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Strategy #1

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: The Special Education course on Texas Teachers' portal was extremely helpful, especially the testing strategies part in the mini course (required by everyone). Other than that, I used the preparation manual and Googled each of the domains. I also went to Amazon.com to check the table of contents of study material and then Googled those things that I had not already gone over or studied. Again, the Special Education Course was extremely helpful. A lot of what is included in that is also on the exam in some form. I did not purchase any study guides or books. I did not take any practice exams. You must know teaching strategies, mainly Math and Reading strategies as they are a significant portion of the test. Eliminate all time and resource bias.

Test: I was very confident during the test, and since I had spent a lot of time doing my own research, I knew I would do well. I scored a 273 and other than paying for the actual test, I didn't spend a dime.

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used Certify Teacher software, T-Cert, Quizlet, and the following Special Education site - "http://www.specialeducationguide.com/special-education-dictionary/". Some of the most important topics I would suggest to cover are: RTI, Math teaching strategies, ELA teaching strategies, Assisstive Technology, ARD and IEP procedures, all intellectual and learning disabilities, assessment methods, Norm-referenced vs. Criterion referenced, Reliability vs. Validity, and Laws and how they effect Special Education. I studied for almost 6 weeks, but seriously studied for about 10 days. When you feel that everything is co-related and begin to visualize a big picture/map of Special Ed, then it means you are getting ready for the exam.

Test: The test was much harder than the practice exams that I took, but all of the resources helped me to be prepared. I took five hours to complete and review. I passed in first attempt with a 250.

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied for the test using the REA Special Education EC-12 book. I read it from cover to cover and took the two practice tests twice. I made notes of which questions I got wrong and remembered the explanation for the correct answer and why the others were wrong. I got 93% and 95% when I took them online. I think the book has what is needed to study to pass the test.

Test: Once the test started, the time seemed to go very fast. I tried not to dwell too long on any one question, however I did on some of them. Most of the time there are two answers that seem like they can be correct. What will help you select the best one available is remembering the correct answers, if you take practice test. I second guessed my self on some of them. Overall, there are enough questions that you can almost be certain you answered correctly, which will offset those you didn't and you will pass. I was able to pass my first time and I'm sure you can as well with proper studying.

Strategy #4

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the materials provided by everybody in this study community. I created my own note cards from the Special Education module in Texas Teachers. I did not purchase any study materials, but I did also have 3 years experience working for kids with special needs.

Test: The test was a little harder than expected. I expected it to be difficult already, but it took me a little over 3 hours to take the exam with one small break. Know everything that the competencies ask you to know, and make sure you are well prepared prior to signing up, because it can already be overwhelming, even if you feel pretty confident. I walked away from the exam unsure of how I did. I had a bad feeling that I had somehow failed, but I ended up passing with a 269. My test was taken on a Thursday and I got my score on the Tuesday after. The main hint: BE PREPARED. Study as much as possible and know that they are looking for the perfect situation in an ideal world. It's tough, but with enough preparation, you will be fine!

Strategy #5

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the Certify Teacher and the T-Cert websites. I had to pay for Certify Teacher, and I think it was worth the $55.00. I was able to create tests in areas that I needed the most help with. I would not spend a lot of time on the details on actual disabilities. Anyone taking the test should focus most on accommodations. Do not study a lot of Math. There were a few questions which were very basic. I should have studied more on accommodations for reading, sounds, learning to read, and reading comprehension.

Test: It was harder than I expected. I used the whole 5 hours minus about 15 minutes for the 2 breaks I took. You may walk out feeling unsure, but I was surprised I made a 257 on the first try. I thought there would only be 120 questions, there were 150.

Strategy #6

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used Certify Teacher as my only study source. I did the practice exam, multiple times, until I aced it. I studies every weekend for about 4 weeks.

Test: The test was a lot harder than I expected. During the exam, I didn't feel like Certify Teacher prepared me. I left feeling like I had failed. However, I passed with a 272. It took me about 2.5 hours to complete. Looking back, Certify Teacher prepared me for the type of questions, but not the material. Read the questions carefully, and pay attention to the terminology.

Strategy #7

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the TExES book and modules from T-Cert (Tarleton website).

Test: I took the test twice, passed the second time. The first attempt, I forgot to think like the school has unlimited resources. Keep in mind "the perfect world" scenario, really focus on laws, reading/language, know the disorders (Autism, ADHD, etc). I was so focused on Math, because that's my weak area, but there was barely any Math on it.

Strategy #8

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I practiced on Quizlet. The practice test was helpful, but much easier than the real thing. Definitely do the SPED course that is optional before the test; I would not have passed with out it. I got 267 on first try

Test: It's 150 questions, it's long. You get a break at the time of your choice. They give you 5 hours; I took 3.5 hours. A couple of question were foreign to me. Most had 2 silly answers and one almost right/possible and 1 correct. Remember the test assumes an ideal situation, not affected by budgets and bias. If the choice is between what should happen vs past experience, go with should happen.

Strategy #9

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used T-Cert, Certify Teacher, Quizlet, SPED module, and all free materials from testing website. I took the quizzes and hit my goal of 90%, then studied definitions from Quizlet. I tried to memorize the Competencies but I could not, so I just mapped them out via Domains and that worked for me! To explain, I studied the 4 domains with its competency (Domain 1 - Competency 1 & 2, etc.).

Test: The test was as hard as I expected, but I passed on the first try! It is definitely scenario based. I only had maybe 1 actual math question and 12 math scenarios. I would advise you to study the quizzes and as many scenarios as possible. Good luck!

Strategy #10

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I mainly used the TExES Special ED EC-12 book and created flash cards. I took the two practice tests offered with the book multiple times to ensure that I understood the content. I also used all other free resources available on Texas Teachers' site.

Test: The most difficult part is that there are many questions that may have two good answers. There are also some questions that I had never seen before. The best way to study is to take available practice tests until you pass them all with flying colors; this will assist the thought behind the correct answers. It took me about 3 hours and I passed with 260.

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