What is School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) 6990?
The School Leaders Licensure Assessment is also known as SLLA, and it is used to certify educators in the area of school leadership. If you want to become an assistant principal, you will be required to take the SLLA 6990 or a similar exam.
The SLLA 6990 is aligned with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), developed by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA). These standards were previously known as the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards.
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Is SLLA 6990 what I need to take to be an assistant principal?
Many states use the SLLA 6990 test to certify school leaders. However, the requirements for acquiring this certification can vary depending on your state's licensure regulations.
Some states might have different tests or additional requirements for prospective principals and assistant principals.
That’s why it's crucial to check with your state's Department of Education or the ETS website to confirm the exact requirements for becoming a school leader in your state.
How hard is the SLLA 6990 to pass?
The SLLA 6990 is not an easy exam. It will require reading long, scenario-based questions and identifying the best practice for each situation.
Fewer than 50% of people pass their certification exams the first time, so it’s very important you do not underestimate the test.
What does the SLLA 6990 consist of?
The SLLA 6990 contains a selected-response section and a constructed-response section.
The entire exam is four hours, divided into two separately timed sections: a 165-minute selected-response section and a 75-minute constructed-response section. These are timed separately. You cannot use any time left over from the selected-response section and apply it to the constructed-response section.
There are seven content categories on the exam. Categories 1-6 are selected-response; the seventh content category is the constructed-response section.
- Strategic Leadership
- Instructional Leadership
- Climate and Cultural Leadership
- Ethical Leadership
- Organizational Leadership
- Community Engagement Leadership
- Analysis Constructed Response (CR)
What are the passing scores for the SLLA 6990?
Each state sets the passing score for the SLLA 6990. Therefore, we recommend locating your state’s specific requirements for this exam.
It is important to note that the SLLA 6990 is scored using a scale score. This is much different than a raw score.
Scale scores are determined by taking your raw score (how many you got correct) and configuring it into a scale score based on question complexity, form of the test, and other measures.
To learn more about this, check out this blog: How to Calculate Your Score.
How many questions are in each content category of the SLLA 6990?
There are 120 selected-response questions and four constructed-response questions on the SLLA 6990.
- Strategic Leadership - 20 questions
- Instructional Leadership - 27 questions
- Climate and Cultural Leadership - 22 questions
- Ethical Leadership - 19 questions
- Organizational Leadership - 16 questions
- Community Engagement Leadership - 16 questions
- Analysis Constructed Response (CR) - 4 questions
Why did my test have more questions than it was supposed to?
Please understand that you may have several additional questions on your test. ETS, the company that makes the exam, will often field test new items on the exams.
You will never know which test items count toward your score and which items are being field tested. You can learn more about this HERE.
Field testing items is common practice in the testing industry. Therefore, if you see a couple more questions on your exam, don’t panic. Just answer all the questions on your test.
What is the best way to pass and study for the SLLA 6990?
Everyone is different in how they want to prepare for the exam. People have different strengths and weaknesses, and you must choose the right program for you.
The following are a few tried and tested resources you can consider when preparing for this test.
The ETS Study Companion
The first and most important thing you can do to pass your Praxis 5006 test is to examine the test structure and content on the exam by reviewing the test specifications in the SLLA 6990 Study Companion.
ETS develops this document and shows you everything you are responsible for on the exam. It even has practice test questions similar to what you will see on test day.
SLLA 6990 Online Course
Our most comprehensive material is in our SLLA 6990 Online Course. The course is comprehensive prep for the entire test. It has hours of video tutorials explaining all of the exam concepts. It also comes with the digital study guide. Finally, at the end of the online course is an audio course you can use to learn on the go. If you like to learn while driving or walking, this course is for you.
The online course has everything--video tutorials, comprehensive prep for the constructed response, and audio components.
SLLA 6990 Study Guide
Beyond that, most people prefer to use a study guide with practice tests to prepare for the exam. Our SLLA 6990 study guide is fully aligned with the test specifications and blueprint outlined in the ETS Study Companion.
They also have hundreds of practice test questions for each subtest and content category, so you are fully prepared for the exam.
SLLA 6990 Audio Course
Do you love podcasts and learning on a walk or a long drive? You'll love our new SLLA 6990 Audio Course. The audio course covers all the content categories on the exam and the constructed-response section.
We recommend pairing the audio course with our SLLA 6990 study guide.
How many questions do you need to get correct to pass?
To keep things simple, we recommend scoring at least a 75% on the practice tests before you take the exam.
However, realistically It is difficult to predict precisely how many questions you must get correct to pass the SLLA 6990 because a scale score is used rather than a raw score.
This means that your raw score—the number of questions you get correct—is put into a formula to calculate a scale score.
Getting 75% of the questions correct when practicing indicates you are ready to take the test.
Remember, this test also has a constructed-response section. This part of the exam is worth 25% of your overall score. The essays are scored on a scale of 1-3. Along with scoring at least a 75% on the selected-response section, you will need to score an average of 2 or higher on the constructed-response section.
To learn more about the constructed response portion of the SLLA 6990, click HERE.
Free resources for the SLLA 6990
There are many free resources you can use to pass the exam. Our SLLA Playlist on our YouTube channel has tons of videos for this exam.
You might also want to check out our free SLLA webinar. It comes with a free study guide, test strategy tips, and more. Just fill out this form, and you will gain access to all of that free material!