Do you need to pass the Core Subjects EC-6 Math Section? For many people, the Math section is the most challenging one to pass. Here are some tips and strategies to help you pass!
Buy a study guide or course that is aligned to the competencies and go through it from start to finish. If you don’t have one yet, check out our printable study guides and courses.
When you struggle with concepts from your guide or course, find videos on those topics. Khan Academy has excellent free videos.
Learn to control your test anxiety. By making a plan and consistently studying, you will have evidence to tell yourself why you will pass this time. Regularly practicing a meditation and replacing negative thoughts with positive, realistic ones will help. Check out our Beat Test Anxiety Course.
Learn how to answer situational or scenario-based questions. In these questions, you have to choose the best way to teach a concept or handle a situation. We have a one-of-a-kind video based Situational Questions Course to help you learn to answer these questions.
In situational questions, first narrow it down to the options that are on topic. Next, select the one(s) that most thoroughly address the question. Finally, out of the remaining options that are on topic and thorough, choose the one that is most learner-centered. That means the students are actively engaged.
Make a study plan, stick to it, and keep telling yourself why you will pass the Core Subjects EC-6 Math section.
Take released STAAR tests for grades 3 through 8. When you miss questions, go back to your study guide or course or watch more videos on those concepts.
Take practice tests and when you miss questions, go back to your guide or course and do more practice on those types of problems. Watch videos to learn how to do these types of math problems.
Learn to choose the right answer on situational or scenario based questions. A free way to do this is to read all the sample questions and rationales on the Texas NESINC manual. We also offer a video based course to teach you how to choose the correct answer for situational questions.
Choose the answer that:
1. Is most on topic
2. Most thoroughly answers the question
3. Is most learner-centered or has the students engaged
Get a Good Study Guide or Course
There are many good options. Choose one that is aligned to the state competencies and make sure it fits your learning style.
Be sure to read it from start to finish, take notes, and make flash cards.
Check Your Comprehension
Check your understanding by taking practice tests, and when you miss questions, go back to your study guide or course and study those concepts again.
It is also helpful to take released STAAR tests for grades 3-8 for Math, Science, and Social Studies. When you miss questions, study those concepts or do more math practice on those types of questions.
Beat Test Anxiety
Take steps to over test anxiety so you can focus better both while you study and while you take your test. We offer an affordable Beat Test Anxiety Course.
Are you struggling to pass the Math section of the Core Subjects EC-6 exam? We know it can be frustrating. You are ready to be in the classroom and this is standing in your way! Check out these free sample questions. You may want to enroll in our digital course to learn the content you need to know to pass the Math section. You may also be interested in our full length practice math tests. These resources will help you pass the Core Subjects EC-6 Math section.
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Taking released STAAR tests for grades 3-8 is another great way to practice. When you miss questions, be sure to get more practice on those concepts and problems in our digital course or on Khan Academy.
Ms. Smith teaches third grade. Many of her students are struggling with learning decimals. What would be the best hands-on approach to help her students learn about decimals in a meaningful way?
A. Showing them a video and giving them a worksheet that explains decimals.
B. Breaking the class into small groups that each receives a board with 100 squares and 100 counters or manipulatives. She will show the class a few examples demonstrating that 3 counters on the board is the equivalent of .03, or 3 out of 100. Then students will come up with their own decimals using the board and manipulatives.
C. Teaching them a song about decimals, and having a guest speaker that talks about how he/she uses decimals and math in the workplace.
D. Using the Smart Board to demonstrate what decimals are, what they are used for, and having advanced students do some sample problems on the Smart Board. The rest of the class will take notes from their desk, and later the class will take a quiz so she will be able to evaluate their progress and determine if they have mastered the concept.
2. Mr. Smith teaches Fifth Grade Mathematics. His students are at various levels, and he wants to meet the needs of all learners. What is the best way he can design instruction to meet the needs of all students?
A. He can develop a lesson plan and activity that is at the average level, that way most students can successfully complete it, and give extra support to students that struggle.
B. He can create an advanced assignment, a regular assignment, and a remedial assignment that uses mathematics from a previous grade level.
C. After giving whole class instruction with a hands-on activity all students complete, he can work with small groups of students broken down by ability/readiness level while the rest of the students complete an individual assignment. He will rotate small groups in order to meet with all students.
D. After giving whole class instruction, students can work in partners on the assignment. He should pair advanced students and struggling students, and should use an average level assignment. Later, he should give advanced students an additional more challenging assignment, and struggling students a remedial assignment.
Choose the answer choice that most directly relates to the question. In order to be correct, it has to be completely on topic.
There will probably be two or three options that are both on topic. Next, look for the option that most thoroughly addresses the question.
Finally, select the answer choice that is most learner-centered. Choose the option that has students engaged and participating.
