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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, tarleton.pact.edu 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!
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.
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 quizlet.com 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.
Study: I studied for roughly a few weeks before the test. I made flashcards using all the major Quizlet 154 databases I could find until I had roughly 300+ cards. I uses this forum frequently to hamper down what I wanted to study.
Most test-takers reiterated that there were few, if any, questions about the ESL laws on the test. I found this to be the case, and was glad I dedicated little time to memorizing the laws. I studied infrequently four weeks before the test. I used the flashcards and the T-Cert website (which is free) for an hour everyday. In total, I spent about 10-15 hours studying for the test without distractions over a two week period. I only used free material from T-Cert and the official manual.
There were no full length practice exams I could find, but here are a few reliable ones I scoured the internet for:
The one above is the state manual which had the most realistic questions. Two of the questions in the manual are nearly identical to ones I saw on the test.
As far as Quizlet databases, here are several:
Test: There were 11,480 people who took this test last year. The average score was 262. It isn't that bad. (Source: http://cms.texes-ets.org/files/9913/1473/0273/summary_statistics_for_total_scores.pdf)
There were 52 questions I 100% knew.
14 questions I could narrow down to 2 with an nearly equal certainty of either. And about 4 I had no clue about.
The exam was less hard than I thought it would be. There were no questions over laws (Lau v Nichols) and little to no questions over the theory (Krashen, Cummins, BICS, CALP). As everyone has stated, nearly all were scenario questions. I was pleased to find several diversity-related questions.
One question dealt with the way in which sounds are produced, so you'd need some anatomy knowledge. I wouldn't waste time learning that. Count it as a loss and move on.
Prepare by knowing all the vocab you can find and by reading through the T-Cert handouts about why ESL/Bilingual teachers used certain methodologies in their class. For example, why is it effective to let Spanish-speaking students read Spanish texts while learning English?
The test isn't nearly as hard as it's made out to be. Know vocabulary, use common sense, keep answers student-focused, and you'll do fine.
Study: I studied for all of June and half of July. I was worried because I do not like English which that was all of domain 1. I used Dr. Patricia Morales' blue Content Review Book which was an easy read and helped with some things and even had a practice test at the end. I took the test initially and saw my score then read the whole book and after each chapter did the corresponding questions in the test. When I was done I retook the test to see how I improved. I also used the TExES ESL Supplemental 154 book at Barnes and Nobel by Mahler. It was $40 so I bought it and returned it after my test. I didn't read the book but I took the two practice tests at the end. They were VERY close to the questions asked on the actual test. If I could go back I would have focused more on the things I know I needed help with (i.e. Domain 1) so I probably would have read Mahler's chapters on domain 1. The other thing I wish I would have done was relaxed more and took the practice tests about two weeks before my test instead of the week of. For you, just plan before you study. Give yourself time.
Test: I was FREAKING OUT when I took my test mainly because during the practice tests in Mahler's book I kept getting the classroom scenarios wrong, which is 27 questions from the test. I did the best I could and passed with a 242. I worked really hard though. There were problems over ESL programs, bilingual and dual language programs. Study the domain 1 things like clauses, similes, adverbs, and conjunction type things which Dr. Morales' book doesn't cover too much in detail (which I needed). There was also a question on the Castaneda and Lau cases HOWEVER be careful with the wording of the answer choices. I knew both of those cases pretty well but the wording on the test made me a little confused. If I were you be very confident with two domains to where you feel really comfortable and do the best you can on the other domain. If I wasn't so stressed I probably would have done better. It's so hard not to pick the answers you know you would do in your own class but you have to try to think like how the state wants you to think. Mahler book will help in my perspective.
Study: Only used free materials. The study guide had a good practice exam in the same format as the actual test. Also the T-Cert site was very comprehensive and free. Used some quizlet.com flashcards/tests that others had already uploaded, especially for vocab. Studied a bunch for a few days before the test, a little bit for the couple weeks before, but mostly just the few days before the test.
Test: I liked the ease of marking the questions you want to go back to look at. My strategy was to answer each question as I went through, but to 'mark' the ones I wasn't feeling good about. Finished the test in about an hour, but then took time and reviewed every question, paying extra attention to the ones I 'marked.' If I changed an answer on a 'marked' one, I left it marked as I went through the test. Then I did one more pass just looking at the questions that were still 'marked' I re-read them and finalized my answers on those. Together with reviewing my answers, took about 1 hr, 45 min. Focus on the perfect world scenario and focus on student-centered.
Study: I studied the material from t-cert https://pact.tarleton.edu/tcert/rnand I printed this packet, http://cms.texes-ets.org/files/9413/2949/1641/154_esl_supp.pdf and studied both for about 4 days, two hours each day. I took the test yesterday morning. Doing the practice questions helps!I studied the material from t-cert https://pact.tarleton.edu/tcert/rnand I printed this packet, http://cms.texes-ets.org/files/9413/2949/1641/154_esl_supp.pdf and studied both for about 4 days, two hours each day. I took the test yesterday morning. Doing the practice questions helps!
Test: It was what I expected. A conglomerate of random (some hard, some not so hard) science questions- earth science, biology, chemisty and physics and some basic math. I will say having a background in science helped me think through a lot of questions. The hardest questions for me were the teaching objectives. Mostly because I did not spend a lot of time studying them and because they are "tricky" because 2 answers seem right. MY BEST ADIVCE: Take your time, follow your first mind, know your geology/earth science, TEACHING OBJECTIVES/COMPETENCIES!!! Go through your test TWICE (take adavantage of the time...) I made a 255.
Study: I used the Texas Teachers online materials, Texas Preparation Manual, and an online book I purchased on Amazon (just type in TEXES ESL). This was all very helpful. I studied for about a month and 1/2 prior to taking the test for an hour or so a night (I did not skip a night).
Test: I felt surprisingly comfortable with the test. I didn't necessarily know every answer but I could easily infer the best response. Definitely need to know the various ESL Models, phonemes/morphemes, and classroom examples. It really is about making the best choices for the student. I passed on my first attempt with a score of 257.
Study: I passed the test on the first try with a score of 287. My advice is know the ESL vocabulary terms so that you truly understand the questions the test is asking. I used study flashcards found on cram.com for this test and took the Region 13 test prep 1 day course.
Test: The test was as expected mostly questions about teaching situations with one clearly correct answer. Again as long as you know the ESL terms you'll be fine
Study: TEXES MASTER ESL SUPPLEMENTAL by Art Williams (also bought these kits for EC-4 and PPR EC-4 although he has kits for all certifications) I've passed every test using these materials and I'm an awful test taker. Took the ESL over Spring Break and PASSED! My 2nd graders were very proud of me!
Test: This test was a challenge. Make sure you put yourself in your "dream classroom" money, support, and materials are endless as is time. Don't go by what you "must" or "normally" due to restraints. There are no restraints in this environment. I studied for about 4 weeks but followed the guidelines in my study kit (except I studied for 4 instead if 6 weeks). You can really study or cram but it is a very challenging test where you walk away having NO IDEA how you did until you get the results! But I passed on the 1st try and I'm relieved! If you don't pass, keep studying and (while expensive) retake it every 45 days until you DO PASS! GOOD LUCK!!!
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