Length of Preparation for English CSET

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    Testing time is five hours. At the beginning of testing time you're handed all the subtests you're taking (plenty of people take one or two at a time) and you're turned loose to do what you will when you will in the five hours.

    As to the time to allot... Subtests I and II each contain 50 multiple choice questions. You'll have some passages in Subtest I, so some questions may take you longer than the standard one minute per question; you could allocate one hour for each of those subtests.

    Make sure you factor in time to take one or two breaks: if you're doing all four subtests in one go, you'll need them. (There are no scheduled breaks.)
     
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    Thank you so much! I am taking all 4 because I have applied with Teach California Charters. Is there an order I should take them in? I was thinking start with one of the MC to get my mind into the test taking mode and then take the essays and finish with another MC.

    Is it a bad idea to take all 4? It is possible right? I'm not working right now and registered emergency registration, but I've only had about a week to study. Mini-freak out. Must breathe! :eek:hmy:

    Has anyone heard of anything about TCC?
     
  3. TeacherGroupie

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    It's not impossible to pass all four subtests in one go, though given a week to prepare, you've got a challenge ahead of you. What's your background?
     
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    I graduated 2 years ago with a degree in communications and then I worked in television for 2 years. I mean I am not delusional but I am certainly hopeful!
     
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    I graduated 2 years with a degree in communication with a corollary in journalism and business. I recently worked 2 years in television and now I am hoping to be a high school English teacher. I'm not delusional, I know how hard this is going to be, but I am hopeful!:help::eek:hmy:
     
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    Communications could stand you in decent stead on Subtest IV. Have you done much with British or American literature? Grammar? Linguistics and history of the English language?

    How are you as a test taker?
     
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    I'm a pretty good test taker and I took quite a bit of English and Linguistic courses in college, but it has been a while. The only test I took for college was the ACTs and that was the last standardized test I took. At that was nearly 7 years ago.
     
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    Seven years ago is not that long; some people who pass these subtests took their college-entrance exams nearer to twenty-seven years ago - or more.
     
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    Well, wish me luck! :)

    I have downloaded all the resources that you and Elmer have posted, bought a couple of books and clearly printed out the test guide from the website.

    I appreciate all of your help!! It is a wonderful network on this site!

    Are you a teacher? For how long? And what (subject/grade) did you teach?
     
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    You're welcome. Pay it forward, please. And best of luck.
     
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    Hey elmer, can you email me the study material if you still have it? I have to take this test in Jan/09 and it looks formidable!
     
  12. TeacherGroupie

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    Welcome to A to Z, Kickarhyme. You can find Elmer's resources in the thread "Elmer's English resources", which you'll find at the top of the Single Subject Tests subforum.
     
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    Hi everyone! I was wondering if anybody could send me a copy of the canon...I'm taking the CSET Jan '09. I have Elmer's notes and they are awesome. I'm also looking at Sparks Lit 101 for review. Anything would be helpful!
     
  14. TeacherGroupie

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    Okay, there's no such thing, these days, as a copy of the canon: there are so darned many great works out there that constructing a list that every educated person HAS to have read is well-nigh impossible. There's helpful discussion of this on Answers.com.

    SparkNotes Literature 101 doesn't constitute a canon, but it covers a good deal of what you should know.
     
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    just thought i would add that these sites aren't coming up
     
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    Which sites aren't coming up?
     
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    Great thread!! I will be taking the CBEST in 27 days, and the CSET English in 30. I know that seems crazy, but I live overseas and I need to try to knock them both out on one trip home.

    I gave myself a full assessment a few days ago, going through the practice tests for each thoroughly, and pinpointing what I need to brush up on.

    I am in very good shape for the CBEST, it was much easier than I had anticipated, and I am pretty sure I could pass it today, if I had to. Still need to brush up on some of the math.

    I am also not in too bad of shape on the CSET, although I feel like I have a fair amount of studying to do. I have a TEFL certificate, which covers subtest/subset II pretty well. I earned my Lit BA in 93, so I have quite a bit to review there, but overall, I don't think I have anything new to learn.

    To Elmer: Thank you, thank you, thank for your notes!!!! They will be my Bible for the next month. I really needed something exactly like these notes to help me review all of this information. A total Godsend!

    Thanks everybody - nice to join you all on AtoZ.
     
  18. TeacherGroupie

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    Welcome to A to Z, natsume. Let me also recommend looking at some of the links in the "sticky" thread on useful Web resources for English and social science. There are some fine choices for literary history.

    Passing all four CSET English subtests in one go is a challenge, but it's doable.
     
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    Whoops!

    Thanks TG.

    I hope I didn't come off as too cocky, I know many people have problems getting through these hoops. I also know that some people just aren't good test takers, or make them (the tests) into terrifying monsters, everybody is different and comes at these from their own approach, perspective, experience.

    All I can say is that I know myself, I am fairly confident in taking tests, good with time management, etc. Is it possible I will fail either of these in their entirety? Highly doubtful. Is it possible I may fail part of one or each? Of course. Is it possible I will pass them both? Absolutely.

    That said, I won't be able to accomplish anything without my usual high degree of facilitative anxiety. I have already began to dream about them. Which, for me, is right where I want to be. I am one of those individuals, perhaps slightly disturbed, who thrive under pressure.
     
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    My turn to blush: I had meant to be encouraging. Hadn't read cockiness in your post at all.

    What do you teach, a little more specifically?
     

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