TAKS Science Tutorials

TAKS Science practice web site

Welcome! 
I hope this page helps toward your studies.  This page is created for your convenience in study for the science TAKS 10th and Exit Level tests and more.  In some of the links, there may be practices for other subjects such as social studies, math and Enlish language arts.
I am attaching files which contain information to help you study for the tests.  There are five objectives in the science TAKS test.  Within these files there are lecture notes, power points, practice problems and released state tests and hyperlinks attached for more practices.  For each objective I have many practices and hyper link resources that I have collected along my teaching path.
Please feel free to use or print any of the materials attached. 
Good luck on your tests.
Ms. Latimer


Objective 1:
Safety, procedures, scientific method, graphing, conversions, applying, inferring, interpreting science data.
Know how to read a chart or graph.  Even if you don't have a clue what the concept behind the graph is, by reading the titles and labels, you can get through the question.
Drawing conclusions:  Students must be able to read a paragraph or look at a chart and draw a conclusion from the data presented.  Read the statements VERY carefully and look for words in the answer choices that don't match.  If the paragraph didn't say anything about water, then an answer that talks about water isn't correct.
Products:  There is always a question about products.  Usually, it's an ad or product description.
Sometimes, they ask the students to compare two or three different  products.  The ad questions are pretty easy.  Some common sense goes a long way.  The product comparisons are a little more difficult and often require some simple calculations.  For example:  the question might give three candy bars information and ask which bar contains more fat per gram.  Just divide the fat of each bar by the mass of each bar and compare.
Occasionally (often enough for me to note it) there is a question on how to read a scientific instrument, usually a graduated cylinder or balanace scale.  Practice this.  Remember to read the graduated cylinder at the bottom of the meniscus.
Objective 2: Biology
There is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS some kind of DNA/RNA questions where you get a sequence of nucleotides and are asked to match one of the choices to its complimentary sequence.  If you didn't understand what I just said, then RUN, do not walk to your Biology teacher and ask about it.  Just remember that C always compliments G and A always compliments T, except in RNA where U replaces T.
There is almost always a question that asks you to determine what human organ systems are involved in a process.  There are 11 human human organ systems.  Know what they are and what they do.
There is almost always a question that involves the organelles within the cell.  Know what they are and what they do.
There is usally a question about plants.  Know what roots, stems, and leaves look like, do and effect of them on the plant.
Objective 3:  Environment and Earth
There is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS a question abou the three types of symbiosis.  Know them and be able to give examples of how they work.  Parasitism, Commensalism and Mutualism are groups you need to be clear about.
There is almost always a food web/food chain/energy pyramid question.  Know producers and consumers.
There is usally a question on bacteria and/or viruses.  Know what they are and how to identify them in pictures.
Objective 4:  IPC Chemistry
There is almost always a pH question, a question on ions, a question on phase changes, and a question on balancing equations.  More rarely a question about gas laws.  There is almost always a question that involves the Law of Conservation of Mass.
Objective 5:  IPC Physics
There is amost always a question on energy (kinetic, Gravitational Potential, and or the conversion between them and the Law of Conservation of Energy).  There is almost always a question on energy transfer (Conduction, Convection, and Radiation).
WARNING:  The newer TAKS tests have calculation questions that require MORE THAN ONE FORMULA!  It is very, very important to not just punch numbers in the calculator and hope that is an answer choice.  You will get it wrong.  Pay very close attention to the untis given in the problem and the units of the answer.  Use the formula chart to figure out how to get from the question to the answer choices.  WRITE UNITS IN YOUR FORMULAS!!!
The formula chart can also help you, even if there are no numbers in the question.  The formulas explain how things go together.  Life a force affects the acceleration of a mass.
Make sure you know the units of energy, force, work, and power and how they are derived.  If you don't, I can tell you if you ask, or find your IPC or Physics teacher and FIND OUT!

I am attaching files which contain information to help you study for the tests.  There are five objectives in the science TAKS tests.  Within these files there are lecture notes, powerpoints, practice problems, released past TAKS tests to use for practice with keys to check your work and hyperlinks for more practice.  All of these sources I have either created or collected along the way in my years of teaching science.  I have the links listed below titled by the grade level testing.  I will also include before you find the EXIT level an explanation of questions you may find on the exams.
10th grade TAKS testing practices:  
            
        
EXIT Level TAKS testing practices: