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This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I used a couple of books that were given to me by other teachers who recently passed the test. Figure out what your "weakest" core subject is (i.e. ELA, Science, Math or History) and study that specific content. I did the practice online test from TEXES and another one I found from region 4. I only studied maybe a couple of days prior to the couple of weeks before the test. The two weeks before the test, I studied about 2 hours a day and took the practice tests on the weekends.
Test: felt the test was much harder than I expected. I took about 3 and a half hours to do the test and review the test once. I walked out feeling very defeated, but was very surprised when I found out I passed.
This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I started studying for the test about 2 week prior but, studied almost every day for several hours per day. I used the free manual from the state and also purchased Pass the TeXes by Ed Publishing. I thought both resources were helpful in preparing me for the test but, I wish Pass the TeXes had more practice/review questions. I really would not spend a whole lot of time memorizing the competencies because they do not tell you which competency the question is referring to anyway. I would spend extra time on ELA/Reading since there is more emphasis on that section. Make sure you know the meaning of words like alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness, etc. There were also quite a few ESL questions in this section.
Test: It took me about 2 1/2 hours to go thru the whole test and another hour and a half to review. I did not change many of my answers while reviewing the test because that is usually what messes me up. I left the test center not knowing if I passed or failed but got my scores back a little over 24 hours later and found out I passed with a 271!
Study: I used the state manual and the science and math prep from T-CERT: Texas Certification Exam Review for Teachers. I studied about a total of 2 weeks. If I could do it differently, I would study the competencies. The modules helped me answer questions about teaching strategies, which was heavily questioned on the ELA section.
Test: The test was as hard as suspected. The competencies are so in depth and it's hard to pinpoint how it will be tested. It took me 4 hours to go through the test once and another 40 mins to recheck. I left the facility mentally drained. Read each question carefully and choose the ideal answer. I honestly did not know if I passed or failed. Took the test 4/5/13...received score via texasteachers.org on 4/10. I passed with a 261!
Study: I used the free TExES preparation manual and the online package from Certify Teacher, and I definitely think that Certify Teacher was more helpful in preparing me for the exam. The online practice tests were SO helpful, and I love that it explains all the answers and allows you to create your own practice exams based on the competencies that you're struggling with.
Test: The test was easier than I expected, I think because Certify Teacher over-prepared me for the math and science sections (the two that I was most nervous about). I was VERY nervous to take the exam and ended up making a 280. Just relax and study as much as you can in the week leading up to the exam.
Study: I used the study guide from the website. I also bough Pass the Texes. It was a bit overpriced and the math portion of the book was junk. I did, however, pass using both so the book did work some. I also used YouTube videos to help supplement what I wasn't comfortable with after studying. Videos from Khan Academy on YouTube helped tremendously with the math. I studied 3 competencies a night first. Then I reviewed one domain a night for the last four nights to tie up any loose ends. I wouldn't study any differently in hindsight. It was a good plan for me personally.
Test: The test was actually easier than I thought it would be. I graduated college in 2008 and haven't had that stuff in 5 years. I was nervous and very anxious. Math is my weakest domain and it showed. Luckily the other three made up for it. I made a 274. Play to your strengths, and don't let three or four questions of your weakest domain get you frustrated. Break down each question as much as you can. Sometimes one word affects the answer. Same goes for the four answer choices. Take your time and you should have plenty of time to review questions you marked. I had enough time to review all 130 questions with an hour to spare. Take your break when you need it. It helped me refocus on the task at hand. Have a good study plan. Stick to it. Relax. It is a big deal and a difficult test, but it isn't impossible. The bottom line is, if you know the material, you'll do fine.
Study: I purchased the book "TExES Generalist 4-8" by Dr. Semingson and read through it like you would a novel. I also completed 2 online practice exams which are free through the book- you can pause and go back to them, so you don't have to do it nonstop.
Test: The test looked as hard as I expected. I answered every single question, went back and double checked afterward. I passed, but I left the test center without knowing if I did or not. I know the book helped a lot, but most of the questions were "best situation" what would you do in this case, which is hard to study for.
Study: I used XamOnline TExES 111 study booklet and REA online practice exams. I also reviewed previous TAKS exams for my content area.
Test: It seemed similar to the online practice exams. I would say reading the competencies in the XamOnline helped me the most to prepare for the types of questions asked on the content exam.
Study: I took the test on January 31, 2013. I used the TExES Generalist 4-8 Study Manual provided by the state, the "Secrets" book, as well as Certify Teacher online option. I think the Certify Teacher helped A LOT since you can take practice tests as much as needed, either in a study format or a formal testing format. I studied for about a month before the test a few hours a day.
Test: It was hard, but I had expected it to be. I had read here that the majority of the science questions were on safety, not actual science questions, and that was not the case. I did really well on all the practice science questions, but the actual test was significanlty harder. Just take as much time as you can studying and taking practice tests. Focus on your weak areas, but don't overlook what you think you are strongest in either. Good luck!
Study: My method for studying was a combination of several study books/aids. I started with the downloadable pdf file from Texes and practiced on that for a while. I later purchased a XAM Online book that I found helpful. The one thing that was the most useful to me was the study material from CertifyTeacher.com. The software simulates the real test fairly closely and offers several practice tests, study questions, evaluation tools and flash cards.
Test: The test itself was not as challenging as I thought it might have been. I had previously not scored a passing grade on any of my practice tests but finished the real thing with a 282. A lot of the questions are based of logic and using knowledge of the core concepts that you will see in the classroom.
The method of eliminating two obviously wrong answers and determining the best option of the remaining two was very helpful.
Study: I retook all the TAKS tests for grades 4-8. I also focused more on math since it is my weak point. I bought the Demystified versions of Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics. I also bought Pass the TEXES which was very helpful. I studied off and on for about a month.
Test: The test was a little harder than I expected. Take your time and read through the questions carefully. You can eliminate half of the answer choices right away. I probably should have studied the science portion a little more. I left feeling unsure of how I did, but I passed by a pretty big margin.
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