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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I used The Ultimate Guide to the EC-4 Generalist test you can buy at the Texas Teachers office. I studied for three weeks. It was good and I did well on the exam. I think it prepared me for the vocabulary on the exam but there was a lot of info.
Test: It was harder and it took me longer than I thought (4 hours). After I took it I did not know how I had done on it. I did well though and I think it takes studying and common sense.
Study: I used the prep manuals on the state's website. For the EC-4 I used the REA guide and loved it.
Test: The test was what I expected.
Study: I studied the guide given by Texas Teachers. I went over questions and why they were wrong and right. I broke each section up and spent two days on each competency. Breaking up the sections really worked for me.
Test: It was harder than I thought, but I stayed positive and pictured myself passing. I would tell someone who is taking the test to pick the best scenario for students. There were some questions in which I guessed and I used process of elimination and was able to pick from the best two answers.
Study: I went to the links provided on texasteachers.org to get the free practice tests and preparation manual. I would suggest to take it all in little by little and make sure to do the practice test.
Test: It was longer than expected. Just remember it's not about knowledge but more understanding.
This test was taken on Paper.
Study: Online study manuals were extremely helpful. I also took the tests at the end of those guides. Study guides are also available at Barnes and Noble and are well worth the money.
Test: I found the test to be somewhat difficult. I highly recommend everyone study. Study all review guides available. Also, take the practice test at the end of the study guides.
Study: I would recommend studying a few weeks out from the test. It is a lot of info and is overwhelming.
Test: I think it is harder than expected. Some of the questions you can narrow down to two.
Study: Cliff's Notes EC - 4 Generalist study guide worked best. I studied for several weeks before it due to the amount of information. That worked the best for me.
Test: It was difficult because many questions could have had more than one answer, and you had to pick the best. Just think about what's best for the child.
Study: I studied using the test off of the Texas Teachers site. I read through the competencies and got comfortable with them. Then I took the study test several times, sometimes doing even numbered questions, then odd numbered questions.
Test: It was what I expected. As long as you know your material you will do fine. If they use any words in the questions you don't quite understand define them and get to know them well.
Study: I only used the "Big Yellow Book". I read the material and made my own review. I would review the first ten competencies the most.
Test: It was easier than I expected. It is always the teacher's job, not the parent's job to teach!
Study: Materials that I used include: SBEC/TEA website - online preparation manuals, UTSA Review booklets, Generalist EC - 4 Content Manual, and UTSA Study Guide. Start studying 1 - 2 months before actual test. Break it down into small segments.
Test: I thought the exam was harder than I expected. It helps to relax, get a good night's sleep, eat a light meal before, and manage your time during the exam. Use "process of elimination" on the multiple choice questions and answer questions you know and mark the ones you're not sure of to check them again.
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