Single Subject-English

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  1. kwill

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    Aug 11, 2005

    Subtest II, What Else?!

    Hi Y'all, I have to take the Subtest II again, after failing to pass for the fourth time...oh the humanity...any suggestions for me? I'm thinking of taking a workshop, but don't need to take the entire one since I passed the other three subtests, but will probably have to pay the $100 for the whole workshop anyway...does it get more fun than this?

    For those who've passed Subtest II, I'd really appreciate any advice...thanks a godzillion!
     
  2. Creole38

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    Buy the book "How to Beat the CSET for Language Arts", it helped me so much. I passed three sections and when I retook the third section again I passed it. The book doesn't give sample tests or tell you any real tricks. It just has all of the information you need to know. I have friends who took the $200.00 courses and I did better than they did...not saying that the course was bad, just saying that I still have my $200.00. I also purchased REA's English AP book which had a cd at the back of it with actual timed tests for essays and poetry. It gave the reader detailed answers and sample essays as well. It's interactive. I used both the book and the cd. Good luck and God Bless.
     
  3. kwill

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    Thanks, Creole, I'll check the book out, although I believe it's for multiple subjects...why, oh why have they not come out with a single subject CSET book yet?? I don't need the essays/poetry section you mentioned, because I passed Subtest I on the first try...it was easy, because that's what they teach in English! The subtest II likes to ask questions about ESL, which I've never used in my curriculum...that's for ESL teachers, right??

    Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Regards, KWILL (pass the subtest II!!)
     
  4. TeacherGroupie

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    I hate to be the bearer of bad news... but the CSET English exam covers a lot of different material because the California English secondary credential covers a lot of different material, including ESL. The assumption is that anyone teaching English in California can expect to encounter English language learners (ELLs for short) and should know how to help them.

    Try downloading the Subject Matter Requirements document for single subject English from the CSET Web site, http://www.cset.nesinc.com (the SMRs are now accessible from the main page). Then look up terms that aren't familiar to you on the Internet - you could use Google, but try also Answers.com (http://www.answers.com), where you'll find explanations.
     
  5. kwill

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    Uh...I knew that already, thanks anyway, TG...
     
  6. Creole38

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    kwill, the book is for multiple subjects but it contains a load of information. TeacherGroupie is right about the expectations in California. I didn't have ESL questions on my test but as you know it's ever changing so that you must know a little bit of everything to do with English. My problem was the linguistics section. I hadn't had a lot of the terms asked about and the book I mentioned before had them in it. I'm a literature buff so I had to really study everything else. Good luck.
     
  7. TeacherGroupie

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    And a highly cost-effective way to prepare for that material is to use the Subject Matter Requirements (or, if you prefer, the English-Language Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, which is downloadable in pdf format from the Dept. of Education Web site, http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/pn/fd/) as a source for terminology to look up on the Internet - and to post about here.
     
  8. tenniscoach

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    Study Guides

    Hello Everyone,

    I just received my scores today and passes all 4 sections on my FIRST try. Here's what I did: I bought Spark Charts. Go to Barnes and Noble and buy all the Spark Charts that relate to english: Poetry, Literature, Mythology, Composition and Grammar, etc. For the linguistics, I reviewed a Ling. book from my undergrad work. That test was a PAIN - I was there for the entire 5 hours. Beware of the "drama" question in the short answer section - it was dumb, but tricky.
     
  9. TeacherGroupie

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    Congratulations on passing all four in one go, tenniscoach! SparkCharts are a very good bet in English, and there's even a SparkChart on public speaking (you'll find it among the ones on marketing etc.)

    kwill, I know it's irritating not to find materials designed for the CSET-Single Subjects. That's partly driven by economics: there simply nearly as many people taking any given CSET-SS subject exam as there are taking CSET-Multiple Subjects, so publishers either issue books that are scandalously expensive or they just don't bother. The good news is that there ARE materials - like SparkCharts, or the related SparkNotes AP Power Pack - that can help, and that can keep being helpful for your students after you've passed the test itself.
     
  10. Miss D

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    Prepping for the Single Subject CSET in English

