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Science 4-8
Study & Test Strategies

Strategy 1

Submitted by Sandeep Flora

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Study.com, exam edge and Morrison’s media.

The exam edge tests are exactly how it will be displayed in the real exam and was the most useful. The content from study.com was great.

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Please please do not listen to any horror stories here! I took the exam July 2019. The test is not difficult if you come from a science background at all. If you are not from a science background I would definitely suggest study.com - you do have to pay monthly for this but it is worth it cost wise if you don’t have to take the test again!

Strategy 2

Submitted by Amanda

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I started studying 2 months before the exam. The material used was 240 tutoring which honestly was way too easy so you shouldn't need more than a month subscription just print all the material and do all the quizzes and benchmark. I used the TExES Secrets Mometrix study guide I purchased from Amazon and it is LOADED with all the info you need, with a 135 question test in the back! Read through the entire study guide once and then skimmed through the book another 2 times. I also purchased the TExES Mometrix practice question from Amazon which brought 2 additional 135 question tests! Now this book has VERY hard questions, but i found it helpful. I also used the crash course videos on YouTube! Out of everything I used, I have to say the Exam Edge tests were the most helpful. The test format the way the questions are worded resembled the actual test. I bought 3 tests instead of the bundle, but that is because it would take me close to 2 hours to complete each test.

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Overall I dont believe it was super hard. I scored a 256/300 and out of the 100 questions only 80 were graded. I thought i would have scored higher, but I'm guessing most of the ones I got right weren't counted. Out of 80 graded, I missed 17 questions. No matter how much I studied, some of the questions were worded in a difficult manner. Know the elements some rocks are made from (had a question about what diamond and graphite have in common), know how to convert grams into moles and vice versa for reactions. Know how to do punnet squares, how hydroelectric power works, about isobars and how to read weather maps. Be sure to know how to do math without a calculator! I had to do conversions by hand like converting cm to in and vice versa.

Strategy 3

Submitted by Annie

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I purchased the CertifyTeacher.com program and that helped with reviewing all the concepts and reasoning behind the answers. It's been quite a few years since I learned the material so it did help as an initial refresher. I liked their study plan. Then I reviewed the chapter summaries of an 8th grade science textbook and took the high school exit level and 8th grade STAAR released exams. I then went over the state preparation manual and practice questions. I took notes on all the things I needed more review on. All of this was done in about a week's time. In the last few days, I got a free trial on Study.com who has excellent short videos summarizing the content for this exam. Since I was pressed for time, I only went over the videos I needed to review, and I found that after all my reading and studying, the videos helped with binding it all together. Since I crammed all the information in a short period of time, I wasn't sure how I would do. Thankfully, I passed on my first try. But, I would not suggest that anyone else crams the way I did. Take more time to review!

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The test was easier than I expected, although some questions were more difficult. Given the amount of time I had to study, I only reviewed a little more than 90% of the content, and wished I had more time to review it all. I used different sources to review the areas that needed more attention. Textbooks, flashcards, practice exams, note taking, and the video lessons in the end really helped a lot. I feel that if I had more time to study I would probably have done better, but am happy that I passed with a good score.

Strategy 4

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I did not use any study material besides the one given to me at the ACP training and online at TEXES ets. My advise the question might not look too difficult but certainly passing might be. Out of 80 questions I got about 20 wrong and I barely passed. I will encourage every body to have a good sleep the night prior to the exams. Take all the time you have to complete the exams, if that means going over 3-times, please do. Remember every question is crucial to your passing, respect every question and fight it out. They are now raising the passing mark to 80% and that means a lot. TAKE AS MANY TRIAL TESTS AS POSSIBLE AND YOU WILL BE FINE.

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The questions were easier, but passing was difficult. Maybe I was expecting harder questions. I did pass on first trial though. Read OVER and OVER again.

Strategy 5

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the XAMonline book and the printed review from SBEC. Neither or which helped at all. I wish I had gone to the library and checked out the science section. I would have been better off. I put a lot of work into studying for this test.

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Without a doubt, this was the hardest test I have ever taken in my life.

Strategy 6

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the state study guides that can be printed.

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I thought the test was easier than I expected. I am a non science major but was able to pass the test the first time. My advice would be to get a good night sleep the night before and to read every question carefully. Be prepared for a lot of "what will this help teach" type questions. I am a computer science major but took this test because I felt it would be the easier of the two for me to pass on such a short notice. The questions were basic if you paid attention in school this should be no big deal. I know some people take better test than others and I fall into that category. Just relax and you will do fine.

Strategy 7

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I studied for the test using the Test Prep Manual as well as a tutor that was recommended by the the Texas Teachers Program. She was a good tutor but what we studied for was nothing like the test itself.

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The test was MUCH harder than I anticipated. I easily got frustrated because I felt like all the things I studied for were not on the test at all. The only good thing was that the PREP Manual did give you a feel for the types of questions on the test (as far as format is concerned). Never the less I am taking the test again in June 08. I am wondering if I need to study in a group so that I can feed off of others knowledge about this subject. If anyone want to form a study group please email me at mngonzo@gmail.com.

Strategy 8

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I purchased the Morrison Media Review and Guide, which was not very helpful. In fact, I ended up asking for and recieving my money back. The most useful tool that I found was the SBEC review. Use this to get aquainted with the structure of the questions and see where you are weak. Also, it may be helpful to look over the TAKS science review. I did this, but am not sure how much it really helped. An overall review is helpful then just focus on the things that you didn't remeber very well, and I would take the SBEC practice 2 or 3 times.

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I felt like the exam was much easier than expected and passed on the first try.

Strategy 9

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The people above #6 must have had an easier test because my experience was very similar to the person above me. I took the paper test in April and still don't know for sure, but didn't leave feeling very confident. I studied all the practice questions from Texes, took the TAKS 8 and 10 science test, and was able to get about 5 science textbooks ranging from middle school-HS physics. I studied a good 2 months early and i also relied on my degree in a science field. i still feel like it wasn't enough. This was similar to a college level, exit course exam in science. You are tested way above what/how you would teach at the 4-8 level, maybe even the high school level. i think i figured out why there is a need for science teachers in Texas...nobody can pass the test!!!

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The test i took was harder than i imagined. It is VERY wordy and i would say that you need to know how to dissect the question intensly before even glancing at the answers. Be prepared for at least 60% of your test to be "choose the best answer" with each answer having slight differences. I had a difficult time eliminating the "obvious wrong answer" as they say in the TEXES handbook. Be prepared to use over 3 hours just to complete. The good news is that i've been told they rotate out tests for each paper period, so odds are good you won't get the one i had the pleasure of taking. i 'm not trying to scare anyone off...just letting you know my experience.

Strategy 10

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I studied the TeXes review along with the 8th grade and 10th grade TAKS test. The questions on the test are testing you on a level much higher than this. I went to the library and got a book to study for the Science GED and that did not even prepare me for what was going to be on the test.

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I don't know if I passed, but if I have to retake it I will study much more advanced science. Unless you have a degree in Science the test will be much harder. The practice questions from the TeXes review are very easy compared to questions on the test. Good Luck!

Strategy 11

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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TExEs practice and study guide.

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The test was easier than I thought. Use strategies to eliminate the obvious wrong answers.

Strategy 12

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Used several preparation manuals for TEXES science 4-8 116. Read through all of the competencies and did the practice test.

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It was easier and focus on broad concepts and not memorizing details or formulas. Get plenty of sleep and stay calm!!

Strategy 13

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I took the Aug 5, 2006 test. Still waiting to find out if I passed. I took the advice the previous poster on using Brainpop.com--great website, but its only useful for a quick overview or to refamiliarize yourself with the different science topics if you've been out of school for awhile. Still a great site & one to keep in mind once you're teaching.

