Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test #190

What is the BTLPT?

This exam is designed to measure your Spanish proficiency in an academic and professional register. You must demonstrate a strong mastery of bilingual pedagogy (teaching theory and practices) and the ability to read, listen to, and understand complex texts. You will also be asked to show your communication skills in school-setting scenarios, such as speaking with parents, colleagues, or administrators.

The test takes about 4 hours and is divided into 4 parts: Listening Comprehension, Oral Expression, Reading Comprehension, and Written Expression.

How is the test scored?

You need to know how the scorers will decide how many points your oral and written responses receive. They will evaluate your answers to these tasks based on the rubrics below and give it a score of 0, 1, 2, or 3. In order to pass, you should learn the criteria to receive a 2 or 3, so you will see only those categories below.

To view the full rubrics that include scores of 0 and 1, refer to the BTLPT prep manual. (Click here: Manual PDF)

Print these rubrics, highlight keywords, and evaluate your practice answers against these bullet points. Work to improve the areas where you notice you consistently have trouble.

If you need more help interpreting the rubric or want feedback on your responses, check out the BTLPT Ultimate Study Plan!

Ultimate Study Plan Cohort members are invited to weekly classes to practice live and get feedback on responses to simulated test questions.

Email and Essay Rubric

Email and Essay Rubric

Question and Answer and Oral Presentation Rubric

Question and Answer and Oral Presentation Rubric

Lesson Plan Rubric

Lesson Plan Rubric

Simulated Conversation Rubric

Simulated Conversation Rubric

When will I get my score report?

Exam DatesScore Report Date
8/8/2022 - 8/21/20229/9/2022
9/5/2022 - 9/18/20229/30/2022
10/3/2022 - 10/16/202210/28/2022
10/31/2022 - 11/13/202211/29/2022
11/28/2022 - 12/11/202212/23/2022
3/20/2023 - 4/2/20234/14/2023
4/17/2023 - 4/30/20235/12/2023
5/15/2023 - 5/28/20236/9/2023
6/12/2023 - 6/25/20237/7/2023
7/10/2023 - 7/23/20238/4/2023
8/7/2023 - 8/20/20239/1/2023

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Looking for a tutor? You can meet with me in a virtual private coaching session over Zoom.

Here are some of the ways I can help:

  • Score report review and recommendations
  • Study plan creation
  • Individualized practice
  • Lesson Plan, Email, and Essay Feedback

Our JamBoard

The Teacher Study Hall Jamboard is a free, collaborative, virtual whiteboard with lesson plan, email, and essay questions to practice, just like the BTLPT Written Expression tasks.

Here are some ways to use this tool:

  • See examples written by others
  • Read feedback to improve
  • Use the rubrics to score examples
  • Practice, and get feedback

Join our Community

Join our Virtual Professional Learning Community (VPLC) on Zoom to find practice partners and share study tips.

Here are the VPLC details:

  • Active daily, 6 pm to 8 pm CST
  • Discuss educational topics in Spanish
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  • Meet teachers just like you

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Flipgrid is a free, online, audio and video discussion tool that lets you record your responses to posted questions, comment on the responses of others, and receive feedback on your response.
Our Flipgrid contains practice oral expression tasks and academic discussions for practice speaking Spanish in a professional register and educational context.
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Listening Library

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Frequently Asked Questions

01. How long should I study for the BTLPT?

The length of time you should study depends on your Spanish fluency at an advanced, academic, professional level.

If you can read, write, understand and speak at a high level already, you may only need a few weeks to review bilingual education best practices and the TEKS for your grade level.

If you need to build your academic vocabulary to be able to understand complex informational texts or give a formal presentation to a group of educators, you may need several months.

In my experience, most casual Spanish-speaking candidates can pass the test after 3-4 months of concentrated study (4-6 hours per week), and most highly fluent speakers can pass with 3-4 weeks of study time (3-4 hours per week).

Of course, this will vary depending on your individual needs and educational experience.

02. Why did I receive a zero on the lesson plan?

In my experience, most candidates who receive a score of zero on the lesson plan failed to teach the exact objective provided in the prompt.

You may have written a plan that teaches something related to the objective or something similar to the objective instead of the exact objective.

You may have only addressed one part of the objective.

Here are some examples to show you what this common mistake might look like:

Scenario 1

Objective: The students will identify the elements of the biography genre.

Lesson Plan: Students use biography to learn about Cesar Chavez and complete activities about his life and contributions. The evaluation is an exit ticket sequencing events from the biography.

Problem: The students learned about one person, not about what elements are included in biographies in general, for example, table of contents, captions, index, etc.

Scenario 2: 

Objective: The students will describe weather patterns.

Lesson Plan: Students keep a weather journal for several days and write about what they like to do in their favorite kind of weather. The evaluation is a labeling activity for different kinds of weather: cloudy, rainy, sunny, etc.

Problem: The lesson taught students how to identify some weather patterns but didn’t teach them to describe the weather patterns or evaluate whether they could describe them.

Get more tips in my guide – How to Write a Lesson Plan to Score 12/12.

03. I only failed by a few points - should I have my test rescored?

First, let me say that I understand how frustrating this is!

You should feel proud that you got so close and only have a little work to do to make it across the 240 mark!

I have heard from dozens of people who applied to have their test rescored and have only learned of two candidates who received one or two additional points as a result.

My suggestion is if you are at risk of losing a year of teaching and have the money to spend, go ahead and have it rescored, but know that it’s a long shot that your score will change.

It’s better to double up on your study efforts with some tutoring and a study guide and then feel confident and pass the BTLPT with a score well above 240 on your next try.

04. How long does it take to get my results after I take the test?

It takes about 3 weeks to receive your results after the test.

They are published at 10 pm on a schedule according to your testing window.

You can find the score report dates here.

You may be able to view whether you pass or fail (but not the score) on the morning of your score report date in your educator TEAL account.

05. I have to take the test again - will I get the same questions?

It’s possible, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll get the same version of the test. According to Pearson, there are multiple versions of each exam.

The best strategy is to focus on being prepared for the general kinds of questions you’ll be asked on the exam instead of preparing to answer specific questions or tasks.

Generally, you’ll need to be able to understand verbal and written information at an advanced level of Spanish and be able to fluently discuss education-related topics with principals, colleagues, or parents.

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