TExES English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 (217) Practice Test

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The TExES English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 exam is an assessment test designed to test the knowledge of entry-level educators in the state of Texas.

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Exam Outline

The TExES English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 exam contains 90 selected-response questions and one constructed-response question, and you will be given a time limit of 4 hours and 45 minutes.

The exam is split into five domains:

I. Foundations of Reading (27%)

The questions in this domain assess your knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Foundations of teaching reading
  • Foundational reading skills
  • Word analysis skills
  • Reading fluency
  • Vocabulary development

II. Text Comprehension and Analysis (20%)

The questions in this domain assess your knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension and development
  • Reading literary texts
  • Reading informational and argumentative texts

III. Oral and Written Communication (20%)

The questions in this domain assess your knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Composition
  • Inquiry and research
  • Listening and speaking

IV. Educating All Learners and Professional Practice (13%)

The questions in this domain assess your knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Differentiation strategies in planning and practice
  • Culturally responsive practices
  • Data-driven practice
  • Formal and informal assessments

V. Constructed Response (20%)

The question in this domain is the single constructed-response question. You will be asked to write a short essay describing the development of instruction that will help all students achieve a specific learning goal.

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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 $136 examination fee.

Test Day

On exam day, you should arrive at the testing center 30 minutes early on the day of your testing appointment. Upon arrival, you will be asked to sign in and provide at least one form of valid photo ID.

After the check-in process is complete, you will be asked to leave all personal items (cell phone, 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 before the exam begins.

How the Exam is Scored

The TExES English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 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 235 will be more difficult than a question marked 205).

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 English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 exam?

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There are 90 selected-response questions and one constructed-response question on the exam.

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How long is the TExES English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 exam?

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The time limit for the exam is 4 hours and 45 minutes.

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What is the passing score for the TExES English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 exam?

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

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How much does the TExES English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 exam cost

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The examination fee is $136.


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