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Strategy #1

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Study: I used REA's study guide and felt like it was helpful, although the actual test was much trickier than their practice tests. I didn't study as much/as long as I did for the EC- Generalist because I have a lot of background in special education. If you have some background knowledge, it will be easy breezy! If you are starting from scratch, I recommend researching different types of disorders ( ADD/ADHD/ Austism Spectrum/ MHMR/ etc.)

Test: There were a lot more questions about teaching math than I anticipated. Make sure you study basic math concepts and best ways to teach them. There were some terms I wasn't sure about but I could figure it out logically by looking at the answers. Always pick the answer that involves as much student involvement as possible ( LRE/ as minimal aids as possible). I marked a lot of questions when I went through the first time so that I could get to all of the ones I was sure of. I took a little break and then went back to double check the questions I had marked and felt much more clear headed. I finished in about two hours and passed with a score of 284.

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I picked up the REA TExES study guide at Barnes & Noble. For thirty bucks, it was well worth it. The guide comes with on-line practice tests and diagnostics to help pinpoint areas of weakness. This, along with some online (and free) study guides/flash cards, helped me a lot. I studied for about two months, about an hour a day, before the test.

Test: Everything I heard about the test was true. ELA/reading were huge- math was marginal. I came to the SPED community from a history/poli sci background, this was all new learning for me. I took the test in two hours and walked away feeling uneasy about it. I scored a 270, though, and was very happy with that. Know lifespan development, strategies for teaching reading, and IDEA. Think student-centered response and endless budget and this will lead you to the right, if not seemingly ridiculous, answer.

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the material listed with Texas Teachers, Certify teacher software mostly for vocabulary, and a little of an online review from Region 10. I strongly based my reviews off comments and suggestions listed here.

Test: The test was quite different than what I expected. I mostly studied material listed here and from the Texas Teachers texes special education review. My advice would be to be really prepared and study everything and keep in mind there are several versions of the test. The one I took had about 10 math problems and most of them were much harder than the questions on the ets manual (including the 70? one I paid for) There were also a good bit of questions about how to teach math. I came across some terms I was unfamiliar with such as double and double end. Most of the information from the review was not covered for example there was a behavioral theory question on the theorists about modeling but Bandura was not one of the choices, but someone named Dewey was. Contractures wasn't mentioned, nor was ADD/ADHD, stages of development, and reading approaches. There were several very specific detailed questions about the IFSP, like the number law and section and questions about why it was important for families to be included. These were not possible to sufficiently answer if you just knew the law and had a general understanding of it and what it was. I also recall several questions about receptive disorder. Be sure to know all the English terms-syntax, morephomes,etc and be able to tell the difference between consonant blends and consonant digraphs. I was asked about IDEA 1990 and 1997, but not 2004 as well as very detailed specific questions about the ARD process from IDEA, but only situations that would rarely occur as well as steps about pre-referral and pre interventions. I was also given the odd question about the CEC, Council for Educational Excellence. I haven't received my official results back yet, but there were just too many questions I wasn't sure of and had to guess so I am sure I didn't pass. My advice again is to study Everything very thoroughly and remember there are several different versions of the test.

Strategy #4

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Study: The study materials that I used consisted of, Sharon Wynne's texes 161 xamonline book and the two practice text. I also used the flashcards on quizlet.com. Taking the practice test in the xamonline book helped me to create my study plan sheet. After completing the book, I recorded my notes and listened to it during down time. I printed the flashcards on quizlet and also read over those during any free time. Towards the end, I had purchased and taken the two xamonline practice test and really focused on how to answer the questions.

Test: This was a CAT and all the mouse clicking was getting to me! Any whom, you can almost, always eliminate two absolute wrong answer choices.the other two remaining will seem like the correct answer, but one is best! Focus on the student centered response. The test was 5 hours and I used 4.5, as I paid my money for the time! I went over every single question, because reading the questions again after completing the test may help you! I passed this test on the first try and overall, the test wasn't as hard as I thought, but some of the questions were absolutely hard! I received a lot of questions about teaching certain age groups with certain disabilities. I only had like 3 questions geared towards math and the bulk were ELA! I'm not a good test taker, but my study efforts paid off! Score:255

Strategy #5

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Study: First, I read a lot from this site. I went online and took practice tests from TEA and wherever there was an online practice. I went over the flashcards on quizlet. No memorization for me, just hoped recognition would work. I also started studying other state tests. It was surpising how the people to study were different in other states. Familiar but different. A week before the test I went to the library and checked out Praxis Study Guide by Sharon Wynne. It was mostly a review of all previous stuff but actually answered some questions I did not know. I stopped all studying two days before the test.

