Tips on How to Pass the TExES Core Subjects EC-6

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

If you are preparing to become an elementary school teacher in Texas, you will need to first pass the TExES Core Subjects EC-6. This lesson gives you some tips that will help you succeed on the exam!

Taking the TExES Core Subjects EC-6

As someone who is preparing to become a teacher in Texas, you have so much to think about. You are probably finishing up quite a bit of coursework and maybe even completing job applications already. The last thing you want is to be stressed out about the TExES Core subjects EC-6 exam, but of course you know you need to pass it in order to finish your certification. This lesson will help you feel confident and stress-free by giving you some tips for passing the exam.

Tips for Passing

Know the Test Well

One of the best things you can do to make sure you pass the exam is to know what to expect. If you understand what the test is made up of, you can allocate your preparation time and resources accordingly. The TExES Core Subjects EC-6 Exam is a five-hour computer-administered test, and it is comprised of 267 multiple-choice questions. The range of the questions is quite broad, and the approximate breakdown is as follows:

  • 28% of the questions are devoted to English language arts, reading, and the science of teaching reading.
  • 18% of the questions are devoted to mathematics.
  • 16% of the questions are devoted to social studies.
  • 19% of the questions are devoted to science.
  • 19% of the questions are devoted to fine arts, health, and physical education.

The test is divided into timed subtests according to subject areas. You have 1 hour and 45 minutes for the English language arts and reading section, 1 hour for the math section, 35 minutes for the social studies section, and 40 minutes each for the science and fine arts, health and physical education sections.

If you do not pass one to four of the subtests, you can retake it within 45 days.

Know the Educator Standards

As you get ready to prepare for the exam, one of the first things you should do is review the Texas educator standards for all of the relevant subject areas. These standards are available for free on-line, and the test is directly aligned with the standards for each subject. By reading the standards, you will not necessarily learn new content, but you will learn how the test-makers want you to think about the content you already know.

Think About Your Weaknesses

Understanding the breakdown of the subjects on the test can help you determine which areas you need to study up on. After looking through the list above, make a prioritized list for yourself. List the subject areas in order, beginning with the area you feel the least confident in and up to the area where you feel most confident. Then, allocate your preparation time accordingly.

As you study and prepare for each section, do practice items online. Look back over your notes from relevant courses you have taken, and work with friends who are better in the subject areas you are most worried about.

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