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Old 04-12-2010, 08:53 PM
Teach4girls Teach4girls is offline
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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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Old 04-12-2010, 10:57 PM
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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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Old 04-15-2010, 10:28 AM
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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..
where are you located? Im looking for a study partner also..Im in the Houston Area
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Old 04-18-2010, 06:32 PM
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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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Old 04-22-2010, 04:21 PM
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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!!!!
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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Old 04-22-2010, 04:21 PM
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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!
You should buy books from the bookstore... it's not a library. Sorry, pet peeve of mine
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:20 PM
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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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Old 04-27-2010, 03:17 PM
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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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Old 04-27-2010, 09:03 PM
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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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Old 05-07-2010, 12:38 PM
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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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