The New CDA 2.0 Exam
The new CDA Exam has been designed by early childhood national experts and evaluation psychometricians to determine each Candidate's ability to put their knowledge into practice.
Candidates applying for the Preschool or Family Child Care Credential will take the "CDA Exam: Children 0-5". The majority of questions test a Candidate's knowledge about how to effectively apply the CDA Competency Standards for 3-, 4-, and 5-year old children participating in group programs.
- Candidates applying for the Infant/Toddler Credential will take the "CDA Exam: Children 0-3". The majority of questions test a Candidate's knowledge about how to effectively apply the CDA Competency Standards in programs serving Infants and Toddlers.
- All Exams also include a few general questions that all teachers working with young children in group settings should know.
- The CDA Exam will have 65 multiple-choice questions. Five of the questions will have a photo and a short narrative, followed by a multiple-choice question about each scenario.
- The Candidate will have up to one hour and 45 minutes to complete the Exam. Please know that the recently-concluded Exam Pilot Test showed that 60 minutes was the average length of time it took for Candidates to complete the Exam.
How to take the Exam in CDA 2.0
Candidates will not take the CDA 2.0 Exam online. Pearson VUE will be the Council's partner for delivering the CDA Exam at testing centers all over the country, beginning June 1, 2013. Please visit the Pearson VUE website to find the testing center nearest to you.
The only computer-based skill needed to take the Exam is the ability to single-click a mouse. The Exam requires no scrolling, typing or even double-clicking. Click here to review a short exam tutorial and see how easy it will be to complete the CDA Exam at a testing center.
Please visit Pearson VUE site if your organization would like to learn more about becoming a Pearson VUE testing center. Organizations might consider becoming a testing center to facilitate the CDA Exam for Candidates in your community.
The CDA Exam will be offered in both English and Spanish to all Candidates.