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Much harder than I had expected.I have a strong biology & ecology background (Master's degree in Environmental Education) but found the test to be one of the hardest tests I've taken--harder than SAT & GRE. Mainly because of the way the test phrases its questions or leads in...Here's a good study tip: Go to the TEA website & take the released TAKS tests for 8th Grade & 10th Grade Science--these tests get you pretty close to the content of the TeXes test, and I actually saw a couple of the questions on the TeXes that were on these published TAKS tests. Overall, the TeXes 4-8 Science was MUCH harder than I imagined. A lot had not so much to do with the content but the way the questions are phrased. Usually there's one absolute obvious incorrect answer & 2-3 others that are partially right. The test uses a lot of phrases like "Select the Primary factor" or "Which statement is the most accurate..." Unlike a math problem with an absolute clear-cut answer, the TeXes makes you make a few judgement calls in ethics, etc. Know & review ALL sciences, especially physics, chemistry, cellular biology. But do a pretty good review of earth/physical science (evolution, big-bang theory, fossils, minerals, etc.) & astronomy. If I didn't pass & have to take this again, I'm going use SAT preps & higher college-level study-aides since TeXes tests you at Senior-level science level & not at a 4-8th grade science level. Prepare for this test as if you're trying to pass the final exam in your college science courses & you'll be more on par with what level to study at. If you're still in school or recently finished--review your old notes, & any course materials you may have kept. If you didn't save any or its been awhile, make friends with a high school science teacher & borrow or look through the science text books being used these days...these should take you step-by-step thru the review process. Good Luck!

Strategy 14

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I prepared for this test in two weeks (at least 8 hours per day). I have a business degree (and thus took very little science in college) so took out multiple books from the library on the main science topics: life science, chemistry, physics, earth/space science. I also found that reading supplemental JUVENILE books on the subjects that I found most challenging was helpful since those books used pictures and simpler terms. I did purchase 2 online study guides, but they were not as helpful as using the study guide from the TExES website and then reading about those subjects in the texts from the library. The sample tests in the study guides were helpful too, and ofcourse the sample test on the TExES website was extremely helpful in determining what style the test would be written. I also went to brainpop.com and signed up for a free 2 week subscription, their website is awesome in reviewing, it's a website for students, but they have short "mini videos" on many science subjects, from the planets to electricity to genetics...etc. Actually alot of schools use this website in their classroom.

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The test was actually more difficult than I thought it would be, because there were several questions on "methods of teaching" using science examples, or questions pertaining to science and how a student would learn that topic....and I didn't prepare for that as I hadn't gone through training yet. The content was pretty similar to the material presented on the TExES study guide... obviously some topics weren't covered on the exam, but every test is different. I did pass, actually did better than I anticipated, and I only focused on the content. Some tips on the actual exam: There is more than enough time allocated for this test, so you won't run out of time. On questions I wasn't completely sure of the answer, I would obviously eliminate the wrong choices, and then scrutinize the answer choices left... remembering that my first "gut" choice was probably correct. I went through the exam 3 times - the first time I only answered the questions that I knew for certainty. Next, I went back and worked the harder questions that I skipped the first time. And the third time I reread every question to make sure I didn't miss something obvious or make a careless mistake. At first, your nerves might take over, so until you get used to the format and are comfortable with the test, just answer the easy and obvious questions then go back, once you are more focused. Good luck!

Strategy 15

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Is anyone studying for the SCience 4-8 test?

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Anyone want to form a study group?

Strategy 16

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I would like to start of by saying do not waste your money on the XAM Online book. It is nothing like the test and it has typo's and wrong information. The material to use is a school Scienct textbook....I purchased two of them from half price books. I also used the TAKS test online as well as a TAKS test prep book from Half price books. I created note cards as well.

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The test was nothing like the comptencies.It wasnt really hard or easy, you just have to know exactly what to study the most for: It is important to know the following: How to calculate molarity?( know the formula) Specific rocks such as gypsum,balsalt, granite, limestone. Know what reactive with what on the periodic table..valence electrons etc. what group# reacts best with each other... Balancing equations I didnt pass...I made a 224 and will take it again in June of 09. Best of luck to everyone...I havent done science in years, so I had to reteach myself a lot of things.

Strategy 17

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The only thing I did to study for the test was go over the material given for Science 4-8 on the texes.ets.org website. I went over the practice questions a couple of times and that's pretty much it.

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It was much easier than I expected it to be. I passed without any problem. I am a biology major, so the science was easy for me. Some of the physics questions are harder than I thought they would be, but overall it is a pretty easy exam.

Strategy 18

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I did what most people here did and took all the released TAKS tests from 5th - exit level and read the upper level TAKS reviews for physics & chemistry along with the online prep test on the SBEC and TEA website. I also expounded on these things by looking up ANYTHING that I was feeling rusty on.

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And I have to agree with most people on here, that it was harder than the online prep tests. But not necessarily that the material being presented was harder, just that the questions that were posed were immensely more difficult in relation to that material. In other words, you need to know the content inside and out, not just have a basic or general knowledge of the content. I, myself, feel cheated because the test I got was only 90 questions. I thought there would be more questions, thus giving me more room to make errors. And I gotta tell you I had to guess on at least 25 questions. So hopefully I got at least half of those right, plus all of the 65 I THINK I got right in order to pass. For me, out of all of the sciences covered (biology, physics, geology, astronomy, chemistry) my weakness was definitely chemistry. If you don't know your periodic chart, the elements, covalent and ionic bonding, how to tell the atomic number from the mass number, non-metal and metal interactions, then you might want to study up on those things. I just took the test today, so I'll let you guys know how I did when I get the test results back. The waiting is killing me!

Strategy 19

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the XAMonline materials for this test, taken in March '09. I was merrily cruising the book when I hit page 31, with the F=ma equation WRONG!! Physics was one of my weaknesses I needed to review, and once I saw they couldn't even get F=ma right, I didn't trust anything else it said. So, I turned to other sources: 7th and 8th grade science text books (some school districts have their texts online, and this was what I used). They were great for the stuff I really needed review on - earth and space science in particular, as well as physics. I felt I could probably manage on the rest of the exam. I did get hold of a 9th/10th grade biology book to review meiosis & mitosis, but it turned out not to be necessary. They say 22% of the exam is Life Science, but I could only peg 3 of the ostensible 18 questions they said were "life science". Really - I only encountered THREE that I would call Life Science. But the test results claim there were 18. I'm a busy mom w/ kids so didn't have all that much time to prepare. Mostly I summarized the sections of 7th/8th grade physics, earth & space science that I felt weak on, and I took all the released TAKS tests from 5th - exit level and read the upper level TAKS reviews for physics & chemistry. I also perused the web sites of physics teachers in my school district which turned out to have a plethora of good links to physics-related material.

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There were some ridiculously easy questions, but there were others that were asked in such a way that you had to intuitively know the physics and/or you had to recall the equations to come up w/ relationships and then the correct answer. There were no calculations involved - so you had to really 'get' the concepts. Some of the questions were really asked in a very odd way, so even tho I walked into the test feeling comfortable w/ the material and its concepts, I found some of the questions difficult to answer. These are things you should study, even if you hate them: Origins and ends of the universe and stars, specific rocks, not just generalities, know the rock cycle, and study stochiometry, molarity, and understand how radioactive decay is expresed in equations. Understand the periodic table's organization (metals, non-metals, and what reacts w/ what, and why). I had to really dig out some cobwebs during the test to answer questions that were definitely beyond 9th grade science, because I figured they weren't going to ask those. I agree with the comments of others that it was harder than the on-line prep test on the SBEC or TEA website. Yes, I passed, and if you're a recent general science graduate, you will probably be fine. But I've been an at-home mom for many years, and haven't used most of the science that the test covered. Fortunately, a devotion to the Discovery and Science channels helped keep me familiar w/ things.

Strategy 20

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I primarily used TAKS study guides 5th grade-exit and released TAKS tests. I also took an online course through ECAP and the free trial at BrainPop primarily for cellular biology and physics. I think that the TAKS study guides were the most helpful in preparing me. They probably got me about 85% of the way to where I need to be. I also did some online studying of Chemistry, Biology and Physics (there are several online text books). To get a 300 on the test, I could have studied using an actual text book. I also happen to watch the Discovery Channel and interestingly enough, that helped to prepare me as well. I didn't take much science in college (I have a BA and an MSSW) but I was in a science magnet school for high school, so that may have worked in my favor. I spent a couple of weeks studying about 2 hours a day to prepare for this test.

