ESE & English 6-12 FTCE/SAE

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  1. krose1011

    krose1011 Rookie

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    I took the exam last Saturday, and I did not pass. I just ordered this book and The English Teacher's Companion by Jim Burke. The thing about this exam is that there is so much material covered in the book and so little on the exam. You just never know what they'll give you
     
  2. EEDoubleyou

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    I've been following this thread for several months and I first want to thank everyone who has taken the time to share their strategies. I am a career changer looking to teach middle or high school English and have passed the GK exam and took the FTCE English 6-12 last year passing the essay but failing the MC portion (score was a 180). I did not prepare for the English test and took it just to get a feel for it and experienced many of the same frustrations/confusion people expressed in this thread. I have recently signed up to take it again in June and have the Jane Thielmann-Downs and XAM (2008 version) study guides and have signed up for study stack, quizlet and per previous posts started watching videos on teachingchannel and reading articles on readingrocket about teaching strategies. I've done some googling about media literacy but have just come across legislative bills that are confusing and not really anything to study so I'd be interested if anyone has any better strategy to study for that portion? I've also gotten bogged down in both of the study guides and starting to suffer from "analysis paralysis" and trying to come up with a more targeted strategy and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations on portions of these books to hone in on? Thanks in advance
     
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  3. krose1011

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    How long did it take to receive your essay score? They say up to six weeks, but does it actually take six weeks?
     
  4. marike

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    I took the test 1/27 and received my essay results on 2/14. So it's more like it can take "up to six weeks". They will send you an email when the scores posted.
     
  5. marike

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    I retook the MC and received my unofficial pass.

    I purchased the new 2017 FTCE English 6-12 book when it was released via Amazon. I thought the information in the book was a tad vague, but found the practice test and answer explanations useful. The book does list a variety of web sites throughout for more information on topics, which might make the book more useful if you've got the time to look them up and study (I didn't visit any specifically, however I did recognize a few of the addresses as places I'd used for some of my education classes).

    My best advice for anyone who has failed it once: study the questions you remember from the previous attempt. The post on pg 8 by Sillythibs about paying attention to the verbs used in the scenario questions, as well as other important information such as time frames was helpful when it came to narrowing down the best option from two answers.
     
  6. Shannon OBrien

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    Just took the test today and failed! I felt prepared and felt good about most of my answers however I did not pass. Not sure what else to study in preparation for my next attempt.
     
  7. krose1011

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    If you leave your email address below, I can send you some of the study material that I've been using. I've also used Kathleen Jasper's ftce English 6-12 study guide
     
  8. Shannon OBrien

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    saobrien @ mail dot usf dot edu !!
    Thank you so much!!!
     
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    Willieholmes2010 @ yahoo dot com please send me anything that will help, thank you so much
     
  10. reneasworld

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    I recently took the English 6-12 exam. Originally, I planned to spend the time to study but because of a job offer, I needed to get the certification or lose the new position. So in a matter of 24 hours, I bit the bullet and took the exam. What did I do? The FTCE prep site (they wouldn't let me supply the link here)
    First, I tried the 10 question free practice and then I purchased two tests. Many of the questions were similar to questions on the exam. What I loved about their exams is that they don't just give you the exam. They provide reasoning for the answers or incorrect answers. I utilized that information as a study guide. Also, they allow you to repeat the purchased exam several times. If I had more time I would have purchased the bulk because the second purchase gave me, even more, insight and different variations. I highly suggest this site.

    By the way, I passed the MC and am awaiting the essay portion.
     
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    Reneasworld: Can you spell-out the website so we can take a look at it.
    Thanks for responding.:innocent:
     
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    The sight is all in the name. FTCE prep dot com.
     
  13. Gemma McKeon

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    Hi there! I realize this is an old thread but I wanted to see if I could also send you my email and get some info! Thank you!!
     
  14. Gemma McKeon

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    HI there! I am preparing to take the exam at the end of this month. I am so worried i have been studying the wrong materials after reading these posts!! Do you have any suggestions? I would love to check out either some of your notes or study guides if you still have them.
     
