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Strategy #1

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I took the practice test on the TEA/ETS website and was able to focus on my weakest domains and competencies. I formulated a study guide based on the TExES EC-12 book and study manual; these helped tremendously. I used both at the same time to get a good overview of each competency. During my pre-testing experience, ELL information was quite vague so I searched the ELPS to strengthen my ELL descriptors and possible lesson modifications. I studied for 2 weeks, a good 8-10 hours each day. By the time I was done studying, my pretest scores were in the high 80's.

Test: I finished in less than 2 hours. My logic behind not using the 5 hours was that overthinking would betray me. It is incredibly easy to narrow down to two possible answers. Pay attention to the question and what domain it comes from. If the question is from Domain 1, you automatically know that the answer is teacher centered. If it's from Domain 2, you know it is "the warm and fuzzies" of education: EX. providing a safe and adequate learning environment that fosters learning. If its from Domain 3, you know the answer needs to be a student outcome. The ELPS information online was awesome, because it shows you exactly how to categorize ELL students and their potential needs. There will be a good 10 questions on this. I scored 273. Good luck!!!

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used some of the online materials provided by Texas Teachers. The practice test helped me get my head around what type of questions would be asked. Be sure to review ELL when studying. Also, being in a classroom and teaching helped me understand most of these questions.

Test: I thought the test was pretty easy. When taking this test, imagine yourself as the teacher dealing with these issues, and imagine you had unlimited funds and time to help the individual students. I ended up passing with a 269.

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used a variety of sources that were very helpful for the test. The most important thing when studying for any major test is to not overwhelm yourself with too many resources. I went through each domain on the Texas Teachers PPR practice. I viewed a YouTube video by Tea4E where a woman just read the questions of a test review and explained why the answers were correct, as well as why the others were not the right choice. I also looked at key terms from a PPR review on Quizlet.

Test: Be sure you understand the ELL level prescriptors very well, that way you can answer those questions with no confusion. The questions are very literal, meaning every piece of information is important when helping you choose the BEST answer. Of course yet again you HAVE to think about a "perfect world" classroom where you have all the time and resources in the world to run a classroom where you use best practice at all times. You need to understand Bloom's Taxonomy as well. The questions were all scenario-based, with maybe 4 or 5 questions at most that were just asked for the definition of a term. Please spare yourself in thinking way too much about the answers. All you have to do is immediately eliminate the 2 answer choices that obviously don't apply, and then choose the answer that literally answers the question. Skim the question and either think about or jot down the key words. I was done with this test in 1 hour and 20 minutes and I did pretty well. Good luck!

Strategy #4

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Study: I completed all the course work from Texas Teachers prior to starting my Clinical Teaching. There were additional assignments to complete during the clinical and going through all the preparatory courses helps a lot. I went to a free one day PPR Review Session offered to the Texas Teachers candidates. Basically, it tells you about the perfect world type scenario tips that everyone has already mentioned. To study for the PPR, I used the YouTube PPR review as a supplement. I went through the flash cards and study mode that is made available to us via Certify Teacher through the internal portal. Then I took the sample test Texas Teachers wants you to pass before they allow you to register for the PPR Exam. I borrowed a PPR REA book from the library and went through their four 90 questions exams, and I also took the free interactive PPR review test from the ETS website. Taking the sample exams should give you a pretty good idea on what to review.

Test: It took me about 2.5 hours to get through all the questions. I then reviewed the answers rapidly for about 30 minutes. Remember to take the time to read all the explanations for all the questions even if you have the correct answer. Lots of ESL/ELL questions. Trust your instincts. Collaborative/cooperative/active learning/some terminologies came up, and if you study the flash cards via Texas Teachers it should help. I am glad I did not delay taking the PPR exam as it is available to take anytime throughout the year. I took the test Wednesday, Dec 7 and I received my test results Friday, Dec 9. I scored a 273. You can do it - Good Luck!

Strategy #5

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied using the free preparation manual, including the practice test at the end, and also the ETS interactive practice test. I watched the PPR exam review on YouTube; it includes readings of the explanations offered on the manual. If you are an auditory learner, the YouTube video would be better.

