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Strategy #1

Study: I studied for 3.5 weeks, 3 hours per day leading up to the exam. I used the REA book with online tests included. If you buy this book used, I believe you can still purchase the online portion as well. I really liked having the online tests. Make sure to read all the sections of the book. I also went through the entire Texas Teachers EC-6 module, and took my time (I spent about 5 days on that alone, 3 hours per day). Pretty much everything I studied was on the test, as well as a couple things I didn't.

Test: It was about as difficult as I expected. My strategy was to read the questions thoroughly before choosing an answer. If I was unsure, I would mark it. I never actually change an answer unless I am 100% positive that my first answer was wrong. There were only 2 or 3 questions that I completely guessed on. I passed on my first try with a 364.

Strategy #2

Study: I studied the REA EC-6 book by Rosado for one week before the test. I also took every practice test I could find. There were 2 in the book, the ETS study guide has one, as did T-cert (tarleton.pact.edu). I also used youtube and Kahn Academy to refresh concepts.

Test: It was hard but I think it was more mental than anything. I took a break in between each section. Unlike the practice tests, the real test is divided into sections per content. Mine began with ELA and ended with Health and Fine Arts. The test announces when a new section is beginning. That helped me breathe knowing when I finished a section. I took almost four hours and left feeling completely defeated! I took the test on a Tuesday and got my scores back on the following Tuesday. I made a 266.

Strategy #3

Study: I used the REA EC-6 book and the T-Cert website. I found the book and the website to work best for me. The book covered a lot more than what is on the test. The practice exams in the book were hard but I liked that because it prepares you for the worst. I would have to say that the exam is a mix between the T-Cert practice exam and the REA practice exams. By taking the practice the exams, you should get used to the test setting.

Test: The EC-6 test was not too hard or too easy. I'm weak in English, so I studied that section more than the other subjects. Study for the test and read the whole REA textbook. It covers a lot that I feel will better prepare you for the test. I failed the practice exams in the REA and T-Cert but I passed the actual test. Read the reasoning to the answers and get acquainted with the test setting. I took time to slowly read the questions and understand them. I finished the test in 2.5 hours.

Strategy #4

Study: I used a variety of materials to study for the generalist EC-6. I had a list of vocabulary words, the EC-6 handout, a quizlet and the Texas Certification Exam Review. I am currently working in a classroom which helped as well. I signed up for my test and had 5 weeks to study. I took as many pre-tests as I could find.I tried to study for about an hour or two each weekday after work.

Test: The test was different from what I expected. Not hard or easy, just different. You really need to know how to implement different ideas in the classroom. I took my test on a Saturday afternoon. I had a great night’s sleep, ate a good breakfast and went over my vocab words some more. The room has cubicles, and noise canceling headphones which was great. I'm sure you know the format already but it’s 140 multiple choice questions. Answer any that you're sure of, mark the others and take a break. I took one 5 minute break and that was enough for me. I went back in and finished up the test, going through all my answers one more time. It took me 4 hours to complete the test, but that’s probably because I went back and re-read every question. The room will likely be cold, so bring a hoodie! Take your time and go with your gut. There are questions with multiple answers that seem right but there is always one that is the most fitting. Don't get nervous. I took my test on a Saturday and got my results on Tuesday afternoon. I passed my first try!!

Strategy #5

Study: I used the REA book and a Cliff notes book. The REA book helped the most. I studied for 2 weeks before my exam. I reviewed all the domains. I read the entire REA book and took both practice exams. I did not do well on the exams so I reviewed the domains again.

Test: The day of my exam I was really nervous but once I started I calmed down for a few minutes. Then I realized that basically my whole exam was situational questions. I finished the whole test in 2 hours. I took a short break then went back and checked all my answers one time. That took another hour. I left feeling relaxed. Since it wasn't content based and so many of the questions had multiple possible answers, I honestly accepted the reality that I may have failed. I took my exam on a Friday so my score wasn't posted until Tuesday. I passed! My advice is to take your time and watch for question wording. If you have time just read over the questions one more time. I caught a few clues I missed the first time. Good Luck!

