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This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I used an AP Biology textbook and a SAT II Biology study guide. I felt well prepared for the test and did very well. I used the textbook to read over chapters I felt weakest on and used the SAT II guide to take a couple of sample tests to check my knowledge.
Test: If you are generally a good test taker, you will be fine on this test. I did not find it very challenging. I have my background in nutrition, so I spent most of my time studying ecology and plants, which are things I haven't studied since AP Biology in high school. The test is not hyper-specific so stick to the objectives in the study guide. If it isn't there, it won't be on the test.
Study: To start off, I have a Biology degree so I thought that I would be able to pass this semi-easy with my background. I used the free study guide from the state board website. I also used the internet to look up items that I wanted more information about. The free study guide did not help. I also bought the Texes study guide at the bookstore and it actually helped more because it told you about things and went into some detail to describe some of the stuff that I had not had in a while. I would get a college Biology book and just study from that if I could, or if you can get your hands on a high school Biology book, that might be better.
Test: I walked into the test thinking I was going to pass this because I knew all the material and had studied for over 2 months for it. I walked out of the test thinking that I was the dumbest person ever. The practice tests that I had taken were NOTHING like the real exam. HINTS** Study EVERYTHING regardless of how small because that is what they have the most questions on. Also, don't stress because all stress will do is make it harder for you. Just relax and do your best. If you don't pass, then at least you know what to expect next time you take it. I did not pass but now I know what to study because they tell you what areas you did well and which areas you did poorly on when you get your score.
This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I used the state preparation manual to study, and it really worked for me. When you are studying the manual make sure and cover every competency because every one of them were on my test. I used the college textbook Biology 9th edition by Sylvia S. Mader to study each competency. I also bought the flash cards for life science 8-12 and they were worthless.
Test: I think the test was hard. I passed on my first time with a score of 240. The questions are similar to the ones on the state preparation manual. If you are going to take this test you should allow yourself a generous amount of time to study. My advice is to pray about it, and take your time with each question.
Study: I bought sparknotes Biology 101 and another similar book from Barnes and Noble, watched various youtube videos and googled a lot of diagrams. The condensed notes made material easy as I could brush up on things I already knew and figure out what I needed to study more in depth.
Test: The test was definitely easier than the online practice test from TeXes! Luckily, I passed. There is a lot of material so give yourself enough time. Also, there was a lot more "definition" kind of stuff that I wasn't expecting! Just learn as much as you can.
Study: I went to half price books and got a college basic biology book and an AP test manual. I also went over the sample tests that are liked through texas teachers. The biology book was good, but the AP manual was a waste.
Test: It was easier than I expected. There were a couple of genetics questions that were quite difficult. LOOK OVER THE TEST SAMPLES FROM THE WEBSITE. The setup is the same. I have a BS in biology so if you have the same background just brush up on your general bio skills.
Study: My husband is a teacher so he was able to bring me home several high school biology text books. I went through them all and picked the one that had the most information about all of the comps and domains. I read it cover to cover and took an entire notebook of notes! I have two small kids under two so I spent an entire week at my in-laws house so that I could lock myself away to study non-stop for an entire week. I felt over prepared!
Test: I was shocked at how much of what I had studied was NOT on the test! I felt a little uneasy in the testing facility because there was constant noise! Someone was always coming in and out of the room and walking up and down the isle. Very distracting! I took my time but left thinking that surely I had to have passed and if I didn't I wasn't so sure what else I would have studied.......come to find out I did not pass! I got a 232 and needed a 240. OUCH! I am going to retake but I am honestly not sure how to study this time.
Study: I used a high school biology book, a college biology book, and I purchased the XAM Life Science Prep Book. I found that the XAM book was not very useful. Even though it breaks down every domain, the information is very broad and there aren't many pictures. Don't waste your money on it. Make sure you know your K and R values/survivorship curves, ecology, and evolution. The majority of the questions are hypothetical questions and are very long. If you are great at factual questions, expect maybe 10 on the exam.
Test: This test is extremely difficult. Make sure you know each and every single competency inside and out. I haven't received my test scores yet, but I am sure I failed.
Study: I used my College Biology book, The XAM Online #138 study guide and the state study guide.
Reading the textbook was most helpful it thoroughly explained concepts that the study guides skimmed over. The XAM study guide was also very helpful in reviewing facts and going competency by competency.
Give yourself at least a month to study for the test. I took a month and a half and still felt rushed at the end.
Test: The test was easier than expected. There was a lot about evolution and genetics on it, so make sure to know those.
Make sure to go competency by competency. And there's no such thing as studying to much. I would take my time and read a chapter or so a night until I felt comfortable with all the material.
Study: XAM Study Guide , College Biology Book, Prayer, and Cliff Notes Biology
Test: The test was ok Passed on first try.
Study: I used the Comprehensive Success System, the XAMOnline Study Guide, a college biology book, and the state's study guide. I preferred to study from the XAM book because it was broken down by domain. I used their setup to also dictate to me which areas of my other sources I should study.
Test: The test itself was no harder than I had expected, but it was still hard. I believe if I could have found a book that covered both the subject and methods of teaching the subject, I would have done better. However, I passed on my first attempt.
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