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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I used certifyteacher.com 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.
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.
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
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I used the Texas Teachers online course, the study guide on the ETS site, and the IEP for Parents book from the library. I would also study ELA for EC-6. There were a lot of questions on there that were almost exactly the same as the EC-6 generalist test I took last month.
Test: It was harder than I expected. Not because of the content, but because of the wording of the questions. By the end of the test it felt like my brain was going to explode. Every question reads like this..."In an educational environment where 10 students require IEPs to ensure FAPE as outlined in IDEA 1997 that was revised in 2004 with consideration of NCLB, what should you review after completing RTI or when planning for FBA and BIP and what considerations should the ARD committee make after reviewing the PBS and EHA from 1978 and inline with the concept of LRE?"SOOOO many acronyms and weirdly worded sentences. Just take your time and think about what is best for the students in a perfect world. Also, be sure to review EC-6 language arts if it has been awhile. Be sure to know phonemic awareness. There were many 7 questions in this area. I had one problem based math question and the others were just about the methods of teaching math. Most questions are situational, which are very hard to study for.When I left the test, I was 100% sure I did not pass this test, but I got my score today and passed with a 289...whew!
Study: The only study material that I used was the Texas Teachers training material and the Texes Study Guide. I studied for the test about 2 days prior to taking it.
Test: It was harder than I anticipated but I passed the first time. My best advice is to review the laws, specific disabilities (mentioned during the online training), take your time, use the process of elimination, & look to see if you can find other questions that are similar to ones that you have already answered.
Study: I used the state preparation manual and outside material for the test. They were equally useful and helpful by using different scenarios and questions.
Test: I had no expectations which actually played in my favor. My "trick" was to go through answering the questions I was 100% sure of. If I spent more than 15 seconds on it I moved on. Then answered the ones I could narrow down to 50/50 and so on. Good luck!
Study: For Special Education one should read P.Kindergarten- 6th grade teaching methodology of English and Math.For Professional Responsibility and ARD Disability etc read online sources.
Test: Read all the questions carefully.Don't be fool in tricks.Go slow you have enough time.If need take break and drinks.It mainly to use common sense.
Study: I made my study guide from the online community, I also use SBC wweb site.
Test: The two hardest sections were 8 and 9, I have been told if you can't pass these two sections you are wasting your money. I have taken the test 8 times and continue to fail by 10 points are less. I need some assistance with passing is there any one that may beable to tell me something that may be beneficial before I take the test next month. Thanks in advance.
Study: I used xamonline SPED EC -12 161 guide. It has a 125 questions and explainations. The book goes for about $60. I also bought Practice test 1 and 2 which has 60 questions each. These go for about $15 each.
I also read a text called Special Education Contemporary Perspectives for School Professionals by Marilyn Friend. It is from 2004 but excellent resource.
I also have about 2 months of subbing practicle experience in variety of SPED classes. This really helped me understand lot of stuff in the books.
I passed the test 251 out of 300.
Test: Concentrate on Promoting Student Learning and Development, Promoting Student Achievement in ELA/RDG/Math, and Foundations and Prof. Roles and Responsibilities. I only had few questions related directly to IDEA laws.
Study: I used the online, free state materials and one e-book that was listed as a resourced on Texas Teachers. I took the practice test (Texes) many times and used that to guide my study. I also used to Special Education module through Texas Teachers. Don't forgot it's there!! I really wouldn't change anything about how I studied.
Test: I stuided for a total of about 20 hours spread out over a week or so. The test was about what I expected. The Texes practice test is a geat representation of what will be on the test. Only 3 math questions on mine. You will do fine! I prayed a lot, too. :)
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