EC-6 Generalist

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  1. doxieteacher

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    Does anyone who passed this exam have any study tips? I just found out that I did not pass and am a little frustrated. I found the test to be so random so I am not sure how to study for my retake in June. I did terrible in the social studies and math and just ok in the other sections. I have the Rosado and Cliff Notes EC-4 books but am wondering if there is a better resource out there? Thanks!
     
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  3. texjess2010

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    Is this the TexEs? If so, I did not take that test but the Gen. 4-8 yesterday and passed. They are created just about the same. I would say that worked for me was going through each and every competency and looking up the meaning of the words/phrases that aren't so clear to you because the tests refer back to them. I must have googled about 50 different phrases and words! That and doing the study guide from the state. Other stuff did not help me near as much and the questions are too random. The focus is on how to apply the competencies. I did find that the TAKS study guide that students use (I just checked one out from the library) has an outline of historical events that apply to the Social Studies.

    Good luck to you! *PS, if this isnt for the Texas test, sorry!! :)
     
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    Sorry, yes this is for the TExES 191 exam. I am new to the forums :)
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    I don't know of another state that has an EC-6 Generalist exam, texjess2010, and thanks for weighing in.

    For social studies, doxieteacher, you may find that a good historical atlas will help, or perhaps a fairly comprehensive children's history encyclopedia such as the one published by Kingfisher.
     
  6. Highly_Favored

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    I sat for the test the second time yesterday and passed. I took this test for the first time in january, did not cover the study guide completely and failed by three points. however, this time i covered that sucker from cover to cover and focused hard on the science because i did poorly in this subject area the first time, and passed. i did find the retake to be a bit more intense then the first test. i covered the material in the study guide in about seven days and felt had i done this the first time i would not have needed a retake. I used the Pass the TExES Generalist EC-6 by joe kortz, vickie hester, and vicki green to prepare.

    Good Luck, u can do it!!!!
     
  7. Teach4girls

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    Study Tips


    Doxieteacher, Are you in an ACP? I'm postbac and I studied the book: Preparing for the TExES EC-4 generalist by Nath/Ramsey. I also took a content class for EC-6. The Nath/Ramsey book is good and the TExES EC-6 manual (free on website) is also a great tool. Also, my school would not permit me to register for the test until I scored an 80 or above on their practice test. I believe that's the real difference between alt cert and university based programs. It keeps you from spending money on a test that you may not be ready for. Study the Nath book and review the prep manual online. Also, I hear most people pass it the second time:) Good luck and let me know if you need any help on getting additional info.
     
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    Teach4girls, yes I am in an ACP program. I have passed the English 4-8 exam so I know I can pass one of these! I feel a little better about it now. I have 2 months until my retake so there is no reason I won't pass it the 2nd time. I am just going to be a study queen!
     
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    I just took it for the second time this past week and failed..again.. i got a 233 and I am so discouraged.. i have the REA TeXes 191 Generalist study book... and while it was helpful.. there is just something that is not getting through to my brain.. I need help as well.. or someone to study with..
     
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    My sympathies, djnina82.

    My recollection is that a passing score is 240, so you're darned close: that's actually good news, though I bet it doesn't feel that way right now.

    Have you any idea where it is that you're getting hung up?
     
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    I passed the computerized EC-4 one in 2008, so I do not know how much different the EC-6 one is. What I found out to be very helpful were...
    -Remember when you answer a question, think about the children and how they would benefit from your reply.
    -Know your competencies!
    -Know the vocabulary! Memorize them IF you need to.
    -Don't dwell on questions you don't know, but make sure you @ least mark an answer. You can return to them after you complete your exam, IF you have time. Even if you don't have time, @ least you marked an answer.
    -I tried the "If in doubt go with "C" on some of the questions.:D
    -Relax, pray for God's help, so you can recall what you've studied and memorized.
    -Arrive @ the test site early, so you are relaxed and ready.
    Good luck,
    Rebel1
     
  12. Teach4girls

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    Use this study guide: Preparing for the TExES EC-4 generalist by Nath/Ramsey. Also, have you studied the free prep manual on the TExES website for EC-6? Good luck and do try those guides.
     
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    Try the free guides, and use the Internet to look up terms in them that you don't know cold.
     
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    where are you located? Im looking for a study partner also..Im in the Houston Area
     
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    I passed the Generalist EC-6 on my first try. My studying consisted of going to my local book store for a week and taking the practice tests in the books for sale. Once I actually finished the test I thought it was so much easier than the practice tests I took. I concentrated on the reading part of the test the most. Practice, Practice as much as you can and find patterns. Good Luck!
     
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    I used the Pass the TExES, also co-authored by Dr. Kortz. He was one of my grad school professors back in 2004! Super annoying fella, but well-versed on how to pass these tests.

    As far as the books, though I find the "TExES Study Sessions" books to be the best that I've seen. They are ONLY available in college bookstores. I'm probably not allowed to post a link, but if you google "TExES Study Sessions" in quotation marks, it is the first link to come up. You can also check your local Texas university bookstore. They have them at UT and Texas State, I know for sure. Others may. They are spiral-bound xerox-copied books that are really overpriced at about $40 a pop, but they don't just tell you WHAT to know, they actually define it! Instead of saying "Be knowledgeable of the ____" they tell you that, and then they tell you the knowledge. Genius, eh?

    I'm taking the Generalist EC-4 soon and I'll update once I take as to how I felt about it. I thought the Generalist 4-8 test was pretty darn tough. I passed it, but I really didn't think that when I left the testing center.
     
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    You should buy books from the bookstore... it's not a library. Sorry, pet peeve of mine :)
     
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    I passed the exam on the second try. The first time I studied the EC-4 Cliff notes book. Feeling very discouraged after seeing my score, I went out and bought a book called Becoming and EC-4 teacher in Texas. That book was by far the best one I'd been able to find. Although it didn't have 5th and 6th grade material, what it did have helped a lot. I also took the released TAKS tests for 3rd - 8th grades in SS and math. Those are great study guides and they're free :)
     
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    I have a list of strategies that I found very helpful. look at two answers at a time..find the best out of those two..compared that to C..and so on.
    answers with 2 skills are not your answers..paper pencil activities not your answers..teacher benefit answers, not your answers....stuff like that. Let me know and I can send you the strategies via personal email.
    since I took a computer test, I used all the scratch paper provided by wrtiting "1" then a.b.c.d..scratching out a letter as I eliminated it. I used a book called "Put Reading First" from the National Institure for Literacy. Most of the English terms, phonemes ect. and examples of such are in that book.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    Congratulations, fabulous red.

    There's nothing wrong with sharing strategies here, provided one doesn't reveal actual specific test questions.
     
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    Thank you TeacherGroupie! I'm so excited! I already started applying for teaching positions. One of them requires that I take the 164 Bilingual Supplemental so that's my next step!
     

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