I took the test last month - failed the MC (189), but passed the essay (whew). I had 79 questions on my test. There were a lot of scenario questions that had two answers that weren't good options, and two that seemed like realistic options that you could see yourself doing depending on the class and students you were dealing with. For example (but not an actual question), "You notice that you have a small group xxyz grade students that are having a hard time with a particular topic. What is the best way to address this?" And then it'll give you answers that may include mini lessons, using small groups, addressing the entire class, etc. And then you sit there and over analyze the scenario as the time ticks down. At one point, i just looked at the 40 cameras on the ceiling that were facing me and shrugged lol. The literature questions weren't terrible, the media literacy questions were weird, but doable. There were a handful of questions that had to do with grade-specific student speeches. Heck, there were actually a lot of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade questions, and I know I failed a lot of them because that's what my results showed lol. I mean, one of the questions that totally puzzled me I've yet to find an actual answer or strategy for. I've now asked three 6th grade teachers about it and they just look at me and ask wtf...why would this ever come up? My best advice is to study teaching strategy and how to apply them - memorizing facts and definitions will only get you so far. I went into the essay with the strategy I think LitGirl talked about. I had five paragraphs - an intro w/ a clear thesis statement, three supporting paragraphs that included plenty of quoted material from the story, and then a conclusion. I am terrible at analyzing things in a short period of time, so this essay was a huge worry for me; having a strategy was very, very helpful. I even went in with a mental list of 10 words (elements of literature, styles, etc) that I was comfortable using and could apply to just about any essay, and I easily used almost all of them. My essay wasn't long at all, but I made sure my spelling and grammar was on point, that it flowed well, and it was easy to follow. I spent the first 5 minutes reading the poem and story, taking notes on the materials they provided me. I ended up going with the story because I'd made more notes about things to analyze. Then I spent 40 minutes writing out the the first four paragraphs. I spent 5 minutes writing the conclusion, and then the remaining 10 minutes editing and polishing it (I'm really good at omitting words and changing tenses :/ ). I walked out of the building feeling terrible about the entire experience, so I was thrilled to find out that I'd gotten a Pass on the essay two and a half weeks later. As for what I've studied, I purchased a handful of exams from Exam Edge at the recommendation of some peers who passed the same test (these were somewhat helpful for literature-based questions). I purchased the Dr Jane Thielman book, which was OK, but I'm not terribly confident it was helpful for the test (I found the second half helpful because it's been 15 years since I took an English or Literature class and it refreshed my memory on terms and authors). After I failed, I rented (from Amazon) Jim Burke's "The English Teacher's Companion," which was recommended to me from a peer taking the 5-9 test (it's also recommended in this thread), and I thought I'd rented "Formative Assessment for English Language Arts: A Guide for Middle and High School Teachers" by Amy Benjamin, but apparently I bought it (this book came at the recommendation of my EPI program). So, hopefully I'll do a bit better next time around. I hope to retake it after spring break in March.