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Mathematics 4-8
Study & Test Strategies

Strategy 1

Submitted by Ann

Study Strategy

I used the REA Texes study book with two practice tests, though it wasn't enough for Probability & Statistics, Trig, and Calculus. I also checked out several library books on various math topics, and purchased math text books from Half Price Bookstore. I also used the Pearson online practice test. I studied for about four months.
The one resource I didn't use and should have: the prep course intern portal. I was searching for so many sources that I didn't notice that this was available to me. I'm sure it would have helped.

Testing Strategy

This was the hardest exam I've ever taken in my life! I used practice tests until I scored in the 90% range. During these practice tests, I was finished within 2-1/2 hours.
I expected to have time for bathroom and water breaks. Didn't happen. There were questions on the test I've never seen before. When I got the 10 minute alert, I had about 20 questions that I had flagged for review. I ended up just guessing the answers on these.
I thought for sure I had failed, yet was surprised that I had passed with 85.6%!
There are some questions that are removed for the actual score, yet there's no way to know which ones those are.

Strategy 2

Submitted by Tesia

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I used TExES XAM, CliffNotes -Geometry ,Humongous Book of Statistics, Algebra, and Calculus, YouTube and UH practice quizzes.

Testing Strategy

The exam was harder then I expected. The wording on the exam is what really threw me off. Most of content I studied and thought would be on the exam was not. A lot of domain 6&7 was on the exam . I studied a lot of probability and stats but it was few questions on stats. I almost ran out of time and had to rush to finish. The exam covers a wide range of the domains but the questions are tricky, most are not straight forward.

Strategy 3

Submitted by Ashlie

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I purchased the TExES Mathematics 4-8 (115), 2nd Ed., Book + Online book. The material is good to review and the quizzes at the end also helped. The practice tests in the back of the book help but are a bit too in depth than the actual question but if you can do those you will do great.
Also something that really helped me was study.com instead of 240tutoring. If you pay the $40 you won’t be upset. The videos and explanation really helped. I highly recommend study.com

Testing Strategy

It took me 4 times until I actually passed. I was always super close but if you continue to do practice questions and study and review what you don’t know you will do great. It’s hard because you really do not know what to expect.

Strategy 4

Submitted by Alicia

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University of Houston practice tests and an 8th algebra book that I borrowed from a student.

Testing Strategy

Based on the practice tests from UH, this test was exactly what I expected it to be. I took 3 hours to complete the test on a Saturday, and felt really disappointed in myself upon leaving as I felt like I had not done my best. The results were posted on the Tuesday after that, and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I did pass. My advise would be to create an account for the UH tests and work the tests. They are based on all the different competencies you are expected to know, and they are extremely helpful.

Strategy 5

Submitted by Hai

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Used Khan Academy to review Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics and Calculus. Then about 10 days before the test, I started to work on quizzes available on UH website. I also Googled a lot for anything I do not know. I did not buy any study materials.

Testing Strategy

The test was easier than I had expected, and than the UH quizzes (especially the probability questions). It took me about 3.5 hours to complete the test and then another hour to go over all questions again. There were about 6-7 Calculus questions on the test. I read previous reviews and some people said there were almost no Calculus questions, but this was not the case for my test. Maybe not all of these Calculus questions were scored. I scored 296 out of 300, which was higher than I had expected.

Strategy 6

Submitted by Logan

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I used the University of Houston online quizzes. They were very helpful in knowing what to study. I also used the XAM book mainly for the practice test. Those resources help you know what to study and what to work on. I found Khan Academy videos the best resource for learning.

Testing Strategy

The UH quizzes were a lot harder than the actual test, especially the Calculus. Don't study anything besides very basic concepts of Calculus. The XAM practice test was pretty accurat,e even though it was a little bit harder that the real test. Study a broad range of things rather than more advance stuff. If you're good at Math, you'll be fine. Also, don't panic if you're doing poorly on the test, only 60/100 were scored on my test and I got a 293/300. Took the test on Thursday got scores back the following Tuesday.

Strategy 7

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Use the TEXES exam manual. Solve all the questions and you will be fine.

Testing Strategy

It is not all about math and even the math section had funny questions based on history of math (from egypt)... so use TEXES manual.

Strategy 8

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used several study resources. I used Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II textbooks, the Xam review and the study guide the state issued.

Testing Strategy

The test was pretty straight forward. Read each qestion very carefully. There are PPR type questions also. Make sure you review logic statements there were a few on there. Make sure you study thouroughlyand take your time (the test is long)and you will be fine.

Strategy 9

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I bought the Clifs Quick Reviews for Basic Math and Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Trigonometry, and Statistics. I spent a few hours each week going through the book and understanding the concepts behind the problems. These books are great and they explained everything to me. I found them really cheap on ebay. I then used the texes prep exam from online to review about a week before the test. It was somewhat helpful because it showed me the types of questions to expect.

Testing Strategy

I left the test feeling somewhat confident that I passed. (But, I had not done so well when I took the practice test, which had me a little worried.) There were about 13 to 14 questions from each of the Domains. Take breaks and don't get in a hurry. It is a long 3 weeks waiting for results. Good luck!

Strategy 10

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the free study guide and a Pre-Algebra's teacher's editions textbook. I also did 7th and 8th grade Math TAKS questions. Review basic statistics and trig principals. Review the definition of a function.

Testing Strategy

It was harder and it took longer than I expected. There were also many straight forward questions, as long as you know the formulas or "tricks" that help with math problems such as trig.

Strategy 11

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I studied Cliff's Notes for Algebra I and Basic Math. Both books are availabe at Borders or Barnes and Nobles.

Testing Strategy

Easier than I expected, but expect to stay 4 hours or longer. First, answer the questions you know. Then, go back and tackle the rest. You have plenty of time to finish the test.

Strategy 12

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The state prep. manual was helpful in terms of types of questions asked (format). I purchased a study guide through the online company Teaching Solutions, and it was not worth the money. I also checked out the following textbooks from the library and completed chapter reviews/tests: Calculus, Trig, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics.

Testing Strategy

The test was somewhat easier than I expected. Be sure to eliminate answers - you can usually get to two close answers. Take your time and don't get stuck on one question, skip it and come back. Read carefully!!

Strategy 13

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Used old textbooks/study guides (Cliff's Notes) on each math subject area. Go to Half Price Books for cheap study materials.

Testing Strategy

Easier than I expected - junior high math will come back to you. A good thing to look over are the formulas and properties used in Pre-Algebra and Algebra. There were few shapes/angles.

Strategy 14

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the TExES study material provided online. I also attended a study session provided by TExES Reviews (www.texesreviews.com). The TExES reviews study session was very helpful. They went over the state provided study guide as well as one they provided. It was like a crash course in so many of the objectives that I remembered from school, but needed a refresher. They also went over a lot of hte pedagogy type questions and re-acquainted us with the calculator.

Testing Strategy

Use the state provided study guide. If you have the time/money and don't feel that you can reteach yourself things, the TExES reviews is a great prep.

Strategy 15

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Online 4 - 8 math review from SBEC.

Testing Strategy

Just like I expected - hard, tricky, but not impossible. Know about probability and statistics!

Strategy 16

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I studied online study materials.

Testing Strategy

It was so-so. Test is not all math, there are PPR type questions also.

Strategy 17

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the state study guide, took the TAKS tests and also used 2 outside sources XAM math 4-8 study guide and a total ripoff morrison media study guide. I didnt take much math in college and that was a while ago so I knew I had to study alot. I gave my self a few hours a day to reteach myself math. I didnt study very much trigonometry and once I took the test I wish I had.

Testing Strategy

I thought the test was hard. About 30 questions in, I almost quit because I had quite a few trig questions that I had no idea how to solve. But I forged ahead and finished, by the time I was done 3 hours later, I didnt even go back over my answers because I knew I failed. BUT I PASSED! I was shocked! So the best advice I can give is Dont give up! Also I have my Xam online study guide and test questions plus my other study guide and test questions- both not written in that I will sell to someone for $25. Email me at davnich26@yahoo.com GOOD LUCK!!!

