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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2011
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I purchased this book at Barne's and Noble, but i felt obligated to review this item for others who need something to study for the test. First off, you should know that memorizing the facts in this book may be helpful, but you really need to understand the theory. Most of the generalist exam is asking you what is age appropriate for grade level in the different subjects. That is the most important thing to pay attention to. This book adequately gives you the information you need and if you take the practice exams a couple of times in addition to the state manual questions, you will do well. You really need to understand the logic and reasoning behind the answers. Errors aside, the book is adequate study material despite what some people are saying about it. I studied for about a week using this book and the practice manual off of the state website. I passed the first time. I hope this review helps because these are all things I wish someone had told me.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2010
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I used this book as well as Preparing to Teach Texas Content Areas EC-4, and the practice exam on the ETS website. The practice tests in this manual focus on content, whereas the practice test on the ETS site focuses on application and the real exam is somewhere in between. Unfortunately, a lot of the content questions on the actual test didn't ask about content that was covered in the book, and the test's questions (especially about Math, Social Studies, and Science) were so out there, that I don't know that there's a way I could have better prepared myself for the exam. I was expecting the manual to be similar to manuals on the GRE or SAT - written by instructors who have studied the test and know what kind of things come up. Instead, this manual (as well as the EC-4 manuals) is more like a shot in the dark. However, the English portion is very useful and all of the information about teaching theories and child development are a must. And, I doubt I would have passed the test without having read a manual on it and this one is fine compared to others. I would recommend the Preparing to Teach Texas book over this one as it's questions are more similar to those on the test and it teaches you more application, along with giving you sample lesson plans.

I did pass the test with a 268, which is not great, but I'll take it (240 is the lowest passing score and 300 is the highest score possible). I also entered the test having taken no education courses and graduating with a Liberal Arts degree less than a year ago.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2010
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I too noticed a lot of errors, not just typos but HUGE errors. This is frustrating because I know the right answers but the program (CD) marks them wrong. One error noted is the explanation for Question # 43 for Exam 1:

Question:
"In the problem, which operation should be performed according to the order of operations? (A) Exponent, (B) Multiply, (C) Subtract, (D) Add."

Answer:
B) Multiply

Explanation:
"Using the acronym PEMDAS as a mnemonic device, to remember the order of operations, it allows us to see the that the first operation required in the problem is multiplication. That is, the acronym calls for the following order: percentages, EXPONENTS, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction..."

BTW, the P in PEMDAS stands for parentheses, not percentage!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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In theory this is supposed to be a good resource, but it is FULL of mistakes. You really have to pay a lot of attention to the questions and the answers because sometimes the answer key would mark an answer wrong when in fact it is right. You will discover that when you read the explanations to the answers. Also there is a lot of typos and misspelled words.
I did not like this study guide but I have not found any other.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2010
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This book has so many major errors that I now wonder if it will actually hurt my score rather than help it. Here are a couple examples of the errors I found:

Quoted from the text:
"According to the Texas Economic Update, if Texas were a nation, it would rank as the eighth-largest economy in the world."
In Practice Test 1 a question is asked regarding the previous information, however the explanation of the correct answer is as follows:
"In 2008, The Texas economy ranked 12th in the world."
--So which is it?

Again quoting the text:
Cubism is a "new type of art [that] represents the most direct call for the total destruction of realistic depiction."
This statement is the opposite of the actual goal of Cubism. Understanding that "realism" does not actually depict the true nature of an object/person, Cubism sought to show and understand the truth of a form in a novel manner. Cubists believed that in the same way a map inaccurately represents a landmass, "realism" only showed a single angle and compressed the three-dimensional object into two-dimensions. Cubism attempted to remedy this by allowing the viewer to see the form from multiple angles and sometimes in motion. The goal of Cubism wasn't to destroy realistic depiction, it was to redefine and expand it.

Also, in a list of major 20th century art movements, the book lists only Surrealism, Cubism, Muralists, Photorealism and Graffiti. I know that the text must limit and condense, but was the Graffiti movement more influential than Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Installation Art or Conceptual Art?

Finally, there are countless editorial errors, including another occasion where the answer key gives the wrong answer. My concern is this: in my limited area of expertise, art, I found numerous egregious errors. Are there more errors in the areas that I am less familiar with? Is this text actually providing me with incorrect or unclear information? I don't know...and that worries me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2010
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I purchased this book 6 days before I was scheduled to take the EC-6 Generalist exam, and after studying hardcore up until I pulled up to the testing center, I scored a 265 - not bad considering that my undergraduate major wasn't even remotely related to education. It presented me with alot of information concerning competencies and such that I was unaware of, which was key in helping me pass the test. However, there were also quite a few errors in the scoring of both the diagnostic and full-length exams, which was very frustrating as I wanted to head into the test with at least a passing score on one of the practice exams. I was able to verify that my answers (although marked incorrect) were accurate by reviewing the explanations for each answer, but it was still quite a frustrating experience. Having said all of that, the book WAS helpful, so I would recommend it as a study material - just not a PRIMARY test prep material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2013
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This book is the perfect book that you need if you are working to get your EC-6 teacher certification. It explain everything you need to know. This is one of the best investment I ever made!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2013
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I originally took the exam in May 2013, had not clue how to prepare for the exam. Needless to say I did not pass. I read all the reviews and decided to purchase this book. I am happy to say that after my second attempt this past weekend, I passed. The book helped me to prepare for the exam.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2012
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Took this test on Monday the 20th. Received a score of 284. This study guide definitely helped but don't rely solely on this!!!!! Mine did not have the cd, but there are 2 full length tests and a short diagnostic one. The actual test questions will be a little bit harder, in my opinion, because there are more scenario type questions and not just straight up content questions. 40 of the questions are Language Arts, so become very familiar with that section. Also, be sure to know what is developmentally appropriate at each grade level. The Texas ets website has study guides you can download for free. The 50 question test in there will give you a really good idea of the types of questions you will encounter! So, use this book as a supplement but don't rely solely on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2012
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We purchased this book to compliment the "CliffsNotes TExES: Generalist EC-6" study guide. My spouse spent about a week with the CliffNotes book and a couple more days with this book, taking all the sample tests. The material in this book was challenging to understand and the tests were tougher to pass. I don't know if it was the book or that the material is just bewildering (undergrad is a BBA). Errors mentioned by other reviewers were evident, and it was helpful to be aware of them beforehand. However, between the two books, she was well prepared, finishing the actual exam with an hour to go and scoring a 91%. Well worth the purchase.
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