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GRE required?

Hey guys,
Just got accepted a few days ago and have a handful of questions.
1. Do I need to take the GREs to get accepted to the grad school part? There's no mention of it anywhere...
2. I'm an ESL fellow... Why do we have to take the multi-subject CST and not the ESOL CST? (I am freaking out about this btw, but study books are on their way now)
3. I am still working my full-time job, but I work nights and the events they are scheduling aren't giving us even a week's notice! I can't get the time off, but I can't afford to quit since I need to move to the city and won't get a decent paycheck till mid-sept! I don't know what to do! Any suggestions?



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Mar. 29th, 2014 06:27 am (UTC)
We do not have to take the GRE. Idk why we have to take the multi subject CST but I have gotten accepted for Special Ed and we hav to take the multi subject instead if the Special Ed CST & I too am freaked out about it. By "events" do you mean the meet and greet? I am hoping to meet a potential study buddy or 2 there. The tests have given me a bit of anxiety as ppl who have gone to college to b teachers are complaining about not being able to pass them.
Mar. 29th, 2014 11:35 am (UTC)
That is really strange that the special ed fellows are in the same boat! I guess I should be glad that we don't have to take both. I also was confused about why we have to take the tests before starting classes. I know the timing would be better so as not to get overwhelmed but I would like a more formal prep for such a hard test... Oh well, just gotta buck up and get it done. For events, there's the meet n greet (which I don't think I can attend T-T ) but there's also the job search webinars in my portal for as soon as Tuesday. I have read soooo many guides in the past few days and now I have to rush through another 50 page one. I'm not even done with the CST one because it's 70 pages... And as soon as my study book gets here I have to tear through that in less than a month.
I'm just venting, sorry. Four days ago I had nothing to do at all and was just going to prep for next year's application but now my world is really suddenly transformed and it's just so abrupt. That's what I signed up for I guess... Phew...
Apr. 4th, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)
They want you to give yourself more time just in case you have to retake exam, which many fellows in the past have. There are three exams you must take, so pace yourself. During summer training you will be too busy to take days off for exams so they want you to start immediately.
Use library material and online information to study.
Mar. 29th, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
It is very overwhelming! I haven't even accepted (which I will do later today) but my anxiety is through the roof. I know this is what we signed up for but I guess I thought guides for each test would b given out at least. We didn't acquire the knowledge of someone who took the traditional route so these tests are quite intimidating.
Mar. 29th, 2014 07:04 pm (UTC)
Guides are given out, but I don't think it's enough for the CST. Plus, if we don't pass it before May (only 1 chance per 30 days) it's going to change and become more difficult. I thought part of the summer thing was going to help us with these tests when I signed up. Stresss....
Apr. 4th, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
The CST will not change until September. You should use the testing sites study guide as well as visit library and use their material. There is a broad subject area for exam so its just to brush up on these subjects because there aren't any exact context to study.
You have to have signed up and taken exams by June 30th and have passed them no later than Sept 1.
Mar. 29th, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
O ok, I only saw a guide for 1 test. I'm going to buy books but I too thought that summer training would assist us with testing prep. I've never been as excited and nervous at the same time like this.
Apr. 4th, 2014 06:11 pm (UTC)
dont buy study guides, simply use online tools and library material.
Mar. 31st, 2014 03:15 am (UTC)
Hi and congratulations!!
First off-- deep breaths :) We're all freaking out, but it IS going to be okay. Promise. It's a lot of information and a lot to do, but if you break it down step by step it can be done. I'm stressing, too, but there's so much info out there right now and NYCTF can be extraordinarily helpful.

Keep in mind, you have until school starts in September to *pass* the test. You only need to take it prior to training, from my understanding. I'm an ESL fellow too, and I've been told we have to take the multi-subject because we could be in a situation where we will be teaching any (or all, in an elementary school setting) of those subject areas; in a push-in setting, for example, we could be working with any of the content areas.

The only seminar you have to attend, per the checklist, is the job search one. There are going to be many days/times offered-- if one doesn't appear on your list right now that works for you, give it a few days to see if more open up. They were only posted a couple of days ago, so this part is new for all of us! :)

I understand your concern re: finances; I am a student graduating in May, already working full-time, and I won't have time to save up enough for the summer. Please know that you will be enrolled in a master's program, so you ARE eligible for federal financial aid if you are open to that. Go ahead and fill out the FAFSA and list all possible schools (these are on the NYCTF) so that they will all have your info on file and there won't be a delay once you receive your university assignment.

Have you joined the Facebook group yet? There's a general one for the 2014 cohort as well as one for ESL fellows in particular. Lots of questions and answers there, and kind people willing to help!
Apr. 4th, 2014 06:12 pm (UTC)
the checklist has upcoming events and estimate dates. job webinar and everything else seems to be online to not interfere with your regular schedules, but once June comes you will have to devote all day to the program.
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Apr. 4th, 2014 06:17 pm (UTC)
Don't get crazy! this is something exciting news and you shouldn't worry!
Saving is a must from today on out because you will not get a regular paycheck until the 2nd week of September.
Most events are online to accommodate out of state fellows moving here for the summer training.
Your best bet is to find roommates and prepare well ahead of training!
Apr. 21st, 2014 12:58 pm (UTC)
Current ESL fellow here.

They ask you to take the multi-subject CST because you need ANY CST in order to get your transitional B license. You will need the ESOL CST later, but unless you have previous coursework related to teaching ESL, you are probably not prepared for this exam now. The multi-subject CST is easy and requires little to no studying. This is why they ask you to take this one -- it's the easiest one to pass over the summer without having taken any TESOL coursework.

I took the ESOL CST after one semester at Hunter, and I passed with flying colors... but I don't think I'd have been able to pass it before taking any classes. The ESOL CST is required for your initial license, which you will obtain after you finish grad school.
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