Strategy 18

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Used TEXES Preparation Manual (115 Mathematics 4-8). It was excellent in preparing for the test.

Testing Strategy

It was a bit harder and more challenging than expected. Study the manuals as thoroughly as possible. The problems are not simple math problems that are covered in 4-8 math.

Strategy 19

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the TExES review questions, and I also looked at previous TAKs questions for grades 4-8.

Testing Strategy

The TExES review did not help, neither did working previous TAKs questions. The test had a lot of probability questions, and hardly any geometry, which the TExES review concentrated on. Make sure you know probability and expecially functions. Know functions inside and out. There were probably 10 questions just on functions. Also, make sure you know questions like, "If Susie flips 4 coins 100 times how many different combinations of heads and tails can she get?" There were 5 questions in some form like this on the test. Overall the test wasn't extremely difficult, but I felt that the TExES review did not help AT ALL, neither did the previous TAKs questions. I felt like they mainly focued on 8th grade math since most of the questions were above a 4th, 5th, or even 6th graders level. Hope this helps you. Good Luck!!

Strategy 20

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I don't have a math degree, and I have no teaching or math work experience. I used the sample questions from the SBEC prep manual, Cliffs Quick Reviews for Algebra, Algebra II, Trig, Calculus and Pre-Calculus, and www.cliffsnotes.com on Geometry and Statistics. Taking the released TAKS test questions didn't help. Reading the competencies and cluing into the buzz words should help. KNOW your trig, linear and non-linear equations and probabilities. I would have memorized my sine, cosine, and tangent formulas and studied more probability types of questions.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than I expected. I got sick the day before and was not feeling well during the test. I started skipping a few questions and started doubting myself. Don't worry if you have to skip questions and come back to them later, and don't worry if you are the last person in your room to leave.

Strategy 21

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The study materials I used was a bunch of cliff note's Cliffs Quick Review. I studied from Basic Math and Pre-Alg, AlgI, Geometry. After studying and practicing some examples from those books, I went on and used the study guide provided by this site. I also have a strong background in Statistics (B.S. in psychology), so I didn't need to study much on Stats or probability. I had a bunch of geometry and statistic related questions. There are some advanced math to be aware of. KNOWING YOU DEFINITIONS will help you get by. Know what derivatives and integrals are for, know correlations and probability well. Know what function is, regression, and other major definitions. If you do this, it will make the test much easier. I probably would brush up on my theories (I got a Fibonacci question on my exam, Thank God I knew it.) and definitions more and probability.

Testing Strategy

It was easy and hard depending on the questions. Some probability questions were a bit tough and others were a breeze. There's a number of Pedagogy related questions too. Just remember: Counter examples for students making general assumptions, one on one interviews and testing, and most importantly, students are perfectly well behaved and wanting to learn. If you know your algebra and geometry, you'll do great. I books I recommend is cliffs notes, cliffs quick review: Basic Math and Pre-Alb, AlgI, Geometry, Statistics, and Pre-Calc. Also, using the review from this site helped me gauge what I need to work on. Study your definitions and theories. Know those well enough to recognize it. Also, study number patterns. What helps me learned was that I took notes. I created a binder filled with definitions, theories, and formulas to look over. Taking notes helps you remember more information. My score was a 267 using my strategy. So my studying did pay off, but my background helped also. If you don't have a strong background. Just study a little longer. I suggest getting Cliff Notes work books as well.

Strategy 22

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I studied the sample test (SBEC website). I also purchased and worked problems in the XAM - Math 4 - 8 Study Guide (Barnes and Noble). While working problems in the guide, I noticed a few wrong answers and bad formatting. I called the toll free number and they immediately overnighted another Math study guide. I also worked the chapter tests in an Algebra textbook.

Testing Strategy

To feel more confident in the days leading to the test, I wrote sample problems/formulas on index cards for last minute review. The day of the test, I used every minute of the test time.

Strategy 23

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Print and work through study manual. Through related links order a study guide. After going through two study guides you should be ready. That's all I did and I received a 93.

Testing Strategy

Be sure to bring pencils.

Strategy 24

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied using some textbooks for Algebra 2 from the school where I substitute taught. I learned that I needed to especially focus on trigonometry, statistics and probability from reading the Texas Teachers online community. I looked at chapters on those topics for extra study. I covered practically the entire Algebra 2 book and then I read most of Calculus for Dummies. I also checked an Abstract Algebra textbook out of the library to study Number Theory.

Testing Strategy

The test was easier than I expected. It took me about 3 and a half hours to finish. I had previously taken the Math 8 - 12 and missed passing it by 3 questions. The Math 4 - 8 was significantly easier than the 8 - 12. It seemed like the main thing 4 - 8 wants you to know is simply how to do the math. It doesn't focus on the advanced application of the principles as much as 8 - 12.

Strategy 25

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I ordered a book from online. It was helpful in explaining what material might be on the test.

Testing Strategy

It was much easier than I expected. When doing practice questions, I was averaging 60 - 70%, but I scored a 93% on the actual exam.

Strategy 26

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the State Prep Manual that is found on the website. I just did all the sample questions in the days before the test. Practice makes perfect!

Testing Strategy

The math test is much easier than the prep materials. Don't stress and you'll be fine.

Strategy 27

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used Ed Publisher's Pass the TExES Math 4 - 8 and the 115 Mathematics Preparation Manual. I took a pre-test from the preparation manual, and found my low areas and put extra study time in those areas. Made notes and reviewed before the test. Took the same test as a post test to test readiness.

Testing Strategy

Study and know the material. Pass the study guide from the State website (1st) without looking at notes.

Strategy 28

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used Pass the TExES from Ed Publishing. DO NOT BUY IT! It was filled with errors. I found a practice test that I used to get an idea of what would be on it.

Testing Strategy

It was easier than I expected with regards to the math questions, but harder than expected on the situational questions. I recommend that you take a few practice tests and as long as you have strong basic math skills you will be fine. The situational questions will not make you fail.

Strategy 29

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I found a book online that was helpful because I had nothing else besides the sample questions on SBEC website. The book, however, was incomplete. Had problems without solutions, editing errors. I don't remember the name, but it is a red spiral bound that looks like a copy of a book. I found it through the TxTeachers website.

Testing Strategy

I found it easier than expected. I think it is helpful to look at the competencies and topics and study from old textbooks.

Strategy 30

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Texas Teacher prep manual and Math 4 - 8 #115 Prep Manual sold at college bookstores. I probably would suggest more prep to be better prepared (Cliffs Notes, bookstore manuals, etc.).

Testing Strategy

Old guys like me need to prep on using some functions on calculator provided. Mine is 20 years old and operations now are a little different.

Strategy 31

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Do not buy the 'Pass the TExES' by Ed Publishing. It is full of errors. I used a book by XAM which was helpful for reviewing. I also reviewed the TAKS tests.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than expected. There are a lot of situational questions. The math questions are mostly higher level (some trig. and pre-cal).

Strategy 32

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I downloaded the state study guide and bought the Xam book. I developed flash cards with definitions, etc. Be careful with the Xam book, there were a lot of mistakes that threw me off.

Testing Strategy

Test was different than I expected. Very few "solve for x" type questions. Mostly word problems that required you to develop your own equations. Key to classroom questions, answer as in a perfect world. Take your time, take breaks.

Strategy 33

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used SBEC sample questions printed out in PDF. It shows you types of questions that will be on the test. Also, has a list of competencies which are subjects you will need to know. I would tell someone studying for it to do the SBEC questions to see weak areas and use online resources to brush up.

Testing Strategy

It was what I expected, mosty likely due to the fact that I looked at the sample questions. Don't over-analyze questions.

Strategy 34

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the online Texes preparation manual, the XAM study guide, and also looked up a few topics, functions, etc with the cliff note books. I think the test is most like the online Texes sample test.

