About This Test
The Middle School English Language Arts test is designed to assess whether an examinee has the knowledge and competencies necessary for a beginning teacher of English Language Arts at the middle school level. The 90 multiple-choice questions constitute approximately 75% of the examinee's score and fall into three categories: knowledge of concepts relevant to reading and literature study, knowledge of the history and use of the English language, and knowledge of concepts relevant to the study of composition and rhetoric. The two equally weighted constructed-response questions constitute approximately 25% of the examinee's score and emphasize the use of critical thinking skills. One question will ask examinees to interpret a piece of literary or nonfiction text and/or to discuss an approach to interpreting text; the other question will ask examinees to discuss approaches to teaching writing or teaching reading. With respect to the examinee's allocation of time on this assessment, it is expected that about 90 minutes will be spent on the multiple-choice section and about 15 minutes will be spent on each essay question (for an approximate total of 30 minutes on the constructed-response portion); the sections are not separately timed.
Please note that this test may contain some multiple-choice questions that will not count toward your score.