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Dance 6-12
Study & Test Strategies

Strategy 1

Submitted by Amber

Study Strategy

I purchased the Mometrix TExES Dance 6-12 (279) Secrets Study Guide. I read it cover to cover multiple times, highlighted important information, made flash cards, and took the practice exam in the back of the book until I received a 100%. I also used Quizlet to review vocabulary and the free study guide that ets offered online.

Testing Strategy

The test was about as hard as I expected it to be. I studied a few hours a day for about two months before taking the exam. There were quite a few questions covering dance history and musical theatre, so be sure to brush up on those topics. I passed on the first try! Good luck!

Strategy 2

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the online study guide and also the yellow book ‘Texes Dance’. It's pretty much the only study guide for this exam. Like previously mentioned, make sure you study up on dance history, various styles, and also kinesiology/anatomy. Don't forget your social dances like samba, rumba, etc. Knowing the rhythms of dances as well as reading meters will also help for this exam. Break down each competency at a time and study all of it. Quizlet was very beneficial, and best of all it's free!

Testing Strategy

My suggestion is to take your time and go over the exam twice. I took the exam and passed on 4/8/15. Passing the test isn't the hardest part. I did not study dance in college but was part of a team in high school and studied professionally in my community. Dance teaching spots are limited. Basically, my suggestion is to do well on this exam but also have a backup plan to complete your certification. Good luck!

Strategy 3

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used online sources - googled "dance test Texas" and found the TExES Dance 8-12 (179) Preparation Manual - ETS. There was a practice exam on there, and I took that a couple of times - very helpful. Some of those questions were on the exam so it did help with content and format of the exam. Honestly, it was a hard test and some of the questions you couldn't have studied for, you just had to do your best and pick the best answer because the questions were a little obscure. I don't think I could have studied any differently - could have purchased another study guide, but honestly, most of it was thinking critically to find the best answer.

Testing Strategy

Do study dance styles - jazz, tap, ballet, Afro-Caribbean, modern dance, etc. Also, study the rhythms of certain types of music like Schottische, for example. They will ask you this kind of stuff. It was harder than I expected, especially some of the dance history. The situational stuff wasn't that hard - just pick the most common sense answer you think. But the dance history stuff was more difficult - question about German mime in the 1930's - you can't really study for that kind of stuff - it's too obscure, so just pick the best answer you think.

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