Failed RICA 3 times... what now?

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  1. akcx4

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    I just found out that I have failed the RICA for the 3rd consecutive time. I passed all CSET's the 1st time and now this. I have 3 different RICA prep books and I also purchased the sucess dowload for the moneyback guarentee. That didn't help.
    So what should I do now? Please help.
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    Hm. I'm guessing you have unofficial results - just scores, no performance indicators. Did you come close to passing or can you tell yet?

    Which prep books do you have?
     
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    On the first 2 RICA's the official scores annotates I was failing the reading comprehension (Domain 3). I'm sure when I receive my official scoring for test #3 it will also state, reading comprehension. I sure would like to know whether it is from the multiple choice or the essays.
    I have the following:
    Ready for Rica book (Zarrillo)
    Ready for Rica book (Pearson Custom Publishing)
    The RICA comprehensive success systems (download on-line) money back guarentee.

    I still am in shock that I didn't pass this time. I have more hours of study time on this test than all others combined.
    So what do you think?
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    Have you had a test prep class for RICA, or have you been working alone?

    Could you send me a private message with the Web site for the thing you downloaded? (Use the link for Private Messages that's on the upper right hand corner of the message screen, quite near where it says, "Welcome, akcx4".)

    Let me think about this a bit.
     
  6. LoVe 2 TcH

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    I'm sorry... I feel the same way.. I failed it by 2 points... Hang in there.

    Arus
     
  7. why_me

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    I am in the same boat. I have taken the RICA Exam 2 times and failed by 4 points and 5 points. I have no idea what to do next. I just feel like giving it all up. The test is geared for grades K-8, I have only taught high school. Plus I took a reading methodology class many, many years ago. I have searched for prep classes in my area but have been unsuccessful in locating any near me. So if any one has any tips for passing this exam, I would surely appreciate the help.
     
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    Are there particular domains you're coming up short on?
     
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    The first time I totally blew the Case Study. This time I aced it and got 3 plus signs.
    Domain #1 ++
    Domain #2 +
    Domain #4 ++
    Domain #5 +++
    So here I am trying to figure out where to start.....:eek:
     
  10. TeacherGroupie

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    So you've come up short on Domain II, Developing Phonological and Other Linguistic Processes Related to Reading. From your scores I'd guess that your marks in the first and third domains are on the high end of the range that ++ covers.

    Let me suggest that you find the RICA content specifications, which are at http://www.rica.nesinc.com/RC_contentspecs.asp. Print a hard copy of this page, or at least of the detailed content specifications for Domain II. Then go through that hard copy and underline every technical term. Try to think of an example for each. Then look up each underlined term on the Internet - you could use Answers.com or Google: find Web sites that give you detailed definitions and specific examples of assessments and activities that can help you figure out what a little kid can do and what a little kid needs to learn in order to be able to read. This may seem to be busywork if you're not planning to teach kindergarten or first grade - but you'd be surprised how many older kids have issues that can be addressed by looking at some fairly basic reading processes.

    If you have questions about the material, feel free to post them here.

    Here's a Web site you might find useful: PUT READING FIRST, http://www.nifl.gov/partnershipforreading/publications/reading_first1.html.
     
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    Thanks TeacherGroupie for the great advice. The Web site you recommended is great. You are a wonderful resource, thanks.
     
  12. kermy

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    i'm so scared now for the Rica..i'm going to take it in January. I havent studied yet becausei passed the cset the 1st time and it seems like it's way harder. i know my butt is getting into gear now..oh thanks for the website too!
     
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    You're welcome, why_me. Same to you, kermy, and please don't panic.

    Try making up your own version of the Content Specifications from the RICA Web site; think of your own specific examples for each of the competencies (maybe it's something you've done in student teaching or maybe it's something you heard about). And do take full advantage of this Web community: if you have questions or potential answers, this would be a good place to share them and get feedback and reassurance.
     
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    I was at National University and they had an 8 hour seminar which was on how to ace the Rica. Maybe you could see if a university near you offers something like that. I don't think it was too costly.
    I did not take it.
     
  15. RLS

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    RICA help seekers,
    San Diego State University and Calfornia State University San Marcos have great websites to help break down the material for the RICA exam. I used these websites as a tool to enhance the (Zarillo book). They proved to be very helpful. If you can't find them, let me know and I will post them.
     
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    Thanks so much! I couldn't find the csu san marcos site though. I'm studing for the febuary test right now and freaking out. I just want to pass so bad.
     
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    This arena won't let me post websites or attatchments. Try it this way. Csusm college of education link. Then go to staff link. Click on Alice Quiocho name highlighted in blue. This will give you plenty of information on the RICA.
     
  18. TeacherGroupie

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    Here's one of the links that Alice Quiocho has posted: it's a huge list of resources for language arts and reading: http://www.toread.com/. Her Reading Instruction Portfolio page, http://www.toread.com/, contains a number of helpful links for portfolio students that would also be useful in studying for RICA topics. The specific RICA links that Dr. Quiocho mentions don't seem to be working, but they might be worth trying later.
     
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    RICA Test Prep Class in the Downey Area

    Anyone interested in taking the RICA Test Prep in Downey?

    The Los Angeles County Office of Education offers the RICA Test Prep.

    For more info please contact:

    Ida Humphrey 562-922-8930

    Sessions begin Jan. 28th through Feb. 8th
    Sessions will cover: Domains 1, 2, 3, 4, Study Case and Review/Sample Exam

    Hurry, you must register by Jan. 20th.
     
  20. TeacherGroupie

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    It's ALWAYS a good idea to sign up for test prep sooner rather than later. Classes get cancelled when not enough bodies have presented themselves two or three days before the run date.
     
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    Requirement for Professional clear credential

    Hi,
    I have a preliminary credential in Biological Sciences. On my credential requirements it says that I need to complete the following courses in addition to the subject matter competence. They are: Health Education,Special Education and Developing English language skills including reading, US constitution.
    Please forward any information regarding the preparation for these. I already have the info on US constitution exam. Can I just take the exams for the rest if I can get study material or do I need to complete any coursework? Also is the developing Eng language skills same as RICA. I am in the Santa clara area in San Jose. Any help or suggestions are appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Krisi
     

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