Discussion in 'Single Subject Tests' started by Ken, Aug 12, 2004.
Mar 7, 2010
What you can see connections between, you'll probably remember better.
Mar 12, 2010
Thanks for the advice. I'm taking the exam tomorrow and I'm feeling pretty nervous. Has anyone going into the test actually remembered everything about the particular subtest's guidelines and can literally recite all the information or did you just read your study materials and hope that the CSET questions will lead you to the correct answer?
Mar 15, 2010
adversary, how do you think you did? I took all three subtests on Saturday, it was hard but manageable. There were about 5 questions that I completely guessed on, plenty more I was unsure on. I just hope I passed at least one of them.
I feel like the CSET website was a pretty good guide. It said everything we needed to study and I don't think there was anything on there that wasn't listed among the state standards.
i took subtest II only; i think i did ok on it. i only had to guess on about 3 of the 39. the rest, i feel like i got them right. the stuff that i studied heavily on weren't even on the test though. i think i did alright on the first 2 writing assignments, but definitely not the 3rd. i kinda just put whatever down.
Apr 12, 2010
passed all three subtests, woo hoo!!!! Good luck to everyone else!
Congratulations, black dog!
Apr 13, 2010
i passed the subtest i took (Subtest II - US History). 2 more to go
Apr 14, 2010
Apr 13, 2011
My study plan
I just took the test and passed all 3 sections on the first try. I spent a few months beforehand brushing up on the major content areas, with major cramming in the last month. I read through all of the world History and U.S. History guides for dummies, as well as basic overviews of economics and California History. They did a good job of providing an overview that was not overly detailed, which would have wasted time. I went to the museum of California history in Oakland, which was great. In my spare time I watched some good historical documentaries on netflix including "The Civil War." I took all the practice tests I could. Then, in the last week, I looked through the standards that they test you on, and brushed up on anything that I found that I didn't know pretty well. My advice is to brush up on non-western history, prepare as best you can, and then try to relax when the test comes. I felt that I didn't get the essay questions I really wanted, but just tried to give all the relevant info I could. I got through the test and then spent about a half hour looking it over and making sure I felt good about each answer. I wasn't perfect, but passed it regardless. Just focus on the dummies guides. They are about right in terms of giving you the info without wasting your time.
Congratulations, ans5492, and welcome to A to Z!
Jun 21, 2011
CSET SS Subtest One
I know it's been a few years, but can you, or someone please tell me about the Constructed Responses. You said there were three. Must we answer all three, or do we choose one of the three to answer? :thanks:
Jun 22, 2011
You answer all three, DAH: two short answers (of which one is on world geography) and one extended answer.
Jun 25, 2011
Can you give me some examples of what the extended question may be on, in general?
The constructed response questions for a given subtest can be on anything that's included in the subtest description. CSET Social Science tends to attract a lot of takers - as do CSET Science, CSET English, and (to a lesser extent) CSET Math, and all of these tests have been given since 2003, so the test makers have had time and incentive to devise multiple versions of each subtest, and the emphases tend to differ from version to version.
Feb 18, 2012
I Found the Trick
Print the content standards from the CSET website, get several test prep books (particularly Cliffs AP World History), then go through content standards and find answers in those books, and write answers on study papers or flash cards. Then study these when you're done.
Congratulations on passing, lofeld.
AP books can be good choices because the multiple-choice questions in them generally focus less on memorizing and regurgitating facts than they do on higher-order thinking. It remains the case, however, that there's no such thing as the one test-preparation method that works for absolutely everyone, just as there's no one universally applicable way to teach.
Aug 13, 2012
I just learned I passed all three sub tests! I studied the XAM book for 5-6 hours a day for a week (read it from cover to cover). I wouldn't say its the best material for these tests as there was a lot of stuff on the test I don't remember reading about (ex. maquiladora) then again its only for 114,115. I didn't even look at the standards on the cset webpage nor use any other texts. I did "google" things that I didn't fully understand. So I guess Wikipedia was used.
As said many times on this forum, there are higher levels of thinking for the questions throughout the test. There are no knowledge based questions here. The answer is often in the form of the result of the result of the question if that makes sense. So knowing the entire story is important. That said, It was rare for me to be 100% sure on any of my answers.
Taking all three tests at once only allowed me to go back and check my answers for the first test. It was down to the buzzer as I was writing until about 15 seconds left on the clock. Next time I would maybe consider doing the writing portion first and definitely do the third section first as it was the most difficult for me. Some questions in the third section combined econ with CA history which I thought was strange.
I have a B.A in Geography so that helped for about one or two questions. I do know a lot about ww2 thanks to the history channel so those dozen or so questions were easy. I am not a good test taker so the outcome is a bit of a surprise for me. The test is tricky but I am sure anyone with minimal preparation can pass. I dont have scores yet so we'll see how close it was.
Thanks and good luck.:thumb:
Your official score report will come in the mail: you're in the last cohort for whom that's true, because future results will be posted as a pdf online. The report won't show numerical scores - anything over 219 is simply "PASSED" - but the diagnostic on side 2 can give you an idea how well you did. If you need help interpreting it, just ask.
Aug 14, 2012
It looks like I did well on the multiple choice section with an average of +++ on all sections. The constructed response sections 4 of 9 questions had check marks meaning minimal requirements were met, the other 5 questions had a mixture of p.s, k.s, s (purpose, knowledge, support) codes. The M.C sections I got ++++ on (U.S geography and Econ) were also the two tests (115,116) that I only got one check mark for the C. responses.
So it appears my strong multiple choice performance has balanced out my poor constructed response performance. I'll count it as a win for me and good luck to everyone taking this test!
A response can't earn more than one checkmark, and a checkmark is a good thing: it indicates that you didn't embarrass yourself in p, k, s, or d. (The letter is assigned to indicate that the response came up short in that respect.) I wouldn't say your constructed response performance was poor but rather that you had a mix of strong and weak responses.
Good show on the econ and US geography domains!
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