English CSET

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  1. crb

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    I have recently finished my MA in English and have decided to take the English CSET and am quite nervous. I have taken the multiple subject CSET twice already, and have not passed, so I am nervous about taking this test. Could anyone offer me some advice on how to pass this test? What should I study? For the life of me, I cannot find the sample question given when you register. PLEASE help. I am taking the test on July 16.

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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    As to the sample questions, visit the CSET Web site, http://www.cset.nesinc.com; click on the Test Guides button on the left side of the page; on the next page, scroll past the General Information link till you find the list of CSET subject areas, and click on English. The sample questions are in four pdfs; for each, the link name contains either "Sample Questions" or "items" (but not "description"). In addition, download the Subject Matter Requirements document, and use it as a source of "oh, no, what's THAT?" terms to look up on Google or Answers.com.

    How did you do on CSET Multiple Subjects Subtest I? If you prefer, send me a private message.
     
  4. crb

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    Thanks

    Hey..thank you for the help. For some reason I could not find it. Yeah...I have taken the multiple subject test twice. I took all sections at once, which was probably a mistake. It is 3 sections of short essays and multiple choice. Both times I took it I was within 3-8 points of passsing. I was very bummed when I did not pass, especially being so close to passing each time. I became very discouraged and thought I would give the CSET in English a shot considering I finished my MA in March. However, my BA was education and I feel that I am not knowledgable enough to pass it, but we will see. I am really nervous about it because if I do not pass my dream of teaching goes down the drain. Have you taken the CSET in English? Do you suggest taking two sections at a time or should I attempt them all at once?

     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    Three to eight points off passing CSET Multiple Subjects Subtest I is pretty darned close. Side 2 of your score reports will give you some idea of what the scorers didn't like, which should guide your preparation for CSET English... though if your goal is to teach, as distinct from a goal to teach English, and if with an MA in English almost under your belt you're still not feeling knowledgeable, you might consider retaking CSET-MS, perhaps in two chunks.

    By the way, CSET doesn't have short essays: it has constructed response questions. The difference is important: essays have introductions and conclusions, short answers don't; essays need to be fully grammatical and organized, short answers don't. The four CSET English short-answer questions in Subtest IV are scored the same way as the short answers in CSET Multiple Subjects. CSET English Subtest III DOES have essays, one in literary analysis (usually contrastive) and one nonliterary/rhetorical analysis.
     
  6. elmer369

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    If you have received your MA in English, you should do just great on the English CSET. But study. It is important that you are familiar with literary terms and drama terms (can be found on internet), and the basics of language acquisition and literacy (Cliff Notes on CSET Multiple Subjects is very helpful for these parts). Also, remember to time yourself during practice tests. If you are taking all 4 sections of the English CSET, I woud break it down like this: you have 5 hours total; give yourself 45 minutes for EACH multiple-choice section; give yourself about an hour to an hour and a half for the 4 short-responses; and leave one hour per long essay (2 hours total).
     
  7. libbyfolfax

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    Hi, CRB! Here are some English CSET Tips!!!!!

    Wednesday, July 13, 2005, 7:22 p.m., PDT

    Hi, CRB!Hi, CRB![/

    Congratulations on the completion of your master's program in English! I took Subtests I and III of the English CSET in May 2005! I passed both sections. I did not study for them. I have BAs in English and Political Science from UCLA. Strangely enough, I also have a law degree. But, I love English literature!!!

    I take sections 2 and 4 of the English CSET on July 16, 2005. I am studying for them. Here are a few tips:

    Section I: is Multiple choice. It tests on English literature. I recommend purchasing the Cliffs Notes CSET Multiple Subject book, and studuing the Literature sections, that begin around page 161, and go to page 178. If you don't want to buy the entire book, I am sure that your local library has the book, and you can copy the pages.

