secret to passing the RICA?

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    Every time test scores are released, a voluminous database with the results for each test taker by name goes to CTC, and smaller databases (again, by name) go to each of the other parties to whom results are reported. It wouldn't be hard for CTC and/or the universities to double-check the passing rates; in fact, Pearson or its predecessor NES has been providing teacher testing to California at least since the 1980s (CBEST, SSAT), and it would be shocking if no one had thought to check the numbers in all those years.

    The single most effective way to lower passing rates on test X that I've seen is to trumpet as gospel that test X is gamed, biased, and impossible to pass. Such an announcement is especially damaging to those whose confidence is already low thanks to the test scores and even teachers from whom they learned so often that they are terrible in (choose a subject area) and bad at test taking. Let me add that I have the utmost respect for teacher candidates for whom test preparation requires facing down their personal demons.
     
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  2. Sam17346

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    Hi Everyone! I just took the RICA on May 3rd, 2019 and found out that I passed on the first try today! I tried to type out what I did, but it would not allow me to post it?
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    Congratulations, Sam17346, and welcome to A to Z!

    One reason that a a very new member's post may not post is that it contains a link (and sometimes the forum software construes a reply-to as a link). May I ask you to bear that possibility in mind and to try again without the link?
     
  4. bmmol

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    Hi! I am on my 4th attempt at RICA and have studied SO much for this test. So far I have read the Zarillo book, Chris Boosalis' Beating them all book, done the TeachersTestPrep online, watched Boosalis' videos and studied from Quizlet. No idea what I'm not doing right... I feel that I am struggling most with comprehension and vocab. I retake it on the 30th and am wondering if anyone does online private tutoring or can offer me a good study guide to use. I feel like I know the info, but for some reason when it comes time to the test I'm struggling and I reallllly (like everyone else) need to pass to start my dream career. THANK YOU!
     
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    Congratulations!!! Are you able to email the way that you found success please? Thanks!
     
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    @vsimpkins
    Would I be able to get your study guide as well please?
     
  7. Shie

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    Cried a river today. I just got my score and it is 219. Prior to this, my score is also 219. I am so devastated.

    Breakdown of my score:
    Domain I ****
    Domain II **
    Domain III **
    Domain IV **
    Domain V ***

    Case Study ***

    I can see that I have to work on my Domain II and Domain III scores. Is there a reference book that I can use to master these two domains? I have used the Boosalis book for review.

    Thanks.
     
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    Shie, I'm so sorry to hear this!! :( Have you looked into a score verification for either of these? I'm not totally sure how effective that is, but it might be something to consider! I used the Chris Boosalis book and his YouTube videos and filled out the worksheets while I watched the videos. Have you looked into those? I also used the Ready for Rica by James Zarrillo book. I'm getting ready to take my RICA again this morning... Eek!
     
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    Also, Shie, keep your head up! 219 two times in a row is so difficult to obtain! You are so close! You can do this!!!!!!! *hugs*
     
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    Oh, dear. Hugs, Shie. Your case study diagnostics improved, and more than slightly: hang onto that thought, please.

    Domain 2 is word analysis. Can you give me a list of what areas you think are included under word analysis?
     
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    V
     
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  12. Shie

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    Hello Bmmol,

    Thanks for the words of encouragement. I did try to appeal and I am still waiting for the response. Apparently,it takes 60 days before they can send me back their result. I will again send an appeal for this last result and will sign up again for the test. I wont give up until I passed RICA.
     
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    Hello,
    Thanks for your kind words.
    Word Analysis includes concepts about print(CAP),phonemic awareness-(decoding,segmenting), phonological awareness, syllabication,morphemes.
    The main goal in this domain is to automatically decode words for fluency.
     
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    Phonemic awareness doesn't really include decoding: decoding brings in the alphabet, and the alphabet is not invited to the phonemic-awareness party, so to speak. (This is a common gotcha question in reading-instruction tests.) Phonemic awareness is quite literally the state of being aware of phonemes: consciously recognizing phonemes, the idealized sounds that speakers of a language recognize as distinguishing one SPOKEN word from another; for most native Californians, the words "wail" and "whale" have exactly the same phonemes: /w/, long A, /l/, but for no speaker of any variety of English do "wail" and "hail" have exactly the same phonemes. You'll want to know the phonemic-awareness skills in order of sophistication, starting with identifying, isolating, segmenting, and blending... and it's all oral-aural).

    Question 1: What are the phonemes in the word "shoving"? (You don't need to know the phonetic transcription.)

