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Strategy #1

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used Certify Teacher; I only took the practice tests. I studied for about 4 hours total.

Test: There were 80 questions and I'm guessing that the first 20 were the ones that didn't count, because I was completely guessing. After those questions, the test was becoming similar to the Certify Teacher practice test. I have previously passed 3 other certification tests and the lowest score I've ever received was 262. I left the test having no clue what I scored, but figured I passed since I had similar feelings taking my previous tests. Passed the first time, but barely; I scored a 252.

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the state manual and the free online T-cert exam review web site. I recommend going through the T-cert exam review site for the ESL Exam ( several times. The video with the PowerPoint slides was very helpful for explaining the types of ELL programs (bilingual, dual-language, immersion, pull-out, etc.) and also the responsibilities of an ESL teacher (LPAC procedure, in particular). Both were very helpful in preparing for the ESL exam.

Test: The test was a little harder than I expected it to be. Most of the questions were classroom scenarios, but there were several questions on important court cases, English grammar, and state policies affecting ELLs. I took about 2.5 hours to take the test (you have 5 hours). There were several tricky questions; for those, I narrowed the answer down to two and selected the one that required the teacher to do the most work (as suggested by someone else on these boards). There were also a handful of questions on second language acquisition theories. I scored a 278.

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the T-Cert program, TExES Study Manual, and Quizlet for terms.

Test: I studied on and off about a week and a half before the test. The test had a total of 80 questions, 70 of them graded and 10 of them not. Like others of have mentioned, the test is about 95 percent situational. Know the different ESL terms, basic grammar terminology, ect. I passed on my first try with a 264. You can do it!

Strategy #4

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used T-CERT, Dr. Patricia Morales' content review book, ESL Supplemental Review on Vimeo (, and Quizlet to remember the vocabulary terms. I also took the practice tests that TExES provides, making sure to read over the questions carefully. All in all, I studied about a week and a half for a few hours each night reviewing over the competencies and vocabulary. I organized it to where each night I would study a specific competency only.

Test: There were a total of 80 questions, 70 scored and 10 pilot questions. Most questions were scenario based with very little emphasis on the laws. Review over the different types of ESL classrooms, different methods, ESL levels, and competency 1! Be familiar with the vocabulary! I used scratch paper to narrow down my choices and also to write down key words. I then narrowed it down to the two choices and chose the answer that matched the question the best. I took the test on a Friday morning and got my results Tuesday morning! I passed with a 261. Study, breathe, and relax! You will do fine.

Strategy #5

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used,, quizlet, Vimeo videos, t-cert website, two ETS study guides offered (one was free, the other was $19), and a one day study session offered by my school. I spent about one month studying for the test. I also used the video series: Mastering the ESL Supplemental TExES Exam. The quizlet helped with definitions and understanding terms. I studied about 6 different sets of terms. I also kept reviewing information everyday for about two hours one month leading up to the exam. The combination of all the resources I think helped.

Test: I took the test on the computer. I used the same strategies to study for this test as I did with the Pedagogy and Generalist EC-6 exam so by this time I had an idea of what to expect going into the test. I remembered that the best answers are student centered and focus on looking at second language acquisition in a positive way. I wanted to prepare using a variety of resources to be sure I had a good base of knowledge, but there were still a few questions with information I had not studied. I would definitely say to know the ESL program types, know about the best reading strategies, know why language acquisition is important and what role the teacher plays in that. You may want to review the ELA section of the generalist exam study materials to refresh on phonemes,morphology, and how to best teach reading. It is important to take as many practice tests as you can. There were 70 questions. 60 of them count. I got a 270 on the test. I took the test on a Tuesday morning and got my scores by Friday afternoon.

Strategy #6

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I buckled down and studied for the test for 2 full weekends and a little bit of studying off and on prior to that. I also watched the T-Cert video twice and listen to the video in the car on the way to the exam. I felt prepared.

Test: I spent three hours working on the test. I reviewed the test once and only changed one answer. There were some questions I did not know. Everything was a classroom situation, which surprised me. Very few facts and little about the Texas AOE. I passed with a 258.

Strategy #7

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the Certify Teacher as well as Quizlet for the vocabulary terms. I also read through the Texas Teachers ESL parts. All of these were great study materials.

Test: The test was not that bad. It took me about 1.5 hours to complete the 70 questions. Almost every single question was situational and a lot of elementary level. Definitely know the different ESL programs (Inclusion, Dual Language, Immersion, etc.) Also, be sure to look over all English terms such as morphology, phonology, phonics, phonemic awareness, morphological awareness, etc. This test did not really have answers where the "perfect world scenario" mattered. It was more common sense and knowledge of ESL terms. There will be two and three-part questions where you will read a paragraph and have two or three questions that correlate with that paragraph. Most of those you can easily pick out the BEST POSSIBLE answer. There will be another answer that will seem plausible, but remember.. the one that is absolutely better than the other one (which will come to you) is the correct answer.

Strategy #8

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied the REA ESL 154 book. I bought it at Barnes and Noble and read it the night before the test. It's not very long! The practice test in that book is very similar to the real test. Also, has a great course for 154 preparation. My degree plan has been in second language acquisition so I did not really study too hard for the exam.

Test: The test was way easier than I expected! I finished within 2 hours. That's after working through each problem and answer choice. It helped me to eliminate the wrong choices by writing down A, B, C, D on the scratch paper they give you and marking them out through the process of elimination. It was entirely situational. I was not asked specific dates or outcomes of court cases, but they were included in many of the questions. It would be best to have some basic knowledge of the development of ESL education. I made a 285!

Strategy #9

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the study guide on the ETS website to prepare for the exam. I studied the weekend before I took the test (maybe a total of 5 hours). I took the practice test and looked up any vocab or other information I wasn't familiar with. I took the test on Monday and received the scores the following Monday. I scored a 267.

Test: The test wasn't too difficult but I was nervous about it because a lot of people said they failed on their first attempt. As everyone says, you can usually narrow it down to two choices. There were a few questions about phonograms, syntax, phonological awareness, and particular theories There were a lot of questions about the different types of ESL structures (pull-out, immersion, etc.). Those were the main areas that stumped me.

Strategy #10

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the material from TEA also went to a workshop that was pretty good but didn't really help when it came to the test. I went to Barnes and Noble and studied there for several weeks using the manuals they had. I also used to go over the vocabulary. I took as many tests as i could to get used to questions which I feel helped.

Test: It's hard to say the test was not what I really expected most of it was situational. I generally narrowed the answer choices down to 2 and basically guessed, I ended up passing made a 263 but didn't feel confident when I left the testing center.

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