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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I used the REA PPR prep book "Are You Ready to Pass the Texes?" I studied by taking the practice tests first, then studying the competencies that I needed to work on most. I also did the Texas Teachers online study guide and took those practice tests twice as well. Also, I studied the TEA free study guide questions.
Test: The test was harder than I expected. I would recommend taking the computer version as it allows you to go back and recheck your answers, and you get your results back within a few days. I was really, really nervous even though I had taken Texes exams before. I would recommend becoming familiar with the competencies, making a list of any topics you need to review (such as ELL, Stages of development, etc.) and concentrate on practice tests. Read each question at least twice and consider that every word in the question is being used for a reason, such as "what the BEST way..." "what would be the FIRST step...etc." Keep breathing and you will do well. I passed on the first try. Good luck!
Study: I took several practice tests through my university which were very benefical. The product that REALLY helped me understand the the test structure was the Certify Teacher software which provided questions that were VERY similar to the ones on the actual state test. Be sure to understand Bloom's Taxonomy and the development levels of children. I passed the test on my very first try with flying colors! Purchase the Certify Teacher and practice, practice, practice!
Test: Just relax and be sure to remember "student-centered" when choosing the answers to questions. I finished with 30 minutes to spare and did NOT change any of my answers when I went back for a review. Read each question carefully and trust you first choice to the answers!
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I used the online study review from Texas Teachers (excellent) and the free prep material found on the ETS website. Do the practice exams and understand the answer choices. Having an understanding of why a certain answer choice was correct was very helpful when it came to answering other practice questions (it furthered my understanding of the competencies).
Test: I was prepared for the test, largely due to the study materials on the Texas Teachers website. Understanding the competencies and carefully reading the question helped me to pass the test on my first attempt.
Study: I used the online practice test through Texas Teachers. I spent about 4 days on flash cards, 4 days on study questions, and I took the exam as many times as possible. I also used the books, Becoming an EC-4 Teacher in Texas and Becoming a Middle School Teacher in Texas, both by Nash. The questions at the end of each of the sections in the books were set up a lot like the PPR exam questions.
Test: The test was about what I expected. Remind yourself that every question is "Texasland" (Disney quality schools). Even questions about lower elementary grades, the students they are talking about are raised in homes with parents who read to them daily and prepare them for preschool. Most of the scenarios are so unrealistic that you need to keep reminding yourself, perfect world, perfect district, perfect students, perfect curriculum, perfect everything.
Study: When studying for the test, I used Texas Teacher's online study tests, flashcards, REA study guide, and Baron's Study Guide for EC-12. The blue book from Tom Hansen was of use during the PPR review for Texas Teachers. I began studying in May and took the test at the end of June. The last week prior to the test, I concentrated on nothing but studying, day in and day out.
Test: The test was definitely harder than I expected even with all the studying. The reason being is there were always two questions that could very well have been the answer. Unlike in the reviews, it was quite simple to eliminate three answer choices. There were few questions regarding administering the TAKS test that really stumped me. Walking away from the test, I knew I failed but to my surprise I did not. I passed with a pretty good score, but I would really like to know what questions were missed. Just study everything and know all vocabulary before you take the test.
Study: I used the online state practice test.
Test: I thought it was easy. If you are currently a teacher, you will do just fine. Make sure you study those questions on the online practice test from the state. Good luck!
Study: I attended a TExES prep session in Fort Worth given by Amy Burkman and Elaine Wilmore. I got good tips on test taking and specific strategies for this test. I think I am better prepared to take my content area tests now too.
Test: It was about what I expected. I think knowing the standards and expectations was helpful. I suggest that people read the study guide and look for a test prep session. It was really useful.
Study: I used the Certify Teacher practice exam online that was provided by Texas Teachers. It was a very helpful tool. I think that the practice exam was more difficult than the actual PPR which is what thoroughly prepared me.
Test: Use the flashcards provided by certifyteacher.com and take the practice test more than one time before you take the actual PPR.
Study: The materials provided by Texas Teachers were an excellent resource. The Review session also helped you to pick the best answer by looking for "pretty" words". I also used the sample test and questions provided by the state.
Test: I thought the test was a little tricky, but when i received my scores I made a 290 out of 300. Just think perfect classroom, which is not always reality. Think of learning as student centered and parents have an important role in education. Don't overthink your answers
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