Test Preparation
Test Preparation Program

Since 1986, the Ventura County Office of Education, Educator Support and Effectiveness (ESE) has been proud to provide test preparation services to many up-and-coming new teachers.  Currently, ESE offers California Teacher of English Learners (CTEL) and Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) exam preparation.  RICA preparation is offered in response to the high demand for Special Education teachers in Ventura County. 

Click here for more information and resources* that may assist you on your path to becoming a teacher.


Schedule a Test Preparation Tutorial in CTEL or RICA

Online tutorials are offered for all three CTEL subtest exams, and face-to-face tutorials are available for the RICA exam. To schedule a tutorial, click on the subject area or date you are interested in and then register. Someone from our staff will contact you.  The fee is $225.00 for three hours, at a minimum.

  • CTEL 1: Language and Language Development (Registration will open by the end of August)

  • CTEL 2: Assessment and Instruction (Registration will open by the end of August)

  • CTEL 3: Culture and Inclusion

  • RICADates are pending

Test preparation instructors are fully credentialed teachers with classroom experience in the content area being taught.  Tutorials include test taking strategies and other information to effectively prepare you for the test. Curriculum is based on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing's content specifications and on key subject matter knowledge.

NOTE: Ventura County Office of Education does not administer the exams. Go to the CTC Exams website for registration information.

Ventura County Office of Education and Educator Support and Effectiveness do not guarantee exam outcomes based on the suggested resources.  Suggested resources are intended for personal use, and users accept full responsibility for how they are used.

Name Title Phone Email
Dana Thompson Director 805-437-1320 dmthompson@vcoe.org
Debbie Brand Administrative Assistant 805-437-1320 dbrand@vcoe.org
For credential advisement, contact:

Diana Westbrook Senior Academic Advisor 805-437-1320 academicadvise@vcoe.org