  15. EEDoubleyou

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    Hi everyone,

    So I took the exam again this morning and got an unofficial did not pass. As has been expressed throughout this thread I'm very frustrated as I put in a lot of time studying and preparing. Here is what I did:

    - Read 2008 version of XAM Study Guide, highlighted and made notes which I reviewed several times. Also took the practice exam at the end of the book probably a dozen or more times, making notes to review what I missed
    - Bought a used copy of the JT Downs study guide and worked through all the practice exams and again reviewed and made notes on the questions I got wrong
    - Read a book called "How to Read Literature Like a Professor" (which ended up being more for enjoyment than helpful)
    - Worked through flash cards and practice tests on studystack dot com
    - Watched a handful of videos on teachingchannel dot org and readingrockets dot org and made notes
    - I had 2 sessions with 2 separate tutors locally in South Florida but neither were particularly helpful as they didn't have any specific plan other than to just work through XAM Study Guide which I was already doing on my own
    - Finally this past week I did a free 5 day trial with study dot com and worked through several lessons on teaching methods for the FTCE English 6-12 (there are 300+ lessons and I worked through almost 70 of them)
    - As I took the exam I tried really hard to take my time and focus on the questions and I used the scratch pad to write out sentences and narrow down my choices to the best two answers (I was only taking multiple choice as I've passed the essay portion previously)

    This was my second attempt and I really tried to leave no stone unturned so I'm beyond frustrated and really deflated. I think I'm a relatively smart person and I'm willing to work hard to pass but as a career changer with no background in teaching or schooling in teacher preparation, I'm wondering if it's just not meant to be for me as the best I could on most of the questions were make educated guesses (my friends who are teachers have been telling me I'm crazy to try and change careers especially with the current political climate and uncertainty around education policy). I've reached out to local colleges/universities to see if there are any review courses and haven't been able to find any (I did find some review courses for the GK exam which I passed and they were a huge help) other than the teacher preparation institutes for career changers which I'm reluctant to sign up for until I'm sure this is what I want to do as a career.

    I know others have chimed in on a couple of resources that I haven't used. From the posts by Marike, KRose and reneasworld I could try: the 2017 XAM study guide, the Kathleen Jasper study guide and ftceprep dot com practice tests. While I'm deciding if I even want to do this I was wondering if anyone might have any other recommendations?

    Thanks in advance for any other suggestions and/or moral support
     
  16. Janley

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    Hey everyone I took this exam and did not pass. Is there anyone who can email me any links or send me and useful resources. I would greatly appreciate it. My email is Clerge Janley @ gmail dot com
     
  17. TeacherLauren23

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    Hey all! This thread has been most helpful. Thank you LitGirl for all the amazing resources. I feel like I have SO much to go through/ study that it's overwhelming! LOL! Guess it's better than not having enough information, right? I too got the FTCE English book by Dr. Jane Thielemann Downs. I've only gone through Chapter 1 so far, but holy wow on the amount of information. I do have an English degree and am switching from elementary to middle school. I'm looking to take the test at the beginning of July and NEED to pass the first time. Thankfully have the time to study, but these tests and all this stress makes me want to pull my hair out! Despite my English background, my weakness is all the Literature. I haven't seen some of this stuff in 20+ years! I'll spend most of my time on that, I believe.
     
  18. horizons

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    I took my test on June 5th, 2017.

    I bought two study FTCE study guides, one published in March 2017, one in 2008. I knew over 400 flash cards, high-lighted both books, etc. I felt confident going in.

    You will need to know subject area questions, and you do need to recognize authors and their genres. More than anything else, though, you need to know like the back of your hand, pedagogy. Strategy/best practices. There were numbers of questions with more than one correct answer. It was pretty brutal. So if you are scheduled to take your exam, study, study, study BEST PRACTICES IN CLASSROOM PROCEDURE more than anything else.

    If you're not a skilled writer, you'll need to really brush up on things like theme, your basic literary and figurative language, genres and literary periods, be able to identify iambic pentameter, and know how to use quotations with commas and end marks properly.

    I knew ten minutes going into that MC exam that I was unprepared, and it was pretty rough. My scores have not yet been posted yet, but I at least know what I'm in for now. I wish I had known previously. I wish you all luck on both exams -- study and stay positive! :)
     
  19. DAH

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    Horizons, you should already know if you passed or not. They usually give you an "unofficial" PASS or NOT PASS before you leave the test site. Can you give us a 'general' idea about the essay questions?
     
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    Hi, Dah,
    I got my Unofficial Not Pass on the MC. The scope of most of the questions was pedagogy, and I don't know my score yet, so I don't know how much I missed a passing score by.

    You will have 60 minutes to write your written portion, and you'll get two choices. You will probably need to critique it, identify the theme, and write an essay that both states your beliefs regarding the selection and also proves your comprehension. The directions will be fairly vague, so you should be prepared to throw everything you know about writing at them. Look at the 1, 3, 5, 7 scales they provide in the study guides and go with that. If you practice writing prompts until you can get a 7, and write in an hour's time, you should be okay. I had an English teacher friend critique my work for me, also.

