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English as a Second Language Supplemental EC-12
Study & Test Strategies

Strategy 1

Submitted by Jordie Kirkham

Study Strategy

I took this test yesterday morning. Several coworkers had told me it was incredibly difficult and my district only gave me one chance to pass so I STUDIED STUDIED STUDIED. I used the materials provided by Texas Teachers, went through the State Manual as well as 240 Tutoring. 240 Tutoring did a wonderful job of how breaking down all the concepts and gave you a plethora of practice questions. I made flashcards, took the practice test multiple times etc.

Testing Strategy

WOW, there is definitely no way to study for this sucker. Some of the questions were straight forward, others you could narrow down to two answers or just had no idea. I took the test all the way through marking questions I was unsure of, took a 20 minute break then came back and went through it all again. I left feeling like it could go either way. There were none of the laws, no grammatical questions, no Krashen or Cummins questions. A lot of questions about syntax, morphemes, phonemes etc, the different types of programs then the rest was purely situational. On the situational questions, I tried to picture myself in the students shoes, "If I had just moved here and was an ELL, what activity would be most beneficial for me?" FINGERS CROSSED!

Strategy 2

Submitted by Tryniti

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I used a variety of sources to study for this exam: XamOnline ESL study guide, Quizlet, online tests, and the preparation manual found on the TExES website.

I wish I had more time to study, but due to time constraints I studied for about two weeks. If you have more time, definitely utilize it. This exam covered a lot of material.

Testing Strategy

The test was not too difficult. Honestly, there is not a definitive way to be prepared because you do not know what type of questions you are going to have. My best advice would be to use a variety of sources to study. Be able to identify how and why a particular method of instruction is more appropriate in an ESL classrooms. I had a lot of terminology and questions on Krashen and Cummins, so I would recommend you be knowledgeable on that. Talk to different ESL and bilingual teachers to get their perspective on instructional methods.
Take your time on the test. Read each question thoroughly. Eliminate the obviously wrong answers. Picture that you have a perfect classroom with a relatively lax spending budget. Did I mention take your time....well TAKE YOUR TIME! I took about 3 hours - this included rereading each question and checking answers about 4 times and a 15 minute bathroom break. I passed with a 262. Hope this helps and good luck.

Strategy 3

Submitted by Hope

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I had heard from a lot of people that this test was difficult because the test itself did not match very well with the test manual. In light of that, I took several approaches to studying: 1) I read through and marked up the REA book "TExES ESL Supplemental 154." Reading the REA book was especially helpful because each chapter concluded with practice questions that gave me an idea of how well I understood the content for that specific competency. Marking it up made it easier to skim through and review during the last few days before the test. The REA book also comes with an online practice exam that made me feel more confident about taking the exam. 2) I completed my regional ESC's preparation class for the ESL supplemental exam. This course gave me more information on specifics for Competency 001 and 002 than the REA book. I used a lot of the information from this course to make flashcards. 3) I watched this video and used it to make flashcards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kOJlLggn1U. In this video, the narrator explains a lot of the concepts for Competency 001 really clearly. 4) I did a TELPAS grading training and an ELPS training simply because my school required them, but I found that these courses were actually really helpful in preparing me for the ESL supplemental exam. They particularly helped me in learning the different levels of English language proficiency and accommodations for each level.

Testing Strategy

When I took the test, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was much more closely related to the test manual than others had led me to believe. In fact, I felt like the four study approaches that I listed above had prepared me really well for the exam! I know it's only 80 questions long, but I took a full 3 hours to take it because I checked all of my answers really carefully. I also took mini rests at specific points in the test. After about 40 questions, I closed my eyes and rested at my desk for a minute by just letting my mind wander. Then I did the same thing when I got to the end of the test before going back to review it. When I went back to review, I took these mental breaks more frequently (every 10-20 questions). You are allowed to take one break in which you may access snacks from your locker, but I found that I didn't need that break as much as I needed little "stops" throughout the test. Just take your time. Another thing I would recommend is to really focus on what the question is asking. Sometimes they will throw in answer options that are great things to do for ESL students, but they don't precisely address what the question is asking. You have to be a little tedious when answering questions for this test. But it's definitely possible! I passed on the first try with a score of 286.

Strategy 4

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I studied the review materials from TEA's website. They were helpful, but lacked information about certain topics covered on the test. I would definitely look into laws like title three and taks, and examples of different types of programs like stand alone, block, etc.

Testing Strategy

The test only took me an hour, but I was stuck on a few of the questions, especially about specifics of the laws. Some questions didn't seem to have a reasonable answer. I guess the questions I struggled with I either guessed right or were field test items, because I got a 290.

Strategy 5

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The study material that I used was the one found on the tx teachers website. I then looked online for any key terms found in the competencies and domains that I was unaware of or needed to study more about, such as TEKS, L1, L2, etc. This is the second test where I spent $0 on study materials, used my free resources, and was able to pass!

Testing Strategy

This test was harder than I expected. I would tell someone to allow enough study time to give yourself a good understanding of the terms used in the domains and competencies. Don't just assume that you know them, but actually have a good in-depth understanding of the terms, procedures,programs, etc.

Strategy 6

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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ETS practice test.

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MUCH easier than expected. I read through the practice exam while sitting in the parking lot before taking the exam. VERY much a common sense exam. Took me 45 minutes to finish.

Strategy 7

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the SBEC free study guide, Pass the TExES study guide and Certify Texas online practice exams. I liked all three because they helped me in different ways. SBEC had good practice questions, Pass the TExES helped me learn the competencies, and Certify Texas gave me extra practice with exam questions.

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Easier than I expected. Practice Questions help a lot.

Strategy 8

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Online study guide; internet searching- both worked great

Testing Strategy

It was actually easy for me. There were 70 questions. As long as you read the question and focus on what the question is asking. If you think you probably don't know an answer, just mark it and come back to it later. That is what I did and I ended up changing about 3 answers. I don't know if that made a difference, but I got a 275.

Strategy 9

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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internet searches, prep material on texes.ets.org site and ESL instructors. I would focus on Title III requirements and different ESL programs.

