Lesson Planning Skills Test for Elementary Teachers

The lesson planning assessment for elementary teachers requires candidates to answer multiple-choice questions comprising a variety of project creation, comprehension assessment, and topic introduction scenarios. Candidates select the most appropriate action, activity, or goal for each scenario in order to demonstrate their ability to teach elementary-age students assorted subjects. The test will assess a teacher’s ability to:

  • Introduce a new topic to students.
  • Encourage critical thinking.
  • Test knowledge of a previous unit.
  • Give students resources to continue learning at home.
  • Incorporate memorization or reading comprehension techniques into a project.

element-grad-cap   ABILITIES EVALUATED

  • Ability to prepare curricula for grades K through 6 that ensure that students meet learning objectives
  • Ability to establish clear learning objectives for lessons, projects, or units
  • Ability to identify appropriate instructional methods to deliver learning for elementary school students

element-grad-cap   QUESTION FORMAT

  • Multiple Choice
  • Situational Judgment Test

element-grad-cap   LANGUAGE

  • English

element-grad-cap   DIFFICULTY

  • Easy


The creation of detailed and strategic lesson plans is crucial to ensuring that students understand the topics being taught and develop study skills that will help them continue to learn throughout their education. To ensure your elementary students are equipped with the knowledge required by the state as well as critical thinking skills necessary to understand the world around them, find teachers with a clear grasp on developing lesson plans that inspire comprehension.

The lesson planning assessment is designed to help you quickly identify teachers who understand techniques for encouraging knowledge through the development of engaging and comprehensive projects and activities. The test can help you ensure that teachers are efficiently scheduling tests and new units while balancing student understanding.

The lesson planning assessment helps predict a job candidate’s ability to:

  • Develop concrete goals for students’ understanding of a topic.
  • Encourage critical thinking through practical units and assignments.
  • Provide students with techniques for memorization, reading comprehension, and practicing on their own.
  • Thoroughly assess students’ knowledge of comprehensive tests and projects.

Use this lesson planning assessment to test the ability to develop thorough and effective lesson plans in entry-level and experienced elementary teachers. The assessment takes as little as 5 minutes and can help ensure success in transferring knowledge to your students.


Sample Question 1

A teacher is planning a unit on dining around the world. This is the first time that her students are studying this concept in school.

Which option is the best approach for beginning this lesson?

A: Have students visit restaurants with cuisine from other cultures
B: Show students a movie about dining customs and traditions from other cultures
C: Have students choose a dining custom and draw a picture to show how it’s performed
D: Assign each student a dining custom to try at home
E: Ask students if they already know of any dining customs or traditions from other cultures

Sample Question 2

A teacher is planning a lesson to teach his students how to retell stories.

What’s the best way to help them practice this skill?

A: Discussing the most important events from the story
B: Assigning roles for students to play the main characters of the story
C: Drawing a timeline of the most important events in the story
D: Drawing a picture representing a setting in the story
E: Creating a list of all the settings in the story


  • Education & Instruction


The Teaching Skills: Elementary Lesson Planning module content was developed by the Indeed Assessment Science Team, with expertise in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Instructional Design, Education, and Graphic Design. In addition, team members worked in collaboration with subject matter experts (SMEs). Indeed’s SMEs are required to demonstrate experience performing at a high level, supervisory experience, or responsibility for defining requirements for those jobs that require teaching skills.