The Ultimate CDA Exam Practice Test!

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The Ultimate CDA Exam Practice Test!

In the following quiz, we’ll be testing your knowledge on the CDA (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. 
    Choose the most healthy snack for young children:
    • 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 mealtime, a caregiver should:
    • 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. 
    Which of the following is the best way to assist children from families with limited incomes?
    • 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. 
    When arranging a classroom, a teacher should
    • 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. 
    The best example of an open-ended material would be:
    • 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 developmentally appropriate group time:
    • 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.