Discussion in 'Single Subject Tests' started by kalsjh, Jan 9, 2006.
Apr 17, 2010
Thank you very much.
Apr 18, 2010
CSET English subtest IV
Does anyone know how to find an online tutor to help me pass this test? I have exhausted all known study guides. I know the content and understand the rubric. I may not be the sharpest knife in the kitchen, but I'm not the dullest either by any stretch.
Apr 20, 2010
I feel your frustration-I have finally ended my CSET nightmare.
Subtest I and II were not difficult for me, but Subtest III and IV were. After two failed scores on III, I drove 2.5 hours to an excellent tutor. I passed right after. I had failed Subtest IV once before, so drove 2.5 hours again and passed this last time. Her name is Karen McDermott-she is awesome! She is in the LA area (I'm in San Diego). You can google her name online - I highly recommend her and her study guides are the best. I found that with subtest IV you need to focus on simply answering what is being asked. By using Karen's study guide and one day prep class I had no trouble passing.
Hope this helps and let me know if I can help. Good Luck
Apr 26, 2010
Thank you adsanchez
I have already found a tutor that I think will be helpful. However, if I do not hear back from her by tomorrow, I might give Karen a ring.
Again, thank you very much.
May 21, 2010
For those of you who have already taken the test, is there any possibility to give me an idea of what authors, dates, facts, etc. I should be studying? Truly, I want to know where to focus my energy. There is too much information and it is not concise enough for me to figure out what is truly important to study. I do not have time to waist. I am in the San Diego area and if anyone wants to form an online study group or even meet up, I would love to do that. Send me a message! I need to take this test in July and would appreciate any help to pass. I purchased the OCDE notes and am willing to share with you if you share your notes.
Anakris, you're not going to get more answers on A to Z through posting in more places. You're just going to make yourself have to run around from thread to thread.
In any case, it's hard to answer a question like that, because the CSET English subtests exist in multiple editions, and the emphases can and do vary from edition to edition. (Frankly, any preparation course that claims to prepare you exhaustively for ALL and ONLY what you will see on the test is fibbing. I for one don't teach that way.)
Which subtests are you taking in July, and what are your biggest worries?
Jun 13, 2010
I know this is an old post, but are you still around? I have failed CSET IV as well -- having passed the other 3 -- In need of help.
TeacherGroupie isn't on right now, but she's most definitley still around.
Jun 15, 2010
Yup: I'm not that easy to get rid of.
Sam, you should have your printed score report by now. On side 2 is a chart of performance indicators. What do you see there? (If you'd rather discuss this privately, let me know and I'll send you a private message.)
Jul 7, 2010
Subtest IV retake this Saturday...
I will be retaking subtest IV which I didn't pass back in 2008. I have since passed Social Science and have become credentialed, and recently passed English subtests II and III earlier this year (I passed subtest I in 2008).
So subtest IV is all that remains.
When I took it in 2008, I met or exceeded the minimum requirements for Speech, Media, and Creative Writing, but fell short for Dramatic Performance. The diagnostic code was "s" for support.
I remembering reading through this thread a month back when I first decided to take it again. I bookmarked it and decided to ask you fine people for some advice.
Because it has been so long since I last took it, I am afraid I won't be able to meet or exceed the requirements in the areas I already passed two years ago. So what would be a nice quick and dirty study technique/materials that you all would recommend?
Thanks for your time and consideration here.
Doubt yourself a little less, please: if you knew it then, you can get it back now. Make sure you know the vocab - the glossaries on the thread "Elmer's English resources" in this forum may be very helpful. You could also look up lesson plans for these areas.
Sep 9, 2010
I personally think this test is a rip off! They will never convince me that all of these individuals with experience in the subject are failing! Just another way for California to get money out of under paid teachers. And they wonder why there's a teacher shortage?
Don't know if you've passed but I also feel that somethings not right within this testing system. How can all of these smart people continue to fail and have to pay again? Something should be done about this scam that's going on!:
I take it you haven't passed, bananas1964. What in CSET English IV seems to be giving you grief?
Subject-matter tests are a federal requirement, by the way.
Nov 3, 2010
I have passed 3 of the 4 subsets....I am taking subset IV for the 3rd time this Saturday and I feel more than defeated from this. My undergrad is in English from Uof H and I have been in my Masters program at USC for the past year with all A's and one B. I am a private writing tutor. I cannot begin to tell you how frustrating it has been getting the subset IV back and not to have passed....again. Afterall, I quit my 2 part time jobs to do my student teaching but was yanked out of the classroom until my dear love subset IV is passed. On subset IV, I have a score of 207 out of 220 and apparently I lack in the Speech/Media departments....
Are there any words of wisdom? a book to look at? a website? I only have a couple of days until the test but if I dont pass, I am going to consider it meant to be that I graduate without my credential....
Do you absolutely fill in all the space the answer allows? Is it true to have a title for a short answer question?
I appreciate your help and advice/concern!
True dat Bananas!
No title required. Don't fill in the space unless you write big. But you do need to show off with technical terms.
What do you see in the breakdown of your results on side 2 of the score report?
Nov 6, 2010
I just took subtest iv today (first time) and as soon as I got home I realized I'd accidentally cited the wrong example for a certain type of speech.
If I did well on the other 3 short answer topics, is this mistake enough to make me fail the entire test?
Thanks in advance! Any feedback would be much appreciated.
Rain Gal, Sounds like you would get a score of 2 if that was the only thing you did wrong for that topic question so you should pass. Im not sure about my answer for the same question.
Nov 7, 2010
I think you both will have done fine.
A reminder to the community: please don't post actual specific test questions on A to Z. See the WARNING at the top of this Web page. I'd hate to see anyone's test score invalidated.
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