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Core Subjects EC-6: Science Study Guide

ISBN Number: 978-1-68317-009-9

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Process and Inquiry

62 Questions with Explanations
16 Pages of Instructional Content

Learn about scientific process inquiry, instruction, process, and impact.

Life Science

89 Questions with Explanations
17 Pages of Instructional Content

Learn about Life Science concepts and principles.

Physical Science

73 Questions with Explanations
17 Pages of Instructional Content

Learn about Physical Science concepts and principles.

Earth and Space Science

75 Questions with Explanations
20 Pages of Instructional Content

Learn about Earth and Space Science concepts and principles.

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What’s on the Core Subjects EC-6: Science Exam

The TExES CORE Subjects EC-6: Science Exam is a required exam for anyone wanting to teach elementary school in the state of Texas. The purpose of the test is to ensure that candidates have sufficient knowledge in the science subject area to teach students from Early Childhood through 6th grade.

Knowing the structure of the exam helps, but taking a core subjects exam can be a daunting prospect, and the TExES CORE Subjects EC-6: Science exam is no exception.  Because its goal is to test your classroom readiness across the spectrum of content, it covers a lot of ground.  This breadth can make it hard to know how to prepare.  Luckily, if you understand how the test is organized and what it is testing, you will have no problem prepping for this test.  In order to cover everything needed to teach elementary education science, the exam is broken down into 18 competencies, which are further explained through descriptive statements.


Now that you have your test date set, you can turn to preparing for the exam itself. To begin, let’s look at the structure of the exam. The TExES Core Subjects EC-6: Science exam consists of 52 questions. The test is administered via computer. Because of this, there can be a variety in the style of questions that are asked. You should expect to see three main types of questions: single-answer, stimulus-based, and cluster. You should expect most questions to require you to simply click an oval next to the correct answer. However, there may be questions that utilize the technology more. They may ask you to zoom in on details in a graphic or picture, click boxes next to all that apply, click on check boxes, click on parts of a graphic or sentence, use a drag and drop feature, or select your answer from a drop-down menu.


You will have 40 minutes to complete the 52 questions on the Science subtest.



40 minutes

NOTE: There are no scheduled breaks with this test.

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Subject Areas and Competencies

Process and Inquiry

Competency 001 (Lab Processes, Equipment and Safety): The teacher understands how to manage learning activities, tools, materials, equipment and technologies to ensure the safety of all students.

Competency 002 (History and Nature of Science): The teacher understands the history and nature of science, the process and role of scientific inquiry and the role of inquiry in science instruction.

Competency 003 (Impact on Science): The teacher understands how science impacts the daily lives of students and interacts with and influences personal and societal decisions.

Competency 004 (Concepts and Processes): The teacher knows and understands the unifying concepts and processes that are common to all sciences.

Competency 005 (Students as Learners and Science Instruction): The teacher has theoretical and practical knowledge about teaching science and about how students learn science.

Competency 006 (Science Assessment): The teacher knows the varied and appropriate assessments and assessment practices for monitoring science learning in laboratory, field and classroom settings.

Physical Science

Competency 007 (Forces and Motion): The teacher understands forces and motion and their relationships.

Competency 008 (Physical and Chemical Properties): The teacher understands the physical and chemical properties of and changes in matter.

Competency 009 (Energy and Interactions): The teacher understands energy and interactions between matter and energy.

Competency 010 (Energy Transformations and Conservation): The teacher understands energy transformations and the conservation of matter and energy.

Life Science

Competency 011 (Structure and Function of Living Things): The teacher understands the structure and function of living things.

Competency 012 (Reproduction and the Mechanisms of Heredity): The teacher understands reproduction and the mechanisms of heredity.

Competency 013 (Adaptations and Evolution): The teacher understands adaptations of organisms and the theory of evolution.

Earth and Space Science

Competency 014 (Organisms and the Environment): The teacher understands the relationships between organisms and the environment.

