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SLLA 6990 Study Guide - Digital

SLLA 6990 Study Guide - Digital

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What does the SLLA 6990 study guide consist of?

The SLLA 6990 study guide is over 200 pages and is fully aligned with the standards and content assessed on the exam. Our SLLA 6990 study guide has over 200 practice test questions that cover everything assessed on the test.

The study guide includes:

  • Detailed content sections for all content categories of the test, so you understand everything covered on the exam.
  • Relevant test questions similar to those you will see on the exam.
  • Detailed answer explanations for every test question in the study guide, so you know exactly why you answered correctly or incorrectly.
  • Multiple scenarios and explanations similar to the ones you will see on the exam.
  • Test tips and strategies specific to the SLLA 6990, so you can think like a test maker and pass the first time.
  • Ten practice test questions after each content category, so you are prepared for the types of questions you'll see for each section of the test.
  • A full practice test (120 questions) organized by content category with detailed explanations, so you understand what types of questions go with each section of the exam and why answer choices are correct or incorrect.
  • A comprehensive constructed-response section with eight practice writing prompts and a proven formula, so you are thoroughly prepared for the SLLA 6990 writing.

The seven content categories covered in this study guide are:

  1. Strategic Leadership
  2. Instructional Leadership
  3. Climate and Cultural Leadership
  4. Ethical Leadership
  5. Organizational Leadership
  6. Community Engagement Leadership
  7. Analysis Constructed Response (CR)


Is the SLLA hard to pass?

The SLLA 6990 is a complex exam designed to measure the skills an entry-level school administrator needs to be competent in a school leadership position. The test is aligned with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL).

While the test is for entry-level school administrators, it is a difficult exam and will require you to be proficient in many areas of educational leadership. The test is scenario-based, meaning you will be required to read lengthy situational questions and then choose the best answer based on national standards in school leadership.

Along with the selected-response portion of the test, there are four constructed-response questions that will require you to write an essay in response to leadership scenarios. You will have to apply strategic leadership approaches to a variety of situations.

You will have four hours total to complete the exam. The test is timed separately for the selected-response and constructed-response sections. You will have 165 minutes to complete the selected-response section and 75 minutes to complete the constructed-response section.

The seven content categories covered on the exam are:

  1. Strategic Leadership - 20 questions
  2. Instructional Leadership - 27 questions
  3. Climate and Cultural Leadership - 22 questions
  4. Ethical Leadership - 19 questions
  5. Organizational Leadership - 16 questions
  6. Community Engagement Leadership - 16 questions
  7. Analysis Constructed-Response - 4 questions

Perhaps the most difficult part of the exam is the writing portion. You will have to apply your knowledge of all the content categories assessed to four different scenarios. These questions often include large, complicated data sets you will evaluate to make leadership decisions.

But fear not! Our study guide covers it all.

How many questions do I have to get correct to pass the SLLA 6990?

It is difficult to predict exactly 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–how many you got correct–is put into a formula to calculate a scale score.

To keep things simple, we recommend scoring at least a 75% on the practice tests before you go in to take the exam. Getting 75% of the questions correct when you practice indicates you are ready to take the actual test.

For the constructed-response portion of the exam, scoring gets more complicated. Constructed-response questions are scored by trained educational professionals. Two scorers will independently rate each of your written responses, and a third will weigh in if the two graders do not agree within one point. For the SLLA 6990, the constructed response section is worth 25% of your overall score.

If you would like to learn more about how these exams are scored, check out this blog.

Does the Praxis 6990 have the same questions as the real exam?

While our study guide is aligned with the test, it is against testing policy to share items on the actual exam. State tests are secure, standardized, and heavily regulated.

There are hundreds of test questions in the item banks for each exam. When you take the exam, your version of the test will be different from other versions and will have questions randomly pulled from the item banks. This ensures test security, validity, and reliability. Trying to memorize what you think will be on your test is an exercise in futility. Instead, you should study the skills and content outlined in the specifications and blueprint of the exam.

Everything in our study guide is aligned with the test specifications and blueprint for the exam. That way, you can review how the test is designed and what skills are assessed. The questions in our study guide are structured similarly to what you will encounter on test day, but they are not the same exact questions on the real exam.

Is this the best study guide to use for the SLLA 6990?

Obviously, we believe our study guide is the very best resource you can purchase to prepare for the SLLA 6990. The book is sectioned out by each content category, and within those categories, we’ve aligned all of the information to the test specifications and blueprint. This ensures you are studying what you will see on test day–nothing more, nothing less.

In each section, there are practice items that align specifically with the skills you just studied, so you can see exactly what a question for that skill or content will be like on test day. In addition, we have detailed answer explanations for every question in our study guide.

The constructed-response section has eight writing prompts for you to practice with. We also include example essays you can reference and see what a thorough and complete essay looks like.

The study guide is an amazing resource to help you pass the SLLA 6990. However, you might need more support in one or more areas. In that case, we have an SLLA online course, which has video tutorials and extra practice. It also includes a digital study guide.

Does SLLA 6990 study guide contain practice tests?

Yes. There is a full-length practice test at the end of the study guide. In addition, the study guide has smaller practice tests for each content category.

We also provide you with eight writing prompts and sample essays for the constructed-response section of the study guide.

All of the questions are categorized by skill and contain detailed answer explanations.

How long should I study for the SLLA 6990?

People have a range of skill levels when it comes to this test, so it is difficult for us to tell you exactly how long you need to study. Because this test covers an expansive amount of content, we recommend short, incremental practice over time. This is much better than cramming all your studying into one or two weekends. Using 20-30-minute study sessions over a 2-3 week period is ideal.

We also recommend you spend some time practicing your writing skills for this test.

Can I become an assistant principal by passing the SLLA 6990?

States use the SLLA 6990 to certify school administrators, so this exam is one of the steps you will take to gain your professional leadership certificate. However, every state has its own requirements that include advanced degrees in instructional leadership, minimum teaching experience, and other standards set by the state.

It is important that you visit your state’s Department of Education website and find out exactly what you’re required to do before registering for the exam or buying materials.

What other materials should I use along with this study guide?

The exam is aligned with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL). These standards were designed by the National Policy Board Educational Administration (NPBEA). You should access their website, get to know the standards, and reference them when studying for the test. Many of the questions come directly from these standards. We reference these standards throughout the study guide.

Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
Paul Moneaux
Passed on the first attempt!

As an athletics coach, I have been out of the traditional classroom setting for nearly 6 years. Therefore my instructional practices and knowledge was rusty at best. I purchased this study guide as a refresher, read it front to back for 2 weeks and made a 172 on my first attempt. Couldn’t have done it without this study guide!

Myra Lynn

Great study guide

C. Rayborn

Great resource!


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Mimics the real exam

Excellent Study Material