CSET July 21, 2007

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    Way to go, jazzminjoy!
     
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    Ever Elusive Subtest IV

    Hi All,

    At last from voyeur to member!
     
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    Subtest IV practice drama questions?

    Hi All,

    At last from voyeur to member! I've been stalking these boards for months and credit all of you for helping me pass Subtest I, II and III on July 21st. Whew! But at last I am asking for help. Like so many others, I was shocked and see that I completely blew it on the drama section of Subtest IV and therefore have to retake the entire test. I received check marks for oral presentation, media analysis and creative writing but alas I got a fat little "p" under my drama section....I didn't address the purpose of the question at all. But if I had to do it all over again, I still wouldn't understand the purpose! I know we can't give away questions here, but suffice it to say I need help describing how to act out a drama, from storytelling to blocking scenes to helping actors warm-up and memorize lines. I have no background in this area. Does anyone want to throw me a hypothetical CSET type question so I can practice? Maybe all of us struggling with Subtest IV could learn something here. I keep going over the subject matter drama requirements, but what I really need are real practice questions that I can try to answer.

    Thank you!
     
  4. jennyscout

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    Aaaaah! I just got my English test scores in the mail. The only thing stopping me from passing all four sections was the little letter "k" in the creative writing section. This is so ironic because I am a freelance writer and I edit writing all the time. AAAArrrrrgggh! It was the last question I did on the test too. Knowledge? Does this mean I did not use enough buzzwords? I will go back and look through other threads too.
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    k often means a relative scarcity of buzzwords, yes.

    It's worth pointing out that it's possible to get a checkmark on a constructed response without getting all three points per scorer.
     
  6. jennyscout

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    thx tg! i wonder why they give check marks and not actual scores. watch me go and take the test a second time and not get checks in the first 3 and a check in the last question. well, hopefully this won't happen! i ordered the OC materials for English Test 4. I really wish I would have had those before I took my test.
     
  7. TeacherGroupie

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    Scores aren't given so higher vs. lower passing scores can't be used as a factor in hiring.
     
  8. Cal

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    I passed all three social science tests--and while they don't give out the grades, you can certainly tell how you did by the number of stars you got. If you get four checks, it means you answered most of the questions correctly.

    In Math, at least, you can pass a section with 3 of 4 constructed responses correct and "some" of the questions answered correctly, as that's my calculus score (the only one I passed with the equivalent of a C--the rest I got 4 checks on everything).
     
  9. TeacherGroupie

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    Congratulations, Cal!
     
  10. Jarenko

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    I was smoking on multiple choice but I must admit that I should have studied more for the written parts. It is very hard to study for though, theres a lot you need to know! Fortunately it appears my subject matter knowledge in the areas was enough to allow me to pass but future generations be warned!
     
  11. TeacherGroupie

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    (chuckling)

    Now, now, Jarenko... you'll do better by them than that, I'm quite sure.
     
  12. Cal

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    Thanks, Teach. Next up, the English. Then my project's done!
     
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    Sling those buzzwords, Cal... and best of luck.
     
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    I'd have to agree with you Jarenko, at least for the U.S. & CA History questions. I think I got pretty lucky with the questions that turned up for civics and econ though. In general all of the questions seem so random and tend to use obscure quotes and references. TG is really right on when she said that you have to focus on what you do know about the questions (no matter how little that is) and not what you don't.
     
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    I mentioned the same thing in the social science test thread. The questions seemed very random.
     
  16. TeacherGroupie

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    It's been observed elsewhere that some CSET Math questions ask about unfamiliar topics and more ask about familiar topics in unfamiliar ways. That seems also to hold of CSET Social Science, and I wonder if that accounts for some of the perception of randomness.
     
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    TG- That pretty much sums it up!
     
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    Ah

    Ah, that makes sense. But scores are given on the multiple choice sections: ++++

     
  19. TeacherGroupie

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    jennyscout, those are performance indicators, and they're on side 2 of the score report - have you noticed that the score report doesn't have two PAGES, it has two SIDES? That's because what goes to the institutions that get your report is just side 1.
     

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