English CSET III

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  1. riturani

    riturani New Member

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    Oct 11, 2004

    Hi guys,


    I absolutely suck at analyzing poetry! Does anyone have any hints or advice for conquering this horrid subtest? :)

    Thanks,

    Annie :angel:
     
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  3. Oct 12, 2004

    HELP!! English CSET Advice

    Hi, I am signed up for the Nov. 6th Eng CSET. I don't quite know what books to use for studying nor how indepth I need to go. I bought the Eng. Lit GRE and an AP English Exam book, but still have no idea what is sufficient. I am hoping to pass onthe first try. For those of you that have taken the exam, please, please write and tell me what areas to study with examples.
    Thanks
     
  4. ucsbkimmy

    ucsbkimmy Rookie

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    Good luck. I suggest studying the AP English book (literature and composition). I just passed the test, it isn't as much about analysis as writing a quality essay. One thing that you will have to know that those books don't go into great detail about is historical themes in literature over the past 1,000 years (beginning with Beowulf). I made a chart for studying and used the Norton Anthology website to make sure I had the major issues down. I named a major work of literature from each period and listed the common traits found in them. Don't forget modern literature (existentialism, feminism, post-modern lit, etc...). Those ones were the most difficult for me.
     
  5. Oct 19, 2004

    Thank you, that was really helpful. I have been overwhelmed with information, but will definetly take you advice and purchase the AP English book. Right now I am using the Lit. GRE and the SATII. Did you try either of those? Thanks for the help!
     
  6. dklakeys

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    I passed Subtest I, III, & IV....Subtest II is kicking my butt...does anyone have any suggestions? Subtest III go to gradesaver.com, look at some of those essays, also know you lit terms...apply those and you should be ok....If anyone has any material on Subtest II I really need it...
    Thank You
    dkeys
     
  7. usfmeghi

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    I went through the Norton Anthologies. Make sure you know the major themes for each time period. A lot of it is really being able to read a question and detrmine your answer based off that excerpt I was actually worried I wouldt pass I or III, but I passed the first time.

    For subtest III, The main thing is to read the passages carefully. Pace yourself and don't rush.. find the common theme and remember TO give as much evidence as you can to support the argument It really is graded by how well you can make an argument and support it...it's the quality of the essay.

    Subtest II.. i had a linguistics background, so that was pretty easy for me.. I recommend getting a basic linguistics book. study major vocab

    Subtest IV is what's killing me.. I took it along with I and III [already passed II] and faild and then i took in again in September and failed again. It's mostly the dramatic performance that messes me up and to an extet meia ..just suppoert there.. does anyone have advixce on how to study for this test, how to actually pass it?!
     
  8. ucsbkimmy

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    I'm having the same problem. I passed all three with studying, but the fourth just killed me. Any help is welcome.
     
  9. dklakeys

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    Part IV has deal w/ speech and Drama....For the drama protion focus on mood and theme....how color emphazises certain themes as well as asthetics to enhance the scene...I wrote about that stuff and fortunatly passed.... The Speech part...just know how to copare and contrast formal and informal speeches....If I have anything else I'll pass it along and try not to be so vague....also..what the heck is a Verbal Phrase?
    dklakeys
     
  10. usfmeghi

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    Thanks a bunch! The media portion would be analzing media in a sense. That was the impression i got the first two times.

    A Verb Phrase.
    You know what a noun phrase is, right?
    A phrase/clause that has a noun

    An example wouly be.
    the cat

    where,'the' is the determiner and 'cat' would be a noun

    A verb phrase then is a phrase with a verb.It includes a noun phrase.

    Example.

    [The boy hit] the table.
    In this sentence.

    The Verb phrase is 'The boy hit'

    The boy would be the noun phrase embedded in the verb phrase

    The-determiner
    boy-noun
    hit-verb

    [the table] would then be a simple noun phrase.

    Does that make any sense or was I too confusing? I can explain it a different way if that was too confusing
     

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