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This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I used the Ultimate Guide to Generalist EC - 4, "The Big Yellow Book". I set time everyday and studied in a consistent way. I used practice tests from different books and analyzed the mistakes I would make. I went to the library or quiet place to study and simulate the test.
Test: Harder than expected, but there are no trick questions. Look for words as decoders and distractors from the correct answer. Read the answers carefully and look for what they are really asking. Be sure to answer all the questions.
This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I used the Ultimate Guide to the EC-4 Generalist. I spent most of my time studying the language arts section, which was probably a good idea since it is 40 percent of the test. I also printed the free study guide from this website, it was useless. For someone who does not have a background in teaching the more a Domain can be broken down and built upon for me the better. I suggest not using the free guide other than after studying the Ultimate Guide use the free guide only for the question and answer section. The free guide is free for a reason. I have a full-time job, a husband and two kids under 5 so every moment I studied was well planned. I would go to the gym about 4 times a week and while the kids were in the kids club playing I would get on the treadmill and study for 2 hours. I did this for about 4 weeks. It worked for me and I lost 5 pounds in the process
Test: The test was easier than expected. I found no tricks to the test just a note though, on the English section two answers are usually really close to being correct be sure you select the answer that best answers the question. If you have a full time job and full time family that needs your undivided attention when you get a stolen moment to study be sure to have a plan to make the most of your time. This worked for me, I passed it the first time.
Study: I used an orange book called "Preparing for the Texas PreK - 4 Teacher Certification by Jnice Nath and John Ramsey. This is an excellent book and prepares you for all subjects expecially the Language Arts portion!!
The language arts portion is all terminology e. phonemic awareness, semantics graphophonic relationships, graphemes etc. Read, read,and read this section of the book. I guarantee you will be prepared. I took this test on April 2nd. I was surprised to see how much science was included as well but it is mostly lab safety question and involves logic. There were also a good amount of physical education questions. Math is straightforward, just simple calcualtions. Surprisingly there were hardly any quesions on social studies, a couple on art and none on music. My advisc - Work with above mentioned book and then download preparation manual from sbec website which contains a practice exam. Do the exam and see where your weaknesses lie and go back to the book to work on them.
Test: The test was more or less what I expected because of the review method I used and mentioned above
The test is 5 hours long - more than enough time to finish so take your time and use logic for questions you are not sure of. Know levels of development for reading and writing for each grade!!
Study: I spent about a week studying using CliffsTestPrep TExES: Generalist EC-4. There were extra study questions at the end of each competency discussion and two practice tests at the very end of the book. The questions seemed of a different ilk than those that had been posted on the TExES site, so I'm not sure how valuable they would be to you (although, the book does provide explanations of appropriate answers, which are nice). The real beauty of the book is in the way it handles the Reading/ELA competencies (this is 40% of the test! you've got to know this stuff!) and it's price! $20 on Amazon... much better than the $40-80 guides you'll get other place, I think.
Test: Go over everything in this book- focus on differences between stuff like graphemes and morphemes and phonemes. You should be able to tell where a child is struggling in their reading based on what mistakes they make (miscues) while reading orally, how they write, and how they interpret. The test is long, too- take a break. I didn't, but I should have. It's a lot of reading, and puzzling out all those scenario questions. Someone gave me the suggestion of considering "CHILD" for every test item. That is, they are looking for answers that involve Cooperative learning, Higher-order thinking, Integrated lessons, Learner (or student)-centered activities, and Diversity. This helped a lot- remember you're doing it for the kids, and their safety/learning always comes first! Also, I left the test feeling miserable about it... but I scored a 290/300. So don't fret! :)
Study: I used the "Ultimate Guide to the EC-4 Generalist" to study. I did the practice test first to see what areas I needed to work on. As 40% of the exam is on Reading & Language Arts, that is obviously the place to focus. I did great on the Math/Science on the practice test and was weaker on Phonics and Phonemics. Guess what? The Math and Science were much harder than questions on the practice test included in the study guide.
Test: Find some more info on your weaker areas. USE any and all practice tests available. You are given up to five hours to complete the online test. My advice would be to hit the questions that are easiest for you first then go back to the more difficult ones. I did very well on the exam despite myself!
Study: The Big Yellow Book referred to as the Ultimate Study Guide for the EC-4 Certification Test, the free TeXes material found online
I have a background in early childhood, so some of the material was a little familiar. I started studying two weeks before the test, about 2 to 4 hours a night. I mainly foucsed on the language arts portion of the test because language arts comprises 40% of the test. I read the book and made flashcards. I didn't get around to studying music, physical education and the art domains, but it didn't matter because I didn't get any of those wrong. I also focused a little on the math domain because I've always struggled in math.
How would I study differently?
For starters, I wasted time trying to memorize formulas and measurment conversions. I also wasted time trying to remember specific people throughout history. The test I took did not ask about specific people, nor did I need to use the formulas I memorized. For the math section, you'll mainly need to know about math concepts. You really don't have to actually compute problems.
I highly recommend the big yellow book.
Test: At the time of the test it was harder than I expected. I almost freaked out. When I looked at the computer screen I felt like I didn't know anything. I had to stop take a deep beathe and talk myself through it. People around me probably thought I was crazy because I had to tell myself to calm down. My nerves almost got the best of me.
The best thing about the computer test is that you can work ahead, and mark questions that you're not sure about. Since I struggled with math, I skipped to the math section, and completed those questions. After I saw that the math wasn't so bad, I went back and completed the rest of the language arts questions that I didn't answer. At the end of the test I went back to the answers that I "marked" and tried to work through those problems. I still had plenty of time left and went back through the entire test twice. Use all of your time.
Also take a break, get a cup of water and have a snack. Each time I felt myself slipping back into panic mode I got up to take a break. I had to go walk it off.
That's my experiernce, but you know what's best for you.
Study: The book from Texs Teachers was the best. I studied and read the text twice. Studying the answers to the practice test worked best because it helped to understand the material better.
Test: Take the computer test because it is easier to organize your thoughts. The English Language Arts seemed to be harder than expected. Physical Education had a few questions that were rather confusing and caught me off guard.
Study: The Ultimate Guide the EC - 4 (yellow book). This book was a great study guide. I read through the book and studied the example questions in the back. I found this most helpful because it explains why that answer is correct.
Test: I thought the test was what I expected. My only advice is study the questions because understanding why an answer is correct can help you apply it to other questions.
Study: I downloaded online study guide for practice and reviewed correct answers. This is not a test you can just study content and pass. You are asked to analyze how you would teach/reteach and react in different learning situations. Emphasize early childhood language and reading levels.
Test: Manage your time during the test. Choose answers that have students fully engaged and look for key words like "cultural and context".
Study: I studied the notes of the Texas Teachers website and Cliff's Notes book on Generalist Ec - 4. Take all the practice tests in the back of the book and know what the correct answers are and why.
Test: The test was harder than I expected. Read the questions very carefully. Review early childhood Language Arts/Reading. There are also some questions on Music, but they are not very hard.
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