Testing Strategy

I knew the test was going to be challenging and it was about what I had expected. Much harder than the XAM practice test and similar to the online test questions. I was surprised with the amount of pedagogy questions...I had far more of those than probability and geometry. I felt uncertain when I finished my test, but managed to pass. My advice, you really need to know everything. My test had no function questions and no sine, cosine, tangent questions either. The tests really are so different so...take a few weeks and have a general knowledge of most things and you should be fine. Good luck!

Strategy 35

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the XAM book and some Morrison Media cards. I also took notes of items that were unexplained or wrong in the book (you'd be surprised how often those pop up). I also gave myself plenty of time to study and soak info in.

Testing Strategy

The main thing I learned is that there are some questions you must work backwards, i.e. plug in the answers into the equation. Sounds easy, but the way the questions are worded, it is easy to make mistakes. Also, if you have time, go through the test again and check your answers. I know I corrected at least 3 or 4 minor mistakes that would have cost me the problem altogether.

Strategy 36

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used Preparation Manual for the TExES from The TExES Study Session company, it was a lot more useful for me than the guide provided by the state online. The questions were closer to the manual's examples than the states.

Testing Strategy

The test was easier than I was expecting. The state provided guide made the test seem like it was going to be a lot harder. There were a few things not covered by either manual, just use common sense, take your time, and don't stay on one question for too long, mark it and go back. Often seeing it later will give you a different way of looking at it.

Strategy 37

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I took Maths6-12 in Florida two years ago so this time it's not too hard. But my difficulty is in assesment. From the date I decided to take to the test date, I totally have less than a month to prepare. I read the free study guide from ETS and paid more attention to the knowledge skills on the list.

Testing Strategy

It's wired that they didn't accept driver license due to the citizenship reason. For those who are not American citizen, you need to take your passport. I am lucky that I can reschedule to the later time on the same day. But I stay there for about 10 hours. I did the test very carefully and try to make all the knowledge skills correct and try my best to do the others. So the result show most of the errors are in assessment. It took me about 4 hours to finish the test.

Strategy 38

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the XAM study guide. The content in the guide was great. But the practice test was full of errors. The errors are pretty obvious, so I still used it to study. I also practiced with every TAKS test I could get ahold of.

Testing Strategy

The test was exactly what I studied for. No surprises. Make sure you get a good night sleep. Make sure there is food in your tummy. Take your time reading the questions, and double, triple check your work. You will do great!

Strategy 39

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used Cliff Notes for Algebra I and Algebra II. I also bought a Geometry book as well as the TExES study guides found at your local university bookstore. Beware of the TExES guide, I found errors in the practice questions. I do not recommend this study guide. The Cliff Notes worked best for me and you can buy them for $5 at Half Price Books.

Testing Strategy

I found this test to be difficult considering I had not looked at any of the material in several years. With that said, I studied for a good three weeks. The test took me four hours to complete. The good thing about Math is that it's easy to use process of elimination by testing the answers. Focus on Geometry, Algebra and Probability. These areas make up over half of the test. The rest is on basic number concepts, mathematical processes and mathematical assessment.

Strategy 40

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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After reading the forum, I noted that those who studied 7th & 8th grade material struggled, while those that studied High School and College level material seemed to fair better on the exam. I went through the free preparation guides at www.texes.ets.org, taking the practice test to assess what I needed to work on. I scheduled a computer administered test a few weeks away, then started getting material from the Library and used book stores, brushing up on content I have not considered in a while (you know, decades) and in weak content areas. I used overview guides, Cliff's Notes, Schaum's, and textbooks. I studied & practiced everyday: algebra (especially Cartesian plane and patterns like Fibonacci series), trigonometry, some calculus principles, & statistics. Then I reviewed the domain/content for anything that sounded unfamiliar. I mainly tried to reinforce principles and concepts, not concerned about being able to work every problem in a text. (I should have found more material about number concepts.) Also, it was helpful to read some of the test taking strategies from TExES exam review books, also from the library.

Testing Strategy

Hard? The preparation guide gives you a good 'feel' for the kinds and styles of questions. The questions were not really difficult if you understand the principles, but the content area covered is BROAD - be sure you are at least familiar with all the domains and content. Expect some pedagogical questions. Be familiar with some concepts of development and education - the TExES prep book I reviewed (by KAPLAN) touched on some basics that I found helpful. Read the questions carefully - be sure your answer best addresses the question. In many questions, the difference between two answers will hinge on a single word, like "individual." Study regularly, and daily.

Strategy 41

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

study guide and a college math text covering all of the basic subjects. It had been 24 years since my brain has had to wrap itself around all the math. I studied a couple hours a day for 3 months or so.

Testing Strategy

It was very tough for me. Funny thing is i missed the most basic questions but did very well on all of the upper math and stats. It was a good fun challenge. I needed 240 and that's exactly what I got.

Strategy 42

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The test I took today was totally different than the other test I took and had failed. The study guide was not helpful. I did take the Region 10 review class so we shall see. A ton of functions.

Testing Strategy

Some items I had never seen on this test and I had passed the math test in Florida.

Strategy 43

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I took the test in March 2009 on the computer. I haven't taken a math course in about 20 years - and had taken through calc in college. I bought the cliff notes workbooks for Algebra, Geometry, Stat,T Trig, Pre Calc, and Calc. I really focused on Algebra (entire workbook), Geometry (entire workbook), and beginning Stat (first few chapters). I reviewed conceptually trig (very beginning of the book) and calc (very beginning of the book). Then I used the state book for exam questions. I took and retook that exam so I not only understood the question, I understood exactly how to apply the concept to another similar question. I sometimes made up questions to get the skill nailed down (especially for geometry). I did not memorize proofs and such, just understood what the proofs really mean for angles, 2 dimension objects, and 3 dimensional objects.

Testing Strategy

The test took much much longer than I expected. It was harder than I expected. I was tired at the end. some questions were quick, others took some time. If you come upon a question that stumps you, move on and come back to it. There were other test questions that triggered answers to previous questions. There were no exact test questions on the test that I had already seen. The computer center provides the calculators - I wasn't allowed to use my own. Know the basics of stat. Lots of Geometry. Few Trig questions on sin/cosine items. There are no snacks on site at my area, and my purse had to be locked up the entire time you are there. I could only bring in glasses. But I was allowed a break, and I had brought some snacks (which were left out in the break area).

Strategy 44

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the TeXes 4-8 Study Guide from the ETS website along with the XAM Study Guide. I also used some websites like purplemath.com.

Testing Strategy

Using the above, I scored a 276. The test was a lot easier than I expected although it was easy to get tripped up on wording. You didn't have to solve a lot of problems. The test just asked how you would solve them or how you would teach a certain concept to middle school students. Overall, not bad.

Strategy 45

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used ETS guide and the XAMS guide. XAMS has lots of errors in it. I also used an algebra text and P&S text. I think only about 1/3 of the material in the guides was on the test. I was shocked at the number of non-math questions. As I read these comments it is as if I took a completely different test than some others. I would spend more time studying concepts and less on actual problem solving such as - factoring, areas, volumes, and remembering formulas, most of which were not on the test.

Testing Strategy

The test was not hard but it was more complex than I expected. Mostly word problems, which take time to decompose. On the practice tests I was running around 3 hours total time, the actual test I used all 5 hours and could have used 30 minutes more. One trick is to watch for non-linear graphs. This took me awhile to get. I had an answer and I knew the graph had to be a line, so I ignored the 2 curved answers but could not fit the the answers into the line. Then I noticed the graph was non-linear (not log either), and the answers fit. Also, the rules for Computer tests are different than Paper. Paper allowed unlimited breaks, Computer was 1 break only. Not good if you had a large breakfast and hydrated before the test.

Strategy 46

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I read all the comments and strategies here in On-Line Study Community. It's a great help in choosing materials to study. I used Cliffs Quick Review (Algebra I&II, Basic Math & Pre-Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics & Pre-Calculus) available at Half Price Books, TEXES Preparation Manual and XAM Online. Cliffs books provide all the necessary information. TEXES Preparation Manual gives the type of questions we're going to expect in the test and a good practice in solving. XAM Online has a good overview of the domains and the pedagogy part.