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The test was easier than some of the people who have commented here led me to believe. I ended up getting a 280 out of 300 and you need a 240 to pass. The questions were worded differently than the questions on the released TAKS tests (it seemed like the Texes test was trying to trip you up to see if you really understood the concepts), but the material is essentially the same. Outside of the teaching oriented questions, I think only 10-15% of the questions could really be considered college level. Even then the material would be intro level and you can use deduction to get yourself to a 50/50 chance of getting the question right. I wasn't as prepared as I could have been on the geology portions. I would tell someone preparing for the test to study using the TAKS study guides through exit level, take lots of practice tests and look outside of the TAKS study guides to study up on cellular biology, chemical bonds and reactions, common acids and bases and geology. When you identify your weak points through the tests, just keep studying until you really understand the concepts. Also, take the advice of others on here and take your time and make sure that you review all your answers. You have 5 hours to take the test and it is more than enough time.

Strategy 21

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I am already a certified teacher, but I took the 4-8 Science test to boost my credentials. I checked out Homework Helpers for Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Earth Science from my public library. I studied for weeks, several hours a day on most days. I outlined every chapter of every book myself. Do not study MS/HS level--study COLLEGE level, because this test is college level in its content.

Testing Strategy

I passed, but I found the test much harder than I expected--especially the chemistry. A person from TEA told me it's designed for people with 24 college credits in a science. The chemistry boggled my mind, but I guess I knew more than I realized. There are also lots of teaching method questions. Good luck!

Strategy 22

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the free study guide and an 8th grade text book (from my brother who teaches Science). I am a Biology minor and was extremely surprised by what was on the test. My advice is to study a text book (if available). Go to the library and check out books on Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, and the Earth!

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It was so much harder than I had anticipated! There is stuff on here that they don't even teach 8th graders! Look at molarity, balancing equations, energy transfer, and teaching techniques. I didn't pass... I got a 227 but will try ONE MORE TIME. This is why they need Science teachers. No one wants to take that ridiculous test.

Strategy 23

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I studied on brainpop.com to get an idea of basic terms and theories. I had already taken the Life Science 8-12 so I was good on that. I wish I had studied a little more chemistry and earth science.

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The test was harder than the life science test for me (BS in biology), but somehow I actually did better. The level of questions was a little higher than what I would expect for Junior High, so know your high school chemistry (especially equations) and basic earth science and physics. Once aqain, ridiculously long time for the number of questions, so take your time!

Strategy 24

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The online study guide provided by TExES and TEA. I didn't buy a seperate guide, just reviewed the questions that were online and did just fine. A quick review over high school Biology, Chemistry, and Physics material would refresh people who have been out of school for a while. I would suggest studying the 8th grade TAKS Science review to have a good understanding of middle school Science curriculum.

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The test was a little harder than I expected but only because the questions were worded harder than the ones on the review. The material was exactly the same.

Strategy 25

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used high school Biology and Chemistry textbooks. I would suggest to find a lower-level text of resource for Weather and Geology (Earth Science). Also, study the Science 4 - 8 practice tests on the state website.

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For a free internet resource, look over released TAKS test for high school courses. These are similar to the teacher test for 4 - 8. Review Chemistry, balancing equations and reactions; including solutions (moles, molality).

Strategy 26

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I bought a seventh grade science text book at half price books along with with a Campbells college biology book. I also took the online sample exam from the SBEC website. I reviewed any thing that I was clueless on. I also read Naths book on preparing for the K-4 test which had a small chapter on the science teks requirements for 4th grade. I read a little of the 7th grade text book, skimming it over a little at a time, doing the TAKS questions. I didn't read the campbell at all. Most of my studying was doing the written test sample. I am currently in a geology class to I felf fairly confident on that end. I also took college chemistry, biology, and physics although it was about 15 years ago and I really haven't used that knowledge too much being in the restaurant business.

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The test was easier than I anticipated, I found the computer method much more relaxing than the paper test(15 people at the testing center versus 400 at the paper testing center). I would of definately reviewed my chemistry and physics a little more. Perhaps a schaums course outline guide, I think those would help. Also be sure to study the "methods" of teaching science.

Strategy 27

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Although it has been a while I thought I would share anyway. I used a study guide purchases from TExAS Reviews at http://www.texesreviews.com/ and that really helped. I also borrow a book used in many schools by Great Source called a ScienceSaurus. I used TExAS Reviews because they helped me with my PPR test. I just took some time on the weekends to study at a local library.

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I used the hints from TExAS Reviews. They also give study courses in sonme areas. It is not cheap but it was worth it to me. Just know that you should focus on hands-on and that you teach in a school utopia.

Strategy 28

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I took the test in April of 2008. I purchased a review guide from Morrison Media--I would not recommend at all. The most helpful study guide I found was avail at Barnes & Noble or online (amazon) by XAM Online. Please purchase this if you need help! It breaks down by domain and competency and is the most comprehensive of all material I looked at. They had a sample practice exam which was much more comparable to the actual exam than the free one by SBEC online. The book is $50-$60 but is well-worth the investment! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND XAM ONLINE!

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The test was more difficult than I had expected, but I was properly prepared with the study material I purchased. I also made my own note cards from the material which helped. I was a biomedical science major so I have a strong background in life science/chemistry -- so earth science was my weak area. The study guide I purchased really covered this area very well. I passed and now have a job for the fall teaching 7th grade science! GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!! HANG IN THERE!!!

Strategy 29

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I primarily used AP study guides from the library for Physics,Chemistry and Biology and a high school text book for Earth Science. I also took the released TAKS tests and went through the TAKS study material that is available online.This was pretty much it. But I feel reading the TAKS guides and taking the TAKS released online tests was what got me through the test.

Testing Strategy

It is definitely not an easy exam.So I would tell anyone who is preparing for this to really work hard on basic concepts.You would be tested on High School/College level.I would highly recommend taking the online TAKS tests. The test itself was very long.I spent atleast 4 hours in the testing centre.Make sure that you go through the answers atleast twice to correct any silly mistakes you might have overlooked. Good Luck!

Strategy 30

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the XAM study guide

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The test was what I expected this was my second time taking it and I found that because I second guessed my answers the first time I changed correct answers to the wrong answer go with your gut happily I passed YAY!

Strategy 31

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I have a Biology background, but it has been a while! I checked out some basic Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, Physics, and Earth Science books and studied the areas listed in the competencies. I also looked over several online practice tests and study guides to familiarize myself with the style of questioning, which was probably the biggest advantage.

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Since I was familiar with the style the test would be given in, I found it easier than I expected overall and passed with little difficulty. A few of the questions tripped me up, mainly with the scientific processes and inquiry, but most presented no problem. I was done in less than 2 hours and went back through each and every question and reread completely, even changing some answers after rethinking the questions. Just study, familiarize yourself with the test format, rest, and RELAX!!!

Strategy 32

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used TExES Study Manual that I purchased at Borders. I studied the material three times before I took the practice test. Then I went back and reviewed each wrong answer several times. I found a shorter practice test online and used that also. My best tip is to read through and underline everything you don't know.

Testing Strategy

Be careful about how the question is phrased. "Always", "not", and other words are inserted and can be read over very lightly. Several questions missed due to little errors like that. The computer test was harder because I'd never taken one before on the computer. Make sure you read each question thoroughly. There is plenty of time. Don't rush yourself.

Strategy 33

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the 7th and 8th grade Science books from my home school district. I also looked at the state materials that were provided on the website. Overall concepts of Science are most helpful to know.

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It was harder than I expected. It took about three hours. Don't second guess yourself.

Strategy 34

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used XAM because it was in book form and portable. I liked this because it gives explanations for the answers to the practice test. The test is hard to study for the content, but practice tests do give you an idea of how to take the test.

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The test covers several subjects and it covers broad and detailed questions. So basically, know all categories of Science - Life, Physical, Earth, etc.

