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Strategy #21

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used Certify Teacher as my only study source. I did the practice exam, multiple times, until I aced it. I studies every weekend for about 4 weeks.

Test: The test was a lot harder than I expected. During the exam, I didn't feel like Certify Teacher prepared me. I left feeling like I had failed. However, I passed with a 272. It took me about 2.5 hours to complete. Looking back, Certify Teacher prepared me for the type of questions, but not the material. Read the questions carefully, and pay attention to the terminology.

Strategy #22

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the TExES book and modules from T-Cert (Tarleton website).

Test: I took the test twice, passed the second time. The first attempt, I forgot to think like the school has unlimited resources. Keep in mind "the perfect world" scenario, really focus on laws, reading/language, know the disorders (Autism, ADHD, etc). I was so focused on Math, because that's my weak area, but there was barely any Math on it.

Strategy #23

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I practiced on Quizlet. The practice test was helpful, but much easier than the real thing. Definitely do the SPED course that is optional before the test; I would not have passed with out it. I got 267 on first try

Test: It's 150 questions, it's long. You get a break at the time of your choice. They give you 5 hours; I took 3.5 hours. A couple of question were foreign to me. Most had 2 silly answers and one almost right/possible and 1 correct. Remember the test assumes an ideal situation, not affected by budgets and bias. If the choice is between what should happen vs past experience, go with should happen.

Strategy #24

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used T-Cert, Certify Teacher, Quizlet, SPED module, and all free materials from testing website. I took the quizzes and hit my goal of 90%, then studied definitions from Quizlet. I tried to memorize the Competencies but I could not, so I just mapped them out via Domains and that worked for me! To explain, I studied the 4 domains with its competency (Domain 1 - Competency 1 & 2, etc.).

Test: The test was as hard as I expected, but I passed on the first try! It is definitely scenario based. I only had maybe 1 actual math question and 12 math scenarios. I would advise you to study the quizzes and as many scenarios as possible. Good luck!

Strategy #25

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Study: I mainly used the TExES Special ED EC-12 book and created flash cards. I took the two practice tests offered with the book multiple times to ensure that I understood the content. I also used all other free resources available on Texas Teachers' site.

Test: The most difficult part is that there are many questions that may have two good answers. There are also some questions that I had never seen before. The best way to study is to take available practice tests until you pass them all with flying colors; this will assist the thought behind the correct answers. It took me about 3 hours and I passed with 260.

Strategy #26

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Study: I’ve read the TExES EC-12(161) book however, this book was not enough. The book is a good overview. It represents the main ideas, but you must find “supportive evidence” for main ideas. The Texas Teachers training module was an excellent study resource. I purchased the book “Curriculum, Assessment and Instructions for Students with Disability”. I read the chapters on emerging readers and teaching math. I used 4 domains and 12 competencies as my study map.

Test: When I studied and when I took the test, I kept in mind the main philosophy of Special Education. The test seemed to be easier than I expected. There were mostly scenario based questions. As a legally blind person, I had to use the personal reader which requires a tremendous amount of concentration. I completed the test in four hours. I passed with a 254!

Strategy #27

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: T-Cert was the first tool I used to prepare me for the test. Then I purchased a Certify Teacher testing preparation program. I quizzed myself with self-made flashcards every opportunity I could. Understanding the competencies is crucial. I passed on the first attempt with a 258. I feel that certify teacher prepared me for the test. Passing on the first attempt made the expense of the program worth it.

Test: The test was surprisingly harder than I expected. Domain four was more difficult than I thought it would be. Understanding what the competencies are was most helpful for helping me passing the exam.

Strategy #28

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Study: I highly recommend doing the Special Education Teachers module here on Texas Teachers - it was a great resource and helped me feel well prepared for all sections except Domain III, competencies 8 & 9, teaching English Language Arts/Reading/Math. I checked out several resources from the library that focused on these topics, the most helpful of which was: Curriculum, Assessments, and Instruction by Bigge. There are two chapters on ELA and one on Math which were great for concepts and context. What iced it for me was biting the bullet and paying the $55 for Going through all 160-odd ELA and Math questions really got me comfortable with the variety of what could be asked. I really appreciated the opportunity to sit down and take a full 120 question test to understand what it would be like. I also appreciated walking through the flashcards as well. I used the resources provided by the TExES prep manual, which I highly recommend, but it definitely is insufficient on its own. I used T-CERT, which, by the time I got there, I knew most of the information (from the Texas Teachers module). I studied for 5 weeks, averaging 15 - 20 hours per week.

Test: As I worked through the 120 question test at home in just over two hours (recognizing at that point, I had seen all of the ELA/Math questions and several of the others were repeats), it was a bit of a surprise to have taken a full 4.5 hours to complete the test. I found it helped me tremendously to write out the key words of the question and the answer choices on my scratch paper to work through the details in my mind. I had time to go back and check the ones I marked, and I think I changed one, but it was reassuring to have the time to go back. If you have adequately prepared, I think you will find the test more long than hard. It definitely is primarily application questions, so you must understand the concepts of each domain and competency well enough to apply them, and I thought the questions on were very helpful in practicing application, as well as their description of the whys behind each correct answer. I got a 277, and that echoed how I felt coming out of the test - which was that I had an informed opinion on almost all of the questions and felt pretty good about how well I did. I took the test on a Friday, and found out my scored early afternoon the following Tuesday. This was my first test of this type to take.!

Strategy #29

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I studied for about a month and a half. The first two weeks I read the REA book and highlighted important areas. The next two weeks I studied Certify teacher (Excellent for practice tests!). Certify teacher helped with understanding the type of questions to expect for each domain. The final two weeks I reviewed TCERT (great at explaining the different types of disabilities and how to instruct them regarding their disability); I also watched a couple of Youtube SPED videos as an overview of what I have learned. Make sure you check your out the free practice tests from google. When all the questions become repetitive...that's when you know your ready. Just make SURE you STUDY!

Test: I passed with 261! The test is not as hard as many try to say if you had enough time to prepare. The test had questions regarding the different types of disabilities(ex. dyslexia). I had about five math questions, none of them were too hard. Make sure you know how to calculate your percentages off a certain item. The test was about 70% scenario based it seemed, on how to instruct a disability. Other questions were more factual questions.

Strategy #30

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the XAMOnline book, as well as the TeXes study guide. I read a lot of the book and answered the study questions for both.

Test: I passed the test the first time with a 260. It was very long and I had to get up and take a break. I went through the test twice and really took my time. Pay close attention to what the question is asking. There were a lot of Asperger's questions on the test. It really helped to answer the practice questions first.

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