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Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12
Study & Test Strategies

Strategy 1

Submitted by Ishamar

Study Strategy

PPR reviews on YouTube, there is one of a lady reading the test, it really helps. There is another set of videos of a man going over every competency, that really helps as well .
I also got the certify teacher review, the pearsons review , and the texas teachers review test. the more reviews you do the better.Concentrate on the ELL's know what makes them advanced, advanced high, Intermediate and beginners.
The more review questions the better. Also read all the explanations to the questions. I did it all in like 2 weeks.

Testing Strategy

The test was okay considering everything I had studied.

On the test read the question a couple of times and break it down on the paper they give you. Take your time.
I ended up with a 267 on the first try.

Strategy 2

Submitted by Paula

Study Strategy

The TxTeachers PPR Course Review and PPR Video Review on website were the only resources I used to prepare. Watched/listened to the video once per week for 3weeks.

Testing Strategy

The test was easier than expected. I watched the PPR Review videos on TxTeachers website several times. The key points from the videos I received were: Use the 5hrs, take your time, read the questions three times before answering the questions, pay close attention to grade level the question is asking about, and answer question from a real world scenario. I passed with a score of 251.

Strategy 3

Submitted by Rick

Study Strategy

online resources and mentor directed dtudies

Testing Strategy

review, review, review

Strategy 4

Submitted by Kelsey

Study Strategy

This probably isn't the best method but I really did not study at all. I used Certify Teacher for about a month-month and a half. I just quizzed myself on the competencies 2-3 times and was getting the majority of the answers correct so I moved onto exam mode. I took the practice exam 5 times and passed every time with a significantly higher score. I only studied for about an 1-1.5 hours every Sunday for a month and a half. I also spoke to teachers I worked with who were in ACP programs as well as teachers who went to school to teach. Every single one of them told me they did not spend much time studying either and to take a few practice exams. Their advice was that the answers are based on the ideal world/best possible outcome. I did find this to be true. I felt like the majority of the answers are based on what is best for the students even if it is not always ideal.

Testing Strategy

The wording of the test is confusing but I felt like it was some what easier than the content exams. There were alot of questions about what the best method of teaching certain grade levels were and I chose modeling for all of them which I assume was correct. There were some technology questions and assessment questions I was unsure of but I felt like it was pretty straightforward. I didn't come out of the exam confident that I passed but I felt 50/50 about it. You need a 240 to pass and I made a 251.

Strategy 5

Submitted by kate

Study Strategy

I studied for 6 months straight. I took the test twice before I passed. The study material that I used was the "Are You Ready to Pass the TExES PPR" - I also used Certify Teacher. I didn't think Certify teacher would help but IT DID! It is somewhat similar to the actual test. I also studied my note cards and different practice tests regarding the PPR. I honestly think it helps if you taught for a semester or so.

Testing Strategy

The test I took was easy or maybe because I studied for it for 6 months. I made a 248 on it. Know what Dyslexia means, and how dyslexia students act in the classroom, and what IEP means. Know what the word Dialect means. Study the technology TEKS, what fair use means, the advantages/disadvantages of informal assessment, what Thematic teaching means, and the different networks: LANS, WANS, CANS, MANS. Know what scientific method means and based inquiry. Definitely know the ELPS! Know the difference between gross and motor skills and which one of these represent authentic assessment. Also, know who is over the teacher appraisal system, what horizontal and vertical teaming mean, and what social play is and what represents it. If I can pass, so can you!!! GOOD LUCK!

Strategy 6

Submitted by Jessica

Study Strategy

I took the practice exam provided by TEA several times. I reviewed all the correct and incorrect answers with the reasoning for each. I also used the practice state guide which you can find on the ETS website. Both resources were very helpful and closest to the actual test.

Testing Strategy

I studied for about a month prior to the test. Most questions always narrow down to two possible answers. Re-read the question and then re-read the answer choices. There were a couple of ELL questions; you must know the stages of beginners, intermediate, advanced levels. I passed on the first try with a few points to spare! If I could do it again, I would focus more on ELL and it's stages. You can do it! GOOD LUCK!

Strategy 7

Submitted by Natasha L White

Study Strategy

Remember exam key points: real world, student centered w/family involvement, diversity, collaboration, Blooms, Piaget, and ALL the levels of ELL (student and teacher). Make sure you go over ELL levels, Bloom's Taxonomy, and Erikson's stages of psycho-social development. Also, make sure you know what horizontal alignment and vertical alignment mean. I reviewed the T-Cert, Quizlet, the TEA study materials, and YouTube PPR. Also, know Piaget's cognitive development stages and understand abstract, high-order thinking and problem solving scenarios. Make sure you study ELL, Special Ed, GT, at risk teaching approaches, assessments and your responsibilities associated with these students. Know IDEA, IEP, ARD, different language proficiency levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced, advanced high and examples). Know human development at ages and examples. Most questions aim to test how you would teach different age groups. Make sure you understand acceptance use, fair use, copy right, FERPA, etc. 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. I used REA PPR study book ‘Are you Ready to Pass the TExES’. 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.

Testing Strategy

It was a little easier than expected. 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. I made sure to reread all questions and answers. Think perfect world scenario.

Strategy 8

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the materials provided by my alt certification program. Plus a few tips from other teachers.

Testing Strategy

I definately suggest that you have taught for at least a semester prior to taking this test. I did a lot better on this test than my 2 content tests. I actually made the mistake of clicking too quickly thru the continue buttons at the end...I did not realized that if you click that one too many times it takes you to the submit menu and you CANNOT go back and change your answers after that...HOWEVER I think that helped me because I did not go back and change any answers that I might have if I had that chance....worked out anyways. I do remember several questions that asked about "Mrs. Smith" is observing to students at a train table that are mimicking eachother ... goes and tries to show them the proper usage of the cars etc ...what could the teacher have done better...and why ? Plus several others about other "teachers" and what they were trying to teach -summaries, etc with questions about student interaction and how to best teach the material...

Strategy 8

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the materials provided by my alt certification program. Plus a few tips from other teachers.

Testing Strategy

I definately suggest that you have taught for at least a semester prior to taking this test. I did a lot better on this test than my 2 content tests. I actually made the mistake of clicking too quickly thru the continue buttons at the end...I did not realized that if you click that one too many times it takes you to the submit menu and you CANNOT go back and change your answers after that...HOWEVER I think that helped me because I did not go back and change any answers that I might have if I had that chance....worked out anyways. I do remember several questions that asked about "Mrs. Smith" is observing to students at a train table that are mimicking eachother ... goes and tries to show them the proper usage of the cars etc ...what could the teacher have done better...and why ? Plus several others about other "teachers" and what they were trying to teach -summaries, etc with questions about student interaction and how to best teach the material...

Strategy 9

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Texas Teachers online study cards.

Testing Strategy

A key to remember is that this test is a "student centered" test. If you have any doubts about any questions, make sure that you remember this. I remember a great deal of questions from the EC-4 areaa. I passed it on my first try. You will do well! I hope that best for all of you.

Strategy 9

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Texas Teachers online study cards.

Testing Strategy

A key to remember is that this test is a "student centered" test. If you have any doubts about any questions, make sure that you remember this. I remember a great deal of questions from the EC-4 areaa. I passed it on my first try. You will do well! I hope that best for all of you.

Strategy 10

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied the text book by REA "The best test preparation for TExES". It is comprehensive, and has 4 practice tests. Also I studied from the PPR material provided by TExES teachers. These two prepared me well enough for the test that I passed the test in the first try.

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than I expected. Keep the answers student centered. Take enough practice tests.

Strategy 10

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied the text book by REA "The best test preparation for TExES". It is comprehensive, and has 4 practice tests. Also I studied from the PPR material provided by TExES teachers. These two prepared me well enough for the test that I passed the test in the first try.

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than I expected. Keep the answers student centered. Take enough practice tests.

Strategy 11

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Download State Preparation Manual 2. Buy TExES PPR by REA 3. Memorize Competencies using "connection" A. Human Development - Diversity - Learning Theories and Processes B. Instruction - Engaging - Communication - Technology - Assessment - Management C. Safe - Positive - Productive - Orderly Classroom D. Community - Parent - Staff - Law - Ethics - Professional Development 4 Do ALL sample exams in 1 and 2 above again and again and again. The real test questions are just like them - same tone, same type. So practice, practice, practice. Close your eyes after you read each sample question and think about the answer.

Testing Strategy

It was easier than I expected because the test questions are so similar to the ones in the state manual and in the REA book. 2. Stay the whole test for 5 hours. Don't turn in your test early. You don't want to take it the second time, do you? 3. I was SO CONFIDENT with ALL my answers while doing it and I thought I would score 280 - 290. But my score report says I got 19 questions wrong. So "Go for the opposite" sometimes. 4. Go to Tom Hansen's TExES review by Texas Teachers. It's free. Or I should say it's included in your payment.

Strategy 11

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Download State Preparation Manual 2. Buy TExES PPR by REA 3. Memorize Competencies using "connection" A. Human Development - Diversity - Learning Theories and Processes B. Instruction - Engaging - Communication - Technology - Assessment - Management C. Safe - Positive - Productive - Orderly Classroom D. Community - Parent - Staff - Law - Ethics - Professional Development 4 Do ALL sample exams in 1 and 2 above again and again and again. The real test questions are just like them - same tone, same type. So practice, practice, practice. Close your eyes after you read each sample question and think about the answer.

Testing Strategy

It was easier than I expected because the test questions are so similar to the ones in the state manual and in the REA book. 2. Stay the whole test for 5 hours. Don't turn in your test early. You don't want to take it the second time, do you? 3. I was SO CONFIDENT with ALL my answers while doing it and I thought I would score 280 - 290. But my score report says I got 19 questions wrong. So "Go for the opposite" sometimes. 4. Go to Tom Hansen's TExES review by Texas Teachers. It's free. Or I should say it's included in your payment.

Strategy 12

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I found the Princeton Review for the TeXes to be the most helpful. It was great because it actually taught you how to break down the questions and answer them. It also provided background about the development process which is needed to decide how to answer the question.

Testing Strategy

Remember: Developmental age.

Strategy 12

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I found the Princeton Review for the TeXes to be the most helpful. It was great because it actually taught you how to break down the questions and answer them. It also provided background about the development process which is needed to decide how to answer the question.

Testing Strategy

Remember: Developmental age.

Strategy 13

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Took the test Monday 12th March scores on line by 17th. I did the Texas teacher day seminar and the on line review. I kept the scores I made on the review so I could see where my weekest areas were. A few days before the test I began to read the online stuff again focusing on my weak domains.

Testing Strategy

Most of the questions were easy to reduce down to 2 answers. If you are doing the computer test mark the ones you are unsure of and come back to it I found some of the other questions clarified things for me.

Strategy 13

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Took the test Monday 12th March scores on line by 17th. I did the Texas teacher day seminar and the on line review. I kept the scores I made on the review so I could see where my weekest areas were. A few days before the test I began to read the online stuff again focusing on my weak domains.

Testing Strategy

Most of the questions were easy to reduce down to 2 answers. If you are doing the computer test mark the ones you are unsure of and come back to it I found some of the other questions clarified things for me.

Strategy 14

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Purchase the TExES PPR book (ISBN 0-7386-0068-7); read/skim once. Take and complete the four exams that are on the CD numerously. Although three of the four exams may not be in your area, the additional instruction will be to your advantage for better understanding of the style of questions that are on the exam. By studying the TExES PPR book and completing the 15-hour online course through Texas Teachers, you will be fully prepared to pass your Test # 160 - Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12.

Testing Strategy

The exam (computer-based) is formatted as is on the CD. Please keep in mind that the exam is not always as it is in the classroom, rather it is “the ideal,” option. A very important factor, keep in mind the teachers are “MODELING,” actions, teachings, and delivery of content. Read the question(s) carefully and break them down. Analyze it (What are they asking me?), and then answer the question. Get a goodnight’s sleep the night before and have a good breakfast the morning of the exam. If you are taking the computer-based exam, you will receive your “raw score,” after you’ve completed your exam. Your unofficial score will be available on-line after one week. The exam is scheduled for five hours; it took me three hours to complete. Best of luck!

Strategy 14

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Purchase the TExES PPR book (ISBN 0-7386-0068-7); read/skim once. Take and complete the four exams that are on the CD numerously. Although three of the four exams may not be in your area, the additional instruction will be to your advantage for better understanding of the style of questions that are on the exam. By studying the TExES PPR book and completing the 15-hour online course through Texas Teachers, you will be fully prepared to pass your Test # 160 - Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12.

Testing Strategy

The exam (computer-based) is formatted as is on the CD. Please keep in mind that the exam is not always as it is in the classroom, rather it is “the ideal,” option. A very important factor, keep in mind the teachers are “MODELING,” actions, teachings, and delivery of content. Read the question(s) carefully and break them down. Analyze it (What are they asking me?), and then answer the question. Get a goodnight’s sleep the night before and have a good breakfast the morning of the exam. If you are taking the computer-based exam, you will receive your “raw score,” after you’ve completed your exam. Your unofficial score will be available on-line after one week. The exam is scheduled for five hours; it took me three hours to complete. Best of luck!

Strategy 15

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the "The Best Test Preparation for the Texes PPR" ISBN-0-7386-0068-7 by REA. Between reading and working the exams and the 15 hour online that texas teachers provides it should cover everything you will need. You must read through the responses to the questions and understand why a particular answer is better. If you have been teaching already it isn't always what works in a classroom that is the answer it is what the educational concepts believe will work.

Testing Strategy

I would suggest that you do about 10 or so of the front questions first so you can get a feel for the test. Then I would look for the section that has the Teacher Decision Sets and work those. If you leave these till the end of the exam you will be really tired by then and forget half of what the passages say.

Strategy 15

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the "The Best Test Preparation for the Texes PPR" ISBN-0-7386-0068-7 by REA. Between reading and working the exams and the 15 hour online that texas teachers provides it should cover everything you will need. You must read through the responses to the questions and understand why a particular answer is better. If you have been teaching already it isn't always what works in a classroom that is the answer it is what the educational concepts believe will work.

Testing Strategy

I would suggest that you do about 10 or so of the front questions first so you can get a feel for the test. Then I would look for the section that has the Teacher Decision Sets and work those. If you leave these till the end of the exam you will be really tired by then and forget half of what the passages say.

Strategy 16

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

-Texas PPR Book (Light Green and Purple)w/ CD -First, use the CD for a pre-assessment and check time. -Second, mark your answers on a seperate piece of paper. -Third, check your answers with the answer key and find out why your answer was not correct. -Last, check what comments say about each answer.

Testing Strategy

The key for answering correctly is the grade for which the scenario quesiton is addressed; remember that parents need to be involved in the children's education, but they never participate directly in the instruction.

Strategy 16

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

-Texas PPR Book (Light Green and Purple)w/ CD -First, use the CD for a pre-assessment and check time. -Second, mark your answers on a seperate piece of paper. -Third, check your answers with the answer key and find out why your answer was not correct. -Last, check what comments say about each answer.

Testing Strategy

The key for answering correctly is the grade for which the scenario quesiton is addressed; remember that parents need to be involved in the children's education, but they never participate directly in the instruction.

Strategy 17

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The online study materials accessible through the Texas Teachers website were awesome! They were very user friendly and contained adequate preparation materials. The practice tests were similar to the actual computer administered tests.

Testing Strategy

The study guides and online study materials adequately prepared me for the tests. The study guides on how to test also helped in cases of eliminating the wrong answers, and specifically answering the "applicable" correct answer.

Strategy 17

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The online study materials accessible through the Texas Teachers website were awesome! They were very user friendly and contained adequate preparation materials. The practice tests were similar to the actual computer administered tests.

Testing Strategy

The study guides and online study materials adequately prepared me for the tests. The study guides on how to test also helped in cases of eliminating the wrong answers, and specifically answering the "applicable" correct answer.

Strategy 18

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

When studying for the test, I used Texas Teacher's online study tests, flashcards, REA study guide, and Baron's Study Guide for EC-12. The blue book from Tom Hansen was of use during the PPR review for Texas Teachers. I began studying in May and took the test at the end of June. The last week prior to the test, I concentrated on nothing but studying, day in and day out.

Testing Strategy

The test was definitely harder than I expected even with all the studying. The reason being is there were always two questions that could very well have been the answer. Unlike in the reviews, it was quite simple to eliminate three answer choices. There were few questions regarding administering the TAKS test that really stumped me. Walking away from the test, I knew I failed but to my surprise I did not. I passed with a pretty good score, but I would really like to know what questions were missed. Just study everything and know all vocabulary before you take the test.

