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This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I used the Texas Teachers practice exams via Certify Teacher. I took it 4 different times, and spaced it out between studying the competencies I struggled with. Each time my score increased. The fourth time around I felt comfortable so I stopped there. Four times was golden for me but your number of practices might differ. I felt comfortable once I scored in the 90's consistently. The practice tests offered the greatest number of questions and allows you to comprehend the theories behind the questions. I also went over the free TEA practice test. There's only about 40 questions here, but they were helpful because they offered theories behind the answers. Take as many practice exams as you need to, just don't memorize the answers. Memorize the theory. There weren't any questions on the real test that were exactly the same as the practice tests. Know the terms on the flash cards because you never know which terms will be on your test. I was told beforehand that there's many ELL questions and they were right! Just re-do the ELPS lesson from your intern portal. It's equipped with info, quizzes, and great links you can print to study. This helped me the most with ELL. Make sure you know the difference between beginner, intermediate, advanced, and advanced high.
Test: This test was easier than I expected. I got a 274. I studied about 3 weeks for a few hours a day. Don't over think the answers because it really is very learner centered and common sense. Mark the answers you don't know and come back to them at the end. Try not to change your answers. Take a break after 50 questions, it helps to recharge your brain. I finished in 3.5 hours. If you're cold natured, wear a light jacket because it gets chilly in the testing center. Take a deep breath, relax, and do your thing. You will do just fine!
Study: I started studying about two weeks before the test. I used the free interactive test and the free state preparation manual. I bought the certify teacher test for $55 and the ETS manual from ets.org for about $19. I would say all these resources helped me. I thought the key thing was to read the explanation for each question and then know what all the other choices meant. I didn't bother much with the different domains, which takes up almost half of the manuals.
Test: I thought the test was what I expected however I was expecting to score higher than a 263. Within 2.5 hours I was done. I used the elimination method. I would write ABCD on scratch paper and eliminate each one until I had the correct answer. I took one break. Make sure you arrive on time. Read, review, practice, pray, have peace of mind and you will pass!
This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I went to the face-to-face PPR review to get background information. I took the PPR exam on the review module and passed the first try with a 261. I went over the flashcards several times and took the quiz twice. I also did the interactive practice test online.
Test: The test was a little harder than I anticipated, but I was able to narrow down majority of my answers. Take your time on the test. I took small mental breaks at my seat to relax. I was very nervous about my outcome. I took my test Monday morning and got my results back on Friday. I passed with a 278.
Study: I started by taking the test on certify teacher to see how much I needed to prepare and passed the first time with a 242. I then went through each competency and identified the ones that I scored below 75% and made quizzes for each one until I felt comfortable. The only other resource I used was the prep manual from TEA. I felt sufficiently prepared after studying for about a week before the test.
Test: I felt that the test was pretty easy. Out of all the tests I have taken, I walked out of this one feeling the most confident I had passed. The most important strategy for me during the test and through my preparation was to read the questions more than once and identify exactly what it was asking. Usually if you feel that there could be a couple answers that are correct, read the question and look at EXACTLY what it is asking. Aside from that, keep in mind what everyone says about picking the best answer in a perfect world scenario, and you will do fine. I took the test on 1/23/15 and got my results on 1/27/15. I passed with a 282.
Study: I took the test on 8/12/14. I took the practice test through certify teacher and I failed. I took a second time and passed w a 240. A couple months later right before my official test I failed again. This made me so nervous! I immediately went through the different competency tests through certify teacher and took them until I only missed a couple each time. I took another full length practice test and did very well.
Next, I took the ets interactive test to make sure I would do okay. I was tending to memorize the certify teacher questions so I wanted to make sure I was able to transfer and apply info. I missed about 14 on it out of 90 but still did well.
I got to my test location early and went through the flash cards on my iPhone from certify teachers just to refresh the theorists and definitions before I went in.
Test: There were only a few questions that were similar to certify teacher questions. Many said what is the " best" was to handle this or that. I completed 100 questions in an hour and 10 min ( I am a fast test taker). I left fairly confident but not sure since many answers could be narrowed down to 2 possible answers. I got my score 3 days after the test and passed with a 273!