Testing Strategy

It's easier than expected. There were a lot of algebra and probability questions. Study all the domains covered. It's better to overstudy. Don't spend too much time on one question. Guess than not to answer at all. Study for few hours a day. I studied 3-4 hours every night for almost 4 weeks. Good luck!

Strategy 47

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I studied with schaum's pre-calculus guide, and looked up statistics and probability on various online resources. I found this most useful to refamiliarize myself with terminology I had forgotten. I also did the practice exam provided by the state.

Testing Strategy

It was easier than I expected. i went through every problem twice and checked all of my work with a calculator. I was confident with about 90% of my answers. The test took me 3 hours and I got a 280.

Strategy 48

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Texes handbook and online supplement. Both were helpful. I would not study any differently. Prepare well though some questions on teh test are NOT anywhere in practice materials.

Testing Strategy

About what I expected. I passed eaily the first try.

Strategy 49

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used Cliff Notes and Demystified books covering all competencies- Basic Math, Algebra, Geometry, Trig, Calculus, Statistics and Probability. I took notes and spent a couple hours studying each. I also ordered the Pass the TExES Math 4-8 (available for sale for $25 if interested-regularly $40+tax+shipping. This was very helpful in understanding what would be on the test and how to identify the competencies.

Testing Strategy

I went in prepared but it was much harder than I was expecting. I check marked about 20 of the 90 questions and went back to them after I finished what I knew. I was convinced I failed the test but apparently didn't myself enough credit for the answers I did know. I passed but took 4 1/2 hrs of the 5 hr test.

Strategy 50

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the SBEC free study guide and purchased the Math 4-8 guide from Ed Publishing. Although the Ed Publishing guide had some errors and some sections were blurry, it was actually very helpful. It focused on competencies one at a time and gave examples for the type of material that competency entailed. It's not a great resource for learning the material. For more in depth subject review, I borrowed geometry, trig, algebra, and calculus books from the library. I also looked at free online math tutorials just for extra practice and vocab review.

Testing Strategy

The test had no surprises. It was exactly what I expected based on the questions in the SBEC guide and the content in the Ed Publishing guide. The balance and wording of questions were very similar to the SBEC practice problems. I spent just over three hours to take the test and review my answers. I took the test at a north Dallas center (Micro Tek)at 5430 LBJ Fwy. It was a very nice testing center - clean, computer stations were in good shape, and friendly staff. They provided drinks and snacks in the breakroom which was a nice perk :)

Strategy 51

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the XAM book and various Cliff's Notes (Trigonometry, Algebra, Statistics, Pre-Cal). The XAM book had quite a few errors and many typos, but helped with a lot of practice questions.

Testing Strategy

It was a lot easier than I had expected, and the XAM practice questions were harder than the actual test. The difficult part was the teaching methods section.

Strategy 52

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I used Mathematics 4-8 Texes Study Guide, "Pass the TExES Math 4-8", High School Math Exit exam study guide, and Math 4-8 TAKS study guide. Do a lot of math problems from the above mentioned books. Get familiarized with different scenerios of mathematics problems.

Testing Strategy

It was a little bit harder than I expected, but I could still complete the exam and I passed it. You need to think twice before you answer some of the test questions. Take your time. There's plenty of time to complete it. When I got my test booklet, I divided the number of questions by four hours, leaving one hour to re-check answers. This is very important!

Strategy 53

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I used Geometry Cliff Notes and an old 8th grade Algebra book. I would have studied probability more. The geometry stuff was very useful, but I needed to know more stuff on probability.

Testing Strategy

The test was much easier than I expected. Just take it slow and get a lot of rest before hand. You get a long time to take it and study probability.

Strategy 54

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I used the study guide recommended by ets.org. I also took the practice test.

Testing Strategy

It was a little bit harder than I expected but I stressed out way too much for no reason. Take the practice exam and learn the format as it will help greatly.

Strategy 55

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I used Pass the TExES Math 4-8. I would tell those taking it not to stress. The study materials were much harder than the exam.

Testing Strategy

It was much easier than I thought. The study material covered five times the actual content of the test. Simply refreshing your memory with basic Algebra and problem solving will be enough.

Strategy 56

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I ordered a study manual and practice manual. The study manual gave me a better understanding of the competency areas. It also made me think of areas beyond just working out problems. The only thing that I would do differently is study more.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than I expected. I would encourage anyone that is about to take the test to read, understand, and practice all of the questions and competency areas.

Strategy 57

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I used the TExES Generalist 4-8 (Math protion) free online study manual. The practice tests in my textbook and online helped the most. Also math.com for additional help.

Testing Strategy

Easier than I expected. Passed the first time with a good score. Take your time. You have 5 hours. I finished with plenty of extra time and I went back and re-checked every single answer. It puts you at ease just to not feel pressured that you haven't enough time to be thorough.

Strategy 58

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I took the test today on the computer. I used the 9th grade TAKS manual, the state study guide, and cliff notes.

Testing Strategy

The practice tests in both the 9th grade TAKS and the state study guide were easy, I missed only one or two. The actual test was not really about math...I had very few probability questions, and alot of angles and non linear equations. Know math definitions! The test is mostly giving you examples of something and then you state what the teacher is trying to teach. It is not about solving math equations at all...I'm not sure how well I did. I took about 2 hours to complete the exam and 1 hour to go over it.

Strategy 59

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I used the online state manual and the XAM Math 4 - 8 study guide. Working problems really helped. The XAM study guide had computational errors and the test didn't seem like the study guide. I would go to classes offered and get a great study guide and ALWAYS study theories and rules.

Testing Strategy

It was hard, but I expected it to be. Study as much as you can, understand the theories and rules of math. Know your math forwards and backwards and don't be anxious

Strategy 60

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Study Strategy

I used the State manual and the Pass the Texes book. The Pass the Texes concentrated on memorizing the domains and competency statements not content. Book had no practice test. I also reviewed geometry and Algebra study guides from the library. Work the questions from the State manual to get familiar with test.

Testing Strategy

It was what I expected. The test is long. Take your time and don't rush the questions. Use extra time to review questions.

Strategy 61

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Study Strategy

XAM book for TExES certification exam and the practice exam on the website. I would tell someone who is studying to definitely study both the book and the website. Also, there aren't very many "easy" questions on the test, but there are in the book. Be prepared for harder questions (or not many "easy" ones on the test). Know math beyond the grade level you want to teach.

Testing Strategy

The test questions were about what I expected although there weren't many "easy" ones, they were mostly average or rigorous. Also there were more questions related to teaching math than I thought there would be - so study that! Definitely look at the test on the website. Practice with the right kind of calculator.

Strategy 62

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I went over the book "TExES Math 4 - 8 grades". I read it and completed the practice Math test. I went over all the subjects for TAKS 8th grade and I answered all of the problems. I also studied the book "THEA for High School" and I went through the math problems.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than I expected. I didn't expect the PPR questions on strategies or lesson plans for Middle School. I would recommend to go over strategies for teaching Math.

Strategy 63

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Study Strategy

I did not study prior to the test. I was fortunate that I retained much of the subject matter and was fortunate to pass.

Testing Strategy

The test was more complex than what I anticipated. I would encourage others to study prior to taking the Math test just to be on the safe side.

Strategy 64

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Study Strategy

I used the Pass the Texes Study Guide and took the sample test on the State website.

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than expected but I would recommend using this study guide. I would recommend taking your time and checking over your work.

Strategy 65

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Study Strategy

Study manual helped me find out what I needed to review. I bought one Algebra and Trig manual and Barron's Geometry book from Barne's and Nobles.

Testing Strategy

Easier than I expected because I reviewed a wide range of math. I didn't know what to expect so I tried to study every chance I got. There were plenty of questions that dealt with graphs and indirect/direct relations.

