The Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) is administered twice a year specifically in March and September. If you are scrolling down this page because you are one of the test takers this coming month, you are on the right site! The big day is coming, and you are unsure of what’s waiting! Probably, the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) is one of the toughest tests being taken nationwide.
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13 Tips On How To Pass the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) the First Time
We listed down some tips for you to pass the examination that all aspiring professional educators wish to overcome!
1. TIME TO BEFRIEND NOTES AND JOURNALS!
If you’re the type of person who likes to write down things, this won’t be a problem for you, but if writing something down on paper is not your thing, well, it’s about time that you consider it to be a part of your daily routine. Research shows that when you write a thought or an idea on a paper, the more you will remember it. Writing on paper stimulates a part of your brain that makes you remember things more than just typing it on your cell phone or your gadget. So take the time to consider writing!
2. SET A SCHEDULE
Of course, the scope of the test is so vast that you have to list down the topics and courses that you have to review. It will be useful if you set a schedule for a particular week or a specific month.
When I was about to take the LET, I made sure that I spent a day or two reviewing each minor subject I took during college. Then, I gave almost one to two weeks refreshing my knowledge of Professional Education and Major Subjects. It was indeed effective! Setting a schedule made me more focused on each subject and gave me more time to get to know those things I didn’t learn from college. Establishing a plan also keeps you on track, and it can help you monitor what courses or subjects you need to pay attention to!
3. GET TO KNOW THE SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE TEST
For you to successfully plot and plan your schedule for reviews, you need to find out the scope and content of the examination first. This is given by the PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) months before the examination date. Each subject area will cover a certain percentage of the test so make sure you give priority to those subjects who will mostly cover the test.
4. REVIEW YOUR WEAKEST SUBJECT BACK IN COLLEGE
It is a big help. We all have a subject where we were weak back in college, and so it is now our time to focus on them and get ourselves refreshed. Remember that you have to take off from your mind you are weak in any subjects. You may be slow in learning these areas, but all you need to do is you should be confident that you can learn anything. If anything finds difficult, you can opt for extra time for that subject and seek advice from people who are good at them.
Typically, the reason why you are weak in a particular subject is that you don’t have much interest in them. If you will your complete concentration in that subject only that is also not good, so our advice is you give your one hour daily to that subject at any cost and also try for some other option apart of reading the books for that particular subject. You can try listening to the audios or practically try to learn the lessons or topics which will always help you to understand the question in a better manner.
5. PRACTICE SHADING
Conditioning is important. We all know how to shade but make sure that we can shade adequately and correctly. Remember that just by a wrong shading in one of the items on the test questionnaire, you can get a failing mark so make sure how to shade correctly!
6. PRACTICE ANSWERING SITUATIONAL QUESTIONS
If not all, most of the questions in the test (especially in Professional Education) are situational. Don’t just memorize facts and information. Try also to answer some review questionnaires which will challenge your logical, reasoning, and analytical thinking skills. Practice reading longer problems or questions. This will surely train and condition your brain to respond fast.
7. STAY HEALTHY AND THINK POSITIVELY!
We are talking about your holistic health. The physical, mental, and emotional health must be balanced. Make sure that you don’t get too stressed, pressured, or overwhelmed by your surroundings. Taking the exam is indeed a little frightening but don’t think about the fear. Remember that it is a temporary feeling. Causing fear to yourself doesn’t just result in poor mental functioning but to a poor diet and bad feelings as well. Make sure to manage yourself by thinking positively. Focusing on the positive outcomes especially until you are waiting for the exam results will inevitably produce excellent results!
To stay healthy means to be ready in whatever activity you would have to engage in. This means that when you are healthy during the test, your body would be conditioned more to function well.
When it comes to your diet, you may feel like you deserve a treat, or that you don’t have time to cook, but what you eat can really have an impact on energy levels and focus, so keep away from junk food. Keep your body and brain well-fueled by choosing nutritious foods that have been proven to aid concentration and memory, such as fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt, and blueberries. The same applies to exam day – eat a good meal before the test, based on foods that will provide a slow release of energy throughout. Sugar may seem appealing, but your energy levels will crash an hour later.
As a final tip, remember that being well hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best. Make sure you keep drinking plenty of water throughout your revision, and also on the exam day.
8. HAVE TIME TO UNWIND
Set a day or two in a week when you only have a few hours for review or no review time at all. Remember that you also have to let your brain and body breathe and get some fresh air. Anything that is done too much is not even good.
9. DO NOT OVERTHINK
Most of us are good at thinking about the “what-ifs” of our lives. If you are going to overthink the most negative scenario that you can ever imagine, stop it! The time you would spend overthinking can be spent reviewing or doing something to get the outcome that you desire. Not everything will always be under your control, but you can still do something to at least affect the gravity of the situation. Overthinking always shuts out the solution and focuses more on the problem so don’t make time for it! If you do, it will make you appreciate the moment you are in and the challenge you are up to! Positive energy will also start to radiate you if you stop overthinking!
10. SEEK THE ADVICE OF PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS YOU KNOW
If you are already working as a neophyte teacher in the school where you are teaching at or if you chose to focus on your LET review instead of applying for a job, you might as well seek for the advice of teachers who have already been through your situation. It would be nice to collect questions they remember from the exams or if they can’t recall any, ask them some tips they can share. They probably believe that one of the things they practiced when preparing for the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) or when they took the exam helped them to pass the test. Ask them about it. There is no harm in doing so.
11. ANSWER RANDOM TEST QUESTIONNAIRES
Challenge yourself to answer random test questionnaires from different online sources or review materials. It will help you get used to the nature of the test and will condition you to analyze questions in a timed manner.
12. GET EVERYTHING READY
Make sure you get everything ready well in advance of the exam – don’t leave it to the day before to suddenly realize you don’t know the way, or what you’re supposed to bring.
And of course, you should not miss doing the following:
- Know the exact location of the venue of the test (especially your seat and room number)
- Check the rules and requirements for the exam.
- Prepare all the materials you will need for the exam. (e.g., pencil, black pen, eraser, pencil sharpener, ruler, calculator, or scratch papers)
- Food or snacks, water, fan (because you might end up taking the test in a not well-ventilated room), and handkerchief
It’s always been proven effective. Don’t forget to rely on Him. He has good plans for you, and if you always knock, he will still be ready to answer!
Good luck teacher! The gateway to the road of educating young minds awaits you. It’s waiting to welcome you!