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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: Yellow Generalist EC-4 Essential Study Guide available at L&M. I'd plan/isolate more time to study 3-4 days before exam rather than starting 2 weeks early. I suggest taking the practice test first to identify weak areas and focus studying better.
Test: I've taken many certification exams in the past. Nothing compares to this. You have five hours and will likely use at least half of that time. Get plenty of rest the night before. Read questions carefully for that grade level and sequencing identifiers like "first" and "next". I passed with flying colors, but it is exhausting.
Study: I used the Ultimate Guide (Yellow Book). I spent 2 weeks studying for the test, concentrating on learning all of the little details in each Domain area. This is not needed. Concentrate on Lang. Arts, History, and Science. Just go over Math and Fine Arts, but not a lot of questions on this.
Test: The test was harder than I expected. It is very difficult because it is a lot of info to learn in a short amount of time. I would say really concentrate on theories of teaching and can't stress enough to study Language Arts. I passed it but wasn't sure of some Language Arts questions. Good luck!
Study: Cliff's Notes - this book is a great overview of terminology and concept. However, does not have many test-taking tips. It is a great book to have because it gives you an understanding of EC-4 teaching.
Test: The test was harder than what I expected. Although, a lot of the content is simple, much is analytical thinking. However, don't over-analyze.
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: TExEs EC-4 Generalist Cliff's Notes Preparation. Read to understand the material - do not attempt to memorize. Allow at least a few weeks to study.
Test: Easier than expected. Take advantage of the allotted time - don't rush. Read questions carefully.
Study: I ordered the "Big Yellow Book" and felt that is prepared me well for the test.
Test: The test was harder that expected. I don't think that I would have passed if I would have not studied. The Big Yellow Book teaches you to think using current teaching strategies such as collaboration, brain storming, etc.
Study: I used an EC-4 Generalist test book I purchased from Barnes and Noble. It worked perfectly. I wouldn't do anything differently. There were two practice tests in the book that I took that were pretty realistic.
Test: Easier. I think if you just brush up on basic principles you learned in college and learn some of the teaching techniques for young children, particularly when it comes to learning to read, you'll be fine.
Study: I used the Prep Manual on the Texas Teachers website. Anything I did not understand while reading through it, I researched. I did the practice questions so I knew which areas to concentrate on.
Test: The test was harder than expected, but I passed it the first time. You have to put yourself in the teacher's position. If you narrow it down to 2 answers, make sure you pick the answer that is best for that grade level and the situation.
Study: Texes Master: provides flash cards, study guide, and a DVD. You study at your own pace.
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Test: The computer test seemed harder than the paper. I recommend using the Texes Master study guide and the State study guide. The test closely corresponded with both. If you're not a morning person, don't take the test in the morning. Also, use all of the time provided.
Study: I took the quiz from the Preparation Manual on the TExES website. After grading myself, I studied the questions I missed. I have never taken any courses or read any study guides and I passes this test easily.
Test: The test was exactly what I expected. I think the abbreviated quiz on the TExES website was a great example of what to expect on the real test. My tip: don't spend money or waste time studying for this one until AFTER you've taken the practice quiz and assessed your performance. That way you only spend time studying the areas you need help in.
Study: I got help and tutorials from veteran teachers and colleagues. I also used TEXES EC - 4 Generalist book.
Test: Language Arts is 40%. It was mostly concentrated on Pre-K, K, and 1st grade. The basics of Language sounds.
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