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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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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!!!
Study: I have taught previously for four years in another state. I had completely forgotten most of the content for this test. I studied a total of six hours for the test. I bought one book and did the practice test in the back.
Test: The actual test was hard. There were many questions that I completely guessed on. I passed, thank goodness. Most content based questions had to do with fifth and sixth grade.
Study: I just found out I passed with a 271! I was very nervous about taking the test. I studied nearly every day for 2 months. I used Rosado's "Best Teachers' Test Prep for TExES" that I found at Half Price Books. I read it cover to cover. I focused on getting the vocabulary down mostly and as much of the social studies content as I could remember. If there was something I wasn't that clear about, I looked up videos on it on YouTube. I watched a bunch of math and social studies videos there. You can find just about anything! I found that to be very helpful. I also looked up study sets on Quizlet and studied those every day...in the bath, in the car, wherever, using my phone. I didn't have to create any sets, just studied ones that were already there. Very good for cementing the vocab.
Test: I found it to be about what I expected, but I did expect it to be challenging. There were a few hard questions and a few easy questions. I was really nervous and could not even eat a good breakfast, which worried me even more. I went very slowly through the questions and took the entire 5 hours. I marked the ones I wanted to look at again, but once I went through all the questions once, I took a break and had a snack. Then I came back and reviewed all my marked questions. Once I cleared those, I spent the rest of the time reviewing from the beginning. I found that I didn't really change much after the first time around, though. I left feeling okay, but felt worse by the end of the day, as I knew I had missed a couple of the social studies questions after looking them up when I got home. As it turns out, I did miss a few from each section, but it was enough! So relieved. Just put in the time studying using as many sources as you can, and it will pay off.
Study: Study materials used: REA TExES Generalist EC-6 by Luis A. Rosado (Study Guide), Mometrix Generalist EC-6 Flash Cards, K-6 TEKS (All Subjects), and Texas Teachers Generalist EC-6 module. I feel the combination of resources I used was a good fit for me, and the flash cards really helped with the content areas.
Test: The test was exactly as I expected based on the practice tests provided in my REA study guide. Tips when you're stumped: Does the answer reference the question? Which answer uses higher order thinking (Bloom's) or promotes hands-on/real world applications? I had a lot of Texas History and Economics questions. Math and Science were a breeze. I struggled the most in ELA, but studied those competencies the most so be careful...it's the biggest portion of the test!
Study: The only study materials I used were the Generalist EC-6 (191) Prep Manual from the ETS website and the blue and yellow study guide by Luis Rosado. I took the practice test from the prep manual prior to studying to see where I stood with things. I then began to review. I read all of the competencies thoroughly and made a few flash cards - mainly for Social Studies and Science since those are my weaker subjects. I also looked at the TAKS for the various subjects just to have an idea of what type of material could be fair game. I also used Quizlets website. That was a huge help. My test was scheduled for 1 p.m. on a Thursday. I went to Half Price Bookstore at about 9 o'clock and scanned through the Rosado study guide until it was time to head to the exam. I would not have studied differently since I passed on the first try and I did not spend any money on expensive study materials.
Test: It was actually easier than I expected. I was really nervous going in but I calmed down once I started answering the questions and I actually felt confident about my answers. The main tip I would give is to carefully read through the questions and make for sure all answers are appropriate for the age group being referenced. The best way to prepare, for me at least, was to not spend too much time looking at it, make the most of the time you are preparing but don't overload yourself or cram. Good luck! You got it!!
Study: I used "REA's Teachers Best" EC-6 study guide that I checked out from the library. I also used the online preparation materials on the ETS website. Just those two were enough. I took a diagnostic test and two practice tests. Don't waste your time writing facts on flashcards. Most of the questions are critical thinking. I studied during the week about 3-4 hours (some at home and at work) for 3 weeks. I would recommend someone to study for 4 weeks. I consider myself as a good student but for being out of college for 7 years I thought I knew most of the material, but I didn't. I had to learn brand new material on my own, or relearn it.
Test: The test was harder than I expected. I barely passed with a 241. I read some comments that said to study Texas history which is true, but don't waste too much time on anything other than ELA. Nothing really prepared me for that section by way of the study materials. I think what got me through it was an understanding of what the question is asking and making sure the answer you choose answers all the parts of the question, combined with good process of elimination skills, and a good dose of common sense.
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