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Special Education EC-12
Study & Test Strategies

Strategy 1

Submitted by Paul

Study Strategy

I used ExamEdge and did all the practice exams, I failed the first time by 2 questions, I took the test again last week and scored a 246, none of the questions I studied were on the test but I did learn the content. I am now preparing for the PE exam. Good luck to you.

Testing Strategy

Take your time with this exam, don't be in a hurry to finish, take one question at a time, when your done, do yourself a favor and review each question.

Strategy 2

Submitted by Cecily

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I used 240 tutoring and the study guide and practice test from Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExESTM) Program
Preparation Manual- Special Education EC–12 (161)

I studied for about a month before the test and passed the first try.

Testing Strategy

It was easier than the practice questions I was using from 240 tutoring which was great. I might have been over prepared but that’s better than under prepared.
There were not many actual math problems but rather how to teach math.

Strategy 3

Submitted by Laurie

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I used the online study module and practice tests provided by Texas Teachers and the Preparation Manual from TEA.

Testing Strategy

It was about what I expected. I lost some confidence when I had flagged about 4 of the first 10 questions but I just kept going and seemed to get into a flow. There were lots of questions about ARD meetings on my test. Timelines, who can go, who evaluates for what. Quite a few questions pertaining to autism and reading difficulties. One question about epilepsy that I hadn't studied and probably got wrong. Take your time, use the highlight function to highlight key words, take breaks and go back over the questions one last time at the end of the test.

Strategy 4

Submitted by kendra

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The study material I used for the test was the material that was provided from Texas Teachers , the state study guide, and Quizlets. I only studied for a week. (I highly recommend using these 3 study guides).

Testing Strategy

I took this test on June 6 and received my results on June 11, I passes. The test was not difficult at all and it was as expected. The test is long and wordy so take your time and take breaks. Know the key terms like ARD, IEP, and etc. Don't just know their definition, but know how they work in the classroom. I had maybe one actual math questions but about 10-15 math scenario questions. Math questions like, how would you teach this of math problem to SPED student? For language, study alphabetic principal, phonemic awareness, and the understanding of fluency. The whole test was scenario base. The class room is perfect and all NEEDS for the SPED student are met accordingly. Again just take your time read between the lines and think of a perfect classroom and you will pass.

Strategy 5

Submitted by Magen

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I used certify teacher majority of the time. The last week before my test I used the study material that Texas teachers offered and I believe that helped me get the last minutes things in to pass! I scored a 252 on my first try. Studied for about a month, couple hours a day.

Testing Strategy

Make sure to read the questions slowly and watch for what grade level so that it is Developmentally appropriate. It was easier than I expected.

Strategy 6

Submitted by Catherine

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I used the Texas Teachers Special Education exam prep course (you get this by being enrolled in the program and requesting this specific exam course), by watching Texas SPED youtube videos about the processes/ELA reading videos, and by studying the website readingrockets.org.

Testing Strategy

The test was as hard as I thought it was going to be. I studied every single day for about 3 weeks, and to be honest, when I walked out of the exam I thought I had failed it. I passed with a 265! You NEED to know how to teach/diagnose reading skill issues, all about the Texas SPED process etc. Study hard and you will be fine!

Strategy 7

Submitted by Kristen Lee

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Texas Teachers Study Guide

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The test was easier than expected for me. It was mostly common sense, the materials that Texas Teachers provided was enough for me. Just think through the questions, you will pass

Strategy 8

Submitted by EA

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I used the Texas Teachers exam module, 240Tutoring and occasionally Quizlet for additional vocab words. I would recommend for you to study the ARD process, IDEA, and the transition process.

Testing Strategy

TAKE YOUR TIME! Make sure to read the question completely and then the answers. I took the test on the computer, so writing out the key words on the scratch paper helped me dissect the questions (this eliminated me from making simple mistakes). Do not sit on one question if you don't understand (you only have 5 hours)!

Again, take your time and READ EACH QUESTION CAREFULLY.

I passed with a 244.

Strategy 9

Submitted by Jimmy

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I used Quizlet a lot (I would try to elaborate more by adding to the definition - seem to work pretty well). I also used study material through Texas Teachers, YouTube, and Examprep. I studied everyday for a few hours, and studied longer throughout the weekend.

Testing Strategy

The test seemed pretty easy. I was able to eliminate two of the wrong answer right away. However, it was a bit tricky trying to pick the correct answer out of the two. Try to think student-centered and what's best for the student to become successful. Remember the district has an unlimited budget. There are different versions of the exam and some people would say to focus more on terms and different laws but I did not have any SPED Law questions on my exam. It was mostly ARD, IEP, a few transition services, AT Devices, a lot of teaching math (no calculations), a few questions over the 5 language of components (Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics), accommodation/Modifications, and a few psychology questions.

Strategy 10

Submitted by Texas Teacher

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The study materials I used include: The Mometrix study guide, the Texas Teachers modules on Special Education, the Texas Teacher's Special Education EC-12 test prep course, 2 REA practice tests, Quizlet, and the ARD and IDEA pdf's that I found on Google.
Do not buy the Mometrix study guide! I honestly thought the whole book was confusing, out of order and just really hard to understand. The REA practice tests were SO helpful. I purchased 2 online for around $14.
But the BEST and MOST helpful prep information came from the Texas Teachers Special Education EC-12 prep course. (I am SO SO SO thankful they came out with this!!!) It comes with everything you need to know as well as 2 practice test at the end. These practice tests were GLORIOUS. I honestly think that the exam mimicked the practice test almost perfectly. Do the practice tests that Texas Teacher's give you! If you can pass the practice tests, you can pass the exam.
I have less than a year of experience in a Special Education classroom as a TA. I started studying about 2 weeks before the exam but I didn't really start studying hardcore until 2 days before the actual exam.

Testing Strategy

The test was actually not that bad. I walked in super nervous because I heard that this test was going to be difficult. It took me 3 hours to complete the exam which included going back and checking my answers twice. I'm glad I did, because I think I made some silly mistakes due to just being so tired from staring at a screen for so long. I walked out confident that I did well, but at the same time I was still scared I wasn't going to pass. I took the exam on a Saturday morning and I received my score on Tuesday morning around 9 AM. I am SO glad that I didn't have to wait super long for my scores. That would've been torture.

Some things I would recommend studying include: the ARD process, IDEA, transitions, different type of assessments, teaching ELA to students of different disabilities (autism, specific learning disabilities, ADHD, epilepsy, etc.) Always think student-centered in your answers and that the school as unlimited funds and resources. There was only one math problem on my exam and it was the EASIEST math problem you can problem imagine. It was one of those questions you can just look at without having to compute anything.

I passed with a score of 270.

Strategy 11

Submitted by Yladrea

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I studied approximately 2.5 days before the test! On the first day, I looked at the SPED module on the Texas Teachers Intern Portal. The next two days I read the REA TExES Special Education 161 Book. I did one practice exam.

Testing Strategy

It took me 4 hours and 50 minutes, because I went back to review the last hour. The test was not difficult, especially if you are able to study for a week. With only two days to study, it was harder because I didn't have enough knowledge to go off of. Nonetheless I did pass the exam first try with a 246! Good luck!

Strategy 12

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Do the practice question and review them over and over until you understand.

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than expected. Get a good amount of sleep and make sure to take a break during the exam. Read all of the answers before making any final decision.

Strategy 13

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the review from the "official" TEXES website.

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Take this test with the idea of the school district having endless possibilities and an endless budget.

Strategy 14

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Take your time when you test. Even though everyone is leaving just keep truckin'!!

Testing Strategy

The Special Education test turned out to be easier than I thought.

Strategy 15

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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

Testing Strategy

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

Strategy 16

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Used the 1/2 day review session with TEXES reviews. It was helpful as well as the study guide provided.

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It was harder due to the length and font size on the computer screen. I would recommend re-reading each question and answer after completion to make sure it makes sense- despite the strong desire to be done.

Strategy 17

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Used TEXES preparation manual. Went over the information thoroughly. Practiced using scenario study questions.

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It was easier than expected. Go over popular psychological theories especially those focused on child development.

Strategy 18

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the study guide from the official Texes site and I purchased a study guide from the "Texes Reviews" link from the Texas Teachers website. It was $47.00. The guide that I ordered was great and I really recommend it. It gave so many details and great examples. It really helped me pass the test. I spent one full day going through the study guide: slowly, carefully and concisely. I then did the practice test and I went over it several times, focusing on the ones I got wrong the first time. Last, I went back and re-read the competency domains that were being tested. If I had to do it all over again I would split the material up and cover it over the course of a couple of days instead of cramming everything into one study session.

Testing Strategy

I think the test was just as I expected. It was not extremely hard, but it was not easy either. There were not any questions that were straight facts. All of the questions required you to examine the situation and apply the appropriate knowledge. In order to pass you definitely have to know the broad, basic concepts. Do not waste your time memorizing specific facts. Focus on the big picture. Also, take your time. There is a lot of reading and towards the end you may get tired and careless. You may need to take a break in order to keep focusing on the test. Good Luck!

Strategy 19

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I went to the study sessions that was given by Texes Reviews. The training taught us how to break down the questions. I thought it was helpful, but I have experience working in the school district with special education students. I studied the book that was given at the training. I did not particularly study mental retardation. Most of the questions related to MR. 15 math questions.

Testing Strategy

Study disabilites as well as MR. Take your time. 135 questions but only 120 are graded.

Strategy 20

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Introduction to Special Education, by Smith (excellent book, easy to read and understand) #161 Study Guide off the website The college text was excellent. Without it I probably would not have passed the exam. This test requires ALOT of preparation. Study, study, study!!!!!!!!!

Testing Strategy

This was one of the hardest exams I have ever had the misfortune of taking (and I was a college professor for 18 years). A lot of the questions have two almost identical answers which are both correct. Your challenge . . . to pick the ONE right answer. FUN!!! DO NOT under any circumstances take this test without prior preparation - reading or the class.

Strategy 21

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The only study materials I used were those available online through Texas Teachers. I registered for the test only a couple of days before taking it and had not yet had any training and very little sub experience, so I knew I would be testing my natural abilities, instincts and knowledge with the test and figured I could retake it with a better understanding of the format & material. Guess what? I PASSED!

Testing Strategy

It was a bit harder than expected. Do not forget to study some of the laws pertaining to Sp Ed as well as how students w/ different disabilities at different ages learn. I would certainly advise attending a review class. I would have saved myself many nights without sleep had I been more sure of myself.

Strategy 22

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the texas teacher solutions really helped.

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test was wonderful it seemed to be just as the study guide said.

Strategy 23

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The best book I reviewed was the Lifespan Development and Learning by Pearson for University of Phoenix (1/2 Price Bookstore-$9.98)since I was starting from ground zero this helped with the theories and terminology referred to throughout the test. I also went to the study session(TExES REVIEWS by Tom Hansen) the weekend before I took my test and it helped by showing you how to break down the questions. There are usually 2 really good answers to choose from. 16 understanding Indiv w/Disabil and Eval needs. 40 Promoting student learning and development and 40 ELA, Read & Math combined. 24 Foundations and Prof Roles and REsponsibilities. Also study the TExES website reviews for EC-4. Look on the web for other resources that tell you how to teach students with disabilities. Especially reading and language development from A-Z. There were atleast 15 math questions-mostly how to teach math. Know how to teach place value. Some questions about Due Process Rights of parents. Questions overall were sometimes tricky-watch the wording carefully.

Testing Strategy

It was as hard as I expected.

Strategy 24

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the review from the "official" TEXES website that you can download for free the best. I also purchased two of the online study materials accessible through the Texas Teachers website: TExES (161) Special Education EC-12 Comprehensive Success System (Good but only a few sample questions) XAM INSTANT TEXES Special Education (Poor by it self the complete book is required for knowledge.) 150 Question Sample Test Be familiar with the ARD process, IDEA, Types of disabilities and characteristics, LRE, homogeneous and heterogeneous classrooms.

Testing Strategy

Online test turned out to be great. The first few questions were things I never heard of before. I got a little uneasy; however, the scenario questions were great. I took my time broke the question apart and did well. Don’t worry about the math PERIOD, there are only a couple of questions on the test and it's not worth the stress. You have five hours to complete the test, just take your time and show them what you know. Good Luck!!!

Strategy 25

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I read The Special Educator's Guide by Roger Pierangelo; The Complete Learning Disabilities by Joan Harwell. I bought these used off Amazon. I purchased Study Material from GetCertified2 weeks ago and have yet to recieve.

Testing Strategy

The test was alot easier that I thought it would be. For me, it was mostly common sense. I found it easy to eliminate 2 answers right off the bat. I then had a 50% chance of getting the question correct. I would but those 2 books. They helped me to pass and will help me with my students. FYI: I am a career changer. I have been in sales mgt for the last 20 years. I have never been a teacher before. I have never been passionate about sales; however, I feel really good about teaching. I'm excited to get started.

Strategy 26

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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SBEC study guide and sample questions. Most answers were intuitive and therefore I did fine without a lot of preparation. I taught figure skating for 22 years and learned most of the teaching "how to's" through this. If there is no prior teaching experience, the trainee should wait to take the test until they've gone through training or has previously been a substitute teacher.

Testing Strategy

Special Education questions relating to high school students were harder than expected. I'm more easily geared toward elementary aged students

Strategy 27

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I reviewed the educational theorists and theories. My previous Child Development education and experience helped my preparation.

Testing Strategy

It was more difficult than anticipated.

Strategy 28

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the TEXES study guide. Study more on how to teach reading and read more about mental retardation.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than expected.

Strategy 29

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I purchased the Pass the TExES Special ED EC-12 manual listed on the study materials from Texas Teachers. I also used the study guide from the state website; however I wasn't finding very much in-depth information from either. I then chose to purchase The Special Educator's Guide by Roger Pierangelo and it was wonderful!! I highly recommend it! It was the resource that gave me the most information to coincide with the other two guides. I studied every day for about 2 hours for about 4 weeks, just going over the material and study questions multiple times.

Testing Strategy

The test was not easy but it was not difficult. I did not spend as much time studying Competency 008 and there were a lot of questions that seemed to relate to it. Use the idea of "Least Restrictive Environment" when answering the questions and the answers may become clearer! Also take a break halfway though so you can get up and walk around. It gave my mind a chance regroup and finish the test.

Strategy 30

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the free online materials and The Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook by Joan M. Harwell. I also went on the web and printed and read the Admissions, Review and Dismissal (ARD)guide which was really helpful.

Testing Strategy

The math was limited and much easier than I expected. The test in general was easier than I expected. You need to know the key components of the ARD process,how to teach language and reading (a big portion of the test focuses on questions relating to this) and what the IDEA includes.

Strategy 31

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I bought a text on the Special Education classroom teacher from a local college bookstore. This provided me with the language, concepts, practices and legal issues in Special Ed. This was a generic and tremendous resource. I also downloaded the free TEXES Practice test for Special Ed. This also was very valuable.

Testing Strategy

The test was difficult because the questions were generally all application-based. The "trick" is get the hang of the questions by really working on the practice tests. I highly recommend that you download and practice NOT JUST the Special Ed TEXES but the General Ed EC-4, the Reading Specialist, the General Ed 4-8, plus all the Pedagogy practice tests that come with these areas. I know that's ALOT of tests to practice by, but it can only serve to beef-up your score. Many of the questions on the Special Ed test deal with Reading, and General Ed issues, so, it's good to use the practice tests in those areas.

Strategy 32

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the Special Educators Survival Guide and a Diagnostic Statistical Manual to study for the test. Also Complete Reading Disabilities and Complete Learning Disabiites Handbook all purchased from Borders Books.

Testing Strategy

This test was a lot easier than I expected. In fact I was surprised to pass the first time. Learn as much as possible about disabilities, and as much as possible about teaching methods. Dont worry about the content of what you are expected to teach.

Strategy 33

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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SBEC materials, TExES Reviews, Special Education materials were used to study for the test. I would spend time studying the EC-4 test sections on English and Math.

Testing Strategy

Strategy #10 is a very accurate assessment of the test. Know how to teach reading and math to elementary regular education students. Know transition planning and high school Special Ed needs.

Strategy 34

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The online state prep study guide was my main information source, but I skimmed a parent/teacher guide to special ed from the library. I also spoke with four special ed teachers who all stressed to me the importance of taking an individual look at each situation presented.

Testing Strategy

I found myself second-guessing my answers frequently, but listed them on my scratch paper to review. Also, even though the clock was running, I found taking two short (10 min. max) breaks helpful in taking a fresh look at the questions.

Strategy 35

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Best answer is the most perfect answer or most perfect situation for special education student.

Testing Strategy

It was a little harder than expected. Skip unknown questions and go back later. The harder questionable ones I marked and re-read at the end. Know or review IDEA, ADA and a few math questions.

Strategy 36

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Used the online study manuals.

Testing Strategy

Remember the basics and try not to get hung up on trick questions. In the scenarios, make sure you look at both age and level of ability. Its easier than I expected. The computer test is so much less stress!!!!

Strategy 37

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Used the TEXES reviews. Materials I got from special education teacher. Got mathbooks on lower grade level procedures from the library. Also used the THEA study guide. Attended 2 review sessions. Thought TEXES review sessions was the most helpful.

Testing Strategy

I thought the test was all I expected it to be. I actually thought I did better on the test than I did. I guess I was less prepared than I thought.

Strategy 38

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I read over the study book. I didn't study excessively but I did go over the questions.

Testing Strategy

I would suggest if you are already teachcing not to answer questions thinking about how you do it at your school. Think about questions more idealistically.

Strategy 39

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Used the free download. Also used the Texas Teacher solutions and the textbooks from the special education teachers. My special education experience was most helpful but the idea content in textbooks really helped is use Steve Hamman's booklet.

Testing Strategy

It seemed harder than I expected, but the expectations are much lower. It always comes down to 2 answers. Keep students in mind and not the the parents or district.

Strategy 40

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Study online manual and took short practice tests as well.

