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Strategy #1

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used XAMOnline, the REA study guide, and what is available on the TExES website. I found that REA had the best material, most relevant to what was actually on the test. I do recommend buying the XAMOnline test book. It has three tests in it, and it'll help you narrow down your weak areas. I studied on and off for a couple of months, and spent about 5 days studying 5 hours a day leading up to the test and felt prepared.

Test: The test is very long and challenging. I found the ELAR is the hardest part of the test, but it was also the longest section. Like others have said, time is your enemy on the Math section, and it felt very rushed. I felt like I didn't pass the Math area because of the time limit. It was nowhere near as hard as the practice tests! Very straight forward questions. I got my results within 48 hours and I got a great passing score! I suggest marking the questions you don't know right off the bat and coming back to them. It helped boost my confidence doing that! Relax and breathe!

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: For the English, Science, Social Studies the REA book helped a lot. I felt like for the Math section Khan Academy really helped refresh the basics. I also purchased the Certify Teacher, but the only problem is that they don't give you the step by step to solve the problem, just a brief explanation. I also used the TExES study guide that they provide you. I haven't really found a good source of materials to use for Math that gives realistic problems that you see on the exam.

Test: First attempt for my exam: the math contained algebra, linear equations, square roots, conversions, Pythagorean Thereom. The second time: it was a few scenarios, fractions, probability, square roots, circumference and lots of long word problems. Time is probably your biggest enemy for Math. I had to guess with a few questions because I was running out of time; I ended up finishing with 15 seconds on the clock.

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used a combination of resources. The small guide published on the ETS site was useful as an extra set of practice questions. I also bought a study guide from XAMonline that was helpful. I went section by section reading, highlighting, and taking notes. Then I took the practice test at the end of the guide and turned my notes into flash cards on the sections that I needed the most help in. I found as many practice tests online as I could and kept drilling those to figure out the format of the questions and my flash cards for the information. Taking some old released STAAR tests at various grade levels really helped on the Social Studies and Science sections.

Test: In all honesty, the worst part of the test was my nerves. I had worked myself up so much that I just couldn't relax and I left the test feeling like I had bombed it all. The ELA section went about as planned. Make sure you know your vocabulary and stages of development in both reading and writing! The Math section was pretty straightforward, about half the questions were based on how to teach math and the other half actually had you solving equations and problems. Social Studies was the killer for me, but studying the released STAAR tests really helped, so take those as a basis for where to study. Science was about like the Social Studies section. Study the STAAR tests and study guides. Fine Arts was pretty straightforward after reading through the study guide I bought. Like I said, the hardest part of this seemed to be my nervousness and waiting on the scores! My biggest suggestion is to go through all the questions at a good pace, Any that have you stumped, mark them for review and go back after you have finished all the others for the section, it would be better to miss one or two than to waste time trying to figure them out and not answer a ton of questions.

Strategy #4

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the TExES practice tests, REA Generalist 4-8 study guide, and 240Tutoring program. It’s hard to nail down exactly what to study, because of the huge amount of information that is covered. I studied for about 6 weeks, a little bit at a time, and I took as many practice tests as I could. Make sure to study the statistics/probability sections, linear functions, and graphing for the Math. There was one Trigonometry question on my test also.

Test: I took this test 2 weeks ago. I was very pressed for time on the Math. There were quite a few that I felt good about, but a lot that I didn’t. Make sure to answer the ones that you can work easily and go back to the ones that are more difficult, due to the time constraints. After getting my results, I realized that there were 28 questions that were not graded throughout the test. My best advice is to stay focused, even if you don’t think you’re doing well. I was certain that I had failed the Math and English portions, so my focus was really hindered. I can’t say the test was harder than I thought, it just covered a lot of material I hadn’t studied and didn’t include information I did study. A lot of it seems very subjective, so try to be reasonable and pick the answers that put more of the responsibility on the students. I felt frustrated and discouraged leaving the testing center, but I passed all 4 subjects and scored higher than I would’ve ever thought.

Strategy #5

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Study: I bought the "REA: TExES Generalist 4-8" book from Amazon and I took both practice tests. I only studied for about 2-3 hours daily the 2 weeks prior to the exam.

Test: The test was much harder than I expected. I felt that the Social Studies and Science portions were much more specific than the practice tests. Walking out of the testing center, I was 200% sure I failed it, but passed with a 268. I immediately wished I had studied more. I would recommend thoroughly reading the REA book, it covers everything you need to know!

Strategy #6

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Study: I used the REA Generalist 4-8 review and online tests, Quizlet, the XAM Core Subjects 4-8 practice exam, and the state prep manual downloaded tests for the Core Subjects 4-8, Social Studies 4-8, Math 4-8, Science 4-8, and ELAR 4-8. The state prep practice exams were the biggest help by far; the REA Generalist 4-8 was great too. I studied for about 2.5 months and kept retaking practice tests. Any question that I missed, I went back over that competency. The more practice the better! I personally think the XAM was a waste of money. I definitely recommend studying for at least a month prior to taking the exam. It's a lot of material that goes beyond simple recall from what you learned in school. I would suggest just the REA Ggeneralist book, Quizlet, and the state prep manuals!

Test: The test was what I anticipated from all the studying I did and reading the blogs about the test. It is a LONG test, so the clock is definitely the enemy. Stay focused and don't stay too long on each question, since you only have a minute per question. Go with your first gut and intuition on a problem. I'ts normal to walk out feeling like you failed and unsure, but if I can pass anyone can pass!

Strategy #7

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 #8

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: To prepare for the test I ordered a study guide from passthetexes.com, 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 #9

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 #10

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

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