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Strategy #21

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Study: The REA TExES Generalist 4-8 book was immensely helpful. I work as an aide at a Middle School so I was also able to use text books to help me study. I filled several notebooks with notes and then made flash cards on Quizlet to help me study. I found that breaking the information down into specific sets (e.g. Reading Strategies) made it much easier to remember.

Test: I did very well on the test on my first try and it was a huge relief! It took me 4 hours to finish the test and I used the last hour to review.It was definitely challenging, but I felt confident in my answers when I reviewed them. Even if you believe you are strong in a certain area, you definitely must study best practices and teaching methods for each content area. ELA content in particular is very complex. Make use of any practice tests you can get your hands on. I took three practice tests(2 in the REA book and 1 from the TExES preparation manual).I made notes about all the questions I missed and content that I didn't have in my notes.

Strategy #22

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Study: I used the state provided materials as well as the Momatrix flash cards ($40) and the REA online practice tests ($15). I also studied jr high text books for math, ss, and science, plus old TAKS test. Quizlet also has some good study material. I studied for over 3 months. I felt I was pretty prepared.

Test: I took the test 3/10 during the early session. The test did not separate the different subjects so each time I clicked "next" I had no idea if the question would be science, math, etc. All I can say is the test was HARD!!!! Most of the questions were classroom situations. Know your TEKS and be able to determine what class activity is best for certain situations. Most of the practice tests asked about US amendments so I memorized all of them and there were no questions. The calculator provided is a scientific calculator but not a graphing one. The chart provided had some formulas for area, volume, etc. and formulas for calculus and trig. Really? In 4-8? It took me about 4 hours and I had marked about 11 questions to go back over. I left absolutely certain I had failed and failed big. I went home and began trying to come up with a new study plan. The very next morning my score came in and I had passed with a 269! I cried for 10 minutes straight. The only thing I can say is it is pretty easy to eliminate 2 answers, so just read the question several times and pick the best answer of the two left. Good luck!

Strategy #23

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Study: I used the REA study guide and I liked the format and the online practice tests, but as I was mediocre in all of the domains it didn't help me specify what to study for. I took it as a PACT exam, so basically out of the blue without ever taking any type of education class. I used the book, the Kahn Academy to clarify and I made flashcards.

Test: I took the exam on saturday 3/1/14. I thought I did terribly, and felt very nervous. It was harder than the state provided practice test, and about on par with the REA practice exams. I checked my scores obsessively, but got an email tuesday saying they were ready. I passed with a 288/300.

Strategy #24

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Study: I bought the REA Gen. 4-8 in October and didn't truly look at it until a week before my test date. I studied for 2 days, 6 hours each day, focusing on my weakest areas. I retook the practice tests until I felt comfortable with the material.

Test: As a person with test anxiety, I was very nervous on the test date because of everything I read here. So, my advise to anyone else is to take a deep breath and relax. The test is not as bad as you think it is. Read the question multiple times if you have to, and don't leave any question unanswered. I passed the test on my first try and I'm sure anyone can too.

Strategy #25

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Study: I found the Texes Secrets and the Generalist 4-8 Wynn book to be the best. Certify Teacher did not give a variety of tests so it was not much use. I was happy with the resources that Texas Teachers provided in their study section that was great.

Test: I found the test to be more difficult. Just breathe and if you have an area you are weak in skip over do everything else don't even look at that portion till all done. Then go back and do the weak area. This will allow for the nerves to get out of you before you panic. I was so happy to pass. Now I need to do all over again to find a job. Yeah me.

Strategy #26

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Study: I used the REA study guide to study for this test. It comes with two practice tests which can be taken online for free. The online test format is really similar to the actual test's format. At the end of the online test, it will tell you the areas you did well on and the areas you can work on. I took one test before I studied and the other after I studied. I studied for this test for about two weeks before I took it.

Test: The test was easier than I thought it would be. When I first read the question and all of the answers, I found myself thinking that 2 or 3 of them could be correct. I then when back and read them again until I could eliminate the wrong answers. Taking my time and paying attention to every word in the possible answers really helped. If you have already taken the EC-6 test, you will find the 4-8 to be very similar. It took me about 3 hours to take the test and review all of my answers before submitting it. If I could give any advice to someone taking the test it would be to not over-think you answers. They are not trying to trick you, they are just trying to make sure that you are reading all of the answer choices and paying attention to what they are asking. I left the testing room for both the EC-6 and 4-8 feeling very unsure of myself but ended up passing both on the first try!

Strategy #27

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Study: KNOW YOUR TEST FORMAT...Read all 58 comps first, then highlight the terms you don't know. Start googling information you dont know. Use the internet(youtube), especially on the math (khan academy is great).

Test: The test was easier than I thought. I finished in about 4 hours. Passed on the first try!! If you are good at eliminating wrong answers you will do just fine.

Strategy #28

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Study: I used the REA TEXES 4-8,certify teacher and I also got help from my daughter's math tutor as it has been a long time since I've taken any math courses. A couple co-workers at school gave me taks review books and I also used the state website as well. I studied for close to two months on my lunch break and most evenings and weekends.

Test: When I got into the test I knew I had studied all the information and knew everything I had studied. However, there were some questions about things that were not in my studies so I had to guess on those. I used the entire 5 hours. I went home looking up questions I remembered and was bummed when I found out I answered a question incorrectly. I got my results the following morning at 9 a.m. I passed with a 260. I was so happy.

Strategy #29

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Study: I used Mometrix Secrets Study Guide for about 2 weeks prior to my exam for 3 hours everyday. It has been long that I have left college studies but time to time my connections with school text books in different countries have helped me to study and pass the 4-8 test.

Test: On the day of test,I took the test without being panic. Take your time,read the questions twice and then find the answer.Use logic,and never be panic.

Strategy #30

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.

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