SLLA 6011- admin exam

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  1. futureadmin

    futureadmin New Member

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    I am find when I am at home practicing but .......... during the actual test my heart start racing, sweating, confused, mind goes blank, hard to focus, and concentrate.
     
  2. TeacherGroupie

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    Oh, hugs. Are you currently teaching? If so, what do you do to help your students deal with their anxiety?
     
  3. DanCB

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    Here are a few suggestions:
    1. Get a few of the review books, and read them for content that you can use in your career, have a mindset that the content is more important for the career than the test. Take as many of the practice tests as possible.
    2. Read the questions very carefully, they can be tricky. Try to figure out where the test writers are coming from, and what they are looking for, not just what you think is the best answer. Study this during practice tests.
    3. Interview several (good) principals about some of the topics that are shown on the test, and learn from them, you don't have to frame it as you are studying for the test, just that you want to learn about best practice.
    4. On the test have a structure for time management, For example, I wrote on a piece of paper, the time by which I need to finish on each of the constructed response questions.
    5. Sleep well the night before the test, and eat a wholesome low fat, high nutrition meal before you take the test.
    6. While taking the test, do your best to maintain disciplined mental focus and quickly analyze and answer each question.
    7. Try to be social and seek out positive personalities on the day of the test, get in a good mind frame!
     
  4. jdbarlow2000

    jdbarlow2000 New Member

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    Are the written response questions typed in on the computer? And is there a spell check on the software?
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    If a test is computer-based and doesn't require diagrams or graphs, constructed responses are typed, yes. I've never heard of the test software including spell check.
     
  6. MooSRI850

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    Hello everyone,

    I took the SLLA on Oct. 13 and I received my scores this past Friday: I scored a 184 and needed a 163 for my state (DC). Some additional advice:

    1. Study the ETS Study Guide standards. I would pay more attention to these standards than the ISLLC standards.

    2. Master the questions in the ETS Study Guide and invest in the ETS practice test. I practiced these questions until I could get all of them correct. When I got a question wrong, I researched the correct answers until I understood how they relate to the standards. Personally, I would stay away from questions that did not originate from ETS because I found that they were quite different from the exam. Even the old study guide seemed to be a bit dated. In other words: the study questions were very similar to the actual test. I don't know if I was lucky or what, but I was not surprised by any of the questions; I finished with plenty of time because I felt I already studied these questions.

    3. I contacted Desiree Alexander (page 3 of this thread) after reading her post here and I ended up taking her four hour course. I cannot recommend her enough; she is experienced with SLLA test prep and she gives administrator workshops. I was terrified of the test prior to her workshop, but she gave me the courage to go in there with confidence and I think this is how I was able to score so well. She also helped answer all questions that I had. No, I do not know her personally. I didn't receive any money or gifts for promoting her course, I just want to pass along good information. If her course stunk, I would let you know that too! One more thing: the tips she gave me for tackling the essay questions helped me score very well (they don't give you the exact score for each question, but rather the section).

    4. You are free to email me if you have any questions (my forum name here at gmail) and I will do my best to help as I know how important this exam is. I can't respond right away as I'm a doctoral student and father to two young babies, but I'll do my best to help.

    Good luck everyone!
     
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  7. whizkid

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    My school wouldn't recommend me for TN licensure until I met AR requirements, So I ended up taking it again, this time I scored high enough for AR, nine more states plus DC. So my options are wide open. I'll see if I can get certified in another state and do reciprocity before 2018. If not, I'll go the Arkansas route. But the largest hurdle is out of my way!
     
  8. whizkid

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    Crazy thing is that the test was exactly the same both times! Multiple choice and essays were exactly the same! Guess I got lucky........?
     
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  9. Lead_the_Future

    Lead_the_Future New Member

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    How did this work out for you? I made 167 for Mississippi. Can you get reciprocity to Mississippi if I apply for license in Arkansas?
     