Strategy 35

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the state preparation manual and a study guide book purchased from Amazon.com.

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It was easier than I expected. I would tell someone to understand that the content is on level with what you will be teaching.

Strategy 36

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I took the test on May 26, 2009. I'm a recent college grad with a BS in Biology, so I didn't need much review in science. However, I was rusty on geology. I reviewed a little science from my textbooks a few weeks before the exam. I purchased the XAM Online book 2 days before my test and studied it non-stop for those 2 days. The book gives a good general review, so I would recommend reviewing it and taking the sample test. Altough it should not be the only thing that you study, it definitely helps especially with the teaching methods information. I also took the released science TAKS tests (upper level) and the SBEC practice test. These tests are all much easier than the real exam and you should be on a higher level if you expect to pass the TExES.

Testing Strategy

The test was much harder than I expected. The science was average, but there were a lot of abstract, hypothetical questions pertaining to teaching and student rationale. Those were very frustrating because many of the questions seemed like there were no right answers, so I had to make a lot of educated guesses (which I hate). I didn't feel happy when I finished... I was very frustrated because there weren't many "ace-in-the hole" strictly science questions and there was only one EASY calculation. Most questions were related to science, but were the hypthetical "what should a student get out of this" or "how would this be best taught" questions. It seemed like the questions were designed to make you read them over and over and over again before you actually understand them. You must be advanced in reading comprehension. It took me 3 hours to complete and another hour to review the questions that I was unsure about. The test is not impossible, but it takes a lot of energy and effort. I passed with a 265, so I am happy. Just eat a good meal before, take your time and make your best guess. Good luck!

Strategy 37

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I read an 8th grade science text book and the XAM test book. Know your vocabulary!!! They use a lot of vocab terms in the questions, so if you do not know what it means you cannot answer the question.

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The test was extremley difficult. There is no way you can pass this test by knowing general science. It really tests to see if you know the material well. For an example, the rock cycle. It doesn't ask how is igneous rock formed. But it may ask how is gypsum (a mineral) formed from the rock cycle. There was a lot of chemistry!! Study high school level and beyond. The test is long with a lot of reading. Some questions are straight forward and to the point. I found majority of the test to be analyzing and breaking down the question to answer it. Generally I could break it down to two answers but they will be very similar so read them carefully. Be prepared for critical thinking.

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I used the SBEC materials and some stuff from the generalist 4-8, and also the study workbook from the school I'm getting my PACT cert. through.

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The test was infinately harder than our practice test or any of the tests on SBEC. If anyone can offer any other resources for practice tests I'd love to see them. If I had to give advice I'd say study chemistry a lot. It really seemed afterward that 50% of the test was chemistry related. I've been through a couple of years of med school and the biochemistry questions I'd say are on a grad level. Study a lot of balancing equations, general, and organic chemistry, as well as biochem. That's what I'm going to do for starters on the next one. Good luck if I don't hear back from any of you!

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I studied Science Saurus, which was recommended by someone on here. Also, studied some kids science books. I got a small one with a lot of info on physical science, since that is my weak area. Carried it in my purse and read it whenever I got a chance, really helped me brush up on basic physics, mechanics, weather and astronomy.

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I passed. Beware, some testing centers will not let you remove clothing in the room or put on clothing. I put on my sweater before entering, knowing I couldnt later, but then I ended up being hot. I guess the best best is to wear a light weight long sleeved shirt, then you would be probably comfortable either way. I wore a tank and brought a sweater to put over, which was not so good. I passed and it was actually easier than I thought. I think studying the kids science book on physical science helped. I am more of a life science person, so it really helped me brush up on that stuff. Not so bad ! I was nervous and I did study , but I ended up doing well. Best advice, study as much as you can, get a good nights sleep and eat something before you go. Also bring a drink for thirst during breaks. You can take a break whenever you need to, so that is good. Take your time and relax, it will be alright!

Strategy 40

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i used all the online study materials: prep manuals, taks tests, and practice tests.

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the test was harder than i expected. there was more on chemistry than i would have liked. there were more than a few questions on molarity. study molarity, balancing chemical equations, ecology and interactions between organisms.

Strategy 41

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I used the Pass the TExES Generalist 111 study guide, a physics book and chemistry book from the library. I passed the first time, so I wouldn't change anything.

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The test was what I expected. I am a geologist and I answered about 5 questions related to earth science. Most of the questions were on physics and biology. I had very few teaching questions. If you do not have a science background I would suggest using the Generalist 111 study guide as an outline, and check out a physics, biology, chemistry, and earth science (concentrating on planetology and atmospheric science) book from the library. No surprises on the test, you can easily narrow the answer to 2 choices with some common sense.

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I took this test January 2010 electronically. It was the second time and I passed. What i learned in terms of prepraration was as follows: Study Materials - TAKS Tests, State Review Materials, Science Books Teachers Editions (4, 6, 7, 8) I familiarized myself with content section requirements. I then went through the books, and reviewed the study guide and TAKS sections for each chapter. I then made flash cards for major items such as Water Cycle... I spent several hours each day in short increments.

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Since this was the second time, I prepared differently. I thought the test would be much different content wise the second time and it was, but not much. The main suggestion, read the question carefully; eliminate the obvious and if you do not know, leave it blank and come back to it. Use the paper provided to keep track of the ones you eliminated the first time. Understand the question. that is what got me the first time.

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I studied for this test and the 136 test simultaneously. I wish I had studied differently, although I did pass with 268/300 (I took it yesterday). I bought the laminated broad overviews of Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Astronomy/Geology-Earth Science. I wish I had just memorized these and wikipedia'd some of the topics that weren't included on those in the competencies. Those were by far the most helpful. I also bought college Physics/Chemistry/Biology textbooks and looked up most of the competencies in depth. This was helpful, but if I had less time I would stick with the laminated guides and wikipedia. There are some great websites put out through colleges that are interactive (google Biology project) that are great preparation.

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I thought that the test was as expected...about the same difficulty as the state practice test. Read the questions carefully and keep context in mind if given. Eliminate incorrect answers first if you are clueless. Good luck

Strategy 44

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I read the XAM study guide for 116 and reviewed areas needed.

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The test was difficult and the questions were tricky. Always remember to choose the answer that BEST fits the question. Go back and read the question and really look for what the question is asking.

Strategy 45

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I used the state's study guide online. I checked out books on Earth Science from the library since this was my weakest area. The books I used were for middle school and high school students.

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The test is 90 questions long and it's only one section long. You're able to mark questions you want to go back to at any point during the test. That helped me a lot. Going into the test I didn't know if I was going to be able to do that since I took it on the computer.

Strategy 46

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Read the state preparation manual and TAKS books.

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Read very patiently through the test.

Strategy 47

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First of all I waited until the very last minute to study for the test because I registared only a week in advance. I used the XAM study guide and took the practice test from the state test website. I was not happy with the amount of studing I was able to do before the test, but for some reason I still felt that I would do good. I was a biology major so all this material had been driven into my head for the past years. I just needed to refresh.

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OMG!!!! Please please please do not let anyones comments scare you about this test. I read the previous comments before I took my test and they made me so nervous that I was sure I would pass because I hadn't study very much. However when I started taking this test I was so shocked at how easy it was. Now the questions were very wordy like people said but if you know your stuff you can find the right answer. I think alot of people just were thinking to hard and confused themselves. I havent got my scores yet but there is no doubt in my mind that I didn't pass. It was very long so get plenty of reat and eat a good breakfast. You will be fine just take the test first and make your own opinions about it.

Strategy 48

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Have a background in geology and life sciences. It's been 20 years since college. I studied: • State study guide • TAKS tests online • Middle School Science book The study guide was helpful just to see the style of the questions. Content was useless. The online TAKS tests for 12th grade was helpful just to see what areas I really didn't remember. The 8th grade science book was alright as far are a refresher. I would have prepared with a formal study guide or program. I couldn't find any "Here's the best way to prepare for this test" clues. Went into it feeling blind.

