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Strategy #31

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 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 #32

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 #33

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied practice questions using I also used quizlet for vocabulary. My advice is do as many practice questions as possible. 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 #34

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied the certify teacher software, REA on-line study, and 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.

Strategy #35

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used REA's study guide and felt like it was helpful, although the actual test was much trickier than their practice tests. I didn't study as much/as long as I did for the EC- Generalist because I have a lot of background in special education. If you have some background knowledge, it will be easy breezy! If you are starting from scratch, I recommend researching different types of disorders ( ADD/ADHD/ Austism Spectrum/ MHMR/ etc.)

Test: There were a lot more questions about teaching math than I anticipated. Make sure you study basic math concepts and best ways to teach them. There were some terms I wasn't sure about but I could figure it out logically by looking at the answers. Always pick the answer that involves as much student involvement as possible ( LRE/ as minimal aids as possible). I marked a lot of questions when I went through the first time so that I could get to all of the ones I was sure of. I took a little break and then went back to double check the questions I had marked and felt much more clear headed. I finished in about two hours and passed with a score of 284.

Strategy #36

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I picked up the REA TExES study guide at Barnes & Noble. For thirty bucks, it was well worth it. The guide comes with on-line practice tests and diagnostics to help pinpoint areas of weakness. This, along with some online (and free) study guides/flash cards, helped me a lot. I studied for about two months, about an hour a day, before the test.

Test: Everything I heard about the test was true. ELA/reading were huge- math was marginal. I came to the SPED community from a history/poli sci background, this was all new learning for me. I took the test in two hours and walked away feeling uneasy about it. I scored a 270, though, and was very happy with that. Know lifespan development, strategies for teaching reading, and IDEA. Think student-centered response and endless budget and this will lead you to the right, if not seemingly ridiculous, answer.

Strategy #37

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the material listed with Texas Teachers, Certify teacher software mostly for vocabulary, and a little of an online review from Region 10. I strongly based my reviews off comments and suggestions listed here.

Test: The test was quite different than what I expected. I mostly studied material listed here and from the Texas Teachers texes special education review. My advice would be to be really prepared and study everything and keep in mind there are several versions of the test. The one I took had about 10 math problems and most of them were much harder than the questions on the ets manual (including the 70? one I paid for) There were also a good bit of questions about how to teach math. I came across some terms I was unfamiliar with such as double and double end. Most of the information from the review was not covered for example there was a behavioral theory question on the theorists about modeling but Bandura was not one of the choices, but someone named Dewey was. Contractures wasn't mentioned, nor was ADD/ADHD, stages of development, and reading approaches. There were several very specific detailed questions about the IFSP, like the number law and section and questions about why it was important for families to be included. These were not possible to sufficiently answer if you just knew the law and had a general understanding of it and what it was. I also recall several questions about receptive disorder. Be sure to know all the English terms-syntax, morephomes,etc and be able to tell the difference between consonant blends and consonant digraphs. I was asked about IDEA 1990 and 1997, but not 2004 as well as very detailed specific questions about the ARD process from IDEA, but only situations that would rarely occur as well as steps about pre-referral and pre interventions. I was also given the odd question about the CEC, Council for Educational Excellence. I haven't received my official results back yet, but there were just too many questions I wasn't sure of and had to guess so I am sure I didn't pass. My advice again is to study Everything very thoroughly and remember there are several different versions of the test.

Strategy #38

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: The study materials that I used consisted of, Sharon Wynne's texes 161 xamonline book and the two practice text. I also used the flashcards on Taking the practice test in the xamonline book helped me to create my study plan sheet. After completing the book, I recorded my notes and listened to it during down time. I printed the flashcards on quizlet and also read over those during any free time. Towards the end, I had purchased and taken the two xamonline practice test and really focused on how to answer the questions.

Test: This was a CAT and all the mouse clicking was getting to me! Any whom, you can almost, always eliminate two absolute wrong answer choices.the other two remaining will seem like the correct answer, but one is best! Focus on the student centered response. The test was 5 hours and I used 4.5, as I paid my money for the time! I went over every single question, because reading the questions again after completing the test may help you! I passed this test on the first try and overall, the test wasn't as hard as I thought, but some of the questions were absolutely hard! I received a lot of questions about teaching certain age groups with certain disabilities. I only had like 3 questions geared towards math and the bulk were ELA! I'm not a good test taker, but my study efforts paid off! Score:255

Strategy #39

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: First, I read a lot from this site. I went online and took practice tests from TEA and wherever there was an online practice. I went over the flashcards on quizlet. No memorization for me, just hoped recognition would work. I also started studying other state tests. It was surpising how the people to study were different in other states. Familiar but different. A week before the test I went to the library and checked out Praxis Study Guide by Sharon Wynne. It was mostly a review of all previous stuff but actually answered some questions I did not know. I stopped all studying two days before the test.

Test: I started teaching special ed this school year, so I was thrown into all new stuff with IEPs, ARDs, LSSPs, and all the legal stuff. I had heard that no one passes the test the first time and it was really hard. I was nervous. The test had 135 questions, but probably 10 were non-graded questions. There was hardly a mention about famous people. There was hardly a mention about specific bills passed other than NCLB and IDEA. Most were situations. I finished in two hours. As I was taking the test, I felt that it was pretty easy, which worried me! I think my experience gave me the answers to most questions. The Praxis Study Guide would have been a help if I was clueless. Many educational service centers offer a 1-2 day class on IEPs and ARDs. That was very helpful because they taught me how to write an IEP, which was on the test A LOT. Someone told me to think of the world as being a perfect place in every situation, so I did. I passed with a 275.

Strategy #40

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: This is the 1st subject that I became highly qualified in, it took two chances to pass. First time I failed by 6 points, what I did wrong was not prepare the right way. I kinda "assumed" I could wing it or figure it out. I did spend about 10-15 hours studying for this test and I made note cards from The only problem with that is you have a lot of random terms that you study but you don't know how the puzzle fits together. Spend the money, rent a Praxis or Texes study guide and study until you are able to pass the practice tests.

Test: The second time I took this test it was easy breezy. Study the Special Education laws, spend extra time on IDEA and each category of it, especially Autism (know all the conditions similiar to it like Aspergers). For this test study hard but don't worry it's not that bad.

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