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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I downloaded the study manual available at the SBEC website. I also googled state and nationwide laws regarding Special Ed and people with disabilities, ARDs, modifications/accomodations, lesson plans, and read over the materials 1-2 hours every day for two weeks before the test.
Test: It was tricky because more than one answer often seemed to fit with what they were looking for. Hint: Choose the answer that is politically correct and not what you personally would do.
Study: I downloaded the study material from the TX certification web site, and I purchased the XAM EC-12 Sp Ed book from Barnes and Noble. The XAM book had NUMEROUS typos and even had some answers in the test questions that were wrong BUT, I fixed those as I read along and it ended up being an adequate study reference. I also reviewed the study questions in the Big Yellow Book that I purchased from TX Teachers when I prepared for the EC-4 test. This helped with all of the reading and language arts stuff
Test: The test was hard but I expected that from reading all of the inputs on this site and others. I'm brand new to this "teacher stuff" so I allowed myself 40-days to study. I studied almost every day for 1 to 2 hours and it paid off. I got a 276 out of 300. Here's the problem with the test: On almost every question you can throw out 2 answers. Sounds easy enough but the two remaining are sometimes very similar. On 1 question, I swear, the 2 possible answers remaining were virtually identical. The good news was that some of the questions were common sense so whether you studied or not you will be able to get a few of them correct (but those were few and far between)! Regardless of the study material you use, just remember this: PRIOR PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE e.g. study your butt off!!. Good luck to all and God bless!
Study: I used the online study materials through Texas Teachers link as well as Special Ed EC-12 study guide. I believe the practice tests helped with knowing how to take the test. The information that was provided on the website was also very helpful.
Test: It was harder than I expected. The best advice I could give would be to practice taking the test at least three to four times before your actual test date.
Study: I used the study guide provided on the TEA website (state approved guide), Procedural Safeguards, Guide to ARD, and an outside source, TExES Secrets. I do not recommend the private source, TExES Secrets because it did not help me but that's not to say it couldn't help others. I would say to supplement the first three sources with a study review given by Texas Teachers. I did not attend one but I did hear the trainer speak and could identify multiple questions I had missed in his instruction.
Test: The test was what I expected. I knew some questions, did not know some, and could identify the "sample" questions I could never know. The test had more student scenerio questions than I expected so really study the age appropriate stages and disabilities. There is way more time than you could use, 5 hours, so don't stress. My personal help was to have a stress reliever in my hands (a coin, a rock, a paperclip, etc.).
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I used the Texes practice test and I bought an online program called Pass the Texes.
Test: It was harder than I expected. I would tell someone about to take the test to really study and don't read into the questions too much.
Study: I used the Special Education test booklet to study. I would have liked to have gone to the Special Education Supplemental class.
Test: It was a fair exam, but take your time.
Study: I used the materials available at Texas Teachers website. I tried to answer as many practice test questions as possible. I also studied a lot of vocabulary. I would tell someone to be familiar with vocabulary and expect it to be a long test.
Test: It was harder than I expected.
Study: I used the study resources from the study guide online under Texas Teachers. I also attended the class to prepare you for the content.
Test: It can be challenging if you are not familiar with the terms and abbreviations.
Study: I used the resources on the State website and went to a training course for Special Ed. The training course really helped!
Test: The test was pretty hard and long.
Study: I used the certify teacher program, the preparation manual from the texes website, and http://tap.tarleton.edu/pact/ from which I had to get permission from my school adviser to get registered in. I also used my text book, "Into to Special Education," by Deborah Deutsch Smith. VERY helpful. Overall I would say Certify Teacher and my textbook were the most beneficial. I would not study any differently because I passed the first time around. I did study a lot it seemed like, however, I did not start studying until about 5 days before it.
Test: I thought the test was as expected. Some questions were very hard, but not tricky, just had to think very hard and use the "perfect world" approach. I thought some of the math questions were hard, but there were only about 8 of those. I had a lot of ARD questions and reading/ELA questions. I would know procedures of an ARD and what to do for unexpected situations of an ARD, such as various parent requests. Take your time, it will not take the whole 5 hours, but don't be scared to mark a question for review and then come back and review it! I marked a lot, but only had about 5 or 6 that I marked and did not answer. I usually put the best answer and came back to really sit there and think about it!
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