Test: I started teaching special ed this school year, so I was thrown into all new stuff with IEPs, ARDs, LSSPs, and all the legal stuff. I had heard that no one passes the test the first time and it was really hard. I was nervous. The test had 135 questions, but probably 10 were non-graded questions. There was hardly a mention about famous people. There was hardly a mention about specific bills passed other than NCLB and IDEA. Most were situations. I finished in two hours. As I was taking the test, I felt that it was pretty easy, which worried me! I think my experience gave me the answers to most questions. The Praxis Study Guide would have been a help if I was clueless. Many educational service centers offer a 1-2 day class on IEPs and ARDs. That was very helpful because they taught me how to write an IEP, which was on the test A LOT. Someone told me to think of the world as being a perfect place in every situation, so I did. I passed with a 275.

Strategy #6

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Study: This is the 1st subject that I became highly qualified in, it took two chances to pass. First time I failed by 6 points, what I did wrong was not prepare the right way. I kinda "assumed" I could wing it or figure it out. I did spend about 10-15 hours studying for this test and I made note cards from Quizlet.com. The only problem with that is you have a lot of random terms that you study but you don't know how the puzzle fits together. Spend the money, rent a Praxis or Texes study guide and study until you are able to pass the practice tests.

Test: The second time I took this test it was easy breezy. Study the Special Education laws, spend extra time on IDEA and each category of it, especially Autism (know all the conditions similiar to it like Aspergers). For this test study hard but don't worry it's not that bad.

Strategy #7

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I mostly used certifyteacher.com's software for the ec-12 sped test. I made a few flashcards from quizlet but most of my studying (99%) was from the software. I found the software to almost mirror the actual test in many areas. I really buckled down and studied one week before. I studied for a couple of hours a night from Monday-Wednesday and then probably put in a good 4 hours on Thursday in all. I took the test on Friday, Oct. 13 and received my passing score of 262 on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Test: It was a lot easier than I expected. Like others have said here, think endless budget, student-centered, and you will do more than fine on this test. I have taken the ec-4 generalist, ec-4 PPR, esl supplemental and now this test. My highest score came on the PPR but this test came very close to that.

Strategy #8

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied for the exam, by going to my local Barnes and Noble and looking through the REA book, it had a lot of useful information and covered everything very thoroughly. I also went on quizlet and found a very extensive study set of flashcards, which I printed out and went over about once or twice a week.

Test: The test was easy peazy, I was very worried that it would ask extremely in depth questions about certain subjects that I didn't know... turns out I psyched myself out; what I thought I needed to know was way more than a 1st year teacher would ever be expected to or required to know.

Strategy #9

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the examonline book to study from and then I went to certify teacher and quizlet and practiced the test questions.

Test: The test was about as hard as I thought it was going to be. I finished in 2 hours and wound up with a 274. During the test I used scrap paper to organize my answers ( which were completely wrong and what 2 were possible answers). My secret was practice tests.

Strategy #10

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the optional EC-12 Special Ed module from the TTO website and T-Cert. I did not use any outside source. In hindsite, I would use an outside source but I do not know which one is best. Really concentrate on the BEST answer in a PERFECT world.

Test: The test took me 4 hours and was WAY different than I expected. In reading the forums, I had expected several questions on the 13 disabilities and laws for Special Ed. I had not expected many questions on Math. I did expect lots of situational questions proportioned between elementary, middle school, and high school. rnrnWhat I got was 10 math questions, 1 question on the 13 disabilities, a couple of questions on the laws, and about 5 situational questions on the middle and high school levels. The vast majority of my test was situational at the kindergarten and early elementary school level. VERY different than I expected. I passed with a 244 and was elated, as I did not feel good about it when I walked out. I opinion is that I passed based on studying the TTO optional SPED module. Concentrate hard on the BEST answer in a PERFECT world and you should do fine. By the way, all the students I was assigned to last year, moved to the next grade level, so it is rewarding.

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