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Strategy #1

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I studied from a YouTube video that gave you 40 sample questions and was about an hour long. All you have to type is "PPR" in the YouTube search box. I also did the practice on the TEA website that had either 90 or 100 questions. I also read every response on this website for how others did on the test and their suggestions. Lastly, I researched the levels of ELLs and as many educational theories as I could and I ended up handwriting about 8 pages of notes to study in all.

Test: Surprisingly, my test was not heavy at all on theory questions or questions about assessments (your test might have these, so study them anyway). So I felt like the test was something that you couldn't really study for by remembering information, except for the 10 or so ELL level questions, but you had to know how to answer the questions. So here is the biggest tip: answer all questions as if your school has unlimited funds, answers that benefit the students but maybe not always the teacher and also answer as if the students have little to no behavior issues and they are completely responsible individuals that should be treated such a way. Answering this way seemed to help me pass with a 258 my first try. The only time I didn't use the above thought process is if the question specifically stated that the kids had issues or the school didn't have money. If it does not say there are issues, assume there are none.

Strategy #2

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the prep manual on the ETS website, took the practice test and went over the competencies. Watched a couple videos on learning theories and went over vocabulary I was not familiar with. Since everyone mentioned ELL questions, I went over the different levels in reading, writing, etc. Don't over stress! Just review everything and trust yourself.

Test: I took my test Tuesday and received my score Friday morning. Passed with a 262! I took 2 and a half hours, no breaks. I took the test once and answered each question and then reviewed each question. I trusted my first response to each question and only changed a couple answers. If you over think it, you will get confused and discouraged. Read each question carefully. Most answers are common sense and you will identify the right one right away. The test was not very easy, but it also was not hard in my opinion. It's definitely nothing compared to a content test. Most questions were based on scenarios, so just picture yourself in that situation and what is the best thing to do. Trust yourself! You can do it! Take as much time needed to study and register to take it when you feel ready.

Strategy #3

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the practice tests on the Texas Teachers site, and then I took a practice test on the ETS site. The ETS practice test is more like the real thing, but the TT practice test was useful because it tells you why you got a question right or wrong. Passed first time with a 289!

Test: Take your time to really read the questions. I learned from the practice test that not really understanding the question was my biggest problem. Some of the questions I could narrow down to two choices, so I marked them for review and then went back to them later. I had marked 15 for review, and when I went back, 7 of them suddenly made more sense.

Strategy #4

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I took the practice test about a week and a half before I planned to take the PPR. I made a 243 on the practice test, first try, and registered for the test immediately after I got cleared. I practiced each competency on the Texas Teachers practice test and read why each answer was right and wrong. Took another practice exam and made a 266. I felt really confident, so I only studied 2 hours a day for 5 days. I also took the ETS interactive test to study as well!

Test: The test was definitely difficult. There were very easy and obvious questions and there were several difficult questions. It's hard to stay focused through 100 theory based questions. I took 3.5 hours because I went through my test 3 times after completing it. I had no room to fail and I walked out feeling like I failed. Ended up with a 261, first attempt. Took the test Monday afternoon and received my results Friday morning. Slow down. If you start freaking out, read the questions and answers a couple of times and write down key words!! Good luck!

Strategy #5

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the Barron Test material, the TExES E-book and the ETS website.

Test: This is my second time taking the test. The first time I took it. I got 235. When I completely focused and did a intensive review of test questions and ESL, I earned a 270. Think perfect considitions with unlimited funds and resources. Also, think of things that favor the student not the teacher .

Strategy #6

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: Two weeks before i took the test, I studied the practice text on the Texas Teacher website, downloaded the practice book from the TExES website, looked at the interactive test on YouTube, and completed the ETS practice test. Make sure to take that test and look at the answer and rationale at the end.

Test: Most of the test consisted of ELL question, so study that. The first couple of questions were hard, but after I calmed down the test became a lot easier. On my 1st attempt I passed with a 258. Just study, breath and rest you got this!!!

Strategy #7

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I only took the interactive practice test to study. I looked up a few things about ELLs because I saw where a lot of people said there were a lot of questions over it, and they were right!

Test: Honestly, I felt like it was super hard! I was so nervous; I thought for sure I did not pass, but I made a 260! There will always be 2 answers that seem right, make sure to read EXACTLY what the question is asking because you will think an answer is right, but it's not necessarily what is being asked. Pay attention to grade-levels and ages in the questions, it will be a big indicator on what the answer is!

Strategy #8

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used was the Texas Teacher test and study guide. When doing the pretests and modules, try to understand WHY the other answers are wrong, try not to just memorize the answers. Test was easy! I studied for about 10 hours total.

Test: Try to not over think the answers. I scored a 287 first try. Read over the questions and really understand what the question is looking for.

Strategy #9

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I used the Certify Teacher review from Texas Teachers and the TEA assessment. I took the Certify Teacher Exam cold and passed the first attempt (240). I used the results to plan which competencies I needed to study, compared to which ones I needed to review. Camped out in the study mode and I took another full exam from Certify and scored 270. Repeated that process one more time. The flash cards are great for comprehending acronyms. You must know your ELL levels in reading, writing, speaking and listening. You need to know levels of Blooms Taxonomy, Piaget’s Developmental Levels and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Assessment and scoring (raw and scale scores, percentile, validity, reliability…), learning styles, grouping strategies, instructional theories, motivation, behavior reinforcement, and how to interact with parents and the community. I studied for a year in the classroom and 8 days of test prep; 1-2 hours a day.

Test: Overall the questions on the test resembled Certify Teacher/TEA, and the test was just what I expected. I found that turning the question into a statement and then questioning the answer choices helped me eliminate 2 answer choices. I clicked my way to question 100 and worked backwards. I was glad I did because questions 1-10 were the hardest questions. The entire exam took about 2 and a half hours with a bathroom and snack break. Trust your instincts, you know way more than you realize. I tested on Saturday morning and received a score of 260 the following Tuesday.

Strategy #10

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I did practice tests on the Certify Teacher review in your portal, and the free ETS interactive test. I took the practice tests and checked answers as I went through them; that helped me understand why I missed it and what to look for next. I did this for a few weeks before taking the practice exam. I failed the practice exam the first time, but went over my weakest areas and passed it the 2nd time. I also took the ETS practice exam and passed the first time. It was more in line with the actual PPR test. I also went over the test strategies from the free downloadable PPR Manual.

Test: The first few questions were hard to me and I started feeling sick to my stomach! But after the first 10, I was feeling more confident. The test has a lot of ELL questions. Study reading, writing, listening and speaking levels for ELL. Know the difference between words like homogeneous and heterogeneous. Read the question, then re-read the question with the answer you think is correct. I wrote down questions that I was unsure of and worded it to make sense to me. I planned on doing 25 questions then take a break, but I wound up completing half of the questions before I needed a rest. I came back rejuvenated and completed the 2nd half fairly quickly. I had enough time to go back over my test and I only changed 1 answer. I passed the first time with a 252! Total time was 2 1/2 hours. Rest the night before! Good luck!

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