CSET Science Subject Test

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    Though I've heard conflicting reports over the years on the automaticity of the refund.
     
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    Thanks TG.

    Do you know how they weigh subtest III? Is it 80/20, or 70/30? Is it true that one should have answered about 2/3 correct to pass?
     
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    Subtests I and II are 80/20, and I suspect the Subtests IV (Science: Specialized) are too. The Subtests III are 70/30.

    2/3 of available points should get you through, yes. Do bear in mind that that's an overall total - one doesn't have to pass each of the domains or both of the question types in order to pass.
     
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    Thanks for all your support TG during, the neurosis that is, the month after the exam.

    I found out this morning that I passed both 120 and 124.
    I studied for only 3 weeks, but made sure to study on average about 4 hours per day, everyday, for those 3 weeks.

    I actually didn't even have the Campbell Biology text on hand to study from. My two most used sources to study were:
    Kaplan's SAT 2009-2010 review and
    this website: http://biologyjunction.com/ap_powerpoints_7th.htm

    I'm so relieved that I passed. I actually left the test feeling like I passed 124, but feeling that I would need to re-take 120. I even ordered the Campbell Biology text, thinking I would need to use it this time to study.

    So, even if one leaves the test feeling they flunked, it's best to just wait it out because you could be pleasantly surprised!

    Good luck to everyone else with their exams!!
     
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    Which CSET subtest do I take?

    I have taught 8th grade for 16 years. I want to get a supplimental credential to make sure I have a job in the future. I got a pink slip last year and don't want a repeat of that next year. I know I have to take the two general science tests, but I don't what other one to take. I want to teach middle school In 7th grade students take Life Science and in 8th grade they take Physical Sicence. Which test would I take? Thanks for the help!
     
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    Unless, I"m mistaken, I believe you just need to take 118 and 119. TG, does that sound right, or will this poster need to take Bio too?
     
  7. TeacherGroupie

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    For middle school science, the two general science subtests should do the job: life science and physical science are both covered by the Foundational-level General Science credential.
     
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    tests 118 and 119

    Thank you for your help. I have been reading many of the posts. It seems like the best way to study is through various internet sites. Is there a book that anyone would recommend to use to prepare for general tests 118 and 119?
     
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    That's the beast, all right, Peachy. I like it in combination with Usborne's Illustrated Dictionary of Science, for which you'll see a link farther down on the page.
     
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    So, I just got my CSET 122 score report in the mail. I am shocked that my overall constructed-response section was 4 pluses! :) Wow! I'm shocked! on the multiple choice section I did amazing on all domains except for California's Geology, where I got 2 pluses. I wasn't surprised. But, now I will have to go check out some California geology books.
     
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    Very well done, Peachy! I could put you in touch with a geology maven...
     
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    Too easy or difficult

    I took CSET General Science-I, II yesterday. The questions are a mix of too easy or difficult. There are no medium level questions. Don't know what the scheme was. I can compare those questions as this.
    (These are not on the test.:p)
    1) What is the capital city of California ?
    2) What is the diameter of the lysosome in animal cell ?

    I think I did well.
     
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    edu, you should have your results back by now. How did you do?

    I'm sorry I missed your post earlier... but this is a good opportunity to discuss some test-taker strategy.

    Whether a question is too easy depends in part on the test taker and in part on the question. "What is the capital city of California?" could be difficult even as a multiple-choice question for someone coming in from out of state. (Do I reliably remember that the capital of Illinois is not Chicago? Not necessarily.) As a constructed response question, it requires one not only to identify the capital correctly as Sacramento but to marshal key facts about Sacramento-as-capital; if this question really did show up in a general science subtest, one would want to put a specifically scientific spin on it, so one could make note of the Sacramento River and the Sacramento Delta and their roles in the state's ecology.

    Your too-hard question would almost certainly be a multiple-choice question. CSETs as a class aren't so big on memorization-and-regurgitation, so this is an invitation to work back from the possible answers to the question: the correct answer has to use a plausible unit for the cell in question (one answer is likely to give a unit of volume or mass or even voltage rather than length), and it must be in the right ballpark (an answer that's the size of the average cell doesn't make sense, nor does an answer that's the size of the average atom), and if scientific notation is involved, the power of 10 has to make sense.
     
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    cset earth science short answer tips

    Hi, I have been studying a lot the past six or so weeks for the cset earth science 122 and 126. I have taken a number of practice tests and I feel very confident about the multiple choice portion. However, there isn't as much short answer practice out there. When I tried the three problems posted by cset I did not do as well as I would have liked. I am a little concerned about this. Does anyone have tips or suggestions regarding short answer questions?-where to look for questions, questions they remember seeing on the test etc. :help:
     
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    Welcome to A to Z, James411.

    As to questions people remember seeing on the test, please see the WARNING at the top of the page. Pearson, which absorbed NES a few years ago, is just as diligent as NES was about keeping an eye on forums like this to make sure that actual, specific test questions are not being discussed publicly. The public reason for this - and I think it's well taken - is that test takers who luck into such a discussion would have an unfair advantage over test takers who don't. A less official but probably more compelling reason is that it's darned hard to write two good test questions, let alone a battery's worth; Pearson (and Pearson's main competitor, ETS's Praxis arm) would just as soon not have to write several new unique versions of a test for every test date.

    Are you taking subtests 122 and 126 for the Science (Specialized) credential in earth science, or what?
     
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    I am scheduled to that the CSET exam, tests 118, 119, and 123 (Physics). I have download the sample exams and did pretty well on them. I reviewed some of the websites recommended in this forum. Is there additional material you would recommend I should reviewed? Thanks
     
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    Science Depth of Knowledge

    Just wondering about the depth of knowledge built into some these exams. I have taken and passed the CTEL and the CSET Spanish (147, 250, and 258). I scheduled to take the Science Subtest 118 and 119 but I am not sure about the depth of the information. For example, how much detail do I need to know about DNA replication (Genetics and Evolution)?
     
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    That's a hard question to answer without knowing more about your background.
     
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    I have a bachelors in Electrical Engineering and had to take 2 years of physics, one year of chemistry, and one biology class, and 4 years of calculus and applied calculus. I hope I have a conceptual understanding for much of the material covered but from my experience in taking other versions of the CSET some of the missing information can be found within the test, if you read carefully. Based on the CSET Spanish, they include some factual test questions but other require us to apply critical thinking skills of the concepts covered in tests.
     

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