Okay, so I've requested permission from my ACP to register for the 8-12 ELAR test. I've taken 3 computer administered tests before and passed them all with no problem whatsoever (I am SO glad I'm a good test taker. It must be horrible to have test anxiety!), but this one is only offered on paper for some reason. I can't take it until August 29, which is the Saturday after school starts here. Since it's paper-based, I probably won't receive my scores for 3 weeks after the test. I've noticed that lots of schools around here are posting openings for HS English, which is one of the reason I'm taking this test. It was always my best/favorite subject in school, but I never wanted to teach it because I didn't want to have to grade mountains of essays. Obviously I didn't know how hard it was going to be to get a job when I started getting picky about what I wanted to teach! I've already got in applications to LOTS of districts around here for 4-8 Generalist, 4-8 Math, and 6-12 Business. Pretty much any opening that fits those, I've applied for. Should I go ahead and apply for HS ELAR positions, even though I haven't taken the test? If so, should I just mention in my cover letter that I'm taking it on X date? Should I mention when I expect to have the results? Or should I just wait?