Update On English OSAT

If you're following me on Facebook, you already know the results of my English OSAT. But I'm going to tell you again anyway. Ha!

I took the test on November 16 and received the results Dec. 11. With all the craziness around Christmas time, I haven't had a chance to blog about just how excited I am. Hehe!

My overall score is a 278. You have to score a 240 to pass and the highest possible score is a 300. I didn't score as well as I did on the OGET (298, same scale), but I expected that, since the OSAT is a specialized test and the OGET covers general educational topics.

The highest area I scored in is the Writing Process and Applications. I received a 292. Not too shabby, if I say so myself.

Interestingly, the lowest score is in the constructed response. I'm not surprised, because I hadn't read the book the test wanted me to review. That said, I think I passed that section because I had read other books by the same author, and other books from the same period and geographical location. So I understood the themes that the book dealt with. My second lowest area is in the literature second. Again, this doesn't surprise me. Why?

I never majored in English. So there are a lot of books and short stories I haven't read.

I focused on proper writing and usage in my Journalism and Public Relations classes.

Speaking of, next month, I'll take the Journalism OSAT. After that, I'll get the OSBI check done and go before the teacher review board. Once I receive my license, I'll be able to teach English and Journalism at the secondary level in Oklahoma schools.

I can't wait. From the subbing I've done, I know I've got my work cut out for me helping kids learn, not only how to write, but the importance of writing properly — and how it can be fun.

*Turns cartwheels around the room. In my mind. Would rather not wreck the furniture. Or my neck. This is an example of how NOT to write….*

About the author 

Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.

I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.

  1. Hello Mrs. Waters I am in the process of taking my certifications in the OGET and OSAT. I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind elaborating on the content of each test in more detail. Any assistance you could give would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!
    D. Watson

    1. Hello!

      While I cannot elaborate on the content of the tests, I do recommend that you download the free study guides. Those are the guides I used to study for the OGET and both OSATs, and I felt they were accurate and helped immensely. You can download them here.

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