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Strategy #11

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: For this test I did what majority of everyone else is saying. I used the free study guide. The study guide did a great job of giving me an idea of how the questions would be structured. I also went on quizlet just to see what others posted as far as terminology was concerned. The majority of my study time was spent on the free study guide and the rationales listed for each question.

Test: I wouldn't say the test was hard, but it will require you to take your time and think. In my opinion the test seemed long and you can become fatigued. When I answered 60 questions I decided to take a break just to clear my mind and to refocus, which I think helped. After I finished the test I went back over it and actually changed about 8-10 questions that I felt I misread. My advice is to take a couple of breaks, go back over your answers at the end with a clear mind, and don't panic over a question you may not know because one single question will not cost you the test. I passed the test and I'm sure you will too! Good luck!

Strategy #12

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I started studying for the exam a month before taking the test. I used the website and downloaded the online exam. The exams were actual previous TExES exams used in the past. The flash card application was very useful to study terms I was unfamiliar with. If I made a wrong answer on the practice exams the program would explain the steps to the right answer. It also monitored my progress so I knew how much I was improving. I also used the TExES preparation manual on the ETS website.

Test: The exam was very easy and I was able to relate the new questions to everything I studied from the Certify Teacher program.

Strategy #13

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I tallied up what most others used for study materials and the consensus is overwhelming-use the free (official) study guide. There were also a few recommendations for Quizlet. I'd never used it prior, but decided to give it a quick look. I did not, however, upload anything for myself. I simply searched for the test and used a couple vocab lists that someone else made. A majority of my time was spent combing over the study guide and going through the practice test. Like others said here, know concepts rather than definitions. I would say understand the competencies, but I don't see the necessity in memorizing them.

Test: I was pretty nervous going into this test. Many of the answers seemed legit and I really had to dig pretty deep into the wording. Leaving the test center, I was not confident at all. I passed with a 256, so my worries were unfounded in the end.

Strategy #14

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I did not purchase any study materials for this exam. I used the study preparation manual directly from the state website and flash cards from Before taking this test I took the Generalist EC-6 exam and failed. I had used a study guide that I purchased and spent many hours for a month studying. For this exam 117 I only used the study material directly from the state. It was very to the point for each Competency that I needed to know. Use the resource from the state since that is the exact material that will be on the test.

Test: This exam was easier than I expected. (I failed the Generalist exam 191 just a few weeks prior.) The test was exactly 100 questions. I took a break after the first 25 questions and left the room. The breaks I took after that I just looked down for a few minutes so I wouldn't feel strained staring at the computer for so long. As long as you know what each Competency is you will be able to identify the best answer because you will know what you are looking for. After reading each question I was able to identify what competency it was (it will not tell you what competency it is) by decoding words from the question. I used the process of elimination to get rid of some answers and then took my time with the other two answers to make sure I chose what was best. Every single question was scenario based given the grade and type of student. Before taking the test I read a lot of views saying the test was harder than expected so I was nervous but after the first 25 questions I thought "wow, this is not so bad". I finished the test in 3 1/2 hrs and then I went back to review it only changing maybe 3 answers. I took the test on a Friday morning and I received my results on the following Tuesday morning with a passing score of 256.

Strategy #15

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I visited this website to see what others before me thought about the test and everyone was on point! HOWEVER, I must say that being in the classroom six years and understanding techniques, strategies, and language was a plus. I wouldn't change any study habits that I implored during my studying for Test # 117.

Test: The test was actually easy! I worked 35 straight questions and thought to myself, "Is the whole test this easy?" I would recommend Quizlet and the ETS practice tests.

Strategy #16

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I actually studied 30 days prior to taking this challenging exam. I used 240 tutoring, but in hind-sight, the practice test on the state web cite is spot on, and will be your most reliable resource, literally. Don't waste your money. Do not pay for any other resources. I uploaded the vocab from the practice test to I also turned the teacher competencies into fill-in-the blank Q&A on Quizlet is free and the test you create can be uploaded to your mobile (smart- phone) like a game.

