The questions on the TExES ELAR 4-8 test are designed to measure your ability to recall and think critically about the content provided in the test framework. For most of these questions, you will need to remember content provided in the framework, and also consider it carefully and analyze it critically.
The test is broken down into two domains. Each domain covers at least one of the standards required for educators in public schools in Texas. The table below makes this clearer.
Domain I: Oral Language, Early Literacy Development, Word Identification Skills, and Reading Fluency (33%).
To answer these questions effectively, you should understand:
- Listening and speaking skills, and the developmental process of learning a language
- Early literacy development
- Reading fluency and the elements of word identification – structural analysis, blending, decoding, and sight words
Domain II: Reading Comprehension and Assessment, Reading Applications, Written Language, Viewing and Representing and Study and Inquiry Skills (67%).
In order to answer these questions correctly, you need to understand:
- Strategies to improve student comprehension, and the processes of reading comprehension
- How to instruct students to apply their reading skills to improve comprehension
- Conventions in written English and how to help students gain proficiency in this area
- The process of interpreting, analyzing, and even producing visual images, and the ways students can gain these proficiencies
- The development and application of students’ study and inquiry skills
Each multiple-choice question has four offered solutions. Your score is determined by your number of correct answers. Any incorrect answers are not deducted from your test score.
There are two types of multiple-choice questions in this exam:
- Single questions
- Clustered questions
Single Questions: These are direct questions or incomplete statements. They may also include a graphic, reading sample, table, or any combination of these.
Clustered Questions: These questions are based on a stimulus – usually a passage, graphic, table, or combination of these – and contain two or more related questions.
Some of the questions you encounter on the test are pilot questions, meaning that they are being incorporated into the test on a trial basis to measure their effectiveness as future test questions. They are not identified as pilot questions in the test and your responses are not counted in your overall score.
All TExES exam scores are submitted to the same scaled scoring range – 100 to 300. The passing grade for the TExES ELAR 4-8 exam is 240.
Study time varies from student to student, as it does in any classroom. Try and study on multiple occasions and in a variety of venues. Get your studying material from the source itself. A good rule of thumb for any test is to multiply the hours the test time is by three, and then study for a bit more than that. Since the TExES ELAR 4-8 is 5 hours, plan on studying 15 – 20 hours for this test.
What test-takers wish they would’ve known:
- Review the program’s test policies
- Know what you need to bring to the exam center, including any forms of ID required to register
- Know the best route to get to the exam center – research traffic patterns and plan accordingly
- Study guides and notes are not allowed inside the testing center
- Research whether you have scheduled breaks in the exam, or how to take an unscheduled break
Information and screenshots obtained from NES/Pearson.