Elmer's English resources, revived

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    OneandOnly, my sympathies.

    In a few days you should get your printed score report. Take a good look at side 2 (the side that doesn't go to the agencies that get your scores): this contains diagnostic information that can shed some light.

    What's your background in the domains tested on Subtest IV? That is, what did you already know about speech and oral communication, journalism and media, theatre and theatre production, and assessing creative writing?
     
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    I just got my official score report, and I was eager to see where I did well and where I messed up.

    I am proud to say that I got four plus signs for subtest III. I felt confident about it after I left, but it was one of the tests that most worried me before I took it. I was also surprised that I got 4 plus signs for the second part of subtest I, Composition and Rhetoric....that test was HARD! I got three plus signs for all the rest of my multiple choice tests.

    The only diagnostic code I have on my paper is a "p" next to the speech section. I know exactly why I received that. I remember answering that question but thinking, "I don't know if this is the type of answer they want," but it was too late because I had already filled up the page. Oh, well. I got three plus signs for subtest IV.


    OneandOnly, I wish I had pointers to tell you how to pass subtest IV, but I thought I had failed it so I'm surprised I passed. I only used the Cliffs Notes book and the REA CSET English book. One of my friends took III and IV that same day and she failed IV- for the second time! She had even given ME pointers before the test because she had taken a study course of some sorts. She said to be very specific in my responses and to approach problems like you were helping your own student. For example, for the creative writing task, I started off with something like, "if this was my student, I would..." and then give your examples.

    I guess those strategies worked for me, but I'm bummed they didn't work for her! Lame.

    I also really tried to incorporate technical terms, especially with the dramatic performance question. I actually think I did the best on that one, but I have no real theatre background, aside from taking a semester of drama in junior high and taking drama classes when I was in 6th grade!!

    Good luck!
     
  3. OneandOnly

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    ok well I got the official scores finally. I got a P and a K on speech, and creative writing with a K. The rest I got check marks. I'm not really worried about the speech part, but the part I'm really struggling with is creative writing. So TG, I've taken one communication class. I've never taken journalism. I don't know what else to do. I'm pulling my hair out!
     
  4. TeacherGroupie

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    The k most usually means that the test taker isn't showing off enough with the technical terminology; the p usually means that the response didn't show that the test taker understood the point of the question.

    Have you ever done any editing, or tutored anyone in any kind of writing?
     
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    I just got a job teaching Drama and English. I have by BA in Drama and they hired me knowing I needed to still pass this crazy CSET. I already have my Multiple Subject, but this is driving me crazy...so I am some what in the same boat!
     
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    Hi all. I am taking everyone's favorite -- Praxis 0043 -- next Saturday. I have one question: Does the term "literary device" encompass everything from metaphor to couplet to symbolism? That term is awfully vague to me, and I don't know what they're looking for. Thanks.
     
  7. TeacherGroupie

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    Not the couplet, no: that's not a device but rather a form.
     
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    Hi Ana. I have not been able to pass english subtest 1. I have tried four times. I am with you, I need help in knowing what literature to study for this. This is getting so frustrating for me as well as expensive, but I need this subtest to be able to get hired. So to everyone else I'm asking the same question Ana is....Hellllp!
     
  9. TeacherGroupie

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    Am I correct, andreadana, that your background isn't in English literature?

    (There's no shame whatever in that. California's English credential covers literature, creative writing, composition, journalism, speech, and theatre: that's a lot of possible backgrounds.)
     
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    I didn't major in it, but I did take some courses in it (although we are talking about 10 years ago) I already have my masters in education from Niagara university but am trying to transfer my credentials to California. I passed subtests 1-4 with no problem, but I am having trouble comprehending the questions and the literature for subtest 1. That's why I'm trying to find some hints. Even some of the questions have appeared more than once, but then I can't even recognize the literature to go back and look it up somewhere so I can figure out what the answer would have been.
     
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    For some questions about the history of literature, it's less about recognizing what the movement or who the author IS, but eliminating what or who it CAN'T be.

    Do you have any of Norton's anthologies of literature?
     
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    I just ordered a bunch of them from the library. hopefully those will help. i'm going to try and see if I can recognize any of the material that was repeating on the tests. I know Mary Shelly was one, and there was a robert frost poem, a lot I don't really remember, but would be able to recognize if i see it.
     
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    A good anthology can certainly help - and can also come in handy in the classroom.

    Have you gone back to the beginning of this thread to find Elmer's resources? (They're free...)
     
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    i am so thankful to have found this website!! my last two subset exams for the cset are this saturday and these notes will help me so much!! THANK YOU!
     
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    Welcome to A to Z, Calde018. Which subtests are you taking?
     
  16. Navywife1989

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    THANK YOU

    Thank you so much!!! I am taking the Praxis II 0041 on Saturday. I felt that the Cliff Notes study guide as well as the ETS study guides were vague. I love these notes!!:woot::woot::woot:
     
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    Thanks a bunch TeacherGroupie and Elmer! I'm an aspiring teacher, and am taking the test in a little over a month. I was a philosophy major and didn't really take any other english classes.
     
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    how much time would you recommend I allot per section? should I spend the same amount of time on each section? Any particular section warrant more time than the others?

    Thanks!
     
  19. TeacherGroupie

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    How much time to spend per subtest is going to vary from test taker to test taker, musicnmotionz.

    If you didn't take CSET English on Saturday, you're taking it in May, so you have two months. Are you aware that you can split up the subtests? - that is, unless there's a program deadline looming over you, you can perfectly well take two subtests in May and another two in July.
     
  20. Navywife1989

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    Hi all,

    I got the score I need on the praxis ii 0041! I studied these, a flash card website for 0041, and ETS' guide. I'm so excited! :lol::lol::haha:
     

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