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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.
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:)
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..
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.
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
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:)
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!
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.
Study: I used the XAM study guide
Test: The test was what I expected this was my second time taking it and I found that because I second guessed my answers the first time I changed correct answers to the wrong answer go with your gut happily I passed YAY!
Study: I have a Biology background, but it has been a while! I checked out some basic Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, Physics, and Earth Science books and studied the areas listed in the competencies. I also looked over several online practice tests and study guides to familiarize myself with the style of questioning, which was probably the biggest advantage.
Test: Since I was familiar with the style the test would be given in, I found it easier than I expected overall and passed with little difficulty. A few of the questions tripped me up, mainly with the scientific processes and inquiry, but most presented no problem. I was done in less than 2 hours and went back through each and every question and reread completely, even changing some answers after rethinking the questions. Just study, familiarize yourself with the test format, rest, and RELAX!!!
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