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Strategy #1

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the TExES Generalist 4-8 Book + Online Study Guide from REA. I started studying about a month before I took the exam. I broke it down by studying one subject a week and reading about 20 pages a day. If you use this book, I suggest to study the subjects you already feel confident with first then study the harder ones closer to the exam.

Test: The test was a lot harder than I expected, and I left the test center feeling like the REA book hadn't prepared me enough. It does go over a lot of the core content you will need to know, but be sure to focus on the teaching strategies/tools listed in the ELA. I am not sure if there is really a way to not be surprised by the content on the actual exam. Just try your best to review and understand the core content as much as you can. Always go with the answer that focuses the most on students learning first hand and taking responsibility for their learning. I left the test feeling unsure of my performance, but I passed with a 285!

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the REA book and practice tests as well as the TEXES Exam Secrets flashcards. I also glanced at the TEA guide. Overall, I focused on math, science, and history over english and social studies.

Test: The test is a little difficult because it has a lot of situational questions that don't have a clear correct answer. However, I took my time, read carefully, and checked over my answers. I chose the answer that made the most sense to me. And guess what, I passed with a 181!

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the REA study guide and the online study module from T-Cert. Be sure to take as many practice test as possible. By doing this you will test your ability to apply the competencies to classroom scenarios.

Test: The test was very straight-forward. When you're taking the test think about answers that are "student-centered." While preparing be sure to know how to identify phonemes, alphabetic principle, and different ways to teach Ells. The math was heavy with algebra, trigonometry and geometry concepts. Science and History are straight forward. I was for sure that I didn't pass but I passed quite well. Just study competencies not just for recall but application.

Strategy #4

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the free online state prep materials and the REA book. I used the practice tests on both. I started studying about 5 weeks before the test and probably studied on and off a couple of hours almost everyday, depending on my schedule. When i took the practice tests I would figure out why I got the answers wrong by the explanations in the back of the REA book. I would also look up topics online and review those. I also used quizlet flash cards and questions. I found the available materials helped me to think critically, sharpen my test taking abilities, figure out how to narrow down answers. I am a full time substitute teacher so some of the material seemed to come from being in the classroom.

Test: The test was not what I expected it to be. It definitely takes your thinking to a higher knowledge level. I also felt like much of the content in the practice exams/study guides was not reflective of the test really. There were some questions that seemed to come out of left field or seemed so easy that I felt like they could be trick questions. I took about 4 1/2 hours to complete and left unsure if i passed. I did not feel great about it. I took on a Friday morning and got my scores on Tuesday morning. I checked online constantly. I passed with a 246 which I was happy about. This is a second career for me so I figured with all I have had going on in the last couple of years as long as I pass then its OK with me. My advice: start studying about 6 weeks out, eat a good breakfast, a good night's sleep, take a break if you need it during the test. Go through the test and answer what you can, then go back to the ones you are unsure about. I did that and it helped me calm down and think logically through the questions and read them slower. Good luck !!

Strategy #5

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I only used free study materials. The TExES study guide has a good practice exam that is of the same format of the actual exam. There were a few questions I recognized with just a couple details changed on the actual test. I also found T-Cert to be a good review for Math & Science. Quizlet.com has some good flashcards for the LA section too. There is a lot of how you would instruct, or what would be accomplished by using xyz method in the LA section especially. I studied a lot the few days before the test, but just a little before that.

Test: There is a lot of how you would instruct, or what would be accomplished by using xyz method, especially in the LA section. I was surprised in the Social Studies section there were multiple questions that were Texas specific, about TX history or geography. It took me about 2.5 hours, including going back to review some questions I had marked. Passed with a 279.

Strategy #6

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the REA Study Guide and Online Practice Tests. I barely failed both practice tests due to Calculus and Geometry on them but did well in the other areas. I did not take Texas History in school so I did not have that background either. There is just too much possible content so I did not really study at all but reviewed some math formulas and history timeline.

Test: The test was surprisingly easy compared to the practice tests. I completed it in about 1 hour 45 minutes and left. Either you know it or don't and I am not the person to review the whole thing. There were a couple of math and science questions that I closed my eyes and guessed on but I passes the test with a 272. I don't remember there being any calculus and very little geometry on the test. Take a deep breath and know this isn't going to that bad!

Strategy #7

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the REA study manual and it really covered a lot of material. I took nearly 2 months to study, and I took my time going over each section. I also used both of the practice tests. To be completely honest, I failed both of the practice tests with a 68% and a 66%. I focused on the questions that I had gotten wrong and went back and read the section that the test question was based off of. Especially in math since it was my weak point.

