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Strategy #1

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the terms on Quizlet to study as well as some information from the online courses for Texas Teachers. I tend to procrastinate so I actually began studying two weeks before the exam. I would have long study sessions at my local coffee shop. If I could go back, I would study for shorter amounts of time and start at least 1 month before the test. I'd also purchase a study book to become familiar with the types of questions that would be asked. Quizlet helped to familiarize me with the information but did not help with the depth.

Test: The test contained a bit more than I thought would be on it. But, like most tests, you could deduct what the best answer is if you know the purpose of Special Education. Keep in mind, however, that grade level definitely does make a difference in some of the answers. In preparing for the test, you should use the prep manuals given by TExES to review the competencies to develop a more in-depth idea of what the questions want from you.

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I studied for the test using REA and felt ready until I took the T-Cert course online. The T-Cert helped fill in the gaps that the REA book missed. I studied for about an hour a day 2 weeks before the test as well as one full Saturday. I had a lot of knowledge going into the test because of working in special education as an aide. I believe that helped me the most.

Test: The test was much harder than I thought it would be. I was caught off guard with the amount of Language Arts and Math questions. I had expected there to only be situation based questions. In the end I had marked 41 questions to go back and review, mostly Language Arts. I was scared I hadn't passed but ended up getting my results 3 days later and passed with a 290! I took 4 hours and 30 minutes with one 3 minute break. I had time to go through the entire test twice to double check my answers. My advice is to focus on the laws and language arts. Good Luck!

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I studied for this exam using Quizlet and the REA Texes study guide. The best advice that I found on the online study community was to take the Special Ed online course before your test. That course is designed to prepare you for the actual test.

Test: The test was mostly scenario-based which I had expected. I finished in under 2 hours. I took the test on a Thursday and received score on Tuesday. I passed with a 276.

Strategy #4

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Do the modules located at https://pact.tarleton.edu/TCERT/index.cfm. They were EXTREMELY helpful! Take the practice test and read all of the handouts they offer! It seems like a lot but it really isn't. I completed the module once only and didn't really study anything else.

Test: While taking the test itself, imagine the "perfect" school environment. The questions are designed to assume the school has an unlimited budget along with unlimited time. I ended up scoring a 272 out of 300! GOOD LUCK :)

Strategy #5

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the Texes test preparation manual from the Texes website, and some of the practice test questions on the site as well.

Test: I walked away from the test feeling like I had failed the exam. I think it's important to view the answers and focus on student-centered responses. Take your time, be confident, and mark questions that you're not certain about. I passed with a 250. Best wishes.

Strategy #6

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I did not buy any study materials for the Special Education exam. I studied Quizlet.com and learned the terms. If you know the terms you can answer a majority of the questions, of which many are situational questions. I also looked up free practice exams online and studied those for 2 days before the test. I studied 2 weeks for maybe an hour a day.

Test: You may feel you didn't do well on the exam because a lot of questions have several right answers, but you have to choose the best answer. You will do better than you think. I thought I was going to be borderline, but I passed with a 264. I took the test on a Saturday and received my scores on Tuesday.

Strategy #7

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I SWEAR by T-CERT. Texas Teachers has amazing links to great resources. I downloaded the SBEC preparation manual from their website to study the domains. I had it bound at Kinkos so I could take it with me and highlight. Then I went to T-CERT. AMAZING website. The modules on T-Cert helped me pass. They give you great links to resources - disorders, the noted disabilities, Idea 2004 and I Googled more from the PDFs they linked too. I also downloaded the ARD Guide to my Kindle so I could read it everywhere. KNOW what every disorder falls under with the IDEA Act. I had only one concrete law question. The rest were all situational based but READ the tips on how to best instruct children with each disability (ADHD - remove distractions on the walls, move closer to from of the room, etc). T-CERT got me a 255. It's the TRUTH!

Test: I'd say it was LONG vs. hard. I knew the material but it just seemed to go on and on. Take as many breaks as you need. I too about 4. A break whenever I started getting restless and to give me some energy. READ the question thoroughly. I can't stress this enough. The question is the key to the answer. Note grade level and think about where they should be developmentally at that point and the approach the question. A few times I picked an answer and marked it then went back and noted the questions said Pre-K vs kindergarten. It's small but there are key differences in the two. NOTE that.

Strategy #8

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied using the Texes, XAMonline, and Quizlet. I also used flash cards that I had handwritten to prepare for the test, whenever I had downtime I would review my flash cards. I carried them everywhere! I personally liked using quizlet and the Texes study materials to prepare for this test. For my next test which with be the EC-6 Generalist I plan to use the same study method.

Test: This test was very difficult. After talking with some others who have also taken any of the Texes content test in general, all have had the same opinion. Even though the study materials helped, it was by no means anything that was on the test. By using the study materials I found it easier to be able to apply the concepts I learned and reviewed for weeks to the scenarios that were presented on the test. My advice would be to review and study the different online tests and the study guides as I had mentioned before. I passed on my first try with a 258. Good luck!

Strategy #9

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: First, I am a teacher and have been for several years. I have been involved in MANY ARD'S and have a good idea how they work. Now with that said I went to Barnes and Noble and bought the exam pro study guide and used the free one on SBEC website.

Test: This test is LONG!!!! Take breaks and do some exercises to get the blood flowing. It is as hard as they say it is. you will be able to narrow it down to 2 correct answer but those 2 are going to be REALLY close. I studied for about 2 hours a night 3 days before the exam. Passed with a 265. Good Luck!!

Strategy #10

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied using the Certify Teacher program, Quizlet flash cards, REA SPED EC-12 Book/practice exams and completing the Texas Teachers SPED modules. The combination of all of these materials and studying at least 2 hours during the week for 8 weeks before testing made me feel confident about taking and passing the exam. I did a mini quizlet refresh my memory review of ELA terms in the car before going in to take the exam. I would study the same way because the end result is worth it!

Test: The exam requires a lot of concentration because a majority of the exam is scenario based. Read the questions several times before answering. There are always two answers for a question that are completely untrue, then two very similar. Read the question again and apply critical thinking skills when choosing your answer. The certify teacher program has very difficult math problems, but on the exam there were maybe 5 basic math problems, however there was a substantial amount of teaching math and ELA questions. I would say use quizlet flash cards to memorize ELA terms, it was a huge part of the exam. Take a break or do some office chair stretches to relieve anxiety or tension, just relax and focus and you will pass! That is what I did, and I passed on my first attempt!

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