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This test was taken on Computer.
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.
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I strictly used the information through Texas Teachers website, which was very helpful.
Test: The test was much easier than I expected. The four Math questions that I had were easy. Make sure you know about the process of ARD and IEP, and a few disabilities and you should be fine.
Study: I used the state manual, the practice question manual for TEXES, and the prep manual. I ordered them off the Get Certified website. Using all of these materials helped me study best. I spent about a month studying and I would have spent more time.
Test: Test was harder than expected. I would tell someone to study as much as possible and to remember key points like least restricted environment, learner centered, the ideal situation, ARD process, IEP, and study about teaching kids how to read, phonics.
Study: I used the XAM online study guide. It was full of typos, but had a good practice test. The free practice test off the TEXES website was good. Don't study too much! Most of the questions are situational which you can't study for. Know what an ARD is. Look at Special Ed laws (IDEA, FAPE). It is a test based on common sense. I am a Music major with no Special Ed training who did not study more than 1 hour and passed, but it was hard!
Test: The test was much more difficult than expected. The test was long so don't be in a rush. Try to eliminate 2 of the 4 answer choices and pick the most logical answer in the perfect world situation. Always choose the answer that puts students first.
Study: Practice test for EC - 12 SPED on the TEXES website. I wouldn't study differently, this worked the best for me.
Test: Easier than expected. Use the practice tests on the TEXES website. Hints: pace yourself, take the whole five hours, trust your "gut" feeling, first answers are the best, don't panic, and relax. Focus on reviewing practice tests as opposed to strategies.
Study: I used the Xam online study materials. While the materials helped me with Competencies 1-7, they didn't really help at all with the majority of the test. Based on the feedback that I read here, I was expecting 10-15% of the test to be mathematical problems. I had 1 math problem on the entire test. The rest of the math questions related to teaching math.
Test: The test was much harder than I expected. In my opinion, the exam questions were much more difficult than the sample questions on the SBEC website, or than the ones provided in the XAM study guide.I did well on every part of the exam except for competencies 8 and 9. For the questions related to those 2 chapters, I found it much more difficult to select the best answer from the four provided, as most of the answers sounded good.
Tricks or hints: Really read the questions. There are usually one or two keywords that will determine what the correct answer is. Don't underestimate the test, though. It's a toughy.
Study: I studied the online manual from the TExES website. I had already taken and passed the Eng lang arts & reading 4-8 test about a month before so I was already familiar with that portion on the test. I also studied alot about the laws: IDEA, Sec. 504, FAPE, NCLB, etc. There was not much math so I wouldnt even stress on studying for that portion. But I do believe it is imperative to study the laws & history of sp ed. and Eng. Lang arts & reading (all subjects).
Test: It was not as much hard as it was long. Take your time, read carefully. There was not much math so I wouldnt even stress on studying for that portion. But I do believe it is imperative to study the laws & history of sp ed., disabilities, and Eng. Lang arts & reading (all grade levels). Also, there are some pretty good outlines of what to study on here.
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