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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I used the free study guide from TeXes and the XAM study guide, which are readily available at any Barnes and Noble. My worst subject was math by far, so I also went to a library and used a "pass the HS Taks exam" for math and it worked wonders. I did best on the math section of the actual test.
Test: The test was very similar to the practice test from Texes, in my opinion. Hints are to really read the questions carefully- you have plenty of time! Remember, most of the time, you're picking the "best" answer, so pay attention to word usage. I highly advise using the computer. You can mark what you want to go back and reread and skip questions and come back to them later.
Study: I used the practice exam from the official website and Xamonline. The practice exam and other materials were extremely helpful. I studied the questions and answers with a teacher, and this was definitely the best method. Xamonline, on the other hand, was a waste of time and money. It was all content, no pedagogy, poorly written, and incorrect at times.
Test: The test was what I expected in regards to English and Science, but it was harder than I thought it would be in regards to Social Studies, and easier in the Math section. I would recommend going over the the practice questions with a teachers, because they can point out key words and concepts.
Study: To be honest, I did not study for the test that much. The book that I had was over 700 pages and very intimidating to me. I used the study guide on the Texas Teachers website and one I found at
Test: The test seemed hard at the time I was taking it but I passed. It is a big word game and you have to think a perfect world for the child. There are keywords listed below that you can use to help you. The test is long, so I suggest taking one break. Here are some key words that helped me!
active learning, cooperative learning, prior knowledge, teacher as facilitaor, student as active learner, modeling, higher-order thinking, high academic expectations, collaboration, routines and procedures, inquiry, critical thinking, discovery and exploration, open-ended questioning, ongoing assessment and feedback, most likely, most appropriate, except, best issustrates, best describes, first step, primary purpose, not, higher order thinking, model, foser, compare-contrast, concrete, undrestands.
These are word that will give you the wrong answer!
lists, handouts, all students, predeterminded, precisely, worksheets, lectures, confront.
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I used the preparation manual from the website and various subject-specific books to familarize myself with terms, formulas, facts, etc. that are taught on the 4-8 grade levels.
Test: The test was definitely longer and more time-consuming than I expected. It was a hard test but about what I expected. I spent 2 months preparing but only about 10% of the areas that I studied were actually on the test. Many questions I knew based on common sense and personal knowledge but other questions had to be answered by using deductive logic so there was not always a clear right or wrong answer. Some of the questions and passages were long and took more time to read in order to see what the question was focusing on. If I had to take the test again, I would probably just brush up as many terms and subject areas as I could because the test questions can consist of anything. Since there are different test versions, other test takers may not have the same question types. For example, my test did not have any questions on Texas History but other testers have blogged the opposite. There is no way you can know everything, so my advice would be to familarize yourself with as many terms and methods as best you can and maintain a positive attitude on test day.
Study: I used the Pass the Texes Generalist 4-8 book, the online practice tests, and I made note cards for vocabulary that I was unfamiliar with. I also used a math webiste to prepare for the math section.
I took the practice exam first, so I would know where my weaknesses were. Then I studied the Pass the Texes book and highlighted the important parts. It worked really well for me.
I wouldn't really change much about the way I studied. I was a little over prepared for the math section, but I would much rather be over prepared than under prepared.
Test: The test was pretty much what I expected it to be. It wasn't difficult for me because I was very prepared. I left feeling a little unsure about it, but I passed by a very wide margin.
No tricks or hints. Just study.
Don't wait until the last minute to get ready. There is a TON of information on this exam, so give yourself plenty of time to study.
Study: I used the "Pass the TExEs" Generalist 4-8 book. I ordered the TExES Generalist 4-8 Exam Secrets Study Guide too. I also went through the State Preparation Manual for the sample questions. I found the "Pass the TExES" very useful, as well as, the State Preparation Manual questions very close to what I saw on the test. I did not find the Exam Secrets Study Guide all that useful.
Test: I thought the test was pretty much what I expected, in fact, some of the test questions were almost identical to the question from the State Preparation Manual.
I would tell someone not to cram for this test but actually take some time and study because of the different subjects. DEFINITELY look over the sample questions several times!!!!!!!!
Study: The TEXES Preparation Manual
Test: I was expecting the test to be extremely overwhelming, but when I actually got into it, everything just fell into place. It ended up being way easier than I expected. The Algebra section isn't as hard as it is in the Test Prep Manual, which is good because I ended up being overly prepared and scored WAY higher than I thought I would.
Study: I used the XAM Preparation Book but didn't study it cover to cover. I took my exam in May (on a Sunday) and got scores the following day.
Test: It was neither easy or hard. I left the test feeling indifferent. You will pass once you relax and take each question one at a time. Don't get overwhelmed in 135 questions, etc; just see it as one step at a time and you'll be fine. Best wishes to you. :-)
Study: I used the Nath/Ramsey EC-4 book, as well as the "Big Yellow Book." I also studied the "Pass the TExES" Generalist 4-8, English/Language Arts & Social Studies books. Finally, I got the XAM for Science, which was very helpful, despite the typos. I purchased a TAKS 8th grade math book and mostly used it for formulas.
Test: The test was about what I expected. I finished it in about 2.5 hours. I would say you should focus on language arts mostly. If you're not so great at math, just do your best - the math isn't as hard as I expected, and I did better than I expected. My strategy was to keep the bleeding to a minimum with the math and kick butt on the rest. The social studies is harder than you might think, so study that hard. I did really well on the science - study ions and human body systems. Good luck!
Study: State Study Guide, Pass the Texes (ed publishing), several books on Texas History.
I had zero teaching experience so a lot of the concepts seemed very foreign to me. The Pass the Texes book for me was a waste, it just felt like a thicker version of the state supplied materials. I took the sample state test before studying the material then really focused on what I missed. I was sure taking the exam was just a "warm up" because I had to wait almost a month later to get a spot to take it.
Study the ELA and teaching methodologies!!!
Test: Unsure at the time. Finished in a little over 2 hours, went back over it because of all the posts I had read about taking the full time. Finally gave up after 2.5 hours and left feeling totally unsure of how I did. Boy, was I surprised when I got my grade - I passed it by a WIDE margin.
Study the different teaching methodologies (mainly the ELA section of the state guide).
No real tips I can offer, just a standard multiple choice computer test.
Overall, it was easier than I expected.
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