Strategy 18

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

When studying for the test, I used Texas Teacher's online study tests, flashcards, REA study guide, and Baron's Study Guide for EC-12. The blue book from Tom Hansen was of use during the PPR review for Texas Teachers. I began studying in May and took the test at the end of June. The last week prior to the test, I concentrated on nothing but studying, day in and day out.

Testing Strategy

The test was definitely harder than I expected even with all the studying. The reason being is there were always two questions that could very well have been the answer. Unlike in the reviews, it was quite simple to eliminate three answer choices. There were few questions regarding administering the TAKS test that really stumped me. Walking away from the test, I knew I failed but to my surprise I did not. I passed with a pretty good score, but I would really like to know what questions were missed. Just study everything and know all vocabulary before you take the test.

Strategy 19

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the online state practice test.

Testing Strategy

I thought it was easy. If you are currently a teacher, you will do just fine. Make sure you study those questions on the online practice test from the state. Good luck!

Strategy 19

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the online state practice test.

Testing Strategy

I thought it was easy. If you are currently a teacher, you will do just fine. Make sure you study those questions on the online practice test from the state. Good luck!

Strategy 20

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I attended a TExES prep session in Fort Worth given by Amy Burkman and Elaine Wilmore. I got good tips on test taking and specific strategies for this test. I think I am better prepared to take my content area tests now too.

Testing Strategy

It was about what I expected. I think knowing the standards and expectations was helpful. I suggest that people read the study guide and look for a test prep session. It was really useful.

Strategy 20

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I attended a TExES prep session in Fort Worth given by Amy Burkman and Elaine Wilmore. I got good tips on test taking and specific strategies for this test. I think I am better prepared to take my content area tests now too.

Testing Strategy

It was about what I expected. I think knowing the standards and expectations was helpful. I suggest that people read the study guide and look for a test prep session. It was really useful.

Strategy 21

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Certify Teacher practice exam online that was provided by Texas Teachers. It was a very helpful tool. I think that the practice exam was more difficult than the actual PPR which is what thoroughly prepared me.

Testing Strategy

Use the flashcards provided by certifyteacher.com and take the practice test more than one time before you take the actual PPR.

Strategy 21

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Certify Teacher practice exam online that was provided by Texas Teachers. It was a very helpful tool. I think that the practice exam was more difficult than the actual PPR which is what thoroughly prepared me.

Testing Strategy

Use the flashcards provided by certifyteacher.com and take the practice test more than one time before you take the actual PPR.

Strategy 22

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The materials provided by Texas Teachers were an excellent resource. The Review session also helped you to pick the best answer by looking for "pretty" words". I also used the sample test and questions provided by the state.

Testing Strategy

I thought the test was a little tricky, but when i received my scores I made a 290 out of 300. Just think perfect classroom, which is not always reality. Think of learning as student centered and parents have an important role in education. Don't overthink your answers

Strategy 22

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The materials provided by Texas Teachers were an excellent resource. The Review session also helped you to pick the best answer by looking for "pretty" words". I also used the sample test and questions provided by the state.

Testing Strategy

I thought the test was a little tricky, but when i received my scores I made a 290 out of 300. Just think perfect classroom, which is not always reality. Think of learning as student centered and parents have an important role in education. Don't overthink your answers

Strategy 23

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Texas Teachers online guide, as well as the guide on the TEXES website. I took the practice test twice and I practiced on the study mode for about two weeks. In total I study four weeks before the test.

Testing Strategy

It was just as I expected, some questions were tricky as you really have to read them twice or three times to get the way they want you to respond. In every question I wrote down the grade for which the question was referred to and the age of the students on that grade. I tried to picture myself when I was that age and anybody else I know of that age to see what works best on that specific group age. It also helped a lot for me to write down the emphasis words that were used in the test, such as "the MOST important" or "what is the LEAST likely outcome". The best thing to do is to take your time and read each question as many times as possible and answer it once. Going back and re checking the questions does not work for me in particular. Relax and visualize the passing score that you want to get! It worked for me.

Strategy 23

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Texas Teachers online guide, as well as the guide on the TEXES website. I took the practice test twice and I practiced on the study mode for about two weeks. In total I study four weeks before the test.

Testing Strategy

It was just as I expected, some questions were tricky as you really have to read them twice or three times to get the way they want you to respond. In every question I wrote down the grade for which the question was referred to and the age of the students on that grade. I tried to picture myself when I was that age and anybody else I know of that age to see what works best on that specific group age. It also helped a lot for me to write down the emphasis words that were used in the test, such as "the MOST important" or "what is the LEAST likely outcome". The best thing to do is to take your time and read each question as many times as possible and answer it once. Going back and re checking the questions does not work for me in particular. Relax and visualize the passing score that you want to get! It worked for me.

Strategy 24

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I only studied from the materials provided by Texas Teachers and passed the test. Certify Texas gives you a lot of theories to study that really weren't on the test. It was more of an application, not who said what. I didn't feel very good about the test when I finished. I started to go through and review my answers. I found myself changing the first few, so I decided to stop reviewing and go with my first choice. It only took me about 2 hours to finish. I took it on a Saturday and found out on Monday that I passed with a 262. I was so excited that I threw my 2 year old up in the air and made him cry. Anyway, if I had to re-take it, I would also study the information on the testing website that's provided for free. I forgot about this and looked at it when I got home from my test..........the questions were a lot more similar than were the Certify Texas questions provided by Texas Teachers. Both of these together would've improved my score immensely and probably would've felt more confident upon completion. GOOD LUCK to you all. What a good feeling to have my internship year complete:)))

Testing Strategy

Oh, and it was harder than I had thought it would be............

Strategy 24

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I only studied from the materials provided by Texas Teachers and passed the test. Certify Texas gives you a lot of theories to study that really weren't on the test. It was more of an application, not who said what. I didn't feel very good about the test when I finished. I started to go through and review my answers. I found myself changing the first few, so I decided to stop reviewing and go with my first choice. It only took me about 2 hours to finish. I took it on a Saturday and found out on Monday that I passed with a 262. I was so excited that I threw my 2 year old up in the air and made him cry. Anyway, if I had to re-take it, I would also study the information on the testing website that's provided for free. I forgot about this and looked at it when I got home from my test..........the questions were a lot more similar than were the Certify Texas questions provided by Texas Teachers. Both of these together would've improved my score immensely and probably would've felt more confident upon completion. GOOD LUCK to you all. What a good feeling to have my internship year complete:)))

Testing Strategy

Oh, and it was harder than I had thought it would be............

Strategy 25

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I was really worried about taking this test because my background is in science....not education! I took the test last week and passed with a 285. The test was much easier than I had anticipated. I downloaded the TExES state preparation manual and took the sample exam the day before my test. I found it to be more like the actual exam than the Texas Teachers practice exam. Don't focus so much on Piaget, Erickson, or anyone else's theories...just know the basic development of children.

Testing Strategy

I teach high school kids so I had to constantly remind myself which grade level the question was about. Remember that middle school students should be encouraged to have lots of social interaction. Most of the questions pertained to EC-8, so make sure you pay attention to those questions on practice exams. The test will take you a long time! It is alot of reading, reading, and more reading! I forced myself to take a 5 min breather after every 10 questions and after each scenario. You have 5 hours so you might as well use them! Just keep in mind these are "perfect classrooms" with "perfect teachers," "perfect parents," and "perfect communities." Good Luck!

Strategy 25

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I was really worried about taking this test because my background is in science....not education! I took the test last week and passed with a 285. The test was much easier than I had anticipated. I downloaded the TExES state preparation manual and took the sample exam the day before my test. I found it to be more like the actual exam than the Texas Teachers practice exam. Don't focus so much on Piaget, Erickson, or anyone else's theories...just know the basic development of children.

Testing Strategy

I teach high school kids so I had to constantly remind myself which grade level the question was about. Remember that middle school students should be encouraged to have lots of social interaction. Most of the questions pertained to EC-8, so make sure you pay attention to those questions on practice exams. The test will take you a long time! It is alot of reading, reading, and more reading! I forced myself to take a 5 min breather after every 10 questions and after each scenario. You have 5 hours so you might as well use them! Just keep in mind these are "perfect classrooms" with "perfect teachers," "perfect parents," and "perfect communities." Good Luck!

Strategy 26

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied through the Texas Teachers practice guide. Also take into account that it is a little easier if you have had some classroom experience.

Testing Strategy

It was a little easier than I expected but it was time consuming trying to read everything making sure that I didn't miss read the information. Always mark out the questions that don't make sense and concentrate on the two answers that are leftover. Take your time on the test and you will do very well!!!

Strategy 26

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied through the Texas Teachers practice guide. Also take into account that it is a little easier if you have had some classroom experience.

Testing Strategy

It was a little easier than I expected but it was time consuming trying to read everything making sure that I didn't miss read the information. Always mark out the questions that don't make sense and concentrate on the two answers that are leftover. Take your time on the test and you will do very well!!!

Strategy 27

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Test Taken 4/10/09 I used the Texas Teachers Online study materials and answered as many practice questions as I could. Even repeating the tests until I scored 100%. In addition, I purchased a study guide that had 100's of questions with explanations of why the answer was the "Best" answer in comparison to the other answers. Like so many of the tests, two of the answers can easily be identified as incorrect and eliminatee, but the two remaining often require a lot of thought. The more questions and answer possibilities you are exposed to, the better the chance that a question similar will be on your test. I would take my time during the test and think about what they are asking. Often one word may change the meaning of the question and therefore the correct answer.

Testing Strategy

I felt like this exam was difficult as compared to the subject matter exams I have taken. The questions were different than the ones I studied on the practice tests. For example; Legal rights of students, there are so many possibilities of questions that the chance of having seen a question similiar is small, therefore my suggestion to you would be to read each question carefully, decide what the question is asking and remember the age group the question is dealing with, narrow your answer choices, then reread the question to make sure you completely understand what they are asking, then decide from the remaining answer choices. But do subject yourself to as many questions as you can during studying, if puts you in the frame of mind to better understand the questions when you have to take the test.

Strategy 27

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Test Taken 4/10/09 I used the Texas Teachers Online study materials and answered as many practice questions as I could. Even repeating the tests until I scored 100%. In addition, I purchased a study guide that had 100's of questions with explanations of why the answer was the "Best" answer in comparison to the other answers. Like so many of the tests, two of the answers can easily be identified as incorrect and eliminatee, but the two remaining often require a lot of thought. The more questions and answer possibilities you are exposed to, the better the chance that a question similar will be on your test. I would take my time during the test and think about what they are asking. Often one word may change the meaning of the question and therefore the correct answer.

Testing Strategy

I felt like this exam was difficult as compared to the subject matter exams I have taken. The questions were different than the ones I studied on the practice tests. For example; Legal rights of students, there are so many possibilities of questions that the chance of having seen a question similiar is small, therefore my suggestion to you would be to read each question carefully, decide what the question is asking and remember the age group the question is dealing with, narrow your answer choices, then reread the question to make sure you completely understand what they are asking, then decide from the remaining answer choices. But do subject yourself to as many questions as you can during studying, if puts you in the frame of mind to better understand the questions when you have to take the test.

Strategy 28

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Certify Teacher Website Provided by Texas Teachers

Testing Strategy

I just took and passed the PPR 160 computer administered exam. I scored a 280 even though I was extremely nervous about this exam. As you know this exam is very different from the content exam because it is all class room experience. I recommend you spend at least a month in the classroom before you take this test. The Certify Teacher is an awesome resource I just wish they had a larger pool of questions after you have taken the practice test a few times you will get to remember the answers quite easily. The Certify Teacher exam is also more difficult than the exam I took. It was not a question of how hard the questions were just how many of the answers could be considered right. During the real exam I was able to eliminate at least two if not three of the answers while on the website sometimes three of them seemed to be right. As always take you time. If you don’t know the PPR has 90 questions but only 80 are graded. The other 10 questions are experimental questions that the state is testing to determine there difficulty. Different questions are graded with different point values based on the difficulty of the question. You will have to get between 53-57 questions right to pass depending on the point value of the questions you miss. I studied for about a week before I took the exam by taking the practice test once a day and then go over the explanation of the answers I missed. Hope this Helps

Strategy 28

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Certify Teacher Website Provided by Texas Teachers

Testing Strategy

I just took and passed the PPR 160 computer administered exam. I scored a 280 even though I was extremely nervous about this exam. As you know this exam is very different from the content exam because it is all class room experience. I recommend you spend at least a month in the classroom before you take this test. The Certify Teacher is an awesome resource I just wish they had a larger pool of questions after you have taken the practice test a few times you will get to remember the answers quite easily. The Certify Teacher exam is also more difficult than the exam I took. It was not a question of how hard the questions were just how many of the answers could be considered right. During the real exam I was able to eliminate at least two if not three of the answers while on the website sometimes three of them seemed to be right. As always take you time. If you don’t know the PPR has 90 questions but only 80 are graded. The other 10 questions are experimental questions that the state is testing to determine there difficulty. Different questions are graded with different point values based on the difficulty of the question. You will have to get between 53-57 questions right to pass depending on the point value of the questions you miss. I studied for about a week before I took the exam by taking the practice test once a day and then go over the explanation of the answers I missed. Hope this Helps

Strategy 29

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the preparation materials provided by Certify Teacher through Texas Teachers. I also attended the face-to-face PPR review offered by Texas Teachers. Both adequately prepared me for this test.

Testing Strategy

I had really bad test anxiety duringthe test and found myself second guessing some of my answers. The test was harder than expected but the study materials helped me eliminate 2 wrong answers. I did WAY better than I expected and you will too! Good Luck!

Strategy 29

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the preparation materials provided by Certify Teacher through Texas Teachers. I also attended the face-to-face PPR review offered by Texas Teachers. Both adequately prepared me for this test.

Testing Strategy

I had really bad test anxiety duringthe test and found myself second guessing some of my answers. The test was harder than expected but the study materials helped me eliminate 2 wrong answers. I did WAY better than I expected and you will too! Good Luck!

Strategy 30

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

In prepping for the test I used the online PPR Review from Certify Teacher, the TExES online review packet, and two additional books. I was making 90 to 100s on my pre-test scores and got sideswipped by the PPR! The test now (2009) was nothing like any of the reviews that I had studied with. The test must have changed significantly...I even found typos on it!

Testing Strategy

The whole test was much harder than I expected. I would tell future testers to study every manual they can get their hands on, use Certify Teacher, and then hope that you have the "extra" knowledge that you couldn't prep for!

Strategy 30

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

In prepping for the test I used the online PPR Review from Certify Teacher, the TExES online review packet, and two additional books. I was making 90 to 100s on my pre-test scores and got sideswipped by the PPR! The test now (2009) was nothing like any of the reviews that I had studied with. The test must have changed significantly...I even found typos on it!

Testing Strategy

The whole test was much harder than I expected. I would tell future testers to study every manual they can get their hands on, use Certify Teacher, and then hope that you have the "extra" knowledge that you couldn't prep for!

Strategy 31

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Texas Teachers flash cards and study mode and researched online what appeared vague from vocabulary to concepts. I also used "tarleton.edu" PPR test prep. I researched the concepts and read them in detail (how does it relate to the teacher). Read each word of the concept that are CONCRETE. The flash cards from Texas Teacher were great for that and I related the flash cards to theories. For the rest of the information it relates more to generalities, which is making the best decision as a teacher based on teaching guidelines. My weakness was the ELPS and how to help ELL in the classroom. Despite that I took TELPAS I did not research those situations enough. With an increasing ELL in the classroom, one cannot bypass this "more modern" area of the PPR.But I believe that my two year long involvement taking content test that did include also some level of pedagogy helped me a lot.

Testing Strategy

Make sure you reach at least 70 questions before taking a break for better time management. I am also a native French speaker and the PPR is really reading each word while thinking & remembering about the concept as you read. HINT: Proceed by elimination and REREAD many time: use your 5 hours! I scored 89%.

