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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I used "XAM" study guide and downloaded the online study guide from SBEC site that listed content and sample tests. I would tell someone to focus on the overall points. Don't get bogged down with the infinte details. I also did sample TAKS exams for 8th grade Social Studies and Science.
Test: Easier - much more general than expected. I would tell someone to focus their answers to a "perfect world" environment... supportive parents, engaged students, endless money and time.
Study: I used Pass the TExES Generalist 4-8 by Ed Publishing. I highlighted the important information and made flash cards. I think this was effective.
Test: There was material on the test that was not in my study book. For example, there was a question about the body's internal organs. However, if you study everything in the study book, you will be fine.
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I used the study guide on the website. I went over the competencies and identified terms/phrases I did not know and concentrated on those. Time was a factor. I should have gave myelf ample time to study.
Test: The test was harder than I thought. I should have given myself more time prior to the test. Definitely define terms you are not familiar with. Many questions played on one another.
Study: Study heavily for this test. If you know the content, and practice the "test taking philosophy", you will be fine. I used a guide from www.passthetexes.com and it was great!
Test: It was pretty much what I expected; it heavily tested content and teaching philosophy, so know both.
Study: I used the study guide printed off of TEA. I also used a book with practice tests purchased at Borders. It is best to answer every question and if you miss an answer, look back immediately to see why you missed it. The questions in the study guides are very similar to the real test questions.
Test: The test is very challenging and covers all areas from Pedagogy, English, Texas History, Math, and Science. Don't count on seeing questions for a fourth grader, count on upper-middle school questions (esp. Math). There are no tricks, just answer every question in the practice books - a lot of them are the real questions.
Study: I used the study guide off the website.
Test: The Reading and Math were easier than I expected. I am not from Texas so the History was harder because it asked a lot about Texas history. The Science was very broad but not that difficult.
Study: I used both the practice exam onine and a book that I bought by XAM for the Generalist 4-8. Although the book helped, there were mistakes. If you needed extra help in other areas, the book is an adequate review.
Test: I thought this test was difficult, but I was anticipating that it would be. There were a lot of "teachery" questions in the English portion. Since there were four subjects covered, I think that contributed to the test being difficult.
Study: The dark orange book for 4-8 is the study material that I used. The book is very informative, but I did not study as much as I should have.
Test: It was harder than I expected. Get a textbook for Science and Social Studies to study. Study everything!
Study: I used the provided study guides on the Texas Teachers website. Even though I passed I don't think the study guides were sufficent.
Test: Some of the questions were hard to figure out beween a couple answers. I would say to focus on what the question is asking.
Study: I ordered the book recommended by Texas Teachers to prepare me for the exam. The cost was minimal, and after only about 2.5 weeks of studying, I was able to do very well on the Generalist exam.
Test: I think that I was most surprised by the lack of grammar related questions on the English sections. The questions were mostly situational and required critical thinking skills.
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