Strategy 66

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Study Strategy

Worked through 8th grade Math book and college Algebra book.

Testing Strategy

A (light) touch of calculus, some geometry and trig.

Strategy 67

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I used library books, online practice tests, and 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math workbooks to study.

Testing Strategy

It was what I expected, some questions I know, others I did not.

Strategy 68

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Study Strategy

Resources from TEXES website work best. Don't buy any study guides, expecially mometrix. It was not good. Use Measuring up books and Math Teachers book of lists to fill in holes in yoru concepts and skills. Alos, there are good online videos on Youtube for brushing up on fuzzy skills. Set a study schedule and pace yourself.

Testing Strategy

The Math 4-8 was easier than I expected. I passed on my first try.

Strategy 69

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Study Strategy

I haven't done any math in 8 yrs. I studied Cliff Quick Review of Basic Math/Pre-Algebra and 9th grade TAKS study materials.

Testing Strategy

The exam is basically a 9th grade TAKS test. I passed. I recommend taking it online instead of paper. You get your results MUCH faster!! They give you scatch paper so that you can work out the problems.

Strategy 70

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I purchased practice tests. 100 questions each. 5 tests. Brushed up on calculations, algebra, geometry, basic math. I used this study method because I passed the Series 7 and Series 63. I would TOTALLY study about "teaching concepts'. None of my practice tests had those types of questions.

Testing Strategy

Harder than I expected. I was ready to do some calculations and crack down on some algebra/geometry. I hardly had any of those types of questions. One questions I recall was. "A teacher places 6 red disks on an overhead projector and places 4 blue disks over them, he then removes the 4 blue and 4 red disks, only leaving the remaining 2 red disks. What concept is the teacher trying to teach?" Scored a 225. 15 points shy. Oh well, back up plan is to take generalist tests and sub in the mean time to see what school district I want to work in. GOOD LUCK!

Strategy 71

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I used the TExES and XAM prep books. I took the TExES practice tests on CD 3 or 4 times. I also went over relevant sections my college text books, any thing I could get my hands on like my son's high school texts and TAKS study guides for grades 9 and 10 that I had. I studied the TExES and the XAM over and over.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than I expected. The questions seemed very different from what was given in the prep manuals. I took the whole 5 hours and had time to go back and work a few problems and actually changed a few answers, which I believe helped. I was afraid I might not have passed. But I passed with a 244. So don't give up, keep working through it with positive mind frame.

Strategy 72

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I tutored others in math which helped me retain the needed information. I also met with a high school math teacher and brushed up on the objectives that I knew I had problems with.

Testing Strategy

Lots of trigonometry is involved on the test (I cannot stress enough how much this area appears, over and over and over). Know the different types of assessments and how to implement them. Pray and take your break!

Strategy 73

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I purchased the Texas Teacher's software, practice exams, the XAM online book and also took a Region 10 study class. Of all these, the most useful was the XAM online book (has some typos) and definitely the Region 10 class. It really had similarity to the test - except for the professional development part.

Testing Strategy

The test was easier than I thought it would be. The first time through the test, I answered only the questions that didn't require any calculations. Then I went back through and worked the problems, marking the ones I was unsure about. Then I went back and re-read and re-worked those problems. The calculator they gave me to use was a little different, but I didn't need it much. Also, they only give you two sheets of paper. You have to turn those in to get more. The best thing I did was definitely the Region 10 class. It was a lot of work (and not inexpensive) but saved a lot of time with getting me to study the right things. I would study functions quite a bit, including shifts. Also, there were quite a few questions dealing with angles. Not all the formulas I used were on the test given formulas - be prepared for that.

Strategy 74

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I used XAM and the practice test from texes.ets.org. XAM did have typos and the explanation of the topics were complicated, but at least all the material was gathered in one book. I rushed through it to refresh my memory because I did not have much time to get ready for the test.

Testing Strategy

Thanks to everybody who posted their comments on here! They sure helped me get ready for the test mentally. The test had some easy questions, some difficult ones (which could still be solved), and a few that I couldn't figure out. I had a lot of questions on functions, probability, teaching, and no trigonometry. I agree with others, if you don't know how to solve a problem, do not spend much time on it and leave it for later. By question #30, my brain couldn't think any more and I still had 60 more questions, so I started to leave the most difficult problems for the end. Take your time, you have 5 hours. I took 4 hours and 50 minutes, and I took it on the computer. I took it on Saturday and had my scores on Tuesday.

Strategy 75

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Study Strategy

I used the state study guide, and the math section from the Generalist book from XAM. Lots of errors in their books but a solid review. I also taught high school Algebra for 3 years.

Testing Strategy

More calculus than I expected for a middle school exam. Overall, a fair exam. I passed fairly easily. Don't over-think the answers. I finished the exam in 2 hours, and I then took an hour to review it.

Strategy 76

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Study Strategy

I went to www.onlinemathlearning.com. I also used the XAM study guide and college textbooks.

Testing Strategy

The test was tricky but I think I over-prepared. Study these areas: Fibonacci Sequence, geometric probability, functions, interpret graphs for Algebra, stats and geometry, cartesian coordinates, spatial reasoning, deductive/inductive logic, trig (know how to apply sin and cos), lengths doubled - how does that affect volume, surface area, Pythagorean Theorem, definitely know how to calculate area of geometric shapes, 1 calculus question about tangent line of a circle and finding the rate of change, know how to calculate area of a circle, a couple of geometric net questions, and a few questions on teaching math and either what works best for students or what is the teacher trying to get across to their students (you really can't study for these, you just have to choose the best answer). There were very few questions regarding performing calculations, and most questions were application based. No questions on educational theory like Piaget or Blooms. Don't be nervous. Get rest the night before and eat before the test. It took me 3.5 hours to complete 90 questions. Take a break halfway through the test.

Strategy 77

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I did the sample questions found on the texes.org website. Other than that, I just flipped through my daughter's high school Algebra book to try and re-familiarize myself with concepts that I hadn't seen in 20 years.

Testing Strategy

I expected it to be harder than any 4-8 grade Math test, but not as hard as it really was. It had concepts about probability that I hadn't seen since college. There was some geometry and calculus also. It was hard but I made a 253.

Strategy 78

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Initially I got Cliff Notes Quick Review for Basic Math and Algebra and Geometry to refresh my memory. Then I started studying from the XAM Texes Math 4-8 study guide, which helped me figure out what to focus on. I thought the XAM was confusing and they didn't do a really good job explaining how to do the problems. I was starting to get discouraged, but then contacted a friend that is a really good tutor and I sat down with him and he really helped me understand the concepts. After studying for 8 hours a day for two weeks I felt completely ready to take the exam. Contact me if you would like his info.

Testing Strategy

The exam was so different from what I was expecting. The questions seemed so different from the ones in both the XAM book as well as the ones in the State manual. The actual math calculations weren't hard at all but there were so many conceptual questions that had me second guessing myself. When I walked out of the exam, I wasn't sure whether I had passed or failed, but was extremely happy that I passed with a 258!

Strategy 79

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Study Strategy

Studies the XAM for TExES Math 4-8

Testing Strategy

I downloaded the study manual off the test website, but that wasn't much of a help considering it didn't have an answer explanation like the XAM study manual. If I got the question wrong, I wanted to know which step in problem solving did I miss. The XAM offeres that. It costs about $60 at Borders/ Barnes & Noble. Well worth the money. I walked out of the test center feeling uneasy, but got my test scores and I passed! I was really relieved. I strongly recommend it. The test had a lot of probabilities and statistics but worded tricky. Make sure you read through the question twice and understand exactly what the question is asking for. Review your trigonometry as well. There are several on those......

Strategy 80

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Study Strategy

I got Cliff's Notes for Pre-Cal, Trig, Algebra I and Algebra II. I also took online test provided through Texas Teachers website (link to practice tests). I also bought a study guide as a last review a week before the test from a bookstore. I even went online and found tutorials over information I was rusty on or had difficulty mastering

Testing Strategy

The test was easier than I expected. The online practice test was a lot more difficult than the actual test. I felt overprepared, but would still have studied the entire amount even knowing the test was easier than expected.