Test: The info and advice I got from this forum got me through this test. Thank you to all the contributors! Once you pass the test like I did, pay it forward. Make sure your name appears exactly as written on your ID. I needed to submit my birth certificate to make a change of one off letter. YOU MUST KNOW THE Teacher COMPETENCIES; not word for word, but the reasons why you are applying a teaching strategy and its goal (VERY IMPORTANT). Almost all of the questions were scenario based! Make sure you, I repeat, MAKE SURE you zero in on the answer selections that involve direct teacher contact, guidance, and supervision. Study haiku, study the reading levels (instructional, frustration, and independent), study emergent stages of development, strategies to improve reading comprehension, and early fluent readers. I took the test on computer and finished 90 questions in 4 1/2 hours. for the sake of time I left blank questions that I struggled with and saved time to go back and reevaluate them. Trust God to help you, and He will! My results took three days to arrive. I passed on the first try Thank God!

Strategy #17

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Used the study guide and practice questions from the TExES webside. Read over competencies, higlighting key words. Then wrote words and definitions/explanations for those key words in a notebook. After, I went through practice questions and read rationales. I visited this site and read about and signed up for free account. Ended up making a set for each competency using all notes. Love that website because you can make flash cards or printout study sheets once you have a set. My favorite part was that I could just click to use another user's definition. That saved so much typing! I ended up printing notesheets and used those to review. I also used an ap to monitor how many hours I studied. I didnt clock all of my time but I believe it was 6 or so hours collectively. I am currently a 2nd grade teacher...some of the material was new to me.

Test: I left thinking I did not pass. The test was more difficult than expexted. It took me 4 hours of carefully analyzing every answer. I knew it would involve scenarios but so many questions had answers that could all be correct. Very important to remember to answer soley based on the information they give you. I was nervous for no reason because I passed!!!

Strategy #18

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I passed this test on my first try! I used the free state manual to study. I studied for a week an average of 3-4 hours a day. If you would prefer studying for a longer period of time: 2 weeks for example, I'd say that 2 hours a day would be good. When studying the manual make sure and read each competency and all its details. Get a VERY good understanding of each single competency before you take your test. Understanding the competency is how you'll choose the BEST answer.

Test: I used the entire 5 hours to take the test. I checked my answers twice. When re-reading the questions I changed a few answers once I realized what the questions were REALLY asking. Pay attention to what they're asking! Use process of elimination; that helped me tremendously! Good luck, you CAN do this!

Strategy #19

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the TeXes Study Guide, TEA pre-tests, this forum, and a vocab list from While the study guide is helpful to learn definitions and stages, the biggest factor for me was studying the answers and the reasons why on the 2 pre-tests. What makes this test challenging isn't so much the content (memorize the right definitions and you're set), it's that you have to think differently. You have to read a situation, apply 2-3 different concepts (sometimes scaffolding) and be able to think like a teacher to select the answer that would best serve the student or class described. My first practice test I missed several nuances in the questions that gave clues to the answers.

Test: Study the answer guides to train your brain to think the right way. Know the difference between phonemic and phonological awareness, as well as phonemes, graphemes,and morphemes. Make sure to study various stages, such as the stages of literacy, spelling, writing, oral language, etc. There were 3 questions on the emergent literacy stage alone. Know structured analysis and various word identification skills. Once you learn how to think, it's really not bad. It took me 2 hours and that includes going back and reviewing every questions I wasn't 100% about. Good luck!

Strategy #20

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Took my test yesterday and found out just now that I passed with a score of 267. I liked studying one Domain at a time. Since I teach writing part time, I knew that section would be easier, so I didn't spend much time studying that section. My advice to you is to know pre-phonemic, phonemic, and other aspects of the emergent learner.

Test: I took my time taking the test and finished 55 questions within two hours, and then, I took a break. Many of the last 35 questions seemed to be longer question prompts, so I answered all of the short easier ones first. I went back and answered the last 10 or so longer ones. I had time left, so I checked my answers.

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