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This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I purchased 2 different study guides. The paper bound (yellow and black cover) is a hard read. I found the CD more helpful (Certifyteachers.com). The most useful is the TExES website. I had been reviewing this information for 2 months before taking the exam.
Test: The test was much harder than I expected.
Study: I studied the TAKS study guides for 8th grade and the Science exit exam. I also took the released TAKS tests for grades 5, 8, and 11.
Test: After reading the reviews, I was scared about how difficult the test would be. This is NOT like a college Science exam, let alone an exit-level exam for a college course. The test questions are not difficult or tricky, and are actually very simplistic. However they represent a comprehensive review of science - Geology, Astronomy, Biology, Ecology, and basic Physics. The TAKS study guide helps give you this overview and the level of questions on the Texes test are similar to the practice questions in the study guide and the released TAKS test.
This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I studied the TeXes study guide and practice tests and took all the previous released TAKS tests on TEA site through graduation exit TAKS. Used websites to study topics I really needed help with.
Test: It was much more comprehensive than I expected. It had ecology, physics, chemistry, life sciences, geology, and astronomy questions on it. make sure to study some on all topics. Study the periodic table. It is good to know a complete one like is presented in a 10th grade science book with the complete names and color coded groupings, but be aware the one they give you will not have all that information on it and there were some questions about that information. This test was the fastest for me and I passed the first time.
Study: I took this test January 2010 electronically. It was the second time and I passed. What i learned in terms of prepraration was as follows:
Study Materials - TAKS Tests, State Review Materials, Science Books Teachers Editions (4, 6, 7, 8)
I familiarized myself with content section requirements. I then went through the books, and reviewed the study guide and TAKS sections for each chapter.
I then made flash cards for major items such as Water Cycle...
I spent several hours each day in short increments.
Test: Since this was the second time, I prepared differently. I thought the test would be much different content wise the second time and it was, but not much. The main suggestion, read the question carefully; eliminate the obvious and if you do not know, leave it blank and come back to it. Use the paper provided to keep track of the ones you eliminated the first time. Understand the question. that is what got me the first time.
Study: I studied for this test and the 136 test simultaneously. I wish I had studied differently, although I did pass with 268/300 (I took it yesterday). I bought the laminated broad overviews of Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Astronomy/Geology-Earth Science. I wish I had just memorized these and wikipedia'd some of the topics that weren't included on those in the competencies. Those were by far the most helpful. I also bought college Physics/Chemistry/Biology textbooks and looked up most of the competencies in depth. This was helpful, but if I had less time I would stick with the laminated guides and wikipedia. There are some great websites put out through colleges that are interactive (google Biology project) that are great preparation.
Test: I thought that the test was as expected...about the same difficulty as the state practice test. Read the questions carefully and keep context in mind if given. Eliminate incorrect answers first if you are clueless.
Study: I read the XAM study guide for 116 and reviewed areas needed.
Test: The test was difficult and the questions were tricky. Always remember to choose the answer that BEST fits the question. Go back and read the question and really look for what the question is asking.
Study: I used the state's study guide online. I checked out books on Earth Science from the library since this was my weakest area. The books I used were for middle school and high school students.
Test: The test is 90 questions long and it's only one section long. You're able to mark questions you want to go back to at any point during the test. That helped me a lot. Going into the test I didn't know if I was going to be able to do that since I took it on the computer.
Study: Read the state preparation manual and TAKS books.
Test: Read very patiently through the test.
Study: First of all I waited until the very last minute to study for the test because I registared only a week in advance. I used the XAM study guide and took the practice test from the state test website. I was not happy with the amount of studing I was able to do before the test, but for some reason I still felt that I would do good. I was a biology major so all this material had been driven into my head for the past years. I just needed to refresh.
Test: OMG!!!! Please please please do not let anyones comments scare you about this test. I read the previous comments before I took my test and they made me so nervous that I was sure I would pass because I hadn't study very much. However when I started taking this test I was so shocked at how easy it was. Now the questions were very wordy like people said but if you know your stuff you can find the right answer. I think alot of people just were thinking to hard and confused themselves. I havent got my scores yet but there is no doubt in my mind that I didn't pass. It was very long so get plenty of reat and eat a good breakfast. You will be fine just take the test first and make your own opinions about it.
Study: Have a background in geology and life sciences. It's been 20 years since college. I studied:
• State study guide
• TAKS tests online
• Middle School Science book
The study guide was helpful just to see the style of the questions. Content was useless. The online TAKS tests for 12th grade was helpful just to see what areas I really didn't remember. The 8th grade science book was alright as far are a refresher.
I would have prepared with a formal study guide or program. I couldn't find any "Here's the best way to prepare for this test" clues. Went into it feeling blind.
Test: About 10 questions into the test, I felt like an idiot. At the end of the test, I felt like a complete idiot.
Some of the questions were ridiculously easy. Some were ridiculously hard. There were many questions on Molarity and mixing solutions that I didn't expect.
What I didn't know: The test had 90 questions in one section. The computer says, "Section 1" like there is a section 2 or 3, etc... I didn't know how to budget my time. So when I finished 2 hours into a 5 hour time test, I assumed that there were more sections and didn't spend the time that I should have reviewing. Sadly, when you leave section 1, you can't return. then when you leave section 1, the test is over. SO, there is only one section on the test.
Also, you have the option to "submit you scores" or "pretend you never took this test and no one will know about this". I felt i had done so horridly on the test that there was no way I had passed, I seriously considered option 2. However, I submitted since I'd spent the money and driven a good distance to take it.
Three days later I received my scores and had passed with a rather fantastic score. I guess I have mad guessing skills. But the multiple choice options are usually 2 that are plausible, two that are not. Odds are much better that way:)
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