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Strategy #1

Study: The online quizlett was helpful, but the texes practice exam on the state's website did not help me as much.

Test: I was so scared. I started reading each question and freaking out because I didn't know answers. It kept getting harder and harder. I answered all 140 questions and then started over to review. The answers just started to come to me so I was happy. There were a few math questions I totally guessed on because I just didn't know how to do it, some math questions I just sat there and wrote everything out and it took a minute, but I got it. I think the hardest part was science. I don't removed most of that info so was hard to me. I did well on ela and math. The rest is a blur. It took me 5 hours to finish because I reviewed almost 3 times. Don't second guess. I don't think any book would prepare you. I knew a lot of things because I work as a para in an elementary school and my teacher helped me define terms. Good luck

Strategy #2

Study: I used the "REA Texes Generalist EC-6" Study Guide. I started reading back to front (theater/art/pe/health) so that I would retain the ELA section above all others. I only took notes on the content I could not reason through i.e content that needed to be memorized. After I would complete each section, answer only the questions for that section on the 1st practice test. Then I would score myself for each section. The reason for doing this is because the actual test is one content at a time, not mixed up like the test is. I studied for 2 weeks for about 2-4 hours/day. I only created notecards for the items I missed on the test or straight-forward memorization items. There was a lot of Texas History on my test and I'm not from Texas so I was bummed I didn't study that more. Finishing the majority of my online Texas Teachers Program really helped me with the ELA section the most! When you study make sure you imagine yourself teaching that content and relate it to your personal experience as a student too.

Test: I was EXTREMELY nervous! I graduated from college back in 1999 and haven't seen any of this material for 15 years! The test was surprisingly straight forward. I went through the test answering the questions I knew 100% first, and marked those I skipped. Then I would go back and attempt to reason through the rest of the questions. I used A Lot of scratch paper in reasoning things out in every section making sure I was answering exactly what they were asking (that's the tricky part). Once I had attempted every questions once, I took a break, got water, snack, potty, and a few jumping jacks and then went through and reviewed the entire test one more time before signing off. It took me exactly 3 hours. I got a 268 so I suppose that is good!

Strategy #3

Study: I studied using the REA Texes book as well as Quizlet (HUGE HELP!!). I also took a lot of advice from the online study community here. I studied for about four weeks, a few hours after work every day and solid study time on the weekends as there is quite a bit of material on the exam. . Practice exams are a HUGE help as well!! Good luck!

Test: The test was about what I thought it would be, may be just slightly easier than the practice exams in the REA book. All of the comments are correct regarding English Language Arts being by FAR the biggest section covered. Of my test's 140 questions, just over 50 were related to ELAR! They're really mostly comprised of situational questions, technical vocabulary, and choosing the BEST answer. My strategy was to flag ANY questions I was not sure about and I went back and reviewed each one, sometimes changing my original answer. I'm not a native Texan, so the history portion really intimidated me, but there ended up only being two Texas History questions. I was sick on test day, so I really didn't feel too confident that I passed, but I pulled through with a 251! WHOOP! Just go in, RELAX, breathe, and TAKE YOUR TIME! They gave us big headphones to block out noise, that was a HUGE help!

Strategy #4

Study: I used the REA book, Certify-teacher and quizlet. I also bought the XAM book but returned it; it was WAY too detailed in the math and science subjects for a Generalist test. I also used the free practice test on texes-ets.org. The REA book was MOST helpful.

Test: The test was about what I expected; but I did expect it to be challenging. You definitley have to understand phonemic/phonological awareness, consonant diagraphs/blends, stages of writing/spelling/reading, pragmatics, Native American history, TX history/economics and basics of colonization/Civil War. The math and science subjects were very basic and straightforward to me. If you can do basic math (basic fractions, percentages & probabilities) you should be fine in that part. The study guides do make it seem like the math section will be more elaborate, but it was fairly simple. I studied probably 20 hours/week for several weeks and passed the first time with a 266!

Strategy #5

Study: I recommend that you pass your Generalist Test first and study for your PPR before you get a job.rnYou will learn the politics of the school and have a thicker skin. While on the job, some schools may assume you know everything and will place you on a TINA (TEACHER IN NEED OF ASSISTANT).rnrn I learned more from studying the PPR, and I passed my PPR first time with A+Texas Teacher support training online and their encouragement. Thank you Texas Teachers, I am so happy you are there.

Test: I suggest you keep a pencil and index cards for all the ones you miss, study them on your free time and research them in google. Don't practice on-line test too many times because you will begin to memorize the questions and cheat yourself. Use TEXES Teacher exam on-line, and get the TEXES PPR book with cd. If you pass online and use the book, there is no way to a fail. Relax and study only 30 minutes a day. If you don't know something start googling more on the subject. Yes, you can pass the first time. You can trust A+ Texas Teachers they know when you are ready. Thanks again A+ Texas Teachers you were with me all the way!

