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This test was taken on Computer.
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.
This test was taken on Paper.
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.
Study: I checked books from the library, reviewed notes from several college courses, and thought through the test taking strategy.
Test: The test was easier than I expected. I relaxed the day of the test and had a good meal right before the test.
Study: I used XAM study guide and the practice test on Texas Teachers website. The practice test on the website worked the best. The study guide I purchased helped for the upcoming school year. I would tell someone to read and study from different sources to make sure you get all the information needed to pass the test.
Test: It was harder than I expected. I would tell them not to worry about if you feel bad after the test because you proabably passed. Just study a lot!
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.).
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