CDA Practice Test #3 Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Program

CDA Practice Test 3 is an in-depth study aid designed to assist prospective early childhood educators in preparing for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential exam. The CDA Credential, offered by the Council for Professional Recognition, is a nationally recognized certification that validates a person’s proficiency in working with young children in early childhood education.

CDA Practice Test 3 includes multiple-choice questions encompassing a broad range of subjects, such as:

  1. Child growth and learning
  2. Health, safety, and nutrition
  3. Developmentally suitable practice and curriculum planning
  4. Observation, documentation, and evaluation
  5. Family involvement and community collaboration
  6. Professionalism and ethical behavior

CDA Practice Test #3

Test NameCDA Credential Program
Total QuestionsCDA Practice Test #3 65 MCQS
Test ModeOnline CBT
Questions TypesMultiple Choice Questions
Exam Duration45 minutes
EligibilityCDA Credentials Eligibility Criteria
After the complicationCDA Career Opportunities
CDA Practice Test #3

CDA Practice Test #3
Total Items: 65
Time Limit: N/A
Question Type: Real Exam Test
Explanation: Available

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1) You should read to your students:

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2) Mrs. Smith's class is going on a walk to a nearby park. She has her emergency contact list, her cell phone and the inhaler for her student with asthma.

What is she forgetting?

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3) Some of the padding has come off your indoor climbing structure in your indoor gross motor room.

Which of the following is the best choice:

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4) Children learn best when they:

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5) Young children develop behavior patterns as they age. Which of the following is a characteristic of mobile infants, ages 9 to 17 months?

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6) You realize there is no liquid soap in the dispensers in the bathroom today. There is bar soap in the cabinet, but your director does not want the children using bar soap to wash their hands.

What should you do?

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7) Which of the below would be a "teachable moment"?

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8) You have several students whose families are from Mexico. Which of the following can you do to help encourage the families’ involvement in their child’s classroom?

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9) Joey brings his favorite toy to school. Many of the children want to play with the toy but Joey is reluctant to let them have a turn. What can you do to facilitate this situation for the children?

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10) While playing on the playground, a child in your class cuts his hand. It is a minor cut and you wash it with soap and water and bandage it and the child returns outside to play. What else should you do?

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11) Which of the following examples is a nice make connections with the parents of your students at the beginning of the school year?

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12) Which of the following is an objective observation:

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13) You want to expose the children to a variety of cultures and experiences, how can you best involve your community to actively engage your students in this learning?

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14) While on the playground, Teddy gets stung by a bee on his leg and it starts to swell. You should:

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15) Competency Statement VI of the CDA certification standards states that educators are required to maintain a commitment to professionalism. This reflects Functional Area 13: Professionalism. When writing the statement you will include in your professional portfolio, include:

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16) Child care professionals should be advocates for the needs of children and their families. Caregivers who work with English Language Learners (ELL) or bilingual children should:

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17) Mena is a little boy in your class. He has been potty trained for six months but recently has been wetting his pants several times a day, despite regular trips to the restroom. He has been using other children's back up clothing as his mother has not sent in replacements. What should you do?

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18) When reading a new book to your class, how can you help your students practice their prediction skills?

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19) Mrs. Cook has several children in her home care practice that have trouble going from one activity to the next. For example, several don't want to put away toys at snack time or finish eating to come to the story circle. Mrs. Cook spends a lot of time cajoling these students to go from one activity from another while the others are waiting. What advice would you give Mrs. Cook in this situation?

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20) CDA credentials must be renewed:

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21) Which of the following situations could become a teachable moment?

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22) You are currently midway through a winter themed unit on snowmen. It snowed last night and the children really want to play outside but it’s just too cold. What can you do to keep with your unit and address their interest in playing in the snow?

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23) Mrs. Bridges appears upset when she drops off her two little ones. When she returns in the afternoon to pick them up, she confides in you, telling you that her husband came home last night and asked her to leave. She doesn't know where she and her little ones will spend the night. Which would be best practice in this situation?

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24) Patty's parents ask to speak with you after school. They are concerned. Patty is four years old and is not yet reading. They tell you her sister, Penny, was reading by the time she went to kindergarten.

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25) Your school has very little parking available and, because of this implemented a car line where parents loop around the parking lot and a team of teachers assist the child out of the car and into the school. School staff agrees this has improved the morning drop off process by keeping children safe and allowing parents to quickly and easily exit the parking lot.

One mother refuses to wait in the car line and parks in the lot every day going into the school to drop her child off. Other parents have begun to complain about this behavior. What should you do?

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When creating the emergency procedures to post in your classroom, it is important to

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27) You have a three year old class this year. When planning curriculum, you can be sure of the following:

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28) During mealtime with preschoolers, it’s important to:

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29) Bobby hasn't been to school in several days. He doesn't usually miss any time and you are concerned. What should you do?

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30) Candidates for CDA certification must complete a CPR course. Which of the following statements is false?