    Section II: Are short essays, on literary topics and genres. You will be presented with a passage, and will be asked to discuss certain questions: compare & contrast two passages. The questions are SPECIFIC, so be sure to answer each and every one of the questions. Focus on the tasks at end; take your time. You have 5 hours to complete the entire exam!

    Section 2 is a bit more tricky. You will be tested on sematics; syntax; grammar; history of language and linguisitc terms. I read the Cliffs Notes book today, and it is extremely helpful, and will adequately prepare your for this challenging section. Section 2 is all multiple choice.

    Section 4: is essay/short responses. It tests onn language history, also!

    All in all, I believe that you should do well. DO NOT sign up to take all 4 sections at one time. I took Sections 1 & 3 in May 2005. I will take Sections 2 & 4 on July 16.

    Try not to stress about studying. This is not the medical boards. Pace yourself. I hope that you can access the official CSET website so that you can download the sample questions and the exam formats. You can even sign up to take the exams on this web site. Each section of the English CSET costs $54.00. After the examination, your scores will arrive, via US Mail, in appx. 3 weeks! GOOD LUCK! Let me know what happens!

    Libby Folfax!!!!!!!

    P.S. Wish me luck, too!
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  8. TeacherGroupie

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    CSET English Subtest IV tests language history?? I don't think so. Check the Test Guides documents on the subtest at http://www.cset.nesinc.com.

    Whether a test taker should take all four subtests in one go or not is a matter of individual preference plus program deadlines. Do bear in mind that the scorers of the constructed responses (Subtests III and IV) ASSUME that each constructed response was written by someone who took the whole enchilada: on Subtest IV, they are looking for answers of a scope and depth consistent with ten minutes' time. Your Subtest IV response doesn't have to look much like an essay!

    Useful resources include SparkNotes' LITERATURE 101, a good fast overview of Great Works Of Literature You Should Have Read Or May Have Forgotten. Cliff's CSET-MS book may not go into the depth you need, though it might not be a bad reminder. AP prep books are also useful, though it's best to look 'em over before you buy.

    If you got through the English GRE, you can get through this.

    Take at least one break while testing, to restore brain and body at least a little. Remember to breathe...
     
  9. libbyfolfax

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    7.14.2005

    Teacher Groupie:

    Linguistics is defined as the study of human speech. Thus, it can be loosely translated as the study of language history. The CSET, English, Subtest 2 TESTS ON THE STUDY OF HUMAN SPEECH/THE STUDY OF LANGUAGE HISTORY. Yes, I DO think so! Have a great day! Stop misleading prospective CSET, English examiness! Thank you!

    Libby Folfax
     
  10. TeacherGroupie

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    Then your previous post contained a typo. I quote:

    Happens to the best of us.
     
  11. libbyfolfax

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    Thank You !!! 7.15.2005

    15 July 2005, Friday, 5:35 p.m., PDT

    Dear Teacher Groupie:

    Thank you for pointing out my typographical error. I guess in my haste to debate you about the contents of the English CSET, Subtest 2, I misspelled the word, "ON". Mea culpa!!!!


    Libby Folfax :p :cool:
     
  12. TeacherGroupie

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    Don't you just hate it when you do that?
     
  13. elmer369

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    For anyone who would like me to email to them my study guides and whatnot that I used to pass all 4 subsections on the first try, send me a private message with your email address and I can send you the Word documents I typed up.
    The books I studied from were:
    1) Cliff's Notes: English Grammar
    2) Cliff's Notes: AP English
    3) Cliff's Notes: Multisubject CSET (read the sections regarding drama, language acquisition, and literacy)
    4) Drama Terms: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/site...ama_terms.html
    5) Fictions terms: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/site...ion_terms.html
    6) Poetric Terms: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/site...tic_terms.html

    Good luck to everyone! Oh, and I would receommend buying the Cliff's Notes used or online with free shipping... they are actually HUGE paperback books.
     
