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Strategy #1

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the state provided preparation manuals, practice tests and bought the Secrets Study Guide by Mometrix. To study the Math and Science material I followed the online lessons provided by Khan Academy. I began studying 6 weeks before the exam date for an average of about one hour per day. Math is by far my weakest subject, so I spent most of my time reviewing the Algebra and Geometry concepts.

Test: The test was far easier than I expected. The study material over-prepares you to ensure you do actually master the competencies. Both the state provided practice tests and the materials from Mometrix are much more difficult than the actual test. You really need to use your time wisely on the test. Your enemy is the clock, especially in the Math section. I was extremely anxious and crammed the night before which in reality, helped a lot. There are numerous questions that seem totally random, so absorbing as much content as possible was key in getting a passing score. You also should not overlook studying teaching strategies and pedagogy concepts as these represent a significant amount of the test content.

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: To prepare for the test I ordered a study guide from, however, it did not cover all of the content that was presented on the test. I began studying a month before I actually tested and unfortunately scored a 222. The second time I took the test, about 45 days later, I scored a 251! I really focused more on the competencies and TEKS. Studying TEKS helped me tremendously because it defined what is going to be taught in the classroom. I also studied how to teach English as a second language for the ELAR section. I would suggest to focus on your weakest subject area first and study your best area last. Take the free practice test at the end of the free preparation book because the test is exactly like those questions!

Test: Taking the test the 1st time was much harder than I expected. The test is not easy. It takes your thinking to a higher level. If you fail, you will not be given the same test twice. The ELAR portion was a combination of scenarios, teaching ELL, and content(lots of reading). The Math was a little outside Middle School, more-so college Math with charts and story problems. Science was a little bit direct and focused on safety, health, physical and chemical change, natural selection and some experiments. The Social Studies part had very direct and in-depth questions that focused a lot on Texas history from past governors to the Texas Revolution and how Texas was involved in different wars. The test is created around a perfect classroom environment with unlimited resources and focuses on cooperative/independent learning. Choose the answer that focuses more on the student as an independent learner and less on the teacher. As an ISD employee I noticed students work a lot in groups and noticed on the test that most of the answers suggested students working together or teaching each other. Take your time, do not get nervous or frustrated, and take a break if needed.

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the REA Study Guide, and that was it. For the ELAR and SS portions, a lot of it is application questions, as well as and how to teach the material based on the stage of learning they are in, or how to assess students using formal or informal assessment. Put that as your first priority for studying. Science was a few safety questions, but more content. Make sure you at least review each content area so you are knowledgeable of the subject matter. Math was definitely my worst subject (I did not have time to study for it).

Test: All in all, the test was what I expected, difficult. Just like every other poster says, you walk out of the center feeling like you failed. Just take your time and take breaks. Make sure you pick answers that are centered around modeling and actively teaching, as long as they are not accompanied with "off the wall" material. I walked out of the center KNOWING I failed but ended up with a 267! I studied off-and-on for three weeks but about 8 hours a day for the last 3-4 days! Good luck

Strategy #4

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I purchased the TExES Generalist 4-8 study guide on Amazon for about $20. It came with an access code, which gave me access to the 2 practice tests that the book already comes with.

Test: The test itself was not terrible. The ELAR portion of it was made of scenarios of what you should do if a student does this or that. The math was straightforward. There were more probability questions than anything. As for science, be well versed with the basic Earth Science. Social studies was my strongest. It was made up of Texas History, a couple of economics-related concepts, but nothing terrible. Definitely remember significant events in TX and US History. For someone who studied maybe 6-7 hours combined, I didn't do too shabby. I passed with a 257 on the first try

Strategy #5

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the REA Generalist 4-8 Prep book as well as signed up for a course with I took the REA tests three times each. I was very rusty at Math, so I did several Khan Academy Math lessons and quizzes. Those helped a ton, especially with Geometry, Algebra, and the foundations of Calculus material. I saved the practice test questions from the TEA prep manual for last, and did that one just a couple of days before I took the test to see if there were any areas I needed to focus on. I studied 2 full days a week for about 3 weeks and ran through flash cards in the evenings. On work breaks I went through flash cards with the Quizlet app on my phone. The cards on Quizlet are user-generated, so some are better than others.

Test: I still felt pretty unprepared going into the test, as I was consistently getting just above passing scores on my practice tests. It wasn't enough cushion for me to really feel comfortable going in. The Math and Science questions were easier than I anticipated and I felt good about them because they have concrete, right or wrong answers. The Social Studies questions were more specific than I thought they would be, and I was concerned about a couple that asked about the geography and climate in the Andes and sub-Saharan Africa. There were also more general history questions about Texas and US History, focusing mainly on the Texas Revolution, American Revolution, the Civil War and WWII. The Language Arts was where I felt the least confident after the test because on several of them I was able to narrow it down to 2 answers but then had trouble picking an answer I felt sure of. I left honestly not knowing if I had gotten a passing score or not. I was so excited to see that I did pass with a 283/300. My scores seemed to take forever, they posted the Wednesday after the Thursday that I took the test. Almost a full week, though they said at the center it would be 3-5 days. Good luck to everyone!

Strategy #6

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I have been out of college for 25 years & only wanted to take this test once. I used the Secrets Study Guide (Mometrix)-not as helpful, & the REA Generalist book (much more helpful). I reviewed concepts on Quizlet, made my own flash cards and took them with me everywhere. I studied daily for about 3 weeks.

Test: The lack of noise at exam center was almost distracting. I answered everything the first time, marking answers I was unsure of. I went back and reviewed these only changing 3 answers. I tested on Friday, received results on Tuesday after a Monday holiday. I was very satisfied with my 282.

Strategy #7

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 #8

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 #9

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 #10

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 !!

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