Testing Strategy

Computer version was easier. There's less tendency to go back and change response.

Strategy 41

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The study material received at Texas teachers, a book called "learning disabilities" that I bought at halfpricebooks and information from www.txbsi.org was all I had to study and I PASSED ON THE FIRST TRY!!! I only got a score of 82/120 so when I receieved the first score report I was almost certain I had failed. But when I received the online score it said I made a 260. All I needed was a 240 to pass! IM SO HAPPY!!!!

Testing Strategy

The test was really hard because I had not studied Special Education language like dylexia and phonics and phonemic awareness. the majority of the test had to do with how to teach and analyze reading and writing. Learn about Asperbergers syndrome and IDEA 1997.

Strategy 42

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook: Ready-to-Use Strategies & Activities for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities, which you can get for $20 on Amazon. It was well worth it- it does not discuss in depth physical disabilities- for info on that, I used The Special Educator's Survival Guide (also $20 on Amazon)- but it does discuss (at length) how the referral process works (which you need to know!), what the basic SpEd laws include (you need this too!), and many strategies to use in teaching a child with learning disabilities as well as how to recognize that they have a learning disability. It is not Texas-specific, however. So go google things like "Texas SpEd Referral process" or "Texas IDEA/504" or "Texas ARD" so you can get a handle on the specifics. The content was not a big deal, I thought, but I had reviewed a month earlier for the EC-4 exam. Don't worry about the math- basic setting up of algebraic equations/inequalities was about the toughest thing they put on there... that and finding area of irregular figures (where the figure needs to be broken into smaller portions-rectangles and triangles- for which you have an area formula). The reading questions were similar to (and I swear, some were THE SAME as) those on the EC-4 test, so you might go ahead and work those practice questions from the site also. I was really worried about this test, so I also used all of the Praxis study guides (http://www.ets.org/praxis) pertaining to SpEd. The extra questions were helpful, but luckily, our content tests in Texas appear to be MUCH easier than the Praxis tests. All told, I probably only spent about three days studying (and most of it was more just *reading* than studying).

Testing Strategy

Taking the online test was a lot less stressful than taking the paper one, for some reason. It was quicker (finished EC-4 paper test in 3.25 hours, finished SpEd online in 2.5 hours), even though this test was longer. So if test anxiety is an issue for you, this may be the way to go- the center I visited provided me with noise-canceling headphones, which were great. I didn't feel too great about my score report when I left (104/120... it was probably passing, but I felt like I bombed the portion on "professional responsibility"- I would definitely have spent more time looking over those laws, especially IDEA and how it changed over the years and who falls under IDEA vs. 504, and where "responsibility lies" for this, that, and the other) but I got the scores today and it said I got a 294/300. So... your guess is as good as mine on that one. Their passing standards must be different from the traditional 70+%. Know your SpEd buzzwords- things like "least restrictive environment". They like that phrase a lot. And remember the kids come first (sometimes, it seems, even before the parents). Don't worry about it, I think, is the best advice I can offer. Study- definitely study- just don't worry. :)

Strategy 43

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the texas teachers solutions and the free state manuals off this site. The texas teaching solutions worked well to help me learn about the different disorders and about different laws. Make sure you study these: LRE, FAPE, No child left behind ACT 97,2001, and 2004, asperger syndrome, autism, public law 94-142, maslow and pigeat. I really liked the texas teaching solutions because I was not familiar with the different disorders and it listed them and even gave me the answers, it was in the form of a practice test. The actual computer test was very situational and had a lot of questions on reading. I would recommend studying the reading test prep manual off this site as well to help prepare you. When taking the actual test, make sure to narrow down your answers. Eliminate the 2 obviously wrong answers and then pick the best answer from the two that remain. The test score is scaled and the questions are weighted. So the better you narrow your answers down the better chance you have to pick the correct answer.

Testing Strategy

This test was ALOT HARDER! than I expected. Make sure to study asperger syndrome as there were 3 questions about it. Make sure to study laws and who enforces the law (school district, local government, or national government). I have been in sales for the past 11 years and knew nothing about teaching, special education at that, when God said, "You're now going to teach special ed." I thought no way! There's no money in that. But God said, "do it." So I knew nothing about this stuff. I HAD to study so I urge you all to study as well. Do not take this test without studying. I studied for 3 weeks and I barely passed this, but don't let that discourage you. If I can pass this exam, so can you! If you have any questions, please email me. I will try to help you to the best of my ability. Good luck and God bless you for wanting to teach Special Ed!

Strategy 44

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the free study materials offered on the SBEC website. It is the link for State Preparation Manuals under the State Test, study link on the Texas Teachers website. I also purchased the Success Guide under the Texas Teaching Solutions link.

Testing Strategy

This test was MUCH harder than expected based on my study materials. But please, do not let that scare you. I thought that I had failed until I got my unofficial report today (2-26-07). It is a very challenging test, but there are many effective ways to study and ensure you will pass. First, make sure to take, and re-take the sample questions given by the SBEC website for free. Questions like those are the majority of the questions that you will face on the actual exam. Practice narrowing it down to the two best answers, giving you a 50% chance that you will pass. This is wonderful because the questions are weighted. The success guide helped me learn terminology and laws, which are also part of the test. If you already know what LREs, IEPs, and ARDs are, then you may not need the guide too. The guide also helped me learn what FAPE stood for, and the reason for Modifications and Accomodations in lesson plans and testing (and, of course, what exactly they are). You must know the laws and acts that have been passed in support of FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) in the LRE (Least Restrictive Environment). What is the Child Find program, and what does "No Child Left Behind" mean to educators and the school system? Also, you need to know the different disabilities, their limitations, and how to best teach students with those particular disabilities. There is MUCH focus on Mental Retardation and the best ways to teach those with this disability. IDEA is very important too. And it is good to know some of physical development and what Piaget and Maslow have dicovered regarding developemnt. Please, please, contact me if you have any questions. But like I said, the Guide will help you with the facts, the free SBEC questions will help train you to think like an effective teacher. And THAT is most important. You can do this!

Strategy 45

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I first studied the free materials from the SBEC site. Then I ordered the preperation software from Certify Teacher. That software was good practice for the kind of test you will take. But there were not enough questions for randomized tests to offer fresh content each time. So taking the test more than once can give you a false sense of security because you get passing scores but many of the questions you are answering for the second or third time. Also there was a shocking number of spelling and grammar errors for educational software.

Testing Strategy

In spite of the flaws above I would recommend the Certify Teacher software because it helps you learn to think like a Special Ed teacher (as envisioned by the test) But don't bother memorizing the answers. Instead make sure you would know the answer to a similar question. I saw not one question on the test that covered the same fact as one on the software. The test is nerve racking because, as stated, there is more than one good answer for most questions. Read the question carefully for a hint of which answer they are looking for as the "best."

Strategy 46

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I reviewed the state's online study guide which contained practice questions. In addition, I purchased a book from HCC bookstore for their Special Ed class.

Testing Strategy

It's not all content based. Make sure you know/review disabilities, inclusion, adaptations, and augmentations.

Strategy 47

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I downloaded the state study guide. I also checked out Cracking the TExES (Princeston Review) and Exceptional Children (William Heward) at the libary. I would recommend all three equally and if you use the library, its FREE. The TExEs gives good advise on preparting for the test, the Exceptional Children gives some content specific info you will need and the State Study guide gives you the best idea of what the test will be like. I feel like my study paid off and I got a good score on this test.

Testing Strategy

I found that overall the test was pretty easy. I scored about eveninly in all areas. 1) Master the state study guide. 2) If you aren't sure of the answer, answer in terms of: "most active teacher" most "student centered", "team collaboration" and "doing it yourself vs going to administration". 3) Study specific disabilities, language parts, transition services, state testing, and legal rules and other content specific areas in Special Education.

Strategy 48

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Study materials on Tx Teachers online. Study IDEA 2004 and 1997.

Testing Strategy

The test was much harder than expected. Study examples of children's disabilities and diagnosis.

Strategy 49

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Practice test helped the most. Understanding the style of the questions and repetion is the best advice I would give.

Testing Strategy

The exam was as I expected. I recommend taking small breaks when taking the exam.

Strategy 50

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used materials I got from the Content training.

Testing Strategy

The test is harder that I expected. Know that it's about the student's learning and how it will effect student achievement.

Strategy 51

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I purchased materials from Texes Review.

Testing Strategy

Special Ed was harder than I expected. Learn the disabilities and how it impacts the student ability to learn.

Strategy 52

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the study guide as well as ordering a study guide from one of the recommendations on Tx Teachers website (Mark Buckingham). I took practice exams on both study guides. I also substituted for a Special Ed class for two weeks and read forms. I also studied flash cards on IDEA, FAPE, No Child Left Behind, what year each addition was made, what the laws are, ARD's, etc.

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I found the test was hard and misleading. I had trouble choosing the "best" choice and the "first" thing to do. The flash cards were very beneficial. Also know the types of disorders, how to recognize, etc. Know what Special Ed is and the law.

Strategy 53

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I used the Certify Teacher Software. The software included i-based flashcards and three different kinds of teaching modes. It really prepared me for every type of question. Link: http://www.certifyteacher.com/

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The test was about what I expected. Study the compentencies and evaluate each question for what they really want out of an answer and you should be fine. Good Luck!

Strategy 54

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First let me say I had no teaching experience, no experience or knowledge in special ed. That being said, here is how I studied and passed with over a 270 the first time and I encourage anyone changing careers to feel confident that you can study and do well without experience. I printed the free study guide from the texes testing website. This is just an outline of things you need to know, not the actual information of what you should know. You have to go find the specific content. I didn't purchase any material. I got all my information for free. First I took notes from all the comments from these message boards to make sure I knew all the terms and things people mentioned and made a list of things I needed to know. Then, I checked out a text book at the libray called Introduction to Special Education by Smith. I took notes from every chapter of this book and focusted on the big picture regarding special ed. Lastly, I went to Barnes and Noble everyday for a few hours and took notes from the Xam book for Sp Ed. The book does have terrible grammar, but I used it to fill in the blanks with information. I wouldn't say focus on this book alot but it can only add as a resource to study from. I allowed myself three weeks to study for an average of ten hours a week. The best resources was this message board and that text book. Also google Put Reading First, this is a website that offers good info on ELA and Reading. Google,terms like emergent reader, phonology, Least Restrictive Environment, FAPE, it's also very important to read and understand the ARD process. One other thing that helped me was understanding that Sp Ed overall is about providing the most opportunities for a child to learn in the same class as a general ed student, every child must be looked at individually, every child needs to be evaluated, etc, individuall and provided a numerous amount of chanced to do well. For math and reading, make sure you understand how different ages begin to learn and how that process works, from the semi-concrete to the concrete. Also, after you have studied the text, online searches, message boards and have more knowledge, then go over each competency to see if you gained enough information to feel you understand the competency and could apply it in a scenario. Also make sure you are able to go over the practice test from the texes testing website. Make sure you know why the answers were correct, the concept behind why that certain answer was correct.

Testing Strategy

The test seemed easier than I expected and that was only because I studied alot and tried to learn every single thing I could. It's not easy if you don't study. The computer test was great and not stressful like filling in bubbles on a paper test. I used all five hours, read each question to determine the age level and make sure you understand exactly what they were asking.Narrow down answer to two, it's very obvious to eliminate two answers most of the time. Then if you have two answers, see which one matches most the question being asked and provides the most chances for the child to be successful. Take your time, five hours flew by, I almost ran out of time when going back to review the answers I marked off. You have the opportunity to check off answers and review them later. Math consisted of about 15 questions. Understand decimal places, division, pictograms, dividing fractions, multipyling decimals, adding decimals, divind large numbers,know definitions of math, lcd, gcf. Don't stress about math, it was my weak subject and I got most questions correct. If you can answer the questions on math from the testing website free guide, you can do this math. Make sure you know the history of Sp Ed how it developed. There are lots of ELA/Reading questions and how different ages learn and develop reading skills. Good luck, don't stress, study, and review.

Strategy 55

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the study guide TExes Reviews Special Ed (poor- just a rough outline) and the Certify Teacher CD Special ED 161. The online Tutorial and the CD Rom were very very close to the actual test. I also used a book called Exceptional Children An Introduction to Special Education by William L. Heward (A lifesaver on the test as it is very detail oriented.... just like the test)

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than I expected. The questions were asking a lot of details and specific definitions in the Special Ed field. The math part was not so bad, around 15 questions and managable. Read each case question very carefully, read all the answers and eliminate the 2 that stand out as wrong and then take an educated guess between the last 2 questions. I would suggest if you take the computer test study with the Certify Teacher CD Rom and read the summaries , better the chapters of the Intro to Special Ed ... book by William L. Heward. Get a good night of sleep ...

Strategy 56

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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GO buy the XAM book!!! It was so helpful. Do not buy the Texes review book-it is basically an outline.

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It was really hard but if you study that book-you will pass!!

Strategy 57

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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There is one product from Certify Texas (I think that is what it is called) that is great. It is an online simulated test with study aids. The XAM book is horrible! I found MULTIPLE errors including areas where it was just flat out incorrect in its definition of many terms.

Testing Strategy

A monkey could pass this test. Do NOT stress out about it. But, if you ARE stressing out about it - definitely know the major laws and legal buzz words associated with the laws.

Strategy 58

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I purchased the online module from CertifyTeacher.com and the "official" texes review. I also read about all types of MR, learning disabilities, teaching phonics and reading. The money I spent on Certify Teacher was well spent because it was very well rounded and much more useful, in my opinion, than the texes review.

Testing Strategy

Here are a few things that you should be sure to review well- Autism and the different forms, Fragile X, ADD/ADHD, behavior conditions, IDEA, FAPE, ARD, Child Find, IEP in detail-what it involves, who, notification, roles of participating members, how often it is reviewed and when to include transition planning. Know about phoneme awareness and a balanced reading program because there were several questions pertaining to those topics.

Strategy 59

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I went to the TExES Review session (found in "study" tab of the STATE TESTS). It was very helpful. They gave me a study guide, hand-outs pointed out what is important to know. Also, they were very familiar with everything dealing with the Special Education Content. I studied a little bit every day (usually before I went to sleep). This work well for me. I passed the test! Also, if you do not pass the test the 1st time they will let you register and again for free. TExES Review cost $95 includes a booklet, hand-outs and unlimited questions... IT IS WORTH THE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!

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TAKE YOUR TIME ... DO NOT ADD ANYTHING EXTRA TO THE QUESTIONS.... LOOK AT THEM AT FACE VALUE!!!!!

Strategy 60

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I have use the study guide that is provited to us in the sbec web site i have taken this test 6 different time on paper and computer and have hot passed what do you suggest for me

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the way it is worded

Strategy 61

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I bought the study manual from XAM and then I downloaded the prep manual from the study portion on the website. I took the XAM book and matched the Domains and the standards from the prep manual. I then read each section in the XAM book and matched each statement to the competencies. That was the only way I figured I could get through a topic I knew nothing about. I would not change anything on the way I did this except study longer! Even though I passed I was still riding the fence on my comfort zone.

Testing Strategy

It was hard. I went through seven questions before I found one that I thought I knew. But then I took a deep breath and realized I had 5 hours. Four hours and 56 minutes later I was done. I felt good but it was not until I saw my results that I was able to exhale.

Strategy 62

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the Certify Teacher preperation. It was great. Focus on learning the definitions on the flashcards first, then move to the questions.

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Definatly find a preperation that has flash cards. Learning the definitions of Fragile X, Mental Retardation, Learning Disabilities will greatly help you when answering the questions. Also know how each disability is tested for entrance into special ed.

Strategy 63

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the Certify Teacher,Prep Materials, and studied up on the Special Education laws/Mental Retardation.

Testing Strategy

This test was a little harder than I expected only because of the length of the test. Make sure to take your time and read the questions at least twice!

Strategy 64

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the information provided on texes. org website it was a great preparation alternative. I also read the advice of others on this website which gave me helpful information to study. If I could I would study the methyodology of procedures more.

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The test on the methodlogy was much harder than I expected. I suggested that you study different types of disabilities i,e, usher, fragile x and so on. I also suggest that you study things such as ard, idea old legislation and new, nclb act. Always remember the scholl has an endless budget. Read the questions twice you have 5 hours use it. Don't worry if you are in their by yourself.

Strategy 65

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I bought several study manuals to prepare for this test. They included; TEXES study session review guide and question manual, Texes master system, and the product from certified teacher. I would only suggest TeXes Master, it gives you flashcards and a questions manual.( I would be willing to sell any of these if someone is interested) The first step that I would suggest is to go through all domains and competencies. Please understand that the exam is not testing you on definitions except for questions that deal with disabilities or court cases. The questions are asking you to apply these definition to real world events. Ex: A student with cerebral palsy how would you modify the environment for them? This means that you have to understand that those with cerebral palsy have problems with fine or gross motor skills etc..

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The math part ( which i really didn't study for) had about 10 questions. I wouldn't say focus to hard on this section for it's basic math. On the other hand, it is very important to study how to teach English language arts, maybe about 25-30 questions

Strategy 66

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I bought the Special Ed book recommended by Texas Teachers. I would have put more effort into studying.

Testing Strategy

It was a bit hard simply because I didn't study. I ran across terms that I wasn't really familiar with. Had I studied a little bit every day, the test would have been easier.

Strategy 67

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The review on the SBEC website (that's the only review I used). I would study the laws, disabilities such as: OCD, ADD/ADHD, speech problems, Autism, and teaching reading to students with various learning disabilities. Be familiar with terms such as: syntax, semnantics, and phonics.

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It was harder than I expected. It could easily rule out 2 of the 4 answers, then I went with "my first mind". This proved to be successful for me.

Strategy 68

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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SBEC website - study guide and hard copy of study guide from UHCL. Reading practice problems was the most beneficial. Spend more time studying (I only had 1 week). Familiarize yourself with specific terms.