  14. malexander

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    You are so knowledgeable about the CSET English. I just joined this board because I am in a mini crisis. Well, I am exaggerating a bit. But, I just started my Masters in TESL. I have passed the CSET MS and the CBEST. Now I have decided that I want to go for the CSET English because I want to teach high school ESL. The problem is, I only got a 47 on the CBEST writing section. I got a 69 on the reading and a 63 on the math. I really thought I did better on the writing. Now I am freaking out that I have no chance in passing the CSET single subject. Is there any way to know if you have what it takes before going through the time and expense to register? I don't want to be an English teacher. I don't enjoy discussing syntax and foreshadowing. I love teaching ESL. The two disciplines are very different, but there is no CSET single subject for ESL.

    Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
  15. TeacherGroupie

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    Panic less, malexander, please. It's very common for really good writers to struggle with CBEST writing (and a 47 really doesn't count as struggling).

    Do recall that you have the option of taking CSET piece by piece, and in the case of CSET English, that means FOUR pieces - which reduces your financial exposure per piece.

    Instead of fixating on the differences between English and ESL, try focusing on the similarities. Subtests I and III do invoke foreshadowing, yes - but half of each one focuses on rhetoric and composition, which ARE issues you'll face with your more advanced ESL students. Subtest II includes syntax, yes - but in ways that look a lot like linguistics, and ways that will be very relevant to your ESL students at all levels. And if you did fine on CSET-MS Subtest I and Subtest III, you should find lots of overlap with Subtest IV.

    So breathe, please, and lay in a good supply of chocolate to bribe yourself to study, okay?
     
  16. Malcolm

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    I haven't taken CSET English and have no intention of ever doing so. However, looking at your CBEST scores it obvious that you are at least a reasonably intelligent, educated person. So, all you have to do is resolve to find out what you will be held responsible for on the exam, find the appropriate material, and master it. If you haven't already done so, get very familiar with the Subject Matter Requirements, the Content Standards referenced in them, and the scoring rubrics. They pretty much tell the story about what you could be held responsible for. You have been given good study resources above. You might be able to find more by seaching old threads in this forum. Then it is just a matter of putting in the required time and effort.

    FWIW if I can pass CSET Math after being out of school for 30+ years, you ought to be able to pass CSET English.
     
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    Thanks!

    Thanks for the words of wisdom. I just took the CSET English Subset Practice Tests I and II. I only got 40% and 60% of the answers correct, respectfully. I haven't studied the material yet, so I am hoping I can improve my scores with practice. At this point I am most worried about Subtest I. I have a hard time detecting the symbolism looking for hidden meaning. I think I can get through Subtest II after studying the material, but I am not convinced that I can master the material in Subtest I. I am going to buy the test prep materials suggested in this forum and give it a go.

    I think I will probably take Subtest I and III in one sitting and Subtest II and IV in the next sitting. Although I passed the CSET MS in one sitting, I believe the single subject tests are much more detailed and I don't want to go into the exam being too stressed for time.
     
  18. Malcolm

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    If you don't have a to pass CSET by a specific date, I think it is wise to take one two or subtests at a time. That is what I did with CSET Math and what I will be doing with CSET Science. On the Math subtests, I used about 4 1/2 of the 5 hours each time. Gave me plenty of time to answer the easy questions first, go back answer the harder questions after giving them a little thought, actually draft an outline for each constructed response before writing the response itself, and have plenty of time to double check everything.
     
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    English CSET Single Subject

    Greetings:

    I just wanted to take you on with the offering of study guides for the English CSET Single Subject Exam.

    Please feel free to e-mail me at Kimdungngu@gmail.com

    Sincerely,

    MissKim2003
     
  20. cal_english82

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    i am taking all four tests of the cset on may 20th and i would love to use your study guides. however, everytime i try and send you a pm it denies my request. anywho.....i would appreciate it if you could send me one with ur email or something...

    ty

     
  21. bgaleste

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    ELMER, can't seem to send you a PM either...would love to add your study guide as a resource...
     

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