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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: Study the prep manual and practice test from the Texes website...this is very representative of what is on the real test. I purchased and studied the THEA manual ($12 at Barnes&Noble)...very helpful for Math review - taking through each math concept from basic to more advanced. Study landmark Supreme Court cases, major world and american history events and timelines. For science - review atoms, periodic table/elements,
lab safety. For any subject you can also go online and take the old 8th grade TAKS test for review. I studied for about a month for an hour or so per day, but then I've been out of college for 24 years and needed lots of review!
Test: Know exactly where your test taking center is before the day of the test (mine was hidden away in the back of a shopping center, not even visible from the parking lot!) You will be assigned a locker to store your things during the test...I saw many people studying their prep manual during their breaks so I guess this is permitted (wish I would have known!) You can usually narrow down each question to 2 good, possible answers. Guess if you're not exactly sure b/c you're not penalized for wrong answers (i.e., don't leave any blank.) Take a light jacket in case you need it.
Study: TExES Preparation materials available on the TExES website, XAM 4-8 Generalist.
The XAM book was helpful for the Math section. I didn't find it very helpful for any of the others. The TExES pre material was helpful to study the domains/competencies.
Test: It was more difficult than I anticipated. The math section turned out to be th easiest, since you actually figured out the problems (not many scenario questions). Brush up on reading/language development. SS and Science were fairly simple.
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I used the study guide on the website. I printed it, and did the practice test twice. I tried to analyze why I missed the questions I did. I looked for key words in each question before answering. As I went through the first part of the study guide, I highlighted all of the terminology I wasn't comfortable with and then researched all of the highlighted terms online. Because the questions on the practice test or only examples of what can be asked, going through the terminology really helped. I studied off and on for about three weeks before taking the test.
Test: The test was easier than I thought. I only missed eight questions. The math section was much easier than the math questions in the study guide. I took the entire time. I went through the entire test once, and then repeatedly went back over the questions I was concerned about looking at key words until I felt I had done my best. I came out of the testing room feeling like I had done fine.
Study: I used the preparation materials provided online and went domain by domain and studied all the different areas. I used math.com for a lot of the math that I needed refreshing on. I also reviewed 8th grade TAKS prep manuals.
Test: The hest was as hard as I expected. I used the test taking technique of doing the easier questions first and getting them out of te way so I could focus on teh harder questions.
Study: I found an excellent online resource: http://www.learner.org . This website is funded by PBS and provides free video on demand for teachers on just about every subject you can think of. The Learning Math series was especially invaluable to me, since it's been 28 years since I took a math class and couldn't remember much of what I'd learned. There were questions on the test that were directly answered by things I'd learned in the series.
Test: I was pleasantly surprised. The pre-test in the study guide is a good indicator - if you do well on that, you should do ok. I would definitely beef up on math and science knowledge. A reasonably intelligent person with a good handle on current events can manage the social studies questions. It is hard to say if ELA was hard or not - that is my field.
Study: I used the State Prep Manual(test you find on the texes ets website) and XAM generalist 4-8. I studied about 2 weeks on and off. The last 4 days I did about 3-6 hours a day.
Test: DO NOT STRESS!! I walked out of the exam and was not feeling so great. When the screen popped up asking me if I want to submit my scores or forfeit my scores. I wanted to forfeit my scores!! But YOU will do fine. DO not second guess your self!! I took my exam on saturday and got my results on tuesday. The history section was horrible I had 2 pages to read for each question. History was the last part of the exam so by then my brain was fried!
Study: I bought a few different study guides from the local bookstore. Kaplan and Barron's have a book that gives you questions covering all grades. Study these for the situational questions but also brush up on your math skills! Math is my weak subject and there were quite a few math questions that I was not prepared for. Also, print and study the official TExES practice test. Some of the questions were almost identical on the actual test.
Test: Most of the test was just as I expected...situational questions with a few hard ones thrown in the mix. The math section of the test was not easy! It had a lot more content centered questions than I thought it would. Brush up on your basic math skills before taking the test. Use all resources available to you and you'll do fine!
Study: I used the practice test in the study guide from texes.ets. I ordered the hard copy-$15. Tried to use the practice tests from the specific subjects but they are the same as the Generalist!I took the tests and then went over and over the questions to look for key words or phrases to lead to the correct answer. I also had a friend who is a math(my weakest area) teacher at ACC tutor me a couple of times.
Test: It was not really harder than I was anticipating. Just look for the key words and for actions pertaining to levels of intelligence in determining the "best choice for the teacher." Take the entire five hours if you need to. Don't rush. You have plenty of time. Take a bathroom break and refresh yourself. Relax, you will do fine. I fretted and still made a 278!
Study: I used www.teachingsolutions.org as one of my study guides. It offers a 100% money back guarantee if you don't pass your test the first time. I also used the XAM book and the free state study guides as well.
Test: I feel that I studied a whole bunch for this test, and was very prepared, and still felt this test was very difficult. There are always two answers that seem to be equally correct... you just have to decide what answer is the "best"! I passed the first time I took it with a good score. If you have any questions, feel free to email me, I am more than happy to help in any way I can! Good Luck!
Study: I used the EdPublishing Study Guide. I've used one of these guides for each of the four TExES exams that I've taken thus far and have never been disappointed. However, in regards to this particular exam it covered more in depth information that what was needed for this exam. I also used the sample questions provided in the state preparation manual. It wasn't feasibly possible for me to cover the entire EdPublishing guide since I didn't have enough time to based on the date that I scheduled my exam for...not enough preparation time.
Test: The test was easier than I expected it to be.
Language Arts- ELA section can be a breeze as long as you make yourself have a sound knowledge for what type of activities are effective for developing specific skills at specific grade levels. Example = Emergent Literacy Stage students who are going through oral development...read aloud books and activities are key to this development. If you can understand this for each age level/stage and the type of learning that is being developed, then you will not have any trouble with applying this across any question type. Try your best to score as many questions in this area...alot of questions focused mainly on Emergent Literacy stage. Pay close attention to the grade level that the question is referring to and to WHAT skill the teacher is trying to develop.
Science- I only had one or two fact type questions related to chemistry and physics. I didn't recall them from studying them since I didn't get a chance to study these sections due to cramming, I instead recalled them from prior memory from when I learned them in school. The questions were based on two theories from these subjects. The rest of my questions were either illustrations that followed with questions or situational/classroom scenarios and it was a matter of eliminating at least 2 answers that couldn't possibly be right and then choosing the best answer from the remaining two.
Social Studies- The format of this section was similar to my experience with the science section...only a few actual fact questions.
Math- This section is likely the hardest for most. However, I found it to be easier than what I experienced with the Math 4-8 exam. What I liked better about this one is that there were more solve for x type problems rather than theory questions as I encountered on Math 4-8. I did not study this section since I had already passed Math 4-8. Cliff Notes and
EdPublishing were best for preparing me for Math 4-8.
While the objectives for this exam are quite broad, this would be my recommendation:
- Use the state manual and go page by page, objective by objective and compare it to your study guide. Don't waste your time studying those areas that you already know...focus on your weak areas. It is entirely too much information and you'll kill yourself trying to go over all of it. Study concepts more closely for ELA and Math. Some of the things that you learn for ELA can be applied in the Science and Social Studies questions (the classroom scenarios).
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