Passage Preparation™ now offers a course to help you prepare for the TExES™ Bilingual Education Supplemental (164) test. This test consists of 80 multiple-choice items. You are given 5 hours to complete this test.

Bilingual Education Supplemental (164) Test Structure

The questions on this test are based on standards for bilingual education approved by the Texas board for teacher certification, the Texas Education Agency . They cover one domain, which is a broad content area. Additionally, this domain includes four competencies, which further defines the content covered by the domain.

Competency 00I

The beginning Bilingual Education teacher understands the foundations of Bilingual Education and the concepts of bilingualism and biculturalism and applies this knowledge to create an effective learning environment for students in the Bilingual Education program.

Competency 002

The beginning Bilingual Education teacher understands processes of first- and second-language acquisition and development and applies this knowledge to promote students’ language proficiency in their first language (L1) and second language (L2).

Competency 003

The beginning Bilingual Education teacher has comprehensive knowledge of the development and assessment of literacy in L1 and the development and assessment of biliteracy.

Competency 004

The beginning Bilingual Education teacher has comprehensive knowledge of content area instruction in L1 and L2 and uses this knowledge to promote bilingual students’ academic achievement across the curriculum.

The Basics

Test Name Bilingual Education Supplemental
Test Code 164
Cost $116
Format 80 multiple choice items
Time 5 hours
Passing Score 240

Who Needs to Take the Bilingual Education Supplemental?

Texas teacher candidates who wish to serve bilingual students are required to take the Bilingual Education Supplemental (164) test. The Texas Education Agency identifies the certification areas which require this assessment. These certification areas include:

  • Spanish Bilingual Education
  • American Sign Language Bilingual Education
  • Arabic Bilingual Education
  • Chinese Bilingual Education
  • Japanese Bilingual Education
  • Vietnamese Bilingual Education

How to Prepare for the Bilingual Education Supplemental

There are some strategies you can use to help you prepare for the Bilingual Education Supplemental test. Passage Preparation’s courses include in-depth, high-quality content and assessments to help you master the content covered on the exam and to practice responding to items structured like those on the certification test.

The image below shows the alignment between your Passage Preparation course modules and the competencies covered on the Bilingual Education Supplemental test.

Our courses include a diagnostic assessment to help you identify the areas you should prioritize as you study. Then, you will develop a study plan to help guide you through the course content modules.

Throughout the course, you will complete checks for understanding and quizzes to help you engage with the content and practice taking items structured like those on your test. Finally, you take a practice assessment which is structured to reflect the actual certification test. You can take the practice assessment as many times as necessary to feel confident on your exam.

On Test Day

  • Get plenty of sleep the night before the test
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Arrive early to find parking and check in to the testing site
  • Bring proper forms and identification
  • Breathe, relax, and remain confident in your preparation

Passage Preparation™ Courses for Other TExES™ Exams

Passage Preparation offers courses and course bundles to help you prepare for other exams required for certification in Texas.

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About the Author: Nathan Estel

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Nathan has over 20 years of experience in the educator preparation and certification space. In that time, Nathan has worked in a state education agency, leading the state’s efforts to recruit, prepare, license, and retain professional and support staff and on the national level for large companies providing assessment solutions for the education field.

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