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Strategy #11

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 #12

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 #13

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 #14

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!

Strategy #15

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: When Studying for the test, I used the Interactive Study Guide For The TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Tests By Nancy J. Hadley and Marilyn J. Eisenwine. This book was the only resource I used to study. I read the book one time front to back and then went through it a second time completing the different activities. I began studying about 2 weeks before the test and remembered many of the terms from my time in college. I only studied about an hour a day, because I know that when I study too much I begin to overthink things and confuse myself. I was told many times that my studying was in "vain" because this test was really "easy" or "common sense". I then talked to another group of teacher friends who told me that they did not pass the test the first time and they told me to make sure to study. So, I think I found a happy medium.

Test: When I began taking the test I thought, "Okay this is going to be easy," but when I got to number 11 the ELL questions began. I started questioning everything I'd learned and had trouble choosing between what I thought was best and what the state of Texas thinks is best. About halfway through the test, I began reading the questions really fast; I comprehend better when I read fast and I don't have to keep reading it over and over again. I ended up taking about 1 hour and 35 minutes to finish the test. I did go back and review any questions I marked, but I did not change any answers. I took the test on a Monday and got my scores back on Friday; I scored a 279. Moral of the story, use the testing strategies that make you most comfortable. Everyone told me not to speed through the test, but in order for me to do my best and stay out of my own head, I had to speed through it.

Strategy #16

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the Texas Teacher's study material, ETS online practice test, and the T-cert practice. I studied for a couple of weeks. Please remember that they have added the new component: ELL learners (know this). I would also recommend you get a good feel of reading the questions, so you will know HOW the question is being asked and WHAT answer they are looking for.

Test: Honestly, I found the practice tests easier than the actual test. 100 questions based in a scenario manner. I took the test Saturday and got the results Tuesday. I passed the first time around with a 262.

Strategy #17

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 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 #18

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the study guide and practice exam from the TExES website and the practice exams through Texas Teachers. I didn't study as much as I wanted; I studied about 8 hours total, 2 months before the test and about 3 hours the night before.

Test: The test was the level of difficulty that I expected. I was told there wouldn't be many questions regarding the laws relating to education, and that was true because I only remember 2 out of the 100 questions asked relating to that. I went through the questions quick and made sure to review all the ones I was unsure of. When I reviewed the test, I took my time and used the same strategies I teach my students: find out which answers are wrong and justify them and use process of elimination, but be sure the answer remaining can be justified! I wasn't sure how I did, but I passed with a 287!

Strategy #19

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the Certify Teacher through Texas Teachers, a YouTube video with someone reading the questions and clarifications for the exam, and the free guide from ETS. I watched the video first and then read over the competencies. Next, I took the test in the ETS book and studied the ones I got wrong. I then went into the Certify Teacher review through Texas Teachers and took the practice test 3 times until I passed with the 80%. I made sure to read over the reasons I got each question wrong or right.

Test: The test was heavy on what to do with ELL reading, writing and listening and the strategies you would use to help them. Piaget's (6) and Maslow's are on there a lot as well. I studied for 2 weeks and felt unprepared because I couldn't sleep the night before. There are always 2 possible answers, so be sure to understand why you should pick one the one that you choose. I took it on Sunday and got my score on Tuesday afternoon: 260!!

Strategy #20

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I think the very best resource I used was REA's TExES PPR EC-12 (160) Book. I read through the whole book and did all of the practice questions after each competency section, as well as the two practice tests in the back. I also used the Texas Teachers online PPR review - I reviewed all of the questions that I missed after taking the required practice test and also used the "Study Mode" to take specific quizzes on the competencies I needed additional practice with. Lastly, I completed the ETS practice questions in the PPR preparation manual and the ETS PPR Practice Test to really make sure I was ready. Again, I reviewed all of the questions I missed afterwards.

Test: The test was pretty similar to the ETS practice test but about 15-20 questions were slightly harder than I expected. Make sure you go over ELL levels, Bloom's Taxonomy, and Erikson's stages of psycho-social development. Also, make sure you know what horizontal alignment and vertical alignment mean. I went through the test and completed all of the questions I knew right away first, marking/skipping the questions I had to stop and think about longer or didn't know the answer to. This helped me not get tired or burnt out. Take your time during the exam. Every 15-20 questions, I took a one minute mental break. At the end, I went through the questions I had marked/skipped. I would write down A B C D on my scratch paper and cross off the letters as I ruled out the answer choices until I finally knew which one was the best. The test took me 3 hours (including a 10 minute break) and my score was a 294.

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