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Study: I used the free prep materials provided by the state. I purchased the REA on-line tests and the sample test by ETA. The material by the state was a lot of information and I found it almost impossible to try to even have a little takeaway from the 37 competencies. I really liked the REA tests (2) because it really tried to mimic the real test taking. My interests is angled towards Social Studies so I spent more time studying the other subjects because I had to revive some old memories from 20 years ago. The math prep materials were very difficult. I loved Geometry in high school but there was a lot of materials that dealt with calculus & statistics, etc.
Test: I was very nervous beforehand especially dealing with the Fort Knox testing center and the fingerprinting beforehand. Just be patient especially if you have never been in a testing center before because it is different. The subjects went in this order for the test: ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Science. I felt like the ELA questions were going to go on forever and I thought they were difficult. The best part was that almost every question had 1 easy throwaway answer and about 50% of them had 2. I figured I would miss at least half of the math problems, but that section was much easier than I thought it would be. Social Studies was a little more difficult and Science seemed ok other than the 3-4 tricky questions dealing with conductive/convective heat. I went through the test once and checked the ones that I had trouble with. Then I went back and dealt with the checked ones and some I just had to guess on. I was still good on time so I took a break to clear my head and then came back and went through every question again but at a fairly rapid pace. I used up all of the 5 hours but I'll say they seemed to go fast. I really had no idea how well I did. 240 is passing and I wouldn't have been surprised if I got scored a 180 or even a 260. I took the test on a Thursday night and for the next 3.5 days I was wearing out my ETS login while looking up the score. Finally by Monday the page showed that my score was ready and I just had to click one more box. My pulse was pounding because if I failed and had to wait another 45 days to take it again, my timeline would be messed up if that was the case! Well, I was overjoyed to see a 260 there!!! I really have no idea how they score this thing but my guess is that some questions have more weight than others. They give you a breakdown on how many you got correct in each section and to my surprise I did the best in ELA (which I thought was the hardest). Good luck to you and just read as much of these posts as possible to different studying tips.
Study: I really only studied for three weeks before taking the test. I found the Wynne book to be helpful, although it was far too detailed in many of the sections and it was definitely easy to get bogged down in too much information. I also used the state provided materials and found the practice questions especially helpful. It's been 20 years since I've taken algebra and geometry, so I definitely had to spend some extra time reviewing those skills and refreshing my memory.
Test: I took the test on 5/14. It wasn't necessarily difficult, just involved some critical thinking. I went through the whole test one time and answered all the questions, marking anything that I wasn't completely sure about. Then I just went back through the marked questions to spend more time and reconsider answers. There are a lot of reading passages in both the Language Arts and Social Studies sections. I tried to read through the related questions and make sure I knew what to look for as I was reading. Just don't get panicky, take your time reading, and really read all the answers before selecting the one you want. Also, dress in layers--the testing room was freezing when I was there. I finished the test in about 2 hours. My scores came within 48 hours and I was happy to pass with a 285!
Study: I just used the free generalist 4-8 study guide provided by the state along with a few other free online sources. I downloaded the study guides for each content area as well but the only one that had different questions was the ELAR 4-8. I couldn't really afford the extra guides (2 kids and my wife stays at home) so I just used whatever free stuff I could find. I took the generalist practice test to see where I was weakest and tried to focus on those areas. My weakest subject was math, followed by english so I went through those questions to figure out why I got them wrong. I didn't really study the competencies because there wasn't a lot of specifics I could glean from them to actually study. I would recommend quizlet.com to find study topics. You can just type in generalist 4-8 in the search to find appropriate study guides. I didn't focus on SS or science much because I did well in those areas on the practice test. I had about 3 weeks to study and spent around an hour or so a night about every other day.
Test: The first time I took the practice test, I only scored around a 75 with help from the internet so I was a little concerned about how I would do. Turns out, the math was a lot easier than the practice test (I missed 12 questions on the practice test and only 4 on the actual test) and english was the only one I had to go back and review questions on. The other 2 subjects were about what I was expecting if not slightly easier. I wound up scoring a 286 after all was said and done. It's not as hard or easy as you think it'll be. It is what it is. A lot of it is common sense and the rest just depends on how much you remember from school and how much of a history/science buff you are. You can't possibly teach yourself everything that will be covered so study what you can and relax and take your time during the test and you should do fine.
Study: I used the online study guide provided by Texas Teachers. I did the practice questions provided. I struggled with the practice math questions and used Khan Academy a little for review. I also used some grade-level TAKS study guides for social studies and science sections. I think the TAKS study guides helped me refresh a lot on science and social studies I hadn't seen in quite a few years.
Test: I thought the math was SIGNIFICANTLY easier than the practice questions I came across. It was the section I was most worried about, but I ended up doing the best on (only missed 1 question). I went through and answered the questions I was confident about and marked those that I was unsure of and went back. I had plenty of time to finish the test and scored a 283/300.
Study: I used the state preparation manual and the certify teacher website. I had one question on the exam that was word for word out of the preparation manual. Certify teacher's questions became repetitive. However, the site is a good source to get acquainted with the format of the questions. For the math section, I used khan academy and worked through the algebra, geometry, and trigonometry sections.
Test: The test, overall, was harder than I expected. I also took the whole 5 hours to complete it. The math was easier than expected. The social studies section was more about reading passages and understanding their meanings. The science section included anatomy, potential energy, dominant and recessive genes, and the charges of protons and electrons. The English section was my worst section, so I would study more classroom scenario questions and teaching strategies if I had to do it over again. I walked away thinking I failed, but I passed with a 266. Take this test before September 2014 because it changes and is expected to have 200 questions.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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