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Follow your gut instinct when you are stuck on a question. Don't stress out - you can take it more than once. Be positive and believe you will pass - attitude is everything!

Strategy 69

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I bought a manual specific to the Special Ed test. The test content focused on situations involving a variety of students and disabilities. You have to identify the best choice for that student. It also had specifics on the laws designed to help students with disabilities.

Testing Strategy

The test is difficult, but you realize that it takes dedication to want to teach Special Education. Taking the test provides a window into what you, as a teacher, will have to deal with.

Strategy 70

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Do more google searches for the important terms. Look at the Doris-Barnes Greene study materials. That helps.

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Very difficult. Study Language Arts and Reading for EC-4.

Strategy 71

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Study guide from the TExES test site is what I studied along with ARD packet from Special Education dept. at my school. The study guide from the test site was not very helpful at all. I am not sure how I would study differently except I would not spend as much time studying the study guide I printed.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than expected due to the fact that what I studied was way different. The main "trick" is to think of the ideal classroom in the ideal school with ideal students.

Strategy 72

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Special Ed textbook with terms was very important. I also invested in a tutor who helped me in how to take the test. A big clue was to answer each question as if you were teaching in a perfect world. You have money, the kids want to learn, and parents are cooperative. No negative answers.

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It's long. Go over it and answer everything you know. Mark out the ones you do not know. Then take a break - you will need it. Come back with a clearer head and go back over it again, and the ones you do not know make the most educated guess. The way it works is out of 4 possible answers, 2 are pretty obvious. Remember NO NEGATIVE answers.

Strategy 73

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Test Prep manual on TExES website and laws on TEA website.

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Easier once I studied the laws. The laws are worth 33% of the test and it is important that you study the laws. Also, study the disabilities.

Strategy 74

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The most helpful thing for me was to study the practice test on the state website. It helped me to become familiar with the way they ask the questions.

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About what I expected. There was a lot about teaching kids to read. That is what I felt I was the most unprepared for. I was worried about the computer test, but it was so relieving to get my results immediately.

Strategy 75

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The TExES free manual online and Students with Learning Disabilities by Ruth ?.

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Easier. Do practice tests and familiarize yourself with the format.

Strategy 76

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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TEA Special Ed materials. Do the practice tests, they help. Also, use the materials that are on the Texas Teachers website. They are also a big help.

Testing Strategy

Test was easier. Take your time and don't sweat it if you studied the Special Ed materials. When taking the test, take your time and after you're done that's it. Don't go back and second guess your answers, your first instinct was probably correct.

Strategy 77

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used to Certify Teacher software that is listed on the Texas Teachers website. This material was a great source of information and helped me study the right data for the test. It has flashcards with various different terms to know and practice tests that helped me get into the testing mode. The preparation materials on the testing website also gave a good overview of what you need to know.

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This test was as difficult as I thought it would be. I would read the question and eliminate the 1 or 2 that were obviously wrong and then read the question again and choose my answer. You can always go back and review your answers and I highly recommend doing that.

Strategy 78

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used Certify Teacher Software, Xamonline Texes Special Education EC-12,and all the Texas Teachers Special Education Workshop material.Certify Teacher software is good to evaulate your problems areas and to prepare for the test with simulated tests.The real Exam is much harder thantheir simulated exams. The Texas Teachers Special Education workshop material is invaluable if you do a good through review. Lastly, Xamonline Texes Special Educaion EC-12 study guide was important with its detail . I would recommend all three.

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The Special Education Texes is the hardest Texes I have taken. Section 3 was the most difficult.Section 2 was the eastiest section.Sudy as much as you can. Prepare good. Do not forget The Texas Teachers Workshop material that you can download.

Strategy 79

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I downloaded the Certify Teacher software. The flashcards were very helpful in familiarizing yourself with the terms. Be sure to know terms such as: morphology, syntax, phonemic awareness etc. Teaching reading is a major part of the exam, know your terms!! Math is not my strong area and I did not have any algebraic/geometrical equations, just percentages and probability questions. I also read a book on special education which covered IEP, LRE and various disabilities. I studied for about 3 weeks a few hours each day, and I passed.

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The exam was more difficult than I thought it would be. I felt very confident going into it, but I wish I had studied how to teach reading more. I wrote down about 5 reading vocabulary terms and their definitions as soon as I sat down so I wouldn't confuse them ex: pragmatics, syntax etc...this way I could reference them throughout the test. I found this helpful. I did not take any breaks and finished in 3 hours. Re-read the questions and think about what the question is asking.

Strategy 80

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I just passed the SPED EC-12 exam. It was not east, but was not impossible either. Thorough study of the law, read questions carefully and twice, recognize the permeating bias and always answer "best" practice. I used the XAM Study guide. Although it has many typos (they all do), it covers the material very thoroughly and with great detail in explanation of why an answer is correct. I will sell the study guide (no markings), if interested. Jeff

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no real difficulties. Narrow answers down to two, then choose best of the two.

Strategy 81

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Princeton Review EC-4 helped me to analyze the exam and break down the questions to determine the best answer. Also, the On-Line Study Community helped a lot, I just followed their tips and tricks.

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There were a few math questions. It was neither easy nor hard. Choosing the answer that had the teacher perform a lot of tasks/duties was my strategy.

Strategy 82

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Know your TEKS and your vocabulary.

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Just what I expected. Read every question carefully.

Strategy 83

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I downloaded intensive prep of vocabulary from certifyteacher.com.

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Much harder! Study all vocabulary. Know by heart the difference between the laws/acts that created Special Education.

Strategy 84

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used my knowledge that I had already and a study guide from Barnes and Noble.

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Harder. If you don't think you know the answer, choose your first instinct.

Strategy 85

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used state manuals and out-of-date manual for ExCET test.

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About what I expected except for the math was harder.

Strategy 86

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the TExES sutdy guide. Study more of the basics of elementary level diagnosis.

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Harder because my substitution area was focused on high school and their individual problems are different than grade school.

Strategy 87

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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If you have taken or will take EC-4 - keep your study materials from it for this one. I also bought the TExES #161 study guide which is great for Special Ed process and laws. I also used prep questions on the TExES website. I'm looking to sell my book (reg. price $36.35) for $30 including shipping.

Testing Strategy

I have prior experience with people with disabilities and legal aspects. Even still, the exam was challenging. Advice given to me was "best case scenario, don't worry about funding issues", but I'm not sure how much that helped. Best advice: read and re-read questions, don't rush, trust your gut and don't change your answers unless you are sure.

Strategy 88

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used Texas Teaching Solutions Study Guide, the TExES preparation manual, and the book Learning Diabilities by Jean McBee Knox. I also used all of the websites from the Texas Teaching Solutions bibliography that could still be accessed. I think they all worked well. Texas Teaching Solutions claimed that people who use their study guides would score about 20% higher on the tests. I don't know if this worked like that, but I did pass.

Testing Strategy

It was as hard as I expected. I nearly used all five hours to take the test. I would tell someone who was about to take the test to know that they will be allowed to have nothing, not even cough drops or tissues. However, they may have access to these things during breaks. As far as the content goes, I would say to not worry about studying specific years and versions of laws passed concerning Spec. Ed.

Strategy 89

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I just used a book from Texas Review to study. I would have made sure to study general terminology for teachers before taking the test. I would also suggest going through the content stuff that Texas Teachers provides.

Testing Strategy

It was a hard test, but being prepared with help.

Strategy 90

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used "Intro to Sp. Ed" by Deborah Deutsch Smith- 5th edition, the TX ARD Guide, I looked up all the terms identified by this community, and downloaded the free exams for both ELA and Sp Ed. I bought the text on Amazon at a reduced price, but it was well worth it because it breaks down all of the content you will need to know for each competency. Know the reasons behind the answers to (both the ELA and Sp Ed) practice tests.

Testing Strategy

It was easier than I expected. So, I thought I didn't do so well, but I made a 268! Also know: Self advocacy, compensatory education, spina bifida, co-teaching, IFSP - IDEA and know the Public law numbers having to do with them- who does the FBA's, phoneme, overgeneralization in a sentence, behavior theory, know difference between reading levels i.e. independent, instructional, etc.; IEP and measurable goals, study the ELA practice test (about 25 questions on it) don't worry about the math, it was basic math. Take all of the time they provide, it really helps to give you time to look over your answers. Take a break. If you do all of these things, you should pass. Good luck!

Strategy 91

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the TExES Study Guide that you can find at your University Bookstore for around $40. The most valuable information were the Practice Questions, other than that I did not consider it a great resource. I took everyone's comments from this message board and made my own review by searching the internet.

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than I expected. Even after reading everyone's comments I thought I was well prepared. I studied for about 3 weeks. I don't think there are any tricks to pass, you just have to know your stuff. To pass this test you need to know all about READING development, i cannot emphasize this enough! Know different techniques to teaching children how to read and how to analyze their reading and writing. Also read about phonemic awareness and be familiar with all the terms. I wouldn't focus too much attention on the Math, the math problems were very basic. However, you do need to know the best way to teach Math to different types of students. Know the laws pertaining to Special Education inside and out and the differences between them (IDEA, 504, EHA, ADA). Review the practice problems over and over. I would say the majority of the test is situational. You have to have the mindset of picking the "Best" answer not the "Right" answer. There could be more than one "Right" answer. Take your time through the test, it took me three hours to finish. You need to know about all the different types of disabilities and how to handle specific situations. This is where the practice questions will help. Also use the FREE TExES Manual for the practice questions. Know about Co-Teaching, I did not look over this and was not in the manual. I would not waste too much time memorizing the vocabulary in your Study Guides. Need to understand the whole process of Special Education from Beginning to End (ARD, IEP, Transition Planning, Restraints, BIP, Due Process, etc.). Know about key theorist, not a lot of this on the test but you can probably be sure you will get a question or two.

Strategy 92

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I went through every one of these posts and made a study guide based around the info people said would be on the test. I then googled all of them and studied the content that way. I was on a tight budget and could do all of that for free and it worked! Do as many practice tests as you can because the format of the questions is the same and it will help I promise. Do not worry about the math its only like 10 questions and its at a very low level. Narrow all the questions down to 2 answers. Then re-read the question and choose from your new 2 answers. I spent 2 weeks studying my study guide I made from the postings here and I made a 262/300 and passed!!!

Testing Strategy

Do not get overwhemled if you get 3-4 questions in a row you are not sure about just keep going and you can always come back to the harder ones later. Here is a copy and pasted version of my study guide. • Review IDEA (2004 and 1997) ADA and EHA. Also review Mental Retardation • Transition Planning for High School Level Students • ARD Guid (Admissions, Review, and Dismissal) • "Least Restrictive Environment" answer questions based on this theory • FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education), No Child Left Behind 97,2001, and 2004 what year each addition was made • Review the laws behind special ed • "most active teacher" most "student centered", "team collaboration" and "doing it yourself vs going to administration" These are thoughts to have when answering questions you are not sure on • Make sure you know/review disabilities, inclusion, adaptations, and augmentations. • LREs (Least Restrictive Environment), IEPs, and ARDs • Modifications and Accommodations in lesson plans and testing • Child Find program • Piaget and Maslow have discovered regarding development • Asperger syndrome, Autism, Public law 94-142 • Google things like "Texas SpEd Referral process" or "Texas IDEA/504" or "Texas ARD" “Emergent Reader”, “phonology”, “Least Restrictive Environment”, “FAPE”, “ARD Process” • “Put Reading First” (this is a website that offers good info on ELA and Reading) • Professional Responsibility - I would definitely have spent more time looking over those laws, especially IDEA and how it changed over the years and who falls under IDEA vs. 504, and where "responsibility lies" for this, that, and the other) • Speech Problems, Dyslexia and Phonics and Phonemic Awareness, Morphology, Syntax, Pragmatics, and Semantics • Ex: A student with cerebral palsy how would you modify the environment for them? This means that you have to understand that those with cerebral palsy have problems with fine or gross motor skills etc • How to teach English language arts - How to teach and analyze reading and writing • the Methodology of Procedures • types of disabilities i,e, Usher, Fragile x and Learning Disabilities • IDEA old legislation and new, NCLB Act • Autism and the different forms, Fragile X, OCD, ADD/ADHD, behavior conditions, IDEA, FAPE, ARD, Child Find, IEP Know about phoneme awareness and a balanced reading program because there were several questions pertaining to those topics • Major laws and legal buzz words associated with the laws. Laws on TEA website • Sp Ed overall is about providing the most opportunities for a child to learn in the same class as a general ed student, every child must be looked at individually, every child needs to be evaluated, etc • Individual and provided a numerous amount of chanced to do well. • For math and reading, make sure you understand how different ages begin to learn and how that process works, from the semi-concrete to the concrete • No negative answers, IQ under 60 • Understand decimal places, division, pictograms, dividing fractions, multiplying decimals, adding decimals, divide large numbers, know definitions of math, lowest common denominator, greatest common denominator • Make sure you know the history of Sp Ed how it developed. There are lots of ELA/Reading questions and how different ages learn and develop reading skills. • Different types of disabilities (eg. Autism, Asperger's, Bipolar Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, OCD); Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process role; Kinesthetic learning style; Child Development Theorist-Maslow, Skinner, Piaget; Disorder such as ADD/ADHD, OCD, ODD, CD; IDEA///FAPE///LRE; lots of IEP examples and scenarios; • Phonological Awareness; Syntax; informal/formal assessments; Transitional planning for high school kids with Learning Disabilities; Mental Retardation; IEP team role; Parental Rights; Early Intervention; Accommodations & Assistive technology; Documentation log; Re-enforcers & Rewards • Informal testing; Emergent Reader; Anecdotal Records; Ecological Assessments; Portfolio Assessments; Task Analyses, and Functional Assessments; role of TASK; Life-skills; Community Based Resources; etc. • Competency 008 and 009 IMPORTANT

Strategy 93

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the special ed manual from the Texes Study Sessions. It was basic information and did not cover any of the math or reading. For the math, I just went to the math league website and went over info on fractions and decimals. I also bought the reading manual from Texes Study. Also, the review on the Texas Teachers site from Steve Hamman was very helpful. I would have just studied that review and looked over the reading manual and the math on the website.

Testing Strategy

The test was much easier than I expected. There was a lot info to study like reading, math, and the special ed topics. Most of the test was reading/math and questions about IEP situations. The questions about IEP were easy to me and you really did not have to study for that. There was 15 math questions. There was a lot of word math problems. The hardest part for me was the reading part. That was all at the beginning of the test. Please study over phonics, phoeneme, and phonological awareness. Study fragile X and Asperberger, IDEA,fetal alcohal, bipolar, manisfestation determination, ARD, section 504, least restricitive environment, decimal places, geometry. Do not worry about the math section as much because there are really easy questions and you can just review on mathleague.com. Just read everything carefully. Much of the test to me seemed like the correct answer was so easy to be seen. It seems like everyone on this site was stating that this was a very difficult test and I beg to differ. If you take the advice that I give you on here then you should be able to pass.

Strategy 94

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used XAM for Special Education which was good for the basics but otherwise worthless. I printed off the Texes Prep Manual and then googled a lot of the terms. The night before I read updates to IDEA, 504, and EHA which was a tremendous help and I would suggest to anyone taking the test.

Testing Strategy

Some questions were incredibly easy and some were very hard. Have background knowledge of each of the 13 eligibility categories and what disabilities/disorders fall into each and why. Most questions were situational. I thought the math would be a lot harder but it was pretty basic computations. My only hint would be that you shouldn't stress because you can miss up to 35 questions and still pass!

Strategy 95

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used books from the library about special ed. A parent's guide to special education was the best for me. It is clear and concise and up to date. I read some other books after this one and found out they were out of date. This book in particular had the broad overview but had content that really helped me in the test.

Testing Strategy

I would say get the book above. Don't get bogged down in memorizing every little thing. Just get a clear overview. Read the book above more than once. Study up on mental retardation alot. Find other books that deal with autism, mr, and other common disabilities. Do know all the major laws. Just get the overview and know the majors. But definitely study. I also read alot on the web. I googled everything. I think if you study you will be okay. But you must study. Know the majors. Good luck to you all.

Strategy 96

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I purchased a study guide from certifyteacher.com and in my opinion it was great. The format of it is similar to the test. The study guide has flash cards (which were very helpful)and practice exams and a big exam similar to the test. This was my second time taking it however; I came up short the first time. I cannot even compare it to the free guide on the TEXES website b/c there is no comparison. What I liked about the practice exam was that it breaks down why the answer is right and wrong.

Testing Strategy

The trick to taking this test is to take your time and remember what is "best" for the student. I would pay close attention to compentency section 008 & 009, this can make or break you in my opinion. When chosen an answer you will see that there are 2 answer choices that just does not fit right away. I read the question adn eliminated the 2 wrong answers, then read it again and pay close attention to the key terms. One thing I would highly suggest is when reading pay close attention to the description of the student, (ex the age and grade level, and disability. I began studying a month in advance, I made my own note cards based of the study material I had. In closing I can't stress enough how important competency 008 and 009 is. If you don't know them, do not waste your time or money.

Strategy 97

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I studied using the Certify Teacher software. I feel the software prepared me for the exam. When taking the exam take your time. Don't rush through. It took me almost 5 hours, but I passed!

Testing Strategy

The test was a little harder than I expected. The legal section was my easiest section because it was straight fact.

Strategy 98

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I used the TExES #161 state manual and a copy of "The New Teacher Project" manual that a fellow educator loaned me as well as info. from another ACP candidate. (Her course info. broke down the domains/competencies and coorelated all the info for me.)

Testing Strategy

Don't let the term "Special Education" fool you! This exam is difficult. There is basic reasoning and statistical math on the exam. Make sure you understand ELA and Reading applications! Don't short yourself on the legal info. either. Prepare yourself for "real world" scenerios. Know the acronyms: IEP, FAPE, ARD, etc. Keep in mind you have an endless budget and resourses available.

