Business Education 6–12
Competencies and Skills and Blueprint
The test design below describes general testing information. The blueprints that follow provide a detailed outline that explains the competencies and skills that this test measures.
|Format||Computer-based test (CBT)|
|Number of Questions||Approximately 120 multiple-choice questions|
|Time||2 hours and 30 minutes|
|Passing Score||A scaled score of at least 200|
Competencies, Skills, and Approximate Percentage of Questions
|Competency||Approximate Percentage of Total Test Questions|
|1||Knowledge of information technology||15%|
|2||Knowledge of business communications||10%|
|3||Knowledge of accounting and personal finance||10%|
|4||Knowledge of business management and administrative procedures||10%|
|5||Knowledge of entrepreneurship and marketing||10%|
|6||Knowledge of business law and ethics||10%|
|7||Knowledge of foundations, teaching methods, and professional development||15%|
|8||Knowledge of international business||10%|
|9||Knowledge of career development||10%|
Competencies and Skills
Competency 1—Knowledge of information technology
Identify touch keyboarding techniques.
Apply functions and common features of word processing, spreadsheet, database, digital publishing, presentation, multimedia, and communication software appropriate for specific tasks.
Differentiate between the characteristics of networks used in business applications.
Apply diagnostic and troubleshooting techniques to hardware and software problems.
Identify current entry-level computer coding practices.
Identify characteristics and uses of emerging technologies and devices.
Competency 2—Knowledge of business communications
Apply the rules for standard grammar and punctuation usage.
Demonstrate communication skills in written, verbal, and nonverbal forms.
Apply effective internal and external communication skills.
Apply standard formats for business documents.
Competency 3—Knowledge of accounting and personal finance
Identify and apply manual and computerized accounting concepts, principles, and procedures.
Interpret and use financial data and statements.
Apply personal money management and consumer credit strategies to make informed decisions.
Evaluate services and products provided by financial institutions.
Competency 4—Knowledge of business management and administrative procedures
Identify and apply management theories, styles, functions, and procedures.
Analyze business organizational structures and management responsibilities.
Apply human resource management principles (e.g., employee benefits, advancement, conflict resolution).
Apply administrative office procedures (e.g., records management, file management).
Analyze procedures for implementing information technology security, privacy, and risk management policies.
Identify characteristics of professional business behavior and effective customer service strategies.
Competency 5—Knowledge of entrepreneurship and marketing
Differentiate among the types of business ownership.
Identify the characteristics of entrepreneurship.
Analyze strategies for starting and maintaining a profitable business.
Apply principles of the marketing mix (i.e., price, place, promotion, and product) and distinguish among various marketing strategies.
Competency 6—Knowledge of business law and ethics
Interpret common legal processes, procedures, and documents associated with business and technology.
Identify the major types of laws (e.g., intellectual property, employment, computer, criminal, property, international) and their characteristics.
Differentiate among the jurisdiction of federal, state, district, and local courts and laws.
Analyze the impact of U.S. government regulations on business operations.
Analyze the relationships between contract law, law of sales, and consumer law.
Assess ethical practices as they relate to business.
Competency 7—Knowledge of foundations, teaching methods, and professional development
Identify professional and student publications, organizations, and current trends affecting business education.
Apply strategies for curriculum planning and development for diverse learners.
Apply strategies for developing and cultivating stakeholder partnerships.
Apply instructional strategies to assist all students in developing employability skills.
Apply effective lesson presentation and assessment techniques for diverse student populations using a variety of learning platforms.
Evaluate tools and instructional resource materials such as hardware, software, textbooks, and digital content for diverse learners.
Competency 8—Knowledge of international business
Apply appropriate communication strategies for effective international business relations.
Analyze the impact of international business on domestic and foreign economies.
Analyze social, cultural, and ethical factors that affect and influence the global business environment.
Analyze political, legal, and economic factors that affect and influence the global business environment.
Analyze financial and marketing decisions that affect and influence the global business environment.
Competency 9—Knowledge of career development
Evaluate tools, resources, and strategies that facilitate the transition from school to college and careers.
Identify emerging workplace trends, career paths, and related issues.
Analyze characteristics of workplace expectations and soft skills as they relate to career development.