  10. Sargis

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    I live in CA and you have to have a 173 out of 200 points to pass here. FYI, the way I figured out the 70/30% is every MC is worth about 1.4 points and the CR are each worth about 8.6 if divided evenly. Also, here in CA, one has to complete the Admin program and take the exam. I completed a MA in ED/Admin Services Credentials program and had 3 options (thesis, project, comprehensive exam).
    I am taking my exam on 18th and studying as much as I possibly can. Thanks for all the great study ideas everyone!!!
     
  11. TeacherGroupie

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    Why are you taking SLLA rather than CPACE? See http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl574c.pdf.
     
  12. Sargis

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    This is what I was told to take.
     
  13. TeacherGroupie

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    By your program, I assume. Go chat up the credential analysts at the local county office of education, please: I'd hate for you to be surprised at or after the last minute.
     
  14. whizkid

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    I haven't done so it yet. Think I'll just wait until 2018. And yes, MS does reciprocity with AR. MS will take a passing score for whatever state the license is coming from.
     
  15. Sargis

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    This is straight from the university website.

    2 The comprehensive examination requirement is satisfied by the submission of a passing score from the School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA) or the California Preliminary Administrative Credential Examination (CPACE). A minimum passing score for the SLLA is 173. A minimum passing score for the CPACE-Written component is 220, and the minimum passing score for the CPACE-Video component is also 220. Passage of both the CPACE-Written and the CPACE-Video components are required to pass the CPACE examination. The candidate is responsible for registering for the examination and paying all required fees. The candidate should provide the Advanced Studies Office with passage verification. Additional information regarding the SLLA may be found at the ETS School Leadership Series website and the CPACE at the CTC CPACE website.
     
  16. TeacherGroupie

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    Right: the university caters to people who test in states other than California, in which SLLA is accepted for licensure. But the document that I posted, issued by the CTC, makes it clear that the state of California doesn't accept SLLA for admin credentials: it accepts only CPACE. If your goal is an admin credential in California, you're going to be taking CPACE sooner or later, and I don't see a good reason to take two different tests when you could take just one. In any case, please check this out with the people at the county office of education, whose job it is to be well steeped in the requirements that are specific to California.
     
  17. Sargis

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    Thank you for all of your help and suggestions. I will look into it today!
     
  18. iwd215

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    Quick thoughts!
    -Took test in December, scores released today
    -181, needed 163 in PA
    -Desiree Alexander has amazing resources. If you are feeling nervous about the test, take her course! Her page has some study guides that are free; use them!
    -buy the practice web test. Take it as many times until you have locked in the correct answers. The goal is not to think while taking the exam, but just feel confident that you know what the exam wants to hear.
    -I was lazy with the essay practice. They are tough, but again write with confidence as if you were an administrator whose plans are put into place and your supports always work. DON'T write as if addressing concerns at your own school. This is a fake test world, not your actual job setting!

    blessings to all who are going to take the test!
     
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    I am currently taking courses for my principal certification. I still have 6 courses to go, so I do have plenty of time to prepare for the SLLA praxis. I am very concerned about the MC questions. I have taken a handful of practice tests and notice that I am usually getting half of the questions wrong. Test taking was never my strongest point. Is there a successful tip to choosing the correct answer? I have also noted that my first answers were usually correct but felt compelled to change them at some point.
     
  20. Lead_the_Future

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    I struggled with the test. I live in MS and we require the highest passing score of any state which requires the SLLA. I took the SLLA twice missing MS's score by 2 points. The last time I took it in Memphis,TN instead of MS and scored much higher than the minimum. The last time I studied the online test prep by ETS and read why the answers I got wrong were wrong. It made me focus on the possible reasons I was missing the questions. Most of the time you need to make sure your MC answers are restating what is in the question. There maybe a few of your choices which sound correct and are probably even considered best practices but whether they relate to the question is what you should look for.
     

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