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So I am very excited to start my pre service training this summer and begin working in the high school I was hired at in September. My only current concern is I am taking my certification tests in June and if I do not pass them I am afraid that even if I have to retake them it will not be in time for September. With that I was wondering if anyone here knew that even if I do not have all my certification tests passed could I start working while retake them?


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May. 24th, 2016 07:12 pm (UTC)
are you in the nyctf facebook group? someone wrote how theres still fellows from last year who haven't passed all their exams. you can be a permanent sub and get paid the same if you don't get the license by september. so technically you have until january 17th 2017 to pass and get a job. i'm also taking them in june. good news for the alst- if you get a B or higher in a college english class you can get it waived if you fail...
May. 25th, 2016 02:23 am (UTC)
Sub Dont get paid same as ft teacher. That is absolutely false. It actually states if u dont pass exams by aug it is to the descretion 9f nyctf to let you continue or not. Good luck
May. 25th, 2016 01:29 pm (UTC)
so I can be kicked out if I don't pass the tests?
May. 25th, 2016 02:19 am (UTC)
Take your test earlier. If whatever test site you chose is booked till June go to another test site. The Eas is easy and the alst is reading comprehension. Both of these can be take every 30 days so change your test date to an earlier time.
May. 27th, 2016 12:25 am (UTC)
I passed the tests but I am worried about getting hired
I passed all my tests, but I am worried about getting hired. How did you get hired? I sent out resume and cover letters to many schools. One school called me in for an interview, and then canceled. Another principal set up a time to speak on the phone, and then did not call me. I tried to call the principal and email him, but he does not respond.

I would appreciate any direction you could give me about how you got hired.

For the tests, my advice would be to just take the tests asap. For the ALST focus on the essays, and write them in the format that is shown on the examples on NYSTCE website.

For the EAS, pay attention and use keywords, such as scaffolding and heterogeneous groups, and multiple artifacts, etc.

If you prepare for 2 days for each test like I described, I think you should pass.

Good Luck
Jun. 23rd, 2016 04:46 am (UTC)
Everyone Take a Breath
I'm a cohort 26 fellow. They also told us we would be kicked out of the program if we didn't pass the tests by a certain date. I lost a lot of sleep over it, in fact. This absolutely did not happen. Yes, there are people who are still trying to pass the tests and are working under a long-term sub license. They do have the same salary, but I think this year may not count toward tenure? Some schools are fine keeping a teacher on as a long-term sub. Although I have heard of a school that let someone go because they still haven't gotten the trans-b. It depends.

You do need to take the tests. Definitely take them seriously. You don't want to have that extra conversation with your principal if you don't need to. But, if you fail the tests, it's not the end for you by a long stretch. Make use of the safety nets. Retake them. Don't panic.
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