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Written by six leading Texas-based specialists at the doctoral level, our complete study package contains an in-depth review of all four state-defi ned domains and the 13 competencies, including discussions of key educational concepts, theories, and laws. Book includes four full-length practice tests (one test each for grades EC-4, 4-8, 8-12, and EC-12). Composed of every type of question that can be expected on the actual exam, our practice tests help teacher certifi cation candidates master the test material. TestWare #xAE; edition offers the book#x19;s four practice tests in a timed format on CD with automatic scoring, diagnostic feedback, and on-screen detailed explanations of answers. Comes complete with a study schedule, plus valuable test-taking tips and strategies. For Windows.
Passing the TExES PPR Tests
ABOUT THIS BOOK AND TestWare®
Inside this book you will find a concise, targeted topical review along with a series of practice exams that accurately simulate the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) tests of the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards battery. These exams are known by the acronym TExES, which is pronounced much like Texas. The book presents material relevant to the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities tests known as PPR EC–6, PPR EC–12, PPR 4–8 and PPR 8–12. REA’s subject review is designed to provide you with the information and strategies needed to pass these exams.
The practice tests in this book and software package are included in two formats. They are in printed form in this book, and in TestWare® format on the enclosed CD. We recommend that you begin your preparation by first taking the practice exams on your computer. The software provides timed conditions and instantaneous, accurate scoring, which make it easier to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses.
ABOUT THE TEST
Who takes the test and what is it used for? The TExES is taken by individuals seeking teacher certification in Texas. If you meet any one of the following criteria, you are eligible to take the test:
• Completed an approved educator preparation program at a Texas college or university • Enrolled in an alternative certification program and in the second semester of a one-year internship • Fully certified in another state or country other than the U.S. and seek certification in Texas • Enrolled in the last semester of an educator preparation program at a Texas college or university on the date that the test is administered • Hold an appropriate Texas classroom teaching certificate • Are a post-baccalaureate student eligible to take a test • Hold a Temporary Teaching Certificate and a bachelor’s degree, and seek additional certification
What is the format of the TExES PPR? Each Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) test contains approximately ninety multiple-choice questions designed to assess your knowledge of the information described in the competencies included in our review sections. Eighty of the items are scored and about ten of the questions are experimental or pilot questions (that will not be included in your score). You will be given four choices (A, B, C, or D) from which to select the best answer to each item.
You’ll find three different kinds of multiple-choice questions on the TExES:
• Some of the questions are so-called single-answer items; these questions are direct or require a sentence completion and address a single competency.
• Some questions are cluster items, which are preceded by a short passage or scenario. Your answer will be based on the information presented in the passage, not on your own experiences. It will need to be based on careful analysis of the event or situation, solving a problem presented in the passage or making a decision based on the information you are given.
• Finally, the test may contain one or more Teacher Decision Sets that present situations that a teacher could potentially face while on the job. The Teacher Decision Sets (TDS) start with a stimulus or general scenario. One or two questions are based on the original scenario and then further stimuli are presented that lead to more questions. These further stimuli stem from the original stimulus. Generally, the TDS will contain two or more stimuli and three to twelve questions in total. The questions may address competencies from all domains of the test. All of the questions are about general principles and concepts in education.
What is the difference between the different versions of the test? The competencies tested on the four versions of the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities tests are identical. There is no difference in subject matter—only the scenarios are placed in different, age-appropriate settings. These different settings address the developmental differences in individuals at various ages and the breadth and depth of content appropriate to those individuals.
The TExES framework is designed to provide greater specificity by focusing on content areas for those who wish to teach in kindergarten through grade four and by providing a broader assessment (in terms of both breadth and depth of knowledge) for those teaching grades eight through twelve. The TExES testing program is aligned with, and thus serves as good preparation for teaching the state curriculum in Texas, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
Which test should I take? The TExES PPR is more specific than previous certification exams. The version of the test you take depends on the level of certification you seek and the level of students you most want to teach. If you want to teach younger students (kindergarten through sixth grade), you should take the PPR EC–6. If you want to teach grades four through eight, you should take the PPR 4–8. You should take the PPR 8–12 if you’re planning to teach grades eight through twelve. If you seek all-level certification, you should take the PPR EC–12.