Strategy 81

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Study Strategy

I have not taken the content exam yet, but I have been studying cliffnotes from basic math through precalculus. I printed out the Texes preparation manual math 4-8, and I still don't understand how to study for the content exam. Can anybody help me find good resources to help prepare for the exam?

Testing Strategy

I don't understand how to solve some of the questions on the preparation manual math 4-8.

Strategy 82

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Study Strategy

I used the Pass The Texes study book from Ed Publishing, used the state prep guide, and bought some Cliffs study guides in all the different disciplines (calc, trig, geometry, algebra, stats). I found that using the state prep guide and the Ed Publishing materials as a framework to study from the Cliffs texts worked well. My weakest areas were in pedagogy and assessment, which accounted for most of the items missed on my test. I don't know how I would study differently for that portion, as it seems somewhat judgment-bound.

Testing Strategy

The test was about what I expected. Not too many problems that involve any real problem-solving or calculation. Much of the test was conceptual in nature, so a focus on general principles and theory would probably be beneficial. As for tricks, I would just say to narrow down the choices on questions you are unsure of, and review your work as a self-check at the end of the test. I received a 266 on my first try using my strategy.

Strategy 83

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Study Strategy

TAKS, CLIFF NOTES, STATE MANUAL

Testing Strategy

I posted strategy 65, and I got my results I PASSED!!!!!!! SOOO EXCITED!!! Competency 001-003 (Number concepts) had 12 questions Competency 004-007 (Patterns and Algebra) had 17 questions Competency 008-011 (Geometry and Measurement) had 19 questions Competency 012-014 (Probability and Statistics) had 12 questions Competency 015-016 (Mathematical Processes and Perspectivies) had 8 questions Compentency 014-019 (Mathematical Learning/Instruction/Assessment) had 12 questions Took the test Monday, got my results Tuesday...if you know math, study processes and definitions. There is alot of "what is the teacher trying to teach" questions.

Strategy 84

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Study Strategy

I used a few prep books for 4-8 Mathematics and www.texesprep.com. Promo code:SAVE-JWAS to get a 10% discount. The website listed helped me out the most out of the all the prep materials I used! Don't rely on only the prep books you find in the bookstore since the question on the real exam are a lot harder, which is why the website www.texeprep.com works best!

Testing Strategy

The test was somewhat difficult, but with the help of www.texesprep.com, you will easily pass the exam with enough effort! And also make up test question similar to the practice exam from the website!

Strategy 85

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Study Strategy

The University of Houston has a free resource created to prepare educators for the mathematics portion of their teacher certification exams. This website, found at www.online.math.uh.edu/texes4to8/ , gives access to over 20 different online quizzes which cover a wide range of mathematical topics and concepts, based around the TExES 4-8 Mathematics Competencies. These free resource materials should be useful for: • Texas educators preparing for the TExES 4-8 Mathematics Exam • Educators everywhere who are preparing for other mathematics-based certification exams Individuals can take as few or as many quizzes as they want, in any order, depending on the content which they need to practice. The quizzes are graded automatically as soon as they are submitted, and people have the option to take each quiz again and again. Most of the quiz questions are programmed so that the numbers are different each time that the quiz is taken, allowing people to practice the same content without repeating the exact same problems. A discussion board has been set up so that users can ask others how to solve quiz problems, and also lend their expertise on topics which they have mastered.

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Strategy 86

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I passed the old test and used that material to study for the current test and failed by one questions. In preparation for the second attempt I bought XAMonline, filled up a spiral with notes and studied for 7 weeks. I got a 265. I also used the website www.mathisfun.com to fill in the gaps.

Testing Strategy

The second time I took the exam I really focused, used process of elimination and was fine. I STRONGLY recommend the study guide and test practice. Well worth the $20. used amazon price.

Strategy 87

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Study Strategy

I used the TExES manual and bought two exams from texesmiddleschool.com. However, neither were the best solution.

Testing Strategy

I am an accounting graduate with a minor in statistics and I tutor math. To me this was by far the hardest test I have ever taken. Not all the questions were math questions. There were also alot of probability questions, luckily I knew those. About 15 questions in I was so upset I knew I was not going to pass. I started to skip around answering the ones I knew and made educational quesses on the other ones. I am very proud to say I passed I got a 240 exactly. I plan to take the high school soon but I definitely will get better study material so I am better prepared. Don't give up take your time, you have 5 hours and that is plenty for only 90 questions. Just study probability, geometry, algebra and you should be fine.

Strategy 88

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Study Strategy

I prepared from XAM and followed the preparation manual. I also used, state text books for Algebra 1 and my son's Geometry text books were very useful.

Testing Strategy

I took the paper based test and there were some very tough questions that I did not know. I first solved the easy ones, then went back to the tough ones. There were a lot of statistics questions. You had to analyze from the graphs given. There was mostly High School Geometry. I think most of the tough questions are the non scored ones. There was little probability. I made a 266. Just be sure about all the concepts.There were a lot of questions from Algebra 1 functions as well.

Strategy 89

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I used the REA preparation manual.. The test prep format was close to the actual test, so I felt comfortable. I made flashcards with vocabulary and formulas. I was not provided with a formula sheet and was glad that I was well-prepared and had memorized everything I would need. I didn't spend much time on the last two chapters of the book and passed these easily on the practice tests.

Testing Strategy

I found the actual test to be a little bit harder than the practice test. I made sure to keep a good pace and mark the questions I found difficult. I didn't want to spend too much time on one problem and marked them for review later. This helped as I was able to find the answers on the second review. I finished with 45 minutes left to go and used the review button to make sure I didn't leave any questions unanswered. I scored a 272. I took the test on a Tuesday morning and had my score by Friday 2 pm.

Strategy 90

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I'm an engineer major, so I had a good grasp on math concepts. I also taught under a probationary contract in NC, which helped me with the classroom scenario questions. I used the REA Mathematics 4-8 Review Book. I started off taking the first practice test provided on the CD,w hich I passed with a 242/300 (you need a 240 to pass). I recognized I only used 2.5 out of the 5 hours allotted for the test after analyzing each question I got wrong and reviewing the correct answer. I went back and worked through each chapter, focusing mainly on the concepts I did not remember. I made flash cards using the terms I needed to remember. The practice test on the CD was set up much like the test would be.

Testing Strategy

The difficulty level of the test was as expected. What I did not study as much seemed to have me tripped up. My particular test did not have as many Probability and Statistics questions as I thought. A lot of Geometry and measurement problems. I worked through the whole test at a comfortable pace for me (which tends to be rather quick), and marked the questions I needed to spend more time on. I then went back to those questions and took my time, re-reading those questions 3 or 4 times if necessary. RE READ the questions. Remember you do have access to a formula sheet while taking the test. That came in handy; at the same time some formulas you just need to know. The best thing to do is have a study plan (take a realistic computer based practice test or two & review) come up with a system, know the pace that works for you and stick to it. For me personally, there was no way I could make myself sit through 5 whole hours. I would have started second guessing too many answers. I completed the test in a little over 3.5 hours, and passed with a 282/300rn

Strategy 91

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I'm an engineer major, so I had a good grasp on math concepts. I also taught under a probationary contract in NC...which helped me with the classroom scenario questions. I used the REA Mathematics 4-8 Review Book. I started off taking the first practice test provided on the CD...which I passed with a 242/300 (you need a 240 to pass). I recognized I only used 2.5 out of the 5 hours allotted for the test. After analyzing each question I got wrong, and reviewing the correct answer. I went back and worked through each chapter, focusing mainly on the concepts I did not remember. I made flash cards using the terms I needed to remember. The practice test on the CD was set up much like the test would be.