Strategy 31

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Texas Teachers flash cards and study mode and researched online what appeared vague from vocabulary to concepts. I also used "tarleton.edu" PPR test prep. I researched the concepts and read them in detail (how does it relate to the teacher). Read each word of the concept that are CONCRETE. The flash cards from Texas Teacher were great for that and I related the flash cards to theories. For the rest of the information it relates more to generalities, which is making the best decision as a teacher based on teaching guidelines. My weakness was the ELPS and how to help ELL in the classroom. Despite that I took TELPAS I did not research those situations enough. With an increasing ELL in the classroom, one cannot bypass this "more modern" area of the PPR.But I believe that my two year long involvement taking content test that did include also some level of pedagogy helped me a lot.

Testing Strategy

Make sure you reach at least 70 questions before taking a break for better time management. I am also a native French speaker and the PPR is really reading each word while thinking & remembering about the concept as you read. HINT: Proceed by elimination and REREAD many time: use your 5 hours! I scored 89%.

Strategy 32

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I first took a practice test using the website TT provides up and I made a 70. I then used the REA EC-12 PPR book to read up on each competency. After reading each chapter, I would take a practice tests (in study mode) on that particular competency. Once I read the entire book, I then took another practice exam and passed it.

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than I thought it would be. It took me 1.5-2 hours to complete the exam and I left thinking "Oh my God, I don't think I passed". There were several questions relating to ELL and which stage they're in, as well as different the learning theories and which stage of the theory the student was in. Going into the test, Domain 1 was my weakest area of knowledge (or so I thought). I took the test on a Saturday and received my scores that Tuesday and I passed with a 289. I was SOOOO surprised!!! I think the best tool was the practice exams provided to use by TT.

Strategy 32

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I first took a practice test using the website TT provides up and I made a 70. I then used the REA EC-12 PPR book to read up on each competency. After reading each chapter, I would take a practice tests (in study mode) on that particular competency. Once I read the entire book, I then took another practice exam and passed it.

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than I thought it would be. It took me 1.5-2 hours to complete the exam and I left thinking "Oh my God, I don't think I passed". There were several questions relating to ELL and which stage they're in, as well as different the learning theories and which stage of the theory the student was in. Going into the test, Domain 1 was my weakest area of knowledge (or so I thought). I took the test on a Saturday and received my scores that Tuesday and I passed with a 289. I was SOOOO surprised!!! I think the best tool was the practice exams provided to use by TT.

Strategy 33

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Honestly, didn't start studying until 2 days before my test. Read through the preparation manual and practice questions from TExES once and did the online practice test from the Texas Teachers link 3 times in those 2 days. That was pretty much it.

Testing Strategy

Passed with a 280 out of 300 on the first try. There were 100 questions, 90 of them graded. Not sure why everyone spends so much time and money preparing for this test. It is common sense. It might help to take it after you've been teaching for a few months. I didn't take it until May, at the very end of my first year teaching. Wouldn't recommend that for everybody though, seeing as if you do fail, you can't take it again for 60 days. Lots of ELL (English-language learners) questions I noticed. Make sure you're familiar with different stages of ELL.

Strategy 33

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Honestly, didn't start studying until 2 days before my test. Read through the preparation manual and practice questions from TExES once and did the online practice test from the Texas Teachers link 3 times in those 2 days. That was pretty much it.

Testing Strategy

Passed with a 280 out of 300 on the first try. There were 100 questions, 90 of them graded. Not sure why everyone spends so much time and money preparing for this test. It is common sense. It might help to take it after you've been teaching for a few months. I didn't take it until May, at the very end of my first year teaching. Wouldn't recommend that for everybody though, seeing as if you do fail, you can't take it again for 60 days. Lots of ELL (English-language learners) questions I noticed. Make sure you're familiar with different stages of ELL.

Strategy 34

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used REA's Preparation Book for the EC-12 PPR, the online study materials from TEA, and the review provided by Texas Teachers. The prep book was here and there. I wouldn't recommend using it (some concepts were helpful but those can easily be found within the free resources online). I took all of the practice tests through the Texas Teacher's review--that helped me the most. Questions you will find on the test are quite similar.

Testing Strategy

I finished the test in just under two hours. It was quite a bit easier than expected. I would make sure to look over TELPAS calibration information (whether ELL's are Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, or Advanced High). There were a few questions over how to tell which category a student fits into. I passed with a 285 (95%).

Strategy 34

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used REA's Preparation Book for the EC-12 PPR, the online study materials from TEA, and the review provided by Texas Teachers. The prep book was here and there. I wouldn't recommend using it (some concepts were helpful but those can easily be found within the free resources online). I took all of the practice tests through the Texas Teacher's review--that helped me the most. Questions you will find on the test are quite similar.

Testing Strategy

I finished the test in just under two hours. It was quite a bit easier than expected. I would make sure to look over TELPAS calibration information (whether ELL's are Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, or Advanced High). There were a few questions over how to tell which category a student fits into. I passed with a 285 (95%).

Strategy 35

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The best resource I used was REA's Preparation Book for the EC-12 PPR and the preparation manual and online practice software that had 90 questions in a computer simulation provided by the Texas Education Agency. Texas Teachers also provided an excellent online resource and I took three of those practice tests.

Testing Strategy

For someone who is pretty good at taking tests, I found this test to be harder than I expected. It was challenging and while simple to narrow down to two answers, the two that were left were hard to choose between. I think the best thing to review is strategies for ESL students and instructional modifications and accommodations for special education students.

Strategy 35

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The best resource I used was REA's Preparation Book for the EC-12 PPR and the preparation manual and online practice software that had 90 questions in a computer simulation provided by the Texas Education Agency. Texas Teachers also provided an excellent online resource and I took three of those practice tests.

Testing Strategy

For someone who is pretty good at taking tests, I found this test to be harder than I expected. It was challenging and while simple to narrow down to two answers, the two that were left were hard to choose between. I think the best thing to review is strategies for ESL students and instructional modifications and accommodations for special education students.

Strategy 36

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I did the Texas Teachers 15 hour review and took a lot of practice tests on the study guides. I also bought the PPR study guide by REA, and read the "Pass the Texes" study guide. Finally, I took the online State practice test.

Testing Strategy

The test was about what I thought it would be like. It was pretty difficult and took me about three and a half hours to go through twice. My advice is once you pick an answer, do not go back and change it. Also, take as many practice tests as you possible can. I have been teaching almost a year, so that experience also helped. Remember "perfect world." Also, a lot of my test questions were about middle school ages. I passed on the first try with a 274, so I know you can pass too! I wish you the best!

Strategy 36

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I did the Texas Teachers 15 hour review and took a lot of practice tests on the study guides. I also bought the PPR study guide by REA, and read the "Pass the Texes" study guide. Finally, I took the online State practice test.

Testing Strategy

The test was about what I thought it would be like. It was pretty difficult and took me about three and a half hours to go through twice. My advice is once you pick an answer, do not go back and change it. Also, take as many practice tests as you possible can. I have been teaching almost a year, so that experience also helped. Remember "perfect world." Also, a lot of my test questions were about middle school ages. I passed on the first try with a 274, so I know you can pass too! I wish you the best!

Strategy 37

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I went to the study session offered by Texas teachers. I did the online study flash cards and practice tests. I studied for several weeks, made a chart and graphed what domain to study each time. After i found out what areas I was weak in, I went back and reviewed those the week before. The day before, I took a practice test and reviewed the Texes PPR book. I think the practice tests helped me the most.

Testing Strategy

It was harder. Mark questions you are unsure of and go back later, re read the questions and answers again. My trick would be answer all the ones that you are confident about. Then go back to less clear questions. Double check before turning in, you will have plently of time. Good luck and think "ideal" classroom, teacher, parent, school district etc when you are answering,

Strategy 37

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I went to the study session offered by Texas teachers. I did the online study flash cards and practice tests. I studied for several weeks, made a chart and graphed what domain to study each time. After i found out what areas I was weak in, I went back and reviewed those the week before. The day before, I took a practice test and reviewed the Texes PPR book. I think the practice tests helped me the most.

Testing Strategy

It was harder. Mark questions you are unsure of and go back later, re read the questions and answers again. My trick would be answer all the ones that you are confident about. Then go back to less clear questions. Double check before turning in, you will have plently of time. Good luck and think "ideal" classroom, teacher, parent, school district etc when you are answering,

Strategy 38

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I study the Preparation Manuel provided by Texes and I used the study material Provided by A+ Texas Teachers Alternative Certification online PPR Review.

Testing Strategy

I took the test on 12-26-12 and passed. The test was tricky and nothing like the PPR Review online. The questions are similar but worded so differently on the actual PPR Test.Take your time and read each question carefully.Do not panic or rush through the test.

Strategy 38

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I study the Preparation Manuel provided by Texes and I used the study material Provided by A+ Texas Teachers Alternative Certification online PPR Review.

Testing Strategy

I took the test on 12-26-12 and passed. The test was tricky and nothing like the PPR Review online. The questions are similar but worded so differently on the actual PPR Test.Take your time and read each question carefully.Do not panic or rush through the test.

Strategy 39

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the REA PPR prep book "Are You Ready to Pass the Texes?" I studied by taking the practice tests first, then studying the competencies that I needed to work on most. I also did the Texas Teachers online study guide and took those practice tests twice as well. Also, I studied the TEA free study guide questions.

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than I expected. I would recommend taking the computer version as it allows you to go back and recheck your answers, and you get your results back within a few days. I was really, really nervous even though I had taken Texes exams before. I would recommend becoming familiar with the competencies, making a list of any topics you need to review (such as ELL, Stages of development, etc.) and concentrate on practice tests. Read each question at least twice and consider that every word in the question is being used for a reason, such as "what the BEST way..." "what would be the FIRST step...etc." Keep breathing and you will do well. I passed on the first try. Good luck!

Strategy 39

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the REA PPR prep book "Are You Ready to Pass the Texes?" I studied by taking the practice tests first, then studying the competencies that I needed to work on most. I also did the Texas Teachers online study guide and took those practice tests twice as well. Also, I studied the TEA free study guide questions.

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than I expected. I would recommend taking the computer version as it allows you to go back and recheck your answers, and you get your results back within a few days. I was really, really nervous even though I had taken Texes exams before. I would recommend becoming familiar with the competencies, making a list of any topics you need to review (such as ELL, Stages of development, etc.) and concentrate on practice tests. Read each question at least twice and consider that every word in the question is being used for a reason, such as "what the BEST way..." "what would be the FIRST step...etc." Keep breathing and you will do well. I passed on the first try. Good luck!

Strategy 40

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I took several practice tests through my university which were very benefical. The product that REALLY helped me understand the the test structure was the Certify Teacher software which provided questions that were VERY similar to the ones on the actual state test. Be sure to understand Bloom's Taxonomy and the development levels of children. I passed the test on my very first try with flying colors! Purchase the Certify Teacher and practice, practice, practice!

Testing Strategy

Just relax and be sure to remember "student-centered" when choosing the answers to questions. I finished with 30 minutes to spare and did NOT change any of my answers when I went back for a review. Read each question carefully and trust you first choice to the answers!

Strategy 40

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I took several practice tests through my university which were very benefical. The product that REALLY helped me understand the the test structure was the Certify Teacher software which provided questions that were VERY similar to the ones on the actual state test. Be sure to understand Bloom's Taxonomy and the development levels of children. I passed the test on my very first try with flying colors! Purchase the Certify Teacher and practice, practice, practice!

Testing Strategy

Just relax and be sure to remember "student-centered" when choosing the answers to questions. I finished with 30 minutes to spare and did NOT change any of my answers when I went back for a review. Read each question carefully and trust you first choice to the answers!

Strategy 41

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the online study review from Texas Teachers (excellent) and the free prep material found on the ETS website. Do the practice exams and understand the answer choices. Having an understanding of why a certain answer choice was correct was very helpful when it came to answering other practice questions (it furthered my understanding of the competencies).

Testing Strategy

I was prepared for the test, largely due to the study materials on the Texas Teachers website. Understanding the competencies and carefully reading the question helped me to pass the test on my first attempt.

Strategy 41

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the online study review from Texas Teachers (excellent) and the free prep material found on the ETS website. Do the practice exams and understand the answer choices. Having an understanding of why a certain answer choice was correct was very helpful when it came to answering other practice questions (it furthered my understanding of the competencies).

Testing Strategy

I was prepared for the test, largely due to the study materials on the Texas Teachers website. Understanding the competencies and carefully reading the question helped me to pass the test on my first attempt.

Strategy 42

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the online study review from Texas Teachers (excellent) and the free prep material found on the ETS website. Do the practice exams and understand the answer choices. Having an understanding of why a certain answer choice was correct was very helpful when it came to answering other practice questions (it furthered my understanding of the competencies).

Testing Strategy

I was prepared for the test, largely due to the study materials on the Texas Teachers website. Understanding the competencies and carefully reading the question helped me to pass the test on my first attempt.

Strategy 42

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the online study review from Texas Teachers (excellent) and the free prep material found on the ETS website. Do the practice exams and understand the answer choices. Having an understanding of why a certain answer choice was correct was very helpful when it came to answering other practice questions (it furthered my understanding of the competencies).

Testing Strategy

I was prepared for the test, largely due to the study materials on the Texas Teachers website. Understanding the competencies and carefully reading the question helped me to pass the test on my first attempt.

Strategy 43

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the online practice test through Texas Teachers. I spent about 4 days on flash cards, 4 days on study questions, and I took the exam as many times as possible. I also used the books, Becoming an EC-4 Teacher in Texas and Becoming a Middle School Teacher in Texas, both by Nash. The questions at the end of each of the sections in the books were set up a lot like the PPR exam questions.

Testing Strategy

The test was about what I expected. Remind yourself that every question is "Texasland" (Disney quality schools). Even questions about lower elementary grades, the students they are talking about are raised in homes with parents who read to them daily and prepare them for preschool. Most of the scenarios are so unrealistic that you need to keep reminding yourself, perfect world, perfect district, perfect students, perfect curriculum, perfect everything.

Strategy 43

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the online practice test through Texas Teachers. I spent about 4 days on flash cards, 4 days on study questions, and I took the exam as many times as possible. I also used the books, Becoming an EC-4 Teacher in Texas and Becoming a Middle School Teacher in Texas, both by Nash. The questions at the end of each of the sections in the books were set up a lot like the PPR exam questions.

Testing Strategy

The test was about what I expected. Remind yourself that every question is "Texasland" (Disney quality schools). Even questions about lower elementary grades, the students they are talking about are raised in homes with parents who read to them daily and prepare them for preschool. Most of the scenarios are so unrealistic that you need to keep reminding yourself, perfect world, perfect district, perfect students, perfect curriculum, perfect everything.

Strategy 44

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I took the Texas Teachers practice exams. I believe I took it 5 different times. I also did the TeXes State Prep Manual that has 40 practice questions. This is all I would recommend. You need to do the State Prep as well.

Testing Strategy

Test was what I expected. I would recommend not taking the test at the end of your probationary year. Only because the test is all about perfect world scenarios and your school could be different. You need to allow yourself some classroom time, but not enough to think that your school is exactly the way a perfect world works, if that makes any sense. I passed the first time, and took 2.5 hours. Relax and good luck!!

Strategy 44

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I took the Texas Teachers practice exams. I believe I took it 5 different times. I also did the TeXes State Prep Manual that has 40 practice questions. This is all I would recommend. You need to do the State Prep as well.

Testing Strategy

Test was what I expected. I would recommend not taking the test at the end of your probationary year. Only because the test is all about perfect world scenarios and your school could be different. You need to allow yourself some classroom time, but not enough to think that your school is exactly the way a perfect world works, if that makes any sense. I passed the first time, and took 2.5 hours. Relax and good luck!!

Strategy 45

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Studying for the PPR I used the REA PPR study guide as well as the practice test provided by the TExES Preparation Resources. The REA study guides provides a diagnostic test as well as 2 practice test. The most useful part of using the REA was the answers and reasoning behind the answers. The way the questions were worded were very similar to the actual test. The TExES Preparation Resources practice questions were exactly like the actual test questions. I am almost positive there were a few exactly the same. I study the REA PPR study guide for about a month and took the practice test once a week. Don't try to memorize the answers. The questions are all applied knowledge meaning knowing just definitions will not help you. The two resources i mentioned should help you. If I could have done anything different I would say I would have studied more consistently meaning a hour or two everyday for the month. I passed but I did not feel confident. Good luck

Testing Strategy

The test was exactly like the questions on the TExES Preparation Resources practice test as well as the REA PPR preparation manual. The test was challenging and you really need to be able to read and understand what the question is asking you, knowing that will eliminate the two distractions right away. This test is very passable but it will take studying.