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About 10 questions into the test, I felt like an idiot. At the end of the test, I felt like a complete idiot. Some of the questions were ridiculously easy. Some were ridiculously hard. There were many questions on Molarity and mixing solutions that I didn't expect. What I didn't know: The test had 90 questions in one section. The computer says, "Section 1" like there is a section 2 or 3, etc... I didn't know how to budget my time. So when I finished 2 hours into a 5 hour time test, I assumed that there were more sections and didn't spend the time that I should have reviewing. Sadly, when you leave section 1, you can't return. then when you leave section 1, the test is over. SO, there is only one section on the test. Also, you have the option to "submit you scores" or "pretend you never took this test and no one will know about this". I felt i had done so horridly on the test that there was no way I had passed, I seriously considered option 2. However, I submitted since I'd spent the money and driven a good distance to take it. Three days later I received my scores and had passed with a rather fantastic score. I guess I have mad guessing skills. But the multiple choice options are usually 2 that are plausible, two that are not. Odds are much better that way:)

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I used the manual that your given online and some 6,7,8th grade science books to study. I also took some practice tests it helps you with the wording of questions...

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I was hard...the questions arent straight forward, don't go into to much detail when your studying, just make sure you understand the basics of how things work..i hope this helps...I passed the second time..

Strategy 50

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I only studied the TAKS study guides found on the TEA website. Look @ all the grades 5,8,11,10. Take the practice test on the website. I used the BrainPop website too. It was very helpful. It is a 10-day free trial. So 10 days before your test, sign up and review material by the watching the video clips/movies.

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It was easier than I expected. Relax and just study a couple of hours everyday for 2 weeks. Read and know the guides. Take practice tests to familiarize yourself with the type of questions that will be on the test.

Strategy 51

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Study: I used the "TExES science 4-8 book from "XAMonline.com, a life science text book and physics textbooks. I used the TExES book to study and the other 2 books for clarity when I needed it.

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The test was harder than I thought. I really appreciated the sample test at the end of the TExES (xamonline) Science book, as it helped me realize what areas I needed to thoroughly study in more detail (ex. what is the role of enzymes in metabolic processes? and "deactivation cycles")..Those questions saved me because I got to learn what areas I was weak in

Strategy 52

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I took the test in August 2009. I started studying a week and a half before the test. I went to Barnes & Noble to use their books(for free) ad study a beginners book for each science subject and took notes. Writing stuff down helps you retain it better. Then I studied the XAM Science 4-8 preparation guide. I also studied the 2009 TAKS test for 8th, 10th and Exit level. Finally I studied the online TExES guide. The only thing I would do differently is start studying earlier. I have always been a crammer though, it's what works best for me.

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I knew going in that it was supposed to be really hard, but I didn't expect it to be this hard. I left knowing I didn't pass. To my surprise though, I DID pass!!!! Barely, 247(240 is passing), but I PASSED! I would do the same things I did, but just start a little earlier. Also, get a good nights sleep before. This is something I failed to do and I do NOT recommend pulling an all nighter. Just start studying earlier. Good Luck and make sure you eat a good breakfast the day of the test:)

Strategy 53

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It has been a long time since I took any form of science in school, however it is my strongest subject matter. I reviewed all the TAKS study guides related to science, used the TExES state prep manual, and the Pass The TExES Generalist 4-8 Science section. I also used the internet to look-up additional information or play science related "games". Check out Jefferson Lab (http://education.jlab.org/). It studied on and off for about 3 months.

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The test was neither harder or easier...it was just NOT what I had expected. I got a 90% on sample test prep exams, yet the questions on the State test were far more broad and from "left field". I hear there are several versions of the test, so perhaps I will do better next time. I got a 237 (240 is passing). So close!

Strategy 54

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I bought a study guide, but you really just need to know the basics from each area (chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science). I checked out some books from the library on each subject and brushed up on some stuff, but didn't delve too deeply into specifics.

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It was much easier than I expected, but science has always come easily to me. I was a Language major in college, so I was worried, but it's mostly conceptual (there are a few specific equations/problems). I would suggest preparing pretty seriously for this test, but don't stress about it. It's definitely not too hard to pass.

Strategy 55

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I purchased 2 different study guides. The paper bound (yellow and black cover) is a hard read. I found the CD more helpful (Certifyteachers.com). The most useful is the TExES website. I had been reviewing this information for 2 months before taking the exam.

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The test was much harder than I expected.

Strategy 56

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I studied the TAKS study guides for 8th grade and the Science exit exam. I also took the released TAKS tests for grades 5, 8, and 11.

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After reading the reviews, I was scared about how difficult the test would be. This is NOT like a college Science exam, let alone an exit-level exam for a college course. The test questions are not difficult or tricky, and are actually very simplistic. However they represent a comprehensive review of science - Geology, Astronomy, Biology, Ecology, and basic Physics. The TAKS study guide helps give you this overview and the level of questions on the Texes test are similar to the practice questions in the study guide and the released TAKS test.

Strategy 57

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I studied the TeXes study guide and practice tests and took all the previous released TAKS tests on TEA site through graduation exit TAKS. Used websites to study topics I really needed help with.

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It was much more comprehensive than I expected. It had ecology, physics, chemistry, life sciences, geology, and astronomy questions on it. make sure to study some on all topics. Study the periodic table. It is good to know a complete one like is presented in a 10th grade science book with the complete names and color coded groupings, but be aware the one they give you will not have all that information on it and there were some questions about that information. This test was the fastest for me and I passed the first time.

Strategy 58

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I used the xam book, studied for about a month on and off, read through it and took notes as I went along. I also used some quiz apps on my phone. I think taking the notes helped. First try I passed with a 251!

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The physical science part was much harder than expected. The chemistry questions were a lot more advanced than I had studied for. I got half of the question right in that section.

Strategy 59

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I used the TeXes Science 4-8 Testing Guide (though some of the information in it is wrong or can be misleading and confusing), some borrowed 7th and 8th grade Science books, the study guides and tests you can find online, and then a lot of internet research. I studied for like 3 weeks before I took the test, and I made sure I was overly prepared. If I was to study diferently I would have definitely looked over the Earth Science more, but overall I felt pretty confident once I left the testing area.

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The test was overall pretty fair. It was not too hard, nor was it easy. If you don't study you're probably going to have some difficulty! I would definitely recommend looking over the Periodic table, and Earth Science. If you don't know the answer to a question or you have it narrowed down to two answers, mark the question and go on. Don't let yourself get frustrated with the one question, go back later and look over the question again. It is funny how you can remember stuff later in the exam. I would definitely say that you don't need to take the test if you haven't studied. You have your obvious answer questions, but those are few and far between. If you study about three weeks before the test, every day, for about 2-3 hours a day, you should be golden. If you have free time just look over stuff, your brain absorbs more than you think just constantly looking over the information. Good Luck!

Strategy 60

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I used the XAMonline.com TExES Science 4-8 116 book and it was helpful.

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Some of the questions were very simple, but others were a bit more tedious and I had to break it apart to know what they were asking for. Most of what was on the exam I knew already from prior biology courses and a few things I had reviewed from the book were on the exam.

Strategy 61

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Use the xam online book. It really breaks down everything you need to know.

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Just be prepared and do practice test in back of book.