Study: I used all the resources provided by texas teachers; the practice exams are extremely helpful-- i found similar questions from the practice exams from texas teachers in the real test. The exam modes are also very helpful as you can tailor them to domains where you feel you need help the most help.
I took many practice tests from this program, but also took booklet tests that were from free sources.
Test: The test was very difficult for me. I found similar questions from the review in the actual test.
I found it very helpful to get very familiar with the estructure of the test, the domains such as human development, and ELL's scenarios are definitely predominant.
Piaget is a big one on the test, so make sure you understand and can apply his theories of human development to ideal classroom situations.
Regarding test-taking techniques, I took my time and took as many breaks as were necessary as to not overhwelm myself-- i am not a great test taker.
I did not rush and went over the test one more time... it is important to read the questions thoroughly- practice what we preach to our students when they take the STAAR test!
My score was a 257 and i took it on 8/5/14. It was the first time i have taken it.
Study: I checked out books from the public library and the MOST valuable book that prepared me was the "TExES PPR EC-12." This book outlined all of the competencies, and it contained several interactive tests that you could take online or manually.
Don't just know the definitions of vocabulary or the Theorists views. Know how to apply and identify the material when applying your answers to real life classroom experiences.
I can't stress enough how taking the sample test MANY times helped me when taking the actual exam. Take the exam on (Texas Teachers PPR review) many times. By doing this it prepared me on dissecting each test question as I took the exam.
I would not study any differently for this test than I did.
Test: I did not find the test that difficult. The part I felt was tricky and confusing were the the questions where there was a scenario and 3-5 questions for that one scenario.
Know each competency, and any vocabulary you do recognize or understand as you study.
Lastly, when taking the exam rule out the two answers which you know are wrong and think about the competencies when selecting the correct answer.
I passed on my first attempt and studied approximately 2 1/2 months for the test off and on.
Study: The only source of information I used to study for this exam was the Certify Teacher program. I did the study mode and exam mode tests. I only began studying about 4 days before the exam.
Test: Going into the exam I thought it was quite challenging. The test was 100 questions. I was getting a little impatient towards the end and left there not knowing how I did. I took my exam 7/18 and got my results on 7/22. I passed with a 265!I do recommend touching up on the ELL and Spec. Ed. areas since there were many questions on that. Good Luck!
Study: To study for the test I primarily used the TT online practice exams and flashcards. I did all of the practice exams and then I took the ETS interactive exam. I think I put in about 8-10 hours of studying this way. I found the practice tests with the explanations to be the most helpful and many of the questions were very similar to those on the actual test (awesome).
Test: I took the test at Texas State on 7/24 and had my scores less than 24 hours later -- which was helpful because I was feeling kind of unsure. Like many people have said, you can quickly narrow down to 2 answers, but deciding between the 2 is what had me nervous. I finished in 2 hours (including time to review all of my answers) and scored a 288. Do the practice tests, study ELL levels, and you will do great!
Study: Test taken 7/16/14: One year teaching experience (internship)
-Read competencies twice
-Printed and read free online study manual from TEA
-Went over flashcard terms twice (TT/Certify Teacher)
-Took two 30 question practice exams (TT/Certify Teacher)
-Took one 5 hr practice exam (required) (TT/Certify Teacher)
-Know the all terms terms on flashcards/practice exams
-Know ELL levels, etc.
-Know ARD, IEP, Sped procedures
-Know all domains I, II, III, IV
-Know your theorists! Piaget, Erickson, Vygotsky, Kolhberg, Maslow, Cambourne...
Test: I took the test on a Wednesday evening and I received my results on Friday morning. I left feeling good about it. The Certify Teacher study materials required by Texas Teachers was very helpful and accurate. The test is all theory and practice (in a perfect classroom). I would recommend you take your time and read each question carefully. Find the key word in the question and match it to the best answer. Sometimes two answers seem right, but one actually is better based on that one key word. I passed my first time with a 267! Sleep, eat and drink caffeine before!! Don't study too much right before because you will burn out!!Good Luck!
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