CSET Science Subject Test

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  1. JDawg

    JDawg New Member

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    Looking for any suggested resources to study for the CSET single subject science test other than the ones listed on the CSET website?? Are there any practice tests out there?
    What study process did you use?? Currently, I have some textbooks on general science, physics and chemistry and am jumping in....
    Any tips or advice would be appreciated.....
    Nervous :eek:
     
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  3. boojie2

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    use your old college textbooks...
    there are practice exams on the cset.nesinc.com website
    also...for physics make sure you can give some examples of the various machines used in physics problems...can you draw a lever and explain how it works...how is the mechanical advantage of the lever calculated?? also a likely essay question will ask you to be able to design an experiment or explain why a particular experiment design is flawed... also be able to talk about bioethics/genetic engineering etc....

    there is not too much chemistry, which subtest 3 are you taking?? bio, chem, physics?????

    I can give you more info for subtest 120 ...
    in general, you can probably pass the first two subtests without much studying at all.....
     
  4. JDawg

    JDawg New Member

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    Good info....thanks

    Thanks for the information. I think I will take the physics subtest 3; but have considered the biology. Does the physics include calculus???
    any other info. on test 120 would be helpful.
    Thanks,
    JDAWG
     
  5. KRISI

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    Hi ,
    I will be taking the subset 120- biology. Please pass out any/all information to help prepare for the test. Have you already passed the test?

    Thanks,
    Krisi
     
  6. TeacherGroupie

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    SparkCharts on biology, microbiology, and a nice new one on environmental studies might be helpful; use them as shopping lists of stuff to look up on Answers.com, if the explanations in the SparkCharts aren't enough. SparkCharts are at Barnes & Noble. The Web site is www.sparknotes.com. AP guides can be good too.
     
  7. smj26

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    Science CSET

    I've taken the two general science and the earth science CSET tests and passed all three. All that I did to study was make sure I knew the answers to ALL of the questions that they posted on their website. I studies for about 2 weeks for about 2-3 hours a night. The only resource I used was the internet. But be careful on what site you get your info from. I was looking up an answer from sparknotes or something like that and they had the wrong answer in their text!
    Good Luck, and take your time during the tests!


     
  8. SUE#3

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    please help me I am taking Science Subtest 120 & 124
    and I need to see if there are any study guide or if you guys any more insight :(
     
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  9. cbickley

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    Biology Help

    Hi! I took the Science Subtests I (Earth Science and Physics) and II (Biology and Chemistry) in March 05 and passed both, then went on to take Subtests III in both Biology and Earth Science in May 05 and again passed both. My study resources for Biology were primarily on line:

    The Biology Project by University of Arizona:
    http://www.biology.arizona.edu/DEFAULT.HTML
    • An interactive resource for learning biology

    BioCoach:
    http://www.phschool.com/science/biology_place/biocoach/index.html
    • Great tutorial and self quizzes for H.S. level biology

    Biology Self Check Quizzes:
    http://www.glencoe.com/sec/science/biology/bio2004/self_check_quiz/scquiznat.php?abrev=ntl

    If you're taking it this Saturday July 16, I recommend going through the self check quizzes. Also, go through the domains listed on the CSET website under subtest description. Unless it's listed in the domains, it won't be on the test. So save yourself any unnecessary studying by focusing on the domains as listed and make sure you can address each topic listed. :)

    Good luck!
     
  10. cbickley

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    Hi! I have taken and passed Science Subtests I, II and both Biology and Earth Science Subtest III. I took two each time. March 05 I and II, May 05 III's.

    For physics resources, I like The Physics Classroom online:

    http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Default2.html

    If you're a visual learner, this website has great animations as well:
    Physics Animations:
    http://physics.nad.ru/Physics/English/index.htm
    • Waves, Optics, Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electricity

    For Biology:
    BioCoach:
    http://www.phschool.com/science/biology_place/biocoach/index.html
    • Great tutorial and self quizzes for H.S. level biology:


    The Biology Project by University of Arizona:
    http://www.biology.arizona.edu/DEFAULT.HTML
    • An interactive resource for learning biology:

    Biology Self Check Quizzes:
    http://www.glencoe.com/sec/science/biology/bio2004/self_check_quiz/scquiznat.php?abrev=ntl

    For Earth Science:
    Earth Science Self Check Quizzes:
    http://glencoe.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0078664233/student_view0/self-check_quizzes.html

    For Chemistry:
    Chemistry Coach:
    http://www.chemistrycoach.com/home.htm

    Overall, my best advice, go through the domains listed on the CSET website in each subtest description. Each domain has the concepts the test will cover. If it's not there, it's not on the test. Don't study information you don't need to :)

    Good luck!
     
  11. KRISI

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    Hi,
    Can anyone advise on how many multiple choice/ short answer questions are there in each subtest? If I decide to take one subtest at a time, do I get to use the 5hrs for the subtest?
    Any other suggestions for preparing well will be appreciated. I have to take 118,119 and 120.
    Thanks,
    Krisi
     
  12. TeacherGroupie

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    No matter how many subtests you take, you have all five hours of testing time. The Test Guide for your subtests should tell you how many multiple choice questions and constructed response questions there are - it will probably be in the neighborhood of 50 multiple choice and three to four constructed response. cbickley's links are good choices. In addition, look for books and resources that will be useful in your classroom afterward. I like Usborne's ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY OF SCIENCE, ISBN 0-7945-0064-1, which is designed for British kids who are studying for what amount to the biggest final exams you've ever seen in high school, but of course there are other possibilities - check the science section of your local bookstore to see what's out there for the intelligent layperson.
     
  13. KRISI

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    Thanks Teacher Groupie for your quick response.

    Krisi
     
  14. TeacherGroupie

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    You're welcome!
     
  15. scholastica

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    Hello, l am new...l am taking the cset social science subtests in january, and l need help on reading materials especially for subtests l and ll. All suggestions will be appreciated!!
     
  16. TeacherGroupie

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    Oh, good, scholastica, you HAVE joined us here. This is a science thread; if you use the Forum Jump feature at the bottom of the page to go back to the Single Subject Tests forum page, then go to the SECOND page of results, you'll find a couple of threads on single subject social science. In addition, you can launch a new thread - put "social science" somewhere in the title to attract the attention of other people who are concerned about social science. Feel free to ask whatever questions you have about test format or the sorts of things that can be tested. The one thing we don't do here is discuss actual test questions.

    Anyway, welcome!
     
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    Cset Social Science

    Thanks a lot Groupie....you are helpful!!
     
  18. TeacherGroupie

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    As my friends say of me: well, I'm trying...

    You're welcome.
     
  19. HilaryP

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    .. so I see Conservation of Energy and Momentum in the subtest III Physics, but I do NOT see it specifically mentioned in Subtest I..does that mean I can safely skip it, or is in embedded in one of the domains for subtest I?
     
  20. TeacherGroupie

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    Let me put it this way: Subtest I knowledge isn't knowledge to the depth required to teach AP classes in the science in question, but it is knowledge to the depth required for general science classes. I don't think you'd need to do much of the math, but you almost certainly do need to know how to use the concepts to explain the different effects on, say, a cement truck and a tricycle of a collision between them.
     
  21. Malcolm

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    If a topic, or a another topic which normally includes it, is not in the Subtest Description, and not in the referenced content standards, it is not on the test. That said, one would think that momentum is relevant because it is related to Newton's laws which are mentioned in the Subtest Description.
     

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