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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I used the practice test on the ETS website for the test. I used it to understand how they worded the questions and get a feel for the variety of questions. Any concepts I was unsure of I brushed up on those areas. I studied for about 3 days for maybe an 1hr each day.
Test: So the test itself was definitely tricky. You have to read and reread the questions so you can truly dissect what they are asking. There will be a few you come to where the last two answers will both seem right. Go back to the question and pull out any keyword that will help you zero in on the right answer. I passed it the first time with a 271.
Study: The first time taking the test and I passed. I took all 3 Texas Teachers practice exams once and passed all 3 the first time, went back on 2 and read the reasons why correct answer was the correct answer, skimmed through the flashcards and never got to the end. I also did the practice questions on the state website.
Test: The practice exams were great; that's all I would use. The test was 100 questions and it felt like there were more ELL questions than their actually were. The test took me 3 hours and I took my time. Left feeling like I did okay and got 274/300. Take the practice exams and learn how to take the test and you will be fine. Take the practice exams and study those. Once I got the test scores back 2 days later...I finally felt free and no more worries!
Study: I used the Texas Teachers flash cards and study mode and researched online what appeared vague from vocabulary to concepts. I also used "tarleton.edu" PPR test prep. I researched the concepts and read them in detail (how does it relate to the teacher). Read each word of the concept that are CONCRETE. The flash cards from Texas Teacher were great for that and I related the flash cards to theories. For the rest of the information it relates more to generalities, which is making the best decision as a teacher based on teaching guidelines. My weakness was the ELPS and how to help ELL in the classroom. Despite that I took TELPAS I did not research those situations enough. With an increasing ELL in the classroom, one cannot bypass this "more modern" area of the PPR.But I believe that my two year long involvement taking content test that did include also some level of pedagogy helped me a lot.
Test: Make sure you reach at least 70 questions before taking a break for better time management. I am also a native French speaker and the PPR is really reading each word while thinking & remembering about the concept as you read. HINT: Proceed by elimination and REREAD many time: use your 5 hours! I scored 89%.
Study: I first took a practice test using the website TT provides up and I made a 70. I then used the REA EC-12 PPR book to read up on each competency. After reading each chapter, I would take a practice tests (in study mode) on that particular competency. Once I read the entire book, I then took another practice exam and passed it.
Test: The test was harder than I thought it would be. It took me 1.5-2 hours to complete the exam and I left thinking "Oh my God, I don't think I passed". There were several questions relating to ELL and which stage they're in, as well as different the learning theories and which stage of the theory the student was in. Going into the test, Domain 1 was my weakest area of knowledge (or so I thought). I took the test on a Saturday and received my scores that Tuesday and I passed with a 289. I was SOOOO surprised!!! I think the best tool was the practice exams provided to use by TT.
Study: Honestly, didn't start studying until 2 days before my test. Read through the preparation manual and practice questions from TExES once and did the online practice test from the Texas Teachers link 3 times in those 2 days. That was pretty much it.
Test: Passed with a 280 out of 300 on the first try. There were 100 questions, 90 of them graded. Not sure why everyone spends so much time and money preparing for this test. It is common sense. It might help to take it after you've been teaching for a few months. I didn't take it until May, at the very end of my first year teaching. Wouldn't recommend that for everybody though, seeing as if you do fail, you can't take it again for 60 days. Lots of ELL (English-language learners) questions I noticed. Make sure you're familiar with different stages of ELL.
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%).
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.
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