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Strategy #1

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I took the test on 8/12/14. I took the practice test through certify teacher and I failed. I took a second time and passed w a 240. A couple months later right before my official test I failed again. This made me so nervous! I immediately went through the different competency tests through certify teacher and took them until I only missed a couple each time. I took another full length practice test and did very well. Next, I took the ets interactive test to make sure I would do okay. I was tending to memorize the certify teacher questions so I wanted to make sure I was able to transfer and apply info. I missed about 14 on it out of 90 but still did well. I got to my test location early and went through the flash cards on my iPhone from certify teachers just to refresh the theorists and definitions before I went in.

Test: There were only a few questions that were similar to certify teacher questions. Many said what is the " best" was to handle this or that. I completed 100 questions in an hour and 10 min ( I am a fast test taker). I left fairly confident but not sure since many answers could be narrowed down to 2 possible answers. I got my score 3 days after the test and passed with a 273!

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used all the resources provided by texas teachers; the practice exams are extremely helpful-- i found similar questions from the practice exams from texas teachers in the real test. The exam modes are also very helpful as you can tailor them to domains where you feel you need help the most help. I took many practice tests from this program, but also took booklet tests that were from free sources.

Test: The test was very difficult for me. I found similar questions from the review in the actual test. I found it very helpful to get very familiar with the estructure of the test, the domains such as human development, and ELL's scenarios are definitely predominant. Piaget is a big one on the test, so make sure you understand and can apply his theories of human development to ideal classroom situations. Regarding test-taking techniques, I took my time and took as many breaks as were necessary as to not overhwelm myself-- i am not a great test taker. I did not rush and went over the test one more time... it is important to read the questions thoroughly- practice what we preach to our students when they take the STAAR test! My score was a 257 and i took it on 8/5/14. It was the first time i have taken it.

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I checked out books from the public library and the MOST valuable book that prepared me was the "TExES PPR EC-12." This book outlined all of the competencies, and it contained several interactive tests that you could take online or manually. Don't just know the definitions of vocabulary or the Theorists views. Know how to apply and identify the material when applying your answers to real life classroom experiences. I can't stress enough how taking the sample test MANY times helped me when taking the actual exam. Take the exam on (Texas Teachers PPR review) many times. By doing this it prepared me on dissecting each test question as I took the exam. I would not study any differently for this test than I did.

Test: I did not find the test that difficult. The part I felt was tricky and confusing were the the questions where there was a scenario and 3-5 questions for that one scenario. Know each competency, and any vocabulary you do recognize or understand as you study. Lastly, when taking the exam rule out the two answers which you know are wrong and think about the competencies when selecting the correct answer. I passed on my first attempt and studied approximately 2 1/2 months for the test off and on. Good Luck!

Strategy #4

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: The only source of information I used to study for this exam was the Certify Teacher program. I did the study mode and exam mode tests. I only began studying about 4 days before the exam.

Test: Going into the exam I thought it was quite challenging. The test was 100 questions. I was getting a little impatient towards the end and left there not knowing how I did. I took my exam 7/18 and got my results on 7/22. I passed with a 265!I do recommend touching up on the ELL and Spec. Ed. areas since there were many questions on that. Good Luck!

Strategy #5

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: To study for the test I primarily used the TT online practice exams and flashcards. I did all of the practice exams and then I took the ETS interactive exam. I think I put in about 8-10 hours of studying this way. I found the practice tests with the explanations to be the most helpful and many of the questions were very similar to those on the actual test (awesome).

Test: I took the test at Texas State on 7/24 and had my scores less than 24 hours later -- which was helpful because I was feeling kind of unsure. Like many people have said, you can quickly narrow down to 2 answers, but deciding between the 2 is what had me nervous. I finished in 2 hours (including time to review all of my answers) and scored a 288. Do the practice tests, study ELL levels, and you will do great!

Strategy #6

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Test taken 7/16/14: One year teaching experience (internship) -Read competencies twice -Printed and read free online study manual from TEA -Went over flashcard terms twice (TT/Certify Teacher) -Took two 30 question practice exams (TT/Certify Teacher) -Took one 5 hr practice exam (required) (TT/Certify Teacher) -Know the all terms terms on flashcards/practice exams -Know ELL levels, etc. -Know ARD, IEP, Sped procedures -Know all domains I, II, III, IV -Know your theorists! Piaget, Erickson, Vygotsky, Kolhberg, Maslow, Cambourne...

Test: I took the test on a Wednesday evening and I received my results on Friday morning. I left feeling good about it. The Certify Teacher study materials required by Texas Teachers was very helpful and accurate. The test is all theory and practice (in a perfect classroom). I would recommend you take your time and read each question carefully. Find the key word in the question and match it to the best answer. Sometimes two answers seem right, but one actually is better based on that one key word. I passed my first time with a 267! Sleep, eat and drink caffeine before!! Don't study too much right before because you will burn out!!Good Luck!

Strategy #7

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I bought the Texes PPR book off of Amazon for $18. I also used Certify Teacher and I took the practice test that is on the REA website where you register. All of these materials worked for me. I passed with a 280. I was shocked because after I took the test I did not feel like I would pass.

Test: I studied about 2 weeks before the test but I would recommend 30 days or more. The test has tricky questions so I would just take your time and read the questions very carefully. Good luck!

Strategy #8

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the practice exams from Texas teachers (certify). I studied off and on for 3 weeks. I took the practice test over and over again until I felt comfortable with the information. The practice test are very detailed and was the only source I used to study.

Test: I took my test on 6/16/14. It was pretty similar to the practice test. The only thing that caught me off guard was the amount of ELL/ESL questions there were so be sure to study those if you aren't familiar with it. Got my scores back within 24 hours and passed with a 265. Good Luck!!!

Strategy #9

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the Texas Teacher provided study materials. I used the study questions, flashcards, and practice exams. In addition, I took the Interactive Practice Exam on the ETS website. I found all of these resources extremely helpful. In regards to the Texas Teachers practice exams, I completed all of them. The more you practice the more you learn how questions are worded- making it easier come test day.

Test: The test was about what I expected. I felt that the Texas Teachers practice exams and the ETS Interactive exam adequately prepared me for this test. I studied for about three weeks before the exam every day and studied/went over any concepts in the exams that I lacked knowledge on. I would just recommend studying and making sure to remember that most questions are geared towards "student centered" learning and "positive reinforcement". Good luck!

Strategy #10

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I took the Texas Teachers practice exams. I believe I took it 5 different times. I also did the TeXes State Prep Manual that has 40 practice questions. This is all I would recommend. You need to do the State Prep as well.

Test: Test was what I expected. I would recommend not taking the test at the end of your probationary year. Only because the test is all about perfect world scenarios and your school could be different. You need to allow yourself some classroom time, but not enough to think that your school is exactly the way a perfect world works, if that makes any sense. I passed the first time, and took 2.5 hours. Relax and good luck!!

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