Study Aids For Cset Social Science 1-3

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  1. fannedbook

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    It took everything out of me, I was there for about 5 1/2 hours writing straight through, I passed on the first try...it wasn't easy though...would recommend you breaking it up and only take 2 tests...I could barely drive home at the end of it....
     
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    I have looked at some of the CSET study guides for multiple subject (just because they don't have a study guide for single subject) to see what strategies they give. They have even broken up each subtest to show how many multiple choice questions have to answered correctly to pass. Does anyone know how many questions per subtest there are and how many have to be answered correctly for a passing score? Also, does anyone know the passing rate for this single subject CSET?
     
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    The breakdown of the subtest by question type and domain is on the CSET Web site: go to http://www.cset.nesinc.com/CS_testguide_SSopener.asp and look at the Social Science General Examination Information document. A quick rundown of the material covered on each subtest is in the Subtest Description document for that subtest, and sample questions are in - duh! - the Sample Questions document for each subtest.

    Be wary of statements about the number of questions one needs to get correct, because there's not a straightforward correspondence between raw scores and scaled scores. What's more, each subtest is scored holistically: a stellar performance in multiple choice can cover a less than impressive job on constructed response. That said, a passing score per subtest is 220 on a scale from 100 to 300, and if you get 2/3 of the available points overall, you should be fine. (It's worth pointing out over 70% of people attempting CSET Social Science as of July 2005 passed it on one or more attempts.)
     
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    Thank you for the info!
     
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    cset social science

    i recommend using AP guides in geography, goverment/politics, economics, world history and us history. the cset study guides for multisubject are good for california history. also, the old praxis books can be helpful.
     
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    I am preparing early for the Cset SS in September 2007 and I am really nervous. I have been trying to collect all my study materials, and have been looking up a lot of the books that are recommended, but it seems that I can never find the exact edition they recommend, or they are horribly expensive. Anyone else had this in their experience?
    Also, I am planning on buying World History and US History for Dummies... would you say this would sufficiently prepare me for subtest 1 and 2??
    :) By the way this thread has been a lifesaver so far, I have been reading it long before I decided to join and post myself.
     
  7. TeacherGroupie

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    You don't need the exact editions in the Test Guide - and if you want them, see if they're available in your local public or university library. In fact, there's quite a variety in the resources that can be helpful with CSET exams. AP guides are good. For Subtest I, a comprehensive world historical atlas can be an excellent choice, as well as being useful in your future classroom.
     
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    Thanks for your quick reply, TeacherGroupie...
    So with a world historical atlas, are you implying that the geographical section is rigorous? Or just that the atlas is useful in general?
     
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    Well, there's certainly a geography constructed response in each of Subtests I and II - but a historical atlas is helpful because it shows where various events happened and thereby gives another mental handle to the learner.
     
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    You can buy slightly older editions of AP books on several websites for just a few of dollars. I think I bought three for less than $15 (including shipping). I also checked out U.S. History for Dummies at a public library.
     
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    I'm taking this on Saturday!
     
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    Breathe, please, gang.
     
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    Wow! That was tougher than I thought! :)
     
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    Thanks! I am currently studying for the Social Science Single Subject CSET & that california history website has been a gr8 help! I am taking all three subsets on May 17th & i fell much more confident about taking the test (knowing that other people have passed all three subsets at one time). Thank God for this website... :up:
     
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    Look for connections: a good deal of US history is rooted in civics, and vice versa.
     
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    You can purchase the cliff's Quick Reviews at borders
     
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    what books to use for CSE subtest 3?

    are the cliffs books enough for me to pass the third subtest of the Social Science CSET?
     
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    What background have you already got in US government and economics, adversary?
     
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    Taking all three subtests next week! I'm not counting on all 3 at the same time, but I might as well try!
    Any advice for studying the economics section? It seems I need the most help with that.
    I majored in history so I haven't looked into the US History subtest, I've been focusing on world history and civics.
     
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    Start with the content standards/Subject Matter Requirements doc; if it mentions a term, make sure you know it. The Internet is your friend here. I particularly like Answers.com.

    SparkCharts has a fine little review sheet for macroeconomics and another for microeconomics. Friendly review books along the lines of the For Dummies series and the Complete Idiot's Guide series may also be helpful.

    Do bear in mind, by the way, that there's more civics on the subtest than there is economics - and that passing is 220 on a scale from 100 to 300, so one needn't ace the subtest to pass it.
     

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