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Strategy #1

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Study: I studied for two months. For University of Houston quizzes, some of the questions helped especially the world problems one, the Geometry part helped too. They are free and get you familiar with different Math questions. I chose to study the TExES prep and bought 3 quizzes for $13 each, which helped me.

Test: I took my TExES 4-8 Math test in July. The test was very challenging, however most of the questions on there did not look like the ones on my practice tests. You really had to know the concept front and backwards. I was not given a formula chart for the test, so study those. Also know ASA, SAS, probability, etc. As far as trig, the test will give you a scenario instead of an equation to solve. I scored a 253 for my first time! Good luck to you all!

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied for the test for 2 months. I started studying the UH Quizzes. I also made notes for everything I needed to study. Quizlet has definitions that a person can study for. I made my own flash cards as well. I bought the XAM book; it was was somewhat helpful but it has a lot of errors in it. The sample test in the back of the book was not helpful for me at all, it was too easy. I also used TExES prep and bought 3 tests. Some of the question from TExES prep are really easy and then some of them are really hard; sure enough one of the hard ones was on the actual test. I personally liked TExES prep, it gives you a feel of the actual real test.

Test: It was challenging, but i stayed positive. The test didn't have a lot of questions where you had to solve the problem. The test was really asking me about the concept in depth. Some questions I remember are: giving me a picture and asking about the different side angle side method, giving me another picture and I had to figure out how to set up a proportion problem from it, I had to solve the area of a parallelogram that was on a coordinate, probability questions, true and false questions, and 2 fill in the blank questions. As far as Calculus knowledge, I didn't need to solve anything, I just needed to put the equation with the picture. Definitely know your interior angles, equations, and exterior angles. Study Geometry, your formulas, permutation and combination. TExES prep helped me since it's in the format of the test. I made a 253 on my first try. If you study, you will do fine!! GOOD LUCK!!

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the University of Houston quizzes, but they were way more advanced than needed! Nevertheless, it's free and some of the quizzes made me study for concepts I had forgotten. I then bought one practice exam from Exam Edge, and this was much more realistic! I highly recommend that. I studied four hours, for a week.

Test: Know probability, permutations & combinations, geometry, the concept of a derivative, math vocab, and teaching strategies for math. There is a formula chart, but you have to search for it under the "help" tab. I didn't realize this until half way through the exam. If you're going to do a brain dump in your scratch paper, write small because they won't let you get extra until you turn in your used packet and you can't tear out just one sheet. Make sure you are pacing yourself. I went a little slow, then had to rush and that was stressful. I passed, and it was easier than I expected. I understand basic concepts and studying helped me polish up.

Strategy #4

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Study: I used the free prep materials on ETS and the University of Houston has a great resource for quizzes. This was the most helpful tool. Some questions are word for word with the actual test. You can retake the quizzes up to 19 times: Khan Academy comes in handy for explanations. Focus on Calculus, Trig and Algebra, all the way through college. The test really focuses on procedures and process. From slope, dilations, variation, combinations, permutations, financing, percents, probability and derivatives, all the way to down to place value, adding and subtracting fractions. Download the calculator as well. I studied for 3 weeks and 40 hours in total.

Test: The test is definitely challenging. I was able to go through the test in about 3 hours and had the remaining time to go back to ones I skipped or marked. I would highly recommend using the break. Scored a 248.

Strategy #5

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Study: I only had about 4 days to study for this exam. I have a background in Journalism, but I tutor Middle School Math. Unfortunately, I was unable to purchase any study guides for this exam because I just did not have the time for them to ship to me. I used the preparation manual from ETS website and used the practice questions ProVideo on the U of H website, at the recommendation of previous testers. Both were helpful to me. The U of H site had questions that were far more difficult than the actual test. The training manual gives an idea of what can be expected on the exam. My only regret is that I did not have more time to review Calculus and Trig.

Test: The test is not easy, but it was not as hard as I expected. Some of the questions were very challenging, mainly the ones that covered competencies 6 and 7. Luckily, those questions were few. I did skip through the test and answered the questions that were easier for me, then came back to the ones that were more difficult. This strategy worked well for me, because I was better able to focus on those questions towards the end. I spent about 3.5 to 4 hours on the test, including the review. I scored 254 on my first try with very little opportunity to study. If I had it to do again, I would definitely spend more time preparing for this test.

Strategy #6

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Study: I majored in Quantitative Economics and have a minor in Mathematics. I also taught and tutored Mathematics in my community. Because of this, I only bought Mometrix study flash cards and the XAM book.

Test: It was a difficult test, because it is very long and I got bored reading through the material. I went through once and flagged a couple of questions for review. I reviewed those and selected an answer. I submitted the test right away with three hours left and then just left. It was rough, so be prepared to focus for long periods of time. I did not get a perfect score and you will have to work in order to achieve a passing score regardless of how much time you spent studying.