Testing Strategy

It wasn't too hard, but not too easy either. Unfortunately I did not pass. I missed it by 3 points. I took it yesterday, 5/27 and I guess scores come back sooner when you don't pass. my scores were back today and they've never been available that soon. No tricks to passing. To prepare for the test I would say don't kill yourself studying for it, a lot of it is classroom scenario type questions, but I would suggest that you brush up on Title III info, ESL program types (stand-alone, block, pull-out, resource, etc.).

Strategy 10

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I purchased the $15 ESL sample question packet available at Texas Teachers office. I also studied the sample questions on the ESL Supplemental link on the Texas Teachers website.

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Not too hard but not too easy. Practice with practice test questions. Always think about what is best for the student: heterogeneous groups, celebrating their culture, and encouraging the student to learn to the best of their abiity. There are some questions concerning actual ESL program, so if you can get supplemental info, it would be helpful.

Strategy 11

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Not a lot of study guides are available for this exam. The State guide is useless- really. I utilized info provided by an ESL teacher I know.

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It was hard! I was mad--lots of tricky little situational questions. It took me over 3 hours for 70 stinkin questions! I would recommend that you make an appt with a local ESL teacher and see if she/he could loan you some reference material. My friend had powerpoint copies of ESL seminars, etc. Super helpful! Plus, just picking their brain will provide priceless info. I think most teachers are very happy to help.

Strategy 12

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I attended one of the 154 TExES Review session that is listed on the Texas Teachers website. They gave me a huge review book and a few practice exams. The information was very helpful and I would suggest attending one. I purchased the "Pass the TExES 154" book online too. I also bought an English grammar workbook to brush up on some of the "rules and forms" of English. I studied for about 2 weeks, for 2 hours a day prior to the exam.

Testing Strategy

The test was hard. You need to know more than just surface information. I suggest studying a wide variety materials to get more in-depth information. There were A LOT of situational questions and scenarios. Know the types of Hypothesis and also the state regulations for ESL. Also when taking the test use the Pedagogy information that you have learned. There were some speech language questions and some English grammar questions too.

Strategy 13

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I just took the ESL supplemental yesterday and was terribly disappointed! I didn't feel the study manual they had for us really prepared me for the test. I thought they had given me the wrong test... They need a better preparation manual. I plan on calling TEA Monday to tell them this. I studied all the linguistic information in Domains 1,2...I was expecting them to ask more questions about this, instead every question was about a classroom situation. If I end up having to take it again, I will not study domains 1,and 2 that much, but spend most of my time going over the L1 and L2 rules. I took the Bilingual Ed. test and passed it. They actually had a preparation manual that helped.

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As I said, I feel the ESL Supplemental test was much harder than the Bilingual ED. test... only because they don't give you a good study manual.

Strategy 14

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the Cliff's notes EC - 4 from Borders, and went to a review session with Cindy Roy.

Testing Strategy

The length of the test is what made it harder. I would tell someone to get a good night's rest, eat breakfast, and arrive early.

Strategy 15

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Used the study guide for the THEA exam. Also used the study guide from the TX teacher website. These guides helped me eased into the subject matter and test-taking techniques.

Testing Strategy

Read each question carefully. Narrow your answer to two closest to the answer. On procedural questions choose the answer which would require the teacher to do the most work.

Strategy 16

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Used the ESL supplement handbook by Kortz. It helped.

Testing Strategy

There were many questions that weren't covered by any of the my study materials. I did go over the tests completely after I got done and successfully corrected several mistakes I made. The test was mind-numbing.

Strategy 17

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I attended a cohort provided through my school district, printed ESL study guide from ETS website and searched information from the internet. The information from the internet actually provided more detailed information for me. The TEA website and other ESL sites had information about different programs and what each one meant. In studying I saw that it was extremely important to know the competencies and how to identify them on the test. Just because an answer choice has a key word in it does not mean that it is the best choice.

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than I expected because there was some information listed that was not covered during training. However, I did have to use common sense when answering those questions that I had never been exposed to.

Strategy 18

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used an ESL prep guide - "Passing the ESL Supplementary Content Test". It was not helpful. I found the online practice test to be very representative of the questions on the test.

Testing Strategy

There were more linguistics and phonetic theory questions than I expected. There were many questions about classroom application and they were very similar to those on the online practice test.

Strategy 19

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I looked at the A to Z Teacher Forums, Internet, and the free study guide from the state to study.

Testing Strategy

Keep your answers student-centered and assume a perfect environment. Make sure you know Texas laws, big court cases, acronyms, morphology, and articulation. Look these up on Wikipedia for good diagrams.

Strategy 20

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I read the last chapter [ESL Chapter & glossary] of the "TExES EC-4 Generalist & the ESL Supplement" by Nath & Ramsey, Ch.2 of "Preparing for the Texas PreK-4 Teacher Certification" book by Nath & Ramsey, and Ch.2 of "Becoming an EC-4 Teacher in Texas" book by Nath & Cohen. The last two books I used already had, as I used them to study for the Generalist EC-4 and the PPR EC-4 tests 2 years ago. The first book I borrowed from a colleague. The questions after the ESL chapter were helpful. I thought the questions from the SBEC website were helpful (procedure only). I studied for 5 days before taking the 154 ESL/Supplemental. And, I passed - 273 - YEAH!

Testing Strategy

The test was neither hard nor easy. It helped me to read through the question & answer choices twice before choosing an answer. I also went through the test once, took a ten minute break, and then went over it again before submitting it. I felt much more confident after the break. Be sure to know in Domain I - phonemes, morphemes, pragmatics, discourse analysis, factors that affect L1/L2, Krashen's hypotheses, Cummins' BICS 7 CALPS, & registers. The rest of the test - Domains II & III - were situational questions, and, they were easy.

Strategy 21

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Printed out the TeXes study preparation guide. Internet researched many key words.

Testing Strategy

I would def. go over the preparation manual practice questions and study the questions you got wrong. Research(internet) the TAKS taking procedures (TEA website), also know pull-out, resource centers, register, L1 and L2 transition/acquistion, LPAC role in deciding if the student is exempt or not from the TAKS testing. Read up on how the ESL teachers can assess the students. All in all, I wasnt too sure about the test, I didnt study too much besides researching on the internet. I was VERY pleased with my test results, passed by 34 points! So I did way better than I thought.

