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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I used the free ETS study guide and the free TCERT materials (formula sheets, definitions, videos, and practice tests.)
Don't memorize every little formula from the TCERT page, just the major ones (circuits, ideal gas law, harmonic motion) and know how to go from grams to moles to number of atoms. They won't ask you to apply the obscure formulas.
Test: It was easier than I expected. I got tripped up not knowing that the periodic table and list of constants were in the HELP section of the computer test. Other than that, it was pretty straight forward, low-level type stuff. Easier than the high school math test, by a long shot -- and I love math. So don't over think it.
Study: It is possible to study for and pass this exam without spending money for test preparation materials. The best free resources are the state preparation manual found on the ETS website (the site where you register for the test itself) and the "Terminology for Science" document found on the T-CERT website. The T-CERT website does require you to register with your TEA number, although it is free. I did not find the T-CERT slide presentations or video to be very helpful, however I did use the terminology document as the basis for studying. I simply looked at the terminology sheet for topics I did not know and used the internet (e.g. Wikipedia) to answer my questions. For more in-depth instruction (how to solve physic or chemistry problems), I used the Khan Academy website and the Brightstorm channel on YouTube. Once you feel like you have a good idea of most of the topics, take the practice test in Chapter 5 of the state manual. In my opinion, a score of 80% or better on the practice test should translate into a passing score on the real test.
Test: There was nothing unexpected on the test. The practice test questions in the state preparation manual gives you a good example of what to expect on the real exam. Just be sure to know the terminology and relationships well and be able to think critically about them.
Study: I used certify teachers to study for the test. I liked that they had many sample questions. Many of them were spot on in regards to the material on the actual test. I was extremely nervous about the physics portion of the test seeing that I never took college level physics. The sample questions really helped me prepared and showed me how to apply the formulas. I only studied 2 hours a night for three days for the test. A more in depth review of the solar system section would have helped me.
Test: It was easier than expected. I was sick the 2 days prior to the test and was not able to study at all because all I could do was sleep. I was very nervous I did not prepare well enough, especially after reading mixed reviews on here. Be calm and focus on the questions you are good at. They are all straight forward, nothing tricky. I ended up passing with a 264 on the first try which is great because waiting the 60 days to take it again would have really hurt the job hunt.
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I used 4 resources to prepare for this test: the XAM book, the ETS manual, the "Brightstorm2" channel on youtube and certifyteacher.com. I read through the whole XAM book and then took the practice test in the back. Based on the questions I got wrong, I watched videos on the brightstorm2 channel on youtube to go over the topics that I didn't understand. Then I took the practice test in the ETS manual and on certifyteacher.com to gauge my readiness for the test.rnrnThe XAM book was beneficial to me as it offered me some sort of structure to my studying (it laid out the topics and gave me a good refresher). The ETS manual was really helpful because of the practice test. That was the only part of it that I used. The you tube videos were incredibly helpful (I do not learn well by reading, I need to see and hear someone explain it). These videos are awesome and they cover almost every science topic.Certifyteacher.com was helpful in that it gave me an acutal score on my practice tests (the ETS and XAM tests don't give you a score like the real test). However, the same questions kept coming up on the practice tests, so I felt like my score was improving because I was just memorizing the answers to those particular questions.
Test: I guess I got one of the harder versions of the test. I felt absolutely AWFUL after I took this test. I was pretty sure that I had failed! There were a number of questions that had two answer options that could both be right and so it was difficult figuring out what answer they were looking for. I had to reread the questions several times to see if there were key words indicating which answer was "more correct" than the other one. That being said, I passed the test (I scored a 280). I was incredibly relieved because I was dreading having to take that test again!
Study: Although I used the downloaded materials from ETS/TEA as a gauge for how in-depth the science questions would be, the CertifyTeacher.com materials were the most realistic when it came to prepping for the test. It was in a similar one-question per page format that you will see on the real exam, plus it had nearly 400 study questions and both study and testing modes. You could take the exam in the 5-hour format as many times as you wanted and it tracked your progress. it told you whether you passed the exam with at least a 240 or not just like the real test is graded. Once I started testing at the 280+ level I felt pretty prepared for the real exam.
Test: The first time I took the test I missed it by 10 points, then I used the CertifyTeacher.com materials and took it again 60 days later. That time I easily passed it by nearly 20 points. I will say that the first time I took it, that I thought the questions on that test were much easier than the ones I had on the second version. I've talked to a number of teachers that had to take the exam multiple times and they said that every exam they took was different. Best of luck on your future exams.
