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Strategy #1

Study: I used the REA study guide and practice tests, along with T-Cert. I found that together they covered much of what I encountered on the test.

Test: The test took me about 2.5 hours and then another hour to go back over it. I went back and forth thinking it was easy then not as sure. I really didn't know if I passed afterward, but ended up with a 279.

Strategy #2

Study: Two study resources were especially helpful to me for the Generalist EC-6 exam. 1.) I bought the REA "TExES Generalist EC-6 (191)" book (ISBN 13: 978-0-7386-1051-1) and read through it. This took a few days. The book also includes online access to the REA Study Center where you will find an initial assessment quiz and two full-length exams, each with answers explained. 2.) I created an account at CertifyTeacher.com and purchased the online course for Generalist EC-6. This allowed me to work through several exams in Study Mode and Exam Mode. Similar to the REA materials, the CertifyTeacher.com content explains the answers. Some of the explanations only expounded on the correct answer, while I found the most beneficial ones also described why an answer was wrong. But, all in all, I benefited from the access to multiple sample test questions.

Test: ETS provides various links when you register for a test. The two most valuable being a video of what to expect at the test center and a downloadable .exe file that explains the CAT interface. I studied and prepared for the exam and scored a 258. I wish I could've scored higher, but passing is passing. I have always considered myself adept at English - grammar, punctuation, syntax, etc. - but I must say I scored lowest on the ELAR segment of the exam. This is because the ELAR questions are mainly about teaching methods and classroom scenarios, so study those the best you can. Finally, the TEA is looking for answers that are kid-centered; they want to know what the best situation is for the children. In many cases, answer choices are presented that could technically be correct, but they are given alongside other answers that are more student-centered. Watch for those and think about the students you will be serving as a teacher.

Strategy #3

Study: I started studying 4 weeks out from my test date. I mainly studied the TExES Generalist EC-6 Content Study Guide that I picked up one day at Barnes and Noble. The book helped me with definitions that were on my test. If I hadn't studied those I wouldn't have a clue what the question was asking. I took some practice tests online by just searching for EC- 6 practice tests, but they were nothing like what was on the test.

Test: I went into the test knowing that I wasn't going to know the answer to every question (it helped calm my nerves). The test itself was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. The trick that I figured out right away is to TAKE YOUR TIME ON EVERY QUESTION. The test is long and grueling, and you are going to want to give up after #100, but take a break. You have plenty of time. Get plenty of sleep the night before. My testing center I was at would let us get up to get something to drink (in the room) whenever we wanted. It made me nervous when people around me would finish within 2 hours and I was not even halfway done. I just had to keep reminding myself that I was most likely taking a different test than they were taking. I took my test on a Tuesday and found out my scores that following Friday. I passed!

Strategy #4

Study: For the test, I studied 3 pieces of material. First, I studied the online questions that are provided on http://cms.texes-ets.org/. 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 #5

Study: I used the REA online study guide purchased through amazon.com. 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 #6

Study: To study for the test I used the REA Study Guide and Certifyteacher.com. 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 #7

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 #8

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 #9

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 #10

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!!

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