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TExES 4-8 Mathematics Study Guide

ISBN Number: 978-1-68317-016-7

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160 Interactive Practice Questions and 109 Pages of Instructional Content!

Number Concepts

21 Questions with Explanations
16 Pages of Instructional Content


Learn about skills and concepts related to numbers and their operations.

Algebra and Patterns

39 Questions with Explanations
24 Pages of Instructional Content


Learn about concepts and skills related to algebra and patterns.

Geometry and Measurement

31 Questions with Explanations
22 Pages of Instructional Content


Learn about skills and concepts related to geometry and measurement.

Probability and Statistics

29 Questions with Explanations
23 Pages of Instructional Content


Learn about skills and concepts related to mathematical probability and statistics.

Mathematical Process and Instruction

30 Questions with Explanations
21 Pages of Instructional Content


Learn about skills and concepts related to mathematical process and instruction.

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What’s on the TExES 4-8 Mathematics Exam

Taking the TExES 4-8 Mathematics exam can be a daunting task.  Because its goal is to test your classroom readiness across the spectrum of content, it covers a lot of ground.  This breadth can make it hard to know how to prepare.  Luckily, if you understand how the test is organized and what it is testing, you will have no problem prepping for this test.  In order to cover everything needed to teach middle school math, the exam is broken down into 19 competencies, which are further explained through descriptive statements.

Structure

Now that you have your test date set, you can turn to preparing for the exam itself. To begin, let’s look at the structure of the exam. The TExES 4-8 Mathematics exam consists of 90 questions. The test is administered via computer. Because of this, there can be a variety in the style of questions that are asked. You should expect to see three main types of questions: single-answer, stimulus-based, and cluster. You should expect most questions to require you to simply click an oval next to the correct answer. However, there may be questions that utilize the technology more. They may ask you to zoom in on details in a graphic or picture, click boxes next to all that apply, click on check boxes, click on parts of a graphic or sentence, use a drag and drop feature, or select your answer from a drop-down menu.

Time

You will have 5 hours to complete the 90 questions on the 4-8 Mathematics test.

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Mathematics

5 hours

NOTE: There are no scheduled breaks with this test.

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Subject Areas and Competencies

Number Concepts

Competency 001: The teacher understands the structure of number systems, the development of a sense of quantity and the relationship between quantity and symbolic representations.

Competency 002: The teacher understands number operations and computational algorithms.

Competency 003: The teacher understands ideas of number theory and uses numbers to model and solve problems within and outside of mathematics.

Algebra and Patterns

Competency 005: The teacher understands and uses linear functions to model and solve problems.

Competency 006: The teacher understands and uses nonlinear functions and relations to model and solve problems.

Competency 007: The teacher uses and understands the conceptual foundations of calculus related to topics in middle school mathematics.

Geometry and Measurement

Competency 008: The teacher understands measurement as a process.

Competency 009: The teacher understands the geometric relationships and axiomatic structure of Euclidian geometry.

Competency 010: The teacher analyzes the properties of two- and three dimensional figures.

Competency 011: The teacher understands algebra and geometry through the Cartesian coordinate system and demonstrates knowledge of transformational geometry.

Probability and Statistics

Competency 012: The teacher understands how to use graphical and numerical techniques to explore data, characterize patterns and describe departures from patterns.

Competency 013: The teacher understands the theory of probability.

Competency 014: The teacher understands the relationship among probability theory, sampling and statistical inference and how statistical inference is used in making and evaluating predictions.

Mathematic Process and Instruction

Competency 004: The teacher understands and uses mathematical reasoning to identify, extend and analyze patterns and understands the relationships among variables, expressions, equations, inequalities, relations and functions.

Competency 015: The teacher understands mathematical reasoning and problem solving.

Competency 016: The teacher understands mathematical connections within and outside of mathematics and how to communicate mathematical ideas and concepts.

