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Strategy #1

Study: I had 10 years teaching experience in CA and moved to Houston, therefore I had to take this exam to teach in TX. I started studying 2 weeks for 4 hours average per day before my exam date. I studied the REA and took the practice exams in the back. I scored between 90-96% on the practice exams after taking them a few times. I completed the online PACT-Tarleton EC-6 module and practice exam. The final study resource that I used was the TExES prep manual exam. I felt extremely confident going in to the exam.

Test: The test surprised me and not in a good way. I thought the whole exam was 5 hours total, but each section is timed separately. I was under the assumption that I would be able to spend extra time where I needed it, but that is not the case. The first section was ELA and had lots of time to spare (over an hour left), so felt fine with that. Lots of time to go back and check answers if needed. The second section was Math. The questions were much tougher than on any of the practice exams. I marked about 7 to go back to because they needed time to solve. However, when I go to the end I only had 3 minutes left, not enough time to solve those marked questions. I left about 4 unanswered. My TIP would be if you don't know the answer, at least mark an answer. That way if you don't get back to it you at least have a 25% chance of getting it correct. The third section was Science. The questions were also more difficult than expected. A few random questions were about the wind bending to the right, genetic material in sperm and eggs, and what do asteroids and comets have in common. I don't remember seeing any of this in the study material I used. The fourth section was SS and it was fine. There were a few questions about Sam Houston, San Juanito, and Texas economy. The last section, PE/ART/MUSIC was pretty straight forward. I'm not a music person so some of the questions in relation to music notes were difficult. I walked out feeling like I failed the whole thing. However, I tested on Friday and got my scores on Wednesday and passed each section; my overall score was 270. I believe that the questions that were random to me were the "testing questions" that weren't counted. Good luck!

Strategy #2

Study: I took the new version of the Generalist EC-6 test #291 where the sections are split up by the subject. I used the REA EC-6 test 191 book that I bought on Amazon and the Texes Test Manual found on the website. I spent about a week studying for the exam. I used about 2 days reading and practicing the English/Language Arts subject and about 1 day for the rest of the subjects. What helped me was reading through the section, highlighting info along the way, creating flashcards for keywords and teaching methods. Then I would answer every question pertaining to the subject in the 2 practice tests given in the back of the book and the Texes Manual Online. Check your answers and go over what you missed. The day before the test I would drill my flashcards and review the questions and answers.

Test: The test was about the level I expected judging by the practice questions I was given in all my study materials. Each section is timed individually. English/Language Arts gives you the most time and honestly, the most reasonable. Utilize this time to go over your questions and to review any that you feel you could rethink. The tricky part with this was that every answer was applicable to the situation given, yet you must think of what is best for the child in the grade level described. Study phonemes, syllables, assessments, writing and reading levels, and the alphabetic principle. For mathematics, drill! The questions are not hard but you must think fast. I was going as fast as my head could go and still took it down to the wire. Brush up on long division, multiplication, and algorithms. Science was probably the easiest. Know your prokaryotes and eukaryotes, organs, life cycles, and laboratory safety pertaining to each grade. For Social Studies, study the Texas constitution. This caught me off guard. Know your native tribes and cultural differences. Fine Arts and Physical Education: Music was definitely a toughie, if you have time in your study schedule use it to study the scales and notes in a clef. PE is most of this section and is really common sense. Study locomotor and non locomotor movements and you will be fine. All I can say is go in calm. This test was tough, but mostly because of how long it is. Use your time wisely, including reviewing questions at the end of each section. Best advice is to utilize your breaks. I took every one I could get. One after each section. This test is not impossible!

Strategy #3

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 #4

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 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 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 #5

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 #6

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 #7

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 #8

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 #9

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 #10

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.

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