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This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I used REA's Preparation Book for the EC-12 PPR, the online study materials from TEA, and the review provided by Texas Teachers. The prep book was here and there. I wouldn't recommend using it (some concepts were helpful but those can easily be found within the free resources online). I took all of the practice tests through the Texas Teacher's review--that helped me the most. Questions you will find on the test are quite similar.
Test: I finished the test in just under two hours. It was quite a bit easier than expected. I would make sure to look over TELPAS calibration information (whether ELL's are Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, or Advanced High). There were a few questions over how to tell which category a student fits into. I passed with a 285 (95%).
This test was taken on Computer.
Study: The best resource I used was REA's Preparation Book for the EC-12 PPR and the preparation manual and online practice software that had 90 questions in a computer simulation provided by the Texas Education Agency. Texas Teachers also provided an excellent online resource and I took three of those practice tests.
Test: For someone who is pretty good at taking tests, I found this test to be harder than I expected. It was challenging and while simple to narrow down to two answers, the two that were left were hard to choose between. I think the best thing to review is strategies for ESL students and instructional modifications and accommodations for special education students.
Study: I did the Texas Teachers 15 hour review and took a lot of practice tests on the study guides. I also bought the PPR study guide by REA, and read the "Pass the Texes" study guide. Finally, I took the online State practice test.
Test: The test was about what I thought it would be like. It was pretty difficult and took me about three and a half hours to go through twice. My advice is once you pick an answer, do not go back and change it. Also, take as many practice tests as you possible can. I have been teaching almost a year, so that experience also helped. Remember "perfect world." Also, a lot of my test questions were about middle school ages. I passed on the first try with a 274, so I know you can pass too! I wish you the best!
Study: I went to the study session offered by Texas teachers. I did the online study flash cards and practice tests. I studied for several weeks, made a chart and graphed what domain to study each time. After i found out what areas I was weak in, I went back and reviewed those the week before. The day before, I took a practice test and reviewed the Texes PPR book. I think the practice tests helped me the most.
Test: It was harder. Mark questions you are unsure of and go back later, re read the questions and answers again. My trick would be answer all the ones that you are confident about. Then go back to less clear questions. Double check before turning in, you will have plently of time. Good luck and think "ideal" classroom, teacher, parent, school district etc when you are answering,
Study: I study the Preparation Manuel provided by Texes and I used the study material Provided by A+ Texas Teachers Alternative Certification online PPR Review.
Test: I took the test on 12-26-12 and passed. The test was tricky and nothing like the PPR Review online. The questions are similar but worded so differently on the actual PPR Test.Take your time and read each question carefully.Do not panic or rush through the test.
Study: I used the REA PPR prep book "Are You Ready to Pass the Texes?" I studied by taking the practice tests first, then studying the competencies that I needed to work on most. I also did the Texas Teachers online study guide and took those practice tests twice as well. Also, I studied the TEA free study guide questions.
Test: The test was harder than I expected. I would recommend taking the computer version as it allows you to go back and recheck your answers, and you get your results back within a few days. I was really, really nervous even though I had taken Texes exams before. I would recommend becoming familiar with the competencies, making a list of any topics you need to review (such as ELL, Stages of development, etc.) and concentrate on practice tests. Read each question at least twice and consider that every word in the question is being used for a reason, such as "what the BEST way..." "what would be the FIRST step...etc." Keep breathing and you will do well. I passed on the first try. Good luck!
Study: I took several practice tests through my university which were very benefical. The product that REALLY helped me understand the the test structure was the Certify Teacher software which provided questions that were VERY similar to the ones on the actual state test. Be sure to understand Bloom's Taxonomy and the development levels of children. I passed the test on my very first try with flying colors! Purchase the Certify Teacher and practice, practice, practice!
Test: Just relax and be sure to remember "student-centered" when choosing the answers to questions. I finished with 30 minutes to spare and did NOT change any of my answers when I went back for a review. Read each question carefully and trust you first choice to the answers!
Study: I used the online study review from Texas Teachers (excellent) and the free prep material found on the ETS website. Do the practice exams and understand the answer choices. Having an understanding of why a certain answer choice was correct was very helpful when it came to answering other practice questions (it furthered my understanding of the competencies).
Test: I was prepared for the test, largely due to the study materials on the Texas Teachers website. Understanding the competencies and carefully reading the question helped me to pass the test on my first attempt.
Study: I used the online practice test through Texas Teachers. I spent about 4 days on flash cards, 4 days on study questions, and I took the exam as many times as possible. I also used the books, Becoming an EC-4 Teacher in Texas and Becoming a Middle School Teacher in Texas, both by Nash. The questions at the end of each of the sections in the books were set up a lot like the PPR exam questions.
Test: The test was about what I expected. Remind yourself that every question is "Texasland" (Disney quality schools). Even questions about lower elementary grades, the students they are talking about are raised in homes with parents who read to them daily and prepare them for preschool. Most of the scenarios are so unrealistic that you need to keep reminding yourself, perfect world, perfect district, perfect students, perfect curriculum, perfect everything.
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