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  1. BJ Athens

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    I passed all the constructed-response questions! I just don't know what to study for the multiple choice portion of Creative Expression and Connections, Relationships, Applications. I only know about drawing and painting and nothing about printmaking, ceramics, photography, performing art, etc!
     
  2. TeacherGroupie

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    Checkmark on a constructed response doesn't necessarily mean that a test taker aced that response so much as that the response doesn't exhibit egregious errors in purpose, knowledge, and support (and, for the extended response, breadth and depth of knowledge). If your overall performance in constructed response is +++ or less, there's more than enough room for improvement to put you over the top. In fact, one passes or doesn't pass the whole of the subtest: it doesn't matter that one didn't do well in one part of the subtest as long as one has collected enough points elsewhere in the subtest.

    As for printmaking, ceramics, photography, performance art, etc., I think you've just started to answer your own question. Go pick up a cocktail-hour-at-the-gallery-opening level of awareness of those areas and others that are mentioned in the state content standards and framework for visual art. Wikipedia, ho! (Seriously. Wikipedia is one of the world's best tools for what you need. It doesn't hurt that a proper Wikipedia article mentions both (a) relevant equipment, techniques, works, and critics and (b) related or contrasting types of visual art: a person can cover a lot of ground by hopscotching from article to article.) If you need a checklist, see the California content standards and framework for Visual and Performing Arts; both docs, or to be precise the pieces of which each doc consists, are free to download from www.cde.ca.gov, via the Curriculum and Instruction page.
     
  3. BJ Athens

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    You make such a good point about the check marks on the constructed response questions... And I should not take for granted that I will get those checks again seeing as though I only got +++ !!!

    What should I study for the constructed response question for that performing arts question... Mine was about ballet. doesn't dance have a whole separate list of elements and principles?

    Also, what do I study for the "connections, relationships, and applications?"

    I am surprised but so happy about your suggestion to use Wikipedia! That is great advice!

    THANK YOU TEACHER GROUPIE!!!!
     
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    (Okay, you DID mean "performing arts" and not "performance art".) Dance has its own terminology, yes. But you're taking a test in art, so you're expected to bring an artist's sensibility to dance, rather than a dancer's sensibility. And the design principles work across all of the arts, even though the elements by which they're instantiated differ. If you can identify contrast or repetition in a dance, you can talk about it as an artist does (though, if a dance term is relevant and you happen to know it, use it). For the most part, this will mean focusing more on what the viewer sees than on what the dancer is up to. (And behold: connections and relationships!)

    For more on connections and relationships, please download the visual and performing arts framework as recommended above and leaf through it for bits that are relevant. Bear in mind that the framework is the document that fleshes out the state content standards: as a teacher, you'll be expected to know the doc, so you may as well start getting acquainted with it now.

    As for applications, that's in part where your own artwork and your discussion of your own artwork come in.
     
  5. Just Art

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    Hello,
    I am planing to re-take the CSET Art Subtest II and I didn't pass it the first time. Is there anyone that can give me pointers and how to improve my score. I was off by 9 points.
     
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    Welcome to A to Z, Just Art! 9 points off is pretty close to passing. What do your performance indicators show?
     
  7. Just Art

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    Jan 8, 2019

    Hi Teacher Group,

    My performance for Multiple Choice was:
    Creative Expression ++
    Connections, Rel,Appl +
    History & Theories ++
    Overall ++

    My Performance for Constructed-Response was:
    Overall +++
    By the time I reached the Constructed Response I didn't have much time and I feel like I didn't respond well in this section.

    Any advice would be great
     
  8. TeacherGroupie

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    Hugs, Just Art.

    There should be additional information on your score report: a checkmark or some combination of the letters p, k, s, d beside each constructed response. Tell me what you see, and I can give you a better idea whether your +++ in constructed response was high in the +++ range (in which case it would correlate to a pretty respectable numerical score) or low. At the same time, I'll unpack p, k, s, d, and checkmark for you.

    Having said which, let me point out that, according to Pearson's current score report insert, http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/content/docs/CS_ScoreReport_Insert.pdf, the standard weighting of multiple choice vs. constructed response for CSET subtests is 70% to 30%: that is, raw scores get rendered into scaled scores in such a way that constructed response points account for just 30% of the overall score. CSET Art isn't named under any of the less usual weightings, so it follows that CSET Art Subtest II is a 70%/30% subtest. That being the case, it's the multiple choice questions that most need your attention. ++ in a domain most likely translates to getting half or fewer of the questions in that domain right - and of the 50 multiple choice questions, 30 are in the domain of creative expression, so that's a domain in which one definitely doesn't want to be leaving half or more of available points unclaimed.

    "Creative expression" is the domain into which CSET Art tucks its questions about the art-producing process; how an artist designs and composes an artwork, how the medium and techniques shape what can be done, and what media and techniques count as two-dimensional, three-dimensional, media art, and new-and-emerging art forms. Consult the Subtest II subtest description for details to look up, especially as regards art forms you're not familiar with, and use it as a checklist of terms to look up on Wikipedia and/or the art-education webpages of any major art museum such as the Met or the Getty.

    Given that your constructed response overall score is stronger than your multiple choice overall score, I'd also recommend working on your multiple-choice chops. The correct answer to any question is the answer that fits the question best (or the answer that fails less than the other three answers do): while a painting technique could theoretically be relevant to performance art, the possible answer that focuses on the painting technique will be the right answer for a performance-art question only if (a) the work of performance art really does make room for paint and (b) none of the other possible answers invokes a technique more conventionally associated with performance art that's relevant to the work under consideration.
     
  9. Just Art

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    Thank you Teacher Group,
    Regarding the check marks
    I got: Check, s,d, Check, and Check.
     
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    Checkmark doesn't necessarily mean that one got full points on a response, but it does indicate that the response was at least adequately on target (p), was at least adequately well supported by reasoning and/or relevant examples (s), and showed at least adequate grasp of the concepts and terminology of the field (k). Your s,d would have been for the extended response in which you discuss your own art, and that's consistent with your report of having run out of time. In short, I'm pretty sure that, as far as constructed response is concerned, you didn't embarrass yourself.

    How are you generally as a taker of multiple-choice tests?
     
  11. Just Art

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    Dear Teacher Group,
    I am usually better on multiple choice questions than response questions, but there was a lot of information that I had no idea what the answer was and I guessed on them. Is there any study materials that you recommend? Its been about 12 years since I graduated with a BA in Fine Arts and changed careers, so its like starting all over and trying to study everything. I am not to sure what is the new art out there now, and what to study.
     
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    Given your background and the subtest, you're almost certainly best off doing what I suggested above: use the subtest-description doc as a checklist of things to look up on Wikipedia and more generally online. For connections between ways of artmaking or art techniques, and to find sites that discuss more than one of them, try putting more than one in your search term (for instance, "printmaking ceramics" should bring up some sites that discuss the connections and some sites that discuss each).
     
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    Dear Teacher Group,
    Thank you for your help. I appreciate it so much. :)
     

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