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Strategy #1

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 #2

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 #3

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 #4

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 #5

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.

Strategy #6

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I studied for 2 1/2 months once or twice a week leading up to the exam. I started with the certify teacher from Texas Teachers until it became repetition. I did the ETS interactive test, a quizlet, the REA practice test, and a preparation manual practice test. The Mississippi Library Commission has two free practice tests that had several question that were identical to the real test. Last but not least, T-certify has great notes and power points with a practice test at the end. The reason I choose different resources was to see if I could apply the different knowledge to any test.

Test: The exam was not hard at all. I wrote down on scratch paper the questions I didn't know. I carefully read through the exam. I used the process of elimination. I finished in 3 hours and passed the first time.

Strategy #7

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I used the Texas Teachers practice exams via Certify Teacher. I took it 4 different times, and spaced it out between studying the competencies I struggled with. Each time my score increased. The fourth time around I felt comfortable so I stopped there. Four times was golden for me but your number of practices might differ. I felt comfortable once I scored in the 90's consistently. The practice tests offered the greatest number of questions and allows you to comprehend the theories behind the questions. I also went over the free TEA practice test. There's only about 40 questions here, but they were helpful because they offered theories behind the answers. Take as many practice exams as you need to, just don't memorize the answers. Memorize the theory. There weren't any questions on the real test that were exactly the same as the practice tests. Know the terms on the flash cards because you never know which terms will be on your test. I was told beforehand that there's many ELL questions and they were right! Just re-do the ELPS lesson from your intern portal. It's equipped with info, quizzes, and great links you can print to study. This helped me the most with ELL. Make sure you know the difference between beginner, intermediate, advanced, and advanced high.

Test: This test was easier than I expected. I got a 274. I studied about 3 weeks for a few hours a day. Don't over think the answers because it really is very learner centered and common sense. Mark the answers you don't know and come back to them at the end. Try not to change your answers. Take a break after 50 questions, it helps to recharge your brain. I finished in 3.5 hours. If you're cold natured, wear a light jacket because it gets chilly in the testing center. Take a deep breath, relax, and do your thing. You will do just fine!

Strategy #8

This test was taken on Paper.

Study: I started studying about two weeks before the test. I used the free interactive test and the free state preparation manual. I bought the certify teacher test for $55 and the ETS manual from ets.org for about $19. I would say all these resources helped me. 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 thought the test was what I expected however I was expecting to score higher than a 263. Within 2.5 hours I was done. I used the elimination method. I would write ABCD on scratch paper and eliminate each one until I had the correct answer. I took one break. Make sure you arrive on time. Read, review, practice, pray, have peace of mind and you will pass!

Strategy #9

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I went to the face-to-face PPR review to get background information. I took the PPR exam on the review module and passed the first try with a 261. I went over the flashcards several times and took the quiz twice. I also did the interactive practice test online.

Test: The test was a little harder than I anticipated, but I was able to narrow down majority of my answers. Take your time on the test. I took small mental breaks at my seat to relax. I was very nervous about my outcome. I took my test Monday morning and got my results back on Friday. I passed with a 278.

Strategy #10

This test was taken on Computer.

Study: I started by taking the test on certify teacher to see how much I needed to prepare and passed the first time with a 242. I then went through each competency and identified the ones that I scored below 75% and made quizzes for each one until I felt comfortable. The only other resource I used was the prep manual from TEA. I felt sufficiently prepared after studying for about a week before the test.

Test: I felt that the test was pretty easy. Out of all the tests I have taken, I walked out of this one feeling the most confident I had passed. The most important strategy for me during the test and through my preparation was to read the questions more than once and identify exactly what it was asking. Usually if you feel that there could be a couple answers that are correct, read the question and look at EXACTLY what it is asking. Aside from that, keep in mind what everyone says about picking the best answer in a perfect world scenario, and you will do fine. I took the test on 1/23/15 and got my results on 1/27/15. I passed with a 282.

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