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Strategy #131

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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).

Strategy #132

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the Xam book to study for this test and I passed the first time! This book gives you lots of practice tests and I was well prepared for the exam! If anyone needs a study guide let me know im trying to get rid of mine!

Test: It was easier than what I thought but Im glad I focused on Math and Science! However most of the questions we're ELA questions! Just take your time and relax!

Strategy #133

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Study: I used the internet, XAM, and library books. They all worked the same. I also used this website.

Test: This test was very very very hard. I studied diligently for it but the content was so broad on the test there's no way I could have studied any differently. Surface area. Know all your formulas or you will miss questions. Know regions of different continents, not countries but regions! Crazy broad questions. None on TX history on my test. No calculus or graphing. Everything I studied for on here, this site, was not on the test. I left this morning feeling really down. I guessed on many questions and none of it was easy. I scored high on my ec-4 and special ed tests. This one I will only pass if God saw/sees fit. It was a monster. I don't know how anyone could have studied for this. You really have to know intricacies because not much of it was broad.

Strategy #134

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Study: I took the test in July 09. I used the State study guide and the Texes Flash cards. The state guide was OK only from the stand point of seeing how questions are structured. I would never use the flash cards again. They were far too cumbersome. As far as content I wouldn't grade any of them very high. If I had it to do over, I would have gotten some tutoring in Math since I had not used other than basic math in many years. While I passed, it was apparent that my math preparation was not good.

Test: I expected it to be hard and it was for me. Overall I did receive a 374 but I didn't feel good about it when it was over. If you are an older test taker (I graduated from college in 72) I would take as much time as possible to study all subjects. The ELA portion is challenging and I would speak to as many people as possible about how to answer those questons especially on emergent readers.

Strategy #135

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Study: Used the EdPublishing #111 study guide book. It was ok/adequate. Would love to sell my book for less than I bought it for!!

Test: The English Language Arts section was a bit harder and longer than I expected. The math was a bit easier, the science and social studies were about what I expected. I took 3 1/2 hours to complete it. They do not ask specific questions from the study books! The questions are combinations of two or three different concepts more than just one concept per question.

Strategy #136

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the practice exam from the sbec website as well as purchasing TAKS study guides for 8th and 9th grades from Half Priced Books. I basically went through the practice test and anything that I did not know or understand, I googled. I also printed off the sample pages from the Texes Study website which were helpful as well.

Test: The test was a little harder than I expected. I knew it would be difficult, but I felt like the questions were worded much more complex than the practice test. There are so many "what is the BEST way to do this" questions and all of the answers are right, but you have to pick the BEST one. It is true that you can narrow it down to two on almost every question. Another thing is to make sure you know what the question is asking. Sometimes a few of the answers have nothing to do with what they are asking. I left thinking I bombed the test and passed with plenty of room to spare. Just study hard and focus and you will do great.

Strategy #137

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the free sbec study guide and another book that my friend loaned me (pass the texes by ed publishing. I think it was helpful to have more than one source for studying, but if you are short on time focus on the sbec. I studied a couple hours a day for 3 weeks. Don't try to memorize the competencies just think like a teacher.

Test: I thought it was hard mainly because it was long and covered many sections. Try to narrow it down to the best 2 choices and go with your gut. It only took me 2.5 hours, but I have learned in the past that agonizing over questions does not typically help my score.

Strategy #138

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: This exam was a bit harder than I was expecting. IHowever, I passed mainly due to using common sense and eliminating answers I knew were not correct. Also, the English/LA section had the most questions and it’s my stronger area naturally. I used the TAKS exit book for science review….broad subject area (planets, periodic table, experiments, etc). I also purchased some GRE books from a used book store for math review. Of course, you know your strong/weak areas but I wouldn’t spend a ton on those study books…the FREE online study guide from the SBEC website may be the best as far as how the questions are setup. Of course know teaching concepts…like what actions to take to help a student who is having a problem in xxxx by doing xxxx.

Test: This exam was much harder than I expected. Okay, not hard but it covered such a WIDE variety of material. I mainly brushed up on my math. Honestly, I’m very good at algebra/geometry and this section was tough. It even had a trig question on it. Use the official study guide so you’ll know the format of the questions. It’s not a simple as working a problem, you have to apply it to the scenario in the question. I took the whole five hours. Don’t rush and don’t stay up all the night before cramming…honestly, it probably won’t help that much. Use common sense and think like a TEACHER! You are able to mark answers and then go back. Good luck to all..

Strategy #139

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the official study guide only. You might want to look into another guide as indicated by others on this site, but don't get crazy. Take some time to get comfortable with the material; don't cram, but don't study for a month straight. I have two 5th grade teachers close by and talked to them a bit about the test, but didn't find them to be much more helpful than the guide.

Test: Plan to take the whole time, in other words, don't rush. I went through the test three times, once to answer what I could easily, once to answer questions that took time or additional thought, and once to answer questions that I was mostly guessing on. The actual test was more straight forward than the practice questions, but obviously long. Take the test when you are most rested and mentally alert. For me this was in the afternoon.

Strategy #140

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used XAM study guide 4-8 generalist. Some TAKS prep study guides i received from a teacher and the FREE online study guide from the SBEC website.

Test: The test was not as bad as I had thought. Although I did leave the testing center feeling it could go either way. With my experience, there were very few specific content questions and a lot of situational classroom questions. I suggest taking the pedagogy classes before taking this exam it will help A LOT with teacher vocab if you are not used to it.

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