People choose the most learner-centered option even if it is off-topic. Remember, no matter how great it sounds and how student-centered it is, it cannot be correct if it does not directly relate to the question.
People do not choose the most thorough option. Be sure to find the one that is most on topic and thorough.
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Lately I have heard from so many people struggling to pass the Social Studies section of the Core Subjects EC-6 exam. There are 40 multiple choice questions, and you only have 50 minutes to answer! This is challenging, but it’s not impossible.
One thing that makes the Social Studies section of the Core Subjects EC-6 exam so difficult is the wide range of information you have to know – World History, United States History, Texas History, Geography and Culture, Government, and Economics. Here is a more detailed breakdown of what you have to know to pass the exam:
Competency 1 – Social Sciences Instruction
Social Sciences Instruction – You have to understand social science, as well as how to teach it and assess students’ knowledge. My situational questions course is very helpful in learning how to correctly answer these questions. The situational questions course has scenario-based questions in all areas of the Core Subjects EC-6, including Social Studies. By watching videos, you will learn the “best” way to teach certain concepts and handle classroom situations. For example, they might ask you the best way to help students understand the best way to represent the Earth (map, globe, satellite view, etc.). A detailed explanation of how to find the correct answer is included.
Competency 2 – History
History – You have to be able to correctly answer questions about world history, US history, and Texas history. In additional, you have to understand historical interpretations and ideas.
Competency 3 – Geography and Culture
Geography & Culture – In this section, you have to understand the geographic relationships between people, places, and environments not only in Texas, but also the United States and the world! Diversity, adaptation, and cultural development is also covered.
Competency 4 – Economics
Economics – In this competency, you have to understand the basics of economics and be able to answer questions about how people create economic systems to produce, distribute, and consume goods and services. There are even questions about the Texas economy. My digital course has all the content you need to know, and even has realistic sample test questions to help you monitor your comprehension. There is even a free preview!
Competency 5 – Government and Citizenship
This section will test your knowledge of how political systems work. You have to answer questions about government, democracy, and citizenship. It is important to know the historical development of political organizations, and be able to answer questions about both the US government and Texas government. You might see questions about the Texas Constitution, and you can be sure you will see questions about the US Constitution, especially the amendments. My course will help you narrow it down to only the amendments you need to know for the exam.
It can be overwhelming to study for this section of the test! I recommend that you start with one thorough study guide or course. The main goal is to learn the CONTENT, and not to spend a lot of time answering practice questions. If you know the content, you will be able to answer almost any question. For example, if you “study” be answering questions and you learn that the Battle of Gonzales started the Texas Revolution, that won’t help you if your test question is about the Battle of San Jacinto! Instead, study the information you need to know so that you will be able to apply it to any test question. If you buy more than one study guide or course, you are likely to get overwhelmed and not know what to do first.
Check Your Comprehension
After you thoroughly study the information, take a sample test to check your comprehension. Then, when you miss questions, go back and study those topics and concepts more. For example, if you are missing questions about the US Constitution, go back and study that, paying close attention to the important amendments. My digital course and study guide have the information you need to know to pass, but sometimes it is helpful to do additional reading online to reinforce what you have already learned. If you enroll in my digital course, a full length test is included in a self-checking format. If you prefer my digital study guide, a full length sample test is available as a separate purchase.
Take Released STAAR Tests
After that, I recommend that you take released STAAR tests. The STAAR tests are the standardized assessments students in Texas take beginning in Third Grade. However, they only assess Social Studies in Eighth Grade and then they have end of course exams for high school. I recommend that you take some released STAAR tests from Eighth Grade, and then check your answers. Be sure to look up more information about the topics and concepts you don’t understand well.
If you are missing questions about Supreme Court cases, go back to that section in your course or study guide, or do some additional reading. If you are a visual learner, watch some videos about those concepts. As you study, it is helpful to read out loud and record your voice. Later, while you are driving or cooking or any other convenient time, you can play back the voice clip to help you memorize that information. This is particularly useful for auditory learners.
As you go through the course or study guide, be sure to take notes and make flash cards. Use metacognitive strategies to check your understanding. Metacognition is self-evaluation, or thinking about thinking. Pause often to ask yourself if you understood the sentence or paragraph, and if not, go back and re-read it. Research shows this is what effective readers do, and if you want to optimize your study time, it is imperative to frequently check your comprehension.
Consistency is key. As Mark Twain said, “the secret to getting ahead is getting started.” Don’t get discouraged. Even if you have already taken it a few times, roll up your sleeves and start studying. Work on your goal daily. You might need a break after 20 or 30 minutes of studying, and that is fine! Just come back to it. Even when you only have 10 or 15 minutes, I encourage you to use that time productively to prepare for your exam instead of thinking it’s not enough time.
