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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I used the preparation guide provided online and completed the speical education course in the intenr portal prior to testing. To better prepare myself I would have researched more about speical education in a library setting, making sure to write notes out. Completeing the special educaiton course prior to teh test helped keep key terms and concepts fresh in my memory.
Test: The test felt fine. I felt comfortable with my answers and I had only a handful of unknowns. I advise to eat a healthy meal prior to testing to keep energy levels stable. The process of elimination helped out for many of the questions.
Study: I studied the study guide through the texas teachers website along with the study guide for the ELA 4-8. I also read a book my Pierangelo called Parents Complete Guide to Special Education. It was VERY helpful, i just checked it out at my public library. Didnt spend any money on resources!! I wouldnt study any differently because i passed with well above the minimum.
Test: It was a little harder than I expected, though it was not impossible. Just take your time, choose the BEST answer, and make sure you study before hand. I only studied about 3 days in advance, for a total of about 5 hours. You just need to read over the information a couple times, and i highly recommend the book I listed above.
Also, be sure you know the laws! The math was easy, dont stress it. Study a lot on how to teach kids to read!! Good luck!
Study: I primarily used sample tests like the one provides on the TExES/ETS website. I also looked at the exams that are comparable to this one. The complete list is on the SBEC website. I then downloaded the free sample tests from the states that have equivalent tests (i.e. AEPA, Praxis II). I truly believe exposure to the questions will best prepare you. To those of you who may have been out of school for a while, I advise you to use an introduction to special education textbook.
Test: It was okay for me. Again, this is only because I am accustomed to taking tests. I currently have two other state certifications in special ed. Since I moved around, I had to take certification tests every year for the past three years. Anyway, I passed with a score of 260 my first time taking it. Always eliminate the obviously wrong answer. Choose the best answer that has the students' best interest in mind. Avoid choosing answer choices that are negatively stated. Regardless of how truthful it may be, negatives are not the way to go. This is a standardized testing trick. Good luck!
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I used the Xam TExES book to prepare for the exam. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! I knew it like the back of my hand and there were no similarities to the test. I passed this test with the good Lord's help, not that book!
Test: The test was harder than I expected. Be sure you understand how you must teach reading and math to different disabilities. The bulk of your points will be in this area. Surprisingly, there were not many questions on laws?Don't get discouraged, there is a lot of reading, take breaks to clear your mind, it will help tremendously!
Study: I used the online packet and a book fro SPED 161.
Test: Harder than expected. Study Language Arts and Application.
Study: I downloaded information off the internet about ADA, IDEA, and 504. There is a whole section of questions on the test that relate to HB's and laws - that is the most difficult part of the test.
Test: Harder than expected because of the laws because but still very managable.
Study: I registered for the test about a week before and had very little time to find study materials. I was unable to find study guides locally, so I was left to my own devices. I knew basically what content would be tested based on the free state prep manuals, which were very little help for actual information to study. I just researched laws and basic information online.
Test: It was very difficult, as I expected. If possible, I would suggest giving yourself plenty of time to find test prep materials because they may need to be ordered. Most of my local bookstores offered to order them but I didn't have time to wait. My best piece of advice: narrow it down to two and go with your instinct. I think I missed quite a few questions after going back and changing my answer.
Study: I used the SBEC manual. Not very helpful. It gives you a good idea of how the questions/answers are worded, but no explanation of why right answers are right. I also read IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Way more helpful but very wordy.
Test: The test was hard, but not impossible. Of the 4 answer choices, one was always completely wrong, another mostly wrong and the remaining 2 both sounded very right. The key is to pick the answer with the greatest direct benefit to the child. Always think which one is the best for the student.
Study: I bought an "Exxam" brand Special Education EC - 12 prep book from Barnes and Noble. I read it twice. It contains practice tests. I highlighted as I read and then re-read my highlights the second time through. When I missed a practice question, I would go back to that area to study.
Test: It was a bit harder than I expected. The majority of the questions were situational based and my prep book was not. I expected more questions about Special Education laws, and was surprised that there were very few. I passed and did well so my preparation must have worked, but I would advise someone to look for a prep book with situational examples.
Study: The study materials posted on the Texas Teachers website by the Special Education facilitator. Power Point presentations were very helpful. Also, I downloaded the study materials from the TEA website about Special Education preparation for the TEXES examination, also very helpful.
Test: It was harder than I expected, however I did not have difficulty with most terms due to my experiences as a job coach working with people with disablitlies, for many years. Read the questions on the test very critically and do not make any assumptions.
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