Strategy 62

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To be honest, I really didn't prepare for this exam. I STARTED reading the XAM prep manual at 4 am the day of my test, which was at 8:30 am. I read about half of it and then quickly glanced over the practice exam available on the TEXES website right before the exam in my car. I was EXTREMELY nervous because reading the comments on this website really scared me. I would definitely prepare for the exam at least 2 weeks in advance to reduce test anxiety. (more time if you have been out of school)

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I JUST took the test and I must say it was extremely easy in my opinion. (I was expecting a difficult test. The practice exam was a harder then the actual exam!!) A lot of the questions were basic recall and there were some simple calculations. I could not believe some of the questions asked on this test because there were VERY BASIC. If you are a recent grad and majored in biology, this is no problem for you. Even if you didn't major in biology, you can use common sense and process of elimination to select the correct answer. I would definitely review various texts and topics in advance to refresh your memory and to reduce test anxiety. If you feel prepared, get a good night's sleep, and eat breakfast you will be ready to take this test. Knowing the material and being in a good physical/emotional state is the key to passing any test. I would also focus on earth science, especially if this is a weak area for you. I did not expect so many questions on this topic. Know how to do simple calculations like balancing equations, able to determine the next number in a pattern, and using a chemical equation to figure out mole ratios and knowing how to convert from grams to moles when given information. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is TAKE YOUR TIME, dont stress or freak out about what the question is asking you. Read the question slowly and read the answers slowly. Then read them again to understand what the question is asking. Use the scratch paper to draw pictures or write things down. Then use process of elimination. YOU KNOW THE ANSWER just think back to what you learned in your classes and through your teaching experiences. YOU CAN DO IT! :-D

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I used Brain Pop and found that helpful for review of general concepts. I also purchased MoMedia review guide, which I found poorly organized and basically useless.

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I walked out of the test knowing that I had not studied Chemistry in enough depth, and that indeed was a problem area when I received my scores. Best wishes to all!

Strategy 64

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I know the XAM online book is looked down on because of the ridiculous number of grammatical errors it involves, but content wise it really is a very good book. In fact, it was the only book I used. I read the book in its entirety over a few days without trying to gleam every last detail. I just read it at an enjoyable pace taking what I could from it. After I read it all, I went back and re-read everything. The difference was this time I left no stone unturned. I analyzed every sentence and didn't move until I was certain I knew what was being taught. Pretty easy since I had already read it once before. As I moved through each sub section, I answered the questions in the back of the book and at the end of each section (physical science for example). I read the question explanations which are found after the practice exam. I felt completely confident going into this exam based on the material alone. I did go over the official study guide questions once. The last thing I did was take the released TAKS exams for Science grades 5 and 8. I didn't even bother with the high school level TAKS exams, although they can't hurt. I disagree with saying any of this is college level content. The Science 8-12 has some college freshman level content, but this test does not.

Testing Strategy

This really is not a hard test if you study properly. I passed pretty comfortably, and I am far from being genius. The majority of the questions were extremely easy questions if you read and understand the XAM book. There were only 12 out of 90 questions that I had to mark because I wasn't certain about them. The rest I was pretty confident in. Even a lot of those 12, I felt semi-confident in. The good news is that almost every question had 2 immediate throw away answers that were simply ridiculous. 50/50 odds help a lot on those you aren't certain about. Give yourself at least 2 weeks and study every day. I suggest focusing on a new section every day. By section I mean Physical Science or all of Earth and Space Science. In other words, the sections as outlined in the XAM book. There was only 1 calculation question. All of the needed information was provided in the question. There was no formula needed. It was very basic math that could be done in your head or on the scratch paper provided. It wasn't needed though and I'm not that great at math. Study the XAM, answer the official review questions, and take the released TAKS tests. It really is not that bad.

Strategy 65

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I used the laminated guides from Bar Charts. I sold some books to Hastings for a gift certificate and got Chemistry for Dummies. I also used XAM Science 4-8 #116 off eBay. Go online to pick up some lab safety information. The laminated guides are mainly what you need and some practice tests.

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It was easy. I kept checking to make sure it was the right exam. After two hours, I left and probably missed only four.

Strategy 66

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I used the Xam online book, 240tutoring.com, Quizlet, and a few STAAR tests. I made flashcards of all of the content in the Xam Online book. I studied for exactly 29 days. I studied for 4-6 hours each day on the weekend, and then the weekend before the test for 12 hours each day. For the last few days before the test, I purchased the 240tutoring.com online study. The format was great, but I flew threw and was quickly getting all the practice questions right. I felt like it was too easy; they claim that if you can pass their domains with 95%, they guarantee you will pass the TExES 4-8 Science. That being said, only a few of their questions helped me and I would NOT rely totally on this program. The XAM online, by far, gave me the best overall study of the domains. If I had it to do over, I would take about two more weeks and look over a Life Science, Physical Science and Earth Science textbook.

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It was tough; I wouldn't say it was harder than I expected, but the questions were different than any of the practice questions I used. I would liken it to a college level final exam on general knowledge of Life, Physical and Earth Science. Don't forget to study your Scientific Inquiry/Process and Science Learning. I had 100 questions. About 10 of them I for sure was not sure on and I assume they might have been the 'pilot' questions. Of the other 90, I nailed about half of those without even thinking too much, and the other half I narrowed to 50/50 and chose what I thought was the best. Every domain was well represented. I didn't have to balance a chemical equation or determine mole ratio. I did have a few problems on calculating force and half life. The way the questions are worded and the answer choices demand that you know the material. I passed with a 244! Good Luck!

Strategy 67

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A lot of the information that was provided on this online study community was very helpful; I made some flashcards with information that was provided. I also used 240tutor.com; they guarantee that you will pass your TExES exam, if you can score a 95% on their test or your money back. Another thing I liked about them is that they test your knowledge to see where you need improving. You study the materials they provide, and a few weeks later you test again and see where you have improved and where you still need work. I also reviewed a lot of free study guides that I found online. Finally, I viewed a few videos on YouTube: planets, Punnett squares, rock cycle, Newton’s laws, calculating a chemical equation, calculating moles, and the periodic table. The only thing I would have done differently is given myself more time to study. I studied several hours everyday for 6 weeks.

Testing Strategy

The test had very little information that I had reviewed. There were some trick questions regarding systolic and diastolic blood pressure and a few others that I did not see in the study guides. I scored a 200 and hope that I can pass the second time around. I plan on reviewing the information that I had previously studied. I also plan on reviewing information that was on the test that I had not studied before. I wish everyone the best of luck.

Strategy 68

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I used the Study.com program TExES Science 4-8: Practice & Study Guide; it went over every single thing on the test. It's long, but I think it was well worth the money as it broke everything down to a simple level. I also used the Mometrix book, but more for the test at the end. It gives detailed reasons behind every answer choice: ex. A is the right answer, it will tell you why, then it will tell you what B,C,D are and why they are not correct.

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The test, overall, wasn’t hard. Some of the Chemistry was hard, but I’m extremely weak in Chemistry. Some of my question were: what is a lunar eclipse, the Jovian planets differ from the interior how, what is an element that losses and electron called, and if 2 people who are heterogeneous had a child, what are the odds the child will also be heterogeneous?. I started the test at 8 and was done by 10:30. It was tough to have to wait over a weekend for my results, but I passed with no problem.

Strategy 69

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I used the materials found on the TEA website (sample TAKS, TExES Study Guide, and Sample TExES Test) to determine what areas to study. I used Khan Academy (which was sometimes more in depth than necessary), physicsclassroom.com (probably the best resource I found), and the "crash course" YouTube channel (very helpful for Chemistry, Biology, and Ecology overviews) to get detailed informoation on specific topics. I took practice tests, wrote down topics that I didn't fully know, and searched online for explanations. YouTube and Google are excellent resources for tutorials. The most difficult aspect of studying was determining how in depth to go on each subject. I studied for about a month and went as in depth as I could. Some of the information was unnecessary, however allowed me to make a more informed decision on questions I was unsure about. So, if you encounter a word or concept that you don't know, at least glance at the Wikipedia page to get a general idea of its context.