Strategy 99

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I printed out and studied the study guide TExES has online. I read the Competencies, then took the practice test. After completing the sample test, I went over the questions I got wrong and reread the Competencies. Then, I studied the competencies I missed.

Testing Strategy

During the test, relax. You know the information if you studied the material. I was very nervous days before the exam. The math questions, in my opinion, are very tricky. One word causes the problem to be solved differently. Make sure to read the questions more than once before answering the question. After answering the question, I reread the question again. After answering all the questions, I had an hour left. I went back and rechecked my answers. I decided to change a few because I found I made a mistake. Make sure you choose the answer that helps the child, not the school district or parents. Good luck!

Strategy 100

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the free test prep from the state and the two study lessons on Texas Teachers. I would have studied more about math and reading disabilities.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than I expected but it covered so many different disabilities. I passed the test but felt like some of the questions where tricky because the best answer was based on the knowledge you would have to have about special needs children. It seems that I didn't know enough accommodations for each special need.

Strategy 101

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Study material used: Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook by Joan M. Hartwell What worked best: Taking notes and getting a general idea from this message board regarding the testing material. Also, going over the TExES Preparation Manual and reviewing the Competencies.

Testing Strategy

Know the different types of disabilities (eg.autuism, Asperger's, bioplar disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome, OCD); Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process role; Kinesthetic learning style; child development theorist-Maslow, Skinner, Piaget; Disorder such as ADD/ADHD, OCD, ODD, CD; IDEA/FAPE/LRE; lots of IEP examples and scenarios; phonological awareness; syntax; informal/formal assessments; transitional planning for high school kids with LD; mental retardation; IEP team role; parental rights; early intervention; accommodations & assistive technology; documentation log; reinforcers & rewards; informal testing; emergent reader;anecdotal records; ecological assessments; portfolio assessments; task analyses, and functional assessments; role of TASK;life-skills; community based resources; etc.

Strategy 102

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I downloaded the study manual available at the SBEC website. I also googled state and nationwide laws regarding Special Ed and people with disabilities, ARDs, modifications/accomodations, lesson plans, and read over the materials 1-2 hours every day for two weeks before the test.

Testing Strategy

It was tricky because more than one answer often seemed to fit with what they were looking for. Hint: Choose the answer that is politically correct and not what you personally would do.

Strategy 103

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I downloaded the study material from the TX certification web site, and I purchased the XAM EC-12 Sp Ed book from Barnes and Noble. The XAM book had NUMEROUS typos and even had some answers in the test questions that were wrong BUT, I fixed those as I read along and it ended up being an adequate study reference. I also reviewed the study questions in the Big Yellow Book that I purchased from TX Teachers when I prepared for the EC-4 test. This helped with all of the reading and language arts stuff

Testing Strategy

The test was hard but I expected that from reading all of the inputs on this site and others. I'm brand new to this "teacher stuff" so I allowed myself 40-days to study. I studied almost every day for 1 to 2 hours and it paid off. I got a 276 out of 300. Here's the problem with the test: On almost every question you can throw out 2 answers. Sounds easy enough but the two remaining are sometimes very similar. On 1 question, I swear, the 2 possible answers remaining were virtually identical. The good news was that some of the questions were common sense so whether you studied or not you will be able to get a few of them correct (but those were few and far between)! Regardless of the study material you use, just remember this: PRIOR PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE e.g. study your butt off!!. Good luck to all and God bless!

Strategy 104

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the online study materials through Texas Teachers link as well as Special Ed EC-12 study guide. I believe the practice tests helped with knowing how to take the test. The information that was provided on the website was also very helpful.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than I expected. The best advice I could give would be to practice taking the test at least three to four times before your actual test date.

Strategy 105

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the study guide provided on the TEA website (state approved guide), Procedural Safeguards, Guide to ARD, and an outside source, TExES Secrets. I do not recommend the private source, TExES Secrets because it did not help me but that's not to say it couldn't help others. I would say to supplement the first three sources with a study review given by Texas Teachers. I did not attend one but I did hear the trainer speak and could identify multiple questions I had missed in his instruction.

Testing Strategy

The test was what I expected. I knew some questions, did not know some, and could identify the "sample" questions I could never know. The test had more student scenerio questions than I expected so really study the age appropriate stages and disabilities. There is way more time than you could use, 5 hours, so don't stress. My personal help was to have a stress reliever in my hands (a coin, a rock, a paperclip, etc.).

Strategy 106

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the Texes practice test and I bought an online program called Pass the Texes.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than I expected. I would tell someone about to take the test to really study and don't read into the questions too much.

Strategy 107

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the Special Education test booklet to study. I would have liked to have gone to the Special Education Supplemental class.

Testing Strategy

It was a fair exam, but take your time.

Strategy 108

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the materials available at Texas Teachers website. I tried to answer as many practice test questions as possible. I also studied a lot of vocabulary. I would tell someone to be familiar with vocabulary and expect it to be a long test.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than I expected.

Strategy 109

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the study resources from the study guide online under Texas Teachers. I also attended the class to prepare you for the content.

Testing Strategy

It can be challenging if you are not familiar with the terms and abbreviations.

Strategy 110

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the resources on the State website and went to a training course for Special Ed. The training course really helped!

Testing Strategy

The test was pretty hard and long.

Strategy 111

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the certify teacher program, the preparation manual from the texes website, and http://tap.tarleton.edu/pact/ from which I had to get permission from my school adviser to get registered in. I also used my text book, "Into to Special Education," by Deborah Deutsch Smith. VERY helpful. Overall I would say Certify Teacher and my textbook were the most beneficial. I would not study any differently because I passed the first time around. I did study a lot it seemed like, however, I did not start studying until about 5 days before it.

Testing Strategy

I thought the test was as expected. Some questions were very hard, but not tricky, just had to think very hard and use the "perfect world" approach. I thought some of the math questions were hard, but there were only about 8 of those. I had a lot of ARD questions and reading/ELA questions. I would know procedures of an ARD and what to do for unexpected situations of an ARD, such as various parent requests. Take your time, it will not take the whole 5 hours, but don't be scared to mark a question for review and then come back and review it! I marked a lot, but only had about 5 or 6 that I marked and did not answer. I usually put the best answer and came back to really sit there and think about it!

Strategy 112

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I made a study guide from reading previous posts, and studied Special Ed. laws, IEP steps, ARD process, MR specifically. I would not have studied any differently because I passed. I only studied for about 3 weeks if that.

Testing Strategy

I think the test was tedious. It was very long and like OMG is it over yet??? If you study and use common sense then it should not be that big of a deal. However, it was alot of questions about reading. Not too many on Math (maybe 3-4) but of course they have different versions of the test. So just because someone tells you specific questions, it may not be the same once you take the test. I knew many questions because I have a son in Kinder so... that was a VERY BIG help. You have to remember that it is all about the child "child centered environment." It was not difficult to eliminate 2 questions off the bat. Familiarize yourself with all the disabilities, EC-4 reading concepts and definitions of words like phonics and pragmatics. No tricks to pass the test, the test is not designed for that. It is designed to test your knowledge and it is only one right answer, so focus on the answer that is the BEST verses what "seems" right. The sample test from the Texas Website (ETS) is a great indicator to the format and types of questions on the test. Good Luck. I was very happy when I found out I passed, even though I thought it could go either way. You just never know, and was skeptical. However, after I got my score I can confidently say that it really was not that bad. It is passable, so the day before get a good sleep and eat a healthy breakfast. Good luck.

Strategy 113

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I studied the Special Ed state test and purchased the XAM Special Education EC-12 161 manual. I also studied the big yellow book that I used to study for my EC-4 Generalist exam. Additionally, I borrowed some textbooks from some Special Ed teachers on Special Ed law and such.

Testing Strategy

he test was about what I expected. It took me about three hours to complete, and I passed with a 279. The material I studied helped to fill in background information, but the test itself was based on scenarios and what you would do in certain situations. It was a little tricky at times. Working as a paraprofessional at an elementary school right now really helped me with a lot of the questions. I'm not sure I would have known how to answer them otherwise. Good luck to all!

Strategy 114

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the Xam online study materials. While the materials helped me with Competencies 1-7, they didn't really help at all with the majority of the test. Based on the feedback that I read here, I was expecting 10-15% of the test to be mathematical problems. I had 1 math problem on the entire test. The rest of the math questions related to teaching math.

Testing Strategy

The test was much harder than I expected. In my opinion, the exam questions were much more difficult than the sample questions on the SBEC website, or than the ones provided in the XAM study guide.I did well on every part of the exam except for competencies 8 and 9. For the questions related to those 2 chapters, I found it much more difficult to select the best answer from the four provided, as most of the answers sounded good. Tricks or hints: Really read the questions. There are usually one or two keywords that will determine what the correct answer is. Don't underestimate the test, though. It's a toughy.

Strategy 115

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I studied the online manual from the TExES website. I had already taken and passed the Eng lang arts & reading 4-8 test about a month before so I was already familiar with that portion on the test. I also studied alot about the laws: IDEA, Sec. 504, FAPE, NCLB, etc. There was not much math so I wouldnt even stress on studying for that portion. But I do believe it is imperative to study the laws & history of sp ed. and Eng. Lang arts & reading (all subjects).

Testing Strategy

It was not as much hard as it was long. Take your time, read carefully. There was not much math so I wouldnt even stress on studying for that portion. But I do believe it is imperative to study the laws & history of sp ed., disabilities, and Eng. Lang arts & reading (all grade levels). Also, there are some pretty good outlines of what to study on here.

Strategy 116

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I purchased the Texes Study manual(exam secrets for 161 test) for about 60 bucks including shipping..Not sure if it was worth it, but also not sure if I would have passed without it. I took my time reviewing the info, but really, the test mostly came down to using critical thinking and common sense.

Testing Strategy

A bit harder than I expected, but I could easily eliminate two answers from most questions. Take your time and remember to 'focus on the student'.

Strategy 117

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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First of all, utilize the exam guide that is on the official testing website. It lists the topics you need to know for the exam, the best study tips, and some practice questions. On top of using that guide, I read 'The Exceptional Teacher's Handbook: The First-Year Special Education Teacher's Guide to Success' by Shelton & Pollingue. This is an excellent tool that gave valuable information and will serve as a great guide when your teaching days commence. It helped that I came from a Psychology background. I would definitely review the disabilities in detail. It also helped to review my Life-Span Human Development book (a text book from a college course). All in all, I probably studied 1.5 hrs a day for a few weeks.

Testing Strategy

It was not as hard as I was expecting. Some questions were challenging, but overall the exam was manageable. Be sure to study!! Good luck!

Strategy 118

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the Certify Teacher program, the Ultimate Guide to the EC-4 Generalist book, and the free study guide posted on the texes website. Lots of praying and studying.

Testing Strategy

It was hard. Really have to focus and seek what the question is really answering. Used the process of elimination technique suggested from the state board study guide.

Strategy 119

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used two books to study Special Education by Marilyn Friend and Texes Special Education EC-12 161 and I also bought a cd from CertifyTeacher.com. And I used the study manuel from the SBEC website. I studied 3 weeks for this test. Its a lot of information to study, its best if you get ahead start and try to study every day.

Testing Strategy

The test seemed hard but not possible to pass. You can miss many and still pass. As long as you know students' learning disabilities, IEP, ARD committee and process, IDEA, and Language Arts and Reading and Math you should do fine.

Strategy 120

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the XAM study guide for this test and it was pretty thorough. The practice test was a good indicator of how the actual test will be.

Testing Strategy

It was as hard as I expected but I passed! A lot of the questions can seem like trick questions, so just take your time and read each question carefully to know exactly what it is asking and go back and check your work again.

Strategy 121

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used Steve Hamman's Overview of Special Education which is available in the online training forum. He will help you prepare for nearly all the questions related to special education law and the terminology.

Testing Strategy

It was harder in places than I expected. There were a number of questions where they wanted to know what a particular act or amendment did or what changed in the law on a certain date. Steve doesn't review this - and even if he had I don't think I'd have remembered it. More than half the test is on teaching special needs kids math and ELA, which is the same as teaching any other child math and ELA, and many of the questions were identical to those on the Generalist test for those areas. If you study math and ELA, take Steve's course, and use common sense when answering the questions, you will do fine.

Strategy 122

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the online practice test to study.

Testing Strategy

There were more legal questions than I expected. It's a common sense test and be familiar with the acronyms.

Strategy 123

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used material printed from online sources and the Texas Teachers test review. The test review is what I think made the difference for me.

Testing Strategy

I didn't think I would get as tired during the exam. I took the entire allotted time and I wish I had brought gum and a bottled water.

Strategy 124

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I checked books from the library, reviewed notes from several college courses, and thought through the test taking strategy.

Testing Strategy

The test was easier than I expected. I relaxed the day of the test and had a good meal right before the test.

Strategy 125

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used XAM study guide and the practice test on Texas Teachers website. The practice test on the website worked the best. The study guide I purchased helped for the upcoming school year. I would tell someone to read and study from different sources to make sure you get all the information needed to pass the test.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than I expected. I would tell them not to worry about if you feel bad after the test because you probably passed. Just study a lot!

Strategy 126

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I primarily used sample tests like the one provides on the TExES/ETS website. I also looked at the exams that are comparable to this one. The complete list is on the SBEC website. I then downloaded the free sample tests from the states that have equivalent tests (i.e. AEPA, Praxis II). I truly believe exposure to the questions will best prepare you. To those of you who may have been out of school for a while, I advise you to use an introduction to special education textbook.

Testing Strategy

It was okay for me. Again, this is only because I am accustomed to taking tests. I currently have two other state certifications in special ed. Since I moved around, I had to take certification tests every year for the past three years. Anyway, I passed with a score of 260 my first time taking it. Always eliminate the obviously wrong answer. Choose the best answer that has the students' best interest in mind. Avoid choosing answer choices that are negatively stated. Regardless of how truthful it may be, negatives are not the way to go. This is a standardized testing trick. Good luck!

Strategy 127

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Xam TExES book to prepare for the exam. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! I knew it like the back of my hand and there were no similarities to the test. I passed this test with the good Lord's help, not that book!

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than I expected. Be sure you understand how you must teach reading and math to different disabilities. The bulk of your points will be in this area. Surprisingly, there were not many questions on laws?Don't get discouraged, there is a lot of reading, take breaks to clear your mind, it will help tremendously!

Strategy 128

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the online packet and a book fro SPED 161.

Testing Strategy

Harder than expected. Study Language Arts and Application.

Strategy 129

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I downloaded information off the internet about ADA, IDEA, and 504. There is a whole section of questions on the test that relate to HB's and laws - that is the most difficult part of the test.

Testing Strategy

Harder than expected because of the laws because but still very managable.

Strategy 130

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I registered for the test about a week before and had very little time to find study materials. I was unable to find study guides locally, so I was left to my own devices. I knew basically what content would be tested based on the free state prep manuals, which were very little help for actual information to study. I just researched laws and basic information online.

Testing Strategy

It was very difficult, as I expected. If possible, I would suggest giving yourself plenty of time to find test prep materials because they may need to be ordered. Most of my local bookstores offered to order them but I didn't have time to wait. My best piece of advice: narrow it down to two and go with your instinct. I think I missed quite a few questions after going back and changing my answer.

Strategy 131

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the SBEC manual. Not very helpful. It gives you a good idea of how the questions/answers are worded, but no explanation of why right answers are right. I also read IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Way more helpful but very wordy.

Testing Strategy

The test was hard, but not impossible. Of the 4 answer choices, one was always completely wrong, another mostly wrong and the remaining 2 both sounded very right. The key is to pick the answer with the greatest direct benefit to the child. Always think which one is the best for the student.

Strategy 132

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I bought an "Exxam" brand Special Education EC - 12 prep book from Barnes and Noble. I read it twice. It contains practice tests. I highlighted as I read and then re-read my highlights the second time through. When I missed a practice question, I would go back to that area to study.

Testing Strategy

It was a bit harder than I expected. The majority of the questions were situational based and my prep book was not. I expected more questions about Special Education laws, and was surprised that there were very few. I passed and did well so my preparation must have worked, but I would advise someone to look for a prep book with situational examples.

Strategy 133

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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The study materials posted on the Texas Teachers website by the Special Education facilitator. Power Point presentations were very helpful. Also, I downloaded the study materials from the TEA website about Special Education preparation for the TEXES examination, also very helpful.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than I expected, however I did not have difficulty with most terms due to my experiences as a job coach working with people with disablitlies, for many years. Read the questions on the test very critically and do not make any assumptions.

Strategy 134

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I strictly used the information through Texas Teachers website, which was very helpful.

Testing Strategy

The test was much easier than I expected. The four Math questions that I had were easy. Make sure you know about the process of ARD and IEP, and a few disabilities and you should be fine.

Strategy 135

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the state manual, the practice question manual for TEXES, and the prep manual. I ordered them off the Get Certified website. Using all of these materials helped me study best. I spent about a month studying and I would have spent more time.

Testing Strategy

Test was harder than expected. I would tell someone to study as much as possible and to remember key points like least restricted environment, learner centered, the ideal situation, ARD process, IEP, and study about teaching kids how to read, phonics.

Strategy 136

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the XAM online study guide. It was full of typos, but had a good practice test. The free practice test off the TEXES website was good. Don't study too much! Most of the questions are situational which you can't study for. Know what an ARD is. Look at Special Ed laws (IDEA, FAPE). It is a test based on common sense. I am a Music major with no Special Ed training who did not study more than 1 hour and passed, but it was hard!

Testing Strategy

The test was much more difficult than expected. The test was long so don't be in a rush. Try to eliminate 2 of the 4 answer choices and pick the most logical answer in the perfect world situation. Always choose the answer that puts students first.

Strategy 137

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Practice test for EC - 12 SPED on the TEXES website. I wouldn't study differently, this worked the best for me.

Testing Strategy

Easier than expected. Use the practice tests on the TEXES website. Hints: pace yourself, take the whole five hours, trust your "gut" feeling, first answers are the best, don't panic, and relax. Focus on reviewing practice tests as opposed to strategies.