Strategy 22

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I went to a free review offered by Austin ISD as an employee. The review didn't really help but the materials I was given were helpful. The materials from the review were on the test. I mainly studied over a weekend. I passed the test and didn't spend a dime buying all these high priced studies guides. I would suggest using the free study guide and practice test from the testing website and reviewing what the questions are structured like from the practice test. The structure is exactly the same. I don't believe I would have studied in differently. I didn't have a lot of time to study and very little time after work. So I crammed over a weekend. I also reviewed all the comments on this message board and remembered all the suggestions people gave when answering the questions.

Testing Strategy

I have taken two other Texes exams and I would say this was the hardest one. There were so many things I had no idea what they were and meant and having more study time wouldn't have helped because there is no way I would have known to study these things. It is important to know vocabulary and know all the laws about an ESL/Bilingual program. It's important to know how words are pronounced and how the tongue touches different places in your mouth to say words. I don't know what this is called or what kind of study it is to tell you more. I had never heard of anything like this but there were several questions asking about this showing symbols that you must know what those symbols mean to answer the questions. The test was extremely hard and I was positive I had failed and was in complete shock when I got a high passing score. I would suggest using all the free materials you can, don't spend money on these guides out there. Go into the test thinking the perfect world, pick the best sounding answers, not what you may think, but what sounds best if the world was perfect. Understand what morpheme, phoneme, morphology, phonology, CALPS, BICS, differencec between an ESL program and Bilingual program, how you enter and exit a program, what is the schools responsibility, the committee, and parents responsibilities are, what testing a student takes or when they don't have to test. I would say to prepare use the testing site guide, look up words and definitions you don't know, educate yourself on the basics of an ESL/Bilingual program in Texas. Try to eliminate two answers and narrow it down to two answers on the test, after that try to think about the things you've learned about ESL and pick the BEST answer. Remember on a weighted test you only lose points when you don't answer anything so you get some points for answering something. I have not paid and dime and passed three Texes exams. If I can, anyone can do it. I would also recommend reading the guide from the testing website about preparing for the test helpful hints to ease anxiety. I am very anxious when it comes to test taking and reading this guide really helped me to calm down and just keep telling myself I don't have to know everything, I just have to pass.

Strategy 23

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I borrowed notes from a fellow teacher that had taken a course on English as a Second Language. She had a long list of vocabulary words and lots of practice tests. I studied all the vocabulary by researching the key words online at everythingesl.com. I also took practice test questions from certifyteacher.com. I studied a lot, for about 3 weeks before the test for a few hours a day. I passed with a 283.

Testing Strategy

It was pretty tough. I could tell that I studied a lot because I knew all the key terms, and that makes a BIG difference. Brush up on your grammar and sentence structure rules. Make sure you know the vocabulary! You also need to know how the system works. The rest are all situational questions which can seem tricky, but just keep in mind everything is child-centered, perfect world and perfect opportunities. I just really stress knowing the vocabulary. I have a list of terms if anyone wants them, just e-mail me.

Strategy 24

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the guide provided by the Texes website, as well as a few pages of TExES English as a Second Language (ESL) 154 from Barnes and Noble. I didn't think either of these study guides helped me much - only as a reference to quickly look up terms that I did not know. I got the most help from looking at terms and topics that people on this thread have posted. Study those and you should do good.

Testing Strategy

t was just as difficult as I had expected. Most of the questions were situational.

Strategy 25

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the XAM online study guide, Certify Teacher prep software, and the state provided guide. All of these materials were helpful. The state guide is really not detailed enough to use alone. I also looked up Power Points and documents from Inservices and presentations online. There was a component to the test that was not in any of my materials, which included pronunciation backgrounds and specific sound issues of some L1 learners.

Testing Strategy

There were about 10-12 questions I wasn't sure about. There were a lot more situational type questions rather than specific theory types or vocabulary questions. In addition to a good study guide, it would be helpful to look over pronunciation guides and terminology, and specific speech and sound types.

Strategy 26

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I studied the state guide, the XAM online guide, and also purchased the Certify Teacher software for practice tests. There was an entire group of questions I had never seen before on pronunciation issues and types of sounds. I believe these may have been "test" questions as I ended up making a 295. Be sure you know the laws, types of programs, and study lots of situational questions. I studied for a few hours each day for several weeks.

Testing Strategy

The test didn't take nearly as long as I thought, even with going through the questions many times, I was finished in an hour and 15 minutes. I would definitely approach each question as if you taught in Utopia and had endless amounts of time, money, and support.

Strategy 27

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the free material provided by TExES, then also paid for the online practice exams on certifyteacher.com. Then I studied the sample study notes for free on texesexampracticetests.com.

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The test was a little harder than I had hoped it would be. There was more about laws and theories regarding ESL students and their education than I had anticipated. I felt that the online studies on certifyteacher.com help me be more prepared than before. Also, the information on texesexampracticetests.com was almost all represented on the test. I studied the material for about a week before the test. I came away from the test feeling like I had done horribly, but ended up passing well above the minimum score.

Strategy 28

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the SBEC online study guide and bought the XAM book. Both materials were beneficial in different ways. The book explained a lot of terminology and aspects of the English language that I had forgotten. I passed the test on my first time and would probably use the same study materials again. Feel free to contact me for any tips or questions you may have.

Testing Strategy

The test was just as I expected it to be, it followed the formatting of the other test I had taken (Generalist 4-8). I would recommend going in with a positive attitude, not panicking and staying focused. It is fairly easy to narrow down your choices, which I think helped me.

Strategy 29

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The test was not hard but the questions involved so much reading. I recommond reviewing the texes ec-6 review, know phonemes, linguistics, phonomeic awaraness, and so on. I would study more on the ec-6 area and on the terms mainly.

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Strategy 30

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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All I used was the practice test provided by the state. I took the practice test twice the day before the test and just went over the questions I missed. I made sure to google any ESL terms I was unfamiliar with. Over all, I only studied about four hours total.

Testing Strategy

I was done in a little over an hour. It wasn't as hard as I was expecting. Think perfect scenario and what is in the best interest of the child. Remember diversity is always best, too. I passed the first time.

