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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I prepared with the Texes sample study guide on their website. I also used a content preparation study guide. The combination of both worked well for me.
Test: It was slightly harder than I expected. I studied approximately 14 hours total, and that amount of time was fine for me. My suggestion is to be prepared and relax on the day of the test.
Study: I used the "Big Yellow Book" advertised on the site as well as practice questions that I printed out. It was very good and full of information. I wuld have studied less than I did because I studied all day, everyday for a week. I would tell anyone taking it to focus on the Language Arts area of the exam.
Test: It is easier than I expected. It was also a lot less in depth than I expected it to be. I would tell anyone taking the test to relax but be prepared. It is also important to read carefully and focus on what is being asked. There will be two answers that are good but make sure you pick the best for what is being asked.
Study: I used online study guides and bought a Generalist EC-4 book.
Test: Pay close attention to key words and what the question is exactly asking.
Study: Research Education Association (REA) and on-line books. I read each section, highlighted keywords or ideas. I took the tests, graded them, re-read content that had wrong answers. Re-took tests. Do the same; notice/pay attention to state procedures and philosophy.
Test: Harder. Same tips that are online. No food or drinks are allowed - eat and drink prior to test.
Do not rush. Use the tools, mark questions to return to, use the full time, review questions and check answers.
Study: I used Cliffs Test Prep from Barnes and Noble ($30). I read through the book twice for 4 weeks total. I had 5 hours, but finished in 1 and a half hours and passed.
Test: I heard it was difficult, but I thought it was easier than most people said. My trick to test taking is to read through the question once, slowly, then decide right then what the best choice is. I do not go back and look through and re-evaluate my answers because I end up second guessing my original answers.
Study: Definitely know everything about phonological and phoenomic awareness. Nearly half the questions are about Language Arts.
Test: The content on the exam was about what I expected. The testing situation (location, etc) was a little nerve racking. All the rules read before the test, the environment (lots of cameras on you and people walking around watching you) made me nervous.
Study: I used the Study Guide for Generalist EC-4 from Plano Public Library, online study guide from SBEC about test-taking strategies.
Both were very helpful since it has been 10+ years since college and test taking. I studied away from home for less distractions and at quiet places like bookstores or small restaurants.
Test: It was a little easier than I expected. Once I overcame my fear of failing and saw that the questions on the test were in all the study materials I used, my confidence went up. No tricks. Just focus and study what is available to you through your local library, internet, and bookstores.
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: Cliffs Test Prep TEXeS: Generalist EC-4 and Preparing for the TEXES EC-4 Test (J. Nath) - I really focused on the Reading/Language Arts portion when studying because that part had the majority of questions. I also browsed message boards online.
Test: Hard! I studied hard for about 3 weeks straight. I feel if you study terms and concepts, you will do fine on the test. I made sure to know those concepts backwards and forwards.
Study: Bought program online and used a book purchased at Amazon.com. Cliff's Notes Test Prep worked the best.
Test: Easier than I expected. Study the tests and info in Cliff's Notes Test Prep.
Study: "Preparing for the Pre-K thru 4 Teacher Certification" by Janice Nath. I read it all the way through. "EC-4 Cliff's Notes" - I took the tests in the back and used the results to see what areas I should study more. I also studied the free on-line state guide and took their 37 question test.
Test: I thought the test was easy. The tests in the Cliffs Notes book are harder than the actual test. So, if you can do well on those practice tests, you should easily pass the actual test.
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