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10 Tips for Passing the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET)

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After reviewing for the Licensure Exam for Teachers and passing it, I decided to share my ten LET passing tips here on my blog. These tips are essentially helpful if you decide not to enroll in a review center and just review on your own to get a license for teaching.

# 1 Know your weak and strong subjects/classes.

Allot a few hours each day or each week to review the lessons for classes you did well when you were still in college. Enjoy this review time so you can easily remember what you are re-learning.

Allot more time, however, on classes you were weak in. Well, at least if you are weak in mathematics for example, make sure you don’t miss reviewing the concepts that will be tested in the General Math part of the licensure exam.

It will be easy to find out your areas of weakness. Check the grades in your transcript or assess yourself which among the classes you took you don’t remember much about.

See my pointers to review based on PRC’s table of specification (TOS), which was available for download in first week of June 2011.

Also read the coverage of the exam with schedule.

# 2 Understand the major theories, concepts and techniques in Professional Education subjects.

Understanding the theories and concepts by heart will allow you to answer questions that are written to confuse you. There are times that you have to choose which among the situations on the choices will be logical based on theories or concepts mentioned or implied in the question.

I didn’t have any teaching experience when I took the exam so I really based a lot of my answers on what I remembered from my college years.

See some pointers for Professional Education subjects.

# 3 Strive hard to improve your analytical skills on answering questions.

After you reviewed the theories and concepts, you should test your understanding by differentiating and explaining these in your own words. While reviewing, rephrase ideas and think of actual applications.

For example, in methods of teaching, allow yourself to compare method 1 with method 2, then ask yourself why method 1 is preferred than the other on certain situations.

Ask yourself  questions like:

Just keep asking yourself regarding whatever you’ve just read on your review. Analyze and answer in your own words. If there are questions at the end of each chapter of your book, answer those questions.

Enjoy this process so you will remember.

#4  Review General Education subjects.

Remember that you have to pass all three sets of tests including General Education (for Secondary Education) and two sets of the tests (for Elementary Education).

Don’t assume that General Education  is easy since you took the Gen Ed classes when you were in Elementary or High School. Remember that a lot of years had passed. So refresh your memory especially on common mathematical equations (e.g. Fractions, Volumes, Areas, Percentages, Ages, Distance and Time computations) and major science concepts (e.g. Matter, Gravity, Mass, Energy, Friction). You’ll never know what will show up in your test.

Solve problems listed on your review materials or old books.

# 5 Prepare everything you need for the exam.

Make sure you have read the test guidelines, which included the things you need to bring for the exam.

Also check if the calculator you plan to bring for the exam is in PRC’s list of allowed calculators. If not, buy or borrow a calculator that has a model listed there (I bought mine). If you don’t want to buy a new one, make sure you have a non-programmable calculator. But don’t take my word on this because I wasn’t sure if other proctors had allowed calculators not on the list. Although my friend said she didn’t even check the list and just grabbed a basic calculator on the exam day. Proctors check each calculator before the exam starts.

# 6 Get enough sleep before the exam.

Make sure you don’t feel drowsy while taking the exam so you have enough time to answer all the test questions. You don’t want to fail because you didn’t have enough sleep the night before.

# 7 Avoid erasures, OR MAKE THE ERASURE CLEAN AT LEAST. And Of Course, Shade it Properly!

In Centro Escolar University (CEU), where I attended college from 2003 to 2007, we used Scantron papers for our prelim, mid-term, and final exams. So, I’m used to answering tests by shading boxes.

I knew how erasures could make a bad score. So before you shade it, make sure you are shading the right answer, or at least it is your final answer. If you need to erase it, make sure it is clean. But I still don’t think it is a good idea.

So, before the exam day, try the eraser you plan to bring. On a white paper, or a semi-cardboard white paper, write something on it with the pencil you plan to bring and erase this writing with this eraser. If the eraser erases cleanly your writing, then you are good.

I also make sure when I shade the box of my answer, I don’t shade it beyond the box (huwag lumampas ang shading). Don’t shade it heavily too (Baka masira mo ung papel).

# 8 Skip questions you aren’t sure and go back to them later on.

There are some questions that no matter how well you prepared for the exam, you will have no idea what the answer is or it will take you a lot of time to answer it. If you come across to questions like these skip them first.  Answer questions that you know as much as you can then go back to the questions you skipped.

If you still can’t figure out the right answer the second time you look at the skipped question, make an educated guess. Eliminate options that are obvious detractors and you will end up with two best possible answers.

Make a very very educated guess at this point when you really can’t figure the right one out. Or follow your instinct (See Tip #10).

# 9 Follow instructions.

Listen to what the proctor is telling you during the exam. If you are confused, ask the proctor directly not your seatmate.

# 10 Bring with you your Common Sense.

Most of the time, you haven’t reviewed whatever appears on the real exam. What will help you answer the exam are your basic understanding of the topics and your analytical skill. Don’t  overdo it though because you might miss the right answer.

