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Strategy #31

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Study: I ordered a used SPED study guide from Half Price books: XAM TExES Special Education EC-12, 161. It is huge, about 500 pages. Extremely thorough. I studied, took notes, took the practice test over and over. I also went ahead and completed the Texas Teachers SPED for the SPED Teacher class and it was extremely helpful. I studied everyday for 6-8 weeks, 1-2 hours daily. I stopped studying 2 days before. I reviewed 2 small areas of concern for me the morning of.

Test: I used the strategies in my study guide: went through all the ones I knew, marked the ones I was unsure of but answered initially, and went back to the marked ones. I marked "b" for the ones I just couldn't figure out, didn't change unless I would bet $5. I finished in an hour and a half. Got my score in 3 days, did very well the first time passing with a 279. I found the key is to use the themes the SPED class tells you at the end: LRE, independence, best outcome, and memorizing the words and underlying meaning of all the laws. I was able to understand exactly what the purpose of the question was. They're almost all conceptual.

Strategy #32

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Study: I used REA study guide and also Sharon Wynne. Both guides were great study material although Wynne's book had lots of typos but very detailed filled with much needed information. I also use online free practice test site-www.quizlet.com. Very resourceful site.

Test: When I began the test, I was thinking OMG I do not know the answers but as I got halfway through the test it became easier. I finished in about 3 hours which allowed 2 hours to go back and re read each question and be able to review the entire test helped so much and everything seemed so much clearer. I followed the recommended study guide in REA guide and dedicated 45 minutes to 1 hour each day and I passed on first attempt with 254. Thinking about taking it over to improve scores because I know I can do better than that. Just relax and you will do fine! Enjoy your teaching career!

Strategy #33

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Study: I used the Texes book (blue and white) and I'm sure every practice test I could find on google. Towards the last few days, I even took tests from different states to see if I could pass them. I was ranging between 80-95% on the practice exams and honestly I was confident that I would pass regardless of how close my score was to 300. This test is so random, I don't really know how I could have studied differently or even be more prepared. I honestly studied up until the last minute despite people saying "stop practicing a couple days before".

Test: I probably talked to about seven people who have passed the test. 6 out of 7 said it was easy, so of course I thought it was going to be a piece of cake. WRONG! It was so hard and had a lot of things on there that I barely studied or even read about in the book. Luckily, my mother is a SPED teacher for 36 years and I just thought about how she would answer a majority of the situational questions. I really suggest, if you have time, to sub/sit in/talk to SPED teachers and their classes. It makes the test and the situations a lot easier to understand and analyze if you have experienced it first hand. Even with the environment I took the test in (A/C went out half way through, this guy kept cracking his knuckles and a light bulb was out on the light above my seat)I still was able to pass with a 256 (85%) which is good enough for me! Just get some rest and study on specific types of autism (asperger's was a heavy topic on my test), specific laws and MATH (my forte is english but thank goodness I passed that section).

Strategy #34

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Study: I used the XAM Special Education EC - 12 study guide. This guide was partially helpful. The practice test in the back of the book was 30% situational based questions and the test is about 90% situational based. I typed "Free Special Education practice test" in google and a couple of free tests were available. I found a practice test from the state of Washington which was REALLY helpful. This test was 100% situational based questions. I used quizlet to formulate a list of special education terms/acro's.(FAPE,ADHD/ADD, IDEA 1997, IDEA 2004, Autism, LSSP, ARD, receptive language disorder, CBT, etc...)

Test: The test was exactly what I expected. Please focus more on sections (II & III) of the Special Education 161 exam there are 40 questions a per section which counts for about 80 questions out of the total 120 graded out of 135 total questions. I did not pass on the first attempt, but passed on the second try. Like others have mentioned think Least Restrictive Environment and student centered responses. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY AND YOU WILL PASS! GOOD LUCK!!

Strategy #35

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Study: I used the Texas Teachers and TEXES Prep Manual. I studied for about 3 week a couple of hours a night. I could have studied more and used more resources.

Test: The test was LONG, more than I expected. It was very classroom/scenario based. Lots of math, strategies how to teach it and then problems. I didn't leave feeling very confident I had passed, but I passed in my first attempt with a 252. I recommend study as much as you can, familiarize yourself with the laws, child development, and behavior plan info.

Strategy #36

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used REA online practice test and read the book about 3 times all together. I also used quiz let to make flash cards. I studied for a month about an hour or 2 a day. When it was the week of the test I studied a lot more. I didn't look at any materials the day of the test.

Test: This test was by far the hardest test of my life. I've never studied for anything as hard as I did. During the test i didn't even feel like i got one question right. I was so discouraged, but i just pushed through it and never gave up. Took me 4 hours and almost every question I could eliminate two choices to help me. Make sure you know how to teach English and math because that is the whole test. I'm happy to say that I passed. If you study and know the material, you be fine. Good luck!!!

Strategy #37

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used a variety of study aides. Quizlet online and on my phone app provided a useful amount of testing on the terms. I used the practice test provided by the ETS website as well. I retrieved and maintained most of my information from www.Certifyteacher.com by downloading the program. The practice test and study mode seemed to be the most helpful in my situation. I would start with the terms and all of the laws by drilling, then use the Certify teacher software to approach the scenarios until I could pass the practice test at 300 comfortably days before the test.

Test: I took the test 3 times. 238, 234 and 246 respectively. I think the last test I really drilled on the practice test by re-reading the answers and explanations. I substituted a lot on many levels of Special Education. All of the teachers simply said the test is a perfect environment which as a teacher you will never see. Read the question and exclude two first and then deduct from the final two which one really provides the best answer.

Strategy #38

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the Texes EC-12 study guide. I took the practice tests until I passed.

Test: I studied for about a month before the test. I was nervous but prepared! I passed the test the first time with a 259. I had 30 questions on how to teach math as well as 5 math problems. I did not have very many questions on the laws. Like others have said, think LRE and a perfect world! Good luck!

Strategy #39

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied practice questions using certifyteacher.com. I also used quizlet for vocabulary. My advice is do as many practice questions as possible. 240tutoring.com is also a good source of practice questions. Both cost money however.

Test: Take your time. Read each question twice or as many times is needed. You have 5 hours. Take advantage of all 5 hours.

Strategy #40

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied the certify teacher software, REA on-line study, and quizlet.com I also took XAM online free tests along with every free online test I could google. I started studying 2 months prior to my test because I had no knowledge in the classroom due to the fact I am a PE para so I had to start from scratch.

Test: I took my test April 19,2014 and passed with a score of 257 on my second try. The first time I failed with a 218 which I needed a 240 to pass. I would recommend to focus on your weak areas. I used quizlet ELA to get a better understanding of those areas which also count for 33% each of the test.

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