Competency 017: The teacher understands how children learn and develop mathematical skills, procedures and concepts.

Competency 018: The teacher understands how to plan, organize and implement instruction using knowledge of students, subject matter and statewide curriculum (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills [TEKS]) to teach all students to use mathematics.

Competency 019: The teacher understands assessment and uses a variety of formal and informal assessment techniques to monitor and guide mathematics instruction and to evaluate student progress.

 Passing Score

Your score will be based on the number of questions you answer correctly.  Your correct number of answers will be converted to a number between 100 and 300.  In order to pass, you must receive at least 240.

Registration

The first step in getting yourself ready for this exam is to complete the registration.  The TExES 4-8 Mathematics is offered continuously which means you can take it whenever it is convenient for you.  However, because of that, it is important to register as soon as possible to make sure you get the date and location you want.  It is also a good idea to register early, so that you leave enough time for yourself to prepare

Step 1: Make Sure You Can Test

The absolute first thing to do is to check that you are an approved tester.  Enrollees in educator preparation programs are given approval by their programs.  Out-of-state credentialed teachers must apply for approval by submitting their existing credentials for review with the Texas Education Agency (TEA).  If you are in a different category than either of these (e.g. a charter school teacher, someone trying to qualify for an educator preparation program through your test scores), see the Registration Bulletin for more specific information about how you get approved.

Step 2: Get Organized

Registration will go much more smoothly if you have all of the information you need at hand.  This includes:

  • An ID that has your full and official name on it (this is especially important if you have a last name with multiple parts)—plan to use the one you will take with you on test day
  • Current home address
  • Current phone number
  • Current email address
  • A credit or debit card: MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover

Step 3: Create Your TEA Account

NOTE: If you are already a credentialed teacher in the state of Texas, a charter school teacher, or someone looking to use this test to help you get into an educator preparation program, skip this step, and go to step 4.

  • Go to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website.
  • You need to log into Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL); you will see a link on the blue bar at the very top of the screen.
  • Since this is your first time, you will need to select “Request New User Account” (If you already have one, then just enter your info.)
  • At this point, the system will give you instructions for creating your account. You will need the ID you prepared. It is of utmost importance that your ENTIRE last name (including spaces, hyphens and all parts) is used to create your account.
  • Once you are done, look over everything to make sure your information is accurate. You should also write down your TEA ID number as you will use it as your ID throughout the rest of the registration process. If you want to be really safe, print out your entire Educator Profile so you have a hard copy to refer to along the way.

Step 4: Create Your Educational Testing Service (ETS) Account

Now that you are officially in Texas’ education system, it is time to register for the actual test.

  • Navigate to the ETS TExES page.
  • Find “Your Account” on the homepage.
  • Once again, you will follow the directions to create your account. You will need the same information you collected in Step 2. Make sure you are again completely accurate and consistent with what you enter into TEA. This allows your TEA information to automatically transfer over.
  • ETS will then email you your username. Write this down (probably on the same page as your TEA ID). Once you have this, go back to the TExES home page and click again on “Your Account”, and then “Existing User”, and enter your username.
  • You will then have to click “Forgot Password” (even though you haven’t made one yet). This will get a temporary password sent to you via email. Once you have that, you can go back one last time, log in and change your password to whatever you want it to be (you will be prompted to change it when you log in with the temporary password).
  • Once you are fully logged in, you will see instructions to register for this test, including selecting the test location and date. The TExES Core Subjects EC-6 exam is a continuous Computer Administered Test (CAT), which means it is always available and at a wide range of ETS locations within Texas, throughout the United States, and even in Mexico. You may select whichever location is best for you.

Step 5: Admission Ticket

You will know you are done when you receive your “Admission Ticket”. You will need this to get into the exam and you must bring a hard copy. They will not accept electronic copies of this, so your final step is to print this out. It will also list the location and time of your exam.

To get your “Admission Ticket,” log in to TExES and select “Print Admission Ticket”.

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