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Strategy #51

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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 #52

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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 #53

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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.

Strategy #54

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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: I 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 surprised when I found out I passed.

Strategy #55

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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.

Strategy #56

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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!

Strategy #57

This test was taken on Paper.

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!

Strategy #58

This test was taken on Computer.

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.

Strategy #59

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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.

Strategy #60

This test was taken on Computer.

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.

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