Online Study Community

Read comments on Test # 136 - Science 8-12

Go to page: 1 2 3 4 5

Strategy #1

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I was a Health Science major in college; I took 2.5 years of Biology in college, 1 semester of Chemistry, and no Physics. The night before I looked over the study guide provided on the ETS website for the test. I took this as a practice test and then studied whatever areas I scored low in.

Test: I do not over think things, I always go with my gut instinct. I guess it helped because I passed the test without really studying. It does help that science is my passion and I had quite a few classes in college.

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I have an engineering degree from 30 years ago (have not used it in 25), and took one chemistry class, two physics classes, and zero biology. I started to study 14 days before the test. Buy the Chemistry and the Biology Sparknotes (barnes & noble $4.95 each), and watch the Khan Academy videos (including the Biology "Crash Course). I learned Chemistry, Biology, Evolution, Geology basically "from scratch" in 5 of 7 days, about 7 hours per day. I used Youtube+HTML5 with Firefox to watch the videos at 2x speed (double speed). On occasion, would pause or replay. I did not study astronomy, on the bad assumption of "how hard could it really be". I did watch some (but not most) Khan Physics/Astronomy/Ecology/Geology videos, and also watched a few Brighstorm videos. Then, a week before the test, I got serious and researched all available study guides, including ALL that were mentioned in this forum. After researching each and every single one, I called Ed Publishing and talked to them in detail, then ordered their "Pass the Texes Science 8-12" #136 by Ed Publishing. This is the best possible thing that anyone can do. No other study guide is worth it for this #136 test. I also bought "CliffsQuickReview" notes for Physics and Biology (Half-price books, $5 each). These have more info than will be used on the test, so use them in conjunction with Ed Publishing, esp. the biology, and do not stray beyond the EdPub guide unless you have time.I was too short on time to use the full "system" which Ed Publishing espouses. I just read, marked, and highlighted. For some biology stuff, I used google to make sure I cleared up things mentioned in EdPub, esp. the biodiversity and evolution terms. I did NOT buy any tests, but *would* have if I had another week to study. In hindsight, the Ed Pub book was so good it was not necessary, but I did not know that beforehand.

Test: 12 hours before the test, I took the "practice" test in the TEA guide. It butchered me in Acid-Base, Redox, Biodiversity, and Heredity/Evolution. So I studied that stuff for an hour,then studied the Sparknotes and EdPub for my weak areas. After 2.5 hours, I finished the test with 35 questions "marked". So I then re-took the test backwards (last question first), and found 5 "unmarked" questions that I realized I had answered wrong (mostly from haste). I spent extra time on the "Marked" questions, and read them very very slowly. When done, a total of 4 questions were still marked with an hour remaining. On those last 4, I stupidly broke my rule of not changing answers at the last minute. I changed 3 correct answers to an incorrect ones (as I found out later) The questions were not "hard" if you know the EdPub book. There were 2 questions of 130 that EdPub did not cover adequately in text to answer on the test, and those were in Biodiversity and Geology. Know your river age mechanisms. Astronomy asked "fact-based" questions, and you know them or you do not. I missed 4 biology questions, 2 earth, 1 Astronomy, 1 Learning. My score was 280, with raw score of 112/120. Know your DNA, know what sugars are in DNA and RNA and what they look like, know the Nitrogen cycle in the ocean, know about rivers (old and young), know about pulsars, quasars, main sequence stars, white dwarfs, and know all about populations, population growth, know chemical naming. Read about planets, orbits, and know the moon names in our solar system. Physics is trivial, if you follow the Ed Pub guide. Chemistry is hard to learn, but if you *know* the Ed Guide, you will ace it. I did, and I'm a chem-o-phobe. Good luck. Or if you have bad luck, just use Ed Publishing + Khan Academy, and you can pass.

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I read scanned/read several books like Physics for Dummies, Biology for Dummies, Chemistry for Dummies, Cliffs quick Review for both Bio and Earth Science. I also watched YouTube videos on Physics and Chemistry. I think the review books on Earth and Bio really helped. I don't think the books on Physics was as helpful. I think the best you can do to prepare for Physics is actually do the problems in a high school textbook. I had read earlier that you do not have to know the formulas. It was needed in the test I took. I wished I had spent more time doing the problems from each area of physics, that would really pay off for both Physics and Chemistry.

Test: Chemistry and Physics were almost completely math questions. I expected a high degree of computations, just not every question. I have taught both Bio and Earth, and I was glad I had reviewed. There was still a question or two I have never heard of before. I was sure I had failed the exam due to being poorly prepared for the Chemistry and Physics problems. I was so surprised I passed. I had done well on the other areas and that saved me on the exam.

Strategy #4

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: My BA was in business, but I took extra science classes in college 20 years ago. I have been teaching middle school science for 7 years, so I was a little overconfident. I only used the Texes study guide. Looking back, I should have bought a study guide.

Test: The test was harder than I expected, based on the TEA guide. I finished in 1 1/2 hours. I did pass, but not with a score I am proud of. Preparation is critical.

