UT Tyler School of Education
There are a variety of materials to help you prepare for your TExES certification exams. Ms. Hansen has also requested that the bookstore order specific books to help in your preparation. Remember that you do not have to purchase the books from the UT Tyler bookstore. You can get the name of the books and purchase from your preferred vendor.
Following are online resources we strongly encourage you to use.
Tests at a Glance
This new test preparation resource — Test at a Glance — gives you a quick overview of the test and includes:
- Test name
- Test code
- Length of test
- Number and types of questions
- Format (CAT, PBT or both)
- Domains and approximate percentage of the test
- Domains and competencies
Online Calculator Information – Make sure to use online calculation tutorial prior to testing
An online calculator is now part of the testing software for some tests that require the use of a graphing or scientific calculator. If you are taking a test that requires the use of an online calculator, see the online calculator tutorial, where you can practice using the online calculator before the day of the test. Once you request access to the tutorial, you will be sent an activation key that is good for 30 days of practice use.
There are some online TExES Certification Exam Reviews in place for the following certification exams:
- Math 4 - 8
- Math 8 - 12
- Special Education EC - 12
- Science 4 - 8
- EC - 6 Generalist
- Science 8 - 12
- EC - 12 PPR
How do you get to these review materials? Access the T-CERT site. Register and T-CERT will send you an email telling you how to proceed. These materials are free to students.
Music EC-12 Preparation
The Texas Music Educators Association has created a website to help students preparing for the EC-12 Music certification exam. You can find this website at https://www.tmea.org/divisions-regions/college/texes-review.
4-8 Mathematics Preparation (from the University of Houston)
The University of Houston has created a website to help students preparing for the 4-8 Mathematics certification exam. Individuals can take as few or as many quizzes as they want, in any order, depending on the content which they need to practice. The quizzes are graded automatically as soon as they are submitted, and people have the option to take each quiz again and again. Most of the quiz questions are programmed so that the numbers are different each time that the quiz is taken, allowing people to practice the same content without repeating the exact same problems.
A discussion board has been set up so that users can ask others how to solve quiz problems, and also lend their expertise on topics which they have mastered.
You can find this website at http://www.online.math.uh.edu/texes4to8/.
LOTE – Languages Other Than English and Foreign Language Education Resources
LOTE Resources: SEDL worked to develop these materials for LOTE. Dr. Everling recommends going through their training modules.
Teaching a Foreign Language:
- http://coerll.utexas.edu/methods/ - UT Austin has put together learning modules on teaching a foreign language
- http://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/language-teaching-methods - these lessons and learning modules are designed for teaching English as a foreign language, but the methodology works for teaching Spanish. They provide video explanations and lesson plans showing the different methodologies.
American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (http://www.actfl.org):
- This website if full of resources for foreign language teaching.
- http://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/ACTFLProficiencyGuidelines2012_FINAL.pdf - Download this file. You need to know their stages for the test.
National Capital Language Resource Center:
- http://www.nclrc.org/ - Good resource for language teachers
- http://www.nclrc.org/sailing/index.html - explains the 5 Cs
- http://www.nclrc.org/essentials/index.htm - overview of language teaching – designed for college, but applicable to high school
- http://www.nclrc.org/guides/HED/index.html - designed for college, but good for high school – learning strategies to build autonomy
EC – 6 Generalist Resources
EC-6 Generalist TExES Flashcards
Check out the Certified in a Flash (CIAF) app! It has some free components as well as pay components. There is a free practice test with 70 questions. You can purchase a full deck for $6.99 and then if you really want to delve down into the different domains (i.e. science, social studies, etc.) then that will cost $1.99. These flashcards have explanations for the correct and incorrect answers. This comes highly recommended by several SOE students.
1) On the App Store, search for "TExES Flashcards"
2) Select CIAF (Certified in a Flash)
3) Download as usual