Math CST

Discussion in 'Single Subject Tests' started by MikeTeachesMath, May 3, 2012.

  1. Aliceacc

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    Mike, I don't know the details of this particular test. But here's the advice I give my kids just before the SATs:

    At this point, you know what you know. No amount of last minute cramming will significantly change that.

    The night before the test, I want you to get everything together. Find those sharpened #2 pencils, your calculator, your photo ID, your admission ticket, anything else you're likely to need. Figure out how long you'll need in the morning, then add 15 minutes and set a pair of alarms. Make sure you know where you're going. (In your case, it's Hofstra, right?? Which bulding?? Which side of Hempstead Turnpike is it?? Where do you park??)

    The night before, get to bed at a reasonable time-- I'm talking ballpark 11 pm. Don't spend the night cramming; either hit the boardwalk for a while or watch your favorite movie. Have your clothes laid out for the next morning; you'll be sitting for a long time and need to dress for comfort. Bring along a sweatshirt in case the AC is on high.

    Have something to eat the morning of the test, preferably something with at least a bit of protein. If you can manage an Egg McMuffin, great. But eat something. (No, a cup of coffee in the car does not count.) Cheerios and a banana are fine.

    In the time betrween now and then, just go over the formulas you suspect you'll need. For the SATs, I'm talking things like the Pythagorean Triples, slope, distance,midpoint, equation of a line, the variety of area formulas, and so on-- I have no idea which formulas you're likely to need, but I suspect you do.

    Know the directions. Know the policy on guessing, and how to bubble in any free response questions. (Are there any on your test???On the SAT, for example, the free resonse questions can't have negative answers. There's also no way to bubble in a mixed number, so answers are improper fractions or decimals. And there's no guessing penalty for this type of question. What happens if a number is either irrational or too big to fit into the boxes you have?)

    Then do your best and don't look back.
     
  2. MikeTeachesMath

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    Perfect, Alice. Thanks.

    The test covers algebra, geometry, algebra 2, trigonometry, pre-calculus, statistics, calculus, discrete math, and linear algebra.

    There's 90 multiple choice questions and one free-response that you write out in the box (think math regents exams).

    My phone has a built-in GPS navigation app which I've used flawlessly in the past. I need to be inside Breslin Hall at 7:45 AM. I'm planning on leaving at around 6:15.

    Now I just need to breathe.
     
  3. Aliceacc

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    ... and sleep.

    But just in case the GPS has a tantrum (mine did in Philly the other day; she stopped talking to me, though she continued to show the directions):

    Take the Southern State West to the Meadowbrook North to Hempstead Tpke West. Hofstra is down about a half mile, just after the Nassau Collisseum. I THINK (but could absolutely be wrong) that Breslin Hall is on the south (left) side of the campus.

    Good luck!!
     
  4. TeacherGroupie

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    We'll be thinking of you, Mike.
     
  5. MikeTeachesMath

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    11 days until I get my scores. Of course now starts the worrying that I didn't bubble this or circle that or correctly stamp my fingerprint. :dizzy:
     
  6. Mathemagician

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    I'm sure you did fine, and if it's anything like in NJ, prospective employers really don't care much about your actual score---just whether or not you passed!
     
  7. jteach89

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    I'm starting to worry as the test results will be in next week. I hate this part! lol I can't imagine what the MATH cst was like but I took the ats-w last month and found it to be very difficult. :unsure:
     
  8. MikeTeachesMath

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    Next Monday night at 10, right?

    The math CST was pretty difficult in the sense that I had to put to use EVERY bit of math I've learned since 8th grade pre-algebra through 4th semester linear algebra :dizzy:.

    Luckily NYS is changing the certification tests so I don't have to take the ATS-W or LAST. Just hoping the replacement tests aren't 10x more difficult.
     
  9. TeacherGroupie

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    Mike, it would appear (here) that ATS-W is being replaced with a combination of a Teaching Performance Assessment test plus another test that I strongly suspect is going to be one of Pearson's NESTest computer-based series; LAST is going to be replaced with the Academic Literacy Skills Test, which I think Pearson may already have running as a college-readiness test, examining reading, writing, and math; and the revised CSTs (not that this affects you, necessarily) are probably simply being aligned to the Common Core standards.

    The TPA might very well work like at least one of California's assortment of teaching-performance exams: you pull together a plan for a classroom unit; you design a lesson plan and come up with materials and activities to support it; you teach the plan; you reflect on what you did, whether it was appropriate for the material and the students, and how it worked, including how you differentiated and what you'd do differently next time.
     
  10. jteach89

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    Well I opted for the "email your score report" so ill find out around 5PM my time, on monday through email and im so nervous. :unsure: :eek:
    I barely made it through math class all throughout 8th grade, high school and college. And to remember concepts in mathematics.... ugg lol.
    The ats-w really hurt my brain. I was very frustrated because they give you scenarios but there is at least all or two of them that you think is right. Even though they give four hours, I felt like i needed more time. Some people insist that the ats-w is the "easiest" out of the 3 exams needed but I found that more difficult than the LAST. It was very tricky.
    They are changing the system however as TeacherGroupie had mentioned, and I had read an article about it.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/30/n...r-and-pencil-to-license-teachers.html?_r=1&bl
     
  11. MikeTeachesMath

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    This weekend better fly by. 3 more days! I'm going to be stalking my email all day Monday.

    Those are interesting changes to the process. Apparently I can't even take the next step until Fall 2013. That's kind of annoying. I wanted to space everything out as much as possible...
     
  12. MikeTeachesMath

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    "Your score report for the following New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) program test(s) will be sent to this e-mail address, as a PDF attachment, between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. eastern time on 8/13/2012. Delivery time may vary, depending on your Internet service provider.

    MATHEMATICS taken on 7/14/2012."

    I saw the email in my inbox and totally thought it was my score report.

    I'm so nervous. Never going to be able to sleep tonight.
     
  13. Aliceacc

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    Good luck!
     
  14. TeacherGroupie

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    Breathe, Mike.
     
  15. jteach89

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    Best of luck to you!
     
  16. MikeTeachesMath

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    You too, jteach :).

    Okay, it's quarter past 5. I'm growing impatient!

    Watch: my score will be emailed at like, 9:59.
     
  17. Mathemagician

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    When will you be student teaching Mike? Next Fall? Or sooner?
     
  18. MikeTeachesMath

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    I'm currently on the list for Spring 2014. But it's probably going to be a bit later than that. Spring 2015 the absolute latest.
     
  19. Mathemagician

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    Ah, you guys do spring student teaching. I loved fall as I could see everything put into place. Are you in a masters or 5 yr program?
     
  20. DanielleT

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    Hey! - I know this is an old thread -- However, I am curious how you made out on your CST? How was the written assignment? I am taking mine next Saturday and still unsure if I am 100% ready :(
     

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