Testing Strategy

I passed and did slightly better than I expected. I wouldn't say the test was particularly easy or difficult. It expects understanding at a higher level than 8th grade, but I would not say it was college level material. The majority of the questions were reasonably easy, but only because I understood the question/answers and could rule things out. The more difficult questions involved very specific knowledge of the topic or had several answers that both seemed reasonable; there were not as many of these as I expected. I struggled with some of the calculation questions involving Physics and Moles in chemical reactions, so I would recommend really focusing on those. There were also a number of questions related to teaching practice, which were slightly difficult because I haven't had any training on types of assessments. But, most of these just required some common sense. Other reviewers have noted specific areas to study and those are accurate, so check other responses as well. Definitely understand types of rocks (including specific forms: ie basalt, granite, etc.), know the periodic table (groups and reactions between them, the components of the atom, and radioactive decay), know trophic levels and taxonomy, makeup of the atmosphere, biosphere, layers of earth, tectonic plate movement, the water cycle, photosynthesis, cellular structure/organelle functions (including ATP creation), understand the nervous system and the endocrine system, and astronomy (life cycle and types of stars, composition of the planets, and how galaxies are dispersed and clustered). In terms of Physics, make sure you can do basic work/force calculations, understand electricity/magnetism, and the properties of wave s (sound, light, electromagnetic). I know that's a lot, but I wanted to include as many specific topics as I could recall. Finally, mark any questions you are unsure about, move on, and come back at the end. I would also recommend going through each question at the end to make sure you didn't miss something. You have plenty of time, and I caught a few questions where I had overlooked some minor detail of the question. Best of luck.

Strategy 70

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Since I have a Bachelor degree in Biology and I recently graduated, I reviewed content and only studied for 2 days for this test. I read a 7th grade science book I found online for free from California. I read 16 chapters in those 2 days and studied for hours. The night before the test I took the STAAR exams which are online for 5th and 8th grade. I reviewed the questions I got wrong and went over my understanding on the topic.

Testing Strategy

Taking the test, I thought it was really easy. You have 5 hours to take the exam and there wasn't a calculator available in the CAT. Don't worry too much about the test. As long as you have a basic understanding for the material and have background knowledge you should be fine. There were also questions about teaching which are pretty much common sense. Make sure to review everything the test will cover and you'll do great! I did well and passed the test, so I feel like my study method worked for me. Good luck!

Strategy 71

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To study for the test, I used many resources: certifyteacher.com, texasprep.com, the ETS study guide with a practice test, 6th-8th grade textbooks, released STAAR exams, Quizlet, and Khan Academy. I fully believe the combination of all of the above allowed me to be successful! I studied for a full 6 weeks prior to taking the exam and I was passing in the high 90's on the tests from certifyteacher.com.

Testing Strategy

The test seemed a lot easier than I expected. Contrary to a lot of feedback provided to me, you do need to know how to balance a chemical equation. Chemistry was my hardest domain; know how to calculate moles. Life Science, Physics, Earth Science and Chemistry were all well represented on the test. I PASSED on the first time and I was hired on the day that I received my passing score. Good Luck everyone!

Strategy 72

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I only had 6 days to study for this exam, but was able to devote 6-12 hours (usually closer to 12) each day. Study the official manual for the exam, especially the answer explanations from the practice questions. They'll give you clues as to similar questions that you can expect on the real thing. I thought the real exam was much more difficult than the practice provided, but I may have just gotten a harder version. Next, I highly recommend the practice tests from TexesPrep.com. They're $15 each, but seriously worth it. I was amazed just how closely the format, topics, and types of questions aligned with the real exam when I took it. Several of the questions on these practice tests I passed up, thinking "this is way too advanced to be on a test for middle-school content". This was not the best decision. I was kicking myself for it half way through my exam. When you want to reset the practice tests, hit the live chat link and they'll do it for you quickly (apparently at any hour, and any day of the week- I'm sure it's outsourced, but I was impressed). Do a google search for free practice tests and quizzes for middle school science (you can even find those specifically covering a certain content area). Apparently a lot of teachers post these publicly for their students to practice and just leave them up. I also took a STAAR test. They release new ones each year for practice. These are much easier than what you'll be taking for certification, but they do help put things into perspective. KNOW YOUR CHEMISTRY. You will get a Periodic Table, but not a calculator (which sure would have helped me, if I had spent more time remembering formulas in the first place). Contrary to other comments posted here, I do recommend being able to balance a chemical equation. I imagine they change up the content from time to time... KNOW YOUR FORMULAS. These will NOT be provided for you on the exam. I really kicked myself for thinking they would be. STOP studying several hours before the time you normally go to bed on the night before the exam. I had some serious insomnia and felt so drained while I was taking the real thing.

Testing Strategy

It was WAY harder than I expected. Seriously. I have a science degree, graduated towards the top of my class, and some of the questions on my exam covered topics I'd never even encountered, but I passed. Even blew the standard deviation. Just keep breathing, remember that the average score for this exam is only about a 245, so if you fail you most certainly aren't alone. It's not going to destroy your career; it's just a minor setback that you'll hardly ever think about a few years from now. I have a unique, slightly neurotic method to keep things in perspective and reduce stress while taking exams. On my scratch paper, I make 3 columns: one for questions that I'm almost certain I got right, one for those I'm about 75% sure I got right, and one for those I was able to narrow down to two answer choices (50% sure I got right). Sometimes I add a fourth column for questions I had to totally guess on, so I can revisit them later/look for clues within other questions. For each question, I write that question's number in one of those columns. Most times, even if I feel like I'm failing, looking at how many questions I felt pretty good about adjusts my thinking. For this test, I figured I got about 70 questions correct. Obviously, I did much better than I thought. Odds are, a lot of those serious curve balls were un-scored questions. REPORT YOUR SCORES. There's no benefit in choosing not to do so at the end of the test, even if you're sure you've failed. Employers don't seem to care about your score, just that you passed. Bring a snack, your typical belongings, a jacket, a drink, etc. Most centers will give you a locker and mine even let me eat my snack. Everyone brings their phone so you do not need to leave it in your car. Just make sure the administrators know you have it and that it is off while testing. You'll have plenty of time. I'm dyslexic and ADD and a VERY slow reader. Still had more than enough time to finish and thoroughly review my answers.

Strategy 73

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Study Strategy

I read the Chemistry and Biology for Dummies books, an 8th grade Science textbook, and most importantly the XAM 116 Science textbook that I bought from Amazon. I read all of these books from front cover to back cover. Afterwards I still didn't feel like I did enough to study.

Testing Strategy

I took the test March 2015, it was not hard. The test was asking very basic science questions. I thought I was going to go in there and have a bunch of questions on ADP and the Krebs Cycle but there wasn't a single one. Now this doesn't mean that when you take the exam there won't be one, I was just lucky. I thought I failed when I left but I got a 246 out of 300. I passed by 6 points! So I'll take it. If you want to pass I would focus more on biology than anything else.

Strategy 74

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I used an 8th grade textbook along with the XAM prep manual. I started studying a few weeks before the test, but not as diligently as I should have. I hit the books hard the week of the test. When I took the practice test at the end of the manual, I missed about 25 questions so i was worried. I decided to take other practice tests and found a released STAAR exam. I knew physics would be the area I needed to focus.

Testing Strategy

When I took my exam there were 100 instead of 90 questions, so I had a mini panic attack. The test was not easy but it wasn't too hard either. Some questions were very basic while others were detailed and challenging. I left feeling like either I passed by a point or failed by a point. I got my test scores back two days later and I passed with a 264. I'm assuming the challenging questions were probably pilot questions because I was expecting to miss more. I will say study each section and use released TAKS or STAAR exams. They helped me nail the physical science section. There were questions on molecules, bonding, half life...study from basics to the 10th grade level. The section I missed the most was the inquiry and teaching questions... Just think about the scenarios thoroughly. Overall this test isnt that bad. I think nerves just cause us to think the worse...

Strategy 75

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Study Strategy

Used the XAM book. Was a good guide to obtain outline of what subjects are covered on the test. Information provided in the book was very shallow so I spent alot of time with Khan Academy for chemistry instruction on molarity and stoichiomety and periodic table),earth and space science instruction.

Testing Strategy

I was a business major in college so I had taken only 2 basic science classes. Studied diligently for 2 weeks. The earth science section was harder than expected - there were alot of questions on rocks and minerals. You have to know the names of many rocks of each type (not just the type rock and how formed) and what characteristic would be best to identify (luster, interaction with acid, color...) Also, periodic table had to know what type bonding on a particular compound (plus another on type bonding of DNA molecules, a question on which atomic radius of the r listed atoms is largest. Gave a chemical formula that you had to ID as an oxidation reaction. I did't know what difficulty to expect going in but it was probably easier than expected. So use the XAM book as a guide and fill in the technical knowledge with Khan and other internet sources untill you really understand the subject material. Good Luck!