Strategy #6

Study: I used many many different study resources. I studied the REA TEXES EC-6 Generalist and also the REA TEXES EC-4 Generalist since I had bought it a while back and then they changed to the EC-6 by the time I went to take it. I recommend reading every page if you have not been in school for a while or have not had English since grade school like me. I also used the TEXES Prep Manual (free download from Texas Teachers)and also a free download I found online for the "Pass the Texes" book by Joe Kortz. It was a sample of the book with a few content areas that were listed for free. The best resource in edition to the REA book was the program "Certify Teacher." It had infinite tests and practice tests to take although some of the questions did repeat. I really feel like that program helped me pass. I took every test in all of my books at least 2 times and practiced alot on the computer program. Since I failed the test the first time I studied way more in depth this time around and passed it with a 245.

Test: The test was majority English at least 40 questions or so and it was more of my weakness since I have a background in Math and Science. Math was the next section with alot of questions, then Social Studies. The rest of the subjects do not have that many questions.

Strategy #7

Study: Studied REA Texes 191 Generalist EC-6 2nd Ed., the EC-6 modules from Texas Teachers, and a little bit of quizlet for 5-6 hours a day for 7 days before I took the test. Take the Diagnostic Test, and the practice tests and review the competencies you missed. Go through every one of these Comments because they all have little bits of info that add up to a lot. 35% English, its the biggest portion of the test. English and remembering events for Social Studies were the hardest part for me. Many questions were grade level scenarios where they describe a lesson and then ask you what the teacher is trying to accomplish by doing it that way. Or they ask you what could be done to improve the lesson. Pay attention to the grade level and answer accordingly.

Test: I passed with a 251, but the test was harder than I expected. It took me the entire 5 hours to complete it. I think if you recently graduated from High School / College you will be fine, but if you are changing careers and haven't taken any elementary or high school courses in many many years like myself it might be difficult. Brush up on your simple math fraction skills add and multiply fractions, equivalent fractions, associative properties, least to greatest numbers, scientific notation, angles, triangles, volume, area, adding and multiplying decimals. Music, Theater, and Art were also on there, I remember about 4 questions on each subject. The test will not skip around. It is given in sections so you dont skip around subjects. English was first on my test, then Mathematics, then I think it was Social Studies, the rest is a blur. Good Luck!!!

Strategy #8

Study: Like many other's I studied Rosado's EC-6 Generalist Book. I used that and the quizlets website. I love that website because I found it to be extremely helpful. It is also free, which is great. I would sit at work and just go over the vocab words. I had separate pages for each subject. I also studied the Texes Generalist EC-6 (191)newest edition book. I feel that these 3 resources helped me out the most. Everyone has a different way of studying and how long they feel comfortable with. Well I graduated in 2010, so it has been a while since I was in school. Therefore, I figured I needed a little more time to study. I studied for hours everyday for approx. 2 months. I wanted to know that even if I failed, I had done everything in my power I knew to do. The two textbooks are great because they give you free tests at the end of the books you can take. I ordered one at the library and the Rosado book at Barnes and Nobles. It was like $30. well worth it. I do not think I would have passed, had I not studied these materials. I will be honest though, ALOT of what I studied was not on the test. Most of the questions are scenario questions, like what would you do if you were the teacher in this situation for example? It is not mostly memorization. ALOT of what I memorized, dates,and names, were NOT on the test. It is mostly English, Science, and History, so be prepared for that. Mostly English though. hope this helps. Also, use the websites that are free on here, all the teacher resource sites, they offer tests that are similar to the real thing.

Test: The day before and morning of, I ate salmon, which is supposed to be the best brain food. I also drank lots of water and took a water with me. Bring a little peppermint to suck on, they say that helps with brain stimulation and they did surveys people that sucked on peppermints did better on their tests. My test was at 230 pm so I studied all morning long, I got up extra early and studied before the test. and the night before that is all I did. Just do not stress and TAKE YOUR TIME. You get 5 hours, I took 4 and a half. I was the last one to leave, it was dark when I left. but I did not care, I already knew I was going to take a while. I went through the test once and answered my questions. You can mark the ones you want to go back to. So the second time, I went back through every single question, and the third time went back to those I was unsure about. I made a 245 and you have to have a 240. I barely passed but I know it's because I took my time and went back and really thought about each and every question and answer. Look at each question from a teacher's perspective. Like what would a teacher really do here? What is the absolute BEST answer, if I can only pick one? hope this helps, don't stress, and take your time :)

Strategy #9

Study: To study for the exam I used the REA book, as well as a flashcard set that I found on quizlet. I knew a lot of the material ahead of time, so I really just studied the day before the exam in the book and reviewed the flashcards everyday for about a week before I took the exam.

Test: The test was definitely easier than I thought that it would be. I freaked myself out about the ELA portion and studied everything super in-depth, but it turned out to be way more than I needed to know for the exam. I also thought that the social studies portion of the test wording was a little strange; I was a political science major and a history minor in college, and the questions were slightly confusing. Other than that though the exam was fairly straight-forward.

Strategy #10

Study: Rea Generalist EC-6, tarleton.edu-provides presentations, a video, and practice questions free of charge. Texes-prep (has online test that you can take for about $13.00. It was a close depiction of what the actual test would be like. I studied from quizlet as well the training from the courses. My suggestion is to not focus on memorizing facts from the book. The test mostly consists of application questions.

Test: The test wasn't as simple as I was anticipating which was grossly due to the lack of straightforward questions that were supplied in the book or on several practice tests that I took. Review the amendments, judicial system, convert percents, and compute probability. Remember to breathe slowly to reduce anxiety. You can do this!!!

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