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Tips to prepare for the Academy Exam for public service English Teacher

EFA is running a pre-service teacher training course. The course aims to prepare candidates to pass the Moroccan public service English teacher Academy exam. The course started on the 15th of September. We reached out to our pre-service teacher training course candidates and the course trainer, who's an Academic Inspector and has been a jury member on numerous previous Academy exams. We asked them to share their tips to prepare for the exam.

1. What is the Regional Academies Entry Exam?

An exam that allows you to become a Moroccan public service English teacher.

2. What are the components of the Regional Academies Entry Exam?

The Regional Academies Entry Examinations measure the specific knowledge and skills that beginning teachers need. The test does not measure an individual’s disposition toward teaching or potential for success, nor does it measure your teaching ability. The examination is designed to be comprehensive and inclusive but is limited to what can be covered in a finite number of questions and question types.

The Regional Academies Entry Examinations assess the content knowledge required of a first-year educator in a specific field (here, English Language Teaching) in Moroccan public schools.

The following table shows the components of the entry exam and their weighting:

3. How to prepare for the Regional Academies Entry Exam?

The AREF (Académie Régionale d'Education et de Formation /Regional Academy of Education and Training) exam measures the knowledge of English language teaching and learning in secondary education. The exam is a way of ensuring that educators are prepared to not only teach the English language but also have the necessary teaching skills to be effective, which makes it super challenging for newly graduated students.

Here are a few golden tips from our candidates and trainer to help you ace and pass the AREF exam:

First, you should have:

  • A good command of the English language: understanding fundamental language concepts and knowing the structure and conventions of the English language.

  • Complete familiarity with the format of the exam

  • An in-depth analysis of answer choices for both correct and incorrect answers

Second, you should:

  • Learn to take great notes. The pen is mightier than the sword. Today, we are accustomed to getting information in small doses. We’ve subconsciously trained ourselves to assimilate information in neat little packages.

  • Become a part of a community of learners led by an expert coach.

  • See the forest for the trees. Get the concept before you look at the details.

  • Place yourself in a comfortable corner and set the mood. Set aside a particular place and time to study that best suits your needs.

  • Check your time budget. You should at least review all the content material before the exam day but allocate the most time to the areas that need the most refreshing.

Lastly, make sure you have everything ready before the day of your exam, and do not leave anything for the last day. Check all the requirements and make all the other necessary arrangements. Also, decide which route you will take on the examination day and see how long it will take you to reach the destination. This will help you to arrive on time at the examination center and avoid being late.

Besides, remember to take at least a minimum of seven hours of sleep before the exam. Remember, exams are designed to test your thinking ability. If you are sleep deprived, you might need more time to complete your exam or justify your answers correctly.

For more information about the CELTA or our other teacher training courses, contact us: at, or +212680542220.


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