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TPhYL Exam Format 

TPhYL Parameters 

TPhYL Parameters, unless otherwise stated in the TPhYL test paper(s)

Phonics Approach - Synthetic Phonics

Alphabetic Code - PEA’s Simple Alphabetic Code

Young learners - 3 to 7 years old

The TPhYL test is divided into five sections and these will test candidates’ ability in:

Implementation Planning

1. Applying Phonics Knowledge (75mins)

This section is a closed book summative written exam comprising of, but not limited to, multiple-choice questions, short answer questions and scenario analysis. 

Candidates must use legible handwriting for assessors to consider their answers. If candidate's handwriting is not legible, assessors will need to consider the answer as incorrect.

The passing mark is 70%. This means that candidates must be able to attain a minimum of 70% in order to pass this section.  

Keyterms & Definitions 

Rubrics

Practice paper 

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2. Writing a Phonics Lesson Plan (90mins)
This section will have candidates planning a phonics lesson for young learners.  Candidates will be provided with a class profile, young learners’ prior knowledge and aims to create the lesson plan on a given template. Candidates must use legible handwriting for assessors to consider their answers. If candidate's handwriting is not legible, assessors will need to consider the answer as incorrect.

In this section, assessors will use the set of sub-skills shown below to evaluate the written lesson plans and give candidates an ability grade for each of the five sub-skills. The highest mark for each sub-skill is 10 and the lowest is 4. The five sub-skills are equally weighted and the score for this section is the aggregate total of the five. The highest total is 50 and the lowest is 20.

 

The passing mark is 70%. This means that candidates must be able to attain a minimum of 35 of the 50 marks awarded to their written Phonics lesson plan in order to pass this section.

Sub-skills

Communication Skills - Candidate’s ability to write a lesson plan in English.

Theories to Practice   - Candidate’s ability to apply the principles of systematic synthetic Phonics and early                                           childhood education.

Strategies                   - Candidate’s ability to plan a synthetic Phonics lesson to meet the needs of young                                                learners. 

Resources                  - Candidate’s ability to choose appropriate resources to support the teaching of young                                        learners.

Assessments              - Candidate’s ability to include appropriate assessment techniques.

Rubrics

Practice paper 

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3. Demonstrating a Stage from the Written Phonics Lesson Plan + Q&A(15mins) 

This section will have candidates deliver a stage from their written lesson plan to an examiner. Candidates will be provided with some guidelines to include in the demonstration. The examiner will ask them questions after their demonstration.  

In this section, assessors will use the set of sub-skills shown below to evaluate the demonstration and give candidates an ability grade for each of the five sub-skills. The highest mark for each sub-skill is 10 and the lowest is 4. The five sub-skills are equally weighted and the score for this section is the aggregate total of the five. The highest total is 50 and the lowest is 20.

The passing mark is 70%. This means that candidates must be able to attain a minimum of 35 of the 50 marks awarded to their demonstration in order to pass this section.

Sub-skills

Communication Skills - Candidate’s ability to present a lesson demonstration in English. ​

Theories to Practice   - Candidate’s ability to apply the principles of systematic synthetic Phonics and early                                           childhood education.​

Strategies                   - Candidate’s ability to demonstrate the procedures of a stage from their lesson plan.​

Resources                  - Candidate’s ability to demonstrate the application of the assessed resource.​

Assessments              - Candidate’s ability to demonstrate assessment techniques.

Rubrics

Practice paper 

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4. Saying Main English Sounds (5mins)

This section contains 40 main English sounds. Each correctly said sound carries one mark.

The passing mark is 90%. This means that candidates must be able to say a minimum of 36 of the 40 assessed sounds accurately in order to pass this section.

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Practice paper 

5. Blending Pseudo Words (5mins)

This section contains 20 pseudo words. Each correctly blended pseudo word carries one mark.

The passing mark is 80%. This means that candidates must be able to blend a minimum of 16 of the 20 assessed pseudo words accurately in order to pass this section.

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Practice paper 

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