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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I used the Ed Publishing Math 8-12 guide, the SBEC guide, and additional books for calculus, trig, and geometry. The Ed Publishing book helped lay out the type of material covered by each competency, but did not explain the content well. I needed the other math textbooks for better practice and understanding. The SBEC sample questions were great help in preparing for the types of questions on the exam.
I would NOT recommend the Ed Publishing book for this test. I liked it for the Math 4-8 exam, but the 8-12 edition was not as strong. There were many typos and fuzzy unreadable sections and few practice examples. The page layouts were also poorly done so it was sometimes difficult to know what the examples referred to. The authors seemed to think that it was more important to memorize the competencies themselves than to understand and be able to practice the content. I doubt they have taken the exam themselves.
What helped me the most was really understanding the concepts behind the SBEC sample questions. I broke each question apart to study the rules and tricks to solve the problem, but also the underlying principles that lead to those shortcuts. (For example, I didn't just memorize sin^2(x)-cos^2(x) = 1, but explored how the Pythagorean Theorem leads to that identity).
Test: I found the test to be very challenging, but exactly what I expected. The SBEC sample questions reflected the types and some of the difficulty of questions on the exam. There were more questions of the type "do you know this math rule?" than I expected, but don't skimp on studying how to work through and apply those rules.
Although I struggled with some questions and used the full 5 hours allotted for the test, I was able to pass it by a large margin on my first attempt using my above study method.
Study: I used the TExES Math 8-12 135 Teacher Certification Exam study book by Sharon Wynne. The books dont tend to stay in stores very long so it was kind of hard to find one in my area, but the book was WELL WORTH IT. It has detailed concepts, it is presented in the most simple form. Examples are not only solved, but the solutions are explained. It comes with two practice 90 question exams that are laid out exactly like the real test. I recommend this book to ANYONE!
Test: I didnt really expect anything. The test is LONG and it will start to tire you. If I didnt know a question I would simply pass on it and would come back. If it seems that you are passing on a ton of them, like I did, I simply stopped looking at the screen and started thinking about something completely not related to math. I believe I started thinking about what my plans would be for the weekend. I got my mind off of the subject, then after about 5 minutes I started the test again. I was able to not get overwhelmed and would read problems and catch things I didnt notice before. Take your time, and use ALL of your time!
Study: I used the XAM 8-12 math study guide as well as some of the Cliffs Quick Review Books. I also watched some of the YouTube videos through Khan Academy and found this to be most helpful. I would recommend those videos to anyone at any level as he has videos for basic math all the way to physics. I am not a math major so this was very helpful. I reviewed those videos for a week and then took the test.
Test: I was well prepared, but it's not a simple test. I did better than I expected for the little review time I gave myself. I would recommend that you review the competencies very well and study the areas that are not as clear to you. The state issued study guide accurately reflects the level of difficulty in this test.
Study: I used three books: the XAM book referenced in other posts on here, Pre-Calculus Demystified and the TI-84+ for Dummies book. The combination worked well. I worked about half-way through the XAM book, then focused on the practice test. I used the Pre-Cal book to explain anything I didn't understand, and the TI book helped me learn to use a graphing calculator.
Test: Know your calculator! It can help tremendously! Somewhere along the way, I was lead to believe the test was 2.5 hrs --WRONG. It is a 5-hour test. The test was very challenging, but I did pass on my first attempt, and I passed by a large margin. As stated elsewhere, know your probability and statistics. Some of the questions on the test combined various fields of mathematics into one question, thereby covering multiple domains with one question. Take breaks, and don't attempt to determine if you passed until you get the score report.
Study: I basically went through the entire list of domains/topics given by the SBEC and in the same packet as the practice exam. The SBEC/ETS practice exam is highly indicative of this test. It took a long time. That was the worst part. It wasn't easy and I have a chemical engineering degree. There was a triple integral and a very challenging complex number question that tripped me up. Keep in perspective that the test is curved or normalized to everyone else taking it. I passed first try without the curve, but once they curve it your score gets a serious boost. So, i wouldn't worry too much.
Test: As far as studying, i just pretty much Google'd every domain topic and read up online. That sufficed just fine. Studied for about 3 hours a day for the 7 days prior. That's all. This test is designed such that I feel it really tests your understanding of math concepts more than anything else. Not your ability to do math per se. Good luck.
Study: I ordered the XAM study guide, which helped to focus my studying. The competencies were clearly laid out, but I thought it was necessary to use other books to supplement what XAM had. I found Schaum's Notes to be most helpful for this. (College Algebra, geometry, and probability/stat) I basically knew nothing about geometry, but went through the entire Shaum's notes, and that was exactly what I needed to know for the test. XAM gets way too complicated with stat - just know the basics and you should be okay. The precal questions were not too difficult, but it is definitely necessary to look it over and work some problems if you are unfamiliar with it. Lastly, just know how to solve basic calculus equations. There weren't very many calc questions, and they were fairly basic. Know how to use your graphing calculator!!
I also used the sample study questions from the state prep guide, and when I could answer all of those without guessing, as well as all the XAM practice questions, I felt prepared. (I had to spend more time on geometry than that, however.)
Test: The test was much easier than I expected. Like others, the difficulty was more in staying focused for the 5 hours, and I used every bit of my time. I hadn't taken a math class in several years, so I pretty much started from square one with this test. Pay attention to the questions, some try to trick you up with units. The actual math on the test was not very difficult, but some questions were a little tricky in finding out exactly what you were supposed to answer. Know why the sample questions from the state are correct, study what you are weak on, and just resign yourself to the fact that you may be testing for the entire 5 hours. Good luck!
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: To study I bought a the manuel put out by the state. It was useful to see the topics that would be covered, but the questions asked were very different. I did not pass any practice test I could get my hands on, but I did pass the actual exam so don't let that discourage you.
Test: It was very challenging, but about what I expected. I think you have to basically know all highschool math before you decide to take it. It's way too much to actually teach yourself. I was suprised there were very few questions on calculus, but a lot of questions on basic statitics. (no box and wisker plots or z scores or anything like that though)
I did not pass the test the first time around, but I was close. The second time I didn't really do much differently other than review the same materials and I passed by a good amount. I think just having the experience of taking it once before helped.
Also, don't rush. I had plenty of time to work everything out.
Study: I went to Half Price Books and bought cliffs notes on Algebra, Stats, Geometry, Trig and Calculus. I also worked through the TeXes online study guide.
Test: The test was harder than I expected. It is exactly like the study guide. Make sure to study Algebra and functions. Lots and lots of functions!! The questions are not very straight forward. Know all the competencies also. Good Luck
Study: I used old college textbooks but I would recommend buying some kind of study guide. Try Googling TExES 8 - 12 Mathematics for study guides.
Test: It was a lot harder than I expected. I highly recommend buying a study guide.
Study: I used the online study manual, but that't not enough. I bought the online guide and got a high school Pre-Calculus book and skimmed through the book along with the study guide.
Test: It was harder than I expected. Buy a study guide from online and study that page by page.
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