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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.
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!!!
Study: I used TExES Study Manual that I purchased at Borders. I studied the material three times before I took the practice test. Then I went back and reviewed each wrong answer several times. I found a shorter practice test online and used that also. My best tip is to read through and underline everything you don't know.
Test: Be careful about how the question is phrased. "Always", "not", and other words are inserted and can be read over very lightly. Several questions missed due to little errors like that. The computer test was harder because I'd never taken one before on the computer. Make sure you read each question thoroughly. There is plenty of time. Don't rush yourself.
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I used the 7th and 8th grade Science books from my home school district. I also looked at the state materials that were provided on the website. Overall concepts of Science are most helpful to know.
Test: It was harder than I expected. It took about three hours. Don't second guess yourself.
Study: I used XAM because it was in book form and portable. I liked this because it gives explanations for the answers to the practice test. The test is hard to study for the content, but practice tests do give you an idea of how to take the test.
Test: The test covers several subjects and it covers broad and detailed questions. So basically, know all categories of Science - Life, Physical, Earth, etc.
Study: I used the state preparation manual and a study guide book purchased from Amazon.com.
Test: It was easier than I expected. I would tell someone to understand that the content is on level with what you will be teaching.
Study: I took the test on May 26, 2009. I'm a recent college grad with a BS in Biology, so I didn't need much review in science. However, I was rusty on geology. I reviewed a little science from my textbooks a few weeks before the exam. I purchased the XAM Online book 2 days before my test and studied it non-stop for those 2 days.
The book gives a good general review, so I would recommend reviewing it and taking the sample test. Altough it should not be the only thing that you study, it definitely helps especially with the teaching methods information.
I also took the released science TAKS tests (upper level) and the SBEC practice test. These tests are all much easier than the real exam and you should be on a higher level if you expect to pass the TExES.
Test: The test was much harder than I expected. The science was average, but there were a lot of abstract, hypothetical questions pertaining to teaching and student rationale. Those were very frustrating because many of the questions seemed like there were no right answers, so I had to make a lot of educated guesses (which I hate). I didn't feel happy when I finished...
I was very frustrated because there weren't many "ace-in-the hole" strictly science questions and there was only one EASY calculation. Most questions were related to science, but were the hypthetical "what should a student get out of this" or "how would this be best taught" questions. It seemed like the questions were designed to make you read them over and over and over again before you actually understand them. You must be advanced in reading comprehension.
It took me 3 hours to complete and another hour to review the questions that I was unsure about. The test is not impossible, but it takes a lot of energy and effort. I passed with a 265, so I am happy.
Just eat a good meal before, take your time and make your best guess. Good luck!
Study: I read an 8th grade science text book and the XAM test book. Know your vocabulary!!! They use a lot of vocab terms in the questions, so if you do not know what it means you cannot answer the question.
Test: The test was extremley difficult. There is no way you can pass this test by knowing general science. It really tests to see if you know the material well. For an example, the rock cycle. It doesn't ask how is igneous rock formed. But it may ask how is gypsum (a mineral) formed from the rock cycle. There was a lot of chemistry!! Study high school level and beyond. The test is long with a lot of reading. Some questions are straight forward and to the point. I found majority of the test to be analyzing and breaking down the question to answer it. Generally I could break it down to two answers but they will be very similar so read them carefully. Be prepared for critical thinking.
Study: I used the SBEC materials and some stuff from the generalist 4-8, and also the study workbook from the school I'm getting my PACT cert. through.
Test: The test was infinately harder than our practice test or any of the tests on SBEC. If anyone can offer any other resources for practice tests I'd love to see them. If I had to give advice I'd say study chemistry a lot. It really seemed afterward that 50% of the test was chemistry related. I've been through a couple of years of med school and the biochemistry questions I'd say are on a grad level. Study a lot of balancing equations, general, and organic chemistry, as well as biochem. That's what I'm going to do for starters on the next one. Good luck if I don't hear back from any of you!
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