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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I used my prior knowledge from having taught in a bilingual private school as well as the online TExES website study prep manual.
Test: I thought it was really hard, but only b/c there is seemingly more than one right answer per question. I went with my first instincts and ended up doing very well on the exam the first time I tried. I would study up on basic math and know your the content language for literacy terms.
I was way more worried about passing than I should have been; it is a lot of common sense. Make sure you take in mind the age of the student/ subject in question. Good luck!!
Study: I used the online manual from SBEC, but it was of minimal help. Since I was dusty on my US History, my ACP teacher suggested that I study older TAKS tests from secondary levels since they too are tested on US History.
Test: I noticed that I have to be into the test which is why online testing did not work for me. The next time I am taking the PBT so that I can physically eliminate any wrong answer.
Study: I used the Big Yellow Book (very helpful) and the Cliffnotes EC-4 Study guide (also helpful). In addition, I took three practice tests.
Test: The test was pretty much what I expected and seemed to be no harder and no easier than the practice tests I took. The key to most of the answers, in my opinion, was 1) student-centered activity, and 2) age/grade appropriate.
Study: The book sold by Texas Teachers. Focus on the Language Arts part.
Test: It was harder than I expected. Study everyday.
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: Going through the test and answering all the familiar questions first worked the best for me.
Test: Harder - you have to think "perfect world".
Study: To be honest, I did not study. I went into the testing environment with a "perfect world" perspective.
Test: The content test was not as difficult as other people told me it would be. To someone who is about to take the test... relax!! Make sure you get enough rest, eat a balanced breakfast/lunch, and take a couple of deep breaths.
Study: I purchased the $35 "Ultimate Guide" available at the Texas Teachers office. Very helpful!! Read it and do all of the practice test questions. Also, utilize the sample questions from the link on the website. Make sure to go over the reason behind the answers.
Test: Not too bad if you are prepared. Read the book!! (the best hint I can give)
Study: I used the online guide and looked up all areas on the computer for further information.
Test: It was harder - find books on teaching methods. Out of the four questions - two are obviously wrong 80% of the time, one is close, and one is correct.
Study: I used the study guide that is sold at UTSA. It is written by Education professors at UTSA. Great study guide!
Test: Easier than expected, but important to know TEKS!
Study: Preparation Manual printed off the Texas Teachers website. Take the practice test and have someone else check your answers. Continue to answer incorrect answers until they are right. Get very familiar with Language and Reading, and study other study guides if you can.
Test: I prefer computer tests to paper tests. There was some vocabulary that was difficult in the Language and Reading section.
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