Study: I used the free online TExES Preparation manual. I used it as a study guide. For each Competency I outlined whatever I didn't know in a word document and studied it for a few days before I took my test. I also used online websites such as physicsclassroom.com. That one helped so much with the physics which I felt was my weakest. I wikipediaed a lot and googled. I didn't spend a dime for study material, which worried me at first but I passed on my first try so it proves you don't need to spends tens or hundreds of dollars to be successful at this test. The one thing I feel helped me the most was using the Test Prep Manual as a study guide and really just feeling comfortable with all of that material.
Test: After taking the practice test on the Prep Manual I was a little worried but the actual test was easier. The important thing I noticed was that it was all conceptual. You don't need to memorize any formulas, just be familiar with theories and concepts behind the science. It is not at all like a college level exam. It is high school material that they would expect a teacher to know (duh right?)
I went through the test and answered the ones that I knew for sure, got them out of the way. Then I went back and really spent time focusing on the ones I was unsure of. A lot of the times you can split the answer choices to two good ones and two that you know are definitely wrong. They give you more than enough time to really focus on thinking through each question. Good luck!
Study: I was a biology and English major from Dallas Baptist University (3.65 GPA) and I got a 1330 on the old SAT. I knew most of the cell biology, physics and chemistry coming into the test, but I knew none of the geology, astronomy, ecology, evolution.
I studied for 50 hours by reading the Pass the TExES Composite Science review e-book from Ed Publishing, written by Saba Sadiq. This was perfect for me as I had a limited time to take the test and so a downloadable e-book saved shipping time. This is an excellent book written with the right scope and level of detail to prepare you for the test without giving you too much or too little information. The test is based on concepts and this book focuses on concept instead of solving specific problems. I never took a practice test (yeah, ballsy).
I got 90% of the questions correct (117 out of 130), but I marked 29 of them as being 'educated guesses'. However, I think I might have stood a good chance of passing this test simply from the accumulated knowledge I gained from university classes.
Test: The test is not easy and should not be taken lightly, because you can't take the same test again for sixty days. I was lucky to be prepared with previous science classes, but I believe a person could read the Pass the TExES book once through and pass this test afterward. I was limited by time and so this route was simply a necessity.
Okay, as for the actual test, I remember that it asked 3 or more questions on these:
Centripetal acceleration (phyics)
Carrying capacity (ecology)
Specific characteristics of certain kingdoms/phylums (Arthropodae, etc)
Study: I bought the TExES book Science 8-12 (136). It was pretty helpful although some of the practice questions are wrong and the answer key does not align with the answers, so make sure you read the answer explanations as well because they make sense! I also followed the advice of some people who had posted on this forum regarding the exit level Science TAKS tests. They are available online and are free! It was definitely very helpful!
Test: The test was better than I expected it to be. Some questions were really easy and straightforward and some made you think. I stayed almost the entire time, thinking about the questions that I was unsure about. Take your time and stay calm!
Study: I used the XAM book, certifyteacher.com, Texesscience practice exams and the free TAKS tests online. The XAM book is mostly terrible, while it accurately covers the subjects you should know, i.e. photosynthesis, types of clouds, etc. The explanations of these concepts are atrocious. I filled in many of the blanks with my college education. I am a recent Biology graduate from a Liberal Arts College. For the rest, I referenced textbooks and Schaum's Outlines, which were especially helpful in Physics, which I did not take in college. Certifyteacher is worthless. Texesscience exams are superior, however, many of their questions are subjective or unreflective of the exams, i.e. Which is considered the preeminent scientist of the last thousand years? or, Which is the most important ethical issue surrounding genetic testing? If I were to go back and do it, I would use the XAM book, textbooks, Schaum's and 1-2 of the texesscience exams.
Test: The test was easier that I expected. For the physics section, make sure you know currents, magnetic fields, circuits, etc. Projectiles are also important. The biology section was heavy on cellular items. The solar and earth sections had far less questions where reasoning and science background could assist you, these were primarily facts, i.e. composition of the sun. The chemistry section was far, far easier than I could have anticipated. I learned in detail, Ksp, Keq, and Kb, for example, but only a single, basic question was asked.
Study: I used the XAM study guide. I read it from front to back and emphasized the parts that I was not great in and marked all in it. I also used the website texesscience.com and bought 5 practice tests. Those practice test did help me but I feel like some of the Physics was extremely difficult and not like the real test. Last, I used the free study guide on the SBEC website, which was helpful in the wording of the test.
Test: It was easier in Physics than I expected, and about the same in Chemistry and all the different Biology domains. One thing is not to rush through the test. Take your time to read the questions and answers choices slowly. They give you 5 hours, which is ample time.
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