I got my first set of scores back from my elementary endorsement tests that I took last month. Oddly enough, I received the one for my Texas test---which I took later than the one for Washington. The score report is "unofficial," but is good enough for me. I missed 8 out of 100 questions---half of them in the area of literacy, which I fully expected. My knowledge and experience with teaching small children how to actually read is negligible. I missed a science question (perhaps the Pluto one I mentioned?) and three social studies questions. Believe it or not, I didn't miss anything in the realm of math, PE, music, or art. I was scoring ~80% on all the practice tests I took, so I'm pleased with how well I did. This is especially in light of finishing my duties for the school year at 9:30 a.m...rushing to Sea-Tac to fly out at 1 p.m...getting to my final destination at 1 a.m...and testing about 12 hours later. There was more pressure on this test as it would be more difficult for me to retake: cost of plane ticket, time, scheduling, etc. It was also the one upon which everything else would hinge---the first in a series of dominoes to knock down in order to add my endorsement here.
I'm still a ways away from having all the paperwork finished. Now, I have to wait 2 weeks before I apply for the endorsement to be officially added to my Texas certification. Once I receive that documentation, I send it and some paperwork from Washington to the university in Texas where I was originally certified in order to verify that I, indeed, meet the criteria for that state. Once that is in hand, I send that paperwork, plus the Washington paperwork, plus a big check to our certification office...and then wait 4 - 6 weeks for my new certificate to show up. But hey, I'm on my way.
Hide your children. :)