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Strategy #81

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I have been out of college for 10 years and was an Art major, so I needed to brush up on every subject. I bought Painless Life Science, Painless American History, a basic math refresher book, Compact Texas History, the TExES Math 4-8, and the Pass the Texes by Ed Publishing. I read the books first and did the math problems up to Algebra, then read the Pass the Texes study guide 2 times. I did the practice tests on the Texes online site and made flash cards. I was so worried about memorizing all the facts that if I had to do it again, I wouldn't concentrate on knowing everything, but being familiar with the general knowledge of the subjects.

Test: The test was about what I expected. It took almost 3 hours to do all the questions, then I went through the entire test again to make sure I was confident with the answers. The math section was still hard for me, but thankfully there were only 5 problem-solving questions. The science had some terms I was unfamiliar with, but overall was about the same as the Pass the Texes study questions. The English was about on par with the study book. The Social Studies section was hard. I wasn't asked one question about Texas History, which I had memorized. A lot of the questions were reading passages and applying the best answer. I took the advice of many previous comments and took my time. I also took a break during the test. Going back and re-answering the questions I wasn't sure on is what saved me. If anyone is interested in buying my books, please let me know! Good luck!

Strategy #82

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the XAM study guide which was somewhat helpful, but not as much as I expected. If I could do it over, I would study 3 to 4 weeks before the test, instead of 2 weeks. This would have made me feel more comfortable when I went in to take the test. Don't study more 3 hours per day. It's too much info. If you don't know something just skip it and go back when you have time. You are not going to know everything. Take breaks and look on the web for things you don't know and stay positive.

Test: The test was okay. I did pass, but believe me I was thinking the worst. There were tons of scenario questions. For example, what is the best way to... The English part of the test had the most questions. Math was not too bad and the rest was easy. Tips: read each question twice, eliminate the obvious wrong answer, don't go back, and take a break at the halfway point of the test. This will get your mind clear again. Sitting there for a couple of hours without a break will get to you. Good luck!

Strategy #83

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the XAM online study guide. This book drove me crazy with all the grammatical errors, but it was pretty good for a basic review of the information. A lot of information was really detailed, and it did not need to be that detailed for the actual test. I read the whole book because I started studying two months in advance. I probably over-studied, but I have no background in education and I wanted to be safe rather than sorry!

Test: I psyched myself up for the test for two months before I even took it, so I walked out of there thinking I failed. Although I was not sure how I did, I passed with flying colors and it was a lot easier than I expected. The teaching strategies are common sense. If you had any teacher training, you should get those. Brush up on basic middle school concepts for all four subjects, and you will be fine. Don't stress like I did. Just go in there and use common sense! Good luck!

Strategy #84

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I purchased the XAM Generalist book and it helped me tremendously. It was very to the point and helped me remember those things I already knew. After studying for a while, I took the online practice test provided by the state website and passed it, then took the test.

Test: I made a really decent score and passed with flying colors. Use common sense and review the Math concepts. Social Studies was the hardest because it was a "best" answer scenerio so it required some heavy thinking. I am selling my XAM Generalist book for $30 (half price). I live in the Las Colinas area if interested, and attend Texas Teachers training in Carollton.

Strategy #85

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the study guide from SBEC and the Generalist 4-8 XAM. The study guide is the best since it reflects the actual format of the test. XAM is a waste of time and money (700+ pages).

Test: The test was too long. It was not as hard as I expected. Read the passage twice for every question, and use common sense.

Strategy #86

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the SBEC TExES preperation materials that were linked from the Texas Teacher's State Test study section. I also read through the XAM Texes study guide.

Test: The test was about the level I expected. I was actually thinking that being a content test it would include more "content" of the four core subject areas, but there were only a few actual content questions that required prior knowledge of the subjects. Apparently, each test is slightly different in difficulty level and one individual may have a harder exam than the next individual. For the "concepts/skills," the answer should be the choice best suited for helping students help themselves learn and improve their skills, or "fully engage in the learning process," if that makes sense.

Strategy #87

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I downloaded the state study guide and I bought software from one of the recommended sites (Certify Teacher). Both did a poor job of providing what might be on the test. Maybe 10% of what they stated was really on the Generalist 4-8 exam. I used a tutor and a Math friend for help. You must use many resources to pass each section.

Test: It was hard, but I ended up passing. The test was a lot like the recommended sites said it would be. Work history and finding other avenues to get study info helped me pass.

Strategy #88

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I purchased a study guide from Half-Price Books (got it for $9 with the CD) and primarily reviewed with the practice tests.

Test: Surprisingly, the test was easier than I expected, especially the math and science parts, which are not my stongest areas. Had more difficulty with the math. The science part was actually more formulas and theories than anything. Go thru and answer all of the questions, marking the ones you're not certain about for review. Then you can go back and spend more time on them, I completed the exam in 3 hours.

Strategy #89

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the Pass The Texes manual. I bought the book a month before the exam but really started studying the last two weeks. I did indeed finish reading the whole book and studied the practice questions but I wish I would have focused more on my weakest area. I hadn't seen some of the math content in awhile so I decided to spend more time on that than science which I do struggle with.

Test: It was as hard as I expected. The English/Reading was mostly on teaching methods. Math was actually not that bad. It's the subject I did the best in. Just make sure and look over formulas for angles and such. It had plenty of geometry. Social Studies wasn't too bad. The Science was a bit hard for me. All the information I had read about covalent bonds, limestone, elements on the chart and electricity seemed to have disappeared the day of the exam. I stressed so much over this exam but I did pass. I would suggest do study your weakest area and maybe do use the whole month instead of cramming everything in the last two weeks. Study, have a good night's rest and get ready for a 5 hour exam. I finished in 3 and used the rest of it to review.

Strategy #90

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Barron's Texes Study Guide helped for general questions. Most of the online resources are good for retaining your mind for re-learning basics, but useless for the test. Best advice I heard was to study school books. I got a bunch of Half-Price books for reviewing. The SBEC study guides are good for outlining basics and learning how the questions are worded.

Test: They give you five hours to take the test, I took 3 then used the time remaining for review. You will get your scores in 24 hours if you take the computer test. I kept making the Math portion harder than it was. Most of the test is about techniques - not so much content. It's there but not as much as technique (i.e. how would you...).

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