Strategy 31

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used information solely from Texas Teachers & Texes Study Guide. I only studied for maybe 4 or 5 hours at most. I passed on my 1st attempt, barely.

Testing Strategy

I walked away with little notion about how I did on the exam because there were many things that I was not familiar with. Realistically I should have studied more. My best advice is to study vocabulary & the legalities of the program.

Strategy 32

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the SBEC materials, materials from my ESL teacher at the school, and also stuff I found online. I also did a study session offered by my district.

Testing Strategy

The test HAD NO questions over BICS, CALP, and other linguistic theories. It was entirely situational. I wasn't prepared for that as I thought I would be. The test is pretty hard. I passed, but I was questioning whether I did the whole time. I suggest you take a real close look at phonetics and phonics.

Strategy 33

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I took a 3 day review class offered by the school district I work with, used the TCert study module and briefly looked over the state study manual to get an idea of the questions that would be asked. TCert is really good and you can take a practice exam after you are done watching the video presentation. The materials offered by Texas Teachers are great too but I did not see those until after I took the test.

Testing Strategy

The test was about what I expected. It started to get challenging toward the end (lots of clustered questions). It took me about 3 1/2 hours (I looked over the questions twice). I passed with a 265 on the first try but I was unsure about my score until I got them back. The language part of the test was a "throw-back" to the EC - 6 Generalist that I took a few months ago, I would look over phonemes, morphemes, etc. Also, there are a lot of scenerios. You must think about "the perfect school, in the perfect district." The anwswers are also student-centered. Imagine you just came to this country from a non-English speaking country. How would you want your teacher to treat you. This is a passable test.

Strategy 34

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the TExES Certification Review for Teachers. You'll need your TEA ID number to register but it's free and you'll have an opportunity to take a practice exam after a video presentation. I also used the state guide which wasn't that informative on the whole but did have an awesome practice test with detailed explanations of answers. The state guide gives little to no information about vocabulary you might see on the test so I advise using the Quizlet website as a supplement. Someone has already uploaded over a hundred terms and definitions you'll definitely see on the test. I personally don't think you should pay out of pocket for study materials unless you absolutely have to. All the things I mentioned are free and they really helped. I studied for about a week and passed just fine.

Testing Strategy

The test was mostly situational but you should definitely go in knowing ALL of the vocabulary associated with teaching ESL or you'll be lost. My advice is to take as many practice tests as you can and focus on answering a question based on an ideal situation. The test was a bit harder than I expected but only because I wasn't completely sure of some of the terms I encountered (which is why knowing the vocab is super important)

Strategy 35

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I studied all the free material, T-Cert was really good and there was info that was close to test questions so don't miss it! Also, the ETS Manual and Practice book helped. Pored over the suggestions of others and googled anything I wasn't sure about. Glad I did that last, because there were some hints about left field stuff that really was on the test, like little known pron. terms!

Testing Strategy

Test wasn't that tough for me, but I've got a Masters in TESOL so very familiar subject matter. Just study well and take all the time you need, go over the questions three and four times if you're not sure reading carefully for clues.

Strategy 36

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I studied the XAM book online along with ESL online flashcards for about two weeks. I took every ESL practice test that was available on line first to see my weaknesses and then took them again. After two weeks, I just about aced every ESL test there was online because I became familiar with all of the vocabulary.

Testing Strategy

Many of the questions were scenario based although you must be familiar with phonemes, syntax, semantics, graphemes, phonological awareness, word blends etc. None of the laws or court cases (Casteneda vs Pickard, Lau vs Nichols) were on there. I was surprised that Krashins, BICs, CALPs, and Cummins weren't on there either. Make sure you know different types of ESL programs (pull out, sheltered, immersion, etc.).

Strategy 37

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The material I used to pass the test was Quiz-let and T-CERT which was free. I also purchased ESL master practice examination, the vocabulary they provided was helpful when I put it on Quiz-let.

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This test is hard to me. Follow the instructions that T-CERT gives. My advice is to study a lot of vocabulary. For example: Ms. Keith wants her middle school class to be a place of learning and academic effort; however, she does not want her classroom environment to be overly stressful for students.To provide a positive classroom environment, Ms. Keith can reduce student stress to some extent by Answer:creating clear classroom expectations for students behavior.

Strategy 38

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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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!

Testing Strategy

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!!!

Strategy 39

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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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.

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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

Strategy 40

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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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).

Testing Strategy

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.

Strategy 41

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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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!

Testing Strategy

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.

Strategy 42

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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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.

Testing Strategy

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.

Strategy 43

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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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.

Testing Strategy

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.

Strategy 44

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Study Strategy

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: http://www.texespractice.com/154.html http://www.texespractice.com/154-TExES-English-as-a-Second-Language-(ESL)-Supplemental-Exam.html http://texesteacherstudyguide.com/downloads/TX_ESL_Sample_XAMonline.pdf http://www.testprepreview.com/texes/english-as-a-second-language-supplemental-esl.htm http://ldn.tamu.edu/sites/default/files/documents/prep_manuals/154_esl_supp.pdf 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: http://quizlet.com/5195629/texes-esl-supplement-exam-154-flash-cards/ http://www.studystack.com/flashcard-909155 http://quizlet.com/7363257/texes-154-esl-supplemental-domain-i-flash-cards/ http://www.coursehero.com/flashcards/398389/TExES-ESL-154/ http://quizlet.com/2450768/texes-esl-154-flash-cards/ http://quizlet.com/10278382/esl-154-test-flash-cards/ http://quizlet.com/24329608/esl-certification-test-154-flash-cards/ http://quizlet.com/7693633/texes-154-esl-supplemental-domain-ii-flash-cards/ http://www.flashcardmachine.com/texes-esl-supplemental1541.html http://quizlet.com/12671670/esl-supplement-154-domain-iii-flash-cards/ http://quizlet.com/7977600/texes-154-esl-supplemental-domain-iii-flash-cards/

Testing Strategy

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.

Strategy 45

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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.

