Indiana CORE Elementary Education Generalist Exam

This article contains a range of helpful information that will help you prepare for the Indiana CORE Elementary Education Generalist exam. As you look ahead, you’ll see details on exam registration, testing fees, tips for what to bring (and what not to bring) on the day of your exam, plus a summary of the types of content that will be assessed during the test.

Exam Purpose and Background

The Indiana CORE Elementary Education Generalist exam provides a standardized method of ensuring that only those who meet a high standard of education and proficiency will quality to serve as an Indiana elementary educator.


You can register and review a list of available testing time and location options online at

Costs/Payment Methods

The testing fee is $145 for four subtests (or $45 for each of the subtests), and can be paid using a debit card, check card, or credit card that has either a VISA® or MasterCard® logo, and that can be processed without using a PIN.

What to Expect on Test Day

When to Arrive

Be sure you’re early for your test and ready at your assigned time. If you’re 15 minutes late, you won’t be able to take the test, and your testing fees won’t be refunded to you.

Test Duration

You’ll have a total of four hours to complete the test.

What to Bring:

  • You must bring one form of current, government-issued ID with you.
  • Your ID must be printed in English and include your photo, name, and signature.
  • Acceptable examples include a driver’s license with signature and photo, a passport, state ID, national ID, military ID, or Alien Registration Card such as a green card or permanent resident visa.
  • NOTE: Your name must appear exactly the same way on both your test registration materials and on your ID. If your name does not match, or if you do not have a valid ID with you on the day of your exam, you won’t be allowed to take the test, and you’ll forfeit your testing fee.

What Not to Bring:

  • Electronics of any kind, such as phones, personal digital assistants, handheld computers, pagers, watches, and calculators
  • Wallets, purses, bags, or other personal effects
  • Weapons of any type
  • Headware or hats (except for religious purposes)
  • Pens or pencils
  • Any kind of paper, including books, notes, etc.
  • Drinks/food

What to Expect During Your Exam

Format/Number of Questions

You’ll take this test via computer. There is a total of 180 questions on the exam. All of the test questions are multiple-choice items.

Content Subtests

This test includes a total of four subtests. Here’s a look at each of the four sections, including the number of questions and amount of time each subtest has as part of the overall exam.

Subtest 1: Reading and English Language Arts (50 Questions and 60 minutes)

During this subtest, you’ll see questions representing the foundational elements of reading instruction, the main components of reading instruction, and an overview of English language arts.

Subtest 2: Mathematics (50 Questions and 90 minutes)  

This subtest of the exam will assess your knowledge and understanding of principles related to computation and conceptual skills. In addition, you’ll also see questions about mathematics instruction and literacy.

Subtest 3: Science, Health, and Physical Education (40 Questions and 45 minutes)

With this subtest, you’ll see a wide range of questions that represent areas such as science concepts, skills, and overall content. Plus, you’ll also be assessed on your knowledge of general concepts in health and physical education.

Subtest 4: Social Studies and Fine Arts (40 Questions and 45 minutes)

This subtest includes a range of principles dealing with social studies content, skills, and overarching concepts. In addition, this section also will ask you questions representing the fine arts.

Calculating Your Passing Score

To successfully pass the overall exam, you must score a minimum of 220 points on each of the four subtests. Right after your exam, you’ll see a preliminary score. Your official score will be sent to you within 10 business days after your test.

How Can I Prepare for the Indiana CORE Elementary Education Generalist Test?

That’s a great question.  We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.

  1. Do yourself a favor and study.  Do not walk in unprepared. We have recommended prep materials below, but that only helps if you actually try.  Plus, studying is actually proven to be the best antidote to test anxiety.
  2. Take care of yourself.  Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and sleeping.  All of these things are scientifically linked to brain performance.  If you take care of your body, you’ll be helping your grades.
  3. Get a study guide or set of flashcards.  Some people study better a certain way. Find your study strengths and make the most of them.  We’ve tried to make it easy for you by 
  4. tracking down the best study guide and flashcard set for your exam.  Below you’ll see links to both!

Study Guide



Last Updated: August 1, 2019