Strategy #7

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Study: I have a business degree and I hadn't taken a Math class in 20 years. I bought the REA-115 book and after studying did the practice tests in the back and scored around 90-95%. Then I took a practice test at UH-CL which they offer every month. It was a paper version of 115 and looked official but an older version of the test. It was really difficult (lots of Calculus/Trig problems) and I scored a 210. I never took calculus in school, so I was really worried. I started doing calculus problems on Kahn Academy and bought the XAM book for 115 and as well as High School Math. I also went to the UH website that many others on this forum recommended and did the practice problems there. That is a great resource with lots of practice problems that are similar to the test.

Test: I was really worried about the calculus problems, as well as some of the replies on here. In my opinion, it ended up being very similar to both the XAM and REA books. Thankfully it was not similar to the UH-CL practice test I took. There was actually only one calculus problem that I had to solve, most of the other calculus problems on the test were on theory. Both REA and XAM are good books, but XAM is superior because it does a better job of organizing by competencies. If I had to do it over again, I would have purchased XAM and did the practice problems on UH website - that would have covered everything. I scored a 274 the first time. Good luck!

Strategy #8

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied for about three weeks using the free test questions from the University of Houston It covered Domains 1-3 however, it did not provide you with the correct answers or how to solve the ones you missed. The University of Houston practice tests helped prepare me the best for the test. You can take each test up to 19 times. I also bought five tests from Texes Prep.

Test: The test was 100 questions. I took the test on Thursday afternoon and received my scores the following Tuesday. I made a 286. I used all but five minutes of the five hours allowed. I did not have time to review all of my answers. I only had time to review the ones I marked and the ones I had skipped. I would recommend you take the time to reread each word in the problems to make sure you are not assuming what they are asking. Best wishes!

Strategy #9

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: The most helpful study tool was the University of Houston practice quizzes online. They are quizzes by competency so you know what areas you need to study more and what areas you know well. It's free and awesome! I also used the XAM study book, which was not the best quality but the sample test helped. I studied for two weeks, for probably a total of 40 hours. I have a minor in Math so that helped. I would study differently by reviewing more of the instruction and assessment competencies. Also know real numbers, imaginary numbers, integers, etc. There is a lot of triangles and polygons and general geometry.

Test: The test was about as hard as I expected however, the sample questions in study books and online are harder. There are not very many computational problems on the exam, but you have to know how to solve or set up questions. Know direct/inverse proportions, graphs and functions, stats and factorials and geometry shapes and angles. The teaching strategies part was hard and I didn't study that stuff. I took the test Friday morning and got the results Tuesday before 5. I got a 286. I took about 4 hours and went back through the questions I was unsure about.

Strategy #10

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Study: Even though I had done some tutoring and after school program work in the past, I did not go to college to be a teacher, let alone a math teacher. I had calculus and college algebra but that was many years ago. I liked math and did well in mathematics up to calculus in High School. I spent about five weeks to study for the test. I began by going through this study community to find suggestions. I bought the TExES 115 Guide by REA. This was one of the best resources for preparing for the test. I recommend studying this first and going back through it later. It also gave a good idea of what to study for the test. Even so, by itself is not sufficient as there were quite a bit of questions on the exam that were not included in this resource. I also got the TExES 115 (XAM) study guide and went over this next. This one almost made me quit. It was very theory based and covered advanced material that was not on the test, let alone covered in middle school math. The practice test was somewhat helpful. I recommend just scanning through it and referring to the examples. A person can pass without this resource however, this made me decide to put off taking the test a few weeks and this was a good idea. The actual test was harder than I had anticipated. I definitely needed to study to pass. I went through Cliff Notes: Basic Math, Algebra 1-2, Geometry, and Statistics which was helpful. I also bought pre-calculus and trig but these were not needed, although other people suggested using them as well. I covered the ETS TExES preparation material. Most helpful were the sample questions and also ordering the 50 questions with solutions from ETS. This one is essential for knowing what the actual test will be like. I used the 50 question extra practice test (costs money) a few days beforehand and it gave me confidence as well as to know what to study before I took the actual test. T-Cert is too brief and not very helpful but free. 240 Tutoring was alright though not absolutely necessary. Certify Teacher was okay for the practice exams but most of the questions were repetitive. A lot of questions don't reflect what is on the actual test so it is not necessary.

Test: I got a 289 out of 300. I spent the whole five hours to complete the exam. I only had time to review questions I left blank or were not sure of. I started with the questions I knew how to do easily first. I also narrowed down answer choices if I was unsure. The teaching scenario questions are fairly tricky. Most of the test consisted of math problems and only a small percent had to do with classroom situations. It is definitely possible to pass this test without studying math or teaching in college, as long as one has the basics as a foundation. However, take time to study. I studied probably 20-30 hours a week for 5 weeks.

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