CSET Science Subject Test

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  1. fozzywozzy

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    I took 118 on Saturday and I know my CRs were not the best, but I put down as much information as I knew. Maybe because I'm stronger in biology than the content necessary for Gen Science I, but I felt that some of the questions could have been worded better. I wish there was straight calculation questions because I am good at those, but when they bring out the more conceptual questions thats when I get tricked a bit. There's nothing I can do about it now, I just have to wait until the scores come back and prep for the CBEST next!
     
  2. Peachyness

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    Fozzy, I was also surprised at how there were really no calculation problems, on either 118 and 119.

    So you have not taken the CBEST yet? That test should be a piece of cake. :)
     
  3. sublimefenixx

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    Hey all! I passed 118 using the Hewitt book and the internet...and found this website very helpful. I wanted to say thanks to all who post here!

    Trying to tackle 119, any suggested study material?
     
  4. future_teach

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    Per LAUSD - Feb 5 2011
    They have no huge need in BIO
    Need in Physics and Chemistry is high
     
  5. fozzywozzy

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    Passed 118! I thought I was just going to barely pass, but my overall MC was ++++ and my CR overall was +++. I'm still surprised about the CR because I know I definitely got things wrong on them, but hey, I'm not complaining! Now onto 119, which has things I actually have a clue about!

    Sublimefenixx, I don't know if you have taken 120 or not, but the biology content necessary for 119 is very similar to 120 so I am using my Biology textbook by Campbell and Reece. I was also lucky enough to find a Cliffnotes AP Biology book at the thrift store which is good for reviewing things. I'm not exactly sure what I'll use for the thermodynamics and chemistry part. Hopefully this gave you some help for the bio portion of 119 at least!
     
  6. Peachyness

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    For anyone studying for 118 or for the earth/planetary one, I found some neat books at Costco last night. They are by DK and it's called, "Smithsonian Earth", "Universe" and just for fun (in case I go for the biology), "Animal LIfe". They were 16.99 each at Costco. :)

    OH, and congrats Fozzy. I liked 118 better because I am more into geology and astronomy, but I actually found 119 to be a breeze. Fozzy, it sounds like you are going for your biology credential??? I want to get a second one and am trying to decide if I should go for biology, or perhaps chemistry. I've never taken any physics classes (although, I may see if I can during summer vacation, just for fun, if nothing else).
     
  7. Galois

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    So if I want to review for 118, what are the best textbooks to study? I may go to Science after Math. Thanks.
     
  8. loves2cram

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    I Passed 119! =D
     
  9. Galois

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    Congratulations!!!
     
  10. TeacherGroupie

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    Congratulations, loves2cram!
     
  11. Peachyness

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    For the Geology/Astronomy/Earth Science part of the Science CSET, I found this website that may be of some help. It actually took the science standards and gave some nice information for each standard. It's not incredibly detailed, but it's a nice starting point to go off on.
     
  12. cset1

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    Hi,
    I will be taking 120 and 124 on May 7th, and have been busy studying my brains out.

    When I registered, the background Qs asked me about what I studied previously. I indicated that I have a BSc in Biology. Now that they have this information, will my exam be harder, or is there only 1 CSET offered at a given date/location and is unrelated to what a candidate's background is?

    Also, are the sample questions on the CSET website a good reflection of the types of questions that will be on the exam, or are AP Bio SAT questions more what to expect?

    Thanks for any information!
     
  13. TeacherGroupie

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    Welcome to A to Z, cset1!

    The background questions are for statistical purposes: the CTC tracks the correlations of passing rates with a variety of factors.

    There's more than one edition of each of the CSET biology subtests, and as far as I know the edition you get is entirely unrelated to your background.

    The sample questions are intended to give a sense of how the exam works, but they aren't necessarily actual questions. AP Biology questions may not reflect the look and feel of the exam, but they'd offer another source of concepts to think about and play with mentally.
     
  14. cset1

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    Thank you teachergroupie!

    I'm getting very anxious for my 120/124 this Saturday. I was browsing for more sample questions, and I found this:

    www dot cde dot ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/documents/cstrtqbiology.pdf

    Are these questions that were used for past CSETs, or are these questions designed for high school students in biology, and are therefore not a good source of practice questions for CSET takers?
     
  15. TeacherGroupie

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    Breathe, please.

    Those are released questions from the high school test, yes - but that doesn't mean they wouldn't shed some light for you on topics you'll need on Saturday.
     
  16. cset1

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    I wrote 120/124 yesterday (Biology III and Biology IV).
    I didn't find the 124 that bad at all, but we'll see what my result says.

    120 was a totally different story. All questions were very 'high-level'. In other words, they were phrased in paragraphs, and the answers were a bit vague and not direct.

    I freaked out because 2 of the 3 direct response, I don't think I answered well, because of course those were the subjects I didn't pay close enough attention to when I was studying. At least I was able to write *something* and didn't leave the questions blank.

    The version of 120 that I got was *very* heavy on the ecology, which I feel isn't a fair representation of what I truly know in Biology. I'm overall pretty disappointed, because I have a degree in Microbiology, and I was expected to be very proficient in Ecology, for about 40% of my test. :(

    The AP biology practice tests did nothing to adequately prepare me for this test. The CSET and SAT are very, very different tests.

    I'm disappointed, and worried about my result. I studied very hard, and thought I had a good solid grasp on all of the material (with very few exceptions, that happened to appear on the test)

    Ugh. I have a long month to wait now. At least I'm already registered for the July tests, just in case I need them.
     
  17. TeacherGroupie

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    Hugs, cset1. I always tell people to hold off on registering for the next test date till they find out they need to - if there's any overlap between score report release and subsequent registration deadline, late fees are automatically waived for retakers.
     
  18. Peachyness

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    I finally got around to taking CSET 122 (Earth Science). I was on a roll for the first half of the test. I knew every answer that I came across. Then I got to the meteorology questions. I spent a good two days before the test studying this area as I've never taken an official meteorology class in school/college before. I think I did find on most of the questions, and had to eliminate and then choose the one that made the most sense on the others. I left feeling good, but also felt that I could have done better on one of the critical response questions.

    TG, I didn't know that they waive late fees for retakers. How does that work?
     
  19. TeacherGroupie

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    It works automatically, provided one re-ups reasonably promptly upon release of the previous scores: one accesses the registration page using one's test-taker ID, and the system should remember one as a retaker and adjust the amount due to reflect the late-fee waiver. It doesn't work, however, I think, if one is signing up for a different subtest.

    If one signs up for the next test date "just in case" and then finds one has passed, one might need to cancel one's registration in order to receive a refund; I think the refund isn't automatic.
     
  20. Peachyness

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    Ah, I see. Well, then. That's nice to know!
     

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