Strategy 138

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied the online preparation material and checked out books from my local library. I also ordered flash cards available from Mometrix Media.

Testing Strategy

It was much harder than expected. Although the test framework says that 33% of the test is math/English/science, this was false. There were maybe 5 math questions total, and no questions pertaining to science or reading. On the preparation materials online, one question from there was actually on the exam.

Strategy 139

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied using the XAM Special Education study guide. I also printed the preparation materials off of the Texes-ETS website. I used this material (outline and practice test) and followed along in my XAM study guide.

Testing Strategy

I was nervous about this test because I had heard many bad things about it. I did well on it, however, it took me almost 3 hours (allotted time is 5 hours). Take your time and do not rush through this test. Give yourself enough time to think through each question.

Strategy 140

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the TEA website and it's Special Education overview for parents. I also used the Texas Teachers Special Ed presentation, the SBEC study resources, and 2 texts: The Special Educator's Survival Guide (Roger Pierangelo) and A Parent's Guide to the Special Education Process (Wilmhurst).

Testing Strategy

I passed with a 284 out of 300, but it was hard. I studied on and off for 2 weeks, and knew the Special Education process very well. However, these tests are so broad, there are always curve balls. For instance, one question asked about specifics ushered in by IDEA 1997. This law was replaced by IDEA in 2004, so why there was even a historical question about the 1997 version makes no sense (one should only be concerned about current existing laws). Also, random reference to the Center for Children with Chronic Illness and Disability and what that organization would advise a special educator who was having a new student with a tracheotomy tube introduced to his purview. Overall, know the ARD process, IDEA 2004, reading education philosophy and terms - phonology, morphology, etc. There are a lot of questions around reading instruction. Know mental retardation and expose yourself to other organizations that support/lobby for students with disabilities. Understand the difference between IDEA and Section 504. Approach every question that has to do with education practices from the approach of "Least Restrictive Environment".

Strategy 141

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied the night before the test. I have never taught before. I used the information posted on here from previous test takers, and I downloaded the free study guide from the SBEC website. Make sure you look at the laws regarding students with disabilities, ARD, autism, Bloom's Taxonomy, and how different disabilities affect a student's learning. There is a lot of focus on what is best to help a student with disabilities in the long run (i.e. knowing how to count money to pay for an item versus knowing algebra).

Testing Strategy

The test was one of the hardest tests I have ever taken. The questions are situational and each one has 2 answers that are very similar. Always think "in the best interest of the child with unlimited resources" and you will be okay. For example, if a child recently became disabled and was afraid that his friends would stop visiting him, what should the teacher do? The teacher would want to come up with an activity that would get the student out of the house but also include their friends. This would be the least restrictive choice. Look for least restrictive choices throughout.

Strategy 142

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Get a study guide! The first time I took it, I made a 238 and I had only used the state preparation manual to study. This time around, I used a study guide in addition to the prep manual and passed.

Testing Strategy

The test isn't that difficult, however you must use "perfect classroom" thinking. Take all the time you need on the questions. Make sure to read all the questions thoroughly. Good luck!

Strategy 143

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the TExES Special Education EC-12 book by Sharon Wynne (published by XAM). It is available on Amazon. I also studied the free study guide from the TExES website. My strategy was to take the "practice" test in the XAM book first (as if it were a diagnostic test). Then I studied/reviewed the areas in which I missed questions. Then, I printed the TExES test book and took the practice test in it. I then used the XAM book's explanations of the different content areas to help me understand why the correct answers were right for the questions I got wrong.

Testing Strategy

The test was a wee bit harder than I expected after all the studying I had done. My advice is to: (1) do not forget about the resource sheet the test provides for math (2) take your time with the questions (for example, for every non-math question, I explained to myself in my head why each answer choice sounded wrong or right before picking which one I thought was BEST), and (3) always look for the answer that is the best for the child. Also... think positively. I got a 267 out of 300 for my score.

Strategy 144

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I downloaded the test simulator from certifyteachers.com. It is the best study material for this particular test. Review the No Child Left Behind law and the Texas laws. Do not waste your time studying for these in depth. There are not that many questions about laws. Just helps to have a good understanding so that you can decipher your answers better.

Testing Strategy

I have taken four certification tests so far and the SPED test was the easiest on so far.

Strategy 145

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Honestly, I didn't study for this test, but I was previously a Special Education student. I passed with a 282 after being out of my program for 3 years. That said, I have taken several other tests and I have found that using the XAM study guides, the Texas Teacher guide, basic college texts related to the material, and knowing every domain and competency is essential. I would suggest actually WORKING with children with disabilities. It will put a HUGE perspective on the method and disability details. Also print out a copy of IDEA 2004 and NCLB. You need to know the basics of these.

Testing Strategy

The test was heavy on situations. Questions are always the "which is a more correct accomodation to this child's disability"... You always want to do what is best for the student in and what is in the least restrictive environment. You always need to look at the student first and not the disability. Make sure you know the ARC and RTI models. KNOW THE IEP PROCESS!! Know the different types of disabilities and their general characteristics. Know your SPED laws including 504. Know the legal terms.

Strategy 146

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used internet resources such as googling key terms and taking practice tests from the TEXES website. Also, I would advise taking practice tests for teacher certification for other states. California, Illinois, and Arizona have theirs online for free. I found this very helpful. I ordered certifyteacher.com software and XAM, but I dont think you need to waste your money on that! Use the internet for FREE

Testing Strategy

It was really not that bad. The situational questions dealing with ARD and IEP's were not easy, and the situational Math questions were tough too. I made a 93/120 which translated to a 258. I studied hard and it paid off. You can do it but PREPARE!

Strategy 147

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used XAM Special Ed., Praxis Exceptional Students, Praxis Teaching Principles and Wrights Law and Emotional Advocates. Google search disabilities and exceptionalities. google health and wikipedia have good information. Most questions have 2 completely wrong answers and 2 similar answers. Reread the question to select the best answer from the 2 remaining questions because there is always a key term/word that ties in with the correct answer. The math questions were very easy. Learn tactics to teach language arts (ready comprehension and fluency). Phonemic awareness is also an important study topic.

Testing Strategy

test content was about what I expected-135 questions and you have 5 hours. I finished in 2.5 hours.download ARD and IDEA information by searching google. Numerous questions on learning strategies for students with learning diabilities-ADHD. Also Mental Retardation is covered in detail. IDEA, TEA, and names of people that created learning theory was NOT covered as much as I expected. I would not worry about learning public laws and dates/history.

Strategy 148

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I used the preparation guide provided online and completed the speical education course in the intenr portal prior to testing. To better prepare myself I would have researched more about speical education in a library setting, making sure to write notes out. Completeing the special educaiton course prior to teh test helped keep key terms and concepts fresh in my memory.

Testing Strategy

The test felt fine. I felt comfortable with my answers and I had only a handful of unknowns. I advise to eat a healthy meal prior to testing to keep energy levels stable. The process of elimination helped out for many of the questions.

Strategy 149

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I studied the study guide through the texas teachers website along with the study guide for the ELA 4-8. I also read a book my Pierangelo called Parents Complete Guide to Special Education. It was VERY helpful, i just checked it out at my public library. Didnt spend any money on resources!! I wouldnt study any differently because i passed with well above the minimum.

Testing Strategy

It was a little harder than I expected, though it was not impossible. Just take your time, choose the BEST answer, and make sure you study before hand. I only studied about 3 days in advance, for a total of about 5 hours. You just need to read over the information a couple times, and i highly recommend the book I listed above. Also, be sure you know the laws! The math was easy, dont stress it. Study a lot on how to teach kids to read!! Good luck!

Strategy 150

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In just read the ebook "Put Reading First," I didn't really study other than that just read that book the morning of the test. Here's the link. I also just took a practice test from Washington. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/upload/PRFbooklet.pdf

Testing Strategy

The only thing difficult about the test was staying on task. 135 questions get old. I took the test on short notice and passed with a 275. The ebook above helped out a ton! Highly recommend it. Take your time and a few breaks as needed. I took the test in groups of 10 questions. It seemed to make it easy. Math was easy. Focused a lot on ELA, but it ended with State and Federal Laws maybe 10 or so. You can handle it.

Strategy 151

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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First thing I did was read through all the study strategies posted here! Then I downloaded the free ETS study guide and read through it, took the practice test several times over three weeks or so. I checked out the XAM SPED EC-12 prep book from the library and read completely through that and took the test. That book isn't great, there are a lot of typos and some wrong answers in the practice test, but it gave me a broad overview of the competencies and terms I didn't know. Then I went to the online classes that Texas Teachers offers, and watched the majority of the Special Education for Special Educators class, and the Special Education class. About a week before the test I did the Special Education TExES Review online class (located in the SPED for SP Educators class, last module), then I watched the review again the morning of the test. Its only an hour and a half long, and it covers pretty much everything!

Testing Strategy

The test was what I expected, it was only "hard" because the questions are unexpected. Multiple questions about Aspergers (which I hardly studied, I read much more about autism!). Make sure you know your important laws, and know the terms and what they mean! Understand and remember the processes for all the important steps a SPED teacher has to know and who is involved- ARD committee, transition planning, IEP process, FBA and BIP, how a parent gets info on their child being assessed. There was a question about a "switch" and what kind of student would use one, and I had no idea what that was. The math stuff was easy (hardly any actual math questions, mostly situational teaching math questions). Make sure you know all the stages for spelling, reading, phonemic awareness, etc. LOTS of questions on beginning readers/writers and just know your terms and meanings! Prepare for the ELAR section by reading an EC-4 ELAR prep book - that helped me them most for that section. I also took the EC-6 Generalist test, and all the ELAR stuff from studying for that test was immensely helpful for the SPED test. Really, so much of the test is situational because they are testing your knowledge and how you apply it to real life situations. I passed with a 263 on my first try, and I didn't know anything about special education a month before the test!

Strategy 152

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THE CERTIFYTEACHER.COM PROGRAM IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!! It was an amazing program and no doubt it got me ready to pass the exam. I studied for a week for a couple of hours a day and knocked the test outta the park. I would highly reccomend this program.

Testing Strategy

The test was much easier than I thought it would be, the certify teacher software really had me prepared. Be ready for the tpyical TEXES test format, you can almost always eliminate two answer choices right from the start and its down between the last two. Questions like that are tricky because the two answers that are left and very similar answer choices. Math was really simple, don't waste you time studying on math. Really study ELA/ reading, materials (phonics, phomes, etc....) Know the laws associated with sped (ARD'S, 504, NCLB, ADA, IDEA, etc.....) Know about all elements of MR,Autism, and all the different types of disabilites. hope this helps!!!

Strategy 153

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I downloaded the study study material from the TEA website in addition to purchasing and downloading the study material from the ETS website. I thought I was motoring along pretty while taking the ETS study test. Then, I got to the TEA sample test and got worried. On the TEA sample test, there are many more reading based theory based questions. Frankly, I started studying just a few days before the actual test.

Testing Strategy

Summer 2012: The test was much more difficult than I anticipated. I think it was more difficult than the Generalist 4-8. It was very heavy on the reading theory based questions ~ VERY. Not many math questions. However, as a sidenote, I could not find a math formula reference page on this test. Tricky questions, so make sure you read carefully when you got down to your last 2 possible answers. Several questions asking specific legalese numbers on laws. Ugh. The test took 4 hrs and 45 min, which including reviewing questions that I had to go back and answer.

Strategy 154

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I went to the library on campus and checked out tons of books about the Special Education process. The books by Roger Pierangelo are good to read! I also used the study materials online from the ETS website.

Testing Strategy

The test is long. It took me about 3 and a half hours. Take your time! I would definitely suggest taking breaks to clear your mind. You can narrow down answer choices to two, and from there make the best choice based on "child centered environment". Good luck!

Strategy 155

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I downloaded and bought the study guide "Secrets on How to Pass the Special Education 161 EC-12. I read over page by page and paid special attention on the practice test and the answers.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than I expected. Make sure you read the question at least twice. There are correct answers but that does not mean it is the correct answer. Study the practice test and go to the library and read resources about Special Education. Manage your time. If you finish early, do not leave, take advantage and go over the test again. I did that and I noticed that two questions had the wrong answer, so I corrected them and I passed!

Strategy 156

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Know about the laws pertaining to Special Education students. Really study ARD information. There were a lot of questions about "what if" situations and "what would you do" as a Special Education teacher.

Testing Strategy

It was hard for me because I heard that it was a breeze and didn't study like I should have. However, if you study from www.texes.ets.org, you should do fine. I took a break, went to the bathroom and prayed to gather myself. I passed!

Strategy 157

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I studied using the official review material and sample questions.

Testing Strategy

The test was not what I expected. You should read the questions very carefully. Look through the answers and read the questions again. It will help in the elimination process. Answer the question keeping in mind the Least Restrictive Environment.

Strategy 158

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Study Strategy

I went over the state's study guide, and then used Wikipedia to look up the terms I didn't know.

Testing Strategy

Harder than I expected, but not too bad. Lots on laws and ARD committees. As long as you feel prepared walking in, you should be fine.

Strategy 159

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I bought the XAM study book and downloaded the free study materials from the TExES website. The XAM study book was well worth $70 because it gave definitive answers and information for all the domains and competencies (for example, listing the specific statutes associated with Special Needs, etc.). However, try to stay away from the practice test in the back of the XAM book. I failed it the night before the test and panicked, but it was entirely different from the actual exam. Just use it for the information. Another surprising resource was the Texas Teacher's online course for Special Education. If you haven't taken it, do so, and if you have, review it because almost all of that information is in the test. I took about 5 weeks to study, in small increments every day (e.g. an hour or less) because of my schedule.

Testing Strategy

First, take the test on the computer. I took my test on a Saturday and had my results on Tuesday which saved me having to agonize a month. Second, the test is not as hard as I thought it would be. As others here have said, have an understanding of the domains, even if you don't have all of the information, and think of those when answering the questions. You have five hours, but it only took me one hour to finish. Study, get some sleep, and get there early. If you take the test by computer, some of the testing centers will let you start before the 9 am time.

Strategy 160

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used Certify Texas and The Special Educator's Survival Guide by Roger Pierangelo. I studied for months for this exam. Do not buy the resource Certify Texas because it contains advanced math that was totally unnecessary. Also, I memorized many terms and scenarios that were not remotely useful. The free state guide was very useful. Although I do recommend The Special Educator's Survival Guide for future use, I don't recommend it as a study tool for the TExES exam.

Testing Strategy

I relied on my background heavily (my degree is in Psychology) and passed by quite a bit, even though I was certain I failed. The first time I went through the test, I skipped the first ten questions in a complete panic. Don't panic! You can miss many questions. Brush up on characteristics of common disabilities and psychology theorists. Take your time and don't be afraid to mark questions to review at the end.

Strategy 161

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I bought the online exam prep from certifyteacher.com ($55). It was good as far as preparing you for the test format, and you can take practice tests, but the only part I really look at were the online flash cards for vocabulary. I actually found it harder than the actual test. I have a degree in Child Development, so I was able to us a lot of knowledge from that.

Testing Strategy

There were quite a few questions on theorists (Piaget, Vygotsky, etc.) and on disorders (autism, ADHD, Aspergers, etc.) so I would study that if you are not familiar with it. Some answers can be eliminated quickly once you determine specifically what the question is looking for. Many of the questions were very wordy so don't let that bother you!

Strategy 162

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Reviewed out of state Praxis Spec. Ed. book and got online review 240 tutoring as a brush up. Studied for a month, 3 days a week for 2-3 hrs. Protest to see your weak areas and I did a review the day before of looking at question and then the right answer.

Testing Strategy

I passed and was happy as I flew in from out of state and took this exam followed by Generalist 4-8 the next day. It helped having previous coursework in Special Education. Get familiar with terminology and you will do great

Strategy 163

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I used the Texas Teachers online course, the study guide on the ETS site, and the IEP for Parents book from the library. I would also study ELA for EC-6. There were a lot of questions on there that were almost exactly the same as the EC-6 generalist test I took last month.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than I expected. Not because of the content, but because of the wording of the questions. By the end of the test it felt like my brain was going to explode. Every question reads like this..."In an educational environment where 10 students require IEPs to ensure FAPE as outlined in IDEA 1997 that was revised in 2004 with consideration of NCLB, what should you review after completing RTI or when planning for FBA and BIP and what considerations should the ARD committee make after reviewing the PBS and EHA from 1978 and inline with the concept of LRE?"SOOOO many acronyms and weirdly worded sentences. Just take your time and think about what is best for the students in a perfect world. Also, be sure to review EC-6 language arts if it has been awhile. Be sure to know phonemic awareness. There were many 7 questions in this area. I had one problem based math question and the others were just about the methods of teaching math. Most questions are situational, which are very hard to study for.When I left the test, I was 100% sure I did not pass this test, but I got my score today and passed with a 289...whew!

Strategy 164

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

The only study material that I used was the Texas Teachers training material and the Texes Study Guide. I studied for the test about 2 days prior to taking it.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than I anticipated but I passed the first time. My best advice is to review the laws, specific disabilities (mentioned during the online training), take your time, use the process of elimination, & look to see if you can find other questions that are similar to ones that you have already answered.

Strategy 165

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the state preparation manual and outside material for the test. They were equally useful and helpful by using different scenarios and questions.

Testing Strategy

I had no expectations which actually played in my favor. My "trick" was to go through answering the questions I was 100% sure of. If I spent more than 15 seconds on it I moved on. Then answered the ones I could narrow down to 50/50 and so on. Good luck!

Strategy 166

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

For Special Education one should read P.Kindergarten- 6th grade teaching methodology of English and Math.For Professional Responsibility and ARD Disability etc read online sources.

Testing Strategy

Read all the questions carefully.Don't be fool in tricks.Go slow you have enough time.If need take break and drinks.It mainly to use common sense. Good Luck! Rafee R

Strategy 167

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I made my study guide from the online community, I also use SBC wweb site.

