I am going through certification in Texas and I have taken the Social Studies 4-8 Excet Exam twice. The first time I missed it by 4 points. The second time I missed it by 19 points. I have downloaded the preparation material online and studied different Social Studies TAKS books to help me with the test. But, I still keep coming up short. Is there anyone out there with some advice or material on how I can pass this test? I have missed 2 jobs this year because of this test and I am really becoming discouraged. :| Thank you!!!!