Strategy 45

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Studying for the PPR I used the REA PPR study guide as well as the practice test provided by the TExES Preparation Resources. The REA study guides provides a diagnostic test as well as 2 practice test. The most useful part of using the REA was the answers and reasoning behind the answers. The way the questions were worded were very similar to the actual test. The TExES Preparation Resources practice questions were exactly like the actual test questions. I am almost positive there were a few exactly the same. I study the REA PPR study guide for about a month and took the practice test once a week. Don't try to memorize the answers. The questions are all applied knowledge meaning knowing just definitions will not help you. The two resources i mentioned should help you. If I could have done anything different I would say I would have studied more consistently meaning a hour or two everyday for the month. I passed but I did not feel confident. Good luck

Testing Strategy

The test was exactly like the questions on the TExES Preparation Resources practice test as well as the REA PPR preparation manual. The test was challenging and you really need to be able to read and understand what the question is asking you, knowing that will eliminate the two distractions right away. This test is very passable but it will take studying.

Strategy 46

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied the Certify Teacher material provided by Texas Teachers. I took all three practice tests to prepare. The questions on the practice tests are a lot like the questions on the real test.

Testing Strategy

The test was easier than expected. Make sure to get your rest and eat! The answer choices will always come down to two that seem correct. Read the question carefully to choose the correct one. I started the test at 4:30pm and finished by 6:45pm. I passed with a 257 :)

Strategy 46

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied the Certify Teacher material provided by Texas Teachers. I took all three practice tests to prepare. The questions on the practice tests are a lot like the questions on the real test.

Testing Strategy

The test was easier than expected. Make sure to get your rest and eat! The answer choices will always come down to two that seem correct. Read the question carefully to choose the correct one. I started the test at 4:30pm and finished by 6:45pm. I passed with a 257 :)

Strategy 47

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I did the texas teachers prep, it took 3 times to pass the practice. Then i used the REA book, I focused on reading the practice test, and the answer explanations. There were a lot of esl questions that i did not know or study. There were also some definitions like pageants, or blooms stuff. I went through the test 3 or 4 times. I changed answers when I really decided what they were asking me. Also someone told me the answer will always be positive. As in the correct answer is never something negative done to the student.

Testing Strategy

I took it at UTSA....DO NOT BRING YOUR PHONE, the will not let you have your phone in the building leave it in the car. I took 3 hours I passed the first time with a 285.

Strategy 47

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I did the texas teachers prep, it took 3 times to pass the practice. Then i used the REA book, I focused on reading the practice test, and the answer explanations. There were a lot of esl questions that i did not know or study. There were also some definitions like pageants, or blooms stuff. I went through the test 3 or 4 times. I changed answers when I really decided what they were asking me. Also someone told me the answer will always be positive. As in the correct answer is never something negative done to the student.

Testing Strategy

I took it at UTSA....DO NOT BRING YOUR PHONE, the will not let you have your phone in the building leave it in the car. I took 3 hours I passed the first time with a 285.

Strategy 48

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Study Strategy

I used the texes interactive practice test, REA texes PPR book with cd-rom, and texes study materials.

Testing Strategy

The test was alittle similar to the interactive test. I thought the interactive test was easier than the actually test. There are a lot of ESL questions and assessment type questions. I took it yesterday (5/1/14) and found out I passed in 24 hrs. I barely passed, good luck!

Strategy 48

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the texes interactive practice test, REA texes PPR book with cd-rom, and texes study materials.

Testing Strategy

The test was alittle similar to the interactive test. I thought the interactive test was easier than the actually test. There are a lot of ESL questions and assessment type questions. I took it yesterday (5/1/14) and found out I passed in 24 hrs. I barely passed, good luck!

Strategy 49

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The online review provider by Texas Teachers is adequate to pass the test. I started studying 48 hours before my test and the review was the only thing I focused on. I passed with a 260; I took the test on a Monday (4/21/2014) and got the result on Tuesday, within 24 hrs.

Testing Strategy

It is easy to eliminate 2 of the 4 answer choices. With a little and careful thinking, I was able to figure out the correct answer between the two remaining. I took my time on the test. The allotted time is 5 hours and I finished in 4 hours.

Strategy 49

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The online review provider by Texas Teachers is adequate to pass the test. I started studying 48 hours before my test and the review was the only thing I focused on. I passed with a 260; I took the test on a Monday (4/21/2014) and got the result on Tuesday, within 24 hrs.

Testing Strategy

It is easy to eliminate 2 of the 4 answer choices. With a little and careful thinking, I was able to figure out the correct answer between the two remaining. I took my time on the test. The allotted time is 5 hours and I finished in 4 hours.

Strategy 50

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied the material provided by ETS and practice their interactive test, it helped very much and I would recommend it.

Testing Strategy

It was as I expected. In order to pass it you really need to pay close attention to what the question is asking.

Strategy 50

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied the material provided by ETS and practice their interactive test, it helped very much and I would recommend it.

Testing Strategy

It was as I expected. In order to pass it you really need to pay close attention to what the question is asking.

Strategy 51

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used only what is provided here at Texas Teachers (certify teacher?) I took the study exam and then the qualifying exam, which I passed on the first try. -Then I took it 3 more times I believe. Most of the questions are similar - keywords and correct responses.

Testing Strategy

At first I started to panic because there were so many ESL questions and I haven't reviewed the content in a while (excluding TELPAS) but I kept going. I answered all 100 questions in a little over an hour and rechecked all of them after I marked all of my answers. I got a 282 so it all worked out.

Strategy 51

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used only what is provided here at Texas Teachers (certify teacher?) I took the study exam and then the qualifying exam, which I passed on the first try. -Then I took it 3 more times I believe. Most of the questions are similar - keywords and correct responses.

Testing Strategy

At first I started to panic because there were so many ESL questions and I haven't reviewed the content in a while (excluding TELPAS) but I kept going. I answered all 100 questions in a little over an hour and rechecked all of them after I marked all of my answers. I got a 282 so it all worked out.

Strategy 52

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Texas Teachers PPR review, which is from Certify Teachers, REA's "Are you ready to pass the TExES?", and quizlet.com. Being in the classroom and having common sense is a plus. Also remembering that these questions are centered around a "perfect world" and endless funds, and reminding myself not to just think of what would be the best option in my current classroom helped me. Remember they want you to pick the best all around answer.

Testing Strategy

The test contained 100 questions of which 90 are scored, which was different than what REA's study guide stated. There were numerous ELL questions where you needed to know the level of the student (beginning, intermediate....). The majority of the questions centered around elementary and middle school. I was given a booklet with "scratch paper" to use, and use I did. My strategy was to read the question once all of the way through. Then on the scratch paper I would write down the question number and list all of the key wording in the question. For example, grade level, assessment, ELL level, etc. Once I knew what the question was specifically asking, I then read the answer choices. I was able to almost immediately rule out 2 of the possible choices. I took the test on Saturday and got my scores back on Tuesday. Passed with flying colors!!!

Strategy 52

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Texas Teachers PPR review, which is from Certify Teachers, REA's "Are you ready to pass the TExES?", and quizlet.com. Being in the classroom and having common sense is a plus. Also remembering that these questions are centered around a "perfect world" and endless funds, and reminding myself not to just think of what would be the best option in my current classroom helped me. Remember they want you to pick the best all around answer.

Testing Strategy

The test contained 100 questions of which 90 are scored, which was different than what REA's study guide stated. There were numerous ELL questions where you needed to know the level of the student (beginning, intermediate....). The majority of the questions centered around elementary and middle school. I was given a booklet with "scratch paper" to use, and use I did. My strategy was to read the question once all of the way through. Then on the scratch paper I would write down the question number and list all of the key wording in the question. For example, grade level, assessment, ELL level, etc. Once I knew what the question was specifically asking, I then read the answer choices. I was able to almost immediately rule out 2 of the possible choices. I took the test on Saturday and got my scores back on Tuesday. Passed with flying colors!!!

Strategy 53

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Certify Teacher program that comes with the Texas Teacher internship. I did purchase the XAM book, but lost it before I could really start studying. I took the practice tests and located my weak areas and fully concentrated on those.

Testing Strategy

The test was easier than I expected. I don't know if it was because I had already completed my first year of teaching (I put this test off till the last minute) or if it is just that easy. I only took 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the test and because it seemed easy I was a bit worried. I don't know how you would study for this test other than to pretest and look at your week areas. They did have many ESL related questions on there so it would be wise to be familiar with TELPAS and how ELL students are scored. It only took two days to find out that I had passed and good thing because my probationary certificate was due to expire in just 2 weeks.

Strategy 53

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Certify Teacher program that comes with the Texas Teacher internship. I did purchase the XAM book, but lost it before I could really start studying. I took the practice tests and located my weak areas and fully concentrated on those.

Testing Strategy

The test was easier than I expected. I don't know if it was because I had already completed my first year of teaching (I put this test off till the last minute) or if it is just that easy. I only took 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the test and because it seemed easy I was a bit worried. I don't know how you would study for this test other than to pretest and look at your week areas. They did have many ESL related questions on there so it would be wise to be familiar with TELPAS and how ELL students are scored. It only took two days to find out that I had passed and good thing because my probationary certificate was due to expire in just 2 weeks.

Strategy 54

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The only study material I used was taking several practice tests on the Texas Teachers PPR Review and doing practice questions on the TeXes website. The questions on the test are similar to those on the Texas Teachers PPR review so make sure to practice.

Testing Strategy

The test was much easier than I anticipated it being. I aced it the first time around. Make sure to study all levels of ELL. There were quite a few questions about Special Ed students pertaining to FBAs, IEPs, etc. Make sure to study and you will do fine.

Strategy 54

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The only study material I used was taking several practice tests on the Texas Teachers PPR Review and doing practice questions on the TeXes website. The questions on the test are similar to those on the Texas Teachers PPR review so make sure to practice.

Testing Strategy

The test was much easier than I anticipated it being. I aced it the first time around. Make sure to study all levels of ELL. There were quite a few questions about Special Ed students pertaining to FBAs, IEPs, etc. Make sure to study and you will do fine.

Strategy 55

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I purchased TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 XAM book to study the different competency areas. Also, I attended one of Texas Teachers in person PPR exam help workshops, and I used the online practice exams to supplement my progress of which areas I needed to go over further. I passed with a 269/300 and got my test scores within a couple of days of taking the exam. I studied for about 3-4 weeks and only did a minor review the day before (early in the day) and relaxed the rest of the day.

Testing Strategy

Go in rested, its not asking how things are at your school/your teaching style, rather a "perfect" school and teacher world. If you have studied and have taken the practice tests, then you should go in with little test anxiety. Take your time and check over answers before you finalize the exam.

Strategy 55

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I purchased TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 XAM book to study the different competency areas. Also, I attended one of Texas Teachers in person PPR exam help workshops, and I used the online practice exams to supplement my progress of which areas I needed to go over further. I passed with a 269/300 and got my test scores within a couple of days of taking the exam. I studied for about 3-4 weeks and only did a minor review the day before (early in the day) and relaxed the rest of the day.

Testing Strategy

Go in rested, its not asking how things are at your school/your teaching style, rather a "perfect" school and teacher world. If you have studied and have taken the practice tests, then you should go in with little test anxiety. Take your time and check over answers before you finalize the exam.

Strategy 56

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the practice test on the ETS website for the test. I used it to understand how they worded the questions and get a feel for the variety of questions. Any concepts I was unsure of I brushed up on those areas. I studied for about 3 days for maybe an 1hr each day.

Testing Strategy

So the test itself was definitely tricky. You have to read and reread the questions so you can truly dissect what they are asking. There will be a few you come to where the last two answers will both seem right. Go back to the question and pull out any keyword that will help you zero in on the right answer. I passed it the first time with a 271.

Strategy 56

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the practice test on the ETS website for the test. I used it to understand how they worded the questions and get a feel for the variety of questions. Any concepts I was unsure of I brushed up on those areas. I studied for about 3 days for maybe an 1hr each day.

Testing Strategy

So the test itself was definitely tricky. You have to read and reread the questions so you can truly dissect what they are asking. There will be a few you come to where the last two answers will both seem right. Go back to the question and pull out any keyword that will help you zero in on the right answer. I passed it the first time with a 271.

Strategy 57

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The first time taking the test and I passed. I took all 3 Texas Teachers practice exams once and passed all 3 the first time, went back on 2 and read the reasons why correct answer was the correct answer, skimmed through the flashcards and never got to the end. I also did the practice questions on the state website.

Testing Strategy

The practice exams were great; that's all I would use. The test was 100 questions and it felt like there were more ELL questions than their actually were. The test took me 3 hours and I took my time. Left feeling like I did okay and got 274/300. Take the practice exams and learn how to take the test and you will be fine. Take the practice exams and study those. Once I got the test scores back 2 days later...I finally felt free and no more worries!

Strategy 57

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The first time taking the test and I passed. I took all 3 Texas Teachers practice exams once and passed all 3 the first time, went back on 2 and read the reasons why correct answer was the correct answer, skimmed through the flashcards and never got to the end. I also did the practice questions on the state website.

Testing Strategy

The practice exams were great; that's all I would use. The test was 100 questions and it felt like there were more ELL questions than their actually were. The test took me 3 hours and I took my time. Left feeling like I did okay and got 274/300. Take the practice exams and learn how to take the test and you will be fine. Take the practice exams and study those. Once I got the test scores back 2 days later...I finally felt free and no more worries!

Strategy 58

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 58

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 59

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 59

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 60

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 60

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 61

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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.

Strategy 61

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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.

Strategy 62

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I took the test on 8/12/14. I took the practice test through certify teacher and I failed. I took a second time and passed w a 240. A couple months later right before my official test I failed again. This made me so nervous! I immediately went through the different competency tests through certify teacher and took them until I only missed a couple each time. I took another full length practice test and did very well. Next, I took the ets interactive test to make sure I would do okay. I was tending to memorize the certify teacher questions so I wanted to make sure I was able to transfer and apply info. I missed about 14 on it out of 90 but still did well. I got to my test location early and went through the flash cards on my iPhone from certify teachers just to refresh the theorists and definitions before I went in.

Testing Strategy

There were only a few questions that were similar to certify teacher questions. Many said what is the " best" was to handle this or that. I completed 100 questions in an hour and 10 min ( I am a fast test taker). I left fairly confident but not sure since many answers could be narrowed down to 2 possible answers. I got my score 3 days after the test and passed with a 273!

Strategy 62

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I took the test on 8/12/14. I took the practice test through certify teacher and I failed. I took a second time and passed w a 240. A couple months later right before my official test I failed again. This made me so nervous! I immediately went through the different competency tests through certify teacher and took them until I only missed a couple each time. I took another full length practice test and did very well. Next, I took the ets interactive test to make sure I would do okay. I was tending to memorize the certify teacher questions so I wanted to make sure I was able to transfer and apply info. I missed about 14 on it out of 90 but still did well. I got to my test location early and went through the flash cards on my iPhone from certify teachers just to refresh the theorists and definitions before I went in.

Testing Strategy

There were only a few questions that were similar to certify teacher questions. Many said what is the " best" was to handle this or that. I completed 100 questions in an hour and 10 min ( I am a fast test taker). I left fairly confident but not sure since many answers could be narrowed down to 2 possible answers. I got my score 3 days after the test and passed with a 273!

Strategy 63

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used all the resources provided by texas teachers; the practice exams are extremely helpful-- i found similar questions from the practice exams from texas teachers in the real test. The exam modes are also very helpful as you can tailor them to domains where you feel you need help the most help. I took many practice tests from this program, but also took booklet tests that were from free sources.

Testing Strategy

The test was very difficult for me. I found similar questions from the review in the actual test. I found it very helpful to get very familiar with the estructure of the test, the domains such as human development, and ELL's scenarios are definitely predominant. Piaget is a big one on the test, so make sure you understand and can apply his theories of human development to ideal classroom situations. Regarding test-taking techniques, I took my time and took as many breaks as were necessary as to not overhwelm myself-- i am not a great test taker. I did not rush and went over the test one more time... it is important to read the questions thoroughly- practice what we preach to our students when they take the STAAR test! My score was a 257 and i took it on 8/5/14. It was the first time i have taken it.

Strategy 63

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used all the resources provided by texas teachers; the practice exams are extremely helpful-- i found similar questions from the practice exams from texas teachers in the real test. The exam modes are also very helpful as you can tailor them to domains where you feel you need help the most help. I took many practice tests from this program, but also took booklet tests that were from free sources.

