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Strategy #11

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 #12

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used Texas Teacher's PPR Review, the ETS practice exam, TExESPrep.com, 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 #13

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 #14

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 #15

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.

Strategy #16

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I took the practice exams continuously that Texas Teachers offers. I analyzed each answer (whether I got it right or wrong) to be sure I understood why it was correct. I reviewed the T-Cert and took notes on the slides they had to review. I also used the practice TExEX ETS exam, as well as the one offered through TEA. I found that if I analyzed the answer, whether right or wrong, it helped me to clarify misconceptions.

Test: I am a quick test taker. It took me 2 1/2 hours (I was done in 2, but marked a few to review and double check). I scored a 282 and got my results in 4 days.

Strategy #17

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used Texas Teacher's PPR Review, the ETS practice exam and the TeXes PPR EC-12 review book. I studied by taking the practice tests and reviewing my answers after being scored. I would read the reasons why I got the questions wrong. In addition, I read the PPR EC-12 book and it gave me some insight to justifying my answers. I felt that the test is closely related to the ETS practice test. Using the other two study tools also helped me pass the test with a score of 263!

Test: I had a hard time focusing since there were 100 questions. I left the test feeling anxious because I felt like I did not do well on the test. Yet, my scores said that I passed the test! To prepare for the test, I recommend looking at the "key terms" in the questions. This will help find the correct answer.

Strategy #18

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the Certify Teacher practice tests from Texas Teachers. I kept reviewing each section until I passed it. I also found a Youtube video that someone posted where they read through a practice test and the answers. I reviewed the levels of Blooms and the levels of ELL.

Test: It was easier than I expected but it is very hard to concentrate through 100 questions! I used my scratch paper to write down key terms. Remember that everything is student centered with family involvement. I passed with a 283.

Strategy #19

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the free practice tests provided from Texas Teachers. I took the practice test multiple times. I was sure to read why I got the answer wrong and why I got it right. I studied for two weeks. I also took a class that was offered and they went over a PPR practice test. I found the class to be very helpful and informative.

Test: The test was a little bit harder then I had expected. Some people said it was common sense. It was not all common sense. Be sure to think of a perfect world scenario. Take your time, know your ELL levels and assessments. I passed the first time with a 253.

Strategy #20

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the Texas Teachers study questions from the PPR review as well as the exam through Certify Teacher. I found the best preparation material was the free state prep manuals from ETS.

Test: The exam was more confusing than I expected. My advice is to pace yourself. You have five hours to complete the exam. Eliminate the answers you know are wrong and then look for key words within the question. I passed the exam with a 266.

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