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Course SummaryLet us help you prepare for the NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest I: Reading, which has replaced the NMTA Essential Academic Skills Reading exam, with this engaging study guide course. Our lessons and quizzes act as a comprehensive study aid to help you get the best possible score on exam day.
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About This Course
This prep course focuses on helping you master the concepts in the reading field for the NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest I: Reading exam. The comprehensive course covers all aspects of teaching reading, from understanding phonics and sight words to surveying effective methods of classroom management. Each chapter features a series of lessons that builds sequentially to clearly illuminate the key ideas of the NES Reading exam. The study guide explains exam topics such as:
- Phonics and word identification skills
- How we create meaning when reading
- Strategies to interpret and analyze different genres
- Methods to help develop bilingual students' reading skills
- Different ways to prepare, administer, and evaluate your own assessments
- Instructional strategies
- Classroom management
- Professional development
About the Exam
A computer based test with 45 multiple choice questions, the NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest I: Reading is a 1 hour exam. It is conveniently offered year round and only requires an advance appointment. The test helps teachers onto the path towards gaining a New Mexico teaching license. However, it is generally taken in combination with other NES exams. The combination of NES tests required for a valid license depends on the age group you will teach.
NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest I: Reading Preparation & Registration
This study guide will help acquaint you with the specific subjects on the NES Reading Test. These web based lessons allow you to briefly review familiar topics and intently study new areas. The chapters begin with an overview of two established reading methods: phonics and word identification. From there, the course zooms out, moving to meaning and interpretation, the structure of different genres, administering tests, and finally ending on methods of classroom management. All of these are important aspects in teaching, and are also clearly tested on the NES Reading exam. Short quizzes at the end of each lesson mimic the NES's questions and help you perfect your answering strategies.
You can register for the NES Reading exam online. The NMTA website redirects you to Pearson, the administrator of the tests. The site asks for your location and then lists all available times at the closest testing centers. The testing centers are generally at universities scattered across the country. You can register for exams in as little as three days in advance.
NES Essential Academic Skills Subtest I: Reading Scoring
Immediately after testing, you will be told if you passed or did not pass. Your actual score between 100 to 300 is generally emailed to you in two weeks time. A passing score is 220. The Reading Exam has five sections explained below.
Understand the Meaning of Words and Phrases
The NES exam will test your ability to use context clues to determine the meaning of new words. You should be familiar with how to determine the meaning of figurative language as well.
Understand the Main Idea and Supporting Details in Written Material
Your knowledge of main ideas will also be covered in this test. It will examine your ability to decide the correct main idea of a written passage and then recognize the parts of the passage supporting the idea.
Understand a Writer's Purpose and Audience, Point of View, and Intended Meaning
The exam also covers how a writer's purpose affects their writing and also how to recognize this purpose. Test takers will also need to be able to recognize the effects of an author's diction on a prospective reader.
Use Critical Reasoning Skills to Evaluate Written Material
Your understanding of critical thinking skills will be examined in many items. Questions will cover your ability to identify causes, effects, facts and opinions. The test will measure your ability to critically examine a text and create conclusions about the passages or paragraphs provided.
Understand the Organization of Information in Written and Graphic Forms
Finally, the test will cover your ability to understand written and graphic structures. It will gauge your knowledge of the different ways written material can be organized as well as your ability to summarize a passage. You will also need to draw conclusions about information presented in a graphic format.
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