Cest Art I and II, portfolio is very confusing.

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    If you have a background in art, you may get the most mileage from writing your own study guide. Use the subtest descriptions and the sample questions as sources of terms to look up on the internet - Wikipedia is very much your friend here, though major museums like the Met and the Getty that have online pages for education can also be very helpful. It might also serve you well to download the state framework doc for art (it's large but free, and as a teacher you're going to be expected to be familiar with what the state expects students to learn about art, when, and how): you'll find it on the frameworks page on www.cde.ca.gov.

    As for the portfolio, in Subtest II, you'll be discussing your own artmaking processes both in a medium in which you excel (that's the concentration) and in other media (those are the breadth areas). Choose breadth media that are as different from your concentration and each other as practical. It may be useful to look at the sample constructed responses in Subtest II and decide which of your media you could most easily use to answer all of each question.

    I'll add that, while there aren't lots and lots of threads here on CSET Art, there are a few (and some quite recent), and the discussions in them are also likely to shed some light for you.
     
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    Appreciate it, wish there were sample portfolios or something like that to look at,like you said, there are surprisingly limited resources to study for this test.
     
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    Tell me, please, meeg, what you think you'd gain from seeing sample portfolios. It's possible that the questions you have in mind can be answered by other means.
     
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    Maybe my reading comprehension is bad, but the pdf on the cset test site seems fairly convoluted. In regards to what exactly your portfolio must look like, the selections made, and what categories one can use etc.
     
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    Please spell out what you think is convoluted.
     
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    http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/content/docs/CSET_Prep/Art_proc_man.pdf

    I just want to be sure, that I need 4 pieces of art total and I think they want 6 photos total.
    So if i'm doing digital painting for my concentration (Photoshop) portfolio 1 would be 3 different pieces of digital art and one photo for each. Next for portfolio 2 I would have 3 more photos but this time 3 different mediums, maybe a pen and ink drawing, Water color and maybe a small sculpture of some sort.

    I use this for submitting http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/content/docs/CSET_Prep/Art_sub_form.pdf
    But do I show up with all this stuff the day of the test or do I submit it ahead of time?

    Also its seems odd that im going to be writing about my own work, seems like I gives me some advantage as I can just write a bunch of jargon etc about my own work then just repeat that info on the day of the test.
     
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    meeg, for your first two problem areas I'm going to set you an exercise.

    Using either a printed copy of the procedure manual that you linked to and two different colors of highlighter OR the pdf version onscreen and the annotation tools in your favorite pdf reader app, and, beginning with the procedure manual cover and ending with page 12,
    • Highlight in one color every sentence or phrase that states where and/or when the portfolio is to be submitted. By page 6, what do you expect to see on subsequent pages about when/where to submit the portfolio? Are your expectations subverted in the following pages or fulfilled?
    • Highlight in another color every phrase that specifies how many artworks and how many photographs. By page 8, what do you expect to see on subsequent pages about the number of artworks in each category to photograph? Are your expectations subverted in the following pages or fulfilled?
    • In one to four sentences and using the design principles of art (and, where practical, other technical terminology of art), describe the writer/artist's goals and choices and evaluate their effect on the average taker of CSET: Art Subtest II.
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    For the third of your issues, you're quite right that it is possible for the test taker to front-load technical terms about his or her own art. In fact, that would be sensible. The scorers are doubtless fully aware of this; it wouldn't surprise me to find that they hold takers of CSET Art II to a higher standard when it comes to fidelity to and fluency with technical terminology than do the scorers of CSETs in which questions are harder to anticipate.
     
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