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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I used the Certify Teacher program that comes with the Texas Teacher internship. I did purchase the XAM book, but lost it before I could really start studying. I took the practice tests and located my weak areas and fully concentrated on those.
Test: The test was easier than I expected. I don't know if it was because I had already completed my first year of teaching (I put this test off till the last minute) or if it is just that easy. I only took 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the test and because it seemed easy I was a bit worried. I don't know how you would study for this test other than to pretest and look at your week areas. They did have many ESL related questions on there so it would be wise to be familiar with TELPAS and how ELL students are scored.
It only took two days to find out that I had passed and good thing because my probationary certificate was due to expire in just 2 weeks.
Study: The only study material I used was taking several practice tests on the Texas Teachers PPR Review and doing practice questions on the TeXes website. The questions on the test are similar to those on the Texas Teachers PPR review so make sure to practice.
Test: The test was much easier than I anticipated it being. I aced it the first time around. Make sure to study all levels of ELL. There were quite a few questions about Special Ed students pertaining to FBAs, IEPs, etc. Make sure to study and you will do fine.
Study: I purchased TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 XAM book to study the different competency areas. Also, I attended one of Texas Teachers in person PPR exam help workshops, and I used the online practice exams to supplement my progress of which areas I needed to go over further. I passed with a 269/300 and got my test scores within a couple of days of taking the exam. I studied for about 3-4 weeks and only did a minor review the day before (early in the day) and relaxed the rest of the day.
Test: Go in rested, its not asking how things are at your school/your teaching style, rather a "perfect" school and teacher world. If you have studied and have taken the practice tests, then you should go in with little test anxiety. Take your time and check over answers before you finalize the exam.
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.
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