Strategy 46

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 47

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 48

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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

Testing Strategy

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 49

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 50

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 51

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 52

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the REA book with the online study center. It included a diagnostic exam that you take to determine your strengths and weaknesses, and then you study in your book and you can then take two practice exams. The diagnostic test really helped me narrow down which areas I needed the most study. The practice tests were also very useful. The book and online practice explain to you why the correct answers are correct and the wrong answers are wrong. This was also very helpful. I recommend the book and the online program.

Testing Strategy

I scored a 263 on my first try. It only took me an hour and fifteen minutes to complete the exam. I do think I had an advantage having taught ESL for 5 years and studying linguistics in graduate school. The questions I had trouble with were court cases and new terminology for ESL classrooms that I was unfamiliar with. Make sure you're up to date on terms used in ESL teaching: acronyms and teaching methods as well as types of ESL classrooms. I studied for about two weeks, 1 hour a day. I took notes and wrote in the margins of my text book in all the competencies that I was weak in. I took both practice tests.

Strategy 53

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Study Strategy

I used T-Cert and I looked over and recopied the notes I took from the Texas Teachers module. On T-Cert (which now costs $30 to use, it was free), there is one quiz. I took it as a baseline after I watched the video once and got an 80. What I did is play the audio of the lecture and listen to it once every other day for about a week and a half before the text. If there was a term I was unsure about, I would google it and make note of it. I retook the practice exam the day before the test and got a 95. I also recopied my notes from the ESL module provided by Texas Teacher in the week prior to the exam.

Testing Strategy

Five hours are provided to complete the exam, I finished in 45 minutes. I get hung up on second guessing my choices when I review, so I chose not to; rather I read every question very carefully, sometimes more than once. Most questions are classroom situations, perhaps one court case question, a few on grammar. When I walked out of the test I was on the fence about whether I passed. That said, I studied about 12 hours over the course of 10 days and passed the first time with a 271!

Strategy 54

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the TExES ESL Supplemental book. I read the whole thing twice to make sure I knew everything. I also used Certify Teacher to practice daily.

Testing Strategy

The test was a lot harder than what I expected. I would say study the grammar rules, types of sentences, and the types of programs there are for ESL students. I left the test center feeling a bit upset because I focused on the court cases, phonics and phonemic awareness. It took me four days to get my results and I passed with a 242.

Strategy 55

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the videos from Jerry Whitworth and multiple Quizlet sets to get well rounded study materials.

Testing Strategy

This was the only test in my career where I double checked every one of my answers. You have to know the material very well to answer the situational questions. I passed in the 270 range, but was unsure of my score when I left the center.

Strategy 56

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Certify Teacher website, which cost $55 online. I also used the free practice test provided with the ETS test preparation manual. I used Certify Teacher to pass 4 TExES exams, its my bread and butter and I wouldn't use another product.

Testing Strategy

The test is what you can expect if you have taken any other TExES test before. They always give you questions that don't make sense and are nothing like you've studied and prepared. You just have to know that two answers are completely wrong and two answers are so close to being right that you have to re-read the question and zero in on exactly what is the question asking you. I will say you need to study the laws and vocabulary words. Competency 001 is the hardest, the middle competencies are the easiest, but the most questions are competences 4-8. I scored a 265 on first try! Good luck.

Strategy 57

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 58

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 59

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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

Testing Strategy

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 60

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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 (https://pact.tarleton.edu/TCERT/index.cfm) 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.

Testing Strategy

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 61

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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

Testing Strategy

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 62

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used T-CERT, Dr. Patricia Morales' content review book, ESL Supplemental Review on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/75927688), 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.

Testing Strategy

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 63

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used 240tutoring.com, certifyteacher.com, 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.

Testing Strategy

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 64

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 65

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 66

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 67

Study Strategy

Used the ESL supplement handbook by Kortz. It helped.

Testing Strategy

There were many questions that weren't covered by any of the my study materials. I did go over the tests completely after I got done and successfully corrected several mistakes I made. The test was mind-numbing.

Strategy 68

Study Strategy

Used the study guide for the THEA exam. Also used the study guide from the TX teacher website. These guides helped me eased into the subject matter and test-taking techniques.

Testing Strategy

Read each question carefully. Narrow your answer to two closest to the answer. On procedural questions choose the answer which would require the teacher to do the most work.

Strategy 69

Study Strategy

I used the Cliff's notes EC - 4 from Borders, and went to a review session with Cindy Roy.

Testing Strategy

The length of the test is what made it harder. I would tell someone to get a good night's rest, eat breakfast, and arrive early.

Strategy 70

Study Strategy

I just took the ESL supplemental yesterday and was terribly disappointed! I didn't feel the study manual they had for us really prepared me for the test. I thought they had given me the wrong test... They need a better preparation manual. I plan on calling TEA Monday to tell them this. I studied all the linguistic information in Domains 1,2...I was expecting them to ask more questions about this, instead every question was about a classroom situation. If I end up having to take it again, I will not study domains 1 and 2 that much, but spend most of my time going over the L1 and L2 rules. I took the Bilingual Ed. test and passed it. They actually had a preparation manual that helped.

Testing Strategy

As I said, I feel the ESL Supplemental test was much harder than the Bilingual ED. test... only because they don't give you a good study manual.

Strategy 71

Study Strategy

I attended one of the 154 TExES Review session that is listed on the Texas Teachers website. They gave me a huge review book and a few practice exams. The information was very helpful and I would suggest attending one. I purchased the "Pass the TExES 154" book online too. I also bought an English grammar workbook to brush up on some of the "rules and forms" of English. I studied for about 2 weeks, for 2 hours a day prior to the exam.

Testing Strategy

The test was hard. You need to know more than just surface information. I suggest studying a wide variety materials to get more in-depth information. There were A LOT of situational questions and scenarios. Know the types of Hypothesis and also the state regulations for ESL. Also when taking the test use the Pedagogy information that you have learned. There were some speech language questions and some English grammar questions too.

Strategy 72

Study Strategy

Not a lot of study guides are available for this exam. The State guide is useless- really. I utilized info provided by an ESL teacher I know.