Testing Strategy

The test was very difficult for me. I found similar questions from the review in the actual test. I found it very helpful to get very familiar with the estructure of the test, the domains such as human development, and ELL's scenarios are definitely predominant. Piaget is a big one on the test, so make sure you understand and can apply his theories of human development to ideal classroom situations. Regarding test-taking techniques, I took my time and took as many breaks as were necessary as to not overhwelm myself-- i am not a great test taker. I did not rush and went over the test one more time... it is important to read the questions thoroughly- practice what we preach to our students when they take the STAAR test! My score was a 257 and i took it on 8/5/14. It was the first time i have taken it.

Strategy 64

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I checked out books from the public library and the MOST valuable book that prepared me was the "TExES PPR EC-12." This book outlined all of the competencies, and it contained several interactive tests that you could take online or manually. Don't just know the definitions of vocabulary or the Theorists views. Know how to apply and identify the material when applying your answers to real life classroom experiences. I can't stress enough how taking the sample test MANY times helped me when taking the actual exam. Take the exam on (Texas Teachers PPR review) many times. By doing this it prepared me on dissecting each test question as I took the exam. I would not study any differently for this test than I did.

Testing Strategy

I did not find the test that difficult. The part I felt was tricky and confusing were the the questions where there was a scenario and 3-5 questions for that one scenario. Know each competency, and any vocabulary you do recognize or understand as you study. Lastly, when taking the exam rule out the two answers which you know are wrong and think about the competencies when selecting the correct answer. I passed on my first attempt and studied approximately 2 1/2 months for the test off and on. Good Luck!

Strategy 64

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I checked out books from the public library and the MOST valuable book that prepared me was the "TExES PPR EC-12." This book outlined all of the competencies, and it contained several interactive tests that you could take online or manually. Don't just know the definitions of vocabulary or the Theorists views. Know how to apply and identify the material when applying your answers to real life classroom experiences. I can't stress enough how taking the sample test MANY times helped me when taking the actual exam. Take the exam on (Texas Teachers PPR review) many times. By doing this it prepared me on dissecting each test question as I took the exam. I would not study any differently for this test than I did.

Testing Strategy

I did not find the test that difficult. The part I felt was tricky and confusing were the the questions where there was a scenario and 3-5 questions for that one scenario. Know each competency, and any vocabulary you do recognize or understand as you study. Lastly, when taking the exam rule out the two answers which you know are wrong and think about the competencies when selecting the correct answer. I passed on my first attempt and studied approximately 2 1/2 months for the test off and on. Good Luck!

Strategy 65

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The only source of information I used to study for this exam was the Certify Teacher program. I did the study mode and exam mode tests. I only began studying about 4 days before the exam.

Testing Strategy

Going into the exam I thought it was quite challenging. The test was 100 questions. I was getting a little impatient towards the end and left there not knowing how I did. I took my exam 7/18 and got my results on 7/22. I passed with a 265!I do recommend touching up on the ELL and Spec. Ed. areas since there were many questions on that. Good Luck!

Strategy 65

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The only source of information I used to study for this exam was the Certify Teacher program. I did the study mode and exam mode tests. I only began studying about 4 days before the exam.

Testing Strategy

Going into the exam I thought it was quite challenging. The test was 100 questions. I was getting a little impatient towards the end and left there not knowing how I did. I took my exam 7/18 and got my results on 7/22. I passed with a 265!I do recommend touching up on the ELL and Spec. Ed. areas since there were many questions on that. Good Luck!

Strategy 66

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

To study for the test I primarily used the TT online practice exams and flashcards. I did all of the practice exams and then I took the ETS interactive exam. I think I put in about 8-10 hours of studying this way. I found the practice tests with the explanations to be the most helpful and many of the questions were very similar to those on the actual test (awesome).

Testing Strategy

I took the test at Texas State on 7/24 and had my scores less than 24 hours later -- which was helpful because I was feeling kind of unsure. Like many people have said, you can quickly narrow down to 2 answers, but deciding between the 2 is what had me nervous. I finished in 2 hours (including time to review all of my answers) and scored a 288. Do the practice tests, study ELL levels, and you will do great!

Strategy 66

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

To study for the test I primarily used the TT online practice exams and flashcards. I did all of the practice exams and then I took the ETS interactive exam. I think I put in about 8-10 hours of studying this way. I found the practice tests with the explanations to be the most helpful and many of the questions were very similar to those on the actual test (awesome).

Testing Strategy

I took the test at Texas State on 7/24 and had my scores less than 24 hours later -- which was helpful because I was feeling kind of unsure. Like many people have said, you can quickly narrow down to 2 answers, but deciding between the 2 is what had me nervous. I finished in 2 hours (including time to review all of my answers) and scored a 288. Do the practice tests, study ELL levels, and you will do great!

Strategy 67

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Test taken 7/16/14: One year teaching experience (internship) -Read competencies twice -Printed and read free online study manual from TEA -Went over flashcard terms twice (TT/Certify Teacher) -Took two 30 question practice exams (TT/Certify Teacher) -Took one 5 hr practice exam (required) (TT/Certify Teacher) -Know the all terms terms on flashcards/practice exams -Know ELL levels, etc. -Know ARD, IEP, Sped procedures -Know all domains I, II, III, IV -Know your theorists! Piaget, Erickson, Vygotsky, Kolhberg, Maslow, Cambourne...

Testing Strategy

I took the test on a Wednesday evening and I received my results on Friday morning. I left feeling good about it. The Certify Teacher study materials required by Texas Teachers was very helpful and accurate. The test is all theory and practice (in a perfect classroom). I would recommend you take your time and read each question carefully. Find the key word in the question and match it to the best answer. Sometimes two answers seem right, but one actually is better based on that one key word. I passed my first time with a 267! Sleep, eat and drink caffeine before!! Don't study too much right before because you will burn out!!Good Luck!

Strategy 67

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Study Strategy

Test taken 7/16/14: One year teaching experience (internship) -Read competencies twice -Printed and read free online study manual from TEA -Went over flashcard terms twice (TT/Certify Teacher) -Took two 30 question practice exams (TT/Certify Teacher) -Took one 5 hr practice exam (required) (TT/Certify Teacher) -Know the all terms terms on flashcards/practice exams -Know ELL levels, etc. -Know ARD, IEP, Sped procedures -Know all domains I, II, III, IV -Know your theorists! Piaget, Erickson, Vygotsky, Kolhberg, Maslow, Cambourne...

Testing Strategy

I took the test on a Wednesday evening and I received my results on Friday morning. I left feeling good about it. The Certify Teacher study materials required by Texas Teachers was very helpful and accurate. The test is all theory and practice (in a perfect classroom). I would recommend you take your time and read each question carefully. Find the key word in the question and match it to the best answer. Sometimes two answers seem right, but one actually is better based on that one key word. I passed my first time with a 267! Sleep, eat and drink caffeine before!! Don't study too much right before because you will burn out!!Good Luck!

Strategy 68

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I bought the Texes PPR book off of Amazon for $18. I also used Certify Teacher and I took the practice test that is on the REA website where you register. All of these materials worked for me. I passed with a 280. I was shocked because after I took the test I did not feel like I would pass.

Testing Strategy

I studied about 2 weeks before the test but I would recommend 30 days or more. The test has tricky questions so I would just take your time and read the questions very carefully. Good luck!

Strategy 68

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I bought the Texes PPR book off of Amazon for $18. I also used Certify Teacher and I took the practice test that is on the REA website where you register. All of these materials worked for me. I passed with a 280. I was shocked because after I took the test I did not feel like I would pass.

Testing Strategy

I studied about 2 weeks before the test but I would recommend 30 days or more. The test has tricky questions so I would just take your time and read the questions very carefully. Good luck!

Strategy 69

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the practice exams from Texas teachers (certify). I studied off and on for 3 weeks. I took the practice test over and over again until I felt comfortable with the information. The practice test are very detailed and was the only source I used to study.

Testing Strategy

I took my test on 6/16/14. It was pretty similar to the practice test. The only thing that caught me off guard was the amount of ELL/ESL questions there were so be sure to study those if you aren't familiar with it. Got my scores back within 24 hours and passed with a 265. Good Luck!!!

Strategy 69

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the practice exams from Texas teachers (certify). I studied off and on for 3 weeks. I took the practice test over and over again until I felt comfortable with the information. The practice test are very detailed and was the only source I used to study.

Testing Strategy

I took my test on 6/16/14. It was pretty similar to the practice test. The only thing that caught me off guard was the amount of ELL/ESL questions there were so be sure to study those if you aren't familiar with it. Got my scores back within 24 hours and passed with a 265. Good Luck!!!

Strategy 70

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Texas Teacher provided study materials. I used the study questions, flashcards, and practice exams. In addition, I took the Interactive Practice Exam on the ETS website. I found all of these resources extremely helpful. In regards to the Texas Teachers practice exams, I completed all of them. The more you practice the more you learn how questions are worded- making it easier come test day.

Testing Strategy

The test was about what I expected. I felt that the Texas Teachers practice exams and the ETS Interactive exam adequately prepared me for this test. I studied for about three weeks before the exam every day and studied/went over any concepts in the exams that I lacked knowledge on. I would just recommend studying and making sure to remember that most questions are geared towards "student centered" learning and "positive reinforcement". Good luck!

Strategy 70

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Texas Teacher provided study materials. I used the study questions, flashcards, and practice exams. In addition, I took the Interactive Practice Exam on the ETS website. I found all of these resources extremely helpful. In regards to the Texas Teachers practice exams, I completed all of them. The more you practice the more you learn how questions are worded- making it easier come test day.

Testing Strategy

The test was about what I expected. I felt that the Texas Teachers practice exams and the ETS Interactive exam adequately prepared me for this test. I studied for about three weeks before the exam every day and studied/went over any concepts in the exams that I lacked knowledge on. I would just recommend studying and making sure to remember that most questions are geared towards "student centered" learning and "positive reinforcement". Good luck!

Strategy 71

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Texas Teachers study questions from the PPR review as well as the exam through Certify Teacher. I found the best preparation material was the free state prep manuals from ETS.

Testing Strategy

The exam was more confusing than I expected. My advice is to pace yourself. You have five hours to complete the exam. Eliminate the answers you know are wrong and then look for key words within the question. I passed the exam with a 266.

Strategy 71

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Texas Teachers study questions from the PPR review as well as the exam through Certify Teacher. I found the best preparation material was the free state prep manuals from ETS.

Testing Strategy

The exam was more confusing than I expected. My advice is to pace yourself. You have five hours to complete the exam. Eliminate the answers you know are wrong and then look for key words within the question. I passed the exam with a 266.

Strategy 72

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I began studying during my clinical teaching placement, on-and-off for about 3 months. I studied most intensely during the 3 weeks prior to the test. I used the Texas Teachers PPR resources (CertifyTeacher practice tests, flash cards), REA EC-12 PPR book, Tarleton T-Cert online (very helpful), Princeton Review "Cracking the TEXES" (also very helpful), "Passing the PPR TExES Exam for EC-12 Teachers" by Burkman & Wilmore, Quizlet, ETS materials. I looked for any other online materials/resources I could find to help round out my knowledge of the domains and competencies. What really helped me was learning how to take apart the question to find out exactly what was being asked. There will usually be 2 of 4 answers that are good. Knowing the age of the student(s) and the goal of the question will direct you to the one correct answer. Putting the question into your own words to help figure out exactly what is being asked is also a good strategy. Of course, approaching each question in a "perfect world" scenario and imagining how the ideal teacher would respond should always be in the back of your mind. If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing. It may have been overkill for those with lots of experience in the classroom, but knowing strategies and explanations from different authors really helped me to have a broader knowledge of the competencies.

Testing Strategy

It was about as difficult as I expected. I used the strategies I described above to narrow down my choices, and even wrote notes down on the supplied scratch paper to make sure I understood what was being asked. I took 3 hours, including reviewing and answering the questions I marked. If I was unsure about an answer, I kept moving ahead to see if any of the next questions would answer the ones on which I was having trouble. I passed; in f act, I did much better than I expected. I took the PPR on a Thursday morning, and got my results the following Tuesday morning.

Strategy 72

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I began studying during my clinical teaching placement, on-and-off for about 3 months. I studied most intensely during the 3 weeks prior to the test. I used the Texas Teachers PPR resources (CertifyTeacher practice tests, flash cards), REA EC-12 PPR book, Tarleton T-Cert online (very helpful), Princeton Review "Cracking the TEXES" (also very helpful), "Passing the PPR TExES Exam for EC-12 Teachers" by Burkman & Wilmore, Quizlet, ETS materials. I looked for any other online materials/resources I could find to help round out my knowledge of the domains and competencies. What really helped me was learning how to take apart the question to find out exactly what was being asked. There will usually be 2 of 4 answers that are good. Knowing the age of the student(s) and the goal of the question will direct you to the one correct answer. Putting the question into your own words to help figure out exactly what is being asked is also a good strategy. Of course, approaching each question in a "perfect world" scenario and imagining how the ideal teacher would respond should always be in the back of your mind. If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing. It may have been overkill for those with lots of experience in the classroom, but knowing strategies and explanations from different authors really helped me to have a broader knowledge of the competencies.

Testing Strategy

It was about as difficult as I expected. I used the strategies I described above to narrow down my choices, and even wrote notes down on the supplied scratch paper to make sure I understood what was being asked. I took 3 hours, including reviewing and answering the questions I marked. If I was unsure about an answer, I kept moving ahead to see if any of the next questions would answer the ones on which I was having trouble. I passed; in f act, I did much better than I expected. I took the PPR on a Thursday morning, and got my results the following Tuesday morning.

Strategy 73

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the TEXES book (4th edition). I also used Certify Teacher but felt that it didn't work so well for me. I used Quizlet and the TEA study materials including the pre-test on the TEA website. I found that material to be the best for sure. In my opinion, take a lot of practice exams, study the rationales behind the correct answer and really understand why that is the best choice.

Testing Strategy

In my opinion, it was harder than I expected. There were quite a bit that were completely common sense, but there was just as many that had two great answer choices. I finished in 2 hours and walked out a little worried but still felt that I passed. Remember ELL proficiency levels, especially intermediate level. Also, know Piaget's cognitive development stages and understand abstract, high-order thinking and problem solving scenarios. I took my exam on a Saturday and found out my results on the following Tuesday. I passed with a 269!

Strategy 73

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the TEXES book (4th edition). I also used Certify Teacher but felt that it didn't work so well for me. I used Quizlet and the TEA study materials including the pre-test on the TEA website. I found that material to be the best for sure. In my opinion, take a lot of practice exams, study the rationales behind the correct answer and really understand why that is the best choice.

Testing Strategy

In my opinion, it was harder than I expected. There were quite a bit that were completely common sense, but there was just as many that had two great answer choices. I finished in 2 hours and walked out a little worried but still felt that I passed. Remember ELL proficiency levels, especially intermediate level. Also, know Piaget's cognitive development stages and understand abstract, high-order thinking and problem solving scenarios. I took my exam on a Saturday and found out my results on the following Tuesday. I passed with a 269!

Strategy 74

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the book "Preparing for the TExEs Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Examination" by Sandra Rollins Hurley. I read the book and answered the questions in the chapters. I also did a T-Cert practice exam, but did not use their other study materials or videos. I made a 92 on the practice test on T-Cert. I did the book about two days before. I think total it may have been a few hours of studying. My program did a good job prepping us through the curriculum. I worked in a Montessori school and I think that gave me hands on experience with the ideal classroom. I also have an M.Ed.

Testing Strategy

I finished the test in under 2 hours. I passed with a 275. It was really easy if you understand the perspective they want you to have. I was a little surprised by how easy it was. It required far less studying than the content tests.

Strategy 74

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the book "Preparing for the TExEs Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Examination" by Sandra Rollins Hurley. I read the book and answered the questions in the chapters. I also did a T-Cert practice exam, but did not use their other study materials or videos. I made a 92 on the practice test on T-Cert. I did the book about two days before. I think total it may have been a few hours of studying. My program did a good job prepping us through the curriculum. I worked in a Montessori school and I think that gave me hands on experience with the ideal classroom. I also have an M.Ed.

Testing Strategy

I finished the test in under 2 hours. I passed with a 275. It was really easy if you understand the perspective they want you to have. I was a little surprised by how easy it was. It required far less studying than the content tests.