In addition to the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities test appropriate for the level you wish to teach, you will need to take a content-specific test. Both the Texas Education Agency and your school can provide you with a complete list of all available content-specific tests.
While you are not required to take both the TExES PPR test and a content-area test on the same day, it is recommended that you do so. Do consider, however, that each test session is five hours long.
Who administers the test? The TExES is developed and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), in cooperation with the Texas Education Agency. A test development process was designed and is implemented to ensure that the content and difficulty level of the test are appropriate and based on a state aim of aligning the school curriculum from grade to grade, from kindergarten through college.
When should the TExES PPR be taken? The test should be taken just before or after graduation for those seeking certification right out of school. The TExES is a requirement to teach in Texas, so if you are planning on being an educator, you must take and pass this test.
If you don’t do well on the TExES, don’t panic! You can take it again, and in fact many candidates do. A score on the TExES that does not match your expectations should not change your plans about teaching.
When and where is the test given? The TExES is usually administered six times a year at several locations throughout Texas. The usual testing day is Saturday, but the test may be taken on an alternate day if a conflict, such as a religious obligation, exists.
The TExES Registration Bulletin offers information about test dates and locations, as well as registration information and how to make testing accommodations for those with special needs. To receive a registration bulletin, contact:
ETS - Texas Educator Certification Program PO Box 6001 Princeton, NJ 08541-6001 Phone: (800) 205-2626 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration bulletins are also available at education departments of Texas colleges and universities.
The Texas Education Agency can be reached at (512) 936-8400. You can also find information about the test and registration on the website atwww.tea.state.tx.us.
Is there a registration fee? To take the TExES, you must pay a registration fee. All fees must be paid in full, in US dollars, drawn on a bank in the US or Canada. Fees can be paid by money order, bank check, US Postal Service money order, or credit card (American Express®, Discover Network®, Mastercard®, or Visa®). Payments by check or money order should be made payable to ETS–Texas Educator.
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK About the Review Sections The reviews in this book are designed to help you sharpen the basic skills needed to approach the TExES, as well as provide strategies for attacking the questions. By using the reviews in conjunction with the practice tests, you will be better prepared for the actual test.
Each chapter covers a separate domain. The reviews extensively discuss the competencies contained in the domain and include sample questions based on each competency. They will give you a better understanding of what the TExES measures.
You have learned most of what you need to succeed on the test through your schooling. The classes you took should have provided you with the knowledge necessary to make important decisions about situations you will face as a teacher. Our topical review is designed to help you fit the information you have acquired into specific competencies. Reviewing your class notes and textbooks along with studying our domain reviews will give you an excellent start towards passing the TExES.
When should I start studying? It is never too early to start studying for the TExES. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to sharpen your skills. Do not procrastinate! Cramming is not an effective way to study, since it does not allow you the time needed to learn the test material.
The importance of careful reading and critical thinking cannot be overlooked in preparing for the TExES. Set aside regular periods of time each day for prolonged reading in order to develop the reading stamina required for successfully completing this type of test. Consider and explore different reading methods to find those that are most effective for you. For example, you should skim material and then summarize main ideas and key details in your own words. You should also practice scanning text to locate specific answers or examples. Practice until you have developed flexibility in your reading and have a repertoire of strategies to use as the situation demands.
You should have plenty of time in which to complete the TExES, but be aware of the amount of time you spent on each question so that you allow enough time to complete the test. Although speed is not very important, a steady pace should be maintained when answering the questions. The practice tests will help you prepare for this task.
What do I study first? Read over the competency reviews and the suggestions for test-taking. Studying the competencies thoroughly will reinforce the basic skills you need to do well on the exam. Within the review section of this book, the competencies are broken down into a competency statement and a description of what the competency covers. Make sure to take the practice tests to become familiar with the format and procedures involved with taking the actual TExES.
To best utilize your study time, follow our TExES PPR Study Schedule located in the front of this book. The schedule is based on a seven-week program, but can be condensed to four weeks if necessary.
How to Use This Book
How should I study for the TExES PPR? It is very important for you to choose the time and place for studying that works best for you. Some individuals set aside a certain number of hours every morning to study, while others choose to study at night before going to sleep. Others study during the day, while waiting in line, or even while eating lunch. Only you can determine when and where your study time will be most effective. Be consistent and use your time wisely; work out a study routine and stick to it.
