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Strategy #31

This test was taken on Computer.

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.

Strategy #32

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: Read the state preparation manual and TAKS books.

Test: Read very patiently through the test.

Strategy #33

This test was taken on Computer.

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.

Strategy #34

This test was taken on Computer.

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:)

Strategy #35

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the manual that your given online and some 6,7,8th grade science books to study. I also took some practice tests it helps you with the wording of questions...

Test: I was hard...the questions arent straight forward, don't go into to much detail when your studying, just make sure you understand the basics of how things work..i hope this helps...I passed the second time..

Strategy #36

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I only studied the TAKS study guides found on the TEA website. Look @ all the grades 5,8,11,10. Take the practice test on the website. I used the BrainPop website too. It was very helpful. It is a 10-day free trial. So 10 days before your test, sign up and review material by the watching the video clips/movies.

Test: It was easier than I expected. Relax and just study a couple of hours everyday for 2 weeks. Read and know the guides. Take practice tests to familiarize yourself with the type of questions that will be on the test.

Strategy #37

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Study: I used the "TExES science 4-8 book from "XAMonline.com, a life science text book and physics textbooks. I used the TExES book to study and the other 2 books for clarity when I needed it.

Test: The test was harder than I thought. I really appreciated the sample test at the end of the TExES (xamonline) Science book, as it helped me realize what areas I needed to thoroughly study in more detail (ex. what is the role of enzymes in metabolic processes? and "deactivation cycles")..Those questions saved me because I got to learn what areas I was weak in

Strategy #38

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I took the test in August 2009. I started studying a week and a half before the test. I went to Barnes & Noble to use their books(for free) ad study a beginners book for each science subject and took notes. Writing stuff down helps you retain it better. Then I studied the XAM Science 4-8 preparation guide. I also studied the 2009 TAKS test for 8th, 10th and Exit level. Finally I studied the online TExES guide. The only thing I would do differently is start studying earlier. I have always been a crammer though, it's what works best for me.

Test: I knew going in that it was supposed to be really hard, but I didn't expect it to be this hard. I left knowing I didn't pass. To my surprise though, I DID pass!!!! Barely, 247(240 is passing), but I PASSED! I would do the same things I did, but just start a little earlier. Also, get a good nights sleep before. This is something I failed to do and I do NOT recommend pulling an all nighter. Just start studying earlier. Good Luck and make sure you eat a good breakfast the day of the test:)

Strategy #39

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: It has been a long time since I took any form of science in school, however it is my strongest subject matter. I reviewed all the TAKS study guides related to science, used the TExES state prep manual, and the Pass The TExES Generalist 4-8 Science section. I also used the internet to look-up additional information or play science related "games". Check out Jefferson Lab (http://education.jlab.org/). It studied on and off for about 3 months.

Test: The test was neither harder or easier...it was just NOT what I had expected. I got a 90% on sample test prep exams, yet the questions on the State test were far more broad and from "left field". I hear there are several versions of the test, so perhaps I will do better next time. I got a 237 (240 is passing). So close!

Strategy #40

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I primarily used AP study guides from the library for Physics,Chemistry and Biology and a high school text book for Earth Science. I also took the released TAKS tests and went through the TAKS study material that is available online.This was pretty much it. But I feel reading the TAKS guides and taking the TAKS released online tests was what got me through the test.

Test: It is definitely not an easy exam.So I would tell anyone who is preparing for this to really work hard on basic concepts.You would be tested on High School/College level.I would highly recommend taking the online TAKS tests. The test itself was very long.I spent atleast 4 hours in the testing centre.Make sure that you go through the answers atleast twice to correct any silly mistakes you might have overlooked. Good Luck!

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