Useful Web sites for single subject English/history

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    Congratulations on passing three out of four and almost nailing the fourth! Well done!

    Side 2 of your printed score report shows performance indicators for each constructed response. What are you seeing there for Subtest IV?
     
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    Thanks TeacherGroupie :)
    This is what it says: I had 207 point, it is 220 to pass.
    the answers are graded 1-4 , and I think 4 is the best, but It's not obvious from the explanations, though.
    Speech: 1
    Media: 2
    Dramatic performance: 3
    Creative writing: 4


    I am retaking this subtest in March, in about 3 weeks, and I should start studying. But I still don't know where to start. Any suggestions?
     
  3. TamiJ

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    You can watch many history videos on learner.org
     
  4. TeacherGroupie

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    The Subtest IV responses are scored on a scale from 0 to 3, actually, and the plus marks are a little less informative than are the checkmarks and/or letters for each response.

    Learner.org has some fine choices for takers of single subject English, too, in fact, though history videos might not be one's top choice.
     
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    I have a question regarding the Orange County Department of Ed study guides- Do these study guides contain actual information, or do they list resources and topics to study that I need to hunt for myself?
     
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    great advice on Orange County website

    Wow! this is great. I will check this out right now. I feel like I have to spend a small fortune just to prepare for this test. Then there is the fee itself. this is all just to hopefully keep the current job I have as an elementary school teacher. I enjoy teaching and learning on my own, but this is ridiculous.

     
  7. TeacherGroupie

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    Welcome to A to Z, giget.

    The OCDE materials work well for many people - but let me also suggest the "Elmer's English resources" thread here in the Single Subject Tests subforum.

    (Is it really the case that you must take CSET English in order to keep your job as an elementary teacher? That puzzles me.)
     
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    English Language ICTS

    Hey there,

    I've been looking for resources for preparing for the English Language section of the ICTS. It's been a while since I earned my BA in Literature (1995) and I've noticed that most of the prep books have pretty bad reviews. Has anyone had experience with online prep sites such as Longsdale publishing? I see a lot of people have posted about things that have helped prepare for the test in CA - does anyone know how similar that might be to the ICTS?

    Thanks!
     
  9. TeacherGroupie

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    Welcome to A to Z, kylito.

    First, go to the ICTS Web site (http://www.icts.nesinc.com), if you haven't already, and have a look at the preparation materials online. The Web sites for most teacher tests offer some kind of test guide, study guide or preparation material that gives an overview of the material that can be tested plus some sample questions. The sample questions may cover less sophisticated material than does the test, but in format and approach they should give you a decent idea what you're up against. Be aware that there may be more than one document involved.

    Next, since your test is not a Praxis test, find your state's content standards for English language arts. Tests produced for a state by what used to be NES are aligned to the standards for that state.

    For material covered in ICTS that's also in CSET, you may well find CSET materials rather helpful: neither the indirect object nor the Romantic era tend to change much from one state to the other, you know?

    I don't recall the ICTS passing score offhand, but scaled scores on NES tests typically run on a scale from 100 to 300 with passing somewhere in the neighborhood of 220 to 240 scaled points. In other words, you can get some questions wrong and still pass.

    Oh, and breathe, please.
     
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    English CSET

    Hello,

    I am wondering if anyone has the OCDE English study guide that I can purchase from????? Also if you have any good study material that you suggest, I would greatly appreciate it!
     
  11. TeacherGroupie

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    Welcome back, Anakris.

    If you haven't already visited the thread "Elmer's English resources", let me recommend it: there are some glossaries that you might find useful.

    Having passed the linguistics-oriented CSET LOTE subtest, you should be in fair or better shape for CSET English Subtest II.
     
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    I'm spring cleaning and I have OCDE Social Studies books that I no longer need because I passed all the subtests on the first go. (I also used the OCDE English books and passed those too - but I already passed those on.) I mention this in case anybody is looking to save some money... message me. - UPDATE: I don't have these any longer... Thanks!
     
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    CSET IV

    I sse there have been many posts regarding the passing of English CSET IV.
    I have passed all the other English CSET's but this one is giving me major grief. Any suggestions.
     
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    My sympathies, Sam2010. Are you getting grief from all four questions equally, or from just one or two, or what?
     
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    Taking the West E English Language Arts in Nov.

    Has anyone taken this test or heard about it as I am scheduled to take it in November 2010 and the last English Language class I took was in high school over 20 years ago so I'm a little rusty. Any resources would be very helpful.
     
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    Scheidt707, the various states' exams in English language arts have some differences in emphasis and in format, but they also tend to show broad similarities: reflexive pronouns and Romanticism just don't differ that much from state to state, you know? That being the case, you might do well to check out the thread "Elmer's English resources" in this forum.

    The Framework document on the WEST-E English page should shed light on what the test can and cannot cover.
     
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    Orange county dept of education USED study guides for English CSET

    Hi to everyone,
    I am interested in buying OCDE used study guides for the English CSET I am taking in few weeks. I know it is not much time, but I have just had a baby and couldn't dedicate myself to it as I woud have liked.

    Thanks for your help!!
     
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    Welcome to A to Z, rdaporta, and best of luck.

    Have you checked out "Elmer's English resources"?
     
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    Thanks so much, teachergroupie, for your quick reply.
    I have just printed them but my main concern is subtests III and IV. Can the glossary lists help? I am terrified!!
     
  20. TeacherGroupie

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    The glossary lists may well do you more good for Subtest III than they will for Subtest I, in fact.

    The first task in Subtest III is essentially to compare and contrast two literary passages. One wants to show off one's grasp of the technical terminology of literary analysis - in fact, that's more important than identifying the works in terms of literary movement. Similarly, the second task in Subtest III is analysis - this time of non-literary prose, and so one is showing off one's grasp of rhetoric and argumentation along with one's knowledge of structure and other composition devices.

    As to Subtest IV, bear in mind first that those are SHORT answers. The glossary of drama terms should be helpful for the third task, on theatre. If there are terms in the glossary that you don't know, let me recommend looking them up on line.

    Are you taking all four subtests in one go? If so, do you absolutely have to?
     

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