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This test was taken on Computer.
Study: I used the red book (Nath is the author), Texes website study guides, and the Princeton Review book.
Test: About what I expected. Study basic math, history, etc. Go over the book and take a couple of practice tests.
Study: I used the material provided on the state website and spoke with other teachers who recently took the test.
Test: It was somewhat based around the questions, but it is important to understand overall what would be the best answer, ie. hands on, life skills, group learning.
Study: I went to the local library and checked out everything they had on the TExES tests. I reviewed the books and found the most helpful ones give reasoning behind the answers. I also went through the TEA practice tests, but these were not particularly helpful.
Test: Much easier than I expected - I passed with flying colors. Remember to take breaks as you need them, you have plenty of time. Also, just memorizing answers to questions will not help you. You need to know WHY the answer is correct so you can apply your knowledge to other questions.
Study: The only book I purchased and studied was REA's EC - 4 Generalist preparation guide. I started studying about a week and a half before the test. I read the whole book (about 150 pages) and took the practice exam. I also did the diagnostic exam at www.rea.com/texes. Lastly, I took a practice exam on the ETS website. I would have probably started earlier if I could go back and change anything. I would recommend studying hard and not stressing out to people who are about to take the test.
Test: I scored a 277 out of 300, so I did better than I expected. It wasn't as bad as I expected it to be, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't study. My main trick is to never change an answer on the test if you can't point out your mistake. Take your time, review your answers, have confidence and you will do great.
Study: I used several study books and also practice tests. Study!!! Pick the best answer choice for the child.
Test: It was about what I expected.
Study: I downloaded the practice test off of the Texas Teachers website. I also bought an extra book - REA for Generalist EC - 4. This book was really helpful! The website for the book had a practice test also. My advice is if the material you are studying doesn't make sense, buy a new book!
Test: It was hard, but I did well. Don't over think the answers. There aren't any trick questions. Many times I had to decide between two good answers and I just had to choose.
Study: I used the practice test online to study and looked up concepts or words I did not understand.
Test: The test was pretty hard, but try to know the concepts covered on the practice test. Also, look for answers that focus on "hands-on" methods of teaching.
Study: I used the study guide on the state website. I also bought the study guide, "Cliff's Notes for Generalist EC - 4".
Test: It was trickier than I expected. I would tell anyone who is going to take the test to study, study, study!
Study: I studied with the state-issued study guides.
Test: The exam was more challenging. Half of the test was about scenarios and the other half was testing elementary curriculum.
Study: Study the Ultimate Guide EC - 4. It really helps and goes over each domain in great detail. Also, look over the state test.
Test: Harder than I expected. Look at what they are asking. If the question asks about audio, the answer has to do with hearing.
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