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Strategy #51

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Study: I used the optional EC-12 Special Ed module from the TTO website and T-Cert. I did not use any outside source. In hindsite, I would use an outside source but I do not know which one is best. Really concentrate on the BEST answer in a PERFECT world.

Test: The test took me 4 hours and was WAY different than I expected. In reading the forums, I had expected several questions on the 13 disabilities and laws for Special Ed. I had not expected many questions on Math. I did expect lots of situational questions proportioned between elementary, middle school, and high school. rnrnWhat I got was 10 math questions, 1 question on the 13 disabilities, a couple of questions on the laws, and about 5 situational questions on the middle and high school levels. The vast majority of my test was situational at the kindergarten and early elementary school level. VERY different than I expected. I passed with a 244 and was elated, as I did not feel good about it when I walked out. I opinion is that I passed based on studying the TTO optional SPED module. Concentrate hard on the BEST answer in a PERFECT world and you should do fine. By the way, all the students I was assigned to last year, moved to the next grade level, so it is rewarding.

Strategy #52

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Most helpful for me was reading all the posts on this page. The suggestion for were the absolute best. The quizzing of terms helped me become more familiar with the different acronyms. Also, the suggestion to take sample tests from other states was great. Since Special Education is mandated by federal laws, the terms across the states are consistent. I just googled "free practice tests special education" and found the state pages. I didn't purchase anything to study. I think the two Spec Ed modules on Texas Teachers were very helpful.

Test: The most challenging about this test is that there really is just one BEST answer. For example, if I could go back and study, I would make a matrix with grade level, disorder/disability, and subject. Then study how would I differentiate a lesson for different scenarios. For example, how would I help a fifth grader with an unspecified learning disorder (yep, they really say that!) who is having difficulty with reading comprehension. Also, I can't stress enough how important phonics and reading are on this test! If I could go back, I would probably read study material for EC-ELA just for the information. No tricks or hints. Just be prepared for almost ALL scenario questions. Out of 135 questions, I'd guess that 100 were scenarios. So, memorizing all the terms didn't matter too much on the test. I passed the first time with a 279, I didn't know if I passed, though because the scenarios want the BEST answer. The BEST means evidence based on data, which I didn't study!

Strategy #53

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I took the pretest offered in the preparation manual. I reviewed the areas of the answers I got wrong on the pretest. I studied for about 4 days an 1 hr or so each day...basically brushing up on the material I struggled with.

Test: The test was ok. It was not hard, but was long. I was done in 4 hours. Be sure to mark what you are unsure of and then go back at the end. Your brain seems to be clearer when you go back. I received my score the next day. I got a 265!

Strategy #54

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Study: Studied terms on There are a lot of great study options, including flash cards, tests, etc on Quizlet and it is free. Used both of the State Study guides (Regular and Supplemental). Also used Texes Special Ed Study Guide EC-12 and Supplement by Sharon Wynne. These books have a lot of typos but the practice tests helped a lot and there is a lot of good info. Financially I was unable to purchase books and the only ones available I could find at the library were the ones by Sharon Wynne. You can also go on to purchase an online practice test for $14.99. You have to know all of the vocabulary extremely well. Focus on every detail of the IEP process, all processes of reading (phonemes, morphemes, syntax, etc.). Become one with all of the materials. Know the Educational Psychologists - Skinner, Piaget, etc, and what each was known for. Study exceptions to the IEP process. Such as, a principal pulls a study from a regular ed class and brings them to your class and lets you know they will now be in your class permanently - what is the process if this happens. What happens if a parent disagrees with the IEP?

Test: I read through a lot of the comments from the previous test takers on this site. I have always been an excellent test taker, so I disagree with any of the posts that say this test is easy. It is the toughest test I have ever taken but it was only harder because I did not expect the entire test to be all scenario based. It took me 4 and 1/2 hours to finish and I would have used the extra 30 minutes but I hit a wall and could not process any more. If you do not know the material thoroughly then you cannot even begin to guess on the scenarios. There are always two questions that are the best answers. I never answered any of the questions feeling I absolutely knew my answer was the best choice. The best advice on this board for me was to go with your first gut instinct. The only certainty about this test when I left the testing center was that I had failed. Took the test on Saturday and my scores were available Tuesday morning. I was so incredibly and happily surprised when I found out I had indeed passed with a 262. You can do this!!! Find uninterrupted study time, read and take those practice tests and pray that this is the place you are supposed to be. If it is then it will happen for you. I wish you all well!

Strategy #55

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Take the sample test on the TEA website. Review the ec-4 ELA/reading test as well as the Special Ed. test. Be sure to know IDEA 2004 and the numbers of the various laws and amendments. Know the different kinds of disabilities. Also, ETS has an interactive video on how to take computer assessment. This will help you become familiar on how to navigate the test.

Test: Arrive early to the testing center to avoid being running late and being stressed. Be prepared. The test was a little harder than I expected. Math questions were not hard. A calculator was provided but I did not need it. Mark answers you would like to review and at the end of test go back and review. I didn't change very many answers. I went with my first instinct. I finished the test in two and a half hours. But you have five hours to take the test, which should be plenty of time. I received a score of 275. I was very impressed with the timeliness of reviving my scores. I took the test the morning of July 3rd. ETS closed early on the third for the holiday and did not open until July 8th. I received my results by 9:02 that morning. Good luck.