If you have already taken the exam before, review your score report to know which areas you need to focus on the most to improve your score. If you email me your score report to firstname.lastname@example.org , I will be happy to give you customized feedback!
A lot of people ask me how many hours they need to study. It depends on your background knowledge, reading speed, and their reading comprehension level. Instead of focusing on an exact number of hours, make a plan to daily work on your study guide or course and give yourself enough time to finish it and understand it. For some people this might only be a couple of weeks, but for others it might take months.
Finally, many people benefit from tutoring. There are some programs that offer in person tutoring sessions or classes. I am available for phone or video tutoring. One benefit of working with me is that I have passed the Core Subjects EC-6 exam and have been tutoring for years. I hope to help you meet your goal this year of passing the test to become a certified teacher in Texas!
Can you believe it’s 2022? I know many of you had a New Year’s resolution to pass the Core Subjects EC-6 exam. It’s not loo late to make that a reality!
This is a great time to pass the Core Subjects EC-6 and become a certified teacher in Texas. It can be overwhelming to know how to study. There is no one “right” way to prepare for this exam, but there are definitely some options that are more effective than others.
Are you a digital learner? If so, enroll in our digital courses to learn the content you need to know and monitor your understanding with self-checking quizzes that have realistic sample test questions. I have passed the Core Subjects EC-6 exam and have years of experience tutoring. My content is clear and concise, but still have what you need to know to pass!
If you are not a digital learner, you will likely prefer my digital study guides that you can print and study from anywhere. You may also purchase sample tests that you can print to check your understanding.
The key is to consistently study until you have finished the digital courses or study guides. You cannot skip around and only cover some of the material and expect to pass. Similarly, you cannot breeze through all the material without comprehending it and still do well on the exam. Commit to working on the course or study guide daily until you fully understand the material. For some people this may take weeks, but for other people it will take months.
Since you only have five attempts to pass the exam, it is important to carefully prepare. Be sure you know the content, but you also need to know how to answer situational questions. About 20 to 25 percent of the test is made up of scenario-based questions, and you have to be able to choose the best way to teach a concept or handle a classroom situation. Usually there are two answer choices that are obviously incorrect, but there are two left that both seem right. My situational questions course will help you learn to choose the correct answer by looking for the choice that is most on topic, most thorough, and most learner-centered. It sounds simple, but most people miss these questions without some direct instruction on how to find the correct answer.
The Pearson site has some great resources to help you prepare, but you need a thorough study guide or course in addition to their material.
Finally, consider signing up for a tutoring session. In a one hour customized session, I will go over tips and strategies and go over whatever content is most challenging for you. I look forward to helping you meet your goal this upcoming year of passing the Core Subjects EC-6 exam! Please email me at email@example.com with any questions.
Do you still need to pass the Core Subjects EC-6 391 Math section? If so, you are in the right place!
Keep in mind you only have one hour and ten minutes to answer 40 math questions on the Core Subjects EC-6 391 Math section. Both accuracy and speed are important!
No formula chart or calculators are provided or allowed. You need to memorize basic formulas, like area and volume, and be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide quickly.
The Math questions will test your knowledge of how to teach Math, as well as your ability to answer basic algebra, geometry, and probability questions.
If you need to practice speed and accuracy for basic operations, there are free apps to improve your speed on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. For more advanced math skills, Khan Academy is excellent and free!
My digital course teaches you the content you need to know to pass, and has a full length sample test with realistic questions to check your comprehension.
Another free way to prepare is to take released STAAR tests for grades 3 through 8. Then, when you miss questions, look up more information about those topics and concepts.
I am also available for tutoring on Zoom. I have passed the Core Subjects EC-6 and have years of experience tutoring.
Be sure to also learn more about how to answer situational questions, since those will be on every section of the exam, including Math.
Did you know there is a secondary hiring season in December and January? Some teachers retire at the end of the semester. Now is a great time to study and pass your test!
My digital courses will prepare you for all subject areas of the exam. You will learn how to answer questions about the Science of Teaching Reading, English Language Arts and Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Fine Arts/Health/PE/Theatre/Music.
My one of a kind situational questions course will help you learn to correctly respond to scenario based questions. The digital courses are set up in a user friendly, interactive format questions similar to what you will see on the real exam. The content you need to know is included, without extraneous information that wastes time.
If you need some additional help, consider setting up a tutoring session with me. I have passed the Core Subjects EC-6 exam and look forward to helping you pass, too!
As previously mentioned on our Facebook page Texas Teacher Today, in 2021 the Core Subjects EC-6 exam will change and will include constructed response questions.
In addition, beginning in January 2020, the Core Subjects EC-6 will NO longer be offered as a pre admission content test. There will be new exams in it’s place that will allow you to enter a certification program. These new tests will not have the pedagogy questions, but will cover the subject area content. We will post more information as it becomes available.