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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I didn't study because I took a content area course in college. I would tell anyone that it covers what you will be teaching- so you should have the knowledge of early concepts in all subjects areas. What as opposed to how you will be teaching.
Test: Answer instictually.
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: Used the Cliff Notes Generalist EC-4 study guide and also the free handouts on the Texas Teachers website. The Cliff Notes study guide was okay. Just look over the practice tests in the back of the book.
Test: It was hard. Lock yourself in a room for a week or two before and study, study, study!!!
Study: Used the "Utimate Guide to EC-4". It was very useful to study. I focused on the 40% language and skimmed through the rest of the material. It worked for me.
Test: It wasn't as bad as I thought. Read the questions carefully to get the answers.
Study: Used "Ultimate Guide to EC=4" to study. Read and studied the first 80 pages and took the test (red portion). Passed it by 3 points. Barely passed it but if studied more would have made a better grade.
Test: Study ahead. Don't be overwhelmed.
Study: Prepared for the Texas Pre K-4 Teacher Certificate (Janice Nath/John Ramsey). There were free study guides on the internet. Tutored by Diane Bauer. It would be beneficial to have study groups. Take all sample exam/questions that are available.
Test: Test did meet expectations. Most questions are common sense. Read questions very carefully to identify key words. Make sure that the chosen answer answers the question.
Study: I used the review from the official Texes website. I also purchased the Big Yellow Book from the Texas Teacher's Office. There is also a link on their website for this book. It was $35.00. This book was great. It was so in depth and anybody that does not have a background in teaching will really benefit from using this book. It starts with the basic concepts and then builds onto these with the more complex concepts. I spent the four days before the test, going through the book slowly and carefully. I also took notes on the broad concepts that I felt were the most important. Then I went through the practice test at the back of the book. I also went through the practice test from the TEXES website. Finally, I studied my notes and the practice tests. I recommend purchasing this book or another alternate study material because the review from the official TEXES site is not good at all. I would not do anything differently because I did very well on the test.
Test: The test was just what I had expected. It was not hard because I was well prepared. To prepare for this test I would recommend starting about a week before the test. I would also recommend using some of the study techniques I mentioned above. I do not think that there are any tricks to pass the test. I think that the test taker should focus on the broad concepts repeated through out the book. I would also recommend focusing on the major concepts in the language portion. GOOD LUCK!
Study: I used the State's Study Guide and I also purchased Texas Teaching Solutions' "Ultimate TeXes Guide for the 101 Generalist EC-4" for $70.00. It promises not to be a brain dump of useless information. I went in feeling extremely confident and well prepared.
Note: You can enter your e-mail address for some free information and tips from Texas Teaching Solutions by going to their link in the Study section of this website. They even sent an e-mail offering an additional discount on the program a day or so later. Unfortunately, it arrived after I had purchased the program at the regularly discounted price. I believe they also offer a study session with a member of their organization, but I did not use that feature. I also feel compelled to note that the material does contain some type-o's and at least one question on a practice test gave the wrong answer.
If you don’t have the money to spend, you’ll probably do fine without it. However, I am not sorry I purchased it. It worked for me.
Test: The test was not what I expected after studying the additional guide; some questions were harder, some were easier.
I found the questions to be more similar to those in the free study guide from the State.
In my opinion, the most challenging, were the questions they classified as English/Language Arts/Reading. By this I mean, the questions like ...the criteria a first grade teacher would use in selecting texts for beginning readers... where, at least to me, all the answers provided seem logically possible. (#7 in the free guide, Competency 005)
I don't feel like either guide gave me the proper approach to those questions. For that reason, I think it would probably help to have some exposure to education, prior to the exam. For the most part on those, I just read the question a couple of times to ensure I understood what they wanted and gave it my best guess.
The guide I purchased provided much more information than I needed and did not clarify the concepts that eluded me, but I would not trade the confidence it gave me going in.
I also believe that if you have the advantage of attending the Texas Teachers training course prior to your exam, it will assist in putting you in the proper frame of reference to answer the questions. Especially if, like me, that’s the closest you've been to the education world since you were the student.
Study: I studied what was on the TEXES website, but most importantly I questioned my teacher friends about English Language Arts and History.
Test: It was much harder than I expected. It requires understanding of the question, reasoning and making a picture of the situation in your mind. Have in mind the grade.
Study: I worked with highlights and a notebood. Study differently.
Test: It was harder than I expected. In each question try to remember the highlights!
Study: I used some TEXES study material from the internet. Also, some questions from somebody who had recently passed the test and a TEXES study guide manual.
Test: It was harder than I expected. My advise is to read everything available on the content test.
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