Competency 015 (Structure and Function of Earth Systems): The teacher understands the structure and function of Earth systems.

Competency 016 (Cycles in Earth Systems): The teacher understands cycles in Earth systems.

Competency 017 (Energy in Weather and Climate): The teacher understands the role of energy in weather and climate.

Competency 018 (Solar System and the Universe): The teacher understands the characteristics of the solar system and the universe.

 Passing Score

Your score will be based on the number of questions you answer correctly.  Your correct number of answers will be converted to a number between 100 and 300.  In order to pass, you must receive at least 240.


The first step in getting yourself ready for this exam is to complete the registration.  The TExES Core Subjects EC-6: Science is offered continuously which means you can take it whenever it is convenient for you.  However, because of that, it is important to register as soon as possible to make sure you get the date and location you want.  It is also a good idea to register early, so that you leave enough time for yourself to prepare

Step 1: Make Sure You Can Test

The absolute first thing to do is to check that you are an approved tester.  Enrollees in educator preparation programs are given approval by their programs.  Out-of-state credentialed teachers must apply for approval by submitting their existing credentials for review with the Texas Education Agency (TEA).  If you are in a different category than either of these (e.g. a charter school teacher, someone trying to qualify for an educator preparation program through your test scores), see the Registration Bulletin for more specific information about how you get approved.

Step 2: Get Organized

Registration will go much more smoothly if you have all of the information you need at hand.  This includes:

  • An ID that has your full and official name on it (this is especially important if you have a last name with multiple parts)—plan to use the one you will take with you on test day
  • Current home address
  • Current phone number
  • Current email address
  • A credit or debit card: MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover

Step 3: Create Your TEA Account

NOTE: If you are already a credentialed teacher in the state of Texas, a charter school teacher, or someone looking to use this test to help you get into an educator preparation program, skip this step, and go to step 4.

  • Go to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website.
  • You need to log into Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL); you will see a link on the blue bar at the very top of the screen.
  • Since this is your first time, you will need to select “Request New User Account” (If you already have one, then just enter your info.)
  • At this point, the system will give you instructions for creating your account. You will need the ID you prepared. It is of utmost importance that your ENTIRE last name (including spaces, hyphens and all parts) is used to create your account.
  • Once you are done, look over everything to make sure your information is accurate. You should also write down your TEA ID number as you will use it as your ID throughout the rest of the registration process. If you want to be really safe, print out your entire Educator Profile so you have a hard copy to refer to along the way.

Step 4: Create Your Educational Testing Service (ETS) Account

Now that you are officially in Texas’ education system, it is time to register for the actual test.

  • Navigate to the ETS TExES page.
  • Find “Your Account” on the homepage.
  • Once again, you will follow the directions to create your account. You will need the same information you collected in Step 2. Make sure you are again completely accurate and consistent with what you enter into TEA. This allows your TEA information to automatically transfer over.
  • ETS will then email you your username. Write this down (probably on the same page as your TEA ID). Once you have this, go back to the TExES home page and click again on “Your Account”, and then “Existing User”, and enter your username.
  • You will then have to click “Forgot Password” (even though you haven’t made one yet). This will get a temporary password sent to you via email. Once you have that, you can go back one last time, log in and change your password to whatever you want it to be (you will be prompted to change it when you log in with the temporary password).
  • Once you are fully logged in, you will see instructions to register for this test, including selecting the test location and date. The TExES Core Subjects EC-6 exam is a continuous Computer Administered Test (CAT), which means it is always available and at a wide range of ETS locations within Texas, throughout the United States, and even in Mexico. You may select whichever location is best for you.

Step 5: Admission Ticket

You will know you are done when you receive your “Admission Ticket”. You will need this to get into the exam and you must bring a hard copy. They will not accept electronic copies of this so your final step is to print this out. It will also list the location and time of your exam.

To get your “Admission Ticket,” log in to TExES and select “Print Admission Ticket”.

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