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Strategy #21

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 #22

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.

Strategy #23

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I took the test on 6/24/13. I used the TExES Generalist 4-8 by Dr. Semingson. I liked it because it includes two free exams and they show you what competencies you need to work on. I also went back the week before the exam and took old TAKS tests to brush up on everything. I only studied for about 2 weeks prior to the exam, 2-3 hours per night.

Test: It was harder than I expected. As I was going through it, I kept overthinking. I stopped, took a breath, and started again. After I finished, I took a little break then went back and rechecked/answered the questions I had skipped. As I was checking, I began to feel much more confident in the answers I chose. I left not really knowing how I did but feeling like I did well. I got my scores this afternoon and passed!

Strategy #24

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: The ETS Practice Test,Certify Teacher, State Preparation Manual, and the TAKS Practice tests on TEA website. These resources were helpful because they were good at letting you know the format for the test. Certify Teacher and the ETS Practice test were helpful because they gave an explanation for why an answer was correct. Don't depend on these materials to tell you what the questions are going to be on the test. You may see two that are the same. Don't try to remember the answers that are in the book. Focus on why the answer is correct. I prepared by studying every day one to two hours for two weeks. If I were doing it all over, I would have started a month ahead of time and studied every other day. Take your time on the test. I have been out of high school for a long time but some of the questions are common sense questions.

Test: The test was about what I expected and I felt that I had passed. Analyze what it is that they are asking you and make sure your answer fits exactly what they have asked. In most instances you can narrow it down to two choices and you choose the best from those. You cannot cram for the test so get a good night's rest.

Strategy #25

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the REA test guide, which includes a hard copy and online version. It has two tests which can be taken online/paper. I also used the free study guide from TEA website. I went through both guides twice, jotting down particular items to focus on.

Test: The test was about what I expected. If I came upon a question taking more than a reasonable time to answer, I marked it to return to and continued. After a complete run-through, I returned to the marked questions. After all were marked, I reviewed the entire test before considering the it complete at about the 4 hour mark.

Strategy #26

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the exam preparation material that you can print off from the TEA website for free, and also the practice exams from Certify Teacher. Certify Teacher was VERY helpful in helping with the format of the questions, and also has nice explanations of the answers. There was even one question from Certify Teacher ON the exam, exactly the same (so I got that one right, haha). I studied for about 1.5-2 hours per day for the two weeks leading up to the test. Focused mainly on the ELA and Math, because Math I thought would be most difficult and ELA is the largest portion. I also though that the ELA questions were the trickiest, so I wanted to pay a lot of attention to that area.

Test: I was super nervous about passing, but the test was easier than I was anticipating - which was a huge relief. The ELA questions were as tricky as I expected and focused mostly on literacy development/fluency/phonics vs. phonemic awareness/etc. The Math was basic knowledge and even has a formula sheet (not all formulas are there, but some are...basic area, quadratic equation, etc). Science and Social Studies were not hard at all, though Social Studies had more specific dates and facts than I would have liked (not my favorite subject) and also focused more on Texas History. I walked away feeling good about the test, but didn't want to get too far ahead of myself considering I wasn't doing too well on all of my practice exams leading up to it. I read somewhere that it's best to not study the night before, so I didn't, and I'm glad because it helped me just rely on my knowledge the day of. I got my results about 3 days later and found out I passed with a 277!!! My advice is just to study as much as you can, take lots of practice tests, and take your time the day of. You'll do fine! Good luck :)

Strategy #27

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I started studying for my test one month before I took it. I started with the preparation manual that you can download from Texas Teacher's website under study page and followed the study guide worksheet to become familiar with the areas I would be tested on. Then, I purchased 240 Tutoring, which allows you to take 3 assessments. I used the first assessment to see where I needed the most studying. I studied the provided material and took the 2nd assessment. The weekend before my test I brushed up on all subject areas and took my 3rd assessment. Every day until the final week I spent 20-30 minutes reviewing different modules and answering practice questions. The 240 tutoring website was effective and I plan to use it for the other tests I will take. I will use the same strategy for my other tests.

Test: The test was as I expected. The 240 tutoring gives you a real feel for the questions that will be on the exam. I suggest that you thoroughly read the questions, eliminate any obvious wrong answers, and think about the context in which they are asking the questions. I passed my test on the first try. Good Luck!

Strategy #28

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Study: It's been a while since I've studied these subjects so initially I was intimidated. I decided that I was going to pass the test on the first time without spending much money. I asked a number of people who passed the test what i should do to prepare for the test. Some said I should learn the competencies and try to answer questions according to the information provided in the competencies. Some said I should answer questions based on active learning. Others said I should answer questions based on the "perfect classroom". I read the blogs on Texas Teachers website of those who passed the test. I downloaded old TAKS test for each subject and improved my scores. I was very rusty with math so I went to KHAN Academy and improved my math skills. This sight provided a step by step process to solve problems. I actually gained more confidence in my math abilities by using this sight. I used the XAM study guide from Half Price Books. This book was very thorough but helpful for learning competencies and content that I had forgotten. I also used the TExES Generalist 4-8 study guide by REA. This book provided 2 sample tests and referenced some information about the STAAR. I think the sample tests were the most helpful because I was able to learn from the questions I missed.

Test: When i finished the test I did not know if i passed or failed. I'm happy that I read over the test taking strategies because my emotions were all over the place. Throughout the the test I thanked God for blessing me to pass the test and I also constantly said to myself , "I will pass, I will pass". From a psychology perspective I used thought stopping techniques to stay positive.I passed and you can too! A combination of all the things listed above helped me pass.

Strategy #29

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I did not study much at all. I have a BS in Kinesiology and have spent the year tutoring algebra so I felt pretty comfortable in math. I recommend taking practice tests first to see what your weaknesses are and then focus on those. Then one more practice test before your test date. I used the REA study book. I'd only rate it as somewhat helpful. SS and science portions were pretty helpful, the english was not.

Test: I had a lot of anxiety before the test simply because it costs $120! But try to block that out. It is super long: took me about 4hrs. Definitely take a break in the middle. I just got to stand out in the lobby of the test site but it made all the difference. You can mark questions you want to re-visit so definitely do that. The english portion was nearly all classroom scenarios. Remember they want in a perfect world responses, not necessarily real world answers. Also everything is student-centered and make sure your answer wouldn't exclude a group of students (ethnicity, gender, etc). Basically trust your strengths, study your weaknesses, and relax on test day. I came out of the test feeling horrible but it turns out I passed with flying colors. Good luck to you! I know you'll do well!

Strategy #30

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I began studying about a month before the test exclusively by using the sample test on the TEA website/ downloaded the manual and re-read the competencies many times. Additionally during this time, I checked out the EXAM books from the local library for Math and Social Studies and went through about half of the material. In all, during this time I spent and average of 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. About a week before the exam, I bought the online version from CertifyTeacher for 55 bucks; well worth it! This not only told you you were wrong (or right), but why. I studied this material and took the practice exams several times. I looked at the flashcards, but found it disheartening! The test was tough in the sense that most questions made you think, not recall. The studying puts you in the mindset of the people that made the test, and this is important. I finished the test in about 3 and half hours and made a 262 ! Good luck

Test: My version had the math first and finished with ELAR. The latter is the thinking part! Just get through it, trust your instincts and go.

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