Testing Strategy

The difficulty level of the test was as expected. What I did not study as much seemed to have me tripped up. My particular test did not have as many Probability and Statistics questions as I thought. A lot of Geometry and measurement problems. I worked through the whole test at a comfortable pace for me (which tends to be rather quick), and marked the questions I needed to spend more time on. I then went back to those questions and took my time, re-reading those questions 3 or 4 times if necessary. RE READ the questions. Remember you do have access to a formula sheet while taking the test. That came in handy; at the same time some formulas you just need to know. The best thing to do is have a study plan (take a realistic computer based practice test or two & review) come up with a system, know the pace that works for you and stick to it. For me personally, there was no way I could make myself sit through 5 whole hours. I would have started second guessing too many answers. I completed the test in a little over 3.5 hours, and passed with a 282/300rn

Strategy 92

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Study Strategy

XAMOnline TExES Mathematics 4-8 115 Book. I read this book from cover to cover and took the practice test. I also took a sample test online at http://www.texesmiddleschoolmath.com which helped with getting used to the layout.

Testing Strategy

For the most part the test was easier than expected. The teaching application type questions made me stop and think for a second - If I had to do it again I would have spent a little more time studying that last chapter of the review book. That said, I wasn't a math major in college but I passed with a 292/300.

Strategy 93

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Study Strategy

I recommend 1) TEXES 115 Math by Trena Wilkerson (not perfect but good enough) and 2) Cliffs notes. The Wilkerson book is VERY helpful for the statistics section. The Cliffs notes on Geometry was a great source.

Testing Strategy

I scored a 95%. I thought that the test was challenging and took 5 hours. Pay careful attention to statistics (number of possible combinations and probability), angle rules for geometry, and basic math properties (closure, for one). I thought that it was hard.

Strategy 94

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Study Strategy

I used the REA math 4-8 and the Xam book math 4-8 book. Both were good tools, I did find the XAM book to be more in depth though.

Testing Strategy

The test was about the same as I expected. Be sure to study Geometry, there was alot of on the exam. Also be sure to eat a light, but filling breakfast those 5 hours go by quickly, but your body will feel drained afterwards. Also take time to go back and read over your answers after the exam, some things triggered others during the exam.

Strategy 95

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Study Strategy

I used the REA study guide (ISBN 978-0-7386-0645-3), the sample questions from the ETS website, and SparkCharts for reviewing formulas quickly. The REA study guide was spot on with regards to the types of questions, although there were a few errors in the book (wrong answer marked, etc.).

Testing Strategy

The test was what I expected, and I scored a perfect 300. I'd definitely recommend the study guide I used. I took about 4 hours to complete the test. On the first run through, I answered what I could and marked the ones I answered but wasn't confident about. Then, I went back and answered the ones I had skipped (about 6 questions). Then, I went back and went over the ones I had marked as being less confident about. Finally, I started with the 1st question and went through all 90 again, checking my math and verifying I answered the right question. That's one thing I'd recommend- one of the biggest errors I made on practice tests was not answering the question asked (I'd mark an answer for angle A instead of angle B, for example, because I'd read the question too quickly). Definitely slow down and make sure you are answering the question asked- they will put answers to common mistakes, so you'll think you are answering correctly even if you may not be. I think that is what made the biggest difference in my score on the practice tests vs. the real test- I slowed down and double checked everything.

Strategy 96

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I only studied for about a week before the test because I signed up last minute. I primarily used the U of H online study quizzes for Math 4-8. Also, I went through the sample test ETS provides at the end of the preparation manual. My best advice is if Math is your strong subject, you don't have much to worry about. Just review a lot of trig, geometry, and probability questions. However, there were a few PPR type questions about formative and summative assessment, but not hard. If Math isn't your strong subject, you might want to prepare months ahead of time.

Testing Strategy

The test itself is hard primarily because it's so long. The material wasn't overly challenging, except for a few questions.I walked out of there drained and questioning how well I had done. I ended up scoring a 273 out of 300, with 240 being the passing number.

Strategy 97

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Study Strategy

I studied for two months. For University of Houston quizzes, some of the questions helped especially the world problems one, the Geometry part helped too. They are free and get you familiar with different Math questions. I chose to study the TExES prep and bought 3 quizzes for $13 each, which helped me.

Testing Strategy

I took my TExES 4-8 Math test in July. The test was very challenging, however most of the questions on there did not look like the ones on my practice tests. You really had to know the concept front and backwards. I was not given a formula chart for the test, so study those. Also know ASA, SAS, probability, etc. As far as trig, the test will give you a scenario instead of an equation to solve. I scored a 253 for my first time! Good luck to you all!

Strategy 98

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I studied for the test for 2 months. I started studying the UH Quizzes. I also made notes for everything I needed to study. Quizlet has definitions that a person can study for. I made my own flash cards as well. I bought the XAM book; it was was somewhat helpful but it has a lot of errors in it. The sample test in the back of the book was not helpful for me at all, it was too easy. I also used TExES prep and bought 3 tests. Some of the question from TExES prep are really easy and then some of them are really hard; sure enough one of the hard ones was on the actual test. I personally liked TExES prep, it gives you a feel of the actual real test.

Testing Strategy

It was challenging, but i stayed positive. The test didn't have a lot of questions where you had to solve the problem. The test was really asking me about the concept in depth. Some questions I remember are: giving me a picture and asking about the different side angle side method, giving me another picture and I had to figure out how to set up a proportion problem from it, I had to solve the area of a parallelogram that was on a coordinate, probability questions, true and false questions, and 2 fill in the blank questions. As far as Calculus knowledge, I didn't need to solve anything, I just needed to put the equation with the picture. Definitely know your interior angles, equations, and exterior angles. Study Geometry, your formulas, permutation and combination. TExES prep helped me since it's in the format of the test. I made a 253 on my first try. If you study, you will do fine!! GOOD LUCK!!

Strategy 99

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I used the University of Houston quizzes, but they were way more advanced than needed! Nevertheless, it's free and some of the quizzes made me study for concepts I had forgotten. I then bought one practice exam from Exam Edge, and this was much more realistic! I highly recommend that. I studied four hours, for a week.

Testing Strategy

Know probability, permutations & combinations, geometry, the concept of a derivative, math vocab, and teaching strategies for math. There is a formula chart, but you have to search for it under the "help" tab. I didn't realize this until half way through the exam. If you're going to do a brain dump in your scratch paper, write small because they won't let you get extra until you turn in your used packet and you can't tear out just one sheet. Make sure you are pacing yourself. I went a little slow, then had to rush and that was stressful. I passed, and it was easier than I expected. I understand basic concepts and studying helped me polish up.

Strategy 100

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I used the free prep materials on ETS and the University of Houston has a great resource for quizzes. This was the most helpful tool. Some questions are word for word with the actual test. You can retake the quizzes up to 19 times: https://online.math.uh.edu/texes4to8/. Khan Academy comes in handy for explanations. Focus on Calculus, Trig and Algebra, all the way through college. The test really focuses on procedures and process. From slope, dilations, variation, combinations, permutations, financing, percents, probability and derivatives, all the way to down to place value, adding and subtracting fractions. Download the calculator as well. I studied for 3 weeks and 40 hours in total.

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The test is definitely challenging. I was able to go through the test in about 3 hours and had the remaining time to go back to ones I skipped or marked. I would highly recommend using the break. Scored a 248.

Strategy 101

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I only had about 4 days to study for this exam. I have a background in Journalism, but I tutor Middle School Math. Unfortunately, I was unable to purchase any study guides for this exam because I just did not have the time for them to ship to me. I used the preparation manual from ETS website and used the practice questions ProVideo on the U of H website, at the recommendation of previous testers. Both were helpful to me. The U of H site had questions that were far more difficult than the actual test. The training manual gives an idea of what can be expected on the exam. My only regret is that I did not have more time to review Calculus and Trig.

Testing Strategy

The test is not easy, but it was not as hard as I expected. Some of the questions were very challenging, mainly the ones that covered competencies 6 and 7. Luckily, those questions were few. I did skip through the test and answered the questions that were easier for me, then came back to the ones that were more difficult. This strategy worked well for me, because I was better able to focus on those questions towards the end. I spent about 3.5 to 4 hours on the test, including the review. I scored 254 on my first try with very little opportunity to study. If I had it to do again, I would definitely spend more time preparing for this test.

