TExES Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test – Spanish (190) Practice Test

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The Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) for Spanish is an exam used to assess your requisite skills and knowledge as an entry-level teacher in Texas public schools.

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Exam Outline

The TExES BTLPT Spanish exam contains 84 selected-response questions and 7 constructed-response questions, and you will be given a total of 3.5 hours to complete the exam.

The exam is split into four content domains, and the questions in each domain belong to a competency standard for educators that has been outlined by the State Board for Educator Certification.

I. Listening Comprehension (21%)

The questions in this domain fall under Standard I:

Standard I:
You are expected to be able to interpret meaning, derive essential information, and evaluate oral communications in Spanish.

Here are some specific topics you will be tested on:

  • Evaluating information in bilingual situations that would be encountered in professional settings involving educators, students, or parents/guardians
  • Understanding main ideas and details of English- and Spanish-spoken discourse on a variety of topics and in a variety of contexts
  • Inferring meaning from oral communications pertaining to bilingual education
  • Understanding basic information and details from oral discourse related to the school environment in a variety of contexts

II. Reading Comprehension (26%)

The questions in this domain fall under Standard II:

Standard II:
You are expected to be able to derive essential information, interpret meaning, and evaluate a variety of authentic materials written in Spanish.

Here are some specific topics you will be tested on:

  • Understanding the literal content of authentic Spanish-written materials in a variety of contexts
  • Applying critical reading skills to Spanish-written materials
  • Analyzing a variety of authentic Spanish-written materials that represent cultural aspects of the Spanish language
  • Understanding the main ideas and details of authentic Spanish-written materials
  • Applying reading comprehension skills to various types of texts
  • Applying interpretation and inference skills to a variety of authentic Spanish-written materials

III. Oral Expression (29%)

The questions in this domain fall under Standard III:

Standard III:
You are expected to be able to construct effective interpersonal and presentational oral discourse in Spanish.

Here are some specific topics you will be tested on:

  • Using general and content-specific vocabulary to communicate information and discuss relevant topics
  • Responding orally to everyday situations in the bilingual classroom
  • Exhibiting an appropriate level of cultural sensitivity and knowledge
  • Constructing oral discourse in Spanish
  • Using formal and informal registers
  • Using spoken language with a variety of audiences

IV. Written Expression (24%)

The questions in this domain fall under Standard IV:

Standard IV:
You are expected to be able to write effective interpersonal and presentational discourse in Spanish.

Here are some specific topics you will be tested on:

  • Developing written lesson plans and instructional materials in Spanish
  • Using general and content-specific vocabulary
  • Using written discourse to persuade
  • Using written discourse to narrate, explain, and describe all major time frames in Spanish
  • Exhibiting cultural sensitivity and knowledge
  • Using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, and syntax

exam outline for the TExES Bilingual Target Language Proficiency (Spanish) exam, which contains 91 questions and has a time limit of 3.5 hours

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Exam Registration

To register for the exam, you must create an online NES account via their website. Once your account has been created, you can use it to register for the exam and schedule an exam date. When you register, you will need to pay the $116 examination fee.

Test Day

On the day of your test appointment, you should arrive at the testing center 30 minutes early to allow time for the check-in process to occur. During this process, you will be asked to sign in and provide at least one form of valid photo ID. If your ID is invalid, you will not be permitted to take the exam that day and your exam fees will be forfeited.

After the check-in process is complete, you will be asked to leave all personal items (cell phone, watch, wallet, keys, etc.) in a locker outside the testing area.

Once you enter the testing room, you will be given a brief tutorial on the computer-adaptive testing system. Once the tutorial is complete, the exam will begin.

You are allowed to take a restroom break during the exam, but the timer will not be paused while you are away.

How the Exam is Scored

The TExES Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (Spanish) exam is computer-adaptive. Here’s a look at how it works:

A flowchart that shows the adaptive nature of the exam

The first question is judged to be of medium difficulty, and depending on your performance, the next question may be easier or harder. If you do well on the first question, the second question will be harder; conversely, if you do poorly on the first question, the second question will be easy.

The questions on this exam are rated on a scale of 100-300. The higher a question is rated, the harder the question is (e.g., a question marked as 208 will be more difficult than a question marked 145).

To pass the exam, your final question must be on or above the 240 mark. If your final question is below this mark, you will not pass the exam, even if you have answered some questions above the 240 mark at some point during the exam. This is because the computer has rated the difficulty of your final question based on how you answered the previous questions.

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FAQs

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How many questions are on the TExES BTLPT Spanish exam?

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There are 84 selected-response questions, 3 writing constructed-response questions, and 4 speaking constructed-response questions on the exam.

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How long is the TExES BTLPT Spanish exam?

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The time limit for the exam is 3.5 hours.

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What is the passing score for the TExES BTLPT Spanish exam?

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To pass the exam, you must achieve a minimum passing score of 240.

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How much does the TExES BTLPT Spanish exam cost?

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The examination fee is $116.


By Eric Richter

Eric is the Product Development Manager responsible for developing and updating the Mometrix Teacher Certification and K-12 products. Eric has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s of education in Teaching ESOL.

 

by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: May 30, 2024