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Strategy #1

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the following study materials: Mometrix Test Preparation Flash Cards (very detailed, a lot more information than needed, but a great resource), Certify Teacher website (practice tests very useful), practice questions from state preparation manual. I studied on and off for about a month. I would recommend these materials as there wasn't one that covered everything. With all three, I felt I covered every topic that appeared on the exam.

Test: The test was about what I had expected, although I was surprised there were not more questions regarding legislation and major court cases. As others have mentioned on this site, most questions were situational. It is a good idea to make sure you know sentence structures, grammar, and vocabulary related to the English language. Also, know the differences between fluency levels and different types of ESL programs. I took the test on Sunday afternoon and by Tuesday morning I had my results. Passed with a 270 on the first try.

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I spent about 10 hours, over two weeks studying for the test. I used the TCert website. I watched the video twice, re-read the transcript twice, taking notes on the main parts, and then studied the vocabulary and handouts. I took 4 on-line practice tests. From those, I could tell that I didn't remember high school grammar, so I Googled verb and clause types and looked over those. I have been teaching elementary school for 12 years, but I work in a school with very few ESL students, so I had to look at the stages of development in reading and writing several times. I Googled and read over the ELPs to review those.

Test: I passed on the first try with a 296. It took me 45 minutes to take the test. I flagged 6 questions to look over a second time, and changed 2 of those. There were a few "why did he make this recommendation" or "why would this be a good choice" type of question that I didn't expect. Most of my studying focused on the vocabulary, not the rationale behind particular teaching decisions. As most posters stated, the test was mostly situational, and I had a lot of secondary level questions and a few questions requiring you to know grammar rules, levels of competency, methodology, and types of ESL programs. The best advice I can give is the same thing I tell my students when they are preparing for the STAAR test - read the question and answer choices carefully. Unlike the STAAR test, though, I don't feel like they were really trying to trick you on this one. If you understand the vocabulary and remember that we want to respect culture, respect kids, build on background knowledge, and have the kids working in groups and talking to each other in real situations as much as possible, the best answer will come to you. God luck!

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the free online practice manual and I also purchased the ESL Secrets Study Guide. I studied the free preparation manual first for about 2 days and I used the Secrets Study Guide to go over the terms in more detail; I studied that about 2 more days. I studied 4 days total about 6 hours in all. The day before the test, I made flashcards with all the terms such as syntax, phoneme, etc. I also used Quizlet to get the definitions for these terms. I would have probably studied a little more about Language Arts and Grammar, as I was stumped on those questions during the test.

Test: This was my first certification test and I wasn't sure what to expect. I felt I was prepared as I have been in an ESL classroom for a few months, but there was still some scenario questions in which I was confused. Most questions have 2 good answered and you just need to pick the best one. The questions that mentioned the terms I had studied were pretty straight forward. Although I struggled with the English questions and perfect classroom scenario questions, I would say that memorizing all the ESL terms helped me pass. I ended up feeling I had failed when I left the testing center, but I ended up with a 242.

Strategy #4

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the online study preparation and the preparation. I studied about two weeks with those materials. I have also been attending training classes all school year as part of staff development.

Test: The test was pretty straightforward. I discovered any answer that has you modeling is usually correct. It was mostly all scenario based questions with a few laws. You get five hours to take the test; I was finished in less than two. I scored a 260.

Strategy #5

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used an online course offered through ESC 11. I also gained 12 hours of continuing education from that course. The best thing from it was that it included a TELPAS training manual, which had videos of the different levels of ELLs used in Texas, so I became very good at identifying student level from it. I also used the T-Cert program, the ESL supplemental videos on Vimeo, and Certify Teacher. All of these were great resources. I took the course over about 4 days during the Summer, then studied for about 3 weeks, 2 hours per day.

Test: The test was easier than I thought it would be. It was almost all situational. If you take it on a computer, take the time to write down the key words in the question and narrow the answer choices on your paper; I did this for at least 75% of the questions. I took the test on a Saturday morning and had my score by Tuesday at noon. I passed with 272.

Strategy #6

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I took a workshop with Bestex for an entire week. They broke down the competencies and introduced a great deal of strategies. It was moderately helpful. I also took multiple practice exams on Certify Teacher until I reached high scores. My study time totaled about 3 weeks for about 4 hours a day.

Test: The test was difficult, mostly situational questions. I took about 3.5 hours with a 15 minute break in between. I didn't feel comfortable after I left the center. Make sure you know morphemes, syntax, registers, code-switching meaning, and major case law. Narrow it down to 2 answers and choose the answer which is student-centered. I passed with a 250, which was better than I expected to do. You can pass this test, just take your time and relax!

Strategy #7

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: This was my very first TExES ETS test. I wasn't sure what or how to study, so I read a lot of the strategies from this online community. I ended up buying the REA study book from Amazon that came with the online practice tests. I took the first online practice test to gauge where I was at and what I needed to focus on. I then took notes on everything I missed, why I missed it, and studied those notes a couple hours a day whenever I remembered or had time. I did that on and off for about 3 weeks. A few days before my scheduled test, I took the 2nd practice test and studied the notes a little more.

Test: I was very nervous and sleepy the morning of the test. I also ate a good breakfast, which seemed to help a little. I took the test on a Sunday and went in not very confident. I didn't know what to expect, but I tried to take my time on each question. The test took about 2.5 hours without any breaks, and that includes reviewing it 3 times. I walked out not really knowing how to feel about the test. They said it would take 3-5 business days, but I received my scores on Tuesday (just 2 days after). I ended up passing by only 3 points, but I'll take it! If I could do it all over again, I would still use the same study materials/method, but I would definitely use more time to study. All in all, the test wasn't too bad. Just make sure you study, take your time on the questions, and really figure out what the question is asking you (and what's best for the student). Good luck!

Strategy #8

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 #9

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 #10

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!

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