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Strategy #1

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied using the free preparation manual, including the practice test at the end, and also the ETS interactive practice test. I watched the PPR exam review on YouTube; it includes readings of the explanations offered on the manual. If you are an auditory learner, the YouTube video would be better.

Test: The test had many ELL questions, so be sure to focus on what is appropriate approaches to instruct each level. There were very few questions that dealt with recalling facts, I only counted maybe 3-4, the rest seemed to be theory questions: "what is best, most effective, etc.." Two of the choices will almost always be easily identifiable as wrong, so that'll leave you with two more. Always choose the one that focuses on the student and seems more on the "professional side." Perfect world test: the parents are involved, you have all the time in the world for each student, you are the best teacher ever. Read each question carefully, sometimes just that will help you find the answer. There are 10 that don't count, so don't worry if you come across a few that you don't know. Take your time, use your breaks, take notes, anything you need. If you have taken the practice tests and understand the reasoning on why the correct answers are correct, then you will do fine! I passed with a 262!

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I went through the interactive practice test here: I also used my textbook from school and the T-Cert review software to study. I studied about three weeks before taking my test and scored a 280 my first try. I had previously taken the pre and post test given during the spring semester and did not pass either one. Overall, I would say the interactive practice test and my textbook helped me the most.

Test: I took about 2-2.5 hrs and took my time taking the test. They felt like common sense questions, although some were a little tricky. Just narrow it down to two and try to choose the best answer. Try not to second guess yourself and go with your gut feeling.

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: The best resource I ended up using was a YouTube video where a young woman reads through a test; just type in "ppr exam" into the search bar. She reads the question and then explains both the correct answer, as well as WHY the other responses are incorrect. It truly helped with how I approached and read through the test questions.

Test: I think it is important to understand that it is a standardized test. Knowing Piaget's childhood dog's name is great, but won't help you here. You can know the material front to back, but I found it more helpful to approach it technically. I looked for the key items in each question: Target/Student - age, grade, ESL level, gender, etc. What they want you/the teacher to do - promote nurturing atmosphere, promote learning, intervene, etc. Most questions had two positive and/or correct answers. My job was to look over the key items and say "well, that's a good thing for a teacher to do, but it isn't really addressing what they are asking of me in the this question." Or "That's a good thing for a teacher to do but is inappropriate to my subject's developmental/ESL level." I studied a year in the classroom and 3 days of test prep. I scored a 283, 1 attempt.

Strategy #4

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the REA PPR exam guide, the Texas Teachers PPR review, Quizlet terms over the PPR vocabulary, and the T-Cert PPR review. I studied for about a month, after I completed my internship year. I don't recommend anyone doing that if you worry about test taking. However, I studied about six hours a day, M-F for a month. Use the Texas Teachers PPR review faithfully, it will help you understand how to answer the questions. Also the REA book will help you a lot, especially the two practice tests. Study the ELL material, use TELPAS document rating chart. Know what strategies would best help an ELL student on various performance levels. Study blooms and also study Piaget's cognitive development theory, that will help you a lot on the test. Also study over intrapersonal intelligence.

Test: It took me about three hours to finish the test. I took my five minute break and went back to look through my answers. Look for keywords in the questions that could match the answer choices. Some of the questions will be a given and some won't. Always, choose the answer with a positive sound to it, and has a bloom's verb that encourages higher level thinking. Also, the test is all about student collaboration, working with the parents of the student and higher level thinking. The answer choice that you choose should be the best one that connects with that particular question, don't over think it. The test is based on a perfect world scenario. I took the test Thursday and received my scores Tuesday morning. I passed on my first try with a 279!

Strategy #5

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the review questions from the TExES-ETS website. I also used the test bank that Texas Teachers provided, it was extremely helpful.

Test: I passed with a 274. The test was very long and had long reading passages. The questions from the test bank are not like the test at all. There are multiple questions that have 5-7 questions linked to a scenario. I took my time and used the strategies that I learned from the review session.