Strategy #5

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: This test is difficult in respect to the amount of information required to know, but the questions are not very hard. I have my degree in Nuclear Engineering Technologies, but have not had a basic Physics, Chemistry, or Biology class ever. I had two weeks to study and used Brightstorm and the Physics Classroom to do most of my studying. I like Brightstorm's Biology instructor, but the instructor in Chemistry needs a lot of work. I also purchased the laminated study guides by sparknotes at Barnes and Noble and they were helpful for refreshing information just before the exam.

Test: The test is not very hard, it just contains a lot of information. You must study, especially Earth Science and Astronomy as all of these questions are fact based. I did not feel great coming out of the test, but passed with a 241 on my first try. Just study and use context clues to answer the questions and you will do just fine.

Strategy #6

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied for this test using the practice test at and using the books homework helpers: Chemistry, Physics and biology. I also used Region 13 study guide, this was expensive but well worth the money. I have been out of college for 23 years so I needed help to brush up on all the sciences.

Test: This test was hard for me. I went in and wrote notes down before I looked at the test questions. I took my time and did not rush. I made sure to read the questions carefully. Do not take this test lightly, it is hard.

Strategy #7

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I bought the Certify Teacher practice test and it helped alot! I took the practice exam first to see what areas I needed to work on, then used the study mode to work on individual competencies. I also used the practice exam in the state prep manual. My degree is in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, so I didn't worry too much about that section. For physics and chemistry, Khan Academy was a HUGE help! I also bought Chemistry Made Simple and Physics Made Simple from Barnes & Noble. They are easy to understand and got to the point. Other than that, Google was my best friend.

Test: A lot of people on here said it was easier than they expected, but I had an extremely hard version. I honestly wanted to leave in middle of it, I was sure that I had failed. Fortunately, I passed with a 253!! Some of the questions were hard to understand, so I just skipped the ones I wasn't sure of and went back later. TAKE YOUR TIME! If you don't understand a question, pick out key words. You can also usually narrow the answer choices down to two. My main points on this test is to take your time, go back and check your answers, use the HELP tool, and pick the answer that makes the most sense. Good Luck!!!

Strategy #8

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I bought the Certify Teachers software and took the practice exams. I worked the flash cards and felt pretty good when I passed the practice test the third time I took it. But then I bought the Texes review book and I was surprised at how detailed the info was in the book compared to the Certify teachers software. I didn't finish the book before I took the test and felt very certain that I wouldn't pass. I wasn't nervous because I thought it would be good practice for taking it again when I didn't pass.

Test: I was calm and at the beginning of the test I thought the questions were really rigorous and felt very sure I wouldn't pass. I finished the test and went back to review. I changed some answers as I began to doubt myself but learned later when I checked information that I had changed correct answers to incorrect ones. I also took the science 4-8 which was so much easier. I planned to take the high school test again in 6 weeks, but SURPRISE I passed with 252. Yay! You have to study for this test. The practice tests REALLY help. Also do the pre-test tutorial so you understand what the test buttons do. Good Luck!

Strategy #9

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: The best advise I can give is look up and study every competency. What I used to study physics was Georgia Public Broadcasting. It is free and is a very good tool for learning basic physics. I would not use it for chemistry; however, because it is not detailed enough for the content covered on the test. I suggest or looking up AP chemistry study guides. Also it is important to practice taking the test. What I did was go to other states testing sites and practice taking their tests because they are very similar to ours and again free. Be sure to study astronomy.

Test: I passed the test the first time. It was easier than I expected, but do not take it lightly. Always go back and check your answers, you will have plenty of time to do this.

Strategy #10

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I have a masters in genetics, but I've only ever taken one physics course and haven't had basic chemistry courses in several years, so I was really nervous about taking/studying for this exam. I bought "Physics for Dummies" as I basically had to teach myself physics. If you can get ahold of a high school or freshman college physics textbook I think that would be a better tool. The practice questions in the prep manual are a must to study from. If you can answer those you'll do fine on the exam. I also ended up spending the money and buying the study guide from It was helpful in that it has all the competencies/info laid out for you, but for several I felt like it was lacking on information or explaining things fully. It also wants you to memorize all the competencies and focus on recognizing what competency the question on the test is when you read it (they don't tell you which competency the question is testing you on on the actual exam). I think that strategy is a complete waste of time and unnecessary. I would say that study guide is good for a review but only that. Not really worth the $40 I paid for it though.

Test: I really thought I didn't pass the test after I took it. I had been up all night the night before with a sick child, and towards the last half of the test my brain was just done. To my surprise I passed! The practice problems are a huge study tool. There were some questions that were very very similar to the practice questions. You don't need to memorize all the different formulas per se but make sure you know the ideal gas formula and some of the really simple formulas like Ohm's law, F=ma, etc. The test, I felt, was a lot easier than some of the practice problems. You only need to know the basic concepts behind the competencies, so don't get too caught up in trying to know everything.

Go to page: 1 2 3 4 5

Help Others!

After you pass your test, please post your comments.
Click here to post for: Test # 136: Science 8-12