Strategy 75

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

While taking this test, I was also training with the current school district that I work for, so it was kind of handy. I spent 4 days total preparing for the test: 1 day working on Certify Teacher material offered by Texas Teachers, and 3 days on my weakness (google, TEA website) and ETS practice test. I didn't study each domain or competency. Honestly, I don't think there's a way to study for this test. Each question presents a unique context so you really have to read between the lines and choose the correct answer among the GIVEN choices. Make sure you study ELL, special ed, GT, at risk and teaching approaches, assessments and your responsibilities associated with these students. Know IDEA, IEP, ARD, different language proficiency levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced, advanced high and examples). Know human development at ages and examples. Most questions aim to test how you would teach different age groups. Make sure you understand acceptance use, fair use, copy right, FERPA, etc.. Use your common sense to choose the best answer.

Testing Strategy

Passed with a 262 (about the same score as the pretest I took). Like many others have said, think "perfect world". The school/district has limited funding and resources. Administrators are always right. You have unlimited time for your students. I found the actual test harder than both the ETS practice test and the Certify teacher test. There were many scenario questions that I had to guess on. Spend as much time as you want but don't overthink the questions, don't go back and change the answers. Work slowly and steadily. I finished in 4 hours including the review.

Strategy 75

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

While taking this test, I was also training with the current school district that I work for, so it was kind of handy. I spent 4 days total preparing for the test: 1 day working on Certify Teacher material offered by Texas Teachers, and 3 days on my weakness (google, TEA website) and ETS practice test. I didn't study each domain or competency. Honestly, I don't think there's a way to study for this test. Each question presents a unique context so you really have to read between the lines and choose the correct answer among the GIVEN choices. Make sure you study ELL, special ed, GT, at risk and teaching approaches, assessments and your responsibilities associated with these students. Know IDEA, IEP, ARD, different language proficiency levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced, advanced high and examples). Know human development at ages and examples. Most questions aim to test how you would teach different age groups. Make sure you understand acceptance use, fair use, copy right, FERPA, etc.. Use your common sense to choose the best answer.

Testing Strategy

Passed with a 262 (about the same score as the pretest I took). Like many others have said, think "perfect world". The school/district has limited funding and resources. Administrators are always right. You have unlimited time for your students. I found the actual test harder than both the ETS practice test and the Certify teacher test. There were many scenario questions that I had to guess on. Spend as much time as you want but don't overthink the questions, don't go back and change the answers. Work slowly and steadily. I finished in 4 hours including the review.

Strategy 76

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the online PPR Review required by Texas Teachers along with reviewing the training modules. I found that even some of the projects I did helped prepare me for the PPR. My advice is to take the test while your coursework is fresh.

Testing Strategy

I made a 288 on the test. It took me 4 hours and was harder than I hoped it would be. There are 2 good answers for every question. It may help to study why the other answers are incorrect. You have to know your ELL material and the psychological theory that goes into best practices for each grade level. The practice tests and PPR review will help you learn how to select the best answer.

Strategy 76

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the online PPR Review required by Texas Teachers along with reviewing the training modules. I found that even some of the projects I did helped prepare me for the PPR. My advice is to take the test while your coursework is fresh.

Testing Strategy

I made a 288 on the test. It took me 4 hours and was harder than I hoped it would be. There are 2 good answers for every question. It may help to study why the other answers are incorrect. You have to know your ELL material and the psychological theory that goes into best practices for each grade level. The practice tests and PPR review will help you learn how to select the best answer.

Strategy 77

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Texas Teachers Online PPR Review.

Testing Strategy

Way easier than I expected. I was worried that I didn't do very well at first, but I scored a 288. Don't sweat this test if you have gone through a college teaching program. I did have extensive training in pedagogy back in Iowa and was transferring my license to Texas. Hardest questions for me were the ELL questions.

Strategy 77

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Texas Teachers Online PPR Review.

Testing Strategy

Way easier than I expected. I was worried that I didn't do very well at first, but I scored a 288. Don't sweat this test if you have gone through a college teaching program. I did have extensive training in pedagogy back in Iowa and was transferring my license to Texas. Hardest questions for me were the ELL questions.

Strategy 78

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I did the required PPR Review provided by Texas Teachers & the practice PPR exam on the ETS website. I also bought the REA online practice test. I crammed (not recommended) for about a week and a half.

Testing Strategy

Read carefully and especially study the technology section. I found a lot of questions I was stuck on. I took the exam 5/11/15 and passed my first time with a 270.

Strategy 78

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I did the required PPR Review provided by Texas Teachers & the practice PPR exam on the ETS website. I also bought the REA online practice test. I crammed (not recommended) for about a week and a half.

Testing Strategy

Read carefully and especially study the technology section. I found a lot of questions I was stuck on. I took the exam 5/11/15 and passed my first time with a 270.

Strategy 79

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Certify Teacher program provided by Texas Teachers. I started studying early but not intensely. I went through about 20 questions a day over several months. The material was super familiar since I majored in psychology. If you were a psychology major, you should know 1/2 of this and the other half is common sense teaching questions.

Testing Strategy

It took about 2 hours to complete the exam. It was exactly as I expected based on the practice exams. I missed 9 of the 100 questions and passed with a 291.

Strategy 79

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Certify Teacher program provided by Texas Teachers. I started studying early but not intensely. I went through about 20 questions a day over several months. The material was super familiar since I majored in psychology. If you were a psychology major, you should know 1/2 of this and the other half is common sense teaching questions.

Testing Strategy

It took about 2 hours to complete the exam. It was exactly as I expected based on the practice exams. I missed 9 of the 100 questions and passed with a 291.

Strategy 80

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 80

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 81

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 81

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 82

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 82

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 83

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 83

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 84

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the online study guide given to us via Texas Teachers. I continued to used it until the day before the test.

Testing Strategy

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 84

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the online study guide given to us via Texas Teachers. I continued to used it until the day before the test.

Testing Strategy

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 85

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 85

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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.

Testing Strategy

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 86

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I mostly used the REA PPR 160 book to study. I found the books and practice quizzes to be very helpful. I used this same publisher for my ESL and EC-12 tests as well, and found that the practice quizzes were harder than the actual test. I also used the study guide provided on the ETS TExES website and found those questions to be a lot more like the ones on the test.

Testing Strategy

The test was easier than I expected. I had a lot of those, "Is this a trick question?" type feelings because many of the questions seemed that obvious. As you'll read below from other test takers, don't imagine these questions based upon your school, students and community; imagine that you're in the most ideal situation where everything is perfect. If you've completed your Texas Teachers training and have been in the classroom you'll do fine. I ended up passing with a 284.

Strategy 86

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I mostly used the REA PPR 160 book to study. I found the books and practice quizzes to be very helpful. I used this same publisher for my ESL and EC-12 tests as well, and found that the practice quizzes were harder than the actual test. I also used the study guide provided on the ETS TExES website and found those questions to be a lot more like the ones on the test.

Testing Strategy

The test was easier than I expected. I had a lot of those, "Is this a trick question?" type feelings because many of the questions seemed that obvious. As you'll read below from other test takers, don't imagine these questions based upon your school, students and community; imagine that you're in the most ideal situation where everything is perfect. If you've completed your Texas Teachers training and have been in the classroom you'll do fine. I ended up passing with a 284.

Strategy 87

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I took the online study test provided by Texas Teachers, took the free practice test from the ETS TExES website, and listened to/took the free YouTube PPR test (just search for it). I also went over Quizlet PPR questions and key terms. I didn't read the study books. For this test, it's all about the "best" answer, so make sure you know the rationale for those best answers. Also, make sure if you continually miss something, go back and review that part. I only studied for 3-4 days before, but pretty intensely.

Testing Strategy

It took me 4 hours. It was harder than the practice tests. Of course, every answer has "two correct" answers and one best; that makes it the hardest, because you must figure out the best one. I made a 281, which I think is pretty good. My strategy was to go through the entire test and flag the ones I was unsure on. That took 3 hours. Then I took a break, ate a snack, came back, and went through the flagged ones again. Always make sure you have a rationale for every answer you choose. In the back of my head I would say, "ok, this is not right because of this...this has to be the correct answer because..." I did not want to blindly guess (there were only 3 that I had absolutely no idea on). Lots of ELL on my test! Know those back and forth. I remember some questions regarding different kinds of testing (norm ref, criterion, of course formative, summative, reteaching after those kinds, etc).

Strategy 87

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I took the online study test provided by Texas Teachers, took the free practice test from the ETS TExES website, and listened to/took the free YouTube PPR test (just search for it). I also went over Quizlet PPR questions and key terms. I didn't read the study books. For this test, it's all about the "best" answer, so make sure you know the rationale for those best answers. Also, make sure if you continually miss something, go back and review that part. I only studied for 3-4 days before, but pretty intensely.

Testing Strategy

It took me 4 hours. It was harder than the practice tests. Of course, every answer has "two correct" answers and one best; that makes it the hardest, because you must figure out the best one. I made a 281, which I think is pretty good. My strategy was to go through the entire test and flag the ones I was unsure on. That took 3 hours. Then I took a break, ate a snack, came back, and went through the flagged ones again. Always make sure you have a rationale for every answer you choose. In the back of my head I would say, "ok, this is not right because of this...this has to be the correct answer because..." I did not want to blindly guess (there were only 3 that I had absolutely no idea on). Lots of ELL on my test! Know those back and forth. I remember some questions regarding different kinds of testing (norm ref, criterion, of course formative, summative, reteaching after those kinds, etc).

Strategy 88

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the TExES "Examination of Educator Standards" second edition. It was excellent and had 4 full practice tests that really helped me understand the type of questions that would be asked and gave explanations why.

Testing Strategy

It was about the same as the practice tests I took with the book. Go with your first thought and think in a perfect world. Know the competencies. If it doesn't line up with what would go on in that competency, it will be wrong. I passed on the first try with a 247. Relax and take your time. You can do it.

Strategy 88

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the TExES "Examination of Educator Standards" second edition. It was excellent and had 4 full practice tests that really helped me understand the type of questions that would be asked and gave explanations why.

Testing Strategy

It was about the same as the practice tests I took with the book. Go with your first thought and think in a perfect world. Know the competencies. If it doesn't line up with what would go on in that competency, it will be wrong. I passed on the first try with a 247. Relax and take your time. You can do it.

Strategy 89

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the study guides provided by Texas Teachers and on the ETS website. I borrowed a REA book from a friend. I tried to focus on the book, but had difficulty staying engaged. I like the flexibility of using an online study guide.

Testing Strategy

As with all certification tests that I have taken, I had no idea if I had passed when I left the testing facility. I needed to take the test on a Saturday, due to my schedule. I was so disappointed to be assigned a 3:00pm testing time, considering it's a 5 hour test. It was brutal for me, as I was VERY tired when I finished. I recommend taking it earlier in the day, after getting a good night's sleep. I feel like the test was very different than what I studied and was unsure about a lot of my answer choices. Take a break from studying the day before the test, get a good night's rest, and eat a good meal before the test. Take a break, or 2, during the test to take a deep breath and stretch your legs. I passed the first time with a 270, and was shocked that I did so well. Best wishes to you!

Strategy 89

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the study guides provided by Texas Teachers and on the ETS website. I borrowed a REA book from a friend. I tried to focus on the book, but had difficulty staying engaged. I like the flexibility of using an online study guide.

Testing Strategy

As with all certification tests that I have taken, I had no idea if I had passed when I left the testing facility. I needed to take the test on a Saturday, due to my schedule. I was so disappointed to be assigned a 3:00pm testing time, considering it's a 5 hour test. It was brutal for me, as I was VERY tired when I finished. I recommend taking it earlier in the day, after getting a good night's sleep. I feel like the test was very different than what I studied and was unsure about a lot of my answer choices. Take a break from studying the day before the test, get a good night's rest, and eat a good meal before the test. Take a break, or 2, during the test to take a deep breath and stretch your legs. I passed the first time with a 270, and was shocked that I did so well. Best wishes to you!

Strategy 90

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

When Studying for the test, I used the Interactive Study Guide For The TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Tests By Nancy J. Hadley and Marilyn J. Eisenwine. This book was the only resource I used to study. I read the book one time front to back and then went through it a second time completing the different activities. I began studying about 2 weeks before the test and remembered many of the terms from my time in college. I only studied about an hour a day, because I know that when I study too much I begin to overthink things and confuse myself. I was told many times that my studying was in "vain" because this test was really "easy" or "common sense". I then talked to another group of teacher friends who told me that they did not pass the test the first time and they told me to make sure to study. So, I think I found a happy medium.

Testing Strategy

When I began taking the test I thought, "Okay this is going to be easy," but when I got to number 11 the ELL questions began. I started questioning everything I'd learned and had trouble choosing between what I thought was best and what the state of Texas thinks is best. About halfway through the test, I began reading the questions really fast; I comprehend better when I read fast and I don't have to keep reading it over and over again. I ended up taking about 1 hour and 35 minutes to finish the test. I did go back and review any questions I marked, but I did not change any answers. I took the test on a Monday and got my scores back on Friday; I scored a 279. Moral of the story, use the testing strategies that make you most comfortable. Everyone told me not to speed through the test, but in order for me to do my best and stay out of my own head, I had to speed through it.

Strategy 90

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

When Studying for the test, I used the Interactive Study Guide For The TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Tests By Nancy J. Hadley and Marilyn J. Eisenwine. This book was the only resource I used to study. I read the book one time front to back and then went through it a second time completing the different activities. I began studying about 2 weeks before the test and remembered many of the terms from my time in college. I only studied about an hour a day, because I know that when I study too much I begin to overthink things and confuse myself. I was told many times that my studying was in "vain" because this test was really "easy" or "common sense". I then talked to another group of teacher friends who told me that they did not pass the test the first time and they told me to make sure to study. So, I think I found a happy medium.

Testing Strategy

When I began taking the test I thought, "Okay this is going to be easy," but when I got to number 11 the ELL questions began. I started questioning everything I'd learned and had trouble choosing between what I thought was best and what the state of Texas thinks is best. About halfway through the test, I began reading the questions really fast; I comprehend better when I read fast and I don't have to keep reading it over and over again. I ended up taking about 1 hour and 35 minutes to finish the test. I did go back and review any questions I marked, but I did not change any answers. I took the test on a Monday and got my scores back on Friday; I scored a 279. Moral of the story, use the testing strategies that make you most comfortable. Everyone told me not to speed through the test, but in order for me to do my best and stay out of my own head, I had to speed through it.

Strategy 91

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Texas Teacher's study material, ETS online practice test, and the T-cert practice. I studied for a couple of weeks. Please remember that they have added the new component: ELL learners (know this). I would also recommend you get a good feel of reading the questions, so you will know HOW the question is being asked and WHAT answer they are looking for.

Testing Strategy

Honestly, I found the practice tests easier than the actual test. 100 questions based in a scenario manner. I took the test Saturday and got the results Tuesday. I passed the first time around with a 262.

Strategy 91

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Texas Teacher's study material, ETS online practice test, and the T-cert practice. I studied for a couple of weeks. Please remember that they have added the new component: ELL learners (know this). I would also recommend you get a good feel of reading the questions, so you will know HOW the question is being asked and WHAT answer they are looking for.

Testing Strategy

Honestly, I found the practice tests easier than the actual test. 100 questions based in a scenario manner. I took the test Saturday and got the results Tuesday. I passed the first time around with a 262.

Strategy 92

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used Texas Teacher's PPR Review, the ETS practice exam, TExESPrep.com, and Barron's TExES PPR EC-12 review book (2nd edition). I studied by taking the practice tests and reviewing my answers after being scored. Also, I studied for two weeks prior to exam, 4 hours daily. The test is closely related to the ETS practice test. Using the other study tools also helped me pass the test with a score of 249.

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than expected. Not all common sense. Lots of ELL questions (10% of my exam question to be exact). Make sure you utilize ALL the allotted time; mark questions and review all questions/answers prior to submitting for score. Remember exam key points: real world, student centered w/family involvement, diversity, collaboration, Blooms, Piaget, and ALL the levels of ELL (student & teacher). Most of all, breathe and relax. With preparation, you will do fine. Best wishes!

Strategy 92

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used Texas Teacher's PPR Review, the ETS practice exam, TExESPrep.com, and Barron's TExES PPR EC-12 review book (2nd edition). I studied by taking the practice tests and reviewing my answers after being scored. Also, I studied for two weeks prior to exam, 4 hours daily. The test is closely related to the ETS practice test. Using the other study tools also helped me pass the test with a score of 249.

