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Strategy #11

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 #12

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 #13

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 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 #14

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 #15

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 #16

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 #17

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 #18

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 #19

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 #20

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!

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