Strategy #6

Study: I took the EC-6 test twice. The first time I only studied the free material given/suggested on this site and other information that I googled. I studied for about about 2-3 hours a day for 3 weeks. Unfortunately I failed the test by 4 points. The 2nd time I took the test I reviewed my notes from the first round and focused the rest of my attention on the REA book. I found it to be VERY helpful. It covers just about everything and there are 2 practice tests at the end which are very helpful as well. I studied about 2-3 hours or more a day for 3 weeks....by the grace of God I passed with a 254! I would also recommend studying the TEKS and the old STAAR test which can both be found on the Web. Focus on the ELA portion of the test. Its the biggest and it can make or break you. Most of the questions are situational, so it's not just about knowing the information. Most of the questions are asking when to apply the information, how to present it, etc. Get lots of rest the night before and eat breakfast that morning.

Test: The test is 140 questions and you are given 5 hours to complete it. The first time I took about 4 1/2 hours (no break) to complete the test. The 2nd time I used the entire 5 hours (no break). I read each question about 3 times before answering and moving on. (There were a few distractions from others in the room, which interrupted my concentration) I also marked a few questions and revisited them at the end. There are obviously different versions of the test and I received a much harder version the 2nd time. Thankfully I had a better understanding of the info the second time around. Most of my questions were situational questions where 3 out of 4 answers could be good possibilities, but you have to determine the best, which makes it tricky. ELA was definitely the hardest section. Math wasn't too bad. Fine Arts and Physical Education is harder than one would think! Overall, I felt the test was harder than expected both times, but if take your time, read carefully, and narrow down your answers you can pass. I felt confident that I'd passed the first time and failed. Then I felt defeated after the 2nd time and passed...so you never know. I can honestly say that my biggest help was prayer!! Good Luck to you all!

Strategy #7

Study: I used REA's TeXes Generalist EC-6 study guide to prepare for the exam. I started studying about 2-3 weeks before my test and mainly focused on Language Arts/Reading since it's the largest percentage of the material. I did the 2 practice tests the week of my test and went over any material I was still unclear on. I also did a condensed review of all sections the night before my test.

Test: The test was harder than I expected. Almost all the questions are specific situational examples. You really have to think about what's best and most appropriate for the student. I had the hardest time narrowing down my answers in the Language Arts/Reading and Social Studies sections. Looking back I would've studied more about Texas history. I thought the math section was the easiest. I spent 3 hours on the test and marked about 20 questions that I wanted to review again before submitting. I was convinced that I didn't pass but I scored a 260. I took my test on a Saturday and received my results on Tuesday.

Strategy #8

Study: I used the REA book, Texas Teachers, T-Cert, Quizlet, and watched youtube videos for areas of math I had forgotten.

Test: The test was much easier than I expected. The math portion was very basic and I definitely over studied that section. ELA/R is the biggest portion of the test. I finished in a little over 2 hours without taking any breaks. Get a good nights rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and use common sense to eliminate wrong answers. You will do fine!

Strategy #9

Study: I studied from several different books and started about a month before the test. I initially planned to take the Generalist 4-8 test and had been studying that before then. I took the practice tests in the all of the books and really paid attention to the rationales. I focused mostly on English/Language Arts, Mathematics and Social Studies. I studied very little, if any, on the other domains (I ran out of time studying). I tried to study at least one to two hours per night.

Test: I watched the video on the ETS website about what to expect on testing day. I was VERY nervous, but the test was easier than I expected. I would suggest eating a good breakfast and getting plenty of rest the night before. Be familiar with parking and where you are taking the test so you won't be late. I went in prepared to spend the entire five hours taking the test (I'm a pretty fast test taker). I went through all the questions, flagged any questions I wasn't sure about, and took a quick break. I went through the test again and noticed some things I read incorrectly the first time. I read the ones I still wasn't sure about a third time. I spent about four hours total on the test. I got my results back the nest day and scored 265. I suggest taking your time and really make sure you understand what the question is asking. Good luck!

Strategy #10

Study: I spent about six weeks studying. I bought the REA study book and read the whole thing. The book has two complete practice tests which were super helpful! I also used the 'certified-in-a-flash' app. The application asks practice questions which I found very helpful. I also made flash cards with the language arts buzz words (phonemics, graphemes, morphemes, etc). I found the most useful resource was the TEA test prep manual. It gave a great overview and asked practice questions.

Test: It's long and tedious! Be ready! It took me four hours and by the end I was exhausted. The questions are tricky but just slow down and take your time. I had the hardest time with language arts (32% of test) and social studies. This was the first time for me to take the test and I passed with a 264!! Results were given two days after I took the test. Good luck!!!

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