Study Aids For Cset Social Science 1-3

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  1. Ace12580

    Ace12580 New Member

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    Passed CSET SOCIAL SCIENCE 1-3 on first try. Here is what I used:

    Economics: Cliffs Quick Review Economics (helpful crash course) Also, the U.S. government has a crash economics website as well.

    California History: www.californiahistory.net (helpful and quick)

    U.S. Government: Cliffs Quick Review U.S. Government (helpful crash course)

    U.S. History: A standard high school U.S. history text book. (Be sure to study heavily on Civil War/ Reconstruction Era, Jackson/Jefferson, and the New Deal Era.

    World History: A standard high school World History text book. (Be sure to study Feudalism,Age of Exploration, Religions, the plague and its effect on Europe, Population growth, and the World Wars.

    Geography: The history text books will help you here as well. Note: this is the smallest portion of the test.

    Final Note: I studied heavily for a month. This test is 50% studying as it is 50% luck. So with that being said, go in confident and well prepared and you'll do just fine!

    Good Luck!
     
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    Thanks a lot! This really helps! By the way...where do u find these Cliff's quick reviews?
     
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    Hey! I just wanted to say thank you for all the helpful insight. I really appreciate it!
     
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    Ace12580 were you a history major in college?
     
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    Cliff's Quick Reviews are usually in with the test-prep and study-guide books. Barnes & Noble's SparkCharts are good choices too. If you have a choice, look for materials that work well with your learning style or things you find engaging that you think would work well in your future classroom. Barnes & Noble advertised THE TIMES COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE WORLD around Christmastime - huge historical atlas with maps on double-page spreads and explanations of what the maps show. If it's in your local B&N, it's probably been marked down to $20 and it would be a steal at twice the price.

    Bear in mind that the scoring scale is 100 to 300, with passing at 220 - you don't have to ace this thing to pass - and that each subtest is scored holistically, so shaky constructed response skills can be compensated for by a strong multiple choice performance or vice versa.
     
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    What helped me

    I took and passed the CSET: SS in March. I found it helpful to READ extensively. There were a couple of questions from left-field, but I found that what the CSET website had was helpful.

    If you're a grad student (as I am again), a word of caution: be sure you can cover the material in a broad manner. I like to "go deep" but this didn't help me -- except for one or two essay questions. Make sure you a comfortable with all the domains/subsections.

    Good luck to all of you taking this one!

    -M
     
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    I have been trying to find the US government website referred to here. Does anybody know the link? Thanks!
     
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    There have been some posts on economics for kids elsewhere on the A to Z site that might be helpful - try doing a search with "economics".
     
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    :thanks:
    I passed all 3 on the first try too!

    I studied heavily for 7 days and used a standard Middle School American History text, Cliffs Quick Review Economics (excellent for me because I had absolutely NO background in this area), and a library book called "History of the World".

     
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    Well done, enseigner!
     
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    Thank you for helpful and concise info. Do you think covering U.S. Revolutionary period in more detail is important?
    Michael
     
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    Let me clarify: is this for single subject or for multiple subjects? (There are some differences in approach and emphasis.)
     
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    Hi,
    Thanks for your prompt reply. I'm studying for a Single subject.
    Another question: is there any emphasis on chronology of events, i.e. remembering the dates?
    Michael
     
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    If you're asking whether you are expected to know the day and month of the battle of Vicksburg (to take an example), I would expect not. But a high school history teacher should know why Vicksburg was important, and part of the reason has to do with it coming after a long string of bad news for the North.

    The SMR is well worth a look.
     
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    cset social science help needed

    I'm taking the CSET, Social Science Subset 3 on 1-20-07.

    Do you know what type of Civics question are on the test? Which subject, of the three, should I study the most? California history is concerning me also.

    Thanks in Advance!
     
  17. TeacherGroupie

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    The Subject Matter Requirements document - or, if you prefer, the subtest description for Subtest III - should shed some light.

    According to the general information document for CSET Social Science, you'll see 18 multiple choice questions in civics, 15 in economics, and just seven in California history.

    I'd expect that most of the civics questions will have to do with American government - the Constitution, checks and balances, branches of government, major Supreme Court decisions, voting and the history of the extension of suffrage, and the like. There could be questions about other forms of government, but I'd bet against there being very many. Though of course you might see some questions about California's constitution or about more local issues in government.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Took the test back in 2004, although I was a social science major (idiots at the office told me I had to take this test) and I didn't, I studied only one book...Don't know much about history...it tells you all the major events, including the constitution, etc...this book was the way to go if you ask me
     
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    I am planning on taking the CSET single subject social science tests in March 2007. I was looking at some online study guides and found a website that guarantees a passing score on the first try or you get your money back. Has anyone purchased the following study guides by "A Teaching Solutions Test Success Systems"? If so please tell me if it is worth the 60 bucks.
     
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    I can't imagine guaranteeing a passing score on the first try for any CSET exam without meeting the test taker first.
     

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