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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.
This test was taken on Computer.
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!
Study: I used the TExES Study Guide that you can find at your University Bookstore for around $40. The most valuable information were the Practice Questions, other than that I did not consider it a great resource. I took everyone's comments from this message board and made my own review by searching the internet.
Test: The test was harder than I expected. Even after reading everyone's comments I thought I was well prepared. I studied for about 3 weeks. I don't think there are any tricks to pass, you just have to know your stuff. To pass this test you need to know all about READING development, i cannot emphasize this enough! Know different techniques to teaching children how to read and how to analyze their reading and writing. Also read about phonemic awareness and be familiar with all the terms. I wouldn't focus too much attention on the Math, the math problems were very basic. However, you do need to know the best way to teach Math to different types of students. Know the laws pertaining to Special Education inside and out and the differences between them (IDEA, 504, EHA, ADA). Review the practice problems over and over. I would say the majority of the test is situational. You have to have the mindset of picking the "Best" answer not the "Right" answer. There could be more than one "Right" answer. Take your time through the test, it took me three hours to finish. You need to know about all the different types of disabilities and how to handle specific situations. This is where the practice questions will help. Also use the FREE TExES Manual for the practice questions. Know about Co-Teaching, I did not look over this and was not in the manual. I would not waste too much time memorizing the vocabulary in your Study Guides. Need to understand the whole process of Special Education from Beginning to End (ARD, IEP, Transition Planning, Restraints, BIP, Due Process, etc.). Know about key theorist, not a lot of this on the test but you can probably be sure you will get a question or two.
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