Strategy 102

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I majored in Quantitative Economics and have a minor in Mathematics. I also taught and tutored Mathematics in my community. Because of this, I only bought Mometrix study flash cards and the XAM book.

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It was a difficult test, because it is very long and I got bored reading through the material. I went through once and flagged a couple of questions for review. I reviewed those and selected an answer. I submitted the test right away with three hours left and then just left. It was rough, so be prepared to focus for long periods of time. I did not get a perfect score and you will have to work in order to achieve a passing score regardless of how much time you spent studying.

Strategy 103

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I have a business degree and I hadn't taken a Math class in 20 years. I bought the REA-115 book and after studying did the practice tests in the back and scored around 90-95%. Then I took a practice test at UH-CL which they offer every month. It was a paper version of 115 and looked official but an older version of the test. It was really difficult (lots of Calculus/Trig problems) and I scored a 210. I never took calculus in school, so I was really worried. I started doing calculus problems on Kahn Academy and bought the XAM book for 115 and as well as High School Math. I also went to the UH website that many others on this forum recommended and did the practice problems there. That is a great resource with lots of practice problems that are similar to the test.

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I was really worried about the calculus problems, as well as some of the replies on here. In my opinion, it ended up being very similar to both the XAM and REA books. Thankfully it was not similar to the UH-CL practice test I took. There was actually only one calculus problem that I had to solve, most of the other calculus problems on the test were on theory. Both REA and XAM are good books, but XAM is superior because it does a better job of organizing by competencies. If I had to do it over again, I would have purchased XAM and did the practice problems on UH website - that would have covered everything. I scored a 274 the first time. Good luck!

Strategy 104

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I studied for about three weeks using the free test questions from the University of Houston http://online.math.uh.edu/texes4to8/. It covered Domains 1-3 however, it did not provide you with the correct answers or how to solve the ones you missed. The University of Houston practice tests helped prepare me the best for the test. You can take each test up to 19 times. I also bought five tests from Texes Prep.

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The test was 100 questions. I took the test on Thursday afternoon and received my scores the following Tuesday. I made a 286. I used all but five minutes of the five hours allowed. I did not have time to review all of my answers. I only had time to review the ones I marked and the ones I had skipped. I would recommend you take the time to reread each word in the problems to make sure you are not assuming what they are asking. Best wishes!

Strategy 105

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The most helpful study tool was the University of Houston practice quizzes online. They are quizzes by competency so you know what areas you need to study more and what areas you know well. It's free and awesome! http://www.online.math.uh.edu/texes4to8/. I also used the XAM study book, which was not the best quality but the sample test helped. I studied for two weeks, for probably a total of 40 hours. I have a minor in Math so that helped. I would study differently by reviewing more of the instruction and assessment competencies. Also know real numbers, imaginary numbers, integers, etc. There is a lot of triangles and polygons and general geometry.

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The test was about as hard as I expected however, the sample questions in study books and online are harder. There are not very many computational problems on the exam, but you have to know how to solve or set up questions. Know direct/inverse proportions, graphs and functions, stats and factorials and geometry shapes and angles. The teaching strategies part was hard and I didn't study that stuff. I took the test Friday morning and got the results Tuesday before 5. I got a 286. I took about 4 hours and went back through the questions I was unsure about.

Strategy 106

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Even though I had done some tutoring and after school program work in the past, I did not go to college to be a teacher, let alone a math teacher. I had calculus and college algebra but that was many years ago. I liked math and did well in mathematics up to calculus in High School. I spent about five weeks to study for the test. I began by going through this study community to find suggestions. I bought the TExES 115 Guide by REA. This was one of the best resources for preparing for the test. I recommend studying this first and going back through it later. It also gave a good idea of what to study for the test. Even so, by itself is not sufficient as there were quite a bit of questions on the exam that were not included in this resource. I also got the TExES 115 (XAM) study guide and went over this next. This one almost made me quit. It was very theory based and covered advanced material that was not on the test, let alone covered in middle school math. The practice test was somewhat helpful. I recommend just scanning through it and referring to the examples. A person can pass without this resource however, this made me decide to put off taking the test a few weeks and this was a good idea. The actual test was harder than I had anticipated. I definitely needed to study to pass. I went through Cliff Notes: Basic Math, Algebra 1-2, Geometry, and Statistics which was helpful. I also bought pre-calculus and trig but these were not needed, although other people suggested using them as well. I covered the ETS TExES preparation material. Most helpful were the sample questions and also ordering the 50 questions with solutions from ETS. This one is essential for knowing what the actual test will be like. I used the 50 question extra practice test (costs money) a few days beforehand and it gave me confidence as well as to know what to study before I took the actual test. T-Cert is too brief and not very helpful but free. 240 Tutoring was alright though not absolutely necessary. Certify Teacher was okay for the practice exams but most of the questions were repetitive. A lot of questions don't reflect what is on the actual test so it is not necessary.

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I got a 289 out of 300. I spent the whole five hours to complete the exam. I only had time to review questions I left blank or were not sure of. I started with the questions I knew how to do easily first. I also narrowed down answer choices if I was unsure. The teaching scenario questions are fairly tricky. Most of the test consisted of math problems and only a small percent had to do with classroom situations. It is definitely possible to pass this test without studying math or teaching in college, as long as one has the basics as a foundation. However, take time to study. I studied probably 20-30 hours a week for 5 weeks.

Strategy 107

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It's a long test (5 hours). Therefore, I would recommend getting your eight hours of sleep the night before and picking up a light breakfast. The test itself was somewhat challenging. I scored a 281 on my first try. I didnt review the test when I was done but feel I should have.

Strategy 108

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I used the REA book and the State Prep Manual, and I studied off and on for about 6 weeks. I have been tutoring middle school and high school math for several years so I had recently revisited several concepts. I have used Mr. Tarrou's Chalk Talk http://www.youtube.com/user/profrobbob to review concepts for tutoring, and that is a great source for anyone who needs to review basics. I took all 3 practice tests from these 2 sources, and I reviewed missed questions. If I had it to do over again, I would spend more time on Calculus and Probability as outlined in the Prep Manual. I would have also spent more time on Domains 5 and 6. I reviewed them quickly in REA the week of the test.

Testing Strategy

I took the test in the morning after an early bedtime, breakfast, and a workout. I did not take a break, but that might have been a good idea. I probably should have moved around a little more in that time. I felt like the test was harder than I was expecting, but I think that was because of the way I took the test. I worked on the hardest questions at the end, and I forgot how many easy questions I answered quickly. I ran through the whole test answering what I knew immediately or with little work. I marked everything else. If I had an idea of the answer that I needed to test, I put an answer with a mark. I numbered all of my work on my scratch paper so I could find it quickly. Once I got to the end of the test, I went back to solve what I could answer the quickest. I did this until I had an answer for all questions. I also ran through the test tutorial online at the TEA website. There are resources there, and it is helpful to use them. Make sure to read the questions carefully! I spent 15 minutes on one question because I missed one little part of the question. Once I read it the 4th time, I got the answer right away. It is better to read it several times from the start. If I had tested on paper, I would have seen my mistake right away. If you are visual/tactile, make sure to take at least one online practice test. The online tests in REA gave you a good feel for how the tests were administered, and they prepared you for answering questions on a computer. The content for those 3 tests combined gave a decent feel for the type of questions on the test, but there were still concepts on the test that were not covered in those tests. I was only allowed a certain amount of scratch paper, and I had to trade out sheets during the test. I had to see what work I had on the paper for unanswered questions so that I could hand in a page that I didn't need. If you use a lot of paper to work problems, keep this in mind. It felt like there were usually 2 good answers on some of the instruction questions. Take your time and think about each one. I scored 272, and I had my results 3 days after I took the test.

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