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Strategy #21

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used "REA's Test Prep for TExES Generalist Grades 4-8" and "Pass the TExES Generalist 4-8" for study guides. My core focus was on ELA and Social Studies. I also used Khan Academy to brush up on my Math. Practice, Practice, Practice any TExES exam questions you can get your hands on, and the reasoning supporting correct - or incorrect answers. The more you expose yourself to the practice questions, the easier it is to understand the "Why" of the correct or best answer.

Test: I took the test on 8/20. It was definitely harder than expected. The math was more difficult than I remember from middle school. My most challenging moments during the test was telling myself to relax; once I did, I was able to process the questions better. Narrowing the multiple choices down to two choices really helped. I initially just answered questions I could easily tackle and then went back for the rest. Above all, staying calm and using the rest of my time to check my answers were my best strategies (used every minute of the 5 hours). When I left the exam, I wasn't too sure I was going to pass, but I did with a score of 258.

Strategy #22

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the REA review book which was helpful because it had 2 practice tests that you can access online and also in the book. I had about 2 weeks to study so I broke my studying up into competencies. I studied 4-5 competencies each day and reviewed ones that I had learned earlier. I took one practice test before studying and used the questions I got wrong to gauge what to focus on during my study. I took the second practice test after I was done studying. If I could have done it differently, I would have studied the state study guide (there was material directly taken from that on the test) as well as use quizlet.com which I didn't know about until after I took the test.

Test: The test was harder than I thought it would be and I left the test center thinking there was a possibility I did not pass. The test was divided up into sections (ELA, Math, SS, SC in that order) It got old quickly answering just one subject at a time. I wish the test had been mixed up a bit to keep things interesting. I wished I had brought a jacket because it got colder in there when people left the test room and I was one of the only people left. I used my test taking skills and eliminated responses as best I could narrow down to 2 options and picked the best one, and I really took my time answering the questions. It took me a lot longer to take that test than it usually does to take tests because I did not want to have to take it again. I didn't get my scores until 3 days later. Turns out I did best on Science (which is not surprising since I have a degree in science) and Language Arts. I did mediocre in social studies and horribly in Math. I would have focused more on Texas history/culture/geography since they really emphasized Texas in the SS portion. I don't know if spending more time on the math portion would have helped me or not because it seems like math has gotten so much harder since I was in grade school and I haven't taken a math class in about 10 years.

Strategy #23

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used Certify Teacher Software to pass this exam as the Preparation Manual offered online. One thing about Certify Teacher is it doesn't always give you a step by step progression to solve and master the math concepts you will see on the test. Certify Teacher is excellent for the other domains, because i gives you the exact rational for each answer. I also used different flash cards online to master the key concepts.

Test: I took the test in the morning yesterday and arrived early. I dressed in layers because the testing center was very cold. I scored high when studying on the Social Studies and Science parts, this was the case on the state test. The Language Arts section was right on par with the Certify Teacher practice questions. The Math questions were very difficult and I would suggest studying Geometry and Trigonometry concepts. Social Studies was my strongest subject and I did well on that section. On SS, be prepared for questions dealing with the early 1400's. Science was hard, but I used the strategy of eliminating the 2 obvious wrong answers and using logic. When I finished test, I was almost positive I did not pass and really stressed out about it. It turns out I scored 250!!! Take your time, use logic, and don't panic!!! I took 4 hrs and 55 minutes, which I would suggest to take the whole time, but give your self time to check your answer. Good luck!

Strategy #24

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the study material from the tea website and a few other free sources available online. I did look at a few books, but what I realized is that they all just teach you how to answer the question which is what you need to know. I reviewed old TAKS tests as well because several people suggested that. I had about six weeks to study, though I truly only spent two weeks preparing.

Test: I took this test 7/18/2013 followed by EC-6 on the 24th. Regarding the 4-8, honestly, the math was somewhat difficult as I hadn't seen it in years. None of the material I studied was on the test. If you know HOW to answer the questions then you will do fine. If there are facts you know great, if not move on and focus on the HOW to answer questions. ELA counts more so focus on that portion. The SS and SC were more specific and I thought were easier than what I had been reading from others. Studying facts from ss and sc books will be helpful. I thought the ELA portion was even easier because I figured out HOW to answer the questions. What I mean by that is pick the choices where modeling is involved, as long as the rest of the answer isn't terribly ridiculous. Students should never work alone and the teacher should always actively engage students. Even though I felt like the test was somewhat easier, it was overwhelming and I took the full 5 hours and I didn't think I had passed. I started the test, answered the ones I knew right away, marked the ones I didn't and when I went back, I had an idea of how many I potentially might miss...this makes you nervous because there will be many that you are unsure of. It's ok. You can then go back and spend more time thinking them through and leave the other answers. Sometimes a question can give you the answer to another one. Everybody has different tests and I think the best advice I can is know HOW to answer the questions and study facts for SS and SC. I got my results back and passed both tests! They are not easy, just don't panic. Focus on what you do know and that may jog your memory on other questions. Good luck!!!

