Length of Preparation for English CSET

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  1. Jbommcal

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    Hey elmer369, can you email me your study guides? I'm planning on taking the English CSET this Fall. Thank you!
     
  2. TeacherGroupie

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    Welcome to A to Z, jbommcal.

    Elmer's materials are on the thread "Elmer's English resources" in this subforum - click on the blue "Single Subject Tests" link toward the top of this page. It's one of the "sticky" threads that stays at the top of the list of threads.
     
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    elmer369,

    I passed subtests I through III, but I can't pass IV. I also need a good study guide that I can't find. Regarding the creative writing question, I wonder if the passage could be revised in many different ways; some test takers revise the passage different than my revision. Let me know what kind of revision I should be looking for and if all answers are correct as long as you support it. Also, I need a good study guide. Thanks.
     
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    To A to Z users,

    I passed CSET subtests I through III, but I can't pass IV. I also need a good study guide that I can't find. Regarding the creative writing question, I wonder if the passage could be revised in many different ways; some test takers revise the passage different than my revision. Let me know what kind of revision I should be looking for and if all answers are correct as long as you support it. Also, I need a good study guide. Thanks.
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    Hello, hero, and welcome.

    Specifics of what needs to be revised will vary from excerpt to excerpt. Broadly, one is looking for an error pattern (which means it recurs) as opposed to a single error; if there's more than one error pattern, one looks for the pattern that's most frequent; if several patterns occur with the sam frequency, one could go with the error pattern that's grammatically most basic. And, yes, one supports the analysis with examples drawn from the text. One also uses the most precise terminology one can muster.
     
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    Subtest IV


    Hi Hero: I passed Subtest IV back in March, first time I took it. That particular subtest really sticks very closely to the info on the practice subtest from the CSET website. So I studied by working out some basic examples of questions for every major area listed. I made 4 envelopes, one for each area, and then put flashcards in each envelope with possible question/answer phrases,mnemonics, ideas.

    I found the study guide for subtest IV from Karen McDermott (you can google her as KAREN MCDERMOTT CSET COACH) extremely succinct and helpful. You can buy the guide for just that subtest for pretty cheap.

    In terms of the creative writing question: I'd say stick to only 1 glaring recurring error in the writing sample. Some general ideas for you: is the main problem grammar, punctuation, verb tense consistency, sentence structure (sentences too simple or run on sentences) lack of vivid description, use of cliches, etc.
    1) State very clearly what error/problem you are singling out, then 2) clearly quote examples from the piece and how the examples illustrate the error/problem you mention, then
    3) clearly write how the problem could be improved: if grammar, what's the proper grammar use in that case; if punctuation, how to add or remove punctuation in those examples; if verb tense, how to use verbs consistently in the examples listed; if lack of description or cliches, how to add imagery,metaphor, simile, etc; if sentence structure, how to combine simple sentences into more complex ones, or how to separate run ons.

    This all off the top of my head from back in March, I might be able to go find my notes. I made for myself a rubric basically with the 7 or so basic writing problems and how to address them.

    Finally, one of the most helpful things I learned from KAREN MCDERMOTT'S study guides was that Subtest IV is very much a test of how you can read a question AND stay within the question. Pay most attention to how the question is asked (point of view 1st person versus 3rd person etc, and verb tense: how would you...? or How do you...? How would a director....? versus How does a director...?) and so make sure you ANSWER exactly what they are asking you and HOW they are asking you. "I would..." or " A director chooses..." and STAY consistent through out your answer, each time.

    Good luck! this subtest is definitely doable and good practice for us teachers ;)
     
  7. Cricket2012

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    request for Canon

    I have a request of Ms Mclee. Would you forward a copy of your Canon to me? I am taking the CSET soon and would appreciate all help.
    Thank you.
    Best regards,
    Cricket2012
     
  8. TeacherGroupie

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    Welcome to A to Z, Cricket2012. I'm afraid MsMclee hasn't been around in years. You might want to have a look here (http://www.answers.com/topic/western-canon) on the topic of the Western canon.

    What part of CSET English is giving you grief?
     

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