    Decoding comes to the party in phonics, which is where letter identification (a CAP concept) meets phonemic awareness. Knowing that the grapheme <h> is the letter whose name we pronounce "aitch" is a CAP skill. Knowing that <h> spells the phoneme /h/ in "hip" is a phonics skill. Recognizing that the graphemes <t> and <h> can be combined to write a phoneme that is neither /t/ nor /h/ is also a phonics skill.

    Question 2: What do you think phonological awareness covers? How can the word "shoving" be broken down in terms of phonological awareness?

    Question 3: What do you think fluency is? What does it consist of? (Those are not quite the same question.)
     
  15. Shie

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    On top of my head, my answers to your questions are the following:

    1. Phonemes in the word "Shoving" are
    /sh/ /ó/ /v/ /ing/?
    2.phonological awareness covers concepts about phonemes(sounds recognition). "Shoving" can be broken down using elkonin boxes with color coding assigned to each phoneme. After sounding out each phoneme teacher can blend them together and say the word out loud. Continous practice with multiple exposure can help students master this phonemes.

    3. Fluency is mastery of phonemic awareness. Its main goal is automaticity in recognizing words. It has 3 components: accuracy, rate,and prosody.
     
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    1. Up through /v/, you were doing pretty well. The phonemes in the second syllable of "shoving" are short I and the phoneme that we spell <ng>. (And "sing" contrasts with "sin" and "Sim".) So the whole thing, as teachers render it, is /sh/ /o/ /v/ /i/ /ng/.

    2. Your response here tells me you're unclear on phonological awareness and that you struggle when it comes to answering the question that you've been asked, rather than what you read into the question. Both issues are pretty common.

    - What covers concepts about phonemes - phonemes considered one by one, as we just did with "shoving" - is still and always phonemic awareness. (TeacherGroupie tip: If two similar-looking technical terms exist, don't assume that they mean exactly the same thing; if they did, there would be no call for both of them.)
    - Phonological awareness includes phonemic awareness but also looks at sounds more than one at a time. Breaking words down into syllables? That's phonological awareness. Breaking a syllable down into onset and rime? That's phonological awareness. Considering whether to pronounce "project" as PROJ-ect or pro-JECT? That's phonological awareness (drawing on knowledge of parts of speech). Looking at how "That's good!" and "That's good?" differ in intonation? That (and a whole lot more) is also phonological awareness.
    - My second question under point 2 was "How can the word "shoving" be broken down in terms of phonological awareness?" In context, that wasn't a request for an activity that would build students' phonological awareness, it's a request for you to show YOUR awareness of phonological awareness (boy, is that meta...) by analyzing a particular word in various ways.​

    So try again with the word "shoving", please. Feel free to look back at my comments.

    3. Where "fluency" refers to abilities with phonemes, it will be called something like "phoneme fluency"; where the word "fluency" isn't modified in that way, it means reading fluency, and we assess it by looking for oral reading fluency. Fluency is quite literally reading that flows: it's the ability to encounter a string of letters and spaces that make up a text and (a) correctly map the letters onto phonemes (that is, decode accurately), (b) do so at something like a conversational pace (chunk by chunk or word by word) rather than haltingly letter by letter (there's your rate), and (c) recognize phrases and clauses and sentences and, when reading aloud, allow one's intonation to reflect that recognition (and there's your prosody).

    Is the word "shoving" phonically regular?
     
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    Hi Everyone,
    My RICA scores, three times in a row, 218.
    So I decided to do RICA Videos. I'll be getting my scores July 5th.
    Has anybody done the Videos?
     
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    Hello, I just wanted to post what I did to pass the RICA on my first attempt. I remember reading through these forums and talking to dozens of colleagues and classmates. Luckily I came across the distance prep videos on YouTube by Dr. Chris Nicholas Boosalis.
    I watched his videos twice. The first time I watched them just to take in all the information without worrying about what I needed to remember. The second time I watched them throughout the span of 3-4 days taking breaks in between and this time trying hard to fully understand the videos.
    I was nervous but tried not to stress about the exam. I took it and wasn't too sure how I did after ending my testing session. I know that I didn't finish my case study but felt fairly confident on my multiple choice questions. I would recommend that you really take time to focus on the structure that he explains for the case study and short responses. The content of your writing will depend on the case study which you will not be able to study for all possible scenarios but the outline that he explains really helped me come up with the information needed.
    Good luck :D
     
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    Congratulations, MRCinCali, and welcome to A to Z!
     
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