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Strategy #1

Study: I bought the only study guide I could find for this test. The Texas Teaching Solutions study guide. Don't buy it! It doesn't prepare you for the Texes test. It's more geared for the ExCET test. There was maybe one or two questions on the test that pertained to that study guide. I am getting a refund. I think the test is just too new to have an accurate study guide out yet.

Test: It was not what I expected. I prepared for the wrong test, but it wasn't that difficult.

Strategy #2

Study: I used the state prep manuals that were available online and they worked well. After the practice test, I checked my answers to see what I needed to work on and looked over those areas in old textbooks from college.

Test: It was about what I expected. It was a little harder because the questions on the practice test weren't as similar to the real test. I don't really have any tricks; I would just say to get a good night's sleep, eat breakfast, and don't psych yourself out.

Strategy #3

Study: Having just graduated, I relied on my degree in art to give me the knowledge I needed. There are not a lot of resources out there for this test yet since this version is new. Whatever you do, do NOT buy the flashcards from flashcardsecrets. Unless you want to study over 1000 flash cards.

Test: This test was difficult, but I think it was fair. I would not take this test unless you have a degree in art or have a strong working knowledge of art and art history. Don't take this test because you assume it will be easy. I have BFA and I still left the test unsure if I had passed.

Strategy #4

Study: I used an old Art Fundamentals Theory and Practice book from college. I found a site with good definitions that would help The sample test from Texes

Test: This test was definitely harder than anticipated! Having just graduated with an art degree one year ago, I thought I would breeze right through the test. However, I got stuck on quite a few questions. The test was 90 questions multiple choice, with a booklet of maybe 30 or so photographs of works of art that correspond to questions. On my test there were only about 5 questions that dealt with photography, about 10 or less with screen printing, and a few with ceramics and jewelry making. The rest were from the booklet, art form terminology, different art movements(Baroque, Renaissance), and then the specific teaching situations questions at the end of the test. To be honest I really don't know how anyone could study for this test because it is so VARIED. You really need to review almost every page in a college art book like Art Fundamentals. Also take a look at the sample test on the Texes website-even though the sample questions are way easier than the actual test! I just took this test last week so now the wait begins to find out if I passed!

Strategy #5

Study: I used my art history textbooks from college (Art Across Time, Art Through the Ages) and the internet to look up things I didn't know as much about.

Test: It was different than I expected, more emphasis on technical aspects about the art making process. As far as all the art history, it's more important to focus on cultural trends throughout locations and time than worrying about memorizing specific works of art. The classroom/pedagogy questions were all very straightforward.

Strategy #6

Study: I bought an art textbook from half price books that included information on the elements and principles, as well as art movements. After I studied the book, I looked in the free prep manual to figure out what was not covered in the book. I looked up these things on the internet just to get a broad understanding. I didn't study anything to deeply, and I only started a few days before the test. I didn't worry about dates at all, and I didn't worry too much about the artists.

Test: It was a little harder than I expected. I was pretty worried, but I did pass with a really good score. I think this was mostly from using common sense and making smart inferences. I thought there were a few too many questions about how different types of art materials were made though.

Strategy #7

Study: I used the state guide and then just searched for the sections online. My art program at school had built a database of resources to help pass the Art content test.

Test: It was hard. Be sure to study!

Strategy #8

Study: I used the online study guides. Make sure to order study guides and give yourself ample time to study all competency areas.

Test: It was about as I expected... fairly tough. However, it's not that tough if you are prepared and know your stuff.

Strategy #9

Study: I went to the library and look at books on jewelry making, printmaking, weaving, ceramics and photography. I also used Rosalind Ragans Art Talk and The Annotated Mona Lisa to review. I have a very strong background in art and art history. There was a lot of art history on the test I took. You need a strong working knowledge of all that I have listed.

Test: This test was was about medium. I finished in less than two hours. I would say read everything and answer carefully. Stay away from answers that say the teacher will benefit from the project. It is about the student. Study all that you can and get plenty of rest the night before.

Strategy #10

Study: The website that Melissa lists above is a pretty good site to help review for the test. I would also suggest reviewing all Art History, and Major Artists for each period from the Renaisance forward.

Test: The test was 200 questions long and about 40 where over Art History with about 20 showing B&W thumbnails of art asking who created it and listing 4 names. The others asked about the pourpose of the art or the artists of the period. It also asked alot of questions about textile art, like sewing and basket weaving(yes I said basket weaving), so brush up on that and the history. Otherwise the technique questions where fairly easy.

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