Strategy 76

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I used the prep manual from the http://cms.texes-ets.org/texes/prepmaterials/texes-preparation-manuals website and software from www.certifyteacher.com. I feel like the practice manual from Texes ETS was a good gauge of what would be covered, just not enough of it. I "aced" the practice exams by Certify Teacher and they did absolutely nothing for me. I would venture to say that they covered about 20% of the topics that were actually on the test. I was so unprepared, and should've used many more resources. After failing the test, I have read more from the online study community posts and realize that I'm not alone. I plan to use Khan Academy and the TAKS study guides for the retake. Hopefully, this will prepare me.

Testing Strategy

I kept reading that we were going to be issued a calculator, but when I checked in they said that we weren't allowed to have one. I don't think that was detrimental to my passing or failing, but it definitely would've made me feel more confident. I had no idea there would be so much chemistry on the test. I was prepared to balance equations, but that wasn't even a question...and like I said I was very ill prepared. Also study your Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science anywhere you can. Hope this is helpful. Best of luck.

Strategy 77

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I had used the free ETS competency review, some school books and this website that HELPED me so much. The website is http://www.biology4kids.com/map.html. They also have physics, chemistry, astronomy, and biology. Though they don't go in depth of the subject, it is a great basic review.

Testing Strategy

The first time I just took the test just to see what was on it. I mainly used the biology 4 kids website to help me get some basic concepts down, the XAM study guide didn't help me much since it mainly went through the competencies in depth (New version). Chemistry was one of the major things on this test, the second was the professional pedagogy. The pedagogy part was the most difficult since it was very hypothetical, lots of scenarios and always gives you 2 words that are closely related to the question, oh and those are going to be your main trick questions there. Good luck everyone.

Strategy 78

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Study Strategy

I was spending time studying for the high school science test so I didn't study lower level science per se, but I did study 4-8 teaching methods. I read the Texes Xam online book.

Testing Strategy

The test was easy. You do need to know your science and the teaching methods. It took me an hour and a half to do the test. Just got scored: 280....yay! Good Luck!

Strategy 79

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I used ExamEdge.com and found their tests to be very good for learning the format of the real test; I purchased the 5 pack of tests. I made my own personal note cards from the Mometrix book "Secret Study Guide" and passed comfortably on the first try. The questions on ExamEdge.com and the one test in the back of the Mometrix guide were exponentially harder than the questions on the actual test. I studied and then the last few days I took the 5 ExamEdge.com tests and was worried that I kept getting 220's, but that corresponded to a score in the 260's on the real test.

Testing Strategy

No calculator on the test. Other than that, it is pretty straight forward. I had the same exact flower phenotype question as the person below me so I wonder if that was a sample question. I would say there is pretty much a question on everything you are studying, so it is hard to say look at one section over another. I had no mole calculations. I had to balance a portion of an equation. I had a few questions on the lunar cycle, rock cycle, water cycle, etc. Pretty much a couple questions on everything.

Strategy 80

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Study Strategy

I searched around online and found several "free" downloadable Glencoe Interactive Textbooks books as PDFs. I used the Physical Science, Biology, Life Science and Earth Science books. I highlighted and reviewed the sections in each book that aligned with the competency standards for the test. I also used videos from YouTube channels: Crash Course, Tyler DeWitt, Socratica, and Bozeman Science for a few concepts I need visuals on like the Krebs Cycle, isotopes, black holes, etc. I used a few Quizlets that had information on teaching standards. I studied for about six hours a day during the week and about eight hours a day on the weekends, for about three weeks. I also used the STAAR test as practice and that was extremely helpful.

Testing Strategy

The test was easier than I expected. I studied the exact material; some of the questions on the STAAR test were almost an exact replica. Make sure you read slowly and carefully.

Strategy 81

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What materials did I not use! I studied pretty much non-stop for about 2.5 months. I work from home and have 3 kids, so if I wasn't doing something related to them, I was studying. I read the XAMonline book and took the test in the back. The book is good, but there are some grammatical errors. I also read the TExES Secrets Study Guide. Do not use this book as your only source. It is ok for an overview of material, but not for in-depth studying. There is a test in the back and another one online. I took a released STAAR 8th grade Science test. I read an 8th grade science textbook. I also took the TEA prep manual material test. I used Quizlet (it's ok), certifyteacher.com (thought it was way too easy), 240tutoring.com (again, way too easy), and texesprep.com. Texesprep.com is very hard, the questions are way harder than the actual test, but they do help you prepare and show you your weak areas. If you can pass one of their tests, you should have no problem with the real thing. I watched many YouYube videos. I highly recommend Crash Course (they have playlists on Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy, Ecology), Bozeman Science, and Earth Science X (he has a whole Geology course online that was very helpful) I have a Marine Giology degree, but graduated 13 years ago, so I needed a major refresher. I made flashcards on EVERYTHING, from all the books, tests, and videos and I would drill them every few days or so. Any formulas or how to solve chemistry problems, I researched online and found problems and walk-throughs to help me understand.

Testing Strategy

Honestly, it wasn't that hard. I am a pretty fast test taker, but I made myself slow down and read the question, read the answers, and then read the question again. Most every problem you can immediately throw 2 out. It took me about an hour and 20 mins to answer all 100 questions. I took a short break and then went back through all the questions to make sure I didn't misread anything. I ended up changing a couple of my answers. I was surprised at the number of calculation questions I had on my test. Several in Physics and a few in Chemistry. No formulas were given and no calculator provided. I made a 267, missed 14 out of 100. I have no idea how many questions were being field-tested, I just assumed 20 from other peoples info. The questions are straight forward, but you really have to think about what they are asking you. For ex: there was a question about red and white flowers being co-dominate. If you cross 2 white flowers, what is your phenotype? The way the question read and looking at the answers, I could see how some people would immediately jump to the answer with the pink flowers, but that's not what they were asking. Crossing 2 white flowers would never give you a pink flower. Any questions regarding the learning, instruction, and assessment, the answer is always going to be the one that is the most hands-on for the student or the one that requires the student to think more critically. This test is totally passable. Stay calm, and read carefully! Hope this helps and good luck!!!

Strategy 82

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Study Strategy

In the past few months I've studied for and passed three TExES Exams on the first attempt. I preface with that because I am truly confident that your best plan of action is to use the ETS Preparation Manual as a primary outline and review for this exam. Start with the practice exam located at the bottom of the prep manual. Understand not only the correct answer to the questions, but also the other answer choices as well. I have found that the answer choices will help fill in many of the competencies on the review guide portion of the prep manual. Some of the competency statements can, on the surface, appear kind of vague, so I would recommend really trying to interpret what they are asking you to know. If you find yourself clueless in terms of what one of the competencies is asking for, I would advise using Study.com or the XAM Online book if you cannot find information on a particular competency. The XAM Online book consistently wanders off-topic from what the competency is asking for and I found that to be somewhat frustrating and overwhelming. Please note that there is a post on the Online Study Community that lists nearly twenty different topics that they encountered on the exam. I would recommend looking as far as possible into every single one of those topics. Also, Texasexamprep.com (i.e. Texas Tutoring Services) is a waste of your time and a lot of money.

Testing Strategy

If you stick to the prep manual, you will find that you will be somewhat over-prepared. Go as far down the rabbit hole as you can for each of the competencies on the prep manual and you will walk out of the test feeling confident you did very well.

Strategy 83

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Study Strategy

To study for the test I used the Mometrix study guide. I read through it twice and worked on the test at the end. The test at the end was much more in-depth than what the real test is like. I also purchased Certify Teacher, which I think was the best tool I used. It was the most similar to the test. I also went back and studied old STAAR tests that have been released online for free.

Testing Strategy

I was nervous going into the test, but the test was so much easier than I thought it was going to be. The "Earth" and "Space" gave me the most trouble, but I still passed with a 259. If you study, you can pass this test.

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