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Strategy #1

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 #2

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 #3

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.

Strategy #4

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I did the required PPR Review provided by Texas Teachers & the practice PPR exam on the ETS website. I also bought the REA online practice test. I crammed (not recommended) for about a week and a half.

Test: Read carefully and especially study the technology section. I found a lot of questions I was stuck on. I took the exam 5/11/15 and passed my first time with a 270.

Strategy #5

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the Certify Teacher program provided by Texas Teachers. I started studying early but not intensely. I went through about 20 questions a day over several months. The material was super familiar since I majored in psychology. If you were a psychology major, you should know 1/2 of this and the other half is common sense teaching questions

Test: It took about 2 hours to complete the exam. It was exactly as I expected based on the practice exams. I missed 9 of the 100 questions and passed with a 291.

Strategy #6

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I mostly used the PPR Review through Texas Teachers. I also did the online interactive practice test provided by TEA. T-Cert through Tarleton University has a free study guide and a short test. You just need to register and you will have access to it. The Mississippi Library Commission has 2 free online full length tests. It took me a while to find the test but keep searching the website and you will find it. I bought a book but it had the same questions that that TEA online test had. All of the information provided through Texas Teachers and the other free stuff were the most helpful.

Test: I was very nervous (of course). I finished in 2 hours and began going back through the test but I just second guessed myself and began changing answers. Pick the best answer as some of them all seem right. For most of the questions, you can narrow it down to two answers. You will have plenty of time. Make sure you take at least 1 break to clear your head. I took the test on a Tuesday morning and found out Friday about 3 PM that I passed with a 265! Just keep in mind 10 questions aren't graded, they are experimental for future tests. Also, I missed 20 out of the 90 questions that counted and I scored 25 more points than I need to pass. So just relax, you will do fine!

Strategy #7

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied nothing but what Texas Teachers provided. I took practice exams daily and would focus on areas I scored low in. The software that Texas Teachers provided was an excellent tool for me and helped a lot.

Test: The test was not easy or hard. I took 3 hours to complete the test. After I finished I went back and reviewed all my selections. I was pretty sure I did okay when I left. I took my test on a Tuesday morning and did not get my results until the following Monday. I passed with a 268. Remember to take breaks and try to relax. Good luck!

Strategy #8

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I started fully studying about 4 days before my test. I used REA PPR study book ‘Are you Ready to Pass the Texes’. I loved this book because it has several practice exams inside that gave very clear explanations of each answer choice. I also used TEA's manual that had about 40 practice questions. I took the interactive quizzes on cms.texes-ets.org and the one provided by Tarleton. All of them helped me become familiar with the idea of the test. I did not spend any time studying the competencies in all the study guides. I knew there would be a lot of ELL questions, so I wrote descriptions for each level. Study blooms so you are able to understand higher-level instruction (as that will be in the test). Know about FERPA, Fair-use and acceptable policy and the teacher's responsibilities in each. Quizlet will help with these terms. Also learn about teacher resources/instructional support and when it is appropriate to use each (this includes mentor teacher, head of curriculum department, other teachers, etc.)One more thing to study is Piaget's developmental levels, the stages of play and learning styles. The practice exams helped me the most, so I recommend spending most of your studying time taking the exams and reading explanations for why each answer choice is correct/incorrect.

Test: I took an evening test which allowed me to study during the day and do some yoga to help relax. The test was similar to the practice tests I was taking. There were more ELL questions, mostly asking what level and the best way to help them learn a new concept. While you can easily narrow down to two answer choices, it wasn't too hard to determine BEST choice. I used my scratch paper to write down key words and eliminate the obvious wrong answers. This helped when I went back to review my test and remember why I thought this was the best answer. I took a break once I finished the whole exam, then came back and reviewed with a fresh mind. It took me about 2.5-3 hours to complete the exam. I took it on Thursday evening and found out I passed on Tuesday at noon. I honestly left feeling very unsure and negative of how I did, but I passed with a 253!

Strategy #9

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I started studying about two weeks before the test and studied more the last three days. I used the free state preparation manual and bought study materials from Certify Teacher for $55 and the ETS manual for about $19. I tried Quizlet and online resources (like google) to search for definitions and explanations of different terminologies. I would say all of these resources helped me pass. I thought the key thing was to read the explanation for each question and then know what all the other choices meant. I didn't bother much with the different domains, which takes up almost half of the manuals.

Test: I had the annoying feeling that I was not ready enough for this test. However, I think the preparation materials were kind of harder than the test. I felt very comfortable yet uneasy. The questions were confusing and I felt like I didn’t understand what they were asking. As I continued, the questions got easy and I regained my confidence. I don’t remember a test which has taken 3.5 hours of my time. This one did but I had to go back to review all my questions. Watch out for words such as most likely, less/least likely, grade level (e.g. preschool, grade 4, high school). Use the elimination method to get the correct answer. I ended up passing with 253. I got my results in three days.

Strategy #10

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the online study guide given to us via Texas Teachers. I continued to used it until the day before the test.

Test: Going in, I was already at a disadvantage because I had to reschedule twice due to horrible weather conditions and miscommunication via the testing center. Once I finally was able to reschedule, I had to drive to Austin (3 hours away) because I couldn't take anymore time off from school. As soon as I got off the road, I went to the testing site to see if they had storage for my purse. The guy said I could begin now if I wanted to (I was like 1.5 hours early). I said forget it and went ahead. Half way through the test I began to over think and panic. Maybe because I was tired from the long drive or I studied too much. Who knows! I left feeling very worried and uneasy because the questions didn't seem like anything I had studied via the online material that was given. I was wrong. I got my results back in 3 days and I scored a 280. I had a lot of ELL questions and I made 100% on that competency which probably boosted my score. Just don't panic and try not to over think. Get tons of rest and if you have to travel, try and do it the night before so you are well rested.

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