TEACHER CERTIFICATION TEST PREPARATION
A Teacher Certification Test is required for all professional educators. For most, this test is crucial for the future of their careers. Thorough preparation is therefore necessary months before the scheduled test. We have compiled several helpful tips for the Teacher Certification Test Preparation.
There are many types of Teacher Certification tests. In the United States, it varies from state to state. It would be best to do some research on the particular requirements of the Teacher Certification Test in your state or locality. Requirements may vary, so early research with respect to the requirements and other important details is advised. Following are helpful tips and guidelines for preparing for a teacher certification test.
1 Know the requirements and guidelines for taking the test. Teacher Certification Tests vary across the different states so, the requirements may also vary. Knowing these details ahead of time will make you well aware of how much time it would take for you to complete the requirements or what you would need to be able to take the test.
2 Acquire test preparation materials. Using preparation materials are better than self study. Months of self-study can easily be beaten by a few weeks using study guides and other preparation materials. There are hundreds of these materials available on the internet. There are numerous sophisticated study guide packages for sale for reasonable prices. The price is well worth it and will pay off 10-fold.
3 Contact your Community College for refresher or review classes. These classes are given by experienced instructors. A specific timeline is followed so you may be more motivated to study in this setting.
4 Contact your board advisor. In some juristidictions, the Board that conducts teacher certifications assigns each candidate with an advisor free of charge. The advisor can be helpful in guiding you through the preparation process. This advisor is very knowledgeable of the process and can give you useful tips along the way. If you opt not to use the services of your advisor, be courteous enough to inform them. This way, they can be transferred to other candidates who need their help more.
5 Take practice tests or assessment tests. Analyzing the results of practice tests tells you where your present score is and highlight the areas you might be lacking. This will help you when you begin your study plan by making you aware of the areas you must concentrate on.
6 Develop a study plan. A study plan should include a schedule along with the areas you need to cover. Make sure your study plan is achievable. The study plan will help you go through the preparation stage more easily. It will give you an idea on just how much time and work you have to put into preparation for the test.
7 Consult other resources. Use multiple sources such as past exams, text books, online sources and study guides. It will also be helpful to consult your teachers, professor and other people you might know who have taken the test in the past. They can give you helpful hints and strategies.
Guidelines for the Test Day Itself:
7 Read and reread directions. Take your time in reading the directions. This will prevent unnecessary errors that could jeopardize your grade. It is important for you to know EXACTLY what is being asked of you.
8 Use time wisely. The test will be timed, so you must budget your time. Answer the questions you know the answer to first. Mark those you do not know, make a guess on the answer sheet. After you have answered all the questions you are sure of, go back to the questions you marked. Remember; do not leave any number blank.
9 Mark your answers carefully. The test will be checked by a computer. It is best if you mark your answers carefully and properly to avoid any confusion.
10 If you have time, double-check your answers. If you finish ahead of time, go over your answers again, especially those you are not sure of.
11 Never leave a test early. You can always check it over one more time.
Teacher certifications test may vary from one place to another but the tips we showed you are general tips for preparing for the exam. Give yourself ample time to prepare. Partner this with diligent study and you will be a certified teacher before you know it.
About the Author: Brian Stocker is a former teacher and Psychologist. He has written widely on education and testing. Visit his websites Teacher Certification Exams and Study Skills for information and study guides on College Entrance exams, test preparation and how to study.