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31) You have a little boy in your class who likes to wear the princess dress in your dress up center. You should:

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32) A professional caregiver must maintain a professional manner both on and off the job. Which of the following is not best practice for a professional caregiver?

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33) You are assigned a new classroom and one of the things you notice is that there are several mirrors on the wall. When it comes to mirrors, you should:

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34) When planning for nap time routines, you should:

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35) The photographer is coming to take school pictures and some of the parents, the ones whose children are going to Kindergarten next year, want their children to wear caps and gowns in their individual photos. The director of your school does not allow caps and gowns and the parents are complaining to you.

What can you do?

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36) Displaying photographs of children and their families in your classroom will:

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37) A young boy waits too long and has an accident that soils his clothing. You should:

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38) When planning for circle time, it is important to remember:

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39) The professional caregiver is a life-long learner who seeks to increase her knowledge about child development in order to help children and parents cope with typical developmental issues. Which of the following is NOT a developmental issue?

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40) A child care provider is seeking immediate feedback for her performance. Her best source will be:

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41) Which of the following activities is a pre-reading activity?

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42) You have a little girl in your class whose parents are divorcing. While her parents seem to be handling everything ok, the paternal grandmother, who picks up regularly, is not. She often wants to chat negatively with you about her former daughter-in-law. She has no problem talking in front of her granddaughter and uses language that is not appropriate for children to hear.

What should you do?

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43) Which of the following types of reading materials should you have in your classroom?

I. Culturally diverse, travel brochures, and menus
II. Fiction, non-fiction and poetry
III. Information, non-traditional gender roles, and tactile.
IV. Cookbooks, magazines and picture books

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44) Children need opportunities to share their feelings and ideas non-verbally. Which of the following is a way they can do that?

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45) Ezra, a child in your preschool class, threw up after lunch today. He doesn't have a fever and appears to be just fine. What should you do?

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46) You are reading a book to two students and notice a third student is crying by himself near the blocks across the room. You should:

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47) As a role model for children, you should model appropriate social skills with:

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48) Some of the children served at the preschool where you work have come down with the flu. While these children are not at school while they are ill, several of the other parents have expressed concern about their children being exposed to children who are contagious. In this situation, which would be the best response?

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49) Michael often comes to school without a coat, even on very cold days. Your school requires that students be outside for at least 20 minutes every day, unless the weather is too severe. Today you want to take the children outside but, again, Michael has no coat - what should you do?

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50) You are speaking to one student and another child interrupts the conversation. You should:

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51) Andrew walks into the first day of preschool and kicks his teacher. His teacher tells him that kicking is not allowed, but he laughs and runs off to play with the toys. The teacher informs the director who calls Andrew's mother and asks her to stop in when she comes to retrieve Andrew at the end of the day. When Andrew's mother arrives and is informed of his actions, she says "He does that to me at home too. I just tell him to go play." What would be best practice in this situation?

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52) You are planning your lessons for the week and the theme for the week is insects. You want to provide a hands on experience so they can see what it might feel like to be a bug. Which of the following would provide that experience for your children:

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53) Quinn, a two-year-old, arrives at Jay's home care center in an angry mood. Jay sees that her attitude is going to cause some difficulties when interacting with the other children. What advice would you give Jay in this situation?

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54) You notice that a little boy in your classroom seems to become very tired by mid-morning and often falls asleep before lunch. This is not typical behavior, you should:

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55) A child care professional should continue to increase his/her knowledge about child development issues. Development issues can be cognitive, emotional, social, or physical. At which age does a child typically become aware of his/her gender identity?

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56) Confidentiality guidelines should be communicated to staff and families. Such guidelines should most likely include all but which of the following?

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57) When assessing the developmental progress of an individual child, the best procedure is:

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58) Its winter and the children all bring snow boots so they can play outside in the snow. When you come back in, you realize many of the children are having trouble putting their shoes back on and, if they don't get them on soon, you won't have time for the story you wanted to read.

What should you do?

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59) Maddison, a three year old in your classroom, has seemed very tired lately and is actually falling asleep during your circle time. You let her sleep at first thinking it was just a one time thing, but it’s been happening a few times a week.

What should you do?

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60) The philosophy of the program you work for is:

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61) You have a student in your class whose family speaks only Spanish. He understands a few words of English. Which of the below things can you do in your room to show respect for his language and promote the learning of English?

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62) It is a good idea to do which of the following:

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63) You go on a field trip to the zoo and take a lot of pictures. What is a literacy activity could you plan around this trip?

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You have a student in your class who is concerned about the impending birth of his baby sister. His behavior has shown signs of his stress.
Which of the below actions on your part will best help him to begin to adjust?

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65) Mrs. Kline prides herself on the educational activities she provides for the children in her home child care practice. She has two four-year-old children in her care. The others are two or three years old. Mrs. Kline sets out some building blocks. She lets the children have free play with the blocks for several minutes, then adds a challenge for the four-year-olds. Which of the following would be the most appropriate challenge for these children?

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