Testing Strategy

The two hardest sections were 8 and 9, I have been told if you can't pass these two sections you are wasting your money. I have taken the test 8 times and continue to fail by 10 points are less. I need some assistance with passing is there any one that may beable to tell me something that may be beneficial before I take the test next month. Thanks in advance.

Strategy 168

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I used xamonline SPED EC -12 161 guide. It has a 125 questions and explainations. The book goes for about $60. I also bought Practice test 1 and 2 which has 60 questions each. These go for about $15 each. I also read a text called Special Education Contemporary Perspectives for School Professionals by Marilyn Friend. It is from 2004 but excellent resource. I also have about 2 months of subbing practicle experience in variety of SPED classes. This really helped me understand lot of stuff in the books. I passed the test 251 out of 300.

Testing Strategy

Concentrate on Promoting Student Learning and Development, Promoting Student Achievement in ELA/RDG/Math, and Foundations and Prof. Roles and Responsibilities. I only had few questions related directly to IDEA laws. Good luck.

Strategy 169

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the online, free state materials and one e-book that was listed as a resourced on Texas Teachers. I took the practice test (Texes) many times and used that to guide my study. I also used to Special Education module through Texas Teachers. Don't forgot it's there!! I really wouldn't change anything about how I studied.

Testing Strategy

I stuided for a total of about 20 hours spread out over a week or so. The test was about what I expected. The Texes practice test is a geat representation of what will be on the test. Only 3 math questions on mine. You will do fine! I prayed a lot, too. :)

Strategy 170

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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XAMOnline.com, and the Texas Teachers review. Took the test 10/20/2012. I would suggest getting a text that covers working with special ed. students to get a whole and complete understanding of the classroom strategies.

Testing Strategy

The test was harder than expected. Know the law surrounding special ed, and reading and math strategies, as well as specfics of the disabilities as you provide them to the student. I felt I was prepared, but after taking the test, I am not sure. The way the questions are worded is tricky. I will see if I passed. Good Luck.

Strategy 171

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I studied many, many, questions. Online questions, questions from the TEXES study guide, as many as possible. I studied Certify Teach software, made sure I knew everything about ARDs and a general idea about IEPs. I studied constantly about special education laws. I tried to get an idea of as many common disabilities. I studied math, however, there were only scenarios regarding math. There were hardly any questions about laws for my exam. 95% of my questions were situations and scenarios. I probably would not have studied differently because I was prepared; thanks to this online community. I looked over everyone's suggestions a lot also to prepare for this exam.

Testing Strategy

This test was not necessairly easier than I expected. It was just different than I expected. Do not take the scenarios/situations for granted. Take your time and read carefully. Try to look over as many questions regarding special education as you can. As we all know, most of the time, it's really not a good idea to change your answer. Try to go over your information regularly. Also, even though I did not have many law questions if at all, I would study them constantly as I did. There are many variations and most of the online community saw a lot of law questions on their exams. Do not take a chance to walk in without hardly studying. Be prepared and you'll be fine with a passing score also!!:)

Strategy 172

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the examonline book to study from and then I went to certify teacher and quizlet and practiced the test questions.

Testing Strategy

The test was about as hard as I thought it was going to be. I finished in 2 hours and wound up with a 274. During the test I used scrap paper to organize my answers ( which were completely wrong and what 2 were possible answers). My secret was practice tests.

Strategy 173

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I used the optional EC-12 Special Ed module from the TTO website and T-Cert. I did not use any outside source. In hindsite, I would use an outside source but I do not know which one is best. Really concentrate on the BEST answer in a PERFECT world.

Testing Strategy

The test took me 4 hours and was WAY different than I expected. In reading the forums, I had expected several questions on the 13 disabilities and laws for Special Ed. I had not expected many questions on Math. I did expect lots of situational questions proportioned between elementary, middle school, and high school. rnrnWhat I got was 10 math questions, 1 question on the 13 disabilities, a couple of questions on the laws, and about 5 situational questions on the middle and high school levels. The vast majority of my test was situational at the kindergarten and early elementary school level. VERY different than I expected. I passed with a 244 and was elated, as I did not feel good about it when I walked out. I opinion is that I passed based on studying the TTO optional SPED module. Concentrate hard on the BEST answer in a PERFECT world and you should do fine. By the way, all the students I was assigned to last year, moved to the next grade level, so it is rewarding.

Strategy 174

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Most helpful for me was reading all the posts on this page. The suggestion for quizlet.com were the absolute best. The quizzing of terms helped me become more familiar with the different acronyms. Also, the suggestion to take sample tests from other states was great. Since Special Education is mandated by federal laws, the terms across the states are consistent. I just googled "free practice tests special education" and found the state pages. I didn't purchase anything to study. I think the two Spec Ed modules on Texas Teachers were very helpful.

Testing Strategy

The most challenging about this test is that there really is just one BEST answer. For example, if I could go back and study, I would make a matrix with grade level, disorder/disability, and subject. Then study how would I differentiate a lesson for different scenarios. For example, how would I help a fifth grader with an unspecified learning disorder (yep, they really say that!) who is having difficulty with reading comprehension. Also, I can't stress enough how important phonics and reading are on this test! If I could go back, I would probably read study material for EC-ELA just for the information. No tricks or hints. Just be prepared for almost ALL scenario questions. Out of 135 questions, I'd guess that 100 were scenarios. So, memorizing all the terms didn't matter too much on the test. I passed the first time with a 279, I didn't know if I passed, though because the scenarios want the BEST answer. The BEST means evidence based on data, which I didn't study!

Strategy 175

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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I took the pretest offered in the preparation manual. I reviewed the areas of the answers I got wrong on the pretest. I studied for about 4 days an 1 hr or so each day...basically brushing up on the material I struggled with.

Testing Strategy

The test was ok. It was not hard, but was long. I was done in 4 hours. Be sure to mark what you are unsure of and then go back at the end. Your brain seems to be clearer when you go back. I received my score the next day. I got a 265!

Strategy 176

Submitted by Texas Teachers

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Studied terms on Quizlet.com. There are a lot of great study options, including flash cards, tests, etc on Quizlet and it is free. Used both of the State Study guides (Regular and Supplemental). Also used Texes Special Ed Study Guide EC-12 and Supplement by Sharon Wynne. These books have a lot of typos but the practice tests helped a lot and there is a lot of good info. Financially I was unable to purchase books and the only ones available I could find at the library were the ones by Sharon Wynne. You can also go on xamonline.com to purchase an online practice test for $14.99. You have to know all of the vocabulary extremely well. Focus on every detail of the IEP process, all processes of reading (phonemes, morphemes, syntax, etc.). Become one with all of the materials. Know the Educational Psychologists - Skinner, Piaget, etc, and what each was known for. Study exceptions to the IEP process. Such as, a principal pulls a study from a regular ed class and brings them to your class and lets you know they will now be in your class permanently - what is the process if this happens. What happens if a parent disagrees with the IEP?

Testing Strategy

I read through a lot of the comments from the previous test takers on this site. I have always been an excellent test taker, so I disagree with any of the posts that say this test is easy. It is the toughest test I have ever taken but it was only harder because I did not expect the entire test to be all scenario based. It took me 4 and 1/2 hours to finish and I would have used the extra 30 minutes but I hit a wall and could not process any more. If you do not know the material thoroughly then you cannot even begin to guess on the scenarios. There are always two questions that are the best answers. I never answered any of the questions feeling I absolutely knew my answer was the best choice. The best advice on this board for me was to go with your first gut instinct. The only certainty about this test when I left the testing center was that I had failed. Took the test on Saturday and my scores were available Tuesday morning. I was so incredibly and happily surprised when I found out I had indeed passed with a 262. You can do this!!! Find uninterrupted study time, read and take those practice tests and pray that this is the place you are supposed to be. If it is then it will happen for you. I wish you all well!

Strategy 177

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

Take the sample test on the TEA website. Review the ec-4 ELA/reading test as well as the Special Ed. test. Be sure to know IDEA 2004 and the numbers of the various laws and amendments. Know the different kinds of disabilities. Also, ETS has an interactive video on how to take computer assessment. This will help you become familiar on how to navigate the test.

Testing Strategy

Arrive early to the testing center to avoid being running late and being stressed. Be prepared. The test was a little harder than I expected. Math questions were not hard. A calculator was provided but I did not need it. Mark answers you would like to review and at the end of test go back and review. I didn't change very many answers. I went with my first instinct. I finished the test in two and a half hours. But you have five hours to take the test, which should be plenty of time. I received a score of 275. I was very impressed with the timeliness of reviving my scores. I took the test the morning of July 3rd. ETS closed early on the third for the holiday and did not open until July 8th. I received my results by 9:02 that morning. Good luck.

Strategy 178

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the special education online training that Texas Teachers offered. I also used the TEXES Special Education ec-12 161 practice test 1 and 2 which really helped me get familiar with the wording of the questions.

Testing Strategy

I took the test yesterday and got my results back today; I passed with a 250. It is important that you know the laws (IDEA, 504, FAPE, etc). You should also be familiar with the ARD because there were several questions about the ARD. You need to be familiar with the FBA, BIP, etc. Know morphemes, phonemes, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, etc because there are a bunch of ELA questions on the test. Basically, what I did was eliminate the two answers I knew were wrong and choose the answer that would be best for the situation. Make sure to study Autism because that came up a lot on the test I took. Most of the questions are situational questions. Study, take your time,and you should do just fine!!!

Strategy 179

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

rule, utilize this online study community to streamline your study effort. Make POSITIVELY CERTAIN you study all the vocabulary you can find related to the test (normally between 175 and 200 words, concepts, and laws). I was desperate and paid for the certify teacher online access early. It was good material to start, but I could have passed and saved the money. All 175 vocabulary terms that were provided on certify teacher was also provided on a website I found called quizlet.com. The certify teacher material was a good start for the way that the test questions are worded, but the test questions eventually become repetitive. Also, I made sure I understood the practical use and followed the state study guide material very closely. Be sure to understand the percent of questions that will come from different the Domains of test. Go over any practice test materials online and be sure that you can identify which Domain a particular question may originate from, then determine if you need further clarification on a particular topic or subject area. When in doubt or unclear,.......GOOGLE!!!! Again, KNOW YOUR VOCABULARY! It is important to know the vocabulary for questions on the test when you have absolutely no idea what the answer is. Knowing your vocabulary will help you eliminate completely wrong answers.

Testing Strategy

Let me preface by stating that I studied diligently for about 45 minutes a day for about 2 months. My score was a 262. I had no prior knowledge or background for anything related to taking this test. The test was about what I expected. The only time that I semi-panicked during the test was when I would run across the questions that were used as sample questions mixed into the test. Several of those questions I had no background knowledge for, and it is not always clear if they are graded questions for your results. Immediately eliminate 2 bad answers from each test question. Be sure to study early childhood learning for reading AND math. These questions will be gimmies on the test when identified. Don't waste you time studying actual math questions, I maybe had 4 clustered questions total. But, be sure you do study how to TEACH math concepts. Be sure to understand the differences in the ARD process for non English speaking parents and students. Be prepared to sit for 3-4 hours to take the test. While taking the test, be sure to mark answers that you are unsure of for later review. Don't panic when you run across 5 or 6 questions in a row on the test that you have no idea what to answer. Just use your process of elimination, vocabulary and context, and be sure to reread the questions. Be sure to understand what AGE student the question is asking about. Often that makes a difference in the correct answer for particular questions. The best advice for the test is to RELAX if you truly studied, and remember that the test is SCALED so don't get discouraged if you get a tougher group of questions. GOOD LUCK!

Strategy 180

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used certifyteacher.com and the Special Education section on the Texas Teacher's website. Certify Teacher allows you to take full-length multiple practice exams which was a great way to prepare for the real exam.

Testing Strategy

The exam was harder than I expected. It was more scenario based so just remembering Least Restrictive Environment and Student Centered Learning, when trying to answer questions. Also, Phonics/Phonemic Awareness are big things. I remember walking away from the test feeling neutral. I didn't feel like I bombed it, but I didn't feel like I aced it. Surprisingly I ended up passing with a score higher than I expected so I guess you never know.

Strategy 181

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I bought the $80 Xamguide from Barnes and Noble. I practiced understanding exactly how the questions would be worded by using practice tests.

Testing Strategy

The biggest benefit was writing not which answers I knew were not correct. I would narrow it down one by one and then chose the best answer. I did this by writing on the scratch sheet of paper. The test is extremely long! Take your time but don't spend too much time on any questions or you'll be dying by the end. Be sure to mark answers your unsure about. Many questions help you with previous ones you may have been unsure about. Almost all the test is situational other than a little bit of math. As everyone says study IEP and ARD the most. Also know about each disorder and what characterizes them. I honestly think if you understand how to narrow down answers and really tear apart the questions to find exactly what they are asking you could probably pass with barely studying. I studied over three days about three hours each day. Relax and really analyze the questions and you'll pass. I am usually a horrible test taker and easily passed this test. I got very discouraged by everyone else saying it was really hard. It's not, it's tricky but not hard. Prayer is what got me through the anxiety of the test.

Strategy 182

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied the certify teacher software, REA on-line study, and quizlet.com I also took XAM online free tests along with every free online test I could google. I started studying 2 months prior to my test because I had no knowledge in the classroom due to the fact I am a PE para so I had to start from scratch.

Testing Strategy

I took my test April 19,2014 and passed with a score of 257 on my second try. The first time I failed with a 218 which I needed a 240 to pass. I would recommend to focus on your weak areas. I used quizlet ELA to get a better understanding of those areas which also count for 33% each of the test.

Strategy 183

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used REA's study guide and felt like it was helpful, although the actual test was much trickier than their practice tests. I didn't study as much/as long as I did for the EC- Generalist because I have a lot of background in special education. If you have some background knowledge, it will be easy breezy! If you are starting from scratch, I recommend researching different types of disorders ( ADD/ADHD/ Austism Spectrum/ MHMR/ etc.)

Testing Strategy

There were a lot more questions about teaching math than I anticipated. Make sure you study basic math concepts and best ways to teach them. There were some terms I wasn't sure about but I could figure it out logically by looking at the answers. Always pick the answer that involves as much student involvement as possible ( LRE/ as minimal aids as possible). I marked a lot of questions when I went through the first time so that I could get to all of the ones I was sure of. I took a little break and then went back to double check the questions I had marked and felt much more clear headed. I finished in about two hours and passed with a score of 284.

Strategy 184

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Study Strategy

I picked up the REA TExES study guide at Barnes & Noble. For thirty bucks, it was well worth it. The guide comes with on-line practice tests and diagnostics to help pinpoint areas of weakness. This, along with some online (and free) study guides/flash cards, helped me a lot. I studied for about two months, about an hour a day, before the test.

Testing Strategy

Everything I heard about the test was true. ELA/reading were huge- math was marginal. I came to the SPED community from a history/poli sci background, this was all new learning for me. I took the test in two hours and walked away feeling uneasy about it. I scored a 270, though, and was very happy with that. Know lifespan development, strategies for teaching reading, and IDEA. Think student-centered response and endless budget and this will lead you to the right, if not seemingly ridiculous, answer.

Strategy 185

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Study Strategy

I used the material listed with Texas Teachers, Certify teacher software mostly for vocabulary, and a little of an online review from Region 10. I strongly based my reviews off comments and suggestions listed here.

Testing Strategy

The test was quite different than what I expected. I mostly studied material listed here and from the Texas Teachers texes special education review. My advice would be to be really prepared and study everything and keep in mind there are several versions of the test. The one I took had about 10 math problems and most of them were much harder than the questions on the ets manual (including the 70? one I paid for) There were also a good bit of questions about how to teach math. I came across some terms I was unfamiliar with such as double and double end. Most of the information from the review was not covered for example there was a behavioral theory question on the theorists about modeling but Bandura was not one of the choices, but someone named Dewey was. Contractures wasn't mentioned, nor was ADD/ADHD, stages of development, and reading approaches. There were several very specific detailed questions about the IFSP, like the number law and section and questions about why it was important for families to be included. These were not possible to sufficiently answer if you just knew the law and had a general understanding of it and what it was. I also recall several questions about receptive disorder. Be sure to know all the English terms-syntax, morephomes,etc and be able to tell the difference between consonant blends and consonant digraphs. I was asked about IDEA 1990 and 1997, but not 2004 as well as very detailed specific questions about the ARD process from IDEA, but only situations that would rarely occur as well as steps about pre-referral and pre interventions. I was also given the odd question about the CEC, Council for Educational Excellence. I haven't received my official results back yet, but there were just too many questions I wasn't sure of and had to guess so I am sure I didn't pass. My advice again is to study Everything very thoroughly and remember there are several different versions of the test.

Strategy 186

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Study Strategy

The study materials that I used consisted of, Sharon Wynne's texes 161 xamonline book and the two practice text. I also used the flashcards on quizlet.com. Taking the practice test in the xamonline book helped me to create my study plan sheet. After completing the book, I recorded my notes and listened to it during down time. I printed the flashcards on quizlet and also read over those during any free time. Towards the end, I had purchased and taken the two xamonline practice test and really focused on how to answer the questions.

Testing Strategy

This was a CAT and all the mouse clicking was getting to me! Any whom, you can almost, always eliminate two absolute wrong answer choices.the other two remaining will seem like the correct answer, but one is best! Focus on the student centered response. The test was 5 hours and I used 4.5, as I paid my money for the time! I went over every single question, because reading the questions again after completing the test may help you! I passed this test on the first try and overall, the test wasn't as hard as I thought, but some of the questions were absolutely hard! I received a lot of questions about teaching certain age groups with certain disabilities. I only had like 3 questions geared towards math and the bulk were ELA! I'm not a good test taker, but my study efforts paid off! Score:255

Strategy 187

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First, I read a lot from this site. I went online and took practice tests from TEA and wherever there was an online practice. I went over the flashcards on quizlet. No memorization for me, just hoped recognition would work. I also started studying other state tests. It was surpising how the people to study were different in other states. Familiar but different. A week before the test I went to the library and checked out Praxis Study Guide by Sharon Wynne. It was mostly a review of all previous stuff but actually answered some questions I did not know. I stopped all studying two days before the test.

