Spanish CSET V Test Resources

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  1. AnaA

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    Hi I'm in the process of getting my Spanish BCLAD and I just have to pass the CSET Spanish V test and I'll be finished. I just took the test and didn't pass, so I really want to make sure I pass when I take it again next month. Can you please give some resources and tips to pass this test? I've been watching documentaries and brushing up on history, and I'm finding that very helpful. Someone suggested I watch the documentary Harvest of Empire, which I did, and now am looking for other documentaries and resources. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
     
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    Bump.
     
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    Didn't pass again :( I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction. Anything will help... Thanks.
     
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    Following.....I also want to get my BCLAD but have not found any resources to help me study. I am bilingual but I heard that the exam uses very formal Spanish..I showed my mom some of the sample questions and she said that the Spanish is not the same as the Spanish where she grew up. (Mexico) Keep us posted!! Have you started a program yet?? Do they have any suggestions or study groups??
     
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    I passed Spanish CSET subtest 3 & 4 but am having trouble passing subtest 5. These flashcards I bought from Amazon really helped me pass the tests:

    Momterix CSET Spanish Exam Flashcard Study System

    I hope that helps!
     
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    Thanks for the info....I will get those flashcards.
     
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    You're welcome, good luck!
     
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    Hi AnaA....are you a native Spanish speaker? Also, what does section V consist of?
     
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    Yes, I am a native Spanish speaker and was born in Mexico. The CSET V test is about sociocultural, sociopolitical, geographic and historical context. I think since I am not native to the U.S., I am not understanding these questions like other people would, and it's confusing me. Very frustrating, so I need some guidance. I am scoring well on the geographic/historical context but scoring poorly on the cultural context.
     
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    Hugs, AnaA. Are you choosing an answer, then changing it because "it just can't be that simple"?
     
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    Thanks TeacherGroupie! The first time I took the test I think I did switch answers. Second time I made it a point to not switch and stick with my gut. I almost passed the first time, this time I don't know how close I came as I am still waiting for my official results -- so either I did a little worse or a little better (but not enough to pass) :( . I'm taking the test again next month. The first time I took the test I scored a 4 on the history/geographical and a 1 on the political/cultural. I think it's the cultural norms questions that are confusing me. I'm watching documentaries and I got some Spanish literature history books that were recommended by the CSET website. I'm wondering if there are any other resources or tips?
     
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    Culture is the fingerprints left on today by everything a population has been through, including both the history that shows up in standard textbooks and the stuff that bubbles up from below. Have you ever wished that an Anglo could grasp that Mexican culture isn't fully represented by Taco Bell and Doritos? That Anglo is the audience for which CSET V is intended.

    If the questions on cultural norms are giving you trouble, try looking them up in your favorite browser: use "cultural norms ___" as a search term, filling the blank with a country in the Spanish-speaking world, and working your way through the countries. Do likewise with "politics ___". You want an overview, not an in-depth assessment, and Wikipedia articles are the test taker's friend.

    Materials for AP Spanish Language and Culture might also help, since the level of knowledge expected is about equivalent to the first or second year of college for - let me be blunt - an Anglo kid from, say, Wisconsin: . (If you were hiring a Spanish teacher and the candidates were all ; I think one or more of the written/spoken responses bears on culture. See https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-spanish-language-and-culture/exam.

    It's fairly likely that the website of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, www.aatsp.org, will link to resources that will be helpful - including, probably, the California state chapter of the national organization.
     
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    Thank you, I really appreciate it! This information will really help! :)
     
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    Hello, I just took spanish subset v for the second time. I am extremely frustrated because I really thought I studied a lot and knew most of the answers but some were so close and being mexican american i don't know if i overthink the questions or if i am putting my childhood into it and confusing it to what it really would be. Could you help me? Are those flashcards really worth buying? I just paid for my third attemp and its another $99 dollars. thats a lot of money on teacher pay and family so I don't want to purchase if it won't help me pass. I really would appreciate your guidance.
     
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    The flash cards really helped me on the history and geographical parts of the test. But for cultural and sociopolitical it really didn't help me, and I am also Mexican American (born in Mexico) and I think I'm overthinking the questions also.

    I've been reading the book "Breve historia de la Literatura española" (you can find it on Amazon). That book was recommended by the CSET website and it seems to help. Also, I watched the documentary "Harvest of Empire" which was recommended by a blog post I found (you can find the video on YouTube).

    I hope that helps, good luck!
     
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    Thank you very much I bought the harvest of the empire book but I'm more visual learner so I'll look for video documentary too. I will also buy that other book. Did you pass that test subset v? How many times did it take you? I'm just feeling bummed that I'm so knowledgeable but this section makes me feel as a failure because I grew up in Mexican culture. I know it's not true but when I see the do not pass it made me feel really bad. Thank you got taking the time and replying.
     
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    I'm right there with you. I failed Subtest V twice, and I'm taking it for the third time this Saturday. It's very frustrating I know exactly how you feel. First time I scored 4 on history/geography and scored 1 on sociopolitical/cultural. Second time I scored 3 on history/geography and 2 on sociopolitical/cultural. So both times I almost passed (actually did a little worse the second time).
     
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    I wish you luck. I hope you pass it this time. I think I studied to broad and not enough on situations or examples. I watched many videos. Watch on pbs foreigners in their own land. They will help out a little more. Let me know how it goes. I'll try to find that book u mentioned. Thank you so much. It's frustrating because I've been teaching 13 years. I'm always the teacher who gets the new comers, low eld, behavior, and yet I'm not quplifted until I pass this test to teach Spanish. As if I'm going to teach these poor elementary students about sacrifices, decapitated rituals, etc. Anyways good luck. Study indeginous tribes.
     
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    Hola! Have you guys been able to pass the test? I have taken it 4 times with no luck :( I purchased the books suggested and read Harvest of Empire (but now I am watching the documentary--thanks for the suggestion!! From what you both wrote above, I am in the same position--I do well on Geography and History and poorly on the sociocultural and sociopolitical pieces. Thanks!
     
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    Hello I am same boat. Where did u find documentary and is it of the harvest of the Empire ? I bought the book but with my job and 3 kids I honestly have no time to read. I really need any help and advice. I haven't passed 2 times and I feel it's the sociocultural that gets me confused.
     

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