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Strategy #11

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used an 8th grade textbook along with the XAM prep manual. I started studying a few weeks before the test, but not as diligently as I should have. I hit the books hard the week of the test. When I took the practice test at the end of the manual, I missed about 25 questions so i was worried. I decided to take other practice tests and found a released STAAR exam. I knew physics would be the area I needed to focus.

Test: When I took my exam there were 100 instead of 90 questions, so I had a mini panic attack. The test was not easy but it wasn't too hard either. Some questions were very basic while others were detailed and challenging. I left feeling like either I passed by a point or failed by a point. I got my test scores back two days later and I passed with a 264. I'm assuming the challenging questions were probably pilot questions because I was expecting to miss more. I will say study each section and use released TAKS or STAAR exams. They helped me nail the physical science section. There were questions on molecules, bonding, half life...study from basics to the 10th grade level. The section I missed the most was the inquiry and teaching questions... Just think about the scenarios thoroughly. Overall this test isnt that bad. I think nerves just cause us to think the worse...

Strategy #12

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Used the XAM book. Was a good guide to obtain outline of what subjects are covered on the test. Information provided in the book was very shallow so I spent alot of time with Khan Academy for chemistry instruction on molarity and stoichiomety and periodic table),earth and space science instruction.

Test: I was a business major in college so I had taken only 2 basic science classes. Studied diligently for 2 weeks. The earth science section was harder than expected - there were alot of questions on rocks and minerals. You have to know the names of many rocks of each type (not just the type rock and how formed) and what characteristic would be best to identify (luster, interaction with acid, color...) Also, periodic table had to know what type bonding on a particular compound (plus another on type bonding of DNA molecules, a question on which atomic radius of the r listed atoms is largest. Gave a chemical formula that you had to ID as an oxidation reaction. I did't know what difficulty to expect going in but it was probably easier than expected. So use the XAM book as a guide and fill in the technical knowledge with Khan and other internet sources untill you really understand the subject material. Good Luck!

Strategy #13

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the prep manual from the http://cms.texes-ets.org/texes/prepmaterials/texes-preparation-manuals website and software from www.certifyteacher.com. I feel like the practice manual from Texes ETS was a good gauge of what would be covered, just not enough of it. I "aced" the practice exams by Certify Teacher and they did absolutely nothing for me. I would venture to say that they covered about 20% of the topics that were actually on the test. I was so unprepared, and should've used many more resources. After failing the test, I have read more from the online study community posts and realize that I'm not alone. I plan to use Khan Academy and the TAKS study guides for the retake. Hopefully, this will prepare me.

Test: I kept reading that we were going to be issued a calculator, but when I checked in they said that we weren't allowed to have one. I don't think that was detrimental to my passing or failing, but it definitely would've made me feel more confident. I had no idea there would be so much chemistry on the test. I was prepared to balance equations, but that wasn't even a question...and like I said I was very ill prepared. Also study your Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science anywhere you can. Hope this is helpful. Best of luck.

Strategy #14

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I had used the free ETS competency review, some school books and this website that HELPED me so much. The website is http://www.biology4kids.com/map.html. They also have physics, chemistry, astronomy, and biology. Though they don't go in depth of the subject, it is a great basic review.

Test: The first time I just took the test just to see what was on it. I mainly used the biology 4 kids website to help me get some basic concepts down, the XAM study guide didn't help me much since it mainly went through the competencies in depth (New version). Chemistry was one of the major things on this test, the second was the professional pedagogy. The pedagogy part was the most difficult since it was very hypothetical, lots of scenarios and always gives you 2 words that are closely related to the question, oh and those are going to be your main trick questions there. Good luck everyone.

Strategy #15

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I was spending time studying for the high school science test so I didn't study lower level science per se, but I did study 4-8 teaching methods. I read the Texes Xam online book.

Test: The test was easy. You do need to know your science and the teaching methods. It took me an hour and a half to do the test. Just got scored: 280....yay! Good Luck!

Strategy #16

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the xam book, studied for about a month on and off, read through it and took notes as I went along. I also used some quiz apps on my phone. I think taking the notes helped. First try I passed with a 251!

Test: The physical science part was much harder than expected. The chemistry questions were a lot more advanced than I had studied for. I got half of the question right in that section.

Strategy #17

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the TeXes Science 4-8 Testing Guide (though some of the information in it is wrong or can be misleading and confusing), some borrowed 7th and 8th grade Science books, the study guides and tests you can find online, and then a lot of internet research. I studied for like 3 weeks before I took the test, and I made sure I was overly prepared. If I was to study diferently I would have definitely looked over the Earth Science more, but overall I felt pretty confident once I left the testing area.

Test: The test was overall pretty fair. It was not too hard, nor was it easy. If you don't study you're probably going to have some difficulty! I would definitely recommend looking over the Periodic table, and Earth Science. If you don't know the answer to a question or you have it narrowed down to two answers, mark the question and go on. Don't let yourself get frustrated with the one question, go back later and look over the question again. It is funny how you can remember stuff later in the exam. I would definitely say that you don't need to take the test if you haven't studied. You have your obvious answer questions, but those are few and far between. If you study about three weeks before the test, every day, for about 2-3 hours a day, you should be golden. If you have free time just look over stuff, your brain absorbs more than you think just constantly looking over the information. Good Luck!

Strategy #18

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the XAMonline.com TExES Science 4-8 116 book and it was helpful.

Test: Some of the questions were very simple, but others were a bit more tedious and I had to break it apart to know what they were asking for. Most of what was on the exam I knew already from prior biology courses and a few things I had reviewed from the book were on the exam.

Strategy #19

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Use the xam online book. It really breaks down everything you need to know.

Test: Just be prepared and do practice test in back of book.

Strategy #20

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: To be honest, I really didn't prepare for this exam. I STARTED reading the XAM prep manual at 4 am the day of my test, which was at 8:30 am. I read about half of it and then quickly glanced over the practice exam available on the TEXES website right before the exam in my car. I was EXTREMELY nervous because reading the comments on this website really scared me. I would definitely prepare for the exam at least 2 weeks in advance to reduce test anxiety. (more time if you have been out of school)

Test: I JUST took the test and I must say it was extremely easy in my opinion. (I was expecting a difficult test. The practice exam was a harder then the actual exam!!) A lot of the questions were basic recall and there were some simple calculations. I could not believe some of the questions asked on this test because there were VERY BASIC. If you are a recent grad and majored in biology, this is no problem for you. Even if you didn't major in biology, you can use common sense and process of elimination to select the correct answer. I would definitely review various texts and topics in advance to refresh your memory and to reduce test anxiety. If you feel prepared, get a good night's sleep, and eat breakfast you will be ready to take this test. Knowing the material and being in a good physical/emotional state is the key to passing any test. I would also focus on earth science, especially if this is a weak area for you. I did not expect so many questions on this topic. Know how to do simple calculations like balancing equations, able to determine the next number in a pattern, and using a chemical equation to figure out mole ratios and knowing how to convert from grams to moles when given information. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is TAKE YOUR TIME, dont stress or freak out about what the question is asking you. Read the question slowly and read the answers slowly. Then read them again to understand what the question is asking. Use the scratch paper to draw pictures or write things down. Then use process of elimination. YOU KNOW THE ANSWER just think back to what you learned in your classes and through your teaching experiences. YOU CAN DO IT! :-D

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