Testing Strategy

I started teaching special ed this school year, so I was thrown into all new stuff with IEPs, ARDs, LSSPs, and all the legal stuff. I had heard that no one passes the test the first time and it was really hard. I was nervous. The test had 135 questions, but probably 10 were non-graded questions. There was hardly a mention about famous people. There was hardly a mention about specific bills passed other than NCLB and IDEA. Most were situations. I finished in two hours. As I was taking the test, I felt that it was pretty easy, which worried me! I think my experience gave me the answers to most questions. The Praxis Study Guide would have been a help if I was clueless. Many educational service centers offer a 1-2 day class on IEPs and ARDs. That was very helpful because they taught me how to write an IEP, which was on the test A LOT. Someone told me to think of the world as being a perfect place in every situation, so I did. I passed with a 275.

Strategy 188

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This is the 1st subject that I became highly qualified in, it took two chances to pass. First time I failed by 6 points, what I did wrong was not prepare the right way. I kinda "assumed" I could wing it or figure it out. I did spend about 10-15 hours studying for this test and I made note cards from Quizlet.com. The only problem with that is you have a lot of random terms that you study but you don't know how the puzzle fits together. Spend the money, rent a Praxis or Texes study guide and study until you are able to pass the practice tests.

Testing Strategy

The second time I took this test it was easy breezy. Study the Special Education laws, spend extra time on IDEA and each category of it, especially Autism (know all the conditions similiar to it like Aspergers). For this test study hard but don't worry it's not that bad.

Strategy 189

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Study Strategy

I mostly used certifyteacher.com's software for the ec-12 sped test. I made a few flashcards from quizlet but most of my studying (99%) was from the software. I found the software to almost mirror the actual test in many areas. I really buckled down and studied one week before. I studied for a couple of hours a night from Monday-Wednesday and then probably put in a good 4 hours on Thursday in all. I took the test on Friday, Oct. 13 and received my passing score of 262 on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Testing Strategy

It was a lot easier than I expected. Like others have said here, think endless budget, student-centered, and you will do more than fine on this test. I have taken the ec-4 generalist, ec-4 PPR, esl supplemental and now this test. My highest score came on the PPR but this test came very close to that.

Strategy 190

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Study Strategy

I studied for the exam, by going to my local Barnes and Noble and looking through the REA book, it had a lot of useful information and covered everything very thoroughly. I also went on quizlet and found a very extensive study set of flashcards, which I printed out and went over about once or twice a week.

Testing Strategy

The test was easy peazy, I was very worried that it would ask extremely in depth questions about certain subjects that I didn't know... turns out I psyched myself out; what I thought I needed to know was way more than a 1st year teacher would ever be expected to or required to know.

Strategy 191

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Study Strategy

First, I am a teacher and have been for several years. I have been involved in MANY ARD'S and have a good idea how they work. Now with that said I went to Barnes and Noble and bought the exam pro study guide and used the free one on SBEC website.

Testing Strategy

This test is LONG!!!! Take breaks and do some exercises to get the blood flowing. It is as hard as they say it is. you will be able to narrow it down to 2 correct answer but those 2 are going to be REALLY close. I studied for about 2 hours a night 3 days before the exam. Passed with a 265. Good Luck!!

Strategy 192

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Study Strategy

I studied using the Certify Teacher program, Quizlet flash cards, REA SPED EC-12 Book/practice exams and completing the Texas Teachers SPED modules. The combination of all of these materials and studying at least 2 hours during the week for 8 weeks before testing made me feel confident about taking and passing the exam. I did a mini quizlet refresh my memory review of ELA terms in the car before going in to take the exam. I would study the same way because the end result is worth it!

Testing Strategy

The exam requires a lot of concentration because a majority of the exam is scenario based. Read the questions several times before answering. There are always two answers for a question that are completely untrue, then two very similar. Read the question again and apply critical thinking skills when choosing your answer. The certify teacher program has very difficult math problems, but on the exam there were maybe 5 basic math problems, however there was a substantial amount of teaching math and ELA questions. I would say use quizlet flash cards to memorize ELA terms, it was a huge part of the exam. Take a break or do some office chair stretches to relieve anxiety or tension, just relax and focus and you will pass! That is what I did, and I passed on my first attempt!

Strategy 193

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Study Strategy

I ordered a used SPED study guide from Half Price books: XAM TExES Special Education EC-12, 161. It is huge, about 500 pages. Extremely thorough. I studied, took notes, took the practice test over and over. I also went ahead and completed the Texas Teachers SPED for the SPED Teacher class and it was extremely helpful. I studied everyday for 6-8 weeks, 1-2 hours daily. I stopped studying 2 days before. I reviewed 2 small areas of concern for me the morning of.

Testing Strategy

I used the strategies in my study guide: went through all the ones I knew, marked the ones I was unsure of but answered initially, and went back to the marked ones. I marked "b" for the ones I just couldn't figure out, didn't change unless I would bet $5. I finished in an hour and a half. Got my score in 3 days, did very well the first time passing with a 279. I found the key is to use the themes the SPED class tells you at the end: LRE, independence, best outcome, and memorizing the words and underlying meaning of all the laws. I was able to understand exactly what the purpose of the question was. They're almost all conceptual.

Strategy 194

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Study Strategy

I used REA study guide and also Sharon Wynne. Both guides were great study material although Wynne's book had lots of typos but very detailed filled with much needed information. I also use online free practice test site-www.quizlet.com. Very resourceful site.

Testing Strategy

When I began the test, I was thinking OMG I do not know the answers but as I got halfway through the test it became easier. I finished in about 3 hours which allowed 2 hours to go back and re read each question and be able to review the entire test helped so much and everything seemed so much clearer. I followed the recommended study guide in REA guide and dedicated 45 minutes to 1 hour each day and I passed on first attempt with 254. Thinking about taking it over to improve scores because I know I can do better than that. Just relax and you will do fine! Enjoy your teaching career!

Strategy 195

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Study Strategy

I used the Texes book (blue and white) and I'm sure every practice test I could find on google. Towards the last few days, I even took tests from different states to see if I could pass them. I was ranging between 80-95% on the practice exams and honestly I was confident that I would pass regardless of how close my score was to 300. This test is so random, I don't really know how I could have studied differently or even be more prepared. I honestly studied up until the last minute despite people saying "stop practicing a couple days before".

Testing Strategy

I probably talked to about seven people who have passed the test. 6 out of 7 said it was easy, so of course I thought it was going to be a piece of cake. WRONG! It was so hard and had a lot of things on there that I barely studied or even read about in the book. Luckily, my mother is a SPED teacher for 36 years and I just thought about how she would answer a majority of the situational questions. I really suggest, if you have time, to sub/sit in/talk to SPED teachers and their classes. It makes the test and the situations a lot easier to understand and analyze if you have experienced it first hand. Even with the environment I took the test in (A/C went out half way through, this guy kept cracking his knuckles and a light bulb was out on the light above my seat)I still was able to pass with a 256 (85%) which is good enough for me! Just get some rest and study on specific types of autism (asperger's was a heavy topic on my test), specific laws and MATH (my forte is english but thank goodness I passed that section).

Strategy 196

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Study Strategy

I used the XAM Special Education EC - 12 study guide. This guide was partially helpful. The practice test in the back of the book was 30% situational based questions and the test is about 90% situational based. I typed "Free Special Education practice test" in google and a couple of free tests were available. I found a practice test from the state of Washington which was REALLY helpful. This test was 100% situational based questions. I used quizlet to formulate a list of special education terms/acro's.(FAPE,ADHD/ADD, IDEA 1997, IDEA 2004, Autism, LSSP, ARD, receptive language disorder, CBT, etc...)

Testing Strategy

The test was exactly what I expected. Please focus more on sections (II & III) of the Special Education 161 exam there are 40 questions a per section which counts for about 80 questions out of the total 120 graded out of 135 total questions. I did not pass on the first attempt, but passed on the second try. Like others have mentioned think Least Restrictive Environment and student centered responses. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY AND YOU WILL PASS! GOOD LUCK!!

Strategy 197

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Study Strategy

I used the Texas Teachers and TEXES Prep Manual. I studied for about 3 week a couple of hours a night. I could have studied more and used more resources.

Testing Strategy

The test was LONG, more than I expected. It was very classroom/scenario based. Lots of math, strategies how to teach it and then problems. I didn't leave feeling very confident I had passed, but I passed in my first attempt with a 252. I recommend study as much as you can, familiarize yourself with the laws, child development, and behavior plan info.

Strategy 198

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Study Strategy

I used REA online practice test and read the book about 3 times all together. I also used quiz let to make flash cards. I studied for a month about an hour or 2 a day. When it was the week of the test I studied a lot more. I didn't look at any materials the day of the test.

Testing Strategy

This test was by far the hardest test of my life. I've never studied for anything as hard as I did. During the test i didn't even feel like i got one question right. I was so discouraged, but i just pushed through it and never gave up. Took me 4 hours and almost every question I could eliminate two choices to help me. Make sure you know how to teach English and math because that is the whole test. I'm happy to say that I passed. If you study and know the material, you be fine. Good luck!!!

Strategy 199

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Study Strategy

I used a variety of study aides. Quizlet online and on my phone app provided a useful amount of testing on the terms. I used the practice test provided by the ETS website as well. I retrieved and maintained most of my information from www.Certifyteacher.com by downloading the program. The practice test and study mode seemed to be the most helpful in my situation. I would start with the terms and all of the laws by drilling, then use the Certify teacher software to approach the scenarios until I could pass the practice test at 300 comfortably days before the test.

Testing Strategy

I took the test 3 times. 238, 234 and 246 respectively. I think the last test I really drilled on the practice test by re-reading the answers and explanations. I substituted a lot on many levels of Special Education. All of the teachers simply said the test is a perfect environment which as a teacher you will never see. Read the question and exclude two first and then deduct from the final two which one really provides the best answer.

Strategy 200

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Study Strategy

I used the Texes EC-12 study guide. I took the practice tests until I passed.

Testing Strategy

I studied for about a month before the test. I was nervous but prepared! I passed the test the first time with a 259. I had 30 questions on how to teach math as well as 5 math problems. I did not have very many questions on the laws. Like others have said, think LRE and a perfect world! Good luck!

Strategy 201

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Study Strategy

I studied practice questions using certifyteacher.com. I also used quizlet for vocabulary. My advice is do as many practice questions as possible. 240tutoring.com is also a good source of practice questions. Both cost money however.

Testing Strategy

Take your time. Read each question twice or as many times is needed. You have 5 hours. Take advantage of all 5 hours.

Strategy 202

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Study Strategy

I highly recommend doing the Special Education Teachers module here on Texas Teachers - it was a great resource and helped me feel well prepared for all sections except Domain III, competencies 8 & 9, teaching English Language Arts/Reading/Math. I checked out several resources from the library that focused on these topics, the most helpful of which was: Curriculum, Assessments, and Instruction by Bigge. There are two chapters on ELA and one on Math which were great for concepts and context. What iced it for me was biting the bullet and paying the $55 for certifyteacher.com. Going through all 160-odd ELA and Math questions really got me comfortable with the variety of what could be asked. I really appreciated the opportunity to sit down and take a full 120 question test to understand what it would be like. I also appreciated walking through the flashcards as well. I used the resources provided by the TExES prep manual, which I highly recommend, but it definitely is insufficient on its own. I used T-CERT, which, by the time I got there, I knew most of the information (from the Texas Teachers module). I studied for 5 weeks, averaging 15 - 20 hours per week.

Testing Strategy

As I worked through the 120 question test at home in just over two hours (recognizing at that point, I had seen all of the ELA/Math questions and several of the others were repeats), it was a bit of a surprise to have taken a full 4.5 hours to complete the test. I found it helped me tremendously to write out the key words of the question and the answer choices on my scratch paper to work through the details in my mind. I had time to go back and check the ones I marked, and I think I changed one, but it was reassuring to have the time to go back. If you have adequately prepared, I think you will find the test more long than hard. It definitely is primarily application questions, so you must understand the concepts of each domain and competency well enough to apply them, and I thought the questions on certifyteacher.com were very helpful in practicing application, as well as their description of the whys behind each correct answer. I got a 277, and that echoed how I felt coming out of the test - which was that I had an informed opinion on almost all of the questions and felt pretty good about how well I did. I took the test on a Friday, and found out my scored early afternoon the following Tuesday. This was my first test of this type to take.!

Strategy 203

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Study Strategy

I studied for about a month and a half. The first two weeks I read the REA book and highlighted important areas. The next two weeks I studied Certify teacher (Excellent for practice tests!). Certify teacher helped with understanding the type of questions to expect for each domain. The final two weeks I reviewed TCERT (great at explaining the different types of disabilities and how to instruct them regarding their disability); I also watched a couple of Youtube SPED videos as an overview of what I have learned. Make sure you check your out the free practice tests from google. When all the questions become repetitive...that's when you know your ready. Just make SURE you STUDY!

Testing Strategy

I passed with 261! The test is not as hard as many try to say if you had enough time to prepare. The test had questions regarding the different types of disabilities(ex. dyslexia). I had about five math questions, none of them were too hard. Make sure you know how to calculate your percentages off a certain item. The test was about 70% scenario based it seemed, on how to instruct a disability. Other questions were more factual questions.

Strategy 204

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Study Strategy

I used the XAMOnline book, as well as the TeXes study guide. I read a lot of the book and answered the study questions for both.

Testing Strategy

I passed the test the first time with a 260. It was very long and I had to get up and take a break. I went through the test twice and really took my time. Pay close attention to what the question is asking. There were a lot of Asperger's questions on the test. It really helped to answer the practice questions first.

Strategy 205

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Study Strategy

I used T-Cert, Certify Teacher, and EC-6 book. I also took component of sped and a generalist class.

Testing Strategy

The test was as hard a I thought it would be. You need to focus on what the question is asking for. The questions were mostly about learning disabilities and your responsibility as a educator, in addition to about 20 questions on reading and 20 on math. I passed the first time with 251. Make sure you recheck questions you may doubt. Have faith you will pass and don't over study because you will forget important things. Good Luck!

Strategy 206

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Study Strategy

I used the terms on Quizlet to study as well as some information from the online courses for Texas Teachers. I tend to procrastinate so I actually began studying two weeks before the exam. I would have long study sessions at my local coffee shop. If I could go back, I would study for shorter amounts of time and start at least 1 month before the test. I'd also purchase a study book to become familiar with the types of questions that would be asked. Quizlet helped to familiarize me with the information but did not help with the depth.

Testing Strategy

The test contained a bit more than I thought would be on it. But, like most tests, you could deduct what the best answer is if you know the purpose of Special Education. Keep in mind, however, that grade level definitely does make a difference in some of the answers. In preparing for the test, you should use the prep manuals given by TExES to review the competencies to develop a more in-depth idea of what the questions want from you.

Strategy 207

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Study Strategy

I studied for the test using REA and felt ready until I took the T-Cert course online. The T-Cert helped fill in the gaps that the REA book missed. I studied for about an hour a day 2 weeks before the test as well as one full Saturday. I had a lot of knowledge going into the test because of working in special education as an aide. I believe that helped me the most.

Testing Strategy

The test was much harder than I thought it would be. I was caught off guard with the amount of Language Arts and Math questions. I had expected there to only be situation based questions. In the end I had marked 41 questions to go back and review, mostly Language Arts. I was scared I hadn't passed but ended up getting my results 3 days later and passed with a 290! I took 4 hours and 30 minutes with one 3 minute break. I had time to go through the entire test twice to double check my answers. My advice is to focus on the laws and language arts. Good Luck!

Strategy 208

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Study Strategy

I studied for this exam using Quizlet and the REA Texes study guide. The best advice that I found on the online study community was to take the Special Ed online course before your test. That course is designed to prepare you for the actual test.

Testing Strategy

The test was mostly scenario-based which I had expected. I finished in under 2 hours. I took the test on a Thursday and received score on Tuesday. I passed with a 276.

Strategy 209

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Study Strategy

Do the modules located at https://pact.tarleton.edu/TCERT/index.cfm. They were EXTREMELY helpful! Take the practice test and read all of the handouts they offer! It seems like a lot but it really isn't. I completed the module once only and didn't really study anything else.

Testing Strategy

While taking the test itself, imagine the "perfect" school environment. The questions are designed to assume the school has an unlimited budget along with unlimited time. I ended up scoring a 272 out of 300! GOOD LUCK :)

Strategy 210

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Study Strategy

I used the Texes test preparation manual from the Texes website, and some of the practice test questions on the site as well.

Testing Strategy

I walked away from the test feeling like I had failed the exam. I think it's important to view the answers and focus on student-centered responses. Take your time, be confident, and mark questions that you're not certain about. I passed with a 250. Best wishes.

Strategy 211

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Study Strategy

I did not buy any study materials for the Special Education exam. I studied Quizlet.com and learned the terms. If you know the terms you can answer a majority of the questions, of which many are situational questions. I also looked up free practice exams online and studied those for 2 days before the test. I studied 2 weeks for maybe an hour a day.

Testing Strategy

You may feel you didn't do well on the exam because a lot of questions have several right answers, but you have to choose the best answer. You will do better than you think. I thought I was going to be borderline, but I passed with a 264. I took the test on a Saturday and received my scores on Tuesday.