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than expected. Not all common sense. Lots of ELL questions (10% of my exam question to be exact). Make sure you utilize ALL the allotted time; mark questions and review all questions/answers prior to submitting for score. Remember exam key points: real world, student centered w/family involvement, diversity, collaboration, Blooms, Piaget, and ALL the levels of ELL (student & teacher). Most of all, breathe and relax. With preparation, you will do fine. Best wishes!

Strategy 93

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the study guide and practice exam from the TExES website and the practice exams through Texas Teachers. I didn't study as much as I wanted; I studied about 8 hours total, 2 months before the test and about 3 hours the night before.

Testing Strategy

The test was the level of difficulty that I expected. I was told there wouldn't be many questions regarding the laws relating to education, and that was true because I only remember 2 out of the 100 questions asked relating to that. I went through the questions quick and made sure to review all the ones I was unsure of. When I reviewed the test, I took my time and used the same strategies I teach my students: find out which answers are wrong and justify them and use process of elimination, but be sure the answer remaining can be justified! I wasn't sure how I did, but I passed with a 287!

Strategy 93

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the study guide and practice exam from the TExES website and the practice exams through Texas Teachers. I didn't study as much as I wanted; I studied about 8 hours total, 2 months before the test and about 3 hours the night before.

Testing Strategy

The test was the level of difficulty that I expected. I was told there wouldn't be many questions regarding the laws relating to education, and that was true because I only remember 2 out of the 100 questions asked relating to that. I went through the questions quick and made sure to review all the ones I was unsure of. When I reviewed the test, I took my time and used the same strategies I teach my students: find out which answers are wrong and justify them and use process of elimination, but be sure the answer remaining can be justified! I wasn't sure how I did, but I passed with a 287!

Strategy 94

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Certify Teacher through Texas Teachers, a YouTube video with someone reading the questions and clarifications for the exam, and the free guide from ETS. I watched the video first and then read over the competencies. Next, I took the test in the ETS book and studied the ones I got wrong. I then went into the Certify Teacher review through Texas Teachers and took the practice test 3 times until I passed with the 80%. I made sure to read over the reasons I got each question wrong or right.

Testing Strategy

The test was heavy on what to do with ELL reading, writing and listening and the strategies you would use to help them. Piaget's (6) and Maslow's are on there a lot as well. I studied for 2 weeks and felt unprepared because I couldn't sleep the night before. There are always 2 possible answers, so be sure to understand why you should pick one the one that you choose. I took it on Sunday and got my score on Tuesday afternoon: 260!!

Strategy 94

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Certify Teacher through Texas Teachers, a YouTube video with someone reading the questions and clarifications for the exam, and the free guide from ETS. I watched the video first and then read over the competencies. Next, I took the test in the ETS book and studied the ones I got wrong. I then went into the Certify Teacher review through Texas Teachers and took the practice test 3 times until I passed with the 80%. I made sure to read over the reasons I got each question wrong or right.

Testing Strategy

The test was heavy on what to do with ELL reading, writing and listening and the strategies you would use to help them. Piaget's (6) and Maslow's are on there a lot as well. I studied for 2 weeks and felt unprepared because I couldn't sleep the night before. There are always 2 possible answers, so be sure to understand why you should pick one the one that you choose. I took it on Sunday and got my score on Tuesday afternoon: 260!!

Strategy 95

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I think the very best resource I used was REA's TExES PPR EC-12 (160) Book. I read through the whole book and did all of the practice questions after each competency section, as well as the two practice tests in the back. I also used the Texas Teachers online PPR review - I reviewed all of the questions that I missed after taking the required practice test and also used the "Study Mode" to take specific quizzes on the competencies I needed additional practice with. Lastly, I completed the ETS practice questions in the PPR preparation manual and the ETS PPR Practice Test to really make sure I was ready. Again, I reviewed all of the questions I missed afterwards.

Testing Strategy

The test was pretty similar to the ETS practice test but about 15-20 questions were slightly harder than I expected. Make sure you go over ELL levels, Bloom's Taxonomy, and Erikson's stages of psycho-social development. Also, make sure you know what horizontal alignment and vertical alignment mean. I went through the test and completed all of the questions I knew right away first, marking/skipping the questions I had to stop and think about longer or didn't know the answer to. This helped me not get tired or burnt out. Take your time during the exam. Every 15-20 questions, I took a one minute mental break. At the end, I went through the questions I had marked/skipped. I would write down A B C D on my scratch paper and cross off the letters as I ruled out the answer choices until I finally knew which one was the best. The test took me 3 hours (including a 10 minute break) and my score was a 294.

Strategy 95

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I think the very best resource I used was REA's TExES PPR EC-12 (160) Book. I read through the whole book and did all of the practice questions after each competency section, as well as the two practice tests in the back. I also used the Texas Teachers online PPR review - I reviewed all of the questions that I missed after taking the required practice test and also used the "Study Mode" to take specific quizzes on the competencies I needed additional practice with. Lastly, I completed the ETS practice questions in the PPR preparation manual and the ETS PPR Practice Test to really make sure I was ready. Again, I reviewed all of the questions I missed afterwards.

Testing Strategy

The test was pretty similar to the ETS practice test but about 15-20 questions were slightly harder than I expected. Make sure you go over ELL levels, Bloom's Taxonomy, and Erikson's stages of psycho-social development. Also, make sure you know what horizontal alignment and vertical alignment mean. I went through the test and completed all of the questions I knew right away first, marking/skipping the questions I had to stop and think about longer or didn't know the answer to. This helped me not get tired or burnt out. Take your time during the exam. Every 15-20 questions, I took a one minute mental break. At the end, I went through the questions I had marked/skipped. I would write down A B C D on my scratch paper and cross off the letters as I ruled out the answer choices until I finally knew which one was the best. The test took me 3 hours (including a 10 minute break) and my score was a 294.

Strategy 96

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I took the practice exams continuously that Texas Teachers offers. I analyzed each answer (whether I got it right or wrong) to be sure I understood why it was correct. I reviewed the T-Cert and took notes on the slides they had to review. I also used the practice TExEX ETS exam, as well as the one offered through TEA. I found that if I analyzed the answer, whether right or wrong, it helped me to clarify misconceptions.

Testing Strategy

I am a quick test taker. It took me 2 1/2 hours (I was done in 2, but marked a few to review and double check). I scored a 282 and got my results in 4 days.

Strategy 96

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I took the practice exams continuously that Texas Teachers offers. I analyzed each answer (whether I got it right or wrong) to be sure I understood why it was correct. I reviewed the T-Cert and took notes on the slides they had to review. I also used the practice TExEX ETS exam, as well as the one offered through TEA. I found that if I analyzed the answer, whether right or wrong, it helped me to clarify misconceptions.

Testing Strategy

I am a quick test taker. It took me 2 1/2 hours (I was done in 2, but marked a few to review and double check). I scored a 282 and got my results in 4 days.

Strategy 97

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used Texas Teacher's PPR Review, the ETS practice exam and the TeXes PPR EC-12 review book. I studied by taking the practice tests and reviewing my answers after being scored. I would read the reasons why I got the questions wrong. In addition, I read the PPR EC-12 book and it gave me some insight to justifying my answers. I felt that the test is closely related to the ETS practice test. Using the other two study tools also helped me pass the test with a score of 263!

Testing Strategy

I had a hard time focusing since there were 100 questions. I left the test feeling anxious because I felt like I did not do well on the test. Yet, my scores said that I passed the test! To prepare for the test, I recommend looking at the "key terms" in the questions. This will help find the correct answer.

Strategy 97

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used Texas Teacher's PPR Review, the ETS practice exam and the TeXes PPR EC-12 review book. I studied by taking the practice tests and reviewing my answers after being scored. I would read the reasons why I got the questions wrong. In addition, I read the PPR EC-12 book and it gave me some insight to justifying my answers. I felt that the test is closely related to the ETS practice test. Using the other two study tools also helped me pass the test with a score of 263!

Testing Strategy

I had a hard time focusing since there were 100 questions. I left the test feeling anxious because I felt like I did not do well on the test. Yet, my scores said that I passed the test! To prepare for the test, I recommend looking at the "key terms" in the questions. This will help find the correct answer.

Strategy 98

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Certify Teacher practice tests from Texas Teachers. I kept reviewing each section until I passed it. I also found a Youtube video that someone posted where they read through a practice test and the answers. I reviewed the levels of Blooms and the levels of ELL.

Testing Strategy

It was easier than I expected but it is very hard to concentrate through 100 questions! I used my scratch paper to write down key terms. Remember that everything is student centered with family involvement. I passed with a 283.

Strategy 98

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Certify Teacher practice tests from Texas Teachers. I kept reviewing each section until I passed it. I also found a Youtube video that someone posted where they read through a practice test and the answers. I reviewed the levels of Blooms and the levels of ELL.

Testing Strategy

It was easier than I expected but it is very hard to concentrate through 100 questions! I used my scratch paper to write down key terms. Remember that everything is student centered with family involvement. I passed with a 283.

Strategy 99

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the free practice tests provided from Texas Teachers. I took the practice test multiple times. I was sure to read why I got the answer wrong and why I got it right. I studied for two weeks. I also took a class that was offered and they went over a PPR practice test. I found the class to be very helpful and informative.

Testing Strategy

The test was a little bit harder then I had expected. Some people said it was common sense. It was not all common sense. Be sure to think of a perfect world scenario. Take your time, know your ELL levels and assessments. I passed the first time with a 253.

Strategy 99

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the free practice tests provided from Texas Teachers. I took the practice test multiple times. I was sure to read why I got the answer wrong and why I got it right. I studied for two weeks. I also took a class that was offered and they went over a PPR practice test. I found the class to be very helpful and informative.

Testing Strategy

The test was a little bit harder then I had expected. Some people said it was common sense. It was not all common sense. Be sure to think of a perfect world scenario. Take your time, know your ELL levels and assessments. I passed the first time with a 253.

Strategy 100

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied using the free preparation manual, including the practice test at the end, and also the ETS interactive practice test. I watched the PPR exam review on YouTube; it includes readings of the explanations offered on the manual. If you are an auditory learner, the YouTube video would be better.

Testing Strategy

The test had many ELL questions, so be sure to focus on what is appropriate approaches to instruct each level. There were very few questions that dealt with recalling facts, I only counted maybe 3-4, the rest seemed to be theory questions: "what is best, most effective, etc.." Two of the choices will almost always be easily identifiable as wrong, so that'll leave you with two more. Always choose the one that focuses on the student and seems more on the "professional side." Perfect world test: the parents are involved, you have all the time in the world for each student, you are the best teacher ever. Read each question carefully, sometimes just that will help you find the answer. There are 10 that don't count, so don't worry if you come across a few that you don't know. Take your time, use your breaks, take notes, anything you need. If you have taken the practice tests and understand the reasoning on why the correct answers are correct, then you will do fine! I passed with a 262!

Strategy 100

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied using the free preparation manual, including the practice test at the end, and also the ETS interactive practice test. I watched the PPR exam review on YouTube; it includes readings of the explanations offered on the manual. If you are an auditory learner, the YouTube video would be better.

Testing Strategy

The test had many ELL questions, so be sure to focus on what is appropriate approaches to instruct each level. There were very few questions that dealt with recalling facts, I only counted maybe 3-4, the rest seemed to be theory questions: "what is best, most effective, etc.." Two of the choices will almost always be easily identifiable as wrong, so that'll leave you with two more. Always choose the one that focuses on the student and seems more on the "professional side." Perfect world test: the parents are involved, you have all the time in the world for each student, you are the best teacher ever. Read each question carefully, sometimes just that will help you find the answer. There are 10 that don't count, so don't worry if you come across a few that you don't know. Take your time, use your breaks, take notes, anything you need. If you have taken the practice tests and understand the reasoning on why the correct answers are correct, then you will do fine! I passed with a 262!

Strategy 101

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I went through the interactive practice test here: http://cms.texes-ets.org/texes/prepmaterials/texes-preparation-manuals/interactive-practice-test/ I also used my textbook from school and the T-Cert review software to study. I studied about three weeks before taking my test and scored a 280 my first try. I had previously taken the pre and post test given during the spring semester and did not pass either one. Overall, I would say the interactive practice test and my textbook helped me the most.

Testing Strategy

I took about 2-2.5 hrs and took my time taking the test. They felt like common sense questions, although some were a little tricky. Just narrow it down to two and try to choose the best answer. Try not to second guess yourself and go with your gut feeling.

Strategy 101

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I went through the interactive practice test here: http://cms.texes-ets.org/texes/prepmaterials/texes-preparation-manuals/interactive-practice-test/ I also used my textbook from school and the T-Cert review software to study. I studied about three weeks before taking my test and scored a 280 my first try. I had previously taken the pre and post test given during the spring semester and did not pass either one. Overall, I would say the interactive practice test and my textbook helped me the most.

Testing Strategy

I took about 2-2.5 hrs and took my time taking the test. They felt like common sense questions, although some were a little tricky. Just narrow it down to two and try to choose the best answer. Try not to second guess yourself and go with your gut feeling.

Strategy 102

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The best resource I ended up using was a YouTube video where a young woman reads through a test; just type in "ppr exam" into the search bar. She reads the question and then explains both the correct answer, as well as WHY the other responses are incorrect. It truly helped with how I approached and read through the test questions.

Testing Strategy

I think it is important to understand that it is a standardized test. Knowing Piaget's childhood dog's name is great, but won't help you here. You can know the material front to back, but I found it more helpful to approach it technically. I looked for the key items in each question: Target/Student - age, grade, ESL level, gender, etc. What they want you/the teacher to do - promote nurturing atmosphere, promote learning, intervene, etc. Most questions had two positive and/or correct answers. My job was to look over the key items and say "well, that's a good thing for a teacher to do, but it isn't really addressing what they are asking of me in the this question." Or "That's a good thing for a teacher to do but is inappropriate to my subject's developmental/ESL level." I studied a year in the classroom and 3 days of test prep. I scored a 283, 1 attempt.

Strategy 102

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The best resource I ended up using was a YouTube video where a young woman reads through a test; just type in "ppr exam" into the search bar. She reads the question and then explains both the correct answer, as well as WHY the other responses are incorrect. It truly helped with how I approached and read through the test questions.

Testing Strategy

I think it is important to understand that it is a standardized test. Knowing Piaget's childhood dog's name is great, but won't help you here. You can know the material front to back, but I found it more helpful to approach it technically. I looked for the key items in each question: Target/Student - age, grade, ESL level, gender, etc. What they want you/the teacher to do - promote nurturing atmosphere, promote learning, intervene, etc. Most questions had two positive and/or correct answers. My job was to look over the key items and say "well, that's a good thing for a teacher to do, but it isn't really addressing what they are asking of me in the this question." Or "That's a good thing for a teacher to do but is inappropriate to my subject's developmental/ESL level." I studied a year in the classroom and 3 days of test prep. I scored a 283, 1 attempt.

Strategy 103

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the REA PPR exam guide, the Texas Teachers PPR review, Quizlet terms over the PPR vocabulary, and the T-Cert PPR review. I studied for about a month, after I completed my internship year. I don't recommend anyone doing that if you worry about test taking. However, I studied about six hours a day, M-F for a month. Use the Texas Teachers PPR review faithfully, it will help you understand how to answer the questions. Also the REA book will help you a lot, especially the two practice tests. Study the ELL material, use TELPAS document rating chart. Know what strategies would best help an ELL student on various performance levels. Study blooms and also study Piaget's cognitive development theory, that will help you a lot on the test. Also study over intrapersonal intelligence.

Testing Strategy

It took me about three hours to finish the test. I took my five minute break and went back to look through my answers. Look for keywords in the questions that could match the answer choices. Some of the questions will be a given and some won't. Always, choose the answer with a positive sound to it, and has a bloom's verb that encourages higher level thinking. Also, the test is all about student collaboration, working with the parents of the student and higher level thinking. The answer choice that you choose should be the best one that connects with that particular question, don't over think it. The test is based on a perfect world scenario. I took the test Thursday and received my scores Tuesday morning. I passed on my first try with a 279!

