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Study: Cliff's Notes was the best. Just be practical and don't work too hard trying to understand everything in the beginning.
Test: Use the question as your main hint. The answer always has to do with hands on activities with the kids or involving parents to make it better.
Study: Cliff Notes EC - 4 Prep book - I would focus more on the practice questions and tests rather than all the material within the book. Take as many practice tests as possible!
Test: It was much harder than I expected. Just take your time with the test. Read and re-read each question and always go with your first choice. Take breaks during the test to clear your mind when you're feeling overwhelmed.
Study: I used Cliff's Notes Study Guide to Passing TEXeS Generalist EC - 4. All study guides can be found at Barnes and Noble and offer several practice tests, which helped me the most.
Test: It was super tricky. You have to imagine "perfect world" scenarios.
Study: I used the Big Yellow book(Ultimate Guide to Texes),Cliff notes,And Preparing for Ec-4 by Janice Nath.
Test: The exam. wasn't that easy.please read,take notes, practice past questions and don't be nervous on the Examination day.good luck!
Study: I bought 4 different study guides and found the "yellow book" to be most like the test. Fell for the site selling the Comprehensive success system(teaching solutions). All their study materials are not anything like the test. Its just massive amounts of test questions similar to what you would see on a 4th graders test. Don't waste your money
Test: Study all areas not just the language arts.Allow for ample study time. The test was hard but what I expected.
Study: I used the Big Yellow Ultimate guide. I felt the language arts part especially well organized and helpful. I would highly recommend it.
As far as studying goes, give about 2 weeks or so. Most of the test excluding the language arts part was conceptual (what would you do in this situation). I studied all about math and science and soc. studies, but all that studying got me maybe 3 or 4 answers - Definitely study language arts...the first 60 pages or so of the Ultimate should be good. Know all the terms such as phonemes/graphemes/etc.
Test: I thought it was easy. I could have only studied the ELA part and still have done very well. I got a 276.
Study: I studied for one month for the test. And this was about maybe 2 hours a day. I used "The Bid Yellow Book" for off of the Texas Teachers list and I also used the TExES small study guide with partial test. The two things combined I felt prepared to take the test, but still unsure of myself. The yellow book has a lot of information but had some very similar questions to on the test. If I could do it over then I would have spent a little extra time studying the yellow book and taking the tests multiple times.
Test: The test was exactly what I expected. It was challenge on a some questions. I think taking the paper test would have been easier, so that you can mark off the incorrect answers, but I just used a piece of paper to mark off incorrect answers for the computer. I past this test, so there isn't much that I would change. Just be prepared to spend some time taking the test. It took me 4 hours to answer, and review. You have plenty of time to relax and get your answers right, but dont second guess yourself.
Study: I used Preparing for the Texas PreK-4 Teacher Certification book by Janice Nath and John Ramsey. I studied probably an hour a day for about 8 weeks. The questions throughout the text helped me process the information talked about in each section. I would not change how I studied but I did feel a little overprepared for certain sections.
Test: The test seemed easier than I thought it would be. There were some questions that were really tough and some that were really easy but most of the questions were easy to reason through if you had the base knowledge presented in the book. Almost all of the questions are situational so while you may know the content you have to be able to apply it to a classroom situation.
Study: I only used Free online study guides. I couldn't afford all the other study guides and thought it would hurt me but it didn't. I had one semester of substitute experience and I believe that helped me the most.
Test: It was what I expected but finished it earlier that i thought.
Study: I used both the state website and the Cliffnotes yellow book.
Test: The test center was very serious, very tight security. We had to leave all our stuff in a locker- basically all you could bring in the test room was yourself. We could take breaks, but they were counted against your time. They will give you scratch paper and a pencil.
The test itself was easier than the practice tests. There were LOTS of scenarios, and as other posters have pointed out, whichever choie is more work for the teacher, more collaborative and more child centered is the 'right answer'-lol. The math, which I was most afraid of, was probably the easiest. The music questions were TOUGH.
Advice: 1)take lots of practice tests 2)get some notecards for each of the domains with the highlights. Be sure you know the basic science stuff, like volume, radius, perimeter 3)read the questions with a fine tooth comb. Some of them are really tricky- words like 'individual' or 'best' can make all the difference 4)bring water and a snack, you can eat them out of the room 5)you have five hours for the test. Don't rush it, take breaks when you need to. Mark the answers you're not sure about and really think them through. Take your time with the math, some are deceptively easy. 6)wear a jacket or hoodie, it's cold in the room. GOOD LUCK!
I made a 280/300. Passing was 240/300.
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