Strategy #25

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied for about two weeks prior to my exam for 2 hours every day. I took the state practice test and the ones in the prep guide from REA. The practice tests seemed to help in showing what areas in each subject I needed to work on. Reading through the book helped give a general idea of each concept but in areas like math I did additional practice online because that was my weakest subject.

Test: Take your time. It had taken me about 2 hours to complete the practice tests but I made a point to be deliberate and thorough during the test which took me about 3 hrs and 45 mins. Re-read the question and a lot of times you can narrow it down to at least two answers. Make sure you identify exactly what the question is asking. English and Math were my weakest areas but since I studied them the most I was confident on test day. Social Studies was probably the toughest because there weren't a lot of clues in the question, you had to know the answer or completely guess- there was no deductive reasoning based on the question. I left unsure of my score but feeling that I passed. I got a 288 on my first try.

Strategy #26

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I only had 5 days to study and take the test. I used REA 4-8 Generalist. It was a great book and has 2 free practice test online

Test: The test was similar to the practice test. The science and English portions where the exact same as the study manual. Social studies was the hardest for me. Take your time and you will be fine. I passed with a 253!!!!

Strategy #27

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I took the test 7/2/13. I started studying for the test about 2 weeks prior for about 2.5-3.5 hours a day. I bought Certify Teacher which I thought was VERY helpful for the English and Math. The Science and Social Studies was a little basic and did not go into much detail so I bought the REA's Test Prep TExES Generalist book which went into more detail on the Science and SS. It also has two practice tests which has good sample questions. My weakest subject was Social Studies and I do not think I studied it as much as possible. So whatever your weakest subject is, I would study that the most. But also play to your strengths as this will help your weaker areas. I also used the free test prep manual from TExES website which has a lot of practice questions. One last thing that I used to reinforce some subject areas was looked over old TAKS and STAAR tests. I wouldnt study any differently except maybe study my weaker area more (SS).

Test: The English and Math was about what I expected but these were my stronger areas. The Social Studies and Science I thought were extremely hard and thought it may have caused me to fail. As it turns out I passed with a 256. My Social Studies was by far my lowest score but the other areas I did well, so I think this helped. I would make sure to know where you are going and arrive early because some test centers are tricky to find. Good Luck and if you study you should be fine!! :)

Strategy #28

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used quizlet.com and the TeXes page. I made a mistake and scheduled this test just 4 days after my Spec Ed test. I focused all of my energy on the Spec Ed and not the Generalist. The day before the test, I still had not studied and decided to "modify" my date and take it in two weeks. Not possible though! So, since I paid, I went ahead and took the test. The ONLY studying I did was that I took only half of the TeXes practice test (that's when I decided I wasn't ready and quit studying!) and read through the vocabulary on quizlet.com.

Test: It was MUCH easier than I expected. At least 5 of the questions were duplicates from the Spec Ed test. Almost everything is BEST answer to a scenario of grade level/subject. I'd tell someone to prepare as much as you can. If I hadn't spent weeks studying for the Spec Ed, I don't think I would have passed this test. I passed with a 277!

Strategy #29

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied off and on for about two weeks, really focusing the two days before. I purchased the REA manual, which was great. It had pretty clear study guides, along with two practice tests you could take on the computer as well. I liked this because once you took the tests on the computer, you could review it on the ipad/phone, and get an explanation on each question.

Test: I passed with a 273/300. It was about what you expect after taking practice tests. My raw score was three questions higher than what I made on my final grade, with no real surprises. Some of the questions were poorly written, but I took my time and made the best guess. If I could do it over I would not have spent so much time doing math problems, and would have focused more on the ELA.

Strategy #30

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I looked over the TExES Preparation Manual practice questions and the few practice questions on www.testpreview.com to prepare for the exam.

Test: A few of the questions were word for word from the TExES Prep Manual. Make sure you understand the long, detailed questions by going over them and the other provided resources (if applicable) a few times.

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