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This test was taken on Paper.
Study: Study the web page http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter089/ch089bb.html. Two questions asked about parent's rights. Also, study the state's online questions. Know the terms: lateralization, shelter approach, immersion, submersion, bi literacy, biculturalism, transformation, morphology, phonology, syntax, lexicon, L1, L2, cloze. Also, study the online 103 test.
Test: The test is mostly scenarios.
Study: I bought the manual from Texas Teachers. It was okay but it was not enough for me. It definitely helped that I had taken the EC - 4 and passed. Much of it is repetition.
Test: The test was what I expected. I would tell anyone to get the study material from Texas Teachers and try to find others as well. Use common sense.
This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I used online study guides and EC-4 Bilingual Generalist book.
Test: Study history, techniques, and vocabulary. Some government questions, most were example questions.
Study: I used study guides from a friend (had 2 practice tests) plus the preparation manual from the texes website. I studied for a month, and took 3 different practice tests. Any term that wasnt't explained well in this manual I looked up in the website (I researched a lot).
Test: It was easy for me because I studied a lot. Lots of scenario questions that are very similar to the questions of practice tests. Study all the teaching startegies/methods. Bilingual Education history.
Study: I used the ETS practice test online. I studied language acquisition by looking up information on the Internet. I failed to learn enough about different kinds of bilingual education programs in schools. If I take it again I will focus on those different models.
Test: Harder, because so many questions seemed like more than one answer was right. I ended up guessing on several.
I would study important legislative rulings about bilingual educations, different kinds of bilingual programs in school, and the processes and stages of second-language acquisition.
Pluses are that the test is short - only 70 questions.
Study: I used the Cliff's Notes guide and another similar to the Cliff's Notes. I also took the practice test online from the ETS site. I didn't leave enough time to study (only a couple of days) and because of the large scope of this test, if I have to take it again I would study for at least a couple of weeks. In particular, I would learn the social studies information (history, geography) since I grew up abroad and it was unfamiliar to me. I would also memorize the TEKS objectives for each grade and brush up a little on my linguistics.
Test: The books I used seemed like a good prep except that there were way more content-based questions (e.g. elements of art, of music, history questions, etc) in the study guide than there were on the actual test. That was deceptive and I spent a lot of time refreshing some of that knowledge. The test only had about 2-3 questions each that tested my own knowledge of each subject areas, and I had the most trouble with history and geography.
If I had known that I didn't have to know the subject matter, I definitely would have focused on learning the TEKS better, as there were several questions that relied directly on what would be appropriate/ best choice for a specific grade level. For instance, you must know what students are studying every year in science, PE, and social studies. With the Language Arts you can guide yourself more by how fluent the child is.
The test was about as hard as I expected, but I should made more time to study.
Study: I studied the Chapter 1 in the book by Luis A. Rosado, Ed.D. "TExES 103 Bilingual Generalist EC-4." They have two tests one at the back of the book and a free one on line. The book is about 25 to 30 dollars but my local library also had it.
I also studied the SBEC Preparation Manual. I only studied for about 3 days. Doing the questions over and over and self correcting any wrong answers or getting deeper comprehension of unfamiliar material.
It was enough to pass the test at my first try.
Test: Some questions were common sense and others specific. I just went with my first instinct and let my subconscious decide when I consciously did not know the answer. Your subconscious absorbs a little of everything you read. When not sure go with your gut.
READ READ AND RE_READ the questions. Review again after you finish the whole test. I found sometimes I missed part of or a key word on the question that was important and would change the whole answer.
Don't second guess yourself on the answer you picked. Only change it if you misread, misunderstood or missed a key word of the question. If it is not obvious you missed something DON'T touch it.
I made a 267 :)
Study: I studied the Chapter 1 in the book by Luis A. Rosado, Ed.D. "TExES 103 Bilingual Generalist EC-4." I also studied the SBEC Preparation Manual. It was enough to pass the test at my first try.
Test: "Turn on" your multicultural awareness.
Study: I studied Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.
Test: Bilingual test was philosophical, teaching strategies.
Study: I used the study guide plus information from internet: James Crawford Website is excelent, National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education(NCELA),NABE and Texas Education Agency on Bilingual Policy and Procedures
Test: Practice the questions from the study guide to get the hang of the tricky questions. Usually there is one word that makes a question incorrect on the multiple choice,so read carefully.Try to review your answers after you finish. Study Bilingual Programs and Policies. I study for three weeks and I found the test a bit hard. What help me the most was to practice the questions form the study guide
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