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Strategy #51

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I purchased practice tests. 100 questions each. 5 tests. Brushed up on calculations, algebra, geometry, basic math. I used this study method because I passed the Series 7 and Series 63. I would TOTALLY study about "teaching concepts'. None of my practice tests had those types of questions.

Test: Harder than I expected. I was ready to do some calculations and crack down on some algebra/geometry. I hardly had any of those types of questions. One questions I recall was. "A teacher places 6 red disks on an overhead projector and places 4 blue disks over them, he then removes the 4 blue and 4 red disks, only leaving the remaining 2 red disks. What concept is the teacher trying to teach?" Scored a 225. 15 points shy. Oh well, back up plan is to take generalist tests and sub in the mean time to see what school district I want to work in. GOOD LUCK!

Strategy #52

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used ETS guide and the XAMS guide. XAMS has lots of errors in it. I also used an algebra text and P&S text. I think only about 1/3 of the material in the guides was on the test. I was shocked at the number of non-math questions. As I read these comments it is as if I took a completely different test than some others. I would spend more time studying concepts and less on actual problem solving such as - factoring, areas, volumes, and remembering formulas, most of which were not on the test.

Test: The test was not hard but it was more complex than I expected. Mostly word problems, which take time to decompose. On the practice tests I was running around 3 hours total time, the actual test I used all 5 hours and could have used 30 minutes more. One trick is to watch for non-linear graphs. This took me awhile to get. I had an answer and I knew the graph had to be a line, so I ignored the 2 curved answers but could not fit the the answers into the line. Then I noticed the graph was non-linear (not log either), and the answers fit. Also, the rules for Computer tests are different than Paper. Paper allowed unlimited breaks, Computer was 1 break only. Not good if you had a large breakfast and hydrated before the test.

Strategy #53

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I read all the comments and strategies here in On-Line Study Community. It's a great help in choosing materials to study. I used Cliffs Quick Review (Algebra I&II, Basic Math & Pre-Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics & Pre-Calculus) available at Half Price Books, TEXES Preparation Manual and XAM Online. Cliffs books provide all the necessary information. TEXES Preparation Manual gives the type of questions we're going to expect in the test and a good practice in solving. XAM Online has a good overview of the domains and the pedagogy part.

Test: It's easier than expected. There were a lot of algebra and probability questions. Study all the domains covered. It's better to overstudy. Don't spend too much time on one question. Guess than not to answer at all. Study for few hours a day. I studied 3-4 hours every night for almost 4 weeks. Good luck!

Strategy #54

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied with schaum's pre-calculus guide, and looked up statistics and probability on various online resources. I found this most useful to refamiliarize myself with terminology I had forgotten. I also did the practice exam provided by the state.

Test: It was easier than I expected. i went through every problem twice and checked all of my work with a calculator. I was confident with about 90% of my answers. The test took me 3 hours and I got a 280.

Strategy #55

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Texes handbook and online supplement. Both were helpful. I would not study any differently. Prepare well though some questions on teh test are NOT anywhere in practice materials.

Test: About what I expected. I passed eaily the first try.

Strategy #56

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used Cliff Notes and Demystified books covering all competencies- Basic Math, Algebra, Geometry, Trig, Calculus, Statistics and Probability. I took notes and spent a couple hours studying each. I also ordered the Pass the TExES Math 4-8 (available for sale for $25 if interested-regularly $40+tax+shipping. This was very helpful in understanding what would be on the test and how to identify the competencies.

Test: I went in prepared but it was much harder than I was expecting. I check marked about 20 of the 90 questions and went back to them after I finished what I knew. I was convinced I failed the test but apparently didn't myself enough credit for the answers I did know. I passed but took 4 1/2 hrs of the 5 hr test.

Strategy #57

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the SBEC free study guide and purchased the Math 4-8 guide from Ed Publishing. Although the Ed Publishing guide had some errors and some sections were blurry, it was actually very helpful. It focused on competencies one at a time and gave examples for the type of material that competency entailed. It's not a great resource for learning the material. For more in depth subject review, I borrowed geometry, trig, algebra, and calculus books from the library. I also looked at free online math tutorials just for extra practice and vocab review.

Test: The test had no surprises. It was exactly what I expected based on the questions in the SBEC guide and the content in the Ed Publishing guide. The balance and wording of questions were very similar to the SBEC practice problems. I spent just over three hours to take the test and review my answers. I took the test at a north Dallas center (Micro Tek)at 5430 LBJ Fwy. It was a very nice testing center - clean, computer stations were in good shape, and friendly staff. They provided drinks and snacks in the breakroom which was a nice perk :)

Strategy #58

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the XAM book and various Cliff's Notes (Trigonometry, Algebra, Statistics, Pre-Cal). The XAM book had quite a few errors and many typos, but helped with a lot of practice questions.

Test: It was a lot easier than I had expected, and the XAM practice questions were harder than the actual test. The difficult part was the teaching methods section.

Strategy #59

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used Mathematics 4-8 Texes Study Guide, "Pass the TExES Math 4-8", High School Math Exit exam study guide, and Math 4-8 TAKS study guide. Do a lot of math problems from the above mentioned books. Get familiarized with different scenerios of mathematics problems.

Test: It was a little bit harder than I expected, but I could still complete the exam and I passed it. You need to think twice before you answer some of the test questions. Take your time. There's plenty of time to complete it. When I got my test booklet, I divided the number of questions by four hours, leaving one hour to re-check answers. This is very important!

Strategy #60

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used Geometry Cliff Notes and an old 8th grade Algebra book. I would have studied probability more. The geometry stuff was very useful, but I needed to know more stuff on probability.

Test: The test was much easier than I expected. Just take it slow and get a lot of rest before hand. You get a long time to take it and study probability.

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