Strategy 212

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Study Strategy

I SWEAR by T-CERT. Texas Teachers has amazing links to great resources. I downloaded the SBEC preparation manual from their website to study the domains. I had it bound at Kinkos so I could take it with me and highlight. Then I went to T-CERT. AMAZING website. The modules on T-Cert helped me pass. They give you great links to resources - disorders, the noted disabilities, Idea 2004 and I Googled more from the PDFs they linked too. I also downloaded the ARD Guide to my Kindle so I could read it everywhere. KNOW what every disorder falls under with the IDEA Act. I had only one concrete law question. The rest were all situational based but READ the tips on how to best instruct children with each disability (ADHD - remove distractions on the walls, move closer to from of the room, etc). T-CERT got me a 255. It's the TRUTH!

Testing Strategy

I'd say it was LONG vs. hard. I knew the material but it just seemed to go on and on. Take as many breaks as you need. I too about 4. A break whenever I started getting restless and to give me some energy. READ the question thoroughly. I can't stress this enough. The question is the key to the answer. Note grade level and think about where they should be developmentally at that point and the approach the question. A few times I picked an answer and marked it then went back and noted the questions said Pre-K vs kindergarten. It's small but there are key differences in the two. NOTE that.

Strategy 213

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Study Strategy

I studied using the Texes, XAMonline, and Quizlet. I also used flash cards that I had handwritten to prepare for the test, whenever I had downtime I would review my flash cards. I carried them everywhere! I personally liked using quizlet and the Texes study materials to prepare for this test. For my next test which with be the EC-6 Generalist I plan to use the same study method.

Testing Strategy

This test was very difficult. After talking with some others who have also taken any of the Texes content test in general, all have had the same opinion. Even though the study materials helped, it was by no means anything that was on the test. By using the study materials I found it easier to be able to apply the concepts I learned and reviewed for weeks to the scenarios that were presented on the test. My advice would be to review and study the different online tests and the study guides as I had mentioned before. I passed on my first try with a 258. Good luck!

Strategy 214

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Study Strategy

I studied for the test for about an hour every weekday three weeks straight, then taking a two week break with minimal studying on weekends, and finally studyied for at least 6 hours a day the final week before I took the exam. I took the exam on the Saturday after thanksgiving so I had a whole week off to study and prepare myself for the test. I used Quizlet notes, an exam I found online, the T-Cert module, the state manual, and most importantly Certify Teacher. I studied the flashcards, took numerous quizzes and then took the practice exam 3 times until I passed with a 270. The Certify Teacher module worked the best to prepare me for the amount of questions the test had. I am very glad that I took the test after having a full break to study. I would suggest, if possible, to take a few days off from work to study hardcore.

Testing Strategy

The exam was easier than I expected, but I have also worked the last year as a special education aide and took numerous training classes that explain what is the best choice in a perfect world scenario. The sections that troubled me were the teaching ELL and Math. Like others have said, there were two right answers and two completely wrong. By really focusing on what the question is looking for, you can figure out what answer is best. If you study and prepare you will pass. I feel great after the test and was proud to see my test results!

Strategy 215

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Study Strategy

The Special Education course on Texas Teachers' portal was extremely helpful, especially the testing strategies part in the mini course (required by everyone). Other than that, I used the preparation manual and Googled each of the domains. I also went to Amazon.com to check the table of contents of study material and then Googled those things that I had not already gone over or studied. Again, the Special Education Course was extremely helpful. A lot of what is included in that is also on the exam in some form. I did not purchase any study guides or books. I did not take any practice exams. You must know teaching strategies, mainly Math and Reading strategies as they are a significant portion of the test. Eliminate all time and resource bias.

Testing Strategy

I was very confident during the test, and since I had spent a lot of time doing my own research, I knew I would do well. I scored a 273 and other than paying for the actual test, I didn't spend a dime.

Strategy 216

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Study Strategy

I used Certify Teacher software, T-Cert, Quizlet, and the following Special Education site - "http://www.specialeducationguide.com/special-education-dictionary/". Some of the most important topics I would suggest to cover are: RTI, Math teaching strategies, ELA teaching strategies, Assisstive Technology, ARD and IEP procedures, all intellectual and learning disabilities, assessment methods, Norm-referenced vs. Criterion referenced, Reliability vs. Validity, and Laws and how they effect Special Education. I studied for almost 6 weeks, but seriously studied for about 10 days. When you feel that everything is co-related and begin to visualize a big picture/map of Special Ed, then it means you are getting ready for the exam.

Testing Strategy

The test was much harder than the practice exams that I took, but all of the resources helped me to be prepared. I took five hours to complete and review. I passed in first attempt with a 250.

Strategy 217

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Study Strategy

I studied for the test using the REA Special Education EC-12 book. I read it from cover to cover and took the two practice tests twice. I made notes of which questions I got wrong and remembered the explanation for the correct answer and why the others were wrong. I got 93% and 95% when I took them online. I think the book has what is needed to study to pass the test.

Testing Strategy

Once the test started, the time seemed to go very fast. I tried not to dwell too long on any one question, however I did on some of them. Most of the time there are two answers that seem like they can be correct. What will help you select the best one available is remembering the correct answers, if you take practice test. I second guessed my self on some of them. Overall, there are enough questions that you can almost be certain you answered correctly, which will offset those you didn't and you will pass. I was able to pass my first time and I'm sure you can as well with proper studying.

Strategy 218

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the materials provided by everybody in this study community. I created my own note cards from the Special Education module in Texas Teachers. I did not purchase any study materials, but I did also have 3 years experience working for kids with special needs.

Testing Strategy

The test was a little harder than expected. I expected it to be difficult already, but it took me a little over 3 hours to take the exam with one small break. Know everything that the competencies ask you to know, and make sure you are well prepared prior to signing up, because it can already be overwhelming, even if you feel pretty confident. I walked away from the exam unsure of how I did. I had a bad feeling that I had somehow failed, but I ended up passing with a 269. My test was taken on a Thursday and I got my score on the Tuesday after. The main hint: BE PREPARED. Study as much as possible and know that they are looking for the perfect situation in an ideal world. It's tough, but with enough preparation, you will be fine!

Strategy 219

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Certify Teacher and the T-Cert websites. I had to pay for Certify Teacher, and I think it was worth the $55.00. I was able to create tests in areas that I needed the most help with. I would not spend a lot of time on the details on actual disabilities. Anyone taking the test should focus most on accommodations. Do not study a lot of Math. There were a few questions which were very basic. I should have studied more on accommodations for reading, sounds, learning to read, and reading comprehension.

Testing Strategy

It was harder than I expected. I used the whole 5 hours minus about 15 minutes for the 2 breaks I took. You may walk out feeling unsure, but I was surprised I made a 257 on the first try. I thought there would only be 120 questions, there were 150.

Strategy 220

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used Certify Teacher as my only study source. I did the practice exam, multiple times, until I aced it. I studies every weekend for about 4 weeks.

Testing Strategy

The test was a lot harder than I expected. During the exam, I didn't feel like Certify Teacher prepared me. I left feeling like I had failed. However, I passed with a 272. It took me about 2.5 hours to complete. Looking back, Certify Teacher prepared me for the type of questions, but not the material. Read the questions carefully, and pay attention to the terminology.

Strategy 221

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the TExES book and modules from T-Cert (Tarleton website).

Testing Strategy

I took the test twice, passed the second time. The first attempt, I forgot to think like the school has unlimited resources. Keep in mind "the perfect world" scenario, really focus on laws, reading/language, know the disorders (Autism, ADHD, etc). I was so focused on Math, because that's my weak area, but there was barely any Math on it.

Strategy 222

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I practiced on Quizlet. The practice test was helpful, but much easier than the real thing. Definitely do the SPED course that is optional before the test; I would not have passed with out it. I got 267 on first try

Testing Strategy

It's 150 questions, it's long. You get a break at the time of your choice. They give you 5 hours; I took 3.5 hours. A couple of question were foreign to me. Most had 2 silly answers and one almost right/possible and 1 correct. Remember the test assumes an ideal situation, not affected by budgets and bias. If the choice is between what should happen vs past experience, go with should happen.

Strategy 223

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used T-Cert, Certify Teacher, Quizlet, SPED module, and all free materials from testing website. I took the quizzes and hit my goal of 90%, then studied definitions from Quizlet. I tried to memorize the Competencies but I could not, so I just mapped them out via Domains and that worked for me! To explain, I studied the 4 domains with its competency (Domain 1 - Competency 1 & 2, etc.).

Testing Strategy

The test was as hard as I expected, but I passed on the first try! It is definitely scenario based. I only had maybe 1 actual math question and 12 math scenarios. I would advise you to study the quizzes and as many scenarios as possible. Good luck!

Strategy 224

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I mainly used the TExES Special ED EC-12 book and created flash cards. I took the two practice tests offered with the book multiple times to ensure that I understood the content. I also used all other free resources available on Texas Teachers' site.

Testing Strategy

The most difficult part is that there are many questions that may have two good answers. There are also some questions that I had never seen before. The best way to study is to take available practice tests until you pass them all with flying colors; this will assist the thought behind the correct answers. It took me about 3 hours and I passed with 260.

Strategy 225

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I’ve read the TExES EC-12(161) book however, this book was not enough. The book is a good overview. It represents the main ideas, but you must find “supportive evidence” for main ideas. The Texas Teachers training module was an excellent study resource. I purchased the book “Curriculum, Assessment and Instructions for Students with Disability”. I read the chapters on emerging readers and teaching math. I used 4 domains and 12 competencies as my study map.

Testing Strategy

When I studied and when I took the test, I kept in mind the main philosophy of Special Education. The test seemed to be easier than I expected. There were mostly scenario based questions. As a legally blind person, I had to use the personal reader which requires a tremendous amount of concentration. I completed the test in four hours. I passed with a 254!

Strategy 226

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

T-Cert was the first tool I used to prepare me for the test. Then I purchased a Certify Teacher testing preparation program. I quizzed myself with self-made flashcards every opportunity I could. Understanding the competencies is crucial. I passed on the first attempt with a 258. I feel that certify teacher prepared me for the test. Passing on the first attempt made the expense of the program worth it.

Testing Strategy

The test was surprisingly harder than I expected. Domain four was more difficult than I thought it would be. Understanding what the competencies are was most helpful for helping me passing the exam.

Strategy 227

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I work as a paraprofessional in the SPED department and I work closely with our chairperson. He recommended Certify Teacher as my means of studying for the content exam. After purchasing the program, I used the Study Tracker to cover all the competencies. I studied the program for about ten hours a week for a month. Another SPED teacher recommended that I purchase the XAMOnline Manual to supplement Certify Teacher. I purchased it and skimmed through each of competencies. I also downloaded the TExES ETS Study Guide that is offered on their website. About a week before the exam, I took the practice exam on Certify Teacher - this is not necessary. Their Practice Exam is FAR from the format of the real test. Use their quizzes in Study Mode for the best example of the actual exam. I also took the Practice Tests in the XAMOnline book and the TExES Study Guide. These tests are much closer to the real thing than Certify Teacher. I reviewed the XAMOnline book the night before the exam as a final means of studying. If I had to do it over again, I would focus more on the ELA competency. This is the area that I needed to improve the most.

Testing Strategy

I arrived to the test location feeling fairly comfortable with the content. The test was just about what I thought it would be. There were more ELA questions than I anticipated and minimal Math questions. The majority of the 150 questions placed you in situations you would face in the classroom. A few questions asked about IDEA, ADA, 504, etc. Know the ARD and IEP process. In most questions, you can eliminate two answers immediately. Like most of the tips I read in this forum, have the mindset as if you have unlimited resources. There were only maybe 10 questions that I absolutely did not know the answer. I was given 5 hours to test, but finished just under 4 hours. I left feeling pretty confident. I did not feel that I failed the exam, but if I did, it was by only a few points. I received my score 5 days later; I passed with a score of 253.

Strategy 228

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the study guides provided by TExES-ETS. I also did the 161 study guide, as well as the supplemental study guide. I took them initially to see where I stood, then I began studying using Quizlet, free online practice quizzes, and I rented a Praxis study book (the Kentucky version of the test) from the library where I live currently. I did not purchase any study materials. I studied after work daily for about 2 weeks before taking the exam.

Testing Strategy

I completely agree with the previous comments when they say you feel like you failed. I walked out pretty defeated assuming I would have to take it again. My test did not have a lot of vocabulary, but was mostly scenarios. There was only one Math problem. I marked about 70% of the questions to go back and review again. I started to get antsy during the test, so I got up to take a restroom break. I completed the test in about 2.5 hours and it took a few days to get my scores back. I got a 272 on the exam which I was very happy with considering I didn't think I passed. I should note that I have no experience with teaching or special education. I think the methods I used to study worked out pretty well. I made sure to pay close attention to the specifics of each question like grade level, type of disability, etc. to make the best decision. There are usually two you think could be right, but always think about what is best for the student.

Strategy 229

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I had exactly one week to prepare for the exam. I studied for a least 2-3 hours a day. I first read the prep manual, twice, to fully understand what I would be tested on. Second, I watched the Texas Teachers video module on SPED, twice. I then paid for T-Cert and reviewed the material given there. Lastly, I went to Barnes and Noble and read the TExES Study Guide book. The day before the test, I took all the practice tests I could find and reviewed any areas I struggled with. The best study material I found useful was the Texas Teachers video lesson, this gives you all the information you will need. Definitely watch it twice. The TExES study guide book was great in breaking the test down into competencies and then testing you on it before moving on. The practice test at the end of the book mimics the actual test. Do not waste your time and money on the T-Cert, as it was repetitive to what you learned on the Texas Teachers modules on SPED.

Testing Strategy

I took the exam on a Friday morning and received my passing scores on Tuesday, so a two day business turn around time. Leaving the test, I felt indifferent. There were questions that only had one correct answer and were straight forward, but majority were "what is the best solution" when faced with two possible choices. The best trick taking the test is to get in the mind set that resources, time and money are not an issue. Place yourself in the scenario being asked and you will have no problem selecting the correct choice, even though it is not realistic in the real world. Also, the TExES Study Guide practice test had similar questions asked on the actual test. I could not tell you how many times it felt that I was answering the same practice question just with a different teacher's name. Someone told me the code that comes with the book unlocks a second practice test online, so definitely worth a look into if you purchase it. Know all the SPED disabilities and how to teach children with these disabilities. Understand the laws, not just memorize them. Know what the procedures are from birth to transition out of high school for a SPED student. Good luck!

Strategy 230

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the Special Ed EC-12 lesson on Texas Teachers as suggested by the other posts. I also purchased two sample tests off REA.com for only $10.

Testing Strategy

The test was what I expected. The questions weren't too hard, as long as you read the question well. The sample tests were well worth it to me. They really helped show the question format on the test. The test took me just about 2 hours and I passed on the first try.

Strategy 231

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I studied all 1800 Exam Edge questions, 500 Quizlet definitions, and a few online practice questions. I studied for 30 consecutive days, for 8 hours, five days a week on my overnight job. I can honestly say that Exam edge and Quizlet was extremely helpful.

Testing Strategy

The test was just as hard and difficult as I expected. The test was based on a perfect world that was accommodating to the Special Education students learning. Every question had two correct answers, and you have to pick the one that is the most correct. Study hard and you will be fine. I passed with a 247. I would purchase Exam Edge and pull as many definitions off Quizlet as possible.

Strategy 232

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used Certify Teacher, but mostly a Special Ed 161 Study Guide book. This book HELPED! Honestly, it has a lot of information, but it makes it clear and simple to understand and remember.

Testing Strategy

This test was just as I imagined it would be; the book prepared me well. ALWAYS remember: it doesn't matter if you think the student will do better outside of the classroom, don't ever choose to take the student out of the class; this helped me with several questions.

Strategy 233

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I completed the Special Ed training on the Texas Teacher website. I then purchased the study material from Certify Teacher. I found that the material from Certify Teacher was not very helpful and pretty redundant of what you will find on the Texas Teachers website. The practice exams on Certify Teachers was not at all comparable to the actual exam either, so I felt this was waste of money for me. I would recommend studying the information on the ETS TExES website and Texas Teachers website, as this was must helpful. Also, do not spend much time on the actual Math formulas and English rules. Instead, focus on what are the best teaching methods for students are.

Testing Strategy

I had only one Math question and a couple questions on Langue Arts. The bulk of the test was on teaching methods and different classroom scenarios. There seemed to be more than one right answer on many questions, so I chose the one that I felt was the best of the right answers. I do recommend you review all your answers before leaving. I took all but 10 minutes of the time given to me for testing. This test was not easy and I had no idea how I did on it leaving the testing center. I did pass on my first attempt, but this test was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. Just study and focus more on the teaching methods and scenarios and you should be fine.

Strategy 234

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the following: 1. REA TExES Spec. Ed. EC-12 (161) Study Guide - A MUST have!, 2. Ultimate Guide to the Generalist EC-6 Study Guide - ELAR and Math Sections ONLY!, 3. 10 Practice Tests online from Exam Edge, to then go online and search more details on things I did not fully understand.

Testing Strategy

No tricks on the exam. I recommend completing all of Texas Teachers Online Modules before taking exam, as the modules prepare you for things like Special Populations, Mental Health Issues, Differentiating Instruction and Questioning & Assessment Strategies and Classroom Management.

Strategy 235

Submitted by Texas Teachers

Study Strategy

I used the XAMonline study book. I read through the book itself multiple times, so I felt that I had a really solid base of SPED knowledge. Then, I began taking the practice tests in this book, as well as whatever I could find just by searching online. As I missed questions, I made sure I knew why I missed them and how to do better the next time. I also used Quizlet to go over key terms, acronyms, and laws. I studied for about three weeks prior. I would only study about an hour each week night, but I studied for much longer on the weekends.

Testing Strategy

The test is a lot like what you have likely heard about it: use the mindset that your school has endless money and the kids are a best case scenario. In addition, always use the mindset that is student focused (ex: it doesn't matter if a certain strategy takes forever for the teacher if that is what would best work for the student). One thing that significantly helped me is picking apart the question and reading deeply to see what I was supposed to notice about it. This test rarely gives extraneous information in the question so pay close attention. If you don't know what all the answer choices are, use process of elimination with what you do know. I passed with a 269.

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