Strategy #56

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Study: I used the special education online training that Texas Teachers offered. I also used the TEXES Special Education ec-12 161 practice test 1 and 2 which really helped me get familiar with the wording of the questions.

Test: I took the test yesterday and got my results back today; I passed with a 250. It is important that you know the laws (IDEA, 504, FAPE, etc). You should also be familiar with the ARD because there were several questions about the ARD. You need to be familiar with the FBA, BIP, etc. Know morphemes, phonemes, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, etc because there are a bunch of ELA questions on the test. Basically, what I did was eliminate the two answers I knew were wrong and choose the answer that would be best for the situation. Make sure to study Autism because that came up a lot on the test I took. Most of the questions are situational questions. Study, take your time,and you should do just fine!!!

Strategy #57

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Study: rule, utilize this online study community to streamline your study effort. Make POSITIVELY CERTAIN you study all the vocabulary you can find related to the test (normally between 175 and 200 words, concepts, and laws). I was desperate and paid for the certify teacher online access early. It was good material to start, but I could have passed and saved the money. All 175 vocabulary terms that were provided on certify teacher was also provided on a website I found called The certify teacher material was a good start for the way that the test questions are worded, but the test questions eventually become repetitive. Also, I made sure I understood the practical use and followed the state study guide material very closely. Be sure to understand the percent of questions that will come from different the Domains of test. Go over any practice test materials online and be sure that you can identify which Domain a particular question may originate from, then determine if you need further clarification on a particular topic or subject area. When in doubt or unclear,.......GOOGLE!!!! Again, KNOW YOUR VOCABULARY! It is important to know the vocabulary for questions on the test when you have absolutely no idea what the answer is. Knowing your vocabulary will help you eliminate completely wrong answers.

Test: Let me preface by stating that I studied diligently for about 45 minutes a day for about 2 months. My score was a 262. I had no prior knowledge or background for anything related to taking this test. The test was about what I expected. The only time that I semi-panicked during the test was when I would run across the questions that were used as sample questions mixed into the test. Several of those questions I had no background knowledge for, and it is not always clear if they are graded questions for your results. Immediately eliminate 2 bad answers from each test question. Be sure to study early childhood learning for reading AND math. These questions will be gimmies on the test when identified. Don't waste you time studying actual math questions, I maybe had 4 clustered questions total. But, be sure you do study how to TEACH math concepts. Be sure to understand the differences in the ARD process for non English speaking parents and students. Be prepared to sit for 3-4 hours to take the test. While taking the test, be sure to mark answers that you are unsure of for later review. Don't panic when you run across 5 or 6 questions in a row on the test that you have no idea what to answer. Just use your process of elimination, vocabulary and context, and be sure to reread the questions. Be sure to understand what AGE student the question is asking about. Often that makes a difference in the correct answer for particular questions. The best advice for the test is to RELAX if you truly studied, and remember that the test is SCALED so don't get discouraged if you get a tougher group of questions. GOOD LUCK!

Strategy #58

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used and the Special Education section on the Texas Teacher's website. Certify Teacher allows you to take full-length multiple practice exams which was a great way to prepare for the real exam.

Test: The exam was harder than I expected. It was more scenario based so just remembering Least Restrictive Environment and Student Centered Learning, when trying to answer questions. Also, Phonics/Phonemic Awareness are big things. I remember walking away from the test feeling neutral. I didn't feel like I bombed it, but I didn't feel like I aced it. Surprisingly I ended up passing with a score higher than I expected so I guess you never know.

Strategy #59

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Study: I bought the $80 Xamguide from Barnes and Noble. I practiced understanding exactly how the questions would be worded by using practice tests.

Test: The biggest benefit was writing not which answers I knew were not correct. I would narrow it down one by one and then chose the best answer. I did this by writing on the scratch sheet of paper. The test is extremely long! Take your time but don't spend too much time on any questions or you'll be dying by the end. Be sure to mark answers your unsure about. Many questions help you with previous ones you may have been unsure about. Almost all the test is situational other than a little bit of math. As everyone says study IEP and ARD the most. Also know about each disorder and what characterizes them. I honestly think if you understand how to narrow down answers and really tear apart the questions to find exactly what they are asking you could probably pass with barely studying. I studied over three days about three hours each day. Relax and really analyze the questions and you'll pass. I am usually a horrible test taker and easily passed this test. I got very discouraged by everyone else saying it was really hard. It's not, it's tricky but not hard. Prayer is what got me through the anxiety of the test.

Strategy #60

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Study: Reviewed out of state Praxis Spec. Ed. book and got online review 240 tutoring as a brush up. Studied for a month, 3 days a week for 2-3 hrs. Protest to see your weak areas and I did a review the day before of looking at question and then the right answer.

Test: I passed and was happy as I flew in from out of state and took this exam followed by Generalist 4-8 the next day. It helped having previous coursework in Special Education. Get familiar with terminology and you will do great

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