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This test was taken on Computer.
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!
Study: I made a study guide from reading previous posts, and studied Special Ed. laws, IEP steps, ARD process, MR specifically. I would not have studied any differently because I passed. I only studied for about 3 weeks if that.
Test: I think the test was tedious. It was very long and like OMG is it over yet??? If you study and use common sense then it should not be that big of a deal. However, it was alot of questions about reading. Not too many on Math (maybe 3-4) but of course they have different versions of the test. So just because someone tells you specific questions, it may not be the same once you take the test. I knew many questions because I have a son in Kinder so... that was a VERY BIG help. You have to remember that it is all about the child "child centered environment." It was not difficult to eliminate 2 questions off the bat. Familiarize yourself with all the disabilities, EC-4 reading concepts and definitions of words like phonics and pragmatics. No tricks to pass the test, the test is not designed for that. It is designed to test your knowledge and it is only one right answer, so focus on the answer that is the BEST verses what "seems" right. The sample test from the Texas Website (ETS) is a great indicator to the format and types of questions on the test. Good Luck. I was very happy when I found out I passed, even though I thought it could go either way. You just never know, and was skeptical. However, after I got my score I can confidently say that it really was not that bad. It is passable, so the day before get a good sleep and eat a healthy breakfast. Good luck.
Study: I studied the Special Ed state test and purchased the XAM Special Education EC-12 161 manual. I also studied the big yellow book that I used to study for my EC-4 Generalist exam. Additionally, I borrowed some textbooks from some Special Ed teachers on Special Ed law and such.
Test: The test was about what I expected. It took me about three hours to complete, and I passed with a 279. The material I studied helped to fill in background information, but the test itself was based on scenarios and what you would do in certain situations. It was a little tricky at times. Working as a paraprofessional at an elementary school right now really helped me with a lot of the questions. I'm not sure I would have known how to answer them otherwise. Good luck to all!
Study: I used "Intro to Sp. Ed" by Deborah Deutsch Smith- 5th edition, the TX ARD Guide, I looked up all the terms identified by this community, and downloaded the free exams for both ELA and Sp Ed. I bought the text on Amazon at a reduced price, but it was well worth it because it breaks down all of the content you will need to know for each competency. Know the reasons behind the answers to (both the ELA and Sp Ed) practice tests.
Test: It was easier than I expected. So, I thought I didn't do so well, but I made a 268! Also know: Self advocacy, compensatory education, spina bifida, co-teaching, IFSP - IDEA and know the Public law numbers having to do with them- who does the FBA's, phoneme, overgeneralization in a sentence, behavior theory, know difference between reading levels i.e. independent, instructional, etc.; IEP and measurable goals, study the ELA practice test (about 25 questions on it) don't worry about the math, it was basic math. Take all of the time they provide, it really helps to give you time to look over your answers. Take a break. If you do all of these things, you should pass. Good luck!
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