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Strategy #41

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 #42

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 #43

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 #44

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used 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

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 #45

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 #46

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I looked over the TExES Preparation Manual practice questions and the few practice questions on 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 #47

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 #48

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 #49

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 #50

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 :)

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