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What You Need To Know About CTEL

Whichever subject you intend to teach, you'll find that passing the CTEL test will require you to make use of two sets of skills: recalling the knowledge that you possess; and answering exam questions quickly and accurately.

Both of these skill sets are vitally important. A good CTEL study guide can help you develop these skills.

What is the CTEL?

Teachers requiring certification to teach English Learners may choose to take the CTEL exams to earn the appropriate certification for their assignment.

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Time management and the process of elimination will be important elements in getting the score you need to pass the CTEL and become a teacher.

Understand the Questions, Tackle the Challenge

The CTEL Examination is composed of three separate subtests. The subtests are criterion referenced. A criterion-referenced test is designed to measure an examinee’s knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard rather than in relation to the performance of other examinees. The purpose of this examination is to help identify candidates for certification who have demonstrated the level of knowledge and skills required to effectively teach EL.

Each CTEL Examination subtest is designed to measure a specific set of knowledge and skills. All of the knowledge and skills were defined in conjunction with committees of California educators. Test materials matched to the knowledge and skills were developed using, in part, textbooks, California K–12 Student Academic Content Standards and curriculum frameworks, and CTC program standards. The materials were developed through consultation with California teachers, teacher educators, and other content and assessment specialists.

Refer to the following table for a description of each of the CTEL Examination subtests.

Subset 1 (Language and Language Development) covers (1) language structure and use and (2) first- and second-language development and their relationship to academic achievement. This subtest consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and one essay.

Subset 2 (Assessment and Instruction) covers the assessment of EL, the foundations of English language and literacy development and content instruction, and approaches and methods for English language development and content instruction. This subtest consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and two essays.

Subset 3 (Culture and Inclusion) covers culture and cultural diversity and their relationship to academic achievement and culturally inclusive instruction. This subtest does not focus on any specific cultural group and consists of 40 multiple-choice questions and one essay.
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