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This test was taken on Paper.
Study: I bought the online version of the "yellow book" by Mometrix Media LLC and found much of the material did not pertain to the ec-4 test material. Very little of it was helpful. I found it was a waste of money!
Test: Study the online teXes manual.
Study: Cliff's Notes
Good guide, lots of information, practice questions at the end of each competency as well as 2 full practice tests with answer explanations.
Test: Hard questions where almost every answer makes sense.
Keep in mind the age, physical ability (very young? can't grasp a pencil?) and grade level of the children they're talking about.
Know the TEKS for each grade for each subject.
This test was taken on Computer.
Study: 1st, the free state prep manual online. This pre-test was 1/4 of the size of the yellow book. I just used my wrong answers as a guide to know where to start studying in the yellow book.
2nd, "The Big Yellow Book" Ultimate Guide to the EC-4 Generalist TExES by Diane Bauer and Janet Scott.
Test: Easy. The guide has a really nice 110 question pre-test (like the real test). I checked my answer after each question. If I got it right, I continued. If I got it wrong, I made notes why the answer said it was wrong. I also went into the guide & reviewed the info I didnt know.
In that way, I wasnt wasting time. I was studying & checking how much I know. By the time I got halfway, I really got the hang of what kind of answers they're looking for.
I really liked this strategy because the questions on the real test didnt scare me. I had already answered 110 like questions for a wk.
Study: I used the Big Yellow Book. This is the best study guide if you do not have teaching experience. It does not give you too much information to overwhelm you but gives you enough to prepare you. Always remember that ths best answer choice is the answer that has the student actively engaged. Also remember there are two good answer choices, pick the one that relates back to the question. I studied like 3-4 days a week for two weeks and I got a 266. Take your time and read the answer choices first so you will know what you are trying to answer. I would not change the way I studied. I only missed 6 of the English questions.Good luck
Test: The English was easier because that is what I spent my time studying. The math was harder for me because I have always struggled in math.
Study: I had four days to study because I was just completing my Montessori Certification and had an exam for that. I bought "Preparing for the Texas prek-4 teacher certification" by janice nath. I bought the book for 53 dollars and it was NOT worth it. The only way I used the book was to review terminology, and to read the review about history. There are very few practice questions. I thought there would be a lot of practice questions at the end of the book but there was not.
Test: I took the practice exam through the texes website. I found it to be partially difficult and partially easy. When I took the actual test I thought the same. I left thinking I passed, or at least came close to passing. I passed with a score of 268. If you have worked with children before, and you did well in college, you will have no problem with this exam. Just study terminology and take practice questions.
Study: Two books: Preparing for the Texas Pre K - 4 Teacher Certification by Janice L Nath and Jonn Ramsey; Cliff Notes TExES EC-4 Generalist. Combined both, the first one helps you with the content, the second one had really helpful practice tests. Take the time and DO the practice tests! It really helped me.
Test: Difficult but not impossible. Study hard and be aware of little details in the question that guide you to decide between two possible options. If you have to prioritize, spend more time studying for the English Language Arts section.
Study: I used the Ultimate Study Guide.
Test: It was easier than I expected. The only part that is difficult is the part where you have to know about teaching methods/strategies for different grade levels.
Study: I used Cliff's Notes to study.
Test: Study! It is harder than you think because it is all scenarios.
Study: I used the materials provided online. I also checked out a book from the library for an additional reference. I would have probably studied a little more. I didn't think the test would be hard since I was already a teacher a few years back, but there was a lot of technical terms on the test that I didn't know.
Test: The test was a little harder than I expected. Like I said before there was a lot of technical terms on the test. These were asked to you in terms of how you would apply it to a classroom. I would tell someone who is about to take the test to really take time to study.
Study: The Yellow Study Manual (from Texas Teachers). I wish I would have taken more time to study, but more than 1/2 the material is not in the book.
Test: I did well, but I was nervous when I left because the questions were a bit confusing.
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