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This test was taken on Paper.
Study: Practice tests; SBEC booklets; and study cards. I highly recommend the study cards. A stack can be carried with you wherever you go so when you have a few minuted you can study.
Test: The content was harder than I expected.
This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I started studying 2 months before the exam by reading the Cliff Notes Texes EC-4 study book. One word describes this book - awful! About 3 weeks before the exam, I purchased the Princeton Review Texes Study book. It was readable and made sense.
Test: The test was hard, but not as hard as I thought it would be. 110 questions in all areas such as Geography, Geometry, Fractions, and mostly Reading. Take your time. Look at the grade level and pay close attention to what is being asked before answering. Last reminder - breathe!
Study: I used the preparation manual off the Texes website to work through the sample questions. I would have looked at some other resources listed under preparation maunuals.
Test: Harder than expected. Make sure you study.
Study: I studied online resources at SBEC, took practice tests and studied right as well as wrong answers.
Test: Test was a little harder than expected because some of the questions were very specific. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!! Take practice tests to help you find your weak areas.
Study: Test prep manual from Texas Teachers website. I would read more on the concept of EC-4 teaching. I would recommend reading the domains before taking the test.
Test: The test was harder than expected. I would tell someone who is about to take the test to take their time and study before the test. I have no tricks to pass on.
Study: I used the Ultimate Guide EC-4 Generalist study guide. I took the practice test first, then went over the areas I missed the most.
Test: It was not harder, just more in depth than the practice test.
Study: I read the Big Yellow Book twice, a week before test.
Test: It was harder than I expected, especiall Language and Arts. Its good to know educational terms. Read each question carefully and imagine out the scenarios. Think about the grade level they are asking about.
Study: Texes Secrets by Morrison Media, and the free guide from the state. Both of these can be found on this site. I took the practice test in the free guide, and studied the secrets, and material from Morrison.
Test: The material on the test seemed a bit different from what I studied. I used techniques found in the Secrets book to answer a lot of the questions. The material from ths Secrets book helped also. The practice test also helped. The test took me 4 hours, 10 minutes. I passed on my first try.
Study: I used the free on-line state study material and ordered the big yellow book, Ultimate Guide to the EC-4 Generalist TExES by Diane Bauer and Janet Scott. I did the practice test on-line and read through the big yellow book twice. I focused on the Language Arts and Reading since approximately 40% of the test questions were in that domain. This helped tremendously with understanding terminology/vocabulary and well worth the $35 spent. I gave myself two months to study before the test date since my schedule was busy. I studied when I was well rested (most of the time), trying to do one section (competency) at a time. This worked well for me as I passed with a scaled score of 287.
Test: The test was hard, but I expected it to be. The Language Arts and Reading questions were the hardest. I took the full five hours going through all the questions twice. There was one question I did not have a clue as to what they were asking in the question or saying in the preceeding paragraph. There were several questions where I could easily eliminate two choices, but the remaining two choices were hard to choose from. There are no tricks--just study and know the terminology for Domain 1. Be well rested when you go to take the test. Read the questions carefully and make sure you answer what they are asking for. I recommend the Ultimate Guide to the EC-4 Generalist TExES book if you do not have a degree in education.
Study: I used the Nath book, as well as the Cliff Notes book.
The Nath book was better at the material AND the questions.
The Cliff Notes book has those 2 practice tests.
Test: It was difficult, just as I expected.
The reading questions [which were all over the test unlike the other subjects] presumed you knew the terms.
No tricks. Study hard, especially the reading part.
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