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Strategy #1

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I completed the Special Ed training on the Texas Teacher website. I then purchased the study material from Certify Teacher. I found that the material from Certify Teacher was not very helpful and pretty redundant of what you will find on the Texas Teachers website. The practice exams on Certify Teachers was not at all comparable to the actual exam either, so I felt this was waste of money for me. I would recommend studying the information on the ETS TExES website and Texas Teachers website, as this was must helpful. Also, do not spend much time on the actual Math formulas and English rules. Instead, focus on what are the best teaching methods for students are.

Test: I had only one Math question and a couple questions on Langue Arts. The bulk of the test was on teaching methods and different classroom scenarios. There seemed to be more than one right answer on many questions, so I chose the one that I felt was the best of the right answers. I do recommend you review all your answers before leaving. I took all but 10 minutes of the time given to me for testing. This test was not easy and I had no idea how I did on it leaving the testing center. I did pass on my first attempt, but this test was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. Just study and focus more on the teaching methods and scenarios and you should be fine.

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the following: 1. REA TExES Spec. Ed. EC-12 (161) Study Guide - A MUST have!, 2. Ultimate Guide to the Generalist EC-6 Study Guide - ELAR and Math Sections ONLY!, 3. 10 Practice Tests online from Exam Edge, to then go online and search more details on things I did not fully understand.

Test: No tricks on the exam. I recommend completing all of Texas Teachers Online Modules before taking exam, as the modules prepare you for things like Special Populations, Mental Health Issues, Differentiating Instruction and Questioning & Assessment Strategies and Classroom Management.

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the XAMonline study book. I read through the book itself multiple times, so I felt that I had a really solid base of SPED knowledge. Then, I began taking the practice tests in this book, as well as whatever I could find just by searching online. As I missed questions, I made sure I knew why I missed them and how to do better the next time. I also used Quizlet to go over key terms, acronyms, and laws. I studied for about three weeks prior. I would only study about an hour each week night, but I studied for much longer on the weekends.

Test: The test is a lot like what you have likely heard about it: use the mindset that your school has endless money and the kids are a best case scenario. In addition, always use the mindset that is student focused (ex: it doesn't matter if a certain strategy takes forever for the teacher if that is what would best work for the student). One thing that significantly helped me is picking apart the question and reading deeply to see what I was supposed to notice about it. This test rarely gives extraneous information in the question so pay close attention. If you don't know what all the answer choices are, use process of elimination with what you do know. I passed with a 269.

Strategy #4

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied for the test for about an hour every weekday three weeks straight, then taking a two week break with minimal studying on weekends, and finally studyied for at least 6 hours a day the final week before I took the exam. I took the exam on the Saturday after thanksgiving so I had a whole week off to study and prepare myself for the test. I used Quizlet notes, an exam I found online, the T-Cert module, the state manual, and most importantly Certify Teacher. I studied the flashcards, took numerous quizzes and then took the practice exam 3 times until I passed with a 270. The Certify Teacher module worked the best to prepare me for the amount of questions the test had. I am very glad that I took the test after having a full break to study. I would suggest, if possible, to take a few days off from work to study hardcore.

Test: The exam was easier than I expected, but I have also worked the last year as a special education aide and took numerous training classes that explain what is the best choice in a perfect world scenario. The sections that troubled me were the teaching ELL and Math. Like others have said, there were two right answers and two completely wrong. By really focusing on what the question is looking for, you can figure out what answer is best. If you study and prepare you will pass. I feel great after the test and was proud to see my test results!

Strategy #5

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 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 #6

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used Certify Teacher software, T-Cert, Quizlet, and the following Special Education site - "". 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 #7

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 #8

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 #9

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 #10

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.

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