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Course SummaryIncrease your knowledge of the subjects you'll be tested on when you take the TExES Health EC-12 exam by reviewing this engaging test prep course. Our video lessons and quizzes will help assess your understanding of the topics on the exam and help you pin down any areas where additional study might be needed.
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If you're an aspiring health teacher in Texas, you'll need to pass the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) Health EC-12 exam as part of the teacher certification process. This standardized test contains 90 multiple-choice questions and is administered year-round in a computer-based format. Get ready for it with our study guide on the following exam topics:
- The human body: health and development
- The immune system and diseases
- Emotional and mental health
- Interpersonal relationships and sexuality
- Community and environmental health and safety
- Health-related skills and resources
- School health education programs
Test questions on the Health EC-12 exam cover factors affecting human growth and development, nutritional guidelines and the effects of exercise on different body systems. They'll ask you about disease control and prevention methods, as well as risk factors and treatment techniques for a variety of communicable and noncommunicable diseases. You should also prepare to answer questions on the communication skills and coping strategies needed to sustain interpersonal relationships and emotional health. Contraception methods and factors influencing adolescent sexual behaviors are also covered, as are strategies for preventing substance abuse and improving environmental health. You'll also want to brush up on your knowledge of health research methods and processes for creating and implementing a coordinated school health program.
We also offer TExES teacher certification practice tests and study guides for the other exams you may need to take as a Texas educator.
Preparing and Registering for the TExES Health EC-12 Exam
This study guide can familiarize you with content included on the actual exam and help you manage your study time. Each video lesson is taught by a knowledgeable instructor and includes a corresponding quiz you can take to assess your understanding of the course material. Use the results to determine which content areas you excel at and which ones you'll need to review before exam day.
Registration for the TExES exams must be completed online. This processes entails creating a TEAL account containing your name and contact info on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website. You'll be issued an ID number that you must then use to sign up for the exam on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website. It's here where you'll select a test date and location and access your scores once they become available. This account also allows you to print your admission ticket to the testing center. The exam is administered continuously, though you must schedule a testing appointment at least two days before showing up to take the exam.
Scoring the TExES Health EC-12 Exam
Score reports are available online a week after taking the test. You can access them via your ETS account, and you'll want to print a copy for your records because they won't mail you one. Scores are automatically reported to the TEA; a minimum score of 240 points is needed to pass.
Personal health questions make up around 27% of exam content and cover topics ranging from body systems to mental health. You should be able to identify human development stages and the effect of factors like heredity, environment, nutrition and exercise on human growth. Test questions also cover changes brought on by puberty and the body's nutritional needs. You'll be asked to identify unhealthy eating behaviors, evaluate food labels and determine the ways in which cultural backgrounds and peer behaviors affect food choices. Techniques for assessing fitness levels are covered as well. You should be able to use them along with your knowledge of fitness components to create a nutrition and exercise plan that fits students' needs, whether they be to control weight or improve their strength and stamina.
Questions also ask you to identify causes, treatments and methods for preventing communicable diseases. The importance of early detection in treating noncommunicable diseases and symptoms of mental health disorders are also covered by this test area, as are methods for managing stress, anxiety and grief.
Healthy Interpersonal Relationships
These types of exam questions cover methods for establishing healthy relationships in families of all types and structures. You'll need to be cognizant of strategies for expressing needs, establishing trust and showing affection among family members. An awareness of the resources and coping strategies available to students affected by family members' alcohol abuse, neglect or other negative behaviors is also required.
Additionally, you should be familiar with the interpersonal skills students need to maintain healthy relationships within their peer groups. These include an ability to manage peer pressure, demonstrate empathy, respond to criticism and resolve conflicts. You'll also discuss the proper responses to bullying and the legal consequences of such behaviors as sexual harassment and rape. Other test questions cover responsible behavior in a dating relationship, methods for preventing sexually transmitted diseases and the effectiveness of different types of contraception. These types of questions make up around 20% of the exam.
Community and Environmental Health and Safety
Your knowledge of proper CPR and first aid procedures is one of many areas addressed by this content domain, which includes around 20% of the exam's multiple-choice questions. Some ask you about the negative health effects of unsafe behaviors and the ways in which alcohol and drug use increase injury risks. You'll want to be familiar with characteristics of different types of drugs - such as over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, hallucinogens and narcotics - and be able to describe the adverse health effects of long- and short-term drug, tobacco and alcohol abuse. Prevention and intervention strategies for abuse are also addressed by this part of the test, and you should be familiar with the signs of chemical dependency and addiction.
Other questions cover strategies for responding to dating or gang violence and the resources available for treating community health problems, such as unplanned pregnancies or poor nutrition. You should also be able to recognize types of environmental pollutants, their causes and methods for eliminating or mitigating their effects.
Health-Related Skills and Resources
This content domain assesses your ability to equip students with the self-awareness and decision-making skills needed to maintain or improve their health. You should be able to demonstrate the importance of setting goals and help students recognize how their role models, beliefs, and other factors influence health behaviors. You'll also want to be familiar with the government and nonprofit agencies providing legitimate health care information. An ability to recognize fraudulent health information and evaluate health care services' marketing campaigns and advertising messages is also key.
Other questions ask you to be familiar with types of health care delivery systems and the importance of getting regular checkups. You should also be able to identify the ways in which individuals' cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds affect their access to health care services. Around 20% of exam questions are included in this area of the test.
The School Health Education Program
This area of the test includes approximately 13% of exam questions and is designed to ensure you understand the processes involved in creating a coordinated school health program that incorporates the participation of health care professionals, teachers and school administrators. Questions cover the planning steps needed to ensure programming is responsive to the needs of students, parents and community members, as well as methods for evaluating program effectiveness. You should also be able to create and implement a health education curriculum appropriate for the ages and skill levels of the students receiving instruction and provide them with the research skills needed to access appropriate health information from both print and online resources.
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