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Strategy #21

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: The study guide (practice test from the ETS site) was the most similar to the actual test, both in content and difficulty.

Test: Everyone has different areas of strength and weakness, but I found I needed to refresh on statistics and series/sequences.

Strategy #22

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Algebra II and Geometry books from a local high school as well as the XAM review book were all helpful. Find someone who already took the test and ask for help. Take as many practice tests as you can.

Test: Harder than I expected. Sometimes you can use the answer choices and a calculator to make a problem easier or solve it faster. Do not give up on a question before trying to work backwards.

Strategy #23

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: XAM - not the best, but was the only one available at the time. I did extra research online for specific topics. Best website is purplemath.com. The state's free online test was very difficult, but you can google the areas you don't understand to learn more.

Test: The math part was easy. The hardest part was the "teacher" questions. Questions about math using non math terms. I couldn't find any resources about "math teacher" questions - had to make best guess. The lowest level math - (lowest competency) were the hardest because there were so many terms to remember. I didn't use the graphing calculator for graphing, just trig functions.

Strategy #24

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the online stude guide from the Texes website and library books.

Test: Easier than the practice test but know the stuff on the practice test.

Strategy #25

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Resources from TEXES website work best. Don't buy any study guides, expecially mometrix. It was not good. Use Measuring up books and Math Teachers book of lists to fill in holes in yoru concepts and skills. Alos, there are good online videos on Youtube for brushing up on fuzzy skills. Set a study schedule and pace yourself.

Test: The Math 8-12 was harder than I expected but I passed on the first try.

Strategy #26

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Study: Math is pretty fresh on my mind given that I just finished college 8 months ago and minored in it. (But I'd never call myself a "math whiz".) I went to the bookstore and studied Cliff's Quick Review for Trigonometry and Geometry to refresh myself on the material. I even had a high school Pre-Calculus textbook at my disposal, which helped due to not only practice questions/answers but explanations too. I also made sure I understood all the sample problems & answers in the Preparation Manual supplied by the SBEC. If I could have done things differently, I would have studied Probability/Statistics more because some of my answers on the exam were complete guesses for me.

Test: I passed! The test wasn't terribly difficult. If I didn't know right out how to answer a question, I'd skip it and come back to it later. I think I skipped no more than 15 problems total at first. Again, probability and statistics was what left me kicking and screaming at myself on what I should have touched on more. I never got around to purchasing any TExES study guides, but I do recommend those Cliff's Quick Review books if time is a factor.

Strategy #27

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Since the majority of the test was algebra, I made sure that I had a solid background in that area. Also purchased Testsim from their website which helped with getting used to the format.

Test: Look, this test is in itself difficult, but what do you expect? Just study, gain confidence in those areas that you know you lack, focus, slow down and take your time. There are 5 hours alloted for this test. Use them. And know that you did your best.

Strategy #28

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the Xam on line study book and various library books as needed. There were several errors in the practice test in this book as well as the Math 115 study book. Apparently they cut and paste errors between both books. Don't let it throw you for a loop. Finding errors in the study book makes you stronger!!

Test: The test was very tough. I studied for three months, not taking a math class for 20+ years. I made flash cards, took the practice tests, etc. I took and passed the math 4-8 (115) test last year and thought this test would be much of the same. I was suprised with the amount of polar coordinate and vector geometry asked. I worried about calculus, but the basics will get you by. As with other tests, be sure to answer classroom questions with 'perfect world' answers. The questions were not straight forward "solve for x" questions. Many needed multi-discipline responses. It took me 4 hours. I passed!!! Take your time, remember the answer is in front of you! You can pass it too!

Strategy #29

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Study: I took the exam in July 2009; I used the TExES (135) Mathematics 8-12 Exam Secrets Study Guide: TExES Test Review for the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards by Mometrix Media... Cliff notes for: Trig, Stats, Calculus and Geometry and the State offered study guide online! Honestly, when I went into the test I thought that I was prepared but once I got there... It was way harder than the practice test in either of the study guides that I had. The exam study secrets were helpful because it made it plain to understand and comprehend but the practice test was a joke! Next time, I plan to study the Trig and Geometry much more in depth... maybe even try and purchase a different version of a study guide to go along with the material I already have.

Test: It was harder than I expected... I highly suggest you know Geometry and trig backwards and forwards... that’s what slipped me up. My test seemed to be almost 40% of geometry and trig and like 2% algebra (what I'm good at). I failed the test by 1 point!!! JOY!!! I suggest you are able to do the State practice manual without any problems in order to be prepared for this test! A word of advice, make sure your very prepared... there's nothing worse than failing it by 1 point.

Strategy #30

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Cliff's Notes: Geometry, PreMath Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II; Test Prep Print out.

Test: Harder than I expected. Study logs and polynomials. Other than that there is no way to study for the test bc it is so off the wall hard. Instead of testing on how to solve for x and how we came to that it asks about the theory and etc behind the formula. I am not sure how any passes this. I made A+ throughout high school and college and am sure I can teach, but with this test I won't ever be able to.

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