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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I used the Texes study guide from the website. Go through the study guide a few times and check your answers. Look up and review any points you are unsure about. I liked this study guide because many of the questions on the test are similar.
Test: It was a little easier than I expected. The Science portion was mostly safety-related questions.
Study: I simply used the free online Generalist 4-8 test guide. I just did every question on that test and googled what I did not understand. I would probably buy a study guide if I had to do it again because it is tough.
Test: It was harder than I expected. I would tell someone who is studying to take a couple of weeks to study.
Study: I used the free study manuals provided online by the State. I scanned through the manual to understand the content covered on the test. The questions from the free manual were almost exactly like they were on the test. I studied for about 5 hours a couple of days before the test.
Test: The test was about what I expected since I had heard the State manuals were comparable. While taking the test, I think it's most important to be very aware of how the test questions are worded, as well as what exactly the question is asking.
Study: I used the SBEC Preparation Manual and googled many things I did not know. I then purchased XAM 4-8 Generalist Study Guide from Barnes and Noble. I passed the first time so I say that these worked. I would say the best form of study was the SBEC Preparation Manual. The XAM book was maybe a little too detailed.
Test: The test was about as hard as I expected, but took the entire 5 hours to take it. So, I would manage my time better so that I could check my answers.
Study: XAM 4-8 Generalist Study Guide ($60 online), Set of 600 flash cards by exam secrets ($30 online), and Cliff's Notes 4-8 Generalist TEXeS study guide ($16).
XAM is hands down the best study guide you can buy. I have purchased three of these and have been thoroughly prepared by using this study guide.
Test: The test was as difficult as I expected. The length of the test was excruciating. Five hours is a long time to stare at a computer screen. I would say to study more than just the content of the exam, you need to learn the ins and outs of the exam itself.
Study: I used the practice test online and went over all the questions several times. I also used a GRE math study book which helped a lot. The test is extremely hard to study for with the topics being so broad but the test is not as difficult as the practice test. I would study Social Studies more if I could take it again. A middle school textbook would have helped.
Test: Take your time. Skip what you can't figure out so you don't get frustrated. Don't change too many answers. Go with your gut!
Study: I bought a Texes book from Barnes and Noble. Taking the online test on the Texes website helped me the most to understand how the test would be formatted.
Test: It seemed easier than I expected. I would say to know main ideas in each subject and do the practice test a couple of times. You get a formula chart and math was basic so don't waste time memorizing formulas and specifics.
Study: Preparation material on www.texes-ets.org
Test: It was harder than expected. Practice more (Math).
Study: I used the study guide provided online.
Test: It took much longer than expected. Choose the best answer.
Study: I never bought a book! I simply went online to the state's website and printed off their preparation manual. I worked through the manual for almost 2 months and since math is not my best subject my god-mother tutored me and she advise me to go to the Taks website and print off the Practice test for math 4-8. I did and work through those off and on for almost 2 weeks. The last week I study and made sure I remember that the test wants you to look and react from the PERFECT classroom scenario. The day before I spent two hours going through the entire packet and then leaving it in God's hands. I passed first time around...thank you God!!
Test: During the math I did feel slightly overwhelm so I stopped and made myself take a break to regroup and refocus. Then I went back in and finished it. Whatever I didn't feel comfortable with I marked it and went back to it when I was done with the test.
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