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Strategy #21

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: XAMOnline TExES Mathematics 4-8 115 Book. I read this book from cover to cover and took the practice test. I also took a sample test online at http://www.texesmiddleschoolmath.com which helped with getting used to the layout.

Test: For the most part the test was easier than expected. The teaching application type questions made me stop and think for a second - If I had to do it again I would have spent a little more time studying that last chapter of the review book. That said, I wasn't a math major in college but I passed with a 292/300.

Strategy #22

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I recommend 1) TEXES 115 Math by Trena Wilkerson (not perfect but good enough) and 2) Cliffs notes. The Wilkerson book is VERY helpful for the statistics section. The Cliffs notes on Geometry was a great source.

Test: I scored a 95%. I thought that the test was challenging and took 5 hours. Pay careful attention to statistics (number of possible combinations and probability), angle rules for geometry, and basic math properties (closure, for one). I thought that it was hard.

Strategy #23

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the REA math 4-8 and the Xam book math 4-8 book. Both were good tools, I did find the XAM book to be more in depth though.

Test: The test was about the same as I expected. Be sure to study Geometry, there was alot of on the exam. Also be sure to eat a light, but filling breakfast those 5 hours go by quickly, but your body will feel drained afterwards. Also take time to go back and read over your answers after the exam, some things triggered others during the exam.

Strategy #24

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the REA study guide (ISBN 978-0-7386-0645-3), the sample questions from the ETS website, and SparkCharts for reviewing formulas quickly. The REA study guide was spot on with regards to the types of questions, although there were a few errors in the book (wrong answer marked, etc.).

Test: The test was what I expected, and I scored a perfect 300. I'd definitely recommend the study guide I used. I took about 4 hours to complete the test. On the first run through, I answered what I could and marked the ones I answered but wasn't confident about. Then, I went back and answered the ones I had skipped (about 6 questions). Then, I went back and went over the ones I had marked as being less confident about. Finally, I started with the 1st question and went through all 90 again, checking my math and verifying I answered the right question. That's one thing I'd recommend- one of the biggest errors I made on practice tests was not answering the question asked (I'd mark an answer for angle A instead of angle B, for example, because I'd read the question too quickly). Definitely slow down and make sure you are answering the question asked- they will put answers to common mistakes, so you'll think you are answering correctly even if you may not be. I think that is what made the biggest difference in my score on the practice tests vs. the real test- I slowed down and double checked everything.

Strategy #25

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the TExES and XAM prep books. I took the TExES practice tests on CD 3 or 4 times. I also went over relevant sections my college text books, any thing I could get my hands on like my son's high school texts and TAKS study guides for grades 9 and 10 that I had. I studied the TExES and the XAM over and over.

Test: It was harder than I expected. The questions seemed very different from what was given in the prep manuals. I took the whole 5 hours and had time to go back and work a few problems and actually changed a few answers, which I believe helped. I was afraid I might not have passed. But I passed with a 244. So don't give up, keep working through it with positive mind frame.

Strategy #26

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I tutored others in math which helped me retain the needed information. I also met with a high school math teacher and brushed up on the objectives that I knew I had problems with.

Test: Lots of trigonometry is involved on the test (I cannot stress enough how much this area appears, over and over and over). Know the different types of assessments and how to implement them. Pray and take your break!

Strategy #27

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I purchased the Texas Teacher's software, practice exams, the XAM online book and also took a Region 10 study class. Of all these, the most useful was the XAM online book (has some typos) and definitely the Region 10 class. It really had similarity to the test - except for the professional development part.

Test: The test was easier than I thought it would be. The first time through the test, I answered only the questions that didn't require any calculations. Then I went back through and worked the problems, marking the ones I was unsure about. Then I went back and re-read and re-worked those problems. The calculator they gave me to use was a little different, but I didn't need it much. Also, they only give you two sheets of paper. You have to turn those in to get more. The best thing I did was definitely the Region 10 class. It was a lot of work (and not inexpensive) but saved a lot of time with getting me to study the right things. I would study functions quite a bit, including shifts. Also, there were quite a few questions dealing with angles. Not all the formulas I used were on the test given formulas - be prepared for that.

Strategy #28

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used XAM and the practice test from texes.ets.org. XAM did have typos and the explanation of the topics were complicated, but at least all the material was gathered in one book. I rushed through it to refresh my memory because I did not have much time to get ready for the test.

Test: Thanks to everybody who posted their comments on here! They sure helped me get ready for the test mentally. The test had some easy questions, some difficult ones (which could still be solved), and a few that I couldn't figure out. I had a lot of questions on functions, probability, teaching, and no trigonometry. I agree with others, if you don't know how to solve a problem, do not spend much time on it and leave it for later. By question #30, my brain couldn't think any more and I still had 60 more questions, so I started to leave the most difficult problems for the end. Take your time, you have 5 hours. I took 4 hours and 50 minutes, and I took it on the computer. I took it on Saturday and had my scores on Tuesday.

Strategy #29

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the state study guide, and the math section from the Generalist book from XAM. Lots of errors in their books but a solid review. I also taught high school Algebra for 3 years.

Test: More calculus than I expected for a middle school exam. Overall, a fair exam. I passed fairly easily. Don't over-think the answers. I finished the exam in 2 hours, and I then took an hour to review it.

Strategy #30

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I went to www.onlinemathlearning.com. I also used the XAM study guide and college textbooks.

Test: The test was tricky but I think I over-prepared. Study these areas: Fibonacci Sequence, geometric probability, functions, interpret graphs for Algebra, stats and geometry, cartesian coordinates, spatial reasoning, deductive/inductive logic, trig (know how to apply sin and cos), lengths doubled - how does that affect volume, surface area, Pythagorean Theorem, definitely know how to calculate area of geometric shapes, 1 calculus question about tangent line of a circle and finding the rate of change, know how to calculate area of a circle, a couple of geometric net questions, and a few questions on teaching math and either what works best for students or what is the teacher trying to get across to their students (you really can't study for these, you just have to choose the best answer). There were very few questions regarding performing calculations, and most questions were application based. No questions on educational theory like Piaget or Blooms. Don't be nervous. Get rest the night before and eat before the test. It took me 3.5 hours to complete 90 questions. Take a break halfway through the test.

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