    • B. 

      May be having emotional problems at home.

    • C. 

      May be epileptic.

    • D. 

      May be abusing drugs.

  • 60. 
    Children who are between 18 months and 2 years old can typically
    • A. 

      Scribble with markers.

    • B. 

      Write their names perfectly.

    • C. 

      Draw figures that are recognizable.

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 61. 
    Preschoolers will use shocking language. An appropriate response would be
    • A. 

      Giving the child a lot of attention each time s(he) uses such language.

    • B. 

      Telling the child that such language is not appropriate.

    • C. 

      Putting the child in a time-out, isolating him or her from the rest of the children.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 62. 
    The following are characteristics of typical 3 - 5 year old ranges of development
    • A. 

      Children match letters with those in their name.

    • B. 

      Children create make believe stories.

    • C. 

      Children can recognize some colors.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 63. 
    What does the acronym NAEYC stand for?
    • A. 

      National Association for Elementary Young Children

    • B. 

      National Assistance for Early Youth Cooperative

    • C. 

      National Association in Excellence for Young Children

    • D. 

      National Association for the Education of Young Children

  • 64. 
    When a teacher says they are doing an assessment, this teacher is doing
    • A. 

      An evaluation.

    • B. 

      A longitudinal study.

    • C. 

      A research study.

    • D. 

      An adult examination.