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Strategy #41

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 #42

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 #43

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!

Strategy #44

This test was taken on Computer.

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!

Strategy #45

This test was taken on Computer.

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!!!

Strategy #46

This test was taken on Computer.

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.

Strategy #47

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.

Strategy #48

This test was taken on Paper.

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.

Strategy #49

This test was taken on Paper.

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.

Strategy #50

This test was taken on Computer.

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!

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