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Strategy #1

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used Texas Teacher's PPR Review, the ETS practice exam and the TeXes PPR EC-12 review book. I studied by taking the practice tests and reviewing my answers after being scored. I would read the reasons why I got the questions wrong. In addition, I read the PPR EC-12 book and it gave me some insight to justifying my answers. I felt that the test is closely related to the ETS practice test. Using the other two study tools also helped me pass the test with a score of 263!

Test: I had a hard time focusing since there were 100 questions. I left the test feeling anxious because I felt like I did not do well on the test. Yet, my scores said that I passed the test! To prepare for the test, I recommend looking at the "key terms" in the questions. This will help find the correct answer.

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the Certify Teacher practice tests from Texas Teachers. I kept reviewing each section until I passed it. I also found a Youtube video that someone posted where they read through a practice test and the answers. I reviewed the levels of Blooms and the levels of ELL.

Test: It was easier than I expected but it is very hard to concentrate through 100 questions! I used my scratch paper to write down key terms. Remember that everything is student centered with family involvement. I passed with a 283.

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the free practice tests provided from Texas Teachers. I took the practice test multiple times. I was sure to read why I got the answer wrong and why I got it right. I studied for two weeks. I also took a class that was offered and they went over a PPR practice test. I found the class to be very helpful and informative.

Test: The test was a little bit harder then I had expected. Some people said it was common sense. It was not all common sense. Be sure to think of a perfect world scenario. Take your time, know your ELL levels and assessments. I passed the first time with a 253.

Strategy #4

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the Texas Teachers study questions from the PPR review as well as the exam through Certify Teacher. I found the best preparation material was the free state prep manuals from ETS.

Test: The exam was more confusing than I expected. My advice is to pace yourself. You have five hours to complete the exam. Eliminate the answers you know are wrong and then look for key words within the question. I passed the exam with a 266.

Strategy #5

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I began studying during my clinical teaching placement, on-and-off for about 3 months. I studied most intensely during the 3 weeks prior to the test. I used the Texas Teachers PPR resources (CertifyTeacher practice tests, flash cards), REA EC-12 PPR book, Tarleton T-Cert online (very helpful), Princeton Review "Cracking the TEXES" (also very helpful), "Passing the PPR TExES Exam for EC-12 Teachers" by Burkman & Wilmore, Quizlet, ETS materials. I looked for any other online materials/resources I could find to help round out my knowledge of the domains and competencies. What really helped me was learning how to take apart the question to find out exactly what was being asked. There will usually be 2 of 4 answers that are good. Knowing the age of the student(s) and the goal of the question will direct you to the one correct answer. Putting the question into your own words to help figure out exactly what is being asked is also a good strategy. Of course, approaching each question in a "perfect world" scenario and imagining how the ideal teacher would respond should always be in the back of your mind. If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing. It may have been overkill for those with lots of experience in the classroom, but knowing strategies and explanations from different authors really helped me to have a broader knowledge of the competencies.

Test: It was about as difficult as I expected. I used the strategies I described above to narrow down my choices, and even wrote notes down on the supplied scratch paper to make sure I understood what was being asked. I took 3 hours, including reviewing and answering the questions I marked. If I was unsure about an answer, I kept moving ahead to see if any of the next questions would answer the ones on which I was having trouble. I passed; in f act, I did much better than I expected. I took the PPR on a Thursday morning, and got my results the following Tuesday morning.

Strategy #6

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the TEXES book (4th edition). I also used Certify Teacher but felt that it didn't work so well for me. I used Quizlet and the TEA study materials including the pre-test on the TEA website. I found that material to be the best for sure. In my opinion, take a lot of practice exams, study the rationales behind the correct answer and really understand why that is the best choice.

Test: In my opinion, it was harder than I expected. There were quite a bit that were completely common sense, but there was just as many that had two great answer choices. I finished in 2 hours and walked out a little worried but still felt that I passed. Remember ELL proficiency levels, especially intermediate level. Also, know Piaget's cognitive development stages and understand abstract, high-order thinking and problem solving scenarios. I took my exam on a Saturday and found out my results on the following Tuesday. I passed with a 269!

Strategy #7

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the book "Preparing for the TExEs Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Examination" by Sandra Rollins Hurley. I read the book and answered the questions in the chapters. I also did a T-Cert practice exam, but did not use their other study materials or videos. I made a 92 on the practice test on T-Cert. I did the book about two days before. I think total it may have been a few hours of studying. My program did a good job prepping us through the curriculum. I worked in a Montessori school and I think that gave me hands on experience with the ideal classroom. I also have an M.Ed.

Test: I finished the test in under 2 hours. I passed with a 275. It was really easy if you understand the perspective they want you to have. I was a little surprised by how easy it was. It required far less studying than the content tests.

Strategy #8

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: While taking this test, I was also training with the current school district that I work for, so it was kind of handy. I spent 4 days total preparing for the test: 1 day working on Certify Teacher material offered by Texas Teachers, and 3 days on my weakness (google, TEA website) and ETS practice test. I didn't study each domain or competency. Honestly, I don't think there's a way to study for this test. Each question presents a unique context so you really have to read between the lines and choose the correct answer among the GIVEN choices. Make sure you study ELL, special ed, GT, at risk and teaching approaches, assessments and your responsibilities associated with these students. Know IDEA, IEP, ARD, different language proficiency levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced, advanced high and examples). Know human development at ages and examples. Most questions aim to test how you would teach different age groups. Make sure you understand acceptance use, fair use, copy right, FERPA, etc.. Use your common sense to choose the best answer.

Test: Passed with a 262 (about the same score as the pretest I took). Like many others have said, think "perfect world". The school/district has limited funding and resources. Administrators are always right. You have unlimited time for your students. I found the actual test harder than both the ETS practice test and the Certify teacher test. There were many scenario questions that I had to guess on. Spend as much time as you want but don't overthink the questions, don't go back and change the answers. Work slowly and steadily. I finished in 4 hours including the review.

Strategy #9

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the online PPR Review required by Texas Teachers along with reviewing the training modules. I found that even some of the projects I did helped prepare me for the PPR. My advice is to take the test while your coursework is fresh.

Test: I made a 288 on the test. It took me 4 hours and was harder than I hoped it would be. There are 2 good answers for every question. It may help to study why the other answers are incorrect. You have to know your ELL material and the psychological theory that goes into best practices for each grade level. The practice tests and PPR review will help you learn how to select the best answer.

Strategy #10

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Texas Teachers Online PPR Review.

Test: Way easier than I expected. I was worried that I didn't do very well at first, but I scored a 288. Don't sweat this test if you have gone through a college teaching program. I did have extensive training in pedagogy back in Iowa and was transferring my license to Texas. Hardest questions for me were the ELL questions.

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