English CSET

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    As noted elsewhere, John Smith, it depends on where you are.

    If you're planning to take CSET for a credential in English - which is the focus of this thread - there's a good deal of work ahead of you, it would seem.

    Other threads on this Single Subject Tests subforum deal with other CSET single subject exams.

    If your concern is CSET-Multiple Subjects, for elementary school teaching, you need the Multiple Subjects Tests subforum.
     
  2. eelyajekim

    eelyajekim New Member

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    I am also an English Major who is looking to become a teacher for the high school level.
    Now if i am not mistaken i will only need to take the English portion of this test and nothing else am i correct?
     
  3. Jarenko

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    Correct.

    You will want to check on your program requirements but I think the standard is CBEST + CSET (subject).
     
  4. TeacherGroupie

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    For eelyajekim, it would be CBEST (http://www.cbest.nesinc.com) plus the four subtests of CSET English (http://www.cset.nesinc.com/CS_testguide_Engopener.asp).

    (CSET isn't a single test, it's a program of tests.)

    But since you're an English major, eelyajekim, you might want to have a chat with the credential analyst at your county office of education, to see whether you can get CSET English waived.
     
  5. donnaw

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    Teacher Groupie,

    I have done a search on a book(?) that you recommended a while ago titled _Great Works Of Literature You Should Have Read Or May Have Forgotten_, but cannot find any information on it. Do you have an author name by chance?

    Also, I have yet to do a search on this wonderful message board for Subtest IV recommendations, which is the only subtest remaining that I need to take (and pass), but if you have any thoughts on must-read/must-study for IV, I'd be grateful to hear them.

    Thank you,

    Donna
     
  6. TeacherGroupie

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    I don't recall the post, but I'm pretty sure I wasn't referencing one specific book, donnaw: instead, I meant a class of books. If you're in a relatively large bookstore, plausible places to look for one include the literary-criticism shelves within the literature section, the test-preparation section, and the bargain section. It makes sense to browse the possibilities for the one that best fills the gaps in your knowledge.

    I don't believe in must-reads. For one thing, not everyone can find them. For another, not everyone has got the same gaps.

    And (whimpering) do I hafta give away all my professional secrets for free??
     
  7. donnaw

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    I'll check the literary-criticism shelves, I hadn't though of that. I am sure I will come across something along the lines of your facetiously titled suggestion.

    And, of course, you don't have to give away anything that you don't care to! Goodness, I hope my post wasn't the advice-seeking straw that finally broke the advice-giver's back. O the guilt! Not to mention the fear I have of the other board members were it known that I was the one who forever silenced TeacherGroupie. That would be one angry virtual mob. And, I haven't bothered you for a good four months now. Actually, that's only due to the fact that I couldn't access these message boards because of my brower/os combo (I.E./Vista), but still! It still counts as a reprieve, doesn't it?

    Anyway, you're probably right about the must reads. However, if there is a consulting fee I could pay to get it out of you, I just may consider it.


    Donna
     
  8. TeacherGroupie

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    I am simultaneously giggling and feeling abashed. It's an interesting combination to sustain.

    You're going to do fine on this thing. But we can certainly talk.
     
  9. glee15

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    elmer, can you email me your resources at tutoringla@gmail.com

    Thank you so much, you're great!
     
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    It worked okay for me

    I tried the Bella Print materials and thought they were pretty helpful. Good for help with terms and literary timelines. The writing section wasn't bad either.
     
  12. nu2coast

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    Wow! This site/forum is a virtual wellspring of valuable information and guidance. You do a splendid job here, TG.
    Please forgive me, I'm sure this has been answered previously, but I'm getting a bit cross-eyed in my attempts to establish how many multiple choice questions sections I & II consist of.
    The basis for my curiosity stems from a desire to estimate the necessary time requirements for each subset compared to the the 15 questions on the practice exams (30 questions = twice the time, etc.). For some reason, I've yet to come across a specific number on the net.
    This info would go a long way towards helping me decide how many and which of the the subsets to tackle in one sitting.

    Thanks in advance and keep up the good work!

    (and again, I beg forgiveness if my question is repetitive)
     
  13. TeacherGroupie

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    It's not repetitive, really, it's just that the answer is in the one doc on the CSET English page (http://www.cset.nesinc.com/CS_testguide_Engopener.asp) that people don't tend to bother with: the English General Information doc.

    Subtests I and II each consist of 50 multiple choice questions. Subtest I is literary analysis and composition and rhetoric, with the emphasis on the former; Subtest II is language structures, linguistics, literacy, and all that. Subtest III is two extended constructed responses, one literary analysis and one non-literary; Subtest IV is four short constructed responses, in speech, journalism, theatre, and creative writing. People who pair them often combine Subtests I and III, since they cover quite similar ground, but others like to combine Subtests I and II because both are multiple choice.

    Oh, and you're welcome.

    Got any content questions?
     
  14. nu2coast

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    :whistle:

    No BS, TG - I've downloaded/read every .pdf on that page except:

    * English General Examination Information -link - (cannot post link) CS english SMR pdf

    For some reason I've been unable to grab that one. The file gets 'hung up.' :confused: But it explains why I couldn't find the info. I regret coming across as lazy. Thanks for coming through.

    (oh, and I've already taken all four sub-tests - really not lazy, just needed the number :D)
     
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  15. TeacherGroupie

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    What, moi? Did I say you were lazy? No, I mean next to nobody looks at the geninfo docs for any of the CSETs, in my experience - I think people discover that the subtest description docs together essentially duplicate the SMR doc, and then they infer that what's in the geninfo doc must similarly be covered elsewhere.
     
  16. sweetpea78265

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    Elmer, could you please send me your CSET English study guides? Thanks!
     
  17. TeacherGroupie

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    Aw, sweetpea. Look for the thread "Elmer's English resources", okay?
     
  18. sweetpea78265

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    TeacherGroupie, thanks so much for the quick reply. I went ahead and found all of Elmer's study guides from your suggested thread. Thank you TeacherGroupie and thank you Elmer very much!
     
  19. CurioNic

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    Hi there, is Elmer still supplying English CSET notes? I would understand if not, since it is a few years later... but if so... I would jump at the chance to view said study helps! Thank you so much! This forum is such an amazing resource! :)
     
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  20. CurioNic

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    O geez. Just saw the notes just before mine. :eek: Please forgive and disregard. :sorry:
     

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