This test was taken on Computer.
Study: 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.
Test: 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.
Study: 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.