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Course SummaryUse this study guide to prepare for the NES Middle Grades English Language Arts exam. Video lessons cover important concepts and self-assessment quizzes ensure that you can successfully answer questions similar to those found on the exam.
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About This Course
The video lessons in this course will help you in your preparations for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Middle Grades English Language Arts exam, which is required in Arizona, New Mexico and Oregon for teacher certification in this subject. The course discusses all of the reading and writing concepts that you'll need to know for the exam, and the accompanying self-assessments are designed to reinforce your knowledge as you study. You can use a computer or mobile device to access the course, and if you have any questions, send them to our expert instructors online.
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Syllabus & Course Information
This course illuminates the concepts that you'll encounter on the NES Middle Grades English Language Arts exam. You'll review fundamental reading comprehension and literary analysis concepts, as well as the elements of oral and visual communication. When you're finished working through the course, you should be equipped to:
- Comprehend different types of reading passages
- Compare the elements of literary fiction and nonfiction
- Determine the meaning of words
- Analyze poetry and prose
- Recognize spelling, grammar and punctuation conventions
- Differentiate between types of writing
- Use effective speaking and listening techniques
- Integrate research into your writing
This course offers 350 lessons that are spread out over 37 chapters. To effectively prepare for the exam, simply watch the course's video lessons and take the accompanying self-assessment quizzes. Our experts are also able to provide answers to the questions you think up about the course's English language arts concepts.
NES Middle Grades English Language Arts (201) Exam Information
Arizona, New Mexico and Oregon use the National Evaluation Series (NES) English Language Arts exam as part of the teacher certification process.
- Number of Questions: 150
- Question Type: Multiple-choice
- Time Limit: 3 hours
- Exam Cost: $95
NES Middle Grades English Language Arts (201) Exam Breakdown
|NES Middle Grades English Language Arts (201) Exam Concept||Percent of the NES Middle Grades English Language Arts (201) Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Reading process and comprehension and reading in multiple subject areas||21%||31||82|
|Reading various text forms and analyzing and interpreting literature||29%||44||107|
|English language conventions, composition, writing process and research||15%||23||104|
|Modes of writing||21%||31||26|
|Oral and visual communication||14%||21||31|
NES Middle Grades English Preparation & Registration
This study guide will help you evaluate your understanding of the concepts you'll encounter on the NES Middle Grades English Language Arts exam. Use these video lessons to review information on the process for improving reading comprehension, building vocabulary and understanding themes in multiple subject areas. Our instructors will explain methods for analyzing literature and organizing various types of writing. Refresher information on spelling, punctuation and grammar is presented, and you'll go over skills for listening and public speaking, too. After completing these lessons, you can take short lesson quizzes to get a feel for answering questions in the format you'll face on the exam and also to assess your knowledge.
The exam is offered all year long at testing centers throughout the country. To register, you must create a personal account through the testing website. You'll be asked for some personal information, and you can designate institutions to receive your scores. After your registration is confirmed, you'll receive a confirmation notice. On test day, you should be prepared to present an identification card that is government-issued.
NES Middle Grades English Scoring
In Arizona and New Mexico, the passing score is 220; Oregon requires at least a 222. You will see a scaled score immediately after completing the exam, and a score report will be delivered to your account within two weeks after testing. The institutions you chose at registration will get copies of the score report at this time.
The NES Middle Grades English Language Arts exam consists of five content domains. These areas are not timed individually, but you must complete the entire exam within the 3-hour time limit. Only correct answers are applied towards your score, so guessing is fine if you aren't sure of an answer.
Reading Process and Comprehension and Reading in Multiple Subject Areas
Percentage of test score: 21%
Exam topics covered: Phonemic awareness skills, fluency in reading development, strategies for building vocabulary, factors that influence reading comprehension, activities for development of reading comprehension and strategies for reading comprehension in multiple subject areas
What you'll study: Lessons in our study guide cover the definition of phoneme, the alphabetic principle, using context to determine word meaning, morphemes, activities for vocabulary development and ways to teach reading comprehension.
Reading Various Text Forms and Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
Percentage of test score: 29%
Exam topics covered: Characteristics of informational texts, how to assess the credibility of a text's sources, types of persuasive texts, rhetorical devices used in a persuasive text, forms of literary texts, how to determine the central idea of a literary text, figures of speech and social, cultural and political issues in works of literature
What you'll study: Information on figures of speech, allusion, onomatopoeia, interpreting literary meaning, context, structure in literature, character and setting, symbolism, climax, plot analysis, how to recognize themes, literary motifs, points of view, and the role of the narrator are featured in this section. Closely examine the characteristics of informational text, facts vs. opinion, argumentative essays, antimetabole, literary genres, literary non-fiction, interpreting fiction, style in fiction, types of fiction and elements of drama. Poetry terms, types of poetry, prose terms, humorous writing and significant English language works of literature are also included in this area of our course.
English Language Conventions, Composition, Writing Process, and Research
Percentage of test score: 15%
Exam topics covered: Spelling, capitalization rules, punctuation, word usage, grammar, methods of developing an introduction, the body and conclusion of a text, how to choose the appropriate form of writing, organizing ideas in writing, editing, proofreading and methods of assessing the credibility of sources of information
What you'll study: Grammar, parts of speech, clauses, phrases, types of sentences, modifiers and their use, rules for punctuation and English spelling conventions are among the topics that you can examine (along with plenty of examples) in our study guide.
Modes of Writing
Percentage of test score: 21%
Exam topics covered: Forms of descriptive writing, how to incorporate sensory details, purposes of expository writing, how to write in a direct and succinct style, reasons for persuasive writing, how to establish a clear position and methods for selecting a style and tone that is respectful of the reader
What you'll study: Our lessons look at how to organize an essay, thesis statements, writing pitfalls and ways to incorporate precise language. Ensure that you understand details about sentence clarity, characteristics of narrative writing, narrative hooks, techniques for descriptive writing, ways in which to use sensory language and types of expository text. The lessons also focus on expository essays, components of a persuasive essay, counterarguments, pathos, logos, ethos and ethical appeals.
Oral and Visual Communication
Percentage of test score: 14%
Exam topics covered: Types of listening, barriers to listening effectively, factors that influence interpersonal communication, ways to participate in group discussions, how to establish a clear purpose for a presentation, how to incorporate visual images into a presentation, and legal, ethical and source citation issues
What you'll study: This comprehensive study guide includes lessons on the differences between hearing and listening, active listening techniques, listening in groups, social norms for interpersonal communication, types of speeches and styles of speeches. Discover how to use vocal qualities to convey meaning and explore ways of conveying information through visual media. You may also look at ethical and legal considerations when using images, ways in which to present data as visuals and tips for crafting an effective PowerPoint presentation.
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