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This test was taken on Computer.
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.
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I honestly only studied for about a week prior to the test. But, I studied for several hours each day. I stuided a ton for math because it is my weakest subject. The math on the actual test was much easier than the practice test! I received a 261 the first time I took the test.
Test: The science and social stuides were a little difficult. On my test, there were actually a lot dates, laws, "someone versus someone" type questions. Looking back, I would focus more on science. ELA wasn't hard, but that's my best subject. One thing I HIGHLY recommend when taking the test is starting with your hardest subject, even if that section is in the middle or last part of the test! End the test with your best subject. I left social studies and science till the last (I just went in order) and did horrible on the science portion because my brain was fried! Took me four hours. Take a few breaks... I didn't because I just wanted to be done, but TAKE BREAKS!
Study: I used the Xam and the SBEC study guide. Neither really prepared me for the test. I ended up relying more on personal knowledge from the job than anything else.
Test: All but the english was easier than I expected. Math you either know how to solve it or you don't. Social Studies know how to read graphs, tables, political picture, etc...Science was pretty much all saftey and the english was all ESL or ELL questions
The english is what got me I wasn't prepared for the ESL quesitons at all.
Study: I used the state study guide and "Pass the Texes" by Joe Kortz (and a few others. Both of these resources were very helpful when studying. In addition, I took practice tests from a website called www.texesgeneralist4-8.com/. DO NOT use that website. It is a waste of money and the questions are no where near the actual test structure. I studied VERY hard (about 6 hours a day for 2 weeks). If I had to do it again, I think I would have studied a little less. Most of the information I studied wasn't on there. (I guess better safe than sorry though!)
Test: I was a nervous wreck by the time my test date came around as I normally don't test very well. However, the test was a little easier than I expected. The practice test at the end of the state study guide is an excellent resource to help you learn to "disect" the questions. Also, I think that practice test is harder than the actual real test. I did not take any breaks during the test, I didnt want to lose my concentration. However, several times, I just put my head down to to regain my composure. I left the test site feeling confident that I had passed, and I did! I felt much better after my scores were posted though. :) I'll offer many cliches we've all heard: eat, get plenty of rest the night before, and RELAX while you're taking the test. I'm sure you'll do fine!
Study: I studied the preparation manual from TExES and the software from from Certify Teachers. The test examples from Certify teachers were the best for practicing the flow of the exam.
Test: The test was harder than expected. I took the entire time so I could review each question to understand what was begin asked. The Best advise is to study terms and teaching techniques.
Study: I used both the downloaded TExES material and a used XAM book for Generalist 4-8 that I happened to find at Half Price Books. The TExES material was more helpful. I YouTubed a lot of the math to refresh my memory on how to solve the problems.
Test: The test was easier than the practice exam provided by TExES. ELA was almost entirely theory based so pay attention to what the question is asking. The math was much easier than I anticipated. Know how to figure percents and volumes. I wish I had spent a little more time studying the Science portion. I took the test on a Tuesday and today is Sunday. I still have not recieved an email with my scores, but my score is posted on the SBEC website. I passed!! My advice is to study your weakest areas, use common sense and think positively. Good luck!!
Study: The free guide off the SBEC website was the most helpful, honestly. I paid for the "Pass the TExEs" e-book, which was helpful on some content review, but overpriced like everything else and with NO new practice questions! I also borrowed the "XAM" book, which I found to be a joke. My weakest subject was science so I frankly just downloaded a bunch of science quiz apps, and that helped me to practice with them.
Test: It was neither harder or easier than I expected. Just stay calm and take your time because you have PLENTY of time! I finished in 3h45m, and that included going all the way back through all of the 130 questions to check my work. Just focus on studying for your weaker areas. The nice thing about the score report is it breaks it down by competency, so if you don't pass then you can see where you are lacking. I got a 289 on the first try.
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