Strategy 103

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the REA PPR exam guide, the Texas Teachers PPR review, Quizlet terms over the PPR vocabulary, and the T-Cert PPR review. I studied for about a month, after I completed my internship year. I don't recommend anyone doing that if you worry about test taking. However, I studied about six hours a day, M-F for a month. Use the Texas Teachers PPR review faithfully, it will help you understand how to answer the questions. Also the REA book will help you a lot, especially the two practice tests. Study the ELL material, use TELPAS document rating chart. Know what strategies would best help an ELL student on various performance levels. Study blooms and also study Piaget's cognitive development theory, that will help you a lot on the test. Also study over intrapersonal intelligence.

Testing Strategy

It took me about three hours to finish the test. I took my five minute break and went back to look through my answers. Look for keywords in the questions that could match the answer choices. Some of the questions will be a given and some won't. Always, choose the answer with a positive sound to it, and has a bloom's verb that encourages higher level thinking. Also, the test is all about student collaboration, working with the parents of the student and higher level thinking. The answer choice that you choose should be the best one that connects with that particular question, don't over think it. The test is based on a perfect world scenario. I took the test Thursday and received my scores Tuesday morning. I passed on my first try with a 279!

Strategy 104

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the review questions from the TExES-ETS website. I also used the test bank that Texas Teachers provided, it was extremely helpful.

Testing Strategy

I passed with a 274. The test was very long and had long reading passages. The questions from the test bank are not like the test at all. There are multiple questions that have 5-7 questions linked to a scenario. I took my time and used the strategies that I learned from the review session.

Strategy 104

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the review questions from the TExES-ETS website. I also used the test bank that Texas Teachers provided, it was extremely helpful.

Testing Strategy

I passed with a 274. The test was very long and had long reading passages. The questions from the test bank are not like the test at all. There are multiple questions that have 5-7 questions linked to a scenario. I took my time and used the strategies that I learned from the review session.

Strategy 105

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used Texas Teacher's PPR Review, the ETS practice exam, TExESPrep.com, and Barron's TExES PPR EC-12 review book (2nd edition). I studied by taking the practice tests and reviewing my answers after being scored. Also, I studied for two weeks prior to exam, 4 hours daily. The test is closely related to the ETS practice test. Using the other study tools also helped me pass the test with a score of 249.

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than expected, not all common sense. Lots of ELL questions (10% of my exam question to be exact). Make sure you utilize all of the allotted time; mark questions and review all questions/answers prior to submitting for score. Remember exam key points: real world, student centered w/family involvement, diversity, collaboration, Blooms, Piaget, and ALL the levels of ELL (student & teacher). Most of all, breathe and relax. With preparation, you will do fine. Best wishes!

Strategy 105

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used Texas Teacher's PPR Review, the ETS practice exam, TExESPrep.com, and Barron's TExES PPR EC-12 review book (2nd edition). I studied by taking the practice tests and reviewing my answers after being scored. Also, I studied for two weeks prior to exam, 4 hours daily. The test is closely related to the ETS practice test. Using the other study tools also helped me pass the test with a score of 249.

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than expected, not all common sense. Lots of ELL questions (10% of my exam question to be exact). Make sure you utilize all of the allotted time; mark questions and review all questions/answers prior to submitting for score. Remember exam key points: real world, student centered w/family involvement, diversity, collaboration, Blooms, Piaget, and ALL the levels of ELL (student & teacher). Most of all, breathe and relax. With preparation, you will do fine. Best wishes!

Strategy 106

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I went through 3 study mode sets via Texas Teachers online review with Certify Teacher, then took the practice to get approval to test. Thursday night I reviewed my weakest competencies. The following Monday I took the practice test on the ETS site. Wednesday I did a 30 question study mode set on Certify Teacher, and took the test on Thursday. On the way to the testing site, I listened to TELPAS Proficiencies as a refresher.

Testing Strategy

The test seemed a bit easier than expected, taking about an hour and a half. I went all the way through the test, quickly marking questions that stumped me for review. I knew I needed to move forward rather quickly or else I would over think the questions. I took a quick break and then went back and answered the questions that I marked for review (I only changed 1 or 2 answers during this process). I took the test on Thursday evening and received results Tuesday morning. I passed with a 281. My advice is to stay focused and take your time, but don't overthink. Make sure you read the questions clearly.

Strategy 106

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I went through 3 study mode sets via Texas Teachers online review with Certify Teacher, then took the practice to get approval to test. Thursday night I reviewed my weakest competencies. The following Monday I took the practice test on the ETS site. Wednesday I did a 30 question study mode set on Certify Teacher, and took the test on Thursday. On the way to the testing site, I listened to TELPAS Proficiencies as a refresher.

Testing Strategy

The test seemed a bit easier than expected, taking about an hour and a half. I went all the way through the test, quickly marking questions that stumped me for review. I knew I needed to move forward rather quickly or else I would over think the questions. I took a quick break and then went back and answered the questions that I marked for review (I only changed 1 or 2 answers during this process). I took the test on Thursday evening and received results Tuesday morning. I passed with a 281. My advice is to stay focused and take your time, but don't overthink. Make sure you read the questions clearly.

Strategy 107

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied for about 3 weeks using the PPR link from Texas Teacher. I used "study option 2" so that I could quiz on individual competencies. I only failed 2 of the quizzes and passed those once I retook them. Passed the PPR whole exam review on the second try. I studied a couple hours using REA's study guide exams and the Texas Teacher study resource taking quizzes. I focused on questions regarding ELL's and laws.

Testing Strategy

The test seemed easier than what I studied; I was done in an hour and a half. I have been teaching since the beginning of school year and I know that that real experience helped me. Eliminate the two obviously wrong answers and then pick the answer that addresses only the question asked. Don't read anything into the question that isn't asked. I was glad I studied the teacher responsibilities and the questions regarding ELL's. Focus on the ages and grade level of the student in the question. I was told the test was common sense and to imagine the best case scenarios. I tested Thursday evening and received scores on Tuesday.

Strategy 107

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied for about 3 weeks using the PPR link from Texas Teacher. I used "study option 2" so that I could quiz on individual competencies. I only failed 2 of the quizzes and passed those once I retook them. Passed the PPR whole exam review on the second try. I studied a couple hours using REA's study guide exams and the Texas Teacher study resource taking quizzes. I focused on questions regarding ELL's and laws.

Testing Strategy

The test seemed easier than what I studied; I was done in an hour and a half. I have been teaching since the beginning of school year and I know that that real experience helped me. Eliminate the two obviously wrong answers and then pick the answer that addresses only the question asked. Don't read anything into the question that isn't asked. I was glad I studied the teacher responsibilities and the questions regarding ELL's. Focus on the ages and grade level of the student in the question. I was told the test was common sense and to imagine the best case scenarios. I tested Thursday evening and received scores on Tuesday.

Strategy 108

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the online practice test on the ETS website, the practice test on your Texas Teachers portal, and a test on Quizlet. I did the PPR practice exam 4 times and continued to the read the explanations of the correct answers ONLY.

Testing Strategy

Make sure to know your ELL's info and always pick answers that benefit the student, never the teacher. Think about the answers as if you have unlimited resources and time. Good Luck! I passed on the first try with a 276. I took it Friday and received my results this morning. Never go back and change your answers! There were 2 that I adjusted after I was done and ended up missing those.

Strategy 108

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the online practice test on the ETS website, the practice test on your Texas Teachers portal, and a test on Quizlet. I did the PPR practice exam 4 times and continued to the read the explanations of the correct answers ONLY.

Testing Strategy

Make sure to know your ELL's info and always pick answers that benefit the student, never the teacher. Think about the answers as if you have unlimited resources and time. Good Luck! I passed on the first try with a 276. I took it Friday and received my results this morning. Never go back and change your answers! There were 2 that I adjusted after I was done and ended up missing those.

Strategy 109

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I took the practice test on the TEA/ETS website and was able to focus on my weakest domains and competencies. I formulated a study guide based on the TExES EC-12 book and study manual; these helped tremendously. I used both at the same time to get a good overview of each competency. During my pre-testing experience, ELL information was quite vague so I searched the ELPS to strengthen my ELL descriptors and possible lesson modifications. I studied for 2 weeks, a good 8-10 hours each day. By the time I was done studying, my pretest scores were in the high 80's.

Testing Strategy

I finished in less than 2 hours. My logic behind not using the 5 hours was that overthinking would betray me. It is incredibly easy to narrow down to two possible answers. Pay attention to the question and what domain it comes from. If the question is from Domain 1, you automatically know that the answer is teacher centered. If it's from Domain 2, you know it is "the warm and fuzzies" of education: EX. providing a safe and adequate learning environment that fosters learning. If its from Domain 3, you know the answer needs to be a student outcome. The ELPS information online was awesome, because it shows you exactly how to categorize ELL students and their potential needs. There will be a good 10 questions on this. I scored 273. Good luck!!!

Strategy 109

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I took the practice test on the TEA/ETS website and was able to focus on my weakest domains and competencies. I formulated a study guide based on the TExES EC-12 book and study manual; these helped tremendously. I used both at the same time to get a good overview of each competency. During my pre-testing experience, ELL information was quite vague so I searched the ELPS to strengthen my ELL descriptors and possible lesson modifications. I studied for 2 weeks, a good 8-10 hours each day. By the time I was done studying, my pretest scores were in the high 80's.

Testing Strategy

I finished in less than 2 hours. My logic behind not using the 5 hours was that overthinking would betray me. It is incredibly easy to narrow down to two possible answers. Pay attention to the question and what domain it comes from. If the question is from Domain 1, you automatically know that the answer is teacher centered. If it's from Domain 2, you know it is "the warm and fuzzies" of education: EX. providing a safe and adequate learning environment that fosters learning. If its from Domain 3, you know the answer needs to be a student outcome. The ELPS information online was awesome, because it shows you exactly how to categorize ELL students and their potential needs. There will be a good 10 questions on this. I scored 273. Good luck!!!

Strategy 110

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used some of the online materials provided by Texas Teachers. The practice test helped me get my head around what type of questions would be asked. Be sure to review ELL when studying. Also, being in a classroom and teaching helped me understand most of these questions.

Testing Strategy

I thought the test was pretty easy. When taking this test, imagine yourself as the teacher dealing with these issues, and imagine you had unlimited funds and time to help the individual students. I ended up passing with a 269.

Strategy 110

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used some of the online materials provided by Texas Teachers. The practice test helped me get my head around what type of questions would be asked. Be sure to review ELL when studying. Also, being in a classroom and teaching helped me understand most of these questions.

Testing Strategy

I thought the test was pretty easy. When taking this test, imagine yourself as the teacher dealing with these issues, and imagine you had unlimited funds and time to help the individual students. I ended up passing with a 269.

Strategy 111

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used a variety of sources that were very helpful for the test. The most important thing when studying for any major test is to not overwhelm yourself with too many resources. I went through each domain on the Texas Teachers PPR practice. I viewed a YouTube video by Tea4E where a woman just read the questions of a test review and explained why the answers were correct, as well as why the others were not the right choice. I also looked at key terms from a PPR review on Quizlet.

Testing Strategy

Be sure you understand the ELL level prescriptors very well, that way you can answer those questions with no confusion. The questions are very literal, meaning every piece of information is important when helping you choose the BEST answer. Of course yet again you HAVE to think about a "perfect world" classroom where you have all the time and resources in the world to run a classroom where you use best practice at all times. You need to understand Bloom's Taxonomy as well. The questions were all scenario-based, with maybe 4 or 5 questions at most that were just asked for the definition of a term. Please spare yourself in thinking way too much about the answers. All you have to do is immediately eliminate the 2 answer choices that obviously don't apply, and then choose the answer that literally answers the question. Skim the question and either think about or jot down the key words. I was done with this test in 1 hour and 20 minutes and I did pretty well. Good luck!

Strategy 111

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used a variety of sources that were very helpful for the test. The most important thing when studying for any major test is to not overwhelm yourself with too many resources. I went through each domain on the Texas Teachers PPR practice. I viewed a YouTube video by Tea4E where a woman just read the questions of a test review and explained why the answers were correct, as well as why the others were not the right choice. I also looked at key terms from a PPR review on Quizlet.

Testing Strategy

Be sure you understand the ELL level prescriptors very well, that way you can answer those questions with no confusion. The questions are very literal, meaning every piece of information is important when helping you choose the BEST answer. Of course yet again you HAVE to think about a "perfect world" classroom where you have all the time and resources in the world to run a classroom where you use best practice at all times. You need to understand Bloom's Taxonomy as well. The questions were all scenario-based, with maybe 4 or 5 questions at most that were just asked for the definition of a term. Please spare yourself in thinking way too much about the answers. All you have to do is immediately eliminate the 2 answer choices that obviously don't apply, and then choose the answer that literally answers the question. Skim the question and either think about or jot down the key words. I was done with this test in 1 hour and 20 minutes and I did pretty well. Good luck!

Strategy 112

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

completed all the course work from Texas Teachers prior to starting my Clinical Teaching. There were additional assignments to complete during the clinical and going through all the preparatory courses helps a lot. I went to a free one day PPR Review Session offered to the Texas Teachers candidates. Basically, it tells you about the perfect world type scenario tips that everyone has already mentioned. To study for the PPR, I used the YouTube PPR review as a supplement. I went through the flash cards and study mode that is made available to us via Certify Teacher through the internal portal. Then I took the sample test Texas Teachers wants you to pass before they allow you to register for the PPR Exam. I borrowed a PPR REA book from the library and went through their four 90 questions exams, and I also took the free interactive PPR review test from the ETS website. Taking the sample exams should give you a pretty good idea on what to review.

Testing Strategy

It took me about 2.5 hours to get through all the questions. I then reviewed the answers rapidly for about 30 minutes. Remember to take the time to read all the explanations for all the questions even if you have the correct answer. Lots of ESL/ELL questions. Trust your instincts. Collaborative/cooperative/active learning/some terminologies came up, and if you study the flash cards via Texas Teachers it should help. I am glad I did not delay taking the PPR exam as it is available to take anytime throughout the year. I took the test Wednesday, Dec 7 and I received my test results Friday, Dec 9. I scored a 273. You can do it - Good Luck!

Strategy 112

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

completed all the course work from Texas Teachers prior to starting my Clinical Teaching. There were additional assignments to complete during the clinical and going through all the preparatory courses helps a lot. I went to a free one day PPR Review Session offered to the Texas Teachers candidates. Basically, it tells you about the perfect world type scenario tips that everyone has already mentioned. To study for the PPR, I used the YouTube PPR review as a supplement. I went through the flash cards and study mode that is made available to us via Certify Teacher through the internal portal. Then I took the sample test Texas Teachers wants you to pass before they allow you to register for the PPR Exam. I borrowed a PPR REA book from the library and went through their four 90 questions exams, and I also took the free interactive PPR review test from the ETS website. Taking the sample exams should give you a pretty good idea on what to review.

Testing Strategy

It took me about 2.5 hours to get through all the questions. I then reviewed the answers rapidly for about 30 minutes. Remember to take the time to read all the explanations for all the questions even if you have the correct answer. Lots of ESL/ELL questions. Trust your instincts. Collaborative/cooperative/active learning/some terminologies came up, and if you study the flash cards via Texas Teachers it should help. I am glad I did not delay taking the PPR exam as it is available to take anytime throughout the year. I took the test Wednesday, Dec 7 and I received my test results Friday, Dec 9. I scored a 273. You can do it - Good Luck!

Strategy 113

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Studying for the test included a combination of attending a live PPR review session and using the Texas Teacher's PPR review/exam simulator. I first attended the PPR live review, which help me to understand to take the exam with a perfect world mindset. After attending the live review, I began reviewing flash cards via the simulator to learn the meaning to key words and concepts. The next step was taking the practice exam, which I did not pass on the first go around, but it gave valuable insight into my weak and strong areas. I continued studying each Domain section separately and was able to pass the simulator on the second try. All-in-all, it took about two steady weeks to get through each section to study.

Testing Strategy

Taking the test was similar to the simulator. However, the actual test had 100 questions, versus the simulator 90 questions. The questions were similar to the simulator, but contained key words that you will have to focus in on in order to narrow down your selection. Sometimes the best two answers appeared to both be correct. I do recommend taking a short 10 minute break during the test (but only if half-way through with time remaining). The overall test took about 4 hours to take, where as, the simulator test took about 3 hours to take. Just study, study, study, and think perfect world.

Strategy 114

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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

Testing Strategy

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

Strategy 115

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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

Testing Strategy

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

Strategy 116

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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

Testing Strategy

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

Strategy 117

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

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

Testing Strategy

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

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