Discussion in 'Debate & Marathon Threads Archive' started by TheConspiracy, Mar 29, 2006.
Jul 3, 2009
I am keeping my fingers crossed for you!!!:thumb:
Jul 4, 2009
Thank you! Will you keep two fingers crossed for me because I landed a job too! My smiley looks up to the sky because God has blessed me so much! So many educators have lost their jobs and I feel bad for them. I hope and pray they will get their jobs back. I studied yesterday and I missed a few on my sample tests. I need to quit second-guessing myself. I heard that the exam is difficult, but anything that is worth having will not be easy to obtain . I will constantly pray and study and this is all that I can do :reading:. Did you think the test was difficult? Thanks for your support and have a safe and wonderful 4th of July!
I am having such a hard time finding a job Still waiting on an answer from a private school, and just sent out 2 more applications. This is sooo frustrating. I love teaching, but I think I should try other options.
Jul 5, 2009
I'm about to take the computer version of this test. Has anyone taken it? And if so, did you get your results afterwards? I'm just curious.
Hang in there! It took me two years to get a position. It has been tough, but it is possible to gain a position. You love teaching and kids need you! New schools are being created so if you see one, call the school asap. Check the district website to look for vacancies and new schools. Keep on sending out your cv, resume, references, etc.
I wish you luck!
I was told by a test taker that you will not get your results when you have finished. The essay is a separate test from the multiple choice portion. I think it depends on how many people take the test on a particular day.
I wish you luck!
I agree with your advice for djaychad in regards to getting a job. Last summer when I was looking for employment I would not only appy for jobs on the district website but I would email the principal directly. I actually got hired from a principal that responded back.
Jul 6, 2009
Cool! Talking to a principal can definitely work sometimes for job applicants. I talked to a principal and I am blessed to have a position-it can work! I think sometimes it just getting your name out there that makes a difference. Good luck to you on the exam!:thumb:
No problem ottoreni!
Jul 7, 2009
Don't worry, Tryingtoteach
If you are doing well on the sample tests, then you should be fine. I can't say if it was difficult or not, because everyone is different. It was what I expected and I think I was well prepared going into it. When studying begins to feel redundant, you are ready! I am thinking about you and sending good thoughts your way!
You do not receive the results after because the essay must be scored. However, I did not have to wait a full two weeks. My results were on-line (same site that you used to register for the exam) in 8 days and I received my official results a few days later.
Jul 8, 2009
Thank you so much for your words of encouragement!
I will let you know how I did!
Jul 9, 2009
Good Morning All. I am new to this site in my quest to study for the 6-12 Language Arts subject area exam. Does anyone have ANY suggestions?
If you go back through some of the posts, many have found a prep guide that was helpful for them.
I used the download from the state to prepare. The version I took was entirely classroom-situational rather than testing my knowledge of English.
Thanks for a quick response. The study guide from the state was a bit ambiguous. It seems as though it could be more than one answer for any given question.
When you take the test, remember: Perfect classroom. Perfect students. Perfect environment. Assume the kids are like Stepford Wives and you'll find the answer
Jul 10, 2009
Welcome! I will take my test bvery soon. Look at the previous posts--they have helped me out a lot! The people on the forum are so wonderful and motivational! I have been studying literary terms and I will see the terms soon! I have learned to focus entirely on the kids! The test is about the subject area, but I totally agree with Chebrutta! Chebrutta is "jonnyonthespot"! I have been using a study guide that allows you to practice the test in real world situations. I like this guide because you can see the areas you need to work on and you can practice the essay. I practiced writing my essay on yesterday. It is ok, but I will practice tonight writing it too. I'm just glad that I will take my test soon! I am praying that I pass this test. I have studied, studied, studied and studied! :help:
Hope this helps!
I did an interview a month ago (private school). The interview went very well. The Principal told me that she could not give me an exact time when she can get back to me since a lot was going on at the school at that time, and I was the first person she interviewed. She also said I could call her as well. What do you think? Do you think I should give her a call or continue to wait?
Jul 11, 2009
I would follow-up with the principal. It has been a month and you need to know where you stand. I would look into other schools too!
Hope this helps!
Aug 2, 2009
How are things going for you in your job search? Good I hope!
Aug 6, 2009
hi everyone, congrads to all that have passed exams they set out to take, especially english 6-12. i have been having trouble passing that exam, taken it twice and can't seem to get it. it presents more scenarios then testing knowledge of terms an so forth. i have the FTCE study guide, is there another guide that proves to be more helpful. the essay isnt the problem, the mutiple choice questions are.
Multiple choice a problem? Hm. Here's an exercise with the study guide you've got: Pick a question about a scenario and cover up its possible answers; pretend it's a short-answer question and answer it, starting with a label for the scenario and for the grade level, if any, mentioned in the question; then look to see which of the possible answers is most like the answer you came up with and how it differs from the answer you came up with. Repeat with other questions.