Test: The test had many ELL questions, so be sure to focus on what is appropriate approaches to instruct each level. There were very few questions that dealt with recalling facts, I only counted maybe 3-4, the rest seemed to be theory questions: "what is best, most effective, etc.." Two of the choices will almost always be easily identifiable as wrong, so that'll leave you with two more. Always choose the one that focuses on the student and seems more on the "professional side." Perfect world test: the parents are involved, you have all the time in the world for each student, you are the best teacher ever. Read each question carefully, sometimes just that will help you find the answer. There are 10 that don't count, so don't worry if you come across a few that you don't know. Take your time, use your breaks, take notes, anything you need. If you have taken the practice tests and understand the reasoning on why the correct answers are correct, then you will do fine! I passed with a 262!

Strategy #6

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I went through the interactive practice test here: http://cms.texes-ets.org/texes/prepmaterials/texes-preparation-manuals/interactive-practice-test/ I also used my textbook from school and the T-Cert review software to study. I studied about three weeks before taking my test and scored a 280 my first try. I had previously taken the pre and post test given during the spring semester and did not pass either one. Overall, I would say the interactive practice test and my textbook helped me the most.

Test: I took about 2-2.5 hrs and took my time taking the test. They felt like common sense questions, although some were a little tricky. Just narrow it down to two and try to choose the best answer. Try not to second guess yourself and go with your gut feeling.

Strategy #7

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: The best resource I ended up using was a YouTube video where a young woman reads through a test; just type in "ppr exam" into the search bar. She reads the question and then explains both the correct answer, as well as WHY the other responses are incorrect. It truly helped with how I approached and read through the test questions.

Test: I think it is important to understand that it is a standardized test. Knowing Piaget's childhood dog's name is great, but won't help you here. You can know the material front to back, but I found it more helpful to approach it technically. I looked for the key items in each question: Target/Student - age, grade, ESL level, gender, etc. What they want you/the teacher to do - promote nurturing atmosphere, promote learning, intervene, etc. Most questions had two positive and/or correct answers. My job was to look over the key items and say "well, that's a good thing for a teacher to do, but it isn't really addressing what they are asking of me in the this question." Or "That's a good thing for a teacher to do but is inappropriate to my subject's developmental/ESL level." I studied a year in the classroom and 3 days of test prep. I scored a 283, 1 attempt.

Strategy #8

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the REA PPR exam guide, the Texas Teachers PPR review, Quizlet terms over the PPR vocabulary, and the T-Cert PPR review. I studied for about a month, after I completed my internship year. I don't recommend anyone doing that if you worry about test taking. However, I studied about six hours a day, M-F for a month. Use the Texas Teachers PPR review faithfully, it will help you understand how to answer the questions. Also the REA book will help you a lot, especially the two practice tests. Study the ELL material, use TELPAS document rating chart. Know what strategies would best help an ELL student on various performance levels. Study blooms and also study Piaget's cognitive development theory, that will help you a lot on the test. Also study over intrapersonal intelligence.

Test: It took me about three hours to finish the test. I took my five minute break and went back to look through my answers. Look for keywords in the questions that could match the answer choices. Some of the questions will be a given and some won't. Always, choose the answer with a positive sound to it, and has a bloom's verb that encourages higher level thinking. Also, the test is all about student collaboration, working with the parents of the student and higher level thinking. The answer choice that you choose should be the best one that connects with that particular question, don't over think it. The test is based on a perfect world scenario. I took the test Thursday and received my scores Tuesday morning. I passed on my first try with a 279!

Strategy #9

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the review questions from the TExES-ETS website. I also used the test bank that Texas Teachers provided, it was extremely helpful.

Test: I passed with a 274. The test was very long and had long reading passages. The questions from the test bank are not like the test at all. There are multiple questions that have 5-7 questions linked to a scenario. I took my time and used the strategies that I learned from the review session.

Strategy #10

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used Texas Teacher's PPR Review, the ETS practice exam, TExESPrep.com, and Barron's TExES PPR EC-12 review book (2nd edition). I studied by taking the practice tests and reviewing my answers after being scored. Also, I studied for two weeks prior to exam, 4 hours daily. The test is closely related to the ETS practice test. Using the other study tools also helped me pass the test with a score of 249.

Test: The test was harder than expected, not all common sense. Lots of ELL questions (10% of my exam question to be exact). Make sure you utilize all of the allotted time; mark questions and review all questions/answers prior to submitting for score. Remember exam key points: real world, student centered w/family involvement, diversity, collaboration, Blooms, Piaget, and ALL the levels of ELL (student & teacher). Most of all, breathe and relax. With preparation, you will do fine. Best wishes!

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