    I've been reading posts on this thread and have found them very helpful. I was an English major at Berkeley and did pretty well so I thought I'd just need a few weeks to review and I should be fine. But now I'm a bit panicked about the test. From people are saying, there's a lot on the test that I didn't expect and am not sure how to prepare for. I'm signed up to take all 4 subtests for the Single subject CSET in English on Nov. 5 and I'm freaking out because I don't know if I have enough time to prepare and if it was a smart choice to do all 4 tests in one day. I originally signed up for this test date and all 4 tests because the first of the application deadlines is Dec 1 (I later found out that they would accept test scores as late as Jan 21, 2006) I also have to study and take the GRE general test by Nov 19, and write my personal statement, get my recs together and fill out the applictaion by Dec 1. Oh yeah I will also be working full time until 10/25 and have to move out of my apartment at the end of the month. Am I in over my head?! Should I cancel the Nov test and sign up for the one in Jan or should I change my registration to take only 2 subtests now and 2 in Jan? Or should I just take them all now so that if I fail any I have the opportunity to take it in Jan? Also, does anyone know where I could find a sample CSET to take to give me an idea of what I know and what I need to prep for. As far as prep material, from what I've gathered I should get a hold of Sparknotes charts for anything and everything English-related, study AP English prep books, and the Language Arts section of the Mult Subj CSET prep books (I have the Cliffs TestPrep Mult subj, is that a good one?). I also borrowed the Xam book on the English CSET because it was the only specific book around, but I hear it's useless. Should I just return the book or is there anything in it worth studying. With so much to study, I'd hate to waste my time. Any help would be much appreciated.
     
  11. TeacherGroupie

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    If you haven't picked up the Test Guides materials from the CSET Web site at http://www.cset,nesinc.com, please do so: you'll find sample questions for each subtest plus the Subject Matter Requirements document that distills the information in the state content standards down to what the test taker should be prepared to show off with.

    If you test at all well, your background suggests that you may be getting more nervous than you need to. All CSETs are scored on a scale from 100 to 300 with 220 as passing: in short, you're not expected to get everything right in order to pass.

    Many people do spread out the exam over more than one testing day, and that's perfectly reasonable for them, but a significant chunk of the population - such as tenniscoach (see earlier posts) - takes the whole thing in one go and passes.
     
  12. kwill

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    Subtest II

    Hi Everyone, am planning to take the Subtest II again, on Saturday November 5...I took a good workshop just on this subtest, which was 9 hours long(!) -- I think it'll bring my score up to passing...I've been studying fervently, with the Horsey Linguistics book and the study guide they gave us at the workshop...anyone else taking II again on Saturday?
     
  13. DaydrmSam

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    Hi everyone,
    Does anyone have any advice or insight about the drama question in Subtest IV? I have no background in drama and am not sure how to study for this question, any tips?
     
  14. TeacherGroupie

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    See if your local bookstore has a copy of Usborne's introduction ACTING AND THEATRE - it's a slender but fairly thorough paperback that will be in the children's section, full of illustrations and examples and theatre history and all, and it covers most of the drama terms in the Subject Matter Requirements.
     
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    Could you email me a copy of your list too. I have a couple of weeks before my test.

    Thanks a bunch!
     
  16. TeacherGroupie

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    Elmer369, how about posting goodies from your study list here for test takers to mull over? On the Multiple Subject Tests subforum we've gotten some useful discussions going as a result of people asking questions about terminology and principles, and it seems probable that something like that could happen here as well.

    Naturally we're not posting actual CSET questions, but teaching each other about the concepts is a great way to study.
     
  17. diz

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    CSET English subtests 1 and 2

    Could someone please tell me approximately how many questions there are in subtests 1 and 2? Also, how much time is allotted for each test? I've signed up for 1 and 2 on Jan 21st and I don't want to be taken by surprise.

    Thank you for any info,
    Diz
     
  18. TeacherGroupie

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    To get a better idea what you're up against, Diz, have a look at the materials in the Test Guide for English (go to http://www.cset.nesinc.com, click on Test Guides, click on English).

    Subtests I and II each contain 50 multiple choice questions. Subtest I focuses on literary analysis and rhetoric and composition, as does Subtest III, which consists of two full-on essays; Subtest II focuses on linguistics, grammar, history of English, reading instruction, and the like; Subtest IV covers creative writing, drama, speech communication, and journalism in four brief constructed responses.

    The testing time for all CSET exams is five hours. Someone who signed up for all four CSET English subtests will have five hours; someone who signed up for just one will have five hours. How you allot the time is up to you. There are no scheduled breaks, but it makes sense to take at least one break.

    Got other questions about the subtests or the material? As long as they're not actual test questions, ask 'em here.
     
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    Thank you very much. That is very helpful info. Now I know what to expect.
    Diz
     
  20. elmer369

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    For anyone who would like me to email to them my study guides and whatnot that I used to pass all 4 subsections on the first try, send me a private message with your email address and I can send you the Word documents I typed up.
    The books I studied from were:
    1) Cliff's Notes: English Grammar
    2) Cliff's Notes: AP English
    3) Cliff's Notes: Multisubject CSET (read the sections regarding drama, language acquisition, and literacy)
    4) Drama Terms: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0767422783/student_view0/glossary_of_drama_terms.html
    5) Fictions terms: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0767422783/student_view0/glossary_of_fiction_terms.html
    6) Poetric Terms: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0767422783/student_view0/glossary_of_poetic_terms.html

    Good luck to everyone! Oh, and I would receommend buying the Cliff's Notes used or online with free shipping... they are actually HUGE paperback books.
     

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