Testing Strategy

It was hard! I was mad--lots of tricky little situational questions. It took me over 3 hours for 70 stinking questions! I would recommend that you make an appt with a local ESL teacher and see if she/he could loan you some reference material. My friend had powerpoint copies of ESL seminars, etc. Super helpful! Plus, just picking their brain will provide priceless info. I think most teachers are very happy to help.

Strategy 73

Study Strategy

I purchased the $15 ESL sample question packet available at Texas Teachers office. I also studied the sample questions on the ESL Supplemental link on the Texas Teachers website.

Testing Strategy

Not too hard but not too easy. Practice with practice test questions. Always think about what is best for the student: heterogeneous groups, celebrating their culture, and encouraging the student to learn to the best of their ability. There are some questions concerning actual ESL program, so if you can get supplemental info, it would be helpful.

Strategy 74

Study Strategy

I studied the review materials from TEA's website. They were helpful, but lacked information about certain topics covered on the test. I would definitely look into laws like title three and taks, and examples of different types of programs like stand alone, block, etc.

Testing Strategy

The test only took me an hour, but I was stuck on a few of the questions, especially about specifics of the laws. Some questions didn't seem to have a reasonable answer. I guess the questions I struggled with I either guessed right or were field test items, because I got a 290.

Strategy 75

Study Strategy

The study material that I used was the one found on the tx teachers website. I then looked online for any key terms found in the competencies and domains that I was unaware of or needed to study more about, such as TEKS, L1, L2, etc. This is the second test where I spent $0 on study materials, used my free resources, and was able to pass!

Testing Strategy

This test was harder than I expected. I would tell someone to allow enough study time to give yourself a good understanding of the terms used in the domains and competencies. Don't just assume that you know them, but actually have a good in-depth understanding of the terms, procedures, programs, etc.

Strategy 76

Study Strategy

ETS practice test.

Testing Strategy

MUCH easier than expected. I read through the practice exam while sitting in the parking lot before taking the exam. VERY much a common sense exam. Took me 45 minutes to finish.

Strategy 77

Study Strategy

I used the SBEC free study guide, Pass the TExES study guide and Certify Texas online practice exams. I liked all three because they helped me in different ways. SBEC had good practice questions, Pass the TExES helped me learn the competencies, and Certify Texas gave me extra practice with exam questions.

Testing Strategy

Easier than I expected. Practice Questions help alot.

Strategy 78

Study Strategy

Online study guide; internet searching- both worked great

Testing Strategy

It was actually easy for me. There were 70 questions. As long as you read the question and focus on what the question is asking. If you think you probably don't know an answer, just mark it and come back to it later. That is what I did and I ended up changing about 3 answers. I don't know if that made a difference, but I got a 275.

Strategy 79

Study Strategy

Internet searches, prep material on texes.ets.org site and ESL instructors. I would focus on Title III requirements and different ESL programs.

Testing Strategy

It wasn't too hard, but not too easy either. Unfortunately I did not pass. I missed it by 3 points. I took it yesterday, 5/27 and I guess scores come back sooner when you don't pass. my scores were back today and they've never been available that soon. No tricks to passing. To prepare for the test I would say don't kill yourself studying for it, a lot of it is classroom scenario type questions, but I would suggest that you brush up on Title III info, ESL program types (stand-alone, block, pull-out, resource, etc.).

Strategy 80

Study Strategy

I attended a cohort provided through my school district, printed ESL study guide from ETS website and searched information from the internet. The information from the internet actually provided more detailed information for me. The TEA website and other ESL sites had information about different programs and what each one meant. In studying I saw that it was extremely important to know the competencies and how to identify them on the test. Just because an answer choice has a key word in it does not mean that it is the best choice.

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than I expected because there was some information listed that was not covered during training. However, I did have to use common sense when answering those questions that I had never been exposed to.

Strategy 81

Study Strategy

I used an ESL prep guide - "Passing the ESL Supplementary Content Test". It was not helpful. I found the online practice test to be very representative of the questions on the test.

Testing Strategy

There were more linguistics and phonetic theory questions than I expected. There were many questions about classroom application and they were very similar to those on the online practice test.

Strategy 82

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I looked at the A to Z Teacher Forums, Internet, and the free study guide from the state to study.

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Keep your answers student-centered and assume a perfect environment. Make sure you know Texas laws, big court cases, acronyms, morphology, and articulation. Look these up on Wikipedia for good diagrams.

Strategy 83

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I read the last chapter [ESL Chapter & glossary] of the "TExES EC-4 Generalist & the ESL Supplement" by Nath & Ramsey, Ch.2 of "Preparing for the Texas PreK-4 Teacher Certification" book by Nath & Ramsey, and Ch.2 of "Becoming an EC-4 Teacher in Texas" book by Nath & Cohen. The last two books I used already had, as I used them to study for the Generalist EC-4 and the PPR EC-4 tests 2 years ago. The first book I borrowed from a colleague. The questions after the ESL chapter were helpful. I thought the questions from the SBEC website were helpful (procedure only). I studied for 5 days before taking the 154 ESL/Supplemental. And, I passed - 273 - YEAH!

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The test was neither hard nor easy. It helped me to read through the question & answer choices twice before choosing an answer. I also went through the test once, took a ten minute break, and then went over it again before submitting it. I felt much more confident after the break. Be sure to know in Domain I - phonemes, morphemes, pragmatics, discourse analysis, factors that affect L1/L2, Krashen's hypotheses, Cummins' BICS 7 CALPS, & registers. The rest of the test - Domains II & III - were situational questions, and, they were easy.

Strategy 84

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Printed out the TeXes study preparation guide. Internet researched many key words.

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I would def. go over the preparation manual practice questions and study the questions you got wrong. Research(internet) the TAKS taking procedures (TEA website), also know pull-out, resource centers, register, L1 and L2 transition/acquisition, LPAC role in deciding if the student is exempt or not from the TAKS testing. Read up on how the ESL teachers can assess the students. All in all, I wasn't too sure about the test, I didn't study too much besides researching on the internet. I was VERY pleased with my test results, passed by 34 points! So I did way better than I thought.

