Educators in Texas who want to teach English as a second language must take — and pass — the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TexES) English as a Second Language Supplemental (ESL) (154) exam. The exam assesses whether a teacher has the entry level knowledge to teach in their field. It’s a grueling test that requires preparation and practice to succeed. Here’s what candidates can expect.
What are the test questions like?
Candidates have five hours to complete 70-multiple-choice questions on this computer-administered exam. The test can be taken in the morning or the afternoon.
Generally, 60 of the questions are scored, but 10 are not. The score is graded on a 100 to 300 scale, with 240 the passing mark.
There is a fee of $131 to take the test. The test is offered on a continual basis, though candidates must sign up at least two days before the test date. You can take the test at any of the testing centers across Texas.
What subject matter will be covered in the TExES English as a Second Language Supplemental (ESL) (154) exam?
The test contains three different domains that test 10 different competencies.
- Language concepts and language acquisition accounts for about 25 percent of the questions. This section tests two competencies: Understands fundamental language concepts and knows the structure and conventions of the English language; and understands the process of first- and second-language acquisition. This section tests language concepts, English language structure and conventions, and more.
- ESL instruction and assessment accounts for 40 percent of the questions and contains five competencies. Those competencies are: Understanding ESL teaching methods and using that knowledge to plan instruction; promoting literacy development in English; understands how to promote content-area learning, academic-language development, and achievement across curriculum; and formal and informal assessment procedures. This section tests whether the educator understands ESL teaching methods, understands factors that impact learning, and understands assessment procedures.
- Foundations of ESL education, cultural awareness and family and community involvement accounts for 30 percent of the questions. It tests two competencies — ESL education foundations and programs, and factors that impact student learning. This section tests whether educators understand the ESL education foundations that contribute to the learning environment and can serve as an advocate for students.
What should I expect when I arrive at the test center on test day?
In short, candidates must arrive early, bring the right identification, and leave personal items behind.
ARRIVAL TIME: Please give yourself plenty of time on test day. Arrive at the test center before your assigned testing time. Any test taker who arrives late won’t be able to take the test.
IDENTIFICATION: Bring two forms — a primary and secondary form of ID. The primary form must be a piece of government-issued identification (a driver’s license, for example), containing a photograph and signature. A student identification card is one acceptable form of secondary ID. Also, remember to bring your test admission ticket.
PERSONAL ITEMS: Personal items are not allowed in the testing room. That means no mobile phones, electronic devices, watches, large jewelry items, clothing (hats, ties, jackets, scarves and the like), hair accessories and more. Additionally, some personal items, such as eyeglasses, may be subject to inspection
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