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This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I downloaded the test simulator from certifyteachers.com. It is the best study material for this particular test. Review the No Child Left Behind law and the Texas laws. Do not waste your time studying for these in depth. There are not that many questions about laws. Just helps to have a good understanding so that you can decipher your answers better.
Test: I have taken four certification tests so far and the SPED test was the easiest on so far.
This test was taken on Computer.
Study: Honestly, I didn't study for this test, but I was previously a Special Education student. I passed with a 282 after being out of my program for 3 years.
That said, I have taken several other tests and I have found that using the XAM study guides, the Texas Teacher guide, basic college texts related to the material, and knowing every domain and competency is essential.
I would suggest actually WORKING with children with disabilities. It will put a HUGE perspective on the method and disability details.
Also print out a copy of IDEA 2004 and NCLB. You need to know the basics of these.
Test: The test was heavy on situations. Questions are always the "which is a more correct accomodation to this child's disability"... You always want to do what is best for the student in and what is in the least restrictive environment. You always need to look at the student first and not the disability.
Make sure you know the ARC and RTI models.
KNOW THE IEP PROCESS!!
Know the different types of disabilities and their general characteristics.
Know your SPED laws including 504. Know the legal terms.
Study: I used internet resources such as googling key terms and taking practice tests from the TEXES website. Also, I would advise taking practice tests for teacher certification for other states. California, Illinois, and Arizona have theirs online for free. I found this very helpful. I ordered certifyteacher.com software and XAM, but I dont think you need to waste your money on that! Use the internet for FREE
Test: It was really not that bad. The situational questions dealing with ARD and IEP's were not easy, and the situational Math questions were tough too. I made a 93/120 which translated to a 258. I studied hard and it paid off. You can do it but PREPARE!
Study: I used XAM Special Ed., Praxis Exceptional Students, Praxis Teaching Principles and Wrights Law and Emotional Advocates. Google search disabilities and exceptionalities. google health and wikipedia have good information. Most questions have 2 completely wrong answers and 2 similar answers. Reread the question to select the best answer from the 2 remaining questions because there is always a key term/word that ties in with the correct answer. The math questions were very easy. Learn tactics to teach language arts (ready comprehension and fluency). Phonemic awareness is also an important study topic.
Test: test content was about what I expected-135 questions and you have 5 hours. I finished in 2.5 hours.download ARD and IDEA information by searching google. Numerous questions on learning strategies for students with learning diabilities-ADHD. Also Mental Retardation is covered in detail. IDEA, TEA, and names of people that created learning theory was NOT covered as much as I expected. I would not worry about learning public laws and dates/history.
Study: I used the preparation guide provided online and completed the speical education course in the intenr portal prior to testing. To better prepare myself I would have researched more about speical education in a library setting, making sure to write notes out. Completeing the special educaiton course prior to teh test helped keep key terms and concepts fresh in my memory.
Test: The test felt fine. I felt comfortable with my answers and I had only a handful of unknowns. I advise to eat a healthy meal prior to testing to keep energy levels stable. The process of elimination helped out for many of the questions.
Study: I studied the study guide through the texas teachers website along with the study guide for the ELA 4-8. I also read a book my Pierangelo called Parents Complete Guide to Special Education. It was VERY helpful, i just checked it out at my public library. Didnt spend any money on resources!! I wouldnt study any differently because i passed with well above the minimum.
Test: It was a little harder than I expected, though it was not impossible. Just take your time, choose the BEST answer, and make sure you study before hand. I only studied about 3 days in advance, for a total of about 5 hours. You just need to read over the information a couple times, and i highly recommend the book I listed above.
Also, be sure you know the laws! The math was easy, dont stress it. Study a lot on how to teach kids to read!! Good luck!
Study: I primarily used sample tests like the one provides on the TExES/ETS website. I also looked at the exams that are comparable to this one. The complete list is on the SBEC website. I then downloaded the free sample tests from the states that have equivalent tests (i.e. AEPA, Praxis II). I truly believe exposure to the questions will best prepare you. To those of you who may have been out of school for a while, I advise you to use an introduction to special education textbook.
Test: It was okay for me. Again, this is only because I am accustomed to taking tests. I currently have two other state certifications in special ed. Since I moved around, I had to take certification tests every year for the past three years. Anyway, I passed with a score of 260 my first time taking it. Always eliminate the obviously wrong answer. Choose the best answer that has the students' best interest in mind. Avoid choosing answer choices that are negatively stated. Regardless of how truthful it may be, negatives are not the way to go. This is a standardized testing trick. Good luck!
Study: I used the Xam TExES book to prepare for the exam. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! I knew it like the back of my hand and there were no similarities to the test. I passed this test with the good Lord's help, not that book!
Test: The test was harder than I expected. Be sure you understand how you must teach reading and math to different disabilities. The bulk of your points will be in this area. Surprisingly, there were not many questions on laws?Don't get discouraged, there is a lot of reading, take breaks to clear your mind, it will help tremendously!
Study: I used the online packet and a book fro SPED 161.
Test: Harder than expected. Study Language Arts and Application.
Study: I downloaded information off the internet about ADA, IDEA, and 504. There is a whole section of questions on the test that relate to HB's and laws - that is the most difficult part of the test.
Test: Harder than expected because of the laws because but still very managable.
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