Strategy 85

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I went to a free review offered by Austin ISD as an employee. The review didn't really help but the materials I was given were helpful. The materials from the review were on the test. I mainly studied over a weekend. I passed the test and didn't spend a dime buying all these high priced studies guides. I would suggest using the free study guide and practice test from the testing website and reviewing what the questions are structured like from the practice test. The structure is exactly the same. I don't believe I would have studied in differently. I didn't have a lot of time to study and very little time after work. So I crammed over a weekend. I also reviewed all the comments on this message board and remembered all the suggestions people gave when answering the questions.

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I have taken two other Texes exams and I would say this was the hardest one. There were so many things I had no idea what they were and meant and having more study time wouldn't have helped because there is no way I would have known to study these things. It is important to know vocabulary and know all the laws about an ESL/Bilingual program. It's important to know how words are pronounced and how the tongue touches different places in your mouth to say words. I don't know what this is called or what kind of study it is to tell you more. I had never heard of anything like this but there were several questions asking about this showing symbols that you must know what those symbols mean to answer the questions. The test was extremely hard and I was positive I had failed and was in complete shock when I got a high passing score. I would suggest using all the free materials you can, don't spend money on these guides out there. Go into the test thinking the perfect world, pick the best sounding answers, not what you may think, but what sounds best if the world was perfect. Understand what morpheme, phoneme, morphology, phonology, CALPS, BICS, differencec between an ESL program and Bilingual program, how you enter and exit a program, what is the schools responsibility, the committee, and parents responsibilities are, what testing a student takes or when they don't have to test. I would say to prepare use the testing site guide, look up words and definitions you don't know, educate yourself on the basics of an ESL/Bilingual program in Texas. Try to eliminate two answers and narrow it down to two answers on the test, after that try to think about the things you've learned about ESL and pick the BEST answer. Remember on a weighted test you only lose points when you don't answer anything so you get some points for answering something. I have not paid and dime and passed three Texes exams. If I can, anyone can do it. I would also recommend reading the guide from the testing website about preparing for the test helpful hints to ease anxiety. I am very anxious when it comes to test taking and reading this guide really helped me to calm down and just keep telling myself I don't have to know everything, I just have to pass.

Strategy 86

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I borrowed notes from a fellow teacher that had taken a course on English as a Second Language. She had a long list of vocabulary words and lots of practice tests. I studied all the vocabulary by researching the key words online at everythingesl.com. I also took practice test questions from certifyteacher.com. I studied a lot, for about 3 weeks before the test for a few hours a day. I passed with a 283.

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It was pretty tough. I could tell that I studied a lot because I knew all the key terms, and that makes a BIG difference. Brush up on your grammar and sentence structure rules. Make sure you know the vocabulary! You also need to know how the system works. The rest are all situational questions which can seem tricky, but just keep in mind everything is child-centered, perfect world and perfect opportunities. I just really stress knowing the vocabulary. I have a list of terms if anyone wants them, just e-mail me.

Strategy 87

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I used the guide provided by the Texes website, as well as a few pages of TExES English as a Second Language (ESL) 154 from Barnes and Noble. I didn't think either of these study guides helped me much - only as a reference to quickly look up terms that I did not know. I got the most help from looking at terms and topics that people on this thread have posted. Study those and you should do good.

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It was just as difficult as I had expected. Most of the questions were situational.

Strategy 88

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I used the XAM online study guide, Certify Teacher prep software, and the state provided guide. All of these materials were helpful. The state guide is really not detailed enough to use alone. I also looked up Power Points and documents from Inservices and presentations online. There was a component to the test that was not in any of my materials, which included pronunciation backgrounds and specific sound issues of some L1 learners.

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There were about 10-12 questions I wasn't sure about. There were a lot more situational type questions rather than specific theory types or vocabulary questions. In addition to a good study guide, it would be helpful to look over pronunciation guides and terminology, and specific speech and sound types.

Strategy 89

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I studied the state guide, the XAM online guide, and also purchased the Certify Teacher software for practice tests. There was an entire group of questions I had never seen before on pronunciation issues and types of sounds. I believe these may have been "test" questions as I ended up making a 295. Be sure you know the laws, types of programs, and study lots of situational questions. I studied for a few hours each day for several weeks.

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The test didn't take nearly as long as I thought, even with going through the questions many times, I was finished in an hour and 15 minutes. I would definitely approach each question as if you taught in Utopia and had endless amounts of time, money, and support.

Strategy 90

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I used the free material provided by TExES, then also paid for the online practice exams on certifyteacher.com. Then I studied the sample study notes for free on texesexampracticetests.com.

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The test was a little harder than I had hoped it would be. There was more about laws and theories regarding ESL students and their education than I had anticipated. I felt that the online studies on certifyteacher.com help me be more prepared than before. Also, the information on texesexampracticetests.com was almost all represented on the test. I studied the material for about a week before the test. I came away from the test feeling like I had done horribly, but ended up passing well above the minimum score.

Strategy 91

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I used the SBEC online study guide and bought the XAM book. Both materials were beneficial in different ways. The book explained a lot of terminology and aspects of the English language that I had forgotten. I passed the test on my first time and would probably use the same study materials again. Feel free to contact me for any tips or questions you may have.

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The test was just as I expected it to be, it followed the formatting of the other test I had taken (Generalist 4-8). I would recommend going in with a positive attitude, not panicking and staying focused. It is fairly easy to narrow down your choices, which I think helped me.

Strategy 92

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The test was not hard but the questions involved so much reading. I recommend reviewing the texes ec-6 review, know phonemes, linguistics, phonemic awareness, and so on. I would study more on the ec-6 area and on the terms mainly.

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Strategy 93

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All I used was the practice test provided by the state. I took the practice test twice the day before the test and just went over the questions I missed. I made sure to google any ESL terms I was unfamiliar with. Over all, I only studied about four hours total.

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I was done in a little over an hour. It wasn't as hard as I was expecting. Think perfect scenario and what is in the best interest of the child. Remember diversity is always best, too. I passed the first time.

Strategy 94

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I used information solely from Texas Teachers & Texes Study Guide. I only studied for maybe 4 or 5 hours at most. I passed on my 1st attempt, barely.

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I walked away with little notion about how I did on the exam because there were many things that I was not familiar with. Realistically I should have studied more. My best advice is to study vocabulary & the legalities of the program.