Strategy #6

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used Texas Teacher's PPR Review, the ETS practice exam,, and Barron's TExES PPR EC-12 review book (2nd edition). I studied by taking the practice tests and reviewing my answers after being scored. Also, I studied for two weeks prior to exam, 4 hours daily. The test is closely related to the ETS practice test. Using the other study tools also helped me pass the test with a score of 249.

Test: The test was harder than expected, not all common sense. Lots of ELL questions (10% of my exam question to be exact). Make sure you utilize all of the allotted time; mark questions and review all questions/answers prior to submitting for score. Remember exam key points: real world, student centered w/family involvement, diversity, collaboration, Blooms, Piaget, and ALL the levels of ELL (student & teacher). Most of all, breathe and relax. With preparation, you will do fine. Best wishes!

Strategy #7

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I mostly used the REA PPR 160 book to study. I found the books and practice quizzes to be very helpful. I used this same publisher for my ESL and EC-12 tests as well, and found that the practice quizzes were harder than the actual test. I also used the study guide provided on the ETS TExES website and found those questions to be a lot more like the ones on the test.

Test: The test was easier than I expected. I had a lot of those, "Is this a trick question?" type feelings because many of the questions seemed that obvious. As you'll read below from other test takers, don't imagine these questions based upon your school, students and community; imagine that you're in the most ideal situation where everything is perfect. If you've completed your Texas Teachers training and have been in the classroom you'll do fine. I ended up passing with a 284.

Strategy #8

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I took the online study test provided by Texas Teachers, took the free practice test from the ETS TExES website, and listened to/took the free YouTube PPR test (just search for it). I also went over Quizlet PPR questions and key terms. I didn't read the study books. For this test, it's all about the "best" answer, so make sure you know the rationale for those best answers. Also, make sure if you continually miss something, go back and review that part. I only studied for 3-4 days before, but pretty intensely.

Test: It took me 4 hours. It was harder than the practice tests. Of course, every answer has "two correct" answers and one best; that makes it the hardest, because you must figure out the best one. I made a 281, which I think is pretty good. My strategy was to go through the entire test and flag the ones I was unsure on. That took 3 hours. Then I took a break, ate a snack, came back, and went through the flagged ones again. Always make sure you have a rationale for every answer you choose. In the back of my head I would say, "ok, this is not right because of this...this has to be the correct answer because..." I did not want to blindly guess (there were only 3 that I had absolutely no idea on). Lots of ELL on my test! Know those back and forth. I remember some questions regarding different kinds of testing (norm ref, criterion, of course formative, summative, reteaching after those kinds, etc).

Strategy #9

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the TExES "Examination of Educator Standards" second edition. It was excellent and had 4 full practice tests that really helped me understand the type of questions that would be asked and gave explanations why.

Test: It was about the same as the practice tests I took with the book. Go with your first thought and think in a perfect world. Know the competencies. If it doesn't line up with what would go on in that competency, it will be wrong. I passed on the first try with a 247. Relax and take your time. You can do it.

Strategy #10

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the study guides provided by Texas Teachers and on the ETS website. I borrowed a REA book from a friend. I tried to focus on the book, but had difficulty staying engaged. I like the flexibility of using an online study guide.

Test: As with all certification tests that I have taken, I had no idea if I had passed when I left the testing facility. I needed to take the test on a Saturday, due to my schedule. I was so disappointed to be assigned a 3:00pm testing time, considering it's a 5 hour test. It was brutal for me, as I was VERY tired when I finished. I recommend taking it earlier in the day, after getting a good night's sleep. I feel like the test was very different than what I studied and was unsure about a lot of my answer choices. Take a break from studying the day before the test, get a good night's rest, and eat a good meal before the test. Take a break, or 2, during the test to take a deep breath and stretch your legs. I passed the first time with a 270, and was shocked that I did so well. Best wishes to you!

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