 

My Story:

I completed 18 credits in Education together with my degree in Mass Communications-Journalism. In 2008, a year after I graduated, I took the Licensure Exam for Teachers or LET held in September.

The challenging exam made me think of enrolling in a review class, but at the end, I chose to study on my own. Not an easy choice but I was fortunate to have my friend enrolled in a review class that I photocopied her reviewers.

I started to self-review though just a month away before the exam, and took it more seriously just two weeks before the exam (define cramming!). If I had a bigger goal like to be one of the top 10 examinees, I would had taken the review more seriously and started the review months before or took an earlier initiative to enroll in a review center (excuses!). I just wanted to pass the exam and get a license. I’m glad I did, with an overall score between 82-84%.

 

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353 Comments

  1. maddy

    May 24, 2013

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    would you allow me to have a copy of your reviewer ms. reah?thanks a lot..:-)

  2. Roberto Abalos

    May 25, 2013

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    This is a big question that needs to be answered. Can I take the LET if:

    a. I shortly had taken 2 semesters BSED Major in English in 2001 ( 6 units of Professional Education subjects were taken)

    b. I graduated AB Social Sciences Major in PSychology (upon checking my TOR, I found 3 units of professional education particulary Psychology of Learning)

    c. I am taking up my Professional Education units right now in another school, but with only 15 units because I have already 6 units taken before.

    Can I take the LET soon? or do I need 18 units even if I have already Foundations of Education 1 and 2 before in other school? Please answer my question. You can text me at 09175183091. Thank you in advance.

  3. jessie

    May 28, 2013

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    thank u ms…hope u hlp m more im taking up th exam this coming sept.29,2013

  4. Rhedge Baltazar Castillo

    July 16, 2013

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    thanks for the tips…hope i will pass the exam this coming September! :)

  5. Tara

    November 30, 2013

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    I took the LET in Sept 2013 and received an average rating of 90.60%.

    If someone were to ask for some tips from me, I’d tell him/her:
    - For Gen Ed, focus on your weak subjects. If you are not good at any of the Gen Ed subjects, then devote more time to studying English grammar and figures of speech, basic algebra and geometry, and Philippine history. The Sept 2013 Gen Ed items had more English, math and social science items. Social science was particularly difficult because the personalities asked were unknown to most examinees. I was lucky social science was and still is my major.

    -For Prof Ed, spend all your energy on understanding the key assumptions of essentialism, constructivism, existentialism, and progressivism. It was evident that the LET constructors (at least, of the Sept 2013 LET) concentrated on them. In addition, train yourself in being more reasonable cos that skill will be indispensable to answering situational questions.
    -For your specialisation, I’d give two different pieces of advice. To those whose bachelor’s degree is in education, you can probably devote less time to your major. I presume you’re already good at it. On the other hand, if you’re a CPE taker and not an educ graduate, I suggest you really take the time to read and enjoy reading books about your major. In my case, I was an econ grad of UP, so automatically my major is social science. Because econ was only a component of my major, I had to really read on history, sociology, political science, geography and others. I must admit, if it hadn’t been for that right move, I would’ve scored lower in the specialisation exam. So, read and enjoy reading materials about your major.

    Just to put things in perspective, I have to tell you I didn’t enrol in a review class, for the simple reason that I didn’t have the money to do that. What I did was answer sample questions (200 items every weekend) four months before Sept. I couldn’t study in June, July, and August because of my new job and MA studies. However, two weeks before the exam, I decided to work on my ultimate weakness (history: Asian, Phil, world). I read about it day in, day out.

    I hope you can get something from what I’ve shared.

    The LET is challenging and rewarding.

    If you pass it the first time, congratulations.
    If you fail it the first time, try again.
    If you fail it the second time or third time, change your review regimen.
    If you fail it the fourth time, don’t take it anymore. Teaching may not be for you.

    If you look at the latest stats, repeaters are 60% more likely to fail the LET again.

  6. joe

    January 22, 2014

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    thanks for your tips I hope I will pass this Let exam this January 2014, thank GOD for whatever the result.

  7. sittie

    February 13, 2014

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    hello i am sittie and i am now frustrating on how can i pass this exam for teachers. i hopeyou can help me n this.

  8. rj

    February 21, 2014

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    hi Maam Reah,
    i am planning to take LET this coming july please provide me some tips on how to pass the exam i earned 18 units only second courser major in mathematics,this subject is my weakness and i graduated long time ago year 1999.
    Your response will higly appreciated. Thanks and more power! Godbless po.

  9. margie

    March 16, 2014

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    elo..im planning again and again to take a 3rd chance to take a let exam….i earned 18 units for teaching.. im a graduate of computer science but sad to say…di pa rin pinalad sa board exam…i am frustrating on how can i pass the board exam..for teacher…more power and god bless…

  10. bunita

    March 17, 2014

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    hellow po sana makapasa na ako for the 3rd times taking the exam ,i am the the teacher of a very far plung area and most of my students are natives and they need of me .napakahirap po kac pasukin ng sasakyan ang lugar namin .

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