Strategy 95

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I used the SBEC materials, materials from my ESL teacher at the school, and also stuff I found online. I also did a study session offered by my district.

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The test HAD NO questions over BICS, CALP, and other linguistic theories. It was entirely situational. I wasn't prepared for that as I thought I would be. The test is pretty hard. I passed, but I was questioning whether I did the whole time. I suggest you take a real close look at phonetics and phonics.

Strategy 96

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I took a 3 day review class offered by the school district I work with, used the TCert study module and briefly looked over the state study manual to get an idea of the questions that would be asked. TCert is really good and you can take a practice exam after you are done watching the video presentation. The materials offered by Texas Teachers are great too but I did not see those until after I took the test.

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The test was about what I expected. It started to get challenging toward the end (lots of clustered questions). It took me about 3 1/2 hours (I looked over the questions twice). I passed with a 265 on the first try but I was unsure about my score until I got them back. The language part of the test was a "throw-back" to the EC - 6 Generalist that I took a few months ago, I would look over phonemes, morphemes, etc. Also, there are a lot of scenerios. You must think about "the perfect school, in the perfect district." The anwswers are also student-centered. Imagine you just came to this country from a non-English speaking country. How would you want your teacher to treat you. This is a passable test.

Strategy 97

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I used the TExES Certification Review for Teachers. You'll need your TEA ID number to register but it's free and you'll have an opportunity to take a practice exam after a video presentation. I also used the state guide which wasn't that informative on the whole but did have an awesome practice test with detailed explanations of answers. The state guide gives little to no information about vocabulary you might see on the test so I advise using the Quizlet website as a supplement. Someone has already uploaded over a hundred terms and definitions you'll definitely see on the test. I personally don't think you should pay out of pocket for study materials unless you absolutely have to. All the things I mentioned are free and they really helped. I studied for about a week and passed just fine.

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The test was mostly situational but you should definitely go in knowing ALL of the vocabulary associated with teaching ESL or you'll be lost. My advice is to take as many practice tests as you can and focus on answering a question based on an ideal situation. The test was a bit harder than I expected but only because I wasn't completely sure of some of the terms I encountered (which is why knowing the vocab is super important)

Strategy 98

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I studied all the free material, T-Cert was really good and there was info that was close to test questions so don't miss it! Also, the ETS Manual and Practice book helped. Pored over the suggestions of others and googled anything I wasn't sure about. Glad I did that last, because there were some hints about left field stuff that really was on the test, like little known pron. terms!

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Test wasn't that tough for me, but I've got a Masters in TESOL so very familiar subject matter. Just study well and take all the time you need, go over the questions three and four times if you're not sure reading carefully for clues.

Strategy 99

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I studied the XAM book online along with ESL online flashcards for about two weeks. I took every ESL practice test that was available on line first to see my weaknesses and then took them again. After two weeks, I just about aced every ESL test there was online because I became familiar with all of the vocabulary.

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Many of the questions were scenario based although you must be familiar with phonemes, syntax, semantics, graphemes, phonological awareness, word blends etc. None of the laws or court cases (Casteneda vs Pickard, Lau vs Nichols) were on there. I was surprised that Krashins, BICs, CALPs, and Cummins weren't on there either. Make sure you know different types of ESL programs (pull out, sheltered, immersion, etc.).

Strategy 100

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The material I used to pass the test was Quiz-let and T-CERT which was free. I also purchased ESL master practice examination, the vocabulary they provided was helpful when I put it on Quiz-let.

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This test is hard to me. Follow the instructions that T-CERT gives. My advice is to study a lot of vocabulary. For example: Ms. Keith wants her middle school class to be a place of learning and academic effort; however, she does not want her classroom environment to be overly stressful for students.To provide a positive classroom environment, Ms. Keith can reduce student stress to some extent by Answer: creating clear classroom expectations for students behavior.

Strategy 101

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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!

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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!!!

Strategy 102

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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.

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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.

Strategy 103

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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).

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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.

Strategy 104

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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!

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It was what I expected. A conglomerate of random (some hard, some not so hard) science questions- earth science, biology, chemistry 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 advantage of the time...) I made a 255.

Strategy 105

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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.

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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.

Strategy 106

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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.

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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.

Strategy 107

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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: http://www.texespractice.com/154.html http://www.texespractice.com/154-TExES-English-as-a-Second-Language-(ESL)-Supplemental-Exam.html http://texesteacherstudyguide.com/downloads/TX_ESL_Sample_XAMonline.pdf http://www.testprepreview.com/texes/english-as-a-second-language-supplemental-esl.htm http://ldn.tamu.edu/sites/default/files/documents/prep_manuals/154_esl_supp.pdf 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: http://quizlet.com/5195629/texes-esl-supplement-exam-154-flash-cards/ http://www.studystack.com/flashcard-909155 http://quizlet.com/7363257/texes-154-esl-supplemental-domain-i-flash-cards/ http://www.coursehero.com/flashcards/398389/TExES-ESL-154/ http://quizlet.com/2450768/texes-esl-154-flash-cards/ http://quizlet.com/10278382/esl-154-test-flash-cards/ http://quizlet.com/24329608/esl-certification-test-154-flash-cards/ http://quizlet.com/7693633/texes-154-esl-supplemental-domain-ii-flash-cards/ http://www.flashcardmachine.com/texes-esl-supplemental1541.html http://quizlet.com/12671670/esl-supplement-154-domain-iii-flash-cards/ http://quizlet.com/7977600/texes-154-esl-supplemental-domain-iii-flash-cards/

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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.

Strategy 108

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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.

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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.

Strategy 109

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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.

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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 110

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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.

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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 111

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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.

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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 112

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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.

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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 113

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I used 240tutoring.com, certifyteacher.com, 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.

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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 114

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I used T-CERT, Dr. Patricia Morales' content review book, ESL Supplemental Review on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/75927688), 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.

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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 115

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

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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, etc. I passed on my first try with a 264. You can do it!

Strategy 116

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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 (https://pact.tarleton.edu/TCERT/index.cfm) 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.

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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 117

Study Strategy

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

Testing Strategy

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 118

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 119

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 120

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 121

Study Strategy

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

Testing Strategy

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 122

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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.

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