texes special education test (ec-12)

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  1. lisamoe13

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    Yes - I did pass - my weighted score was 273! Just got my scores this morning on the website - a relief!

    Lisa
     
  2. coolintexas

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    ???? Pass

    Are you the same person who used Houston as your sign on and who got a 65/120? If so, what were your individual scores on the scorable measure?

    Please advise, I am wringing my hands and playing with my hair constantly and it is driving my family bananas.

    Help!

    Congratulations!
     
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    Thanks!

    Thank you all for no one ever responding back to my question!! You have been alot of HELP!! Great JOB!:thanks:
     
  4. fratbrats

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    Sorry Texas Hold Em,

    I didn't answer because I'm taking the test for the 1st time tomorrow, so I don't know what the scenarios look like for that test. I know the scenarios were hard for the EC-4 exam, as well. I just knew that on that exam the focus was on English Language Arts and Reading and I heard the same about this one.

    For this exam, I've been trying to study from many sources. This is what I've used: Texes Reviews and Practice Questions SPED 161, The Texes SPED 161 exam from XAM, writtten by Sharon Wynne, IDEA 2004 Update Edition: Teaching Exceptional, Diverse, and at Risk Students, practice questions from TEXES website for SPED 161 and EC-4 Generalist, took Autism 101 short course from the Autism Society of America, Becoming an EC-4 Teacher in Texas by Nath and Cohen (the one for the PPR) and reading what others felt was important to know for the exam.

    I'm not sure if this will help or not.

    Good luck on your exam. There was a downloadable program that several people mentioned earlier in the thread (certifyteacher?) that helped others pass. There's still time to get that!

    Sheri:reading: I'll know tomorrow if these helped me!
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    The big mistake that many test takers make is to assume that the ways in which questions are phrased in the practice materials will be reflected directly and exactly in the actual test. Sometimes that assumption pays off, but more often it causes problems - if the question looks unfamiliar, people conclude that it's asking about unfamiliar material.

    As you work through your practice material, practice looking for and identifying the big idea that's behind the question. And if you're working with kids now, or have done so recently and have a good memory for that or good notes, think about how the big ideas show up in school situations. In addition, make up your own questions about scenarios that depend on the big ideas.
     
  6. lisamoe13

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    Exactly - the questions are not the same - CertifyTeacher helped in that it was a full length test taken via computer and had somewhat similar questions - but not the same. And lang arts was a very big part of the Special Ed test - but most questions were special education related. Use the test-taking strategies for sure! I am taking the EC-4 Generalist test this Sunday - took the special ed test last Sunday - did not study as much for this one - so we will see....
     
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    No - I am not Houston (sorry) - my correct answers were 92/120 and scaled score was a 273.
     
  8. coolintexas

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    Special Education EC-12

    What type of reading and math questions should I focus on for the Spec Ed test? I heard alot of pedagology questions were asked as well, which surprised me since pedagology is a whole test in itself later in your first year?

    Congratulations on your score. Did you use any other prep manual for the Special Ed besides Certify Teacher?
     
  9. lisamoe13

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    Math was very basic (and I am not a math person) and worried about that as there was calculus stuff on the prep manual from from the TEXES website - but not so - all was pretty basic stuff. Language and Reading - a whole different story - lots of questions on this - know the concept of phonological awareness and all that that entails...and then some! Of course - lots of special ed material and that was what I felt most confident in - my textbook was the most helpful on that score, "Exceptional Children" by Heward - I did buy a study guide but it was not that useful...I would definitely look at test strategies - which helped so much. We were given a sheet of tips at the practice exam and it mentioned several tips like - think of the "ideal" classroom, if you have no idea of the answer, look at the longest answer first as it may be the correct one, be wary of anwers that have words like, "always," never," etc.. in them - they will most likely NOT be correct. As far as pedogogy -you should have an idea of Piaget and the others - but I did not see a lot on this.

    Best of luck!

    Lisa
     
  10. fratbrats

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    Passed my SPED 161 Test today!

    Yeah!

    It was harder than expected and I still needed to know more on English Language Arts! That being said.....I received 96 out of 120! I was just hoping to receive around 70 or so. In fact, I saw my score and I whispered, "Oh my gosh". So hopefully, I don't somehow get disqualified because I accidentally spoke in the testing center. The lady there said, no problem.

    Take care,

    Hopefully all the test takers did well today!:party:

    Sheri
     
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    Sounds great! Congrats!!!!!!!!!

    Lisa
     
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    Catluver,

    Did you take the test yesterday? Did it seem better this time? I know you were very, very close last time. Hope you did well if you took it!:)

    Sheri
     
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    Anyone know if a 70/120 is passing?
     
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    will be close, but should be
     
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    Thanks so much skyline...
    I REALLY appreciate it
     
  16. lisamoe13

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    Someone on this list got 72 out of 120 and passed - but it was very close - so hard to say. Wish you luck!
     
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    Thanks lisaMoe....

    Kinda down now but rather be down and hear the truth instead of being happy and being hit with a 239 come monday :(
     
  18. lisamoe13

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    I just looked back on this list and someone else got a 70 and passed - so that is a good sign!
     
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    Interesting!!
    Lisa may i ask currently what ACP program you are in?
    Is it a good program or ok?
     
  20. lisamoe13

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    I am in Region IV's program - they have an online version of the course materials and since I work full time and have a young son - that was the only way I could do this. I finish the course work at the end of the month - still have some observation hours to get in and then find a job....the hard part :)
     
  21. lisamoe13

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    Yes - I liked the classes and the instructor has been very good.
     