Test: I took the test on 6/25/14. The test itself was modeled very closely to how the REA study book has it. Read EVERY question CLEARLY. I can't stress that enough. Sometimes it may seem like the question is asking you for one thing, but it's really asking for another. Take your time and don't be afraid to mark a question and come back to it. I was there for nearly 3.5 hours and I used that time to go over each question. My questions were together by section, English, Math, Social Studies, Science so I knew what frame of mind to be in. I honestly left the test center in tears thinking I'd failed, but I passed! Good luck!

Strategy #8

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: To study for the exam I used the XAM study guide and practice tests, the provided State Preperation Manual and practice test, as well as purchased two practice tests from REA. I found the XAM study guide to be somewhat helpful. I only went over the English and History sections because I had scored signficantly well on the pre-test I took in the Math and Science subjects. I found the English section to be extremely helpful, however I felt as though what I studied from the History section was not relevant to what was present on the test. I honestly did not feel prepared going into the test, and felt like I slacked in the amount that I studied. I walked out of the testing center feeling very unsure of whether or not I had passed the test. I received my score the next morning following my test, and sure enough had passed with a score far higher than what I was anticipating.

Test: The test was actually easier than what I was expecting, minus the history portion. I found the practice test on the state preperation manual to be much harder than the actual test questions, especially the math portion. Language Arts questions consist of a lot of classroom scenerios in regards to the proper way to teach children according to their developmental stage in language. I would also be aware of the different types of genres of writing, there were a few questions regarding those. Also, there were a lot of questions about the importance of characters and how to get children to understand the components of a story (plot, characters, setting, climax, etc). The science portion was, in my opinion, easy. I would play close attention to the different systems of the human body, the solar system (moon, sun specifically). The math was by far the easiest section for me, almost too easy to where I started second guessing myself. History consisted of a lot of reading passages where you needed to use critical thinking to pick up on underlying messages. I was studying more specifics and unfortunately felt that what I had prepared for was not relevant, causing me to do poorly in this section. Overall, I would recommend doing a pre-test before beginning to study this way you can focus more of your attention on your weaker subects. Utilize the practice tests! There were multiple questions where I had seen the same question before or one with significant similarities. GOOD LUCK!

Strategy #9

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the study guide provided by the state. I also purchased the REA guide from a book store. The book was mostly helpful with practice of the content. I prepared for two weeks probably studying for a total 50 hours.

Test: I am an average test taker and the type that if I study a lot I will do very well but not naturally intelligent. I wasn't sure which version I would get (hard or easy) so I didn't know whether to feel over or under prepared. I thought this was the most intense and not to mention most difficult exam I have ever taken. I walked out telling everyone I would be shocked if I passed. English was first-frustrating questions. You need to know all readers at every age level and what you would do in every circumstance. I guessed A LOT. I tried to put myself in the "best case" but it felt impossible. The math, I wouldn't say easier than I thought but it was probably the area I studied most in. There was quadratics function/equations and seemed like there was more geometry than I studied HOWEVER this was the subject I did best on. If would say to study math and ELA the most because most of the science and ss either you know or you don't. I used a lot of logic on the math part. SS was the third (on my test) section. It was hard. As I expected, there were questions that were impossible to study for. Know court cases, but random ones that weren't in the REA guide and know Texas history. Id would say half Texas history and half US history. Maybe one or two about world history. Science was maybe 1/3 about safety. I felt rushed and answered mostly on instinct. Overall study everything. I passed with a 248. I am a good judge of things and it was extremely hard. When I signed out of the test the only people that were still there were the 4th-8th generalist testers left. I took 4 1/2 hours. I only went back over once. Hardest part was ELA then SS then Science and lastly math. I am selling my REA book on craigslist for 20 on craigslist in San Antonio. There are no markings in it. The practice test were useful in sharpening your skills.

Strategy #10

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I purchased the REA study guide. I read it through once and then took test 1. After that I focused on my weak areas (ELA/Science) and re-read over and over. I also used the quizlet site which helped with terminology, dates, etc. I spent about 2 hours per day studying for 2 weeks before the test. I scheduled an afternoon test so the worry about oversleeping, getting lost didn't add to my anxiety over the test itself. Even said a prayer to St. Joseph of Cupertino in the parking lot before I went in.

Test: I found the questions to be more about process and methods of teaching students than direct recall of dates and content facts. I found the Math easy but Math is my strong area. I left a few questions blank as I did the test and checked them so I could go back after finishing and take time in answering. Overall my test was easier than the REA tests. I was praying to get a 240 and was surprised to find that I got a 281. My scores came in 3 days after the test and I was glued to my email for those 3 days. Remember this test is about teaching in a perfect world.

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