ESE & English 6-12 FTCE/SAE

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  1. catnfiddle

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    I have, thank you. I've recently contacted the district as I was told they have information to study also. Fingers crossed.
     
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    Thank you, I really appreciate you taking the time to reply to me...:)
     
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    Has anyone tried exam edge for test prep on this test?
     
  5. Ctil16

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    Hello all! I am taking the test again tomorrow (third time with the MC) and needing to pass it by my May graduation. I already have a job offer but I need to pass the test! The first time I took it I scored 193 and my second attempt was 171. The test was almost identical to the first time I took it so I changed a few answers and then did worse. I'm so frustrated! I have outdated study guides and I've been reading anything I can find online as well as going through all of your suggestions. There's a book coming out later this month on Amazon that's supposed to be based on the new test. Good luck, everyone.
     
  6. teaching hopeful

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    I took the essay again and got the word last night that I DID NOT pass the test. I wrote a 4 paragraph essay. I have one more chance to take it before I lose my temporary certificate and my job. There have been 3 teachers that lost their job teaching at my school because of these tests. The essay is the ONLY thing holding me back. Has anyone passed the essay part? If so any tips?
     
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    Hi, so, LitGirl, gave a really good example of how to write the essay, she uses the 5 paragraph way...the first paragraph is the intro and the last paragraph is the conclusion and the 3 paragraphs in the middle are where you give your info on your three areas of content. Look her up, she has put so much invaluable information on here.
     
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    LitGirl:

    I was told you posted a good outline of the essay portion. However, I cannot seem to find it. Can you point me in the right direction? I passed my MC but took the essay twice and have not passed it. I have until June-30. So that means I have one more chance to test and pass or I lose my job. Any help is appreciated. I have been writing 4 paragraphs but wonder if they are looking for 5 or perhaps it doesn't even matter.

     
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    I'm planning to take this exam next month, and I'm currently a teacher in Broward County
     
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    Hi, Lisa! I took the test for the first time in February. Just got my results back: 191. Grr! I made notes to myself immediately after the test, then sat down with two other colleagues to see what answers they may have chosen differently. So far I've only identified 4 questions that I definitely got wrong. I still don't know the correct answers to others. The scenarios definitely seem to be the tricky ones and the Mass Media section was my lowest score. I have no idea what to expect for round two, but would love to have someone to bounce ideas off of! Did you say you aren't taking the test again until April? Are you actively studying now?
     
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    Hi, teaching hopeful! I took the test in February and just got my results last week. I passed the essay but did not pass the Multiple Choice (I got 191 and the threshhold is 200 -- Grrr!!). I wanted to share a resource with you that I believe made the difference for me. Broward County (I think) put out a study guide for this test. Try searching on Google for 'broward.k12.fl.us english ftce 6-12 competency #7 ability to write well on a selection from' and a document title 'Are You Surprised?' will pop up. It ends with 9.doc. I wish I could post the link here for you! It references an older version of the test, but the essay bit is still relevant. I felt like the content of my writing and my actual analysis of the passage was mediocre at best, but I did everything that the guide outlined to do in the essay and I believe that's what really got me over the finish line. I also practiced a timed writing with about 12 different passages -- probably overkill for most, but my background is not in English Literature. Most of the passages I got from the Dr. Jane Thielmann text -- I just opened to a random selection in (Chapter 4?) the overview of literature, which contains many sample passages. There are also a few in the online reference above.
     
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    I thought I replied
    I hope when you do finally pass it you'll come back and share what strategies were the most beneficial to you! We'd love to learn from you!
     
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    How helpful was Mometrix 2016 guide for the new SAE English 6-12 Test?
     
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    Planning to take the test for the first time at the end of this month.. working in Manatee county and live in Pinellas if anyone is interested in studying together!?
     
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    I anyone could please email me with any information on this test, my email is yazminandino 88 at gmail dot com. Thank you so much!
     
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    Hi everyone. I took the English 6-12 for the first time today and I passed the MC! I feel good about the essay, too, but we'll see. So I know I can't post any exact test questions, but I was FREAKING OUT just yesterday so I wanted to at least share my thoughts in case they offer even ONE person some comfort.
    I now disagree with those who said things like "You CAN'T study for this test!" or "It's impossible!" About half of the questions were scenario based, and you would fail if you got all of those wrong, but the other half of questions are things you can study for. It IS annoying because you will study every single period of literature (romanticism, modernism, transcendentalism....) and then there will be only ONE question that requires this info. But at least when you see that question, you will know it.
    This annoying situation of knowing 10000 things about a topic and only being questioned 2-3 times on them applies to the following: literature movements; specific famous speeches, authors, novels, poems, plays, etc; literary terms like allusion, personification; grammar/editing skills like verb phrases, modifiers, usage, vocabulary (as in you have to use context clues to figure out vocab)

    I know that that is A LOT to know. Trust me. But it would have been worth it for me to study every grammar rule like the back of my hand to be confident when I saw a question about phrasal verbs, or whatever, instead of to look at it in stress. It was worth it to study every time period to feel confident when I saw the exact description I studied for the harlem renaissance, or the modernist era, for example.

    I used study dot com. They have a course called FTCE English 6-12 and it has 35 chapters. Each chapter has like 10 mini lessons, all of which are around 10 minutes. And each mini lesson has a 5 question quiz. I found this website actually really helpful and loved it. It's $60 a month for the premium membership, but I did the 5 day free trial and crammed lol. I did not feel comfortable buying any of the book guides because of the bad reviews.

    As far as the OTHER half of questions that are not so simple/factual....
    I really like readingrockets dot org for good articles about teaching strategies when it comes to literacy.
    They have a great article from them explaining Higher-Order Thinking:
    You can use their search bar and just click around/read around for things like readers theatre, choral reading, and other strategies that you will need to know for the exam

    A strategy I used during the test, which was time consuming, but not so much that I didn't finish with time to review, is that I WROTE out the verb for every question.... verbs like "assess" and "evaluate." I wrote out the major nouns like "8th grade class" or "science class" I would also write out ABCD for MANY questions and then physically cross them out. My dry erase paper board thing looked so full and crazy. It just seemed to help me focus on what I needed to focus on. like "Okay so this is a 9th grade class, they are studying a play, the question is asking what will help them with VOCABULARY" and then even though the answer choices all look good at first, it actually was easy to be like well choice A is helping with grammar and choice B is helping with oral communication and choice C is helping with writing and choice D is about vocabulary.

    To sum that up, EVERY SINGLE WORD IN THE QUESTION AND ANSWERS MUST BE THOROUGHLY UNDERSTOOD. There is no "that answer SEEMS right." You have to know why you are choosing it. I did feel like most of the scenario question did have a best answer that really matched the verbs and nouns in the question.

    Good luck!!!
     
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    Sillythibs, that's spot on.
     
  18. Shannon OBrien

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    Taking this exam on May 11! I assumed it would be just as easy as all of the other teacher exams that I have already passed on the first try. Now I am worried! Its been a few years since I have been in school...... Help? I have been studying from the FTCE English 6-12 Xam online study guide as well as online research.
     
  19. krose1011

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    Are you using the new Xam book to study? There's one that just came out on March 31st.
     
  20. Shannon OBrien

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    Yes I am! I believe it is the most recent one. It is says the copyright is 2017. I like it so far however I do not feel like it goes into too much detail about each competency
     

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