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    How to figure test scores

    I have seen alot of people on here ask about their test scores. In Texas at least, all of the teaching tests use a scaled score system...You can score between a 100 and 300 with 240 being the score needed to pass. Some tests are slightly harder than others so they may be 3 points off hypothetically instead of 2...this may be to prevent cheating and test potential questions. Also, a few questions on the test are simply pilot questions which are added to let test makers know how people respond to questions in an actual test situation and if those should be added, they do not count against you, but of course you have no idea which ones they are.

    240 out of 300 equals 80% correct in a 120 question test that would equal 96 correct answers. Although some people said they passed with 72 correct, they must have gotten more right than they thought or had a harder test which would equal less off for each question.

    In summary, it's a weird system and best just to wait for your scores to show up.
     
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    Scaled scores are usually even a good deal more complicated than that, colmdubh. If memory serves, the scoring scale isn't 0 to 300, it's 100 to 300, so that's 240 on a scale from 100 to 300, which is a different proposition than 240 out of 300.
     
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    "You can score between a 100 and 300" is what I wrote in my last post I didn't say anything about 0 to 300, although my attempt at trying to convert 240 to a 100 point scale may have seemed that way. I was thinking if you have 200 numbers between 100 and 300, 100 = 0 then 300 would = 200 and 240 would = 140 in that sense scoring a 240 would be the same as a 70, 140 is 70% of 200 possible points. In that case then 70% of 120 questions equals missing up to 36 of them. Again, it is unlikely anyone could figure out exactly if they passed or not, it's better to just wait.
     
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    The other thing is that if score-setting activities for TExES are remotely like score-setting activities for a few other teacher tests I could name, the relationship between the raw score and that 240 is subject to some variation from test to test.

    So, yes, all in all it's best to just await the official word.

    Best of luck.
     
  26. tnmuzicgirl

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    Special Ed Study Aides

    I am taking the Texes 161 and would like to have some feedback about what is ont he test. The prep manual only had 18 questions and I know the test is 120. Also what did you use to study for the test.

    Thanks!
     
  27. triplet1215

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    does anyone have any suggestions?

    I am scheduled to take the computer version of the test on Wednesday. I am STRESSING out! I have been studying from the SBEC site and I bought the CD from Certify Teacher, but I still feel so underprepared! Any help out there?

    Thanks,
    Tammy

    :eek:
     
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    Triplet, try thinking about scenarios from your classroom and how you'd explain them and your choices about dealing with them using The Official Terminology Of The Field. If you are already in the classroom, I bet you're in better shape on this than you think.
     
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    This is what helped me the most. If you can get a copy of: Teaching Exceptional, Diverse, and At-Risk Students in the General Education Classroom. It's an IDEA 2004 Update. I pulled most of my answers from that. This explained Special ED beautifully. It will be also helpful to use the Study Materials from the EC-4 Generalist Exam on the Texes Website. I also used the Special ED EC-12 161 book from XAMonline.com and the Texes Reviews 161 exam.

    The first two were the most helpful. You may be able to find any of these study-guides at Half-Price books. I always like to get the info. from many sources.

    I only had about 2 weeks to prepare for this test. I wasn't confident about my studying the first week, so I put my kids in a summer camp and parked myself at Starbucks for about 6 hours a day for about 4 days. The 5th day about 3 hours.

    Good Luck. I've heard good things about the guide you have. Let us know how you do!

    Take care, Fratbrats:)
     
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    Thank you guys so much for your help, I appreciate it!

    Tammy
     
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    I used CertifyTeacher too and the practice test helped - I studied my text book, Exceptional Children - and brushed up on my math. You will do fine - I had classes, a full-time job and a 6year old to contend with while studying - but still managed to do well. A lot of the questions are scenerio - like on CertifyTeacher - maybe that is why it was helpful to me.
     
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    Thank you, I appreciate it. I am sitting here going beserk! LOL I have studied the certify teacher and the practice materials they give you online. I went through the reading specialist prep, ec-4 generalist, and 4-8 ELAR prep today. I am trying everything I can get my hands on, lol. I guess I just won't feel better until it is over on Wednesday though. Does anyone REALLY feel prepared going into it?

    Tammy
     
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    I am pretty sure I passed! I scored a 93 out of 120!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was dancing a jig on my way out! Thanks for the support and encouragement!

    Tammy
     
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    I think it's pretty safe to bet that you did pass, triplet. Well done!
     
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    I passed!!!

    :)thanks teachergroupie!
     
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    Congrats! Yeah!:party:
     
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    Thanks Fratbrats!:cool:
     
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    No problem! Good luck on your job search! :p
     
  39. triplet1215

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    Does anyone know about how long it takes for your scores to post on ETS? I took the test on Wednesday via the computer and they are still not there. Is this normal? I know that they said we would get our written ones in a week or two, but I was just wondering about the electronic ones.
     
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    I'm not sure what ETS stands for. For my EC-4 exam, I received an email 3 days after I took the test. The link took me to the TEXES website and then my unofficial scaled score was there. For my SPED exam, I didn't receive an email, but another poster said the scores were up, so I went to TEXES and SBEC and my score was in both places. Luckily, I knew I passed the SPED exam before I left the testing center, so I wasn't as nervous for that score. It did take about 1 week for both of the paper scores.

    Sheri :)
     

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