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Do you have a direct link to these? I could go look, but if you know right off hand I would be SO grateful!!!

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Zia 02-01-2018 05:45 PM

You don't need to memorize your common core state standards. It is only about National Boards:

National Board Standards are developed by committees of outstanding educators who are broadly representative of accomplished professionals in their field. The committees are governed by the Board of Directors and the Certification Council, the majority of whom are National Board Certified Teachers. Together, the propositions form the basis of all National Board Standards and the foundation for National Board Certification.
melissagriesh 02-01-2018 03:58 PM

Zia- it doesn't sound silly. Whatever works to get it all done in the allotted time!!!

And thank you for all your responses. So I will study the 5 CP and then as far as my 3rd grade common core standards, do I need to know them by their name/number as well? Or just what content they cover?

melissagriesh 02-01-2018 03:34 PM

Do you have a direct link to these? I could go look, but if you know right off hand I would be SO grateful!!!

melissagriesh 02-01-2018 03:34 PM

Oshque: Thank you for your response as well!! Looks like I need to focus on the 5 Core Pr. as well as the common core standards and then like you said, have a variety of lessons to possibly in the back of my mind!!

melissagriesh 02-01-2018 03:29 PM

tarheeltwins: I appreciate your thoughtful response! Thank you! And congrats on rocking that test!!!

Ohsque 02-01-2018 01:05 PM

I am CTE, but I found that the sample questions provided really do give a glimpse of what is in store. Just knowing your subject area helps a lot as well. They are a bit tricky, more than one choice could work, but once you remember your core/standards- you will "see" the better choice available.

As for the written parts- again, the sample provided really was very similar- I was able to "practice" with those kind of questions. For example, I knew that one of my writing was to be about integration of technology- so I tried to come up with multiple ways/lessons/projects to do just that. I didn't really know what subject I might have to integrate with technology or even if that would be my question, but I tried to come up with ideas that would "connect" to multiple subjects. Plus, I double-dogged made sure that I connected the standards in my answers.

I hope this helps a bit Best wishes!

msae 02-01-2018 08:39 AM

I did lots of timed practice with the example constructed responses.

Zia 02-01-2018 06:41 AM

Will those 5 Core Propositions be what I need to base my written portions around. (And I'm guessing the other 3 components' writings as well..?)
Yes! This is what it is ALL based on!

The other thing I tell people is kind of silly, but it helped me. My testing center uses Dells. My fingers are used to a Mac keyboard. I borrowed a keyboard to practice with, prior to the test. The faster and more accurately you can type your responses, the better. That 90 minutes flies by.
tarheeltwins 01-31-2018 05:58 PM

I took C1 last year and did very well - good thing, because my scores on C2 and C3 were passing, but not high. As far as studying, I found that doing the work of C2 and C3 really helped prepared me just because of all the reading and writing and thinking you have to do for those. But once I submitted those I had a couple of weeks to really buckle down on C1.

I went through my standards (once again!) and wrote notes on them by hand. I've always done better studying if I write things down. Then I just read and reread my notes most every day. I teach K so I know that curriculum cold, but I also looked through the common core standards for first and second grade briefly.

I felt pretty prepared. When I took the test, I was confident on most of the selected response items but there were a few that threw me and I just didn't have a clue about them. For the constructed response essays, I was fortunate. My three questions involved a first grade class, a kindergarten class, and a PreK class. It could have gone up as high as 3rd grade, but I was thrilled mine were right there in my areas of strength.

As someone said, just keep in mind that you'll have a reading question, a math question, and a child's play question.

melissagriesh 01-31-2018 05:35 PM

Thanks Zia. I found those handful of questions (I think) and they were pretty tricky. That's kind of why I was hoping there might be more out there. But I also see that if all the questions are like the ones they give, I doubt there's any real way to study. Sigh.

BUT- I can memorize the 5 core propositions! That's at least something!! Will those 5 Core Propositions be what I need to base my written portions around. (And I'm guessing the other 3 components' writings as well..?)

Zia 01-31-2018 05:29 PM

There are samples inside the component directions. Those will give you an idea and memorize the 5 Core Propositions. This comes up a lot and I don't think there is a way to study for it--not like tests in school. The flash cards are garbage, so don't waste your money.

You'll have three constructed response items (essay questions basically), one each on play, literacy, and math. You'll have 30 minutes for each. Then (I think) you have 60 minutes to answer 45 multiple choice questions and they run the gamut of early childhood education.

The time flies by. Good luck!

melissagriesh 01-31-2018 05:19 PM

Has anyone taken the Early Childhood Generalist test?
How did you study and prepare?

I'm not finding anything and I'm nervous to drop $475..!


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