SLLA 6011- admin exam

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  1. frteach

    frteach Rookie

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    Has anyone taken this test recently? It's all I have left for certification as admin. I have the ets study guide and was wondering what else I might study?
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  3. lamom318

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    I took it today. I used the ETS study guide, and I also googled SLLA practice tests and took any that I could find online. A friend of mine bought the online practice exam ($20 through ETS). It is the same format as the test. A lot of it is common sense...I had an hour left after finishing the multiple choice...that extra time does not roll over to your written response time. I only had 5 minutes remaining when I finished the constructed response section.
     
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    Thanks. I signed up to take it in March. I am not worried about M/C section- just the CR. There is so little time to write 7 CR! I am currently reading a couple of book to prepare. One is on ethical issues in education, another is on dealing with difficult teachers. The final one is Marzano's book on effective supervision. Just want the terminology to be fresh in my mind.
     
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    I took this yesterday and thought I would post some thoughts while it was fresh in my mind.

    The multiple choice section was not bad at all. Lots of common sense stuff if you have been in education a while. There were one or two really specific and obscure questions, but that was about the hardest it got. I had plenty of time left for the M/C section. I finished with almost an hour left over. You do not get a score when you complete this section so you have no idea how you did on the first part when you start the second. I wish they did show you a score for that section.

    The essay section was tougher with such a short time to write 7 responses. It doesn't give you a lot of time to think and reflect, you just have to answer. I read all of the essays and then went back and worked on the easy ones first. I saved the data ones for last and I saved 45 minutes for those 3 questions, which was the right choice. I needed every second of that time and finished with 23 seconds left over.

    I'll get my results in 3 weeks but I feel fairly confident I passed. I need a 160 in my state. I guess I will know for sure in 3 weeks time.
     
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    Got my results and I passed with a 179. I only needed a 160 so I had room to spare.
     
  7. TeacherGroupie

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    Congratulations, frteach!
     
  8. kents

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    I am getting ready to take this test this week. I took the practice test that you can pay for. I am having a hard time trying to decide if my score will be passing. I only scored 77 out of 100 on the multiple choice, and the constructed responses - you had to score yourself against a rubric. I am worried - did any of you who have passed find a better "prep" source? How does a 121 point test turn into a scaled score between 100-200?
     
  9. frteach

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    A certain percentage of your score comes from the multiple choice and the rest from the essays. I think it's 70/30 but I cannot remember for sure.
    You will want to score as high as you possibly can in the multiple choice. The time for the essays goes by so fast. You really won't have time to do any quality writing, just get your ideas down as fast as you can.
     
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    So, it's possible to bomb the CR section, but still "pass" from doing well on multiple choice section?
     
  11. frteach

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    Depends on your state's passing score, but since a majority of your points come from m/c it is more important to do well there. I needed 160 to pass in my state. I scored 179 with a majority of my points coming from m/c. I did well on some essays and not great in others. The time for the essays is so limited, I really could have used more time to write.
     
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    I need a 163 for DC. Now that you have taken the test, do you have any study tips? I plan on taking it in either July or August.
     
  13. frteach

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    Know your standards and what they mean. Answer all questions as if you were a principal, not a teacher. Always remember to consult all stakeholders.
    I did buy a practice test from Exam Edge and I found it helpful. Some of their questions were on pretty obscure things, so don't worry about those questions. Focus on the ones that link to the standards and research anything you don't know.
    Practice writing short essays. Give yourself only 10 minutes per essay and that includes thinking time. That's about all you will have on test day and it's good to have practiced within the time limits.
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    Seven responses? Don't call them "essays": don't introduce, don't conclude, don't try to write pretty. Lead with your conclusion, then bullet-list the evidence and reasoning that got you there, using the technical terminology of school leadership where it's appropriate and defining only those terms that you're asked to define.
     
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    Let me add that, where a test or subtest gives just one scaled score, one passes or doesn't pass the whole thing. Bombing the constructed responses won't necessarily fail you, but doing well on the constructed responses can pay off - and, unlike multiple choice questions, constructed responses can be given partial credit.
     
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    Could you please list the books that you read to prepare for this exam? Were they helpful?

    Thanks.
     
  18. frteach

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    I borrowed them from a friend and have already returned them, so I don't have the titles to give you. Check out your public library's education section. I did find some helpful books there on testing and on the role of the principal.
     
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    I am preparing to take my SLLA as well. How long did you study for the exam? (weeks/months) Any hints on answering the constructed response questions? Thanks
     
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    Also what guides/materials did you use to help you study for the test?
     
  21. Jdubb

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    Hello what state are you in where you only need a 160?
     

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