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Strategy #11

Study: The blog was very helpful in finding material to study for this test. After reading a post regarding the RegionIV 8-12 study guide. I purchased the booklet and I must say it was VERY HELPFUL! I just got my scores today and I passed. I would recommend it to anyone taking this exam.

Test: The test was moderate. I made a 259 out of 300. Definitely study the Web Mastering content, it will be on the test. If you buy the RegionIV booklet, it will help you.

Strategy #12

Study: I used the Region 4 study guide. It was helpful for learning the content. I would recommend going to the library or buying a book on passing the TEXES. If I were to take another, I wouldn't study just the content alone. You MUST understand the concept instead of definitions alone. All the questions are setup like scenarios, so understand the content.

Test: If taking this test, know your color wheels. Make sure you understand video technology and lighting. If two answers seem right, pick the one that's closest to an "utopia". An example of a question is: John made a blue brochure. He decided to change it to blue and purple. Then he changed it to red. What type of colors did he switch to? Understand the concept. Know the different types of fonts. Good luck!

Strategy #13

Study: I studied the color wheel and went over the html codes. Reviewed class notes (I am in the Instructional Design and Technology Masters program). I would probably study more.

Test: It was more difficult then I thought it would be.

Strategy #14

Study: Online study guide through Texas Teachers.

Test: Easier than I expected. Take your time and don't over-think.

Strategy #15

Study: I utilized the TeXes sample study guide to prepare myself for the exam structure. The exam was all multiple choice and by using the process of elimination, I had narrowed my choices to two. I also downloaded extra study material from certifyteacher.com ($55.00 downloadable course) and this helped out because it also reviewed terminology that I have not seen in a couple of years.

Test: This exam was not a hard as I thought it would be but I recommend you prepare yourself to use the process of elimination. It took me two and a half hours to complete this exam. I passed with a 241 and all I needed was a 240. The sections that were most difficult for me, I do not use these sections daily as the exam would have me do, were the sections on Web Design and Desktop Publishing. After the exam, I went to Books-A-Million and looked at an HTML book and should have reviewed one of these books before going into the exam. The exam did ask me to verify actual html code and I had not seen for almost 4 years. How things have changed! I also recommend you become familiar with the Color Wheel because they asked me what colors would compliment other colors (desktop publishing). Also review the computer policies which are on most district websites. This prints out the security policies for unauthorized access or use. I studied for a month prior and even though I passed by one point - I still passed!! And I am now certified to teach EC-12 technology applications.

Strategy #16

Study: I used to state's TeXes preparation manual to cover objectives and I also purchased the study guide from Region 4 store. The study guide from Region 4 store was my best resource in preparing. If I were to prepare differentl, I would've further researched the topics that are covered in the Region 4 exam. The state's manual is simply too shallow compared to what's actually covered on the exam. The Region 4 manual at least gives you an overview of just about every single topic that may be covered. I've learned that simply memorizing all of the terms and concepts covered on this exam just doesn't quite cut it. The material isn't always presented in its clearest form. Therefore, you have to further your knowledge on these objectives and be able to apply and recognize them when presented in alternate formats.

Test: The test was harder than I expected and I thought that I had failed. However, I barely passed on my first try with a 257. My biggest struggle with the exam is how more than one answer seems like the right answer. From what I've read, there is an answer choice that is "reasonably correct" while there is also only one truly correct answer. I caught myself second guessing myself a lot and erasing answers. I have sound knowledge of working with computers, networking, and just a little bit webmastering. The hardest parts of the exam for me were the Video Technology and Graphics Design and animation sections. Make sure that you know the color wheels!!!

Strategy #17

Study: I used to state's TeXes preparation manual to cover objectives and I also purchased the study guide from Region 4 store. The study guide from Region 4 store was my best resource in preparing. If I were to prepare differentl, I would've further researched the topics that are covered in the Region 4 exam. The state's manual is simply too shallow compared to what's actually covered on the exam. The Region 4 manual at least gives you an overview of just about every single topic that may be covered. I've learned that simply memorizing all of the terms and concepts covered on this exam just doesn't quite cut it. The material isn't always presented in its clearest form. Therefore, you have to further your knowledge on these objectives and be able to apply and recognize them when presented in alternate formats.

Test: The test was harder than I expected and I thought that I had failed. However, I barely passed on my first try with a 257. My biggest struggle with the exam is how more than one answer seems like the right answer. From what I've read, there is an answer choice that is "reasonably correct" while there is also only one truly correct answer. I caught myself second guessing myself a lot and erasing answers. I have sound knowledge of working with computers, networking, and just a little bit webmastering. The hardest parts of the exam for me were the Video Technology and Graphics Design and animation sections. Make sure that you know the color wheels!!!

Strategy #18

Study: I used the "Pass the TeXes" materials, and it was helpful. The practice tests were exactly the same as the practice tests in the free state study guide. There were also a surprising amount of grammatical errors in the text which made me nervous. I passed, but if I had to do it over I might try another resource.

Test: The test was a bit harder than I expected. You do need to know the art stuff just as well as the tech stuff. There was even a bit on networking that I was not very prepared for. There wasn't anything on the history of tech applications. You do need to know both color wheels and some basic html.

Strategy #19

Study: I bought the study CD off the website and took the sample test over and over until I got all of the answers correct.

Test: It was harder than expected. Study the CD.

Strategy #20

Study: I used the Texes Review Study Guide for Technology Application 8-12 which I purchased through Region 4. I did not know much about video and audio and this particular study guide helped me in this area. This study guide also covers desktop publishing, HTML and graphics.

Test: The test was still hard, but I think this study guide is your best bet. As of today, I have let two of my friends borrow it to prepare for the test and they both have passed.

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