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This test was taken on Computer.
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.
Study: I purchased the Texes Study manual(exam secrets for 161 test) for about 60 bucks including shipping..Not sure if it was worth it, but also not sure if I would have passed without it. I took my time reviewing the info, but really, the test mostly came down to using critical thinking and common sense.
Test: A bit harder than I expected, but I could easily eliminate two answers from most questions. Take your time and remember to 'focus on the student'.
Study: First of all, utilize the exam guide that is on the official testing website. It lists the topics you need to know for the exam, the best study tips, and some practice questions. On top of using that guide, I read 'The Exceptional Teacher's Handbook: The First-Year Special Education Teacher's Guide to Success' by Shelton & Pollingue. This is an excellent tool that gave valuable information and will serve as a great guide when your teaching days commence. It helped that I came from a Psychology background. I would definitely review the disabilities in detail. It also helped to review my Life-Span Human Development book (a text book from a college course). All in all, I probably studied 1.5 hrs a day for a few weeks.
Test: It was not as hard as I was expecting. Some questions were challenging, but overall the exam was manageable. Be sure to study!! Good luck!
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I used the Certify Teacher program, the
Ultimate Guide to the EC-4 Generalist book, and the free study guide posted on the texes website. Lots of praying and studying.
Test: It was hard. Really have to focus and seek what the question is really answering. Used the process of elimination technique suggested from the state board study guide.
Study: I used two books to study Special Education by Marilyn Friend and Texes Special Education EC-12 161 and I also bought a cd from CertifyTeacher.com. And I used the study manuel from the SBEC website. I studied 3 weeks for this test. Its a lot of information to study, its best if you get ahead start and try to study every day.
Test: The test seemed hard but not possible to pass. You can miss many and still pass. As long as you know students' learning disabilities, IEP, ARD committee and process, IDEA, and Language Arts and Reading and Math you should do fine.
Study: I used the XAM study guide for this test and it was pretty thorough. The practice test was a good indicator of how the actual test will be.
Test: It was as hard as I expected but I passed! A lot of the questions can seem like trick questions, so just take your time and read each question carefully to know exactly what it is asking and go back and check your work again.
Study: I used Steve Hamman's Overview of Special Education which is available in the online training forum. He will help you prepare for nearly all the questions related to special education law and the terminology.
Test: It was harder in places than I expected. There were a number of questions where they wanted to know what a particular act or amendment did or what changed in the law on a certain date. Steve doesn't review this - and even if he had I don't think I'd have remembered it. More than half the test is on teaching special needs kids math and ELA, which is the same as teaching any other child math and ELA, and many of the questions were identical to those on the Generalist test for those areas. If you study math and ELA, take Steve's course, and use common sense when answering the questions, you will do fine.
Study: I used the online practice test to study.
Test: There were more legal questions than I expected. It's a common sense test and be familiar with the acronyms.
Study: I used material printed from online sources and the Texas Teachers test review. The test review is what I think made the difference for me.
Test: I didn't think I would get as tired during the exam. I took the entire allotted time and I wish I had brought gum and a bottled water.
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