Pay attention to grade level, and make sure you know the state standards for the different grades: often the possible answer that is true for working with sixth graders doesn't do so well for working with high school juniors.
Mar 13, 2011
FTCE ENGLISH HELP!!!!
I have no idea what I should pay more attention. I took the practice exam and only missed 2 for the English 6-12 exam. I just want to pass this exam. Any suggestions??
Apr 25, 2011
I am also taking it on April 30th for the same subjects as you! Good luck!
Jan 24, 2012
Hello Teachers and Striving to be Teachers!!!
Has anyone recently taken the FTCE English 6-12 Exam. I am set to take it in February. I have passed the GKT, Mathematics and now I need to pass English 6-12 to finish my Masters degree in Secondary Ed. I saw on the state website the test ask a lot of scenario type questions. I would like advice on how to approach the essay..when they ask for critical approach method to the language and elements of the text what exactly are they referencing to? Thanks All!!!
"Elements of the text" usually include protagonist, antagonist, minor characters, figurative language, imagery, diction, attitude, point of view, and the like.
"Critical approaches to literature" are also called critical schools: if you will, lenses through which works of literature have been viewed over time, such as reader-response criticism or the New Historicism; a decent overview of critical approaches to literature is http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/virtualit/poetry/critical.html.
Feb 15, 2012
Hey Teacher Groupie!!
Thanks for the help. My exam is this friday and I have figured out what elements are and thanks for the link.
Mar 4, 2012
Thank you for the guide!
Mar 5, 2012
Retaking the 6-12
After reading this entire forum, it seems that the test hasn't changed much over the years. I took the test in January of 2012, but unfortunately found out exactly 4 weeks later that I did not pass. I had a score of 193/200. I remember being completely lost as to what to write about when it came to the essay. The essay was first without the option to do the multiple choice questions first (which usually help me in essays since they often cover terminology). I don't think I used any critical approach or terminology, I just started writing out of fear of running out of time. I am taking the test again tomorrow and have spent all day today reading the forum and taking notes on things that have been suggested to help me. Since I have gotten so much help here I am going to share how I felt about my retake and what strategies seemed to help me. Most of that will matter more once I get the results though, I am sure. I can't wait to finally pass this test so that I can start looking for a job, I don't feel that I would be looked at without passing the test so here I go again! I will report!
Mar 6, 2012
needing help with the essay part of the ftce english 6-12 exam any help would be great
What about the essay task (which I don't recall clearly) has you feeling unhappy, dea451?
Apr 10, 2012
Well once again after a 6 month break I am attempting cset english 1 AGAIN. This will be my 6th time. I have all the other three and for some reason I can not pass this one. Any new helpful hints for 2012? My scores have all been either 210 or 216, so I know that I'm close, but I HAVE to pass again. Someone help me. I beg of you
Apr 30, 2012
Hello A to Z!
New to the site and to the career, was wondering if you could possibly recommend any study tools for the Humanities and Foundations of Reading MTELS.
The site looks wonderful from what I've explored! Thank you for making the resources avaialble!
Welcome to A to Z, Conquistador! How are you generally as a test taker?
May 7, 2012
I generally fare well but can struggle to be clear and explicit in my explanation of short and long answer questions
First, an aside: this thread happens to be for exams of English, and one is expected to employ a moderately literate style: full sentences, paragraphs, reasonably correct mechanics, and so on. Any advice as to how to write will be calibrated to the English exam.
Exams in other areas generally allow bullet lists and the like. In other words, the point is not to write pretty, but rather to show off content and ability to reason with it. You don't have to (and in fact probably shouldn't) repeat the question, except perhaps in a phrase; you don't have to introduce or conclude. What you do need to do is get to the point as you would in discussing the issue with a colleague who knows the field (and whom you'd like to impress favorably) - because said colleague is the sort of person who is scoring these things.
For Foundations of Reading, look for the threads on the various tests of reading instruction methodology in the Other Tests subforum.
May 10, 2012
Praxis II Content Knowledge: English....
I was just wondering if there are any specific links for the Praxis II Content English test. I am taking the test in July and I have been taking practice tests in ETS books, etc. but my largest concern is the historical and cultural context parts along with a little bit of the English patterns, structures, forms, and genres section. I was hoping that someone had some helpful study tips or advice so that I can get well acquainted with these areas in my study plan. Thanks so much
Welcome to A to Z, GiverofEnglish. What's your background in English? What's your history with this test?
I am majoring in English at Hollins University and have yet to take the Praxis II exam. I have completed the VCLA and the Praxis I tests. I am now a senior and scheduled to take the exam this upcoming July and have to have it completed before November 1st for Student Teaching purposes. Any help to learning historical and cultural context plus patterns, structures, etc. before taking the test would be much appreciated! I would like to be able to pass it the first time so that I can finally have the feeling of relief!!