Consider a visit to your local college or university learning resources center or academic support center to explore your individual learning style. It would also be a good opportunity to discover what kind of support is offered to individuals planning to take the TExES.
When you take the practice tests, try to make your testing conditions as much like the actual test as possible. Turn your television and radio off and sit down at a quiet table free from distraction.
As you complete each practice test, score your test and thoroughly review the explanations to the questions you answered incorrectly; however, do not review too much at any one time. Concentrate on one problem area at a time by reviewing the question and explanation and studying our review until you are confident that you completely understand the material.
Keep track of your scores so that you will be able to gauge your progress and discover general weaknesses in particular sections. You should carefully study the reviews that cover your areas of difficulty, as this will build your skills in those areas.
TExES PPR TEST-TAKING TIPS Although you may not be familiar with tests such as the TExES, this book will help acquaint you with this type of examination and help alleviate your test-taking anxieties. Listed below are ways to help you become accustomed to the TExES, some of which may be applied to other tests as well.
• Get comfortable with the format of the TExES. When you are practicing, simulate the conditions under which you will be taking the actual test. Stay calm and pace yourself. After simulating the test only once, you will boost your chances of doing well, and you will be able to sit down for the actual TExES with much more confidence.
• Read all of the possible answers. Just because you think you have found the correct response, do not automatically assume that it is the best answer. Read through each choice to be sure that you are not making a mistake by jumping to conclusions.
• Use the process of elimination. Go through each answer to a question and eliminate as many of the answer choices as possible. By eliminating two answer choices, you have given yourself a better chance of getting the item correct since there will only be two choices left from which to make your guess. Do not leave an answer blank; it is better to guess than not to answer a question on the TExES.
• Work quickly and steadily. You will have five hours to complete the test, so work quickly and steadily to avoid focusing on any one problem too long. Taking the practice tests in this book will help you learn to budget your precious time.
• Learn the directions and format of the test. Familiarizing yourself with the directions and format of the test will not only save time, but will also help you avoid nervousness (and the mistakes caused by getting nervous).
• Develop reading stamina. Reading for four or more hours at one sitting requires a good deal of stamina. Practice reading for longer stretches. Practice various reading strategies: skimming for main ideas and general information, scanning for details and specific c information, and careful reading for memory. Upon completing a passage, think back and summarize what you have read. Be sure you are reading to understand ideas and concepts, not merely reading the words.
• Be sure that the answer circle you are marking corresponds to the number of the question in the test booklet. Since the test is multiple-choice, it is graded by machine, and marking one wrong answer can throw off your answer key and your score. Be extremely careful.
THE DAY OF THE TEST Before the Test On the day of the test, you should wake up early and have a good breakfast. Make sure to dress comfortably, so that you are not distracted by being too hot or too cold while taking the test. Plan to arrive at the test center early. This will allow you to collect your thoughts and relax before the test, and will also spare you the anguish that comes with being late. You should arrive at the test center at 7:30 a.m. for the morning administration, or 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon session.
Before you leave for the test center, make sure that you have your admission ticket and two forms of identification (e.g., driver’s license), one of which must contain a recent photograph, your name, and signature. You will not be admitted to the test center without proper identification.
You must bring several No. 2 pencils with erasers, as none will be provided at the test center. If you would like, you may wear a watch to the test center. However, you may not wear one that makes noise, because it may disturb the other test takers. No dictionaries, textbooks, notebooks, calculators (except for Mathematics Tests 135, 174, and 143, for which you may bring your own calculator, so long as it is one of the brands and models specified in the TExES bulletin), briefcases, or packages will be permitted. Drinking, smoking, and eating are prohibited.
During the Test The TExES is administered in one sitting with breaks. Procedures will be followed to maintain test security.
Once you enter the test center, follow all of the rules and instructions given by the test supervisor. If you do not, you risk being dismissed from the test and having your scores cancelled.
When all of the materials have been distributed, the test instructor will give you directions for filling out your answer sheet. Fill out this sheet carefully since this information will be printed on your score report.
During the test, be sure to mark only one answer per question, erase unwanted answers and marks completely, and fill in answers darkly and neatly.
After the Test When you finish your test, hand in your materials and you will be dismissed. Then, go home and relax—you deserve it!