Studying for the content test takes dedicated & productive time. To ensure your time is productive, it is essential that you review materials relevant to the test.
Review the Preparation Manual (1-3 hours)
The Preparation Manual provides an overview of the test design, the time restraints, the domains and competencies featured on the exam, and some sample questions.
- Core Subjects EC-6 Preparation Manual
- Core Subjects 4-8 Preparation Manual
- English Language Arts & Reading 7-12 Preparation Manual
- Mathematics 7-12 Preparation Manual
- Social Studies 7-12 Preparation Manual
- Science 7-12 Preparation Manual
Review the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
Each content test features questions related to the teaching of the subject matter and the standards. These questions align with the TEKS for relevant subject areas and grade levels.
- View Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
Ask peers and educators you know about the test and what worked for them. Aim to gain insight on what the test environment was like, what questions were asked, and what study materials helped them. They may even have materials they can lend to you.
If able, ask your employer if they have any recommendations or resources they could lend you such as a test prep book or extra textbooks.
If able, create or join an in-person or virtual study group. Collaborative learning is a great method of engaging in the materials and retaining information. It also provides an accountability system.
Use a Study Manual or Program
There are mixed reviews on most of the content test preparation resources available – usually people either absolutely love or dislike a particular resource. These strong reviews are reflective of how the resource has to fit the study style of the test taker.
There are some great resources out there such as Mometrix, 240Tutoring, REA, and Certify Teacher just to name a few. We recommend previewing the resource before purchase so you can determine if it’s the right resource for you.
Questions to consider:
- Do you prefer an online resource or a hard copy booklet?
- Do you learn best by taking quizzes, watching videos, or reading text?
- Are you seeking testing anxiety support?
- The official exam is a computer administered test.
- The official exam is a timed exam.
- Each test attempt is $116. Investing in a study resource can help you pass and avoid additional test attempts.
The content test features many subject specific terms. Many test-takers recommend using virtual or physical flashcards. A popular program is Quizlet which offers free virtual flash cards and also has an app version that can be downloaded to your mobile device.
This article is intended for incoming 2020 applicants/students who are pursuing certification at a Relay Texas campus. For more articles on Texas certification, click here.