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Strategy #1

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I scored a 284. To study for this test, I enrolled in the free trial for Study.com and I downloaded the Glencoe Health book PDF, also free. I also went through all of the other posts for reference on what I should focus on.

Test: The test was easier than I expected. The only tricks or hints I would recommend would be to really read the questions. Read them twice before you even look at the answers. I was expecting the test to be mostly situational questions based on the previous posts, and really it was about 50/50 on situational vs. actual content.

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: The only thing I did was take several practice tests online and looked up some vocabulary from the practice tests.

Test: I scored a 265 and completed the test in about 50 minutes. I was about 50/50 on how I did. Several questions from the online practice tests were on the exam. The test I had had very little real-world situations. Everyone I have talked to said to have the students interest in mind with every question. After getting my results back, I missed several "easier" questions that were most likely common sense and I just overlooked it. Take your time and read each question carefully. It isn't hard, just tries to trick you at times.

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the high school Glencoe Health textbook (there's an online PDF version) and studied for about two weeks. I have a background in health due to it being my major, but I still didn't know what to expect.

Test: The test was mostly common sense and easier than I expected. The questions to buckle down on are the scenario questions. How would you as a teacher perform to help the student. If you just study that book, you'll easily pass. I made a 267.

Strategy #4

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I ordered flash cards online to study; I only went through about half of them. I then began studying every Quizlet Heath quiz I could find until I mastered them. Neither of these were very helpful on the exam.

Test: The test was nothing like what I expected! Many of the questions were so vague and completely random. I remembered to keep the "perfect teaching world" in mind, but that was never an issue. I honestly left the testing center with no clue as to how I had performed. I got my results two days later and passed with a 268. My advice would be to go into it with an open mind and do your best. Good luck, you can do it!

Strategy #5

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used a Texas High School Health book, took some practice tests on the ETS website, and another free quiz. I feel like the practice test questions helped me more; it allowed me to understand the type of questions they would ask.

Test: The test was not too hard, but not too easy. Mostly scenario based, so there is not a lot of definition. Use common sense and read the question more than once to gain a good understanding. Sometimes too many words can trick you. Put the questions in your own words.

Strategy #6

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used a High School Health book, as advised by several other posts I read, and a few notes from college.

Test: "Health" was much broader than I expected it to be. Even as a Health Promotions major in college, I found myself asking what this question had to do with "Health". A lot of the posts I read said to study nutrition/make sure you're very knowledgeable in it, however I only had 2 nutrition questions. The majority of my test was STDs, communicable and noncommunicable diseases, and drugs. I feel comfortable saying half of the material was from those content areas. I haven't gotten my results yet, but honestly my fingers are crossed. I was under prepared based off of my studying; luckily, I could make some educated guesses from prior knowledge.

Strategy #7

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used CertifyTeacher test prep; the questions give you an idea on how to answer questions. I found Quizlet to be very very helpful, as it focuses a lot with definitions and understanding the domains.

Test: Mostly application questions. Make sure read for at least an hour everyday for 2 weeks before the exam to get a good knowledge base.

Strategy #8

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I am a long-term sub, so I was advised by a health teacher to obtain a copy of the actual Texas Health textbook by Glencoe. I bought it from Half Price Books and read it along with the Mometrix guide another coworker gave me. I really didn't use the Mometrix book much, but it does cover the core content section by section. I studied a week before and passed with a 256.

Test: If you have any working knowledge of health, you can pass. I honestly didn't think too hard about the questions. I reviewed about 5 before I clicked submit because I had never seen the information before. Overall, fairly easy test.

Strategy #9

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used Study.com for five days prior to taking the exam. I found Study.com to be an effective site which covered 21 need-to-know chapters of the Health exam. At the end of each chapter, you received a quiz to test your general knowledge and then there was a cumulative test at the end. The information was easy to understand and the information was related to real life experiences. The videos and examples helped tie the information together and gave excellent points of reference.

Test: The information was situational to a teacher's response mixed with common sense. The information related to the materials on Study.com. The first time I took the exam I made the mistake of only sleeping 2 hours. Because I was on no sleep, I second guessed myself and missed passing by 7 points. The first test focused heavily on the body systems. The second time around, with a goodnight's sleep, I was able to breeze through the test with no problem. Take your time; prepare, prepare, prepare. Get a good night of sleep and always remember to double check your responses. Sometimes after completing the test you may realize now that the biggest part of the stress is out of the way and you may have a different response. It's ok to review and edit your responses if you are unsure about what you chose. Lastly, be confident, I have learned first-hand that nerves can always get the best of you if you let it. Good Luck

Strategy #10

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the free study manual that's provided by Texas Teachers. I found this study manual to be very informative and on point to what would be on the actual exam.

Test: The exam wasn't that hard. It consisted of a lot of common sense health questions. If you know the basics of nutrition, there shouldn't be an issue with passing this exam. I passed it with ease.

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