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Strategy #1

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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 #2

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 #3

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 #4

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 #5

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 #6

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 #7

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 #8

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 #9

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 #10

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.

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