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Strategy #1

Study: For the test, I studied 3 pieces of material. First, I studied the online questions that are provided on It was actually close to the type of questions that are on the test. I studied every question and looked up all the terms that I was unfamiliar with, as well as made flash cards. I purchased an up to date book: 2nd Edition TExES Generalist EC-6 by REA, $30 from B&N. The book contains 1 diag. test and 2 practice tests, which I also found to be beneficial. I studied an old EC - 4 PPR book to become familiar with more terms and questions that I may have forgotten or just didn't know. I studied sporadically for a month and a half and then almost every night for 2 weeks leading up to the test.

Test: This was my 2nd time taking the test as I did not study enough the 1st time. I took 4 hours to complete the test because I went back over every question and answer. The test was harder the first time because I didn't really study; therefore, I failed. The 2nd time, the test was still challenging but not as difficult because I felt far more prepared. The test is 140 questions, mainly English Language Arts & Reading so I studied this area the most. The Math section was not really difficult. Make sure you brush up on Social Studies. The Science and other sections were not too bad, but make sure you know basic info. Good luck and many blessings on passing the 1st time.

Strategy #2

Study: I used the REA online study guide purchased through I had two weeks to study and I used every single minute that I could spare. I made flashcards that I carried in my purse and pulled out many times a day. I also used quizlet, which was extremely helpful. I found free material online and incorporated that. Use the responses in this forum to assist you, they were a LIFE SAVER for me! All questions were situational so the REA study guide helped out a lot in that aspect. I watched videos on Youtube (Kristin Sayeski) to get a clearer understanding of alphabetic principle, phonemic/phonetic awareness and it helped me grasp it when someone is explaining it to you.

Test: I took my test on May 5 at 8 am, and I received my results May 8th. I was extremely satisfied with the questions and my responses. Make sure you do not eat anything heavy or you will find yourself at the computer unfocused and drained. Take a break to regroup. I completed the questions, took a break, and came back to read them all over again. Language Arts was not as hard as I thought it would be, it was really common sense. For most of the questions (40 of them) there was literally only one possible choice. It is very stressful going in to the testing center, take a few minutes to breathe before you start each section. Good Luck Teachers

Strategy #3

Study: To study for the test I used the REA Study Guide and I took the diagnostic test that came with the book and used the results to focus my study. Once reviewing the book, I began taking practice tests on certifyteacher, which I broke it down by competencies and domains. Each time I reviewed what I missed and gained a better understanding through re-reading. Two weeks before the test I used certifyteacher in exam mode and it really helped!

Test: I paced myself during the exam because it was harder than I expected! The practice exams really helped. I answered the questions I knew for sure, marked ‘review’ on the questionable ones, and skipped the questions that I really had to focus on. I did the skipped questions last (mostly math). You should take as many practice tests and be able to apply terms to multiple scenarios. I passed!

Strategy #4

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 #5

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 ( 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 #6

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 #7

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 #8

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 #9

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 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 you never know. I can honestly say that my biggest help was prayer!! Good Luck to you all!

Strategy #10

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.

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