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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: XAMOnline.com, and the Texas Teachers review. Took the test 10/20/2012. I would suggest getting a text that covers working with special ed. students to get a whole and complete understanding of the classroom strategies.
Test: The test was harder than expected. Know the law surrounding special ed, and reading and math strategies, as well as specfics of the disabilities as you provide them to the student. I felt I was prepared, but after taking the test, I am not sure. The way the questions are worded is tricky. I will see if I passed. Good Luck.
Study: I studied many, many, questions. Online questions, questions from the TEXES study guide, as many as possible. I studied Certify Teach software, made sure I knew everything about ARDs and a general idea about IEPs. I studied constantly about special education laws. I tried to get an idea of as many common disabilities. I studied math, however, there were only scenarios regarding math. There were hardly any questions about laws for my exam. 95% of my questions were situations and scenarios. I probably would not have studied differently because I was prepared; thanks to this online community. I looked over everyone's suggestions a lot also to prepare for this exam.
Test: This test was not necessairly easier than I expected. It was just different than I expected. Do not take the scenarios/situations for granted. Take your time and read carefully. Try to look over as many questions regarding special education as you can. As we all know, most of the time, it's really not a good idea to change your answer. Try to go over your information regularly. Also, even though I did not have many law questions if at all, I would study them constantly as I did. There are many variations and most of the online community saw a lot of law questions on their exams. Do not take a chance to walk in without hardly studying. Be prepared and you'll be fine with a passing score also!!:)
Study: In just read the ebook "Put Reading First," I didn't really study other than that just read that book the morning of the test. Here's the link. I also just took a practice test from Washington.
Test: The only thing difficult about the test was staying on task. 135 questions get old. I took the test on short notice and passed with a 275. The ebook above helped out a ton! Highly recommend it. Take your time and a few breaks as needed. I took the test in groups of 10 questions. It seemed to make it easy. Math was easy. Focused a lot on ELA, but it ended with State and Federal Laws maybe 10 or so. You can handle it.
Study: First thing I did was read through all the study strategies posted here! Then I downloaded the free ETS study guide and read through it, took the practice test several times over three weeks or so. I checked out the XAM SPED EC-12 prep book from the library and read completely through that and took the test. That book isn't great, there are a lot of typos and some wrong answers in the practice test, but it gave me a broad overview of the competencies and terms I didn't know. Then I went to the online classes that Texas Teachers offers, and watched the majority of the Special Education for Special Educators class, and the Special Education class. About a week before the test I did the Special Education TExES Review online class (located in the SPED for SP Educators class, last module), then I watched the review again the morning of the test. Its only an hour and a half long, and it covers pretty much everything!
Test: The test was what I expected, it was only "hard" because the questions are unexpected. Multiple questions about Aspergers (which I hardly studied, I read much more about autism!). Make sure you know your important laws, and know the terms and what they mean! Understand and remember the processes for all the important steps a SPED teacher has to know and who is involved- ARD committee, transition planning, IEP process, FBA and BIP, how a parent gets info on their child being assessed. There was a question about a "switch" and what kind of student would use one, and I had no idea what that was. The math stuff was easy (hardly any actual math questions, mostly situational teaching math questions). Make sure you know all the stages for spelling, reading, phonemic awareness, etc. LOTS of questions on beginning readers/writers and just know your terms and meanings! Prepare for the ELAR section by reading an EC-4 ELAR prep book - that helped me them most for that section. I also took the EC-6 Generalist test, and all the ELAR stuff from studying for that test was immensely helpful for the SPED test. Really, so much of the test is situational because they are testing your knowledge and how you apply it to real life situations. I passed with a 263 on my first try, and I didn't know anything about special education a month before the test!
Study: THE CERTIFYTEACHER.COM PROGRAM IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!! It was an amazing program and no doubt it got me ready to pass the exam. I studied for a week for a couple of hours a day and knocked the test outta the park. I would highly reccomend this program.
Test: The test was much easier than I thought it would be, the certify teacher software really had me prepared. Be ready for the tpyical TEXES test format, you can almost always eliminate two answer choices right from the start and its down between the last two. Questions like that are tricky because the two answers that are left and very similar answer choices. Math was really simple, don't waste you time studying on math. Really study ELA/ reading, materials (phonics, phomes, etc....) Know the laws associated with sped (ARD'S, 504, NCLB, ADA, IDEA, etc.....)
Know about all elements of MR,Autism, and all the different types of disabilites.
hope this helps!!!
Study: I downloaded the study study material from the TEA website in addition to purchasing and downloading the study material from the ETS website. I thought I was motoring along pretty while taking the ETS study test. Then, I got to the TEA sample test and got worried. On the TEA sample test, there are many more reading based theory based questions. Frankly, I started studying just a few days before the actual test.
Test: Summer 2012: The test was much more difficult than I anticipated. I think it was more difficult than the Generalist 4-8. It was very heavy on the reading theory based questions ~ VERY. Not many math questions. However, as a sidenote, I could not find a math formula reference page on this test. Tricky questions, so make sure you read carefully when you got down to your last 2 possible answers. Several questions asking specific legalese numbers on laws. Ugh. The test took 4 hrs and 45 min, which including reviewing questions that I had to go back and answer.
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I went to the library on campus and checked out tons of books about the Special Education process. The books by Roger Pierangelo are good to read! I also used the study materials online from the ETS website.
Test: The test is long. It took me about 3 and a half hours. Take your time! I would definitely suggest taking breaks to clear your mind. You can narrow down answer choices to two, and from there make the best choice based on "child centered environment". Good luck!
Study: I downloaded and bought the study guide "Secrets on How to Pass the Special Education 161 EC-12. I read over page by page and paid special attention on the practice test and the answers.
Test: It was harder than I expected. Make sure you read the question at least twice. There are correct answers but that does not mean it is the correct answer. Study the practice test and go to the library and read resources about Special Education. Manage your time. If you finish early, do not leave, take advantage and go over the test again. I did that and I noticed that two questions had the wrong answer, so I corrected them and I passed!
Study: Know about the laws pertaining to Special Education students. Really study ARD information. There were a lot of questions about "what if" situations and "what would you do" as a Special Education teacher.
Test: It was hard for me because I heard that it was a breeze and didn't study like I should have. However, if you study from www.texes.ets.org, you should do fine. I took a break, went to the bathroom and prayed to gather myself. I passed!
Study: I studied using the official review material and sample questions.
Test: The test was not what I expected. You should read the questions very carefully. Look through the answers and read the questions again. It will help in the elimination process. Answer the question keeping in mind the Least Restrictive Environment.
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