    The practice prompts from my study guides gave me a good idea of what types of prompts to expect. For example, I used and properly quotated examples and discussed imagery and figurative language. In one study guide, I knew about how the time period influenced the writer and used that to prove my point. I would be familiar with the authors and the time periods they wrote in, because the time periods they wrote in influenced their writing, i.e., "why" did they write their works? That helped me flesh out a practice essay quite a bit.

    So while the MC may not ask a lot of subject area questions, you can use everything you know about it on the written portion. Be sure to practice and keep it to the 60 minutes. On my first practice run, I really knew what the kids who took the FL-Writes felt like, because I wrote in just under 58 minutes, and I'm a good writer. Be sure to proof, edit, and revise... for example, I found an instance of "the the" and was so glad I went back and corrected it.

    Based on the practice exam prompts that I've found, you might get a poem, a fiction or non-fiction piece (article, essay), etc. to respond to. As long as you can critique it, you should be fine.

    I was fortunate - I got a great question on the Writing Portion of the exam, so I believe that at the very least, I passed. Best of luck. :) :)
     
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    I have a link to a practice website if anyone would like to e-mail me. I just used it, and it's pretty dead on. I can't provide the link here, but you can e-mail me for it.
    My email is chasinghorizons4 at gmail dot com

    Horizons
     
  22. EEDoubleyou

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    I just received my official score and I got a 196, I totally went back and changed some answers and now I'm driving myself crazy thinking that's what messed me up. Anyway I have the chance to do a verification session but I recently read in the news about the low % of the tests that get those scores reversed. Has anybody done this and had a successful outcome?
     
  23. Leowife05

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    Hi, everyone. I just wanted to share my experience with this exam, with you. I am a career changer. I originally took the Elementary ED test and passed all but the English language arts. I received a 197. After taking it I had a good understanding of what kind of test it was; scenario based questions etc. I went back and took it 31 days later and passed. I have also passed the GKT with no issues. But, I have received a job offer for 7th grade English. I was immediately nervous about this test but chose to give myself 6 weeks to study. It is very difficult to find good study guides out there. I took the test yesterday and passed the multiple choice, of course, I am still waiting on the essay. I wanted to give my take on the test itself. It is strongly based in the elementary school test. A lot of the teaching strategies covered are found in the elementary English and reading study guides. If you are having issues I would look through those. The questions always seem to come down to two answers that both seem right. My best advice is take a breath and re-read those carefully. They are NOT both right. If you studied your strategies and techniques well, it will hit you that one answer is definitely not right. As for the questions about authors and specific works, there were very few. Those that were mentioned were very obvious for me. I remembered reading them in high school. There was only one I was unfamiliar with, however, the title gave away the answer very easily. I wouldn't suggest stressing about memorizing every great work of English literature. I would focus on teaching methods and strategies, technology used in the classroom and the implementation and purpose of various assessments. Hope this helps!


    I wanted to add to make sure you know and understand the critical approaches to analyzing literature. It was in my study guide so I assume its in others. I think that might be what trips people up with the essay.
     
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  24. Bruce33982

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    I took the exam first week of May and passed both parts - I really think many folks here are stressing out needlessly and that is affecting your outcome. The MC questions are pretty straight forward and you can always eliminate a couple of answers on each question. I agree that the study guide on the FLDOE website is useless - no relation to the test. I purchased on e of the FTCE prep tests mentioned above and took it the night before the test. Passing that gave me confidence that carried into the exam room. The essay question is not bad - there is no right or wrong answer. It just asks you to write about a passage from literature. Don't think you need to write too much - you will give yourself more chances to mess up. They allow 8000 characters - I used under 2500 and passed. If you try to fill the page you will end up rambling and will not pass. Now, about me. I am a 60 year old career changer who went to college 40 years ago. And, I was not an English major (accounting/economics). If I can do this, you can too. Relax.
     
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    Could you please send me information too? I keep getting 191 when I need a 200 :'(
     
  26. TeacherLauren23

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    Passed yesterday. Get the NavaEd study guide.
     
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    [QUOTE="TeacherLauren23]Passed yesterday.[/QUOTE]

    CONGRATULATIONS, Teacher!
     
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    Just received my essay score a couple days ago and I passed :)
     
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    You too, Leo? Hooraaaay! :celebrate:

    Did you do a four or five paragraph essay?
     
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    Litgirl are you still willing to send study guide? If so I will post my email. TIA!!
     
  31. Sep 28, 2017

    Hello everyone! New to the thread and VERY thankful for all the advice I have read. I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation on specific authors or books I should brush up on. As I take practice tests I do recognize a lot of the titles/authors from when I was in high school, but it has been a while so they aren't fresh. Any input would be amazing =)
     

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