Useful Web sites for single subject math/science

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  1. innovationguy

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    I'm sorry, old chap, but one is strictly NOT permitted to reveal / discuss CSET Test Qs. However, if it deals with a Precalculus concept - and NOT Abstract Algebra which I'm not bullish about! - and were you to broadly DESCRIBE the Q without giving details away [say, the topic area like Parabolas / Matrices / etc. and the objective of the Q] - and you have to be very very careful here!! - I might be able to provide broad pointers as I have, um, a robust grasp of the test...

    If I believe that discretion would be hard and that one'd be apt to give too much away, I shall recuse myself entirely.

    Jay.
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    Although this isn't online help, and therefore perhaps anathema to this thread, the help was so incredibly useful that I feel I must at least post it somewhere. At the Orange County of Education, they have classes that help with the CSET in ALL areas. You can also just not take the classes and instead purchase a study guide that they make for each class.
    For example, I bought the Math I subtest, and literally it went through EVERYTHING that I just took on the math test this Saturday.
    A link to them; http://ite.ocde.us/test_prep.htm
     
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  3. innovationguy

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    I just encountered the Spark Notes site for Math. Not bad at all, actually, for a Definition of Terms, Formulae and Key Concept Review...

    I wouldn't use it in lieu of a textbook; again, as a refresher / review resource only.

    Jay.
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  4. TeacherGroupie

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    SparkNotes and SparkCharts materials of all sorts are really quite astonishingly good.
     
  5. innovationguy

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    Amen. [?!]

    Jay.
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    PS. Full (In) Disclosure: I myself have never - yes, yes, confound you, one ought to be wary of using "Always" and "Never" but this isn't a promiscuous usage - employed Spark Notes, but have examined a few of their sheets and can attest to their value...
     
  6. TeacherGroupie

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    Provided, as you note, that one understands how best to use each kind and that other materials may be needed as well.
     
  7. TeacherGroupie

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    This answers a question about CSET Earth Science.
    Following up on an observation by innovationguy above, let me suggest the SparkNotes page on math and science, http://www.sparknotes.com/home/mathsci/ - lots of goodies there, including astronomy.
     
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    are there any good sites out there that the type of geometry that i would see on a cset?
     
  10. innovationguy

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    Personally, I'd simply use a good text like Barron's Geometry: The Easy Way [which I myself recommend to candidates, and employ when I tutor! There are other decent texts, I'm sure...]. Websites are likely to be diffuse, and of a supplementary nature ie. with persistence one might encounter a site that explicates a concept well but one's search can be laborious and meandering [greater profit might be had in the quest for the Holy Grail!].

    Of course, conversely, the process itself shall be considerably instructive and educational: read the contents of several sites on, say, spherical geometry or quadrilateral properties, and I'm certain, quite a bit of generalities can be gleaned [to pursue the idiotic gag further, one might not secure the Grail itself, but get to rescue a rather toothsome lass, what! In passing, might one set one's sights low and seek a "grail" not necessarily sanctified? Just wondering, yes?!]

    Jay.
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    Is Schaum's geometry outline enough for CSET II?

    I am preparing for subset II, Geometry, and find the Schaum's series a good review. Would you happen to know if the questions in the Schaum's geometry outline on the same level as the test?

    I have the Same question regarding statistics.

    thanks

    Dreamer
     
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    does the Orange County book contain qusetions/answers?

    Thanks for the info. By the way, do these books provide questions/answers too? Are they only good for review, or can they teach the subject, ie. statistics?

    By the way, for which subset did you find them helpful?

    Thanks\

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    There are many chaps that have employed Schaum's Outline for Geometry for their preparation, and have found it adequate. I believe there are topics not covered very ably [like Transformations or Locus, say] which would need to be supplemented.

    But that is a qualification that'd apply to most texts: there is no one impeccable resource!

    I'm - philosophically... - a conventional textbook sort of fellow, and my own recommendations are here, and numerous candidates have used 1 / more of them [I suggest a couple!] to profitable effect.

    I imagine Schaum's could be used in conjunction with 1 / more of those.

    In general, it's a smashing idea to, first, examine the relevant California content standards.

    And, oh, whichever book one may use, the test is always found to be a trifle - if not much! - harder: after all, there are few Qs that are "direct" [like those in a textbook]. Most Qs are applications-oriented and shall assess one's capacity to employ seemingly mundane concepts in novel ways.

    For Statistics, Schaum's Outline is more than sufficient.

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    Schaum's Geometry and the appropriate parts of Schaum's Precalculus will do for the geometry part of Subtest 2. I would suggest you stay away from Schaum's Statistics. It is IMHO one of the worst written of the Schaum's books and goes way beyond what you need for probability and statistics on Subtest 2. I found Barron's EZ 101 Statistics a much better book for this subtest.
     
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    Malcolm;

    To clarify, did you find Schaum's Geometry outline to have questions that were similar to the coplexity of questions on the test? Or, do you think the outline questions are not complex enough?

    Also, I did not realize that subset II covers precalc. Do you mean subset II covers basic algebra to describe lines on a graph which might be part of the geometry question?

    Also, what do you think of the Barron's EZ questions, were they sufficient to prepare for the test?

    I need to know if I should spend moeny on extra questions beyond those in these books.

    Thanks

    adreamer
     
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    IMHO the questions in Schaum's Geometry are at a similar level to what you will see on the test. The only difference is the NES folks seem to have a knack for obfuscation. Sometimes you have to figure out just what you are being asked.

    Some of the material related to analytic geometry, tranformations, loci, etc. that are tested in Subtest 2 are covered in Schaum's Precalculus, not in Schaum's Geometry. You will need to check the Subtest Description and the referenced Content Standards to see precisely what you will be held responsible for. Everything you need to know about geometry should be in one or the other of the two Schaum's books.

    I lent my copy of Barron's EZ-101 Statistics to a friend. I don't remember much about the questions. But IIWY I would be concerned about getting back up to speed on the material and not questions. If you know the material, you won't have a problem with CSET. FWIW the probability and statistics portion of Subtest 2 is really basic. About half of the MC questions I have seen or heard of could be answered just using common sense. Be ready for things like linear regression, Chi-square, etc. for the CR question. Make sure you know how to use your approved graphing calculator to do these.

    If you do feel the need for extra questions, I highly recommend Jay's.
     
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    Ha, I see you edited your posts from Baron's to Barron's and from "Probability and Statistics" to just "Statistics". It took me a while to figure it out, but I wanted to grab a copy on eBay before noting the corrections. Seems like you caught the errors yourself.

    Now I need to decide whether to purchase an inexpensive copy from an eBay seller with a 99.4% feedback rating. In the last month, 9.491 feedback comments were positive, but a whopping 83 were neutral and 81 were negative. I think I need the book to figure out the probability of receiving the book if I purchase it from this seller:lol:

    By the way, are there any comments on the Orange County Dept. of Ed. book for math subtest 2?
     
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    Well, the Barron's book is on Amazon for $8.99, but then I have to narrow down my shopping cart and wish list items to bring the total to $25 or more so that I get free shipping. That could take a long while.

    Oh, I know. I just finished book 1 of Philip Pullman's The Dark Materials trilogy called The Golden Compass. It's excellent, won a lot of awards, and will be a movie released on Dec. 7, 2007. I can get the whole trilogy for $13.50. (Comparisons are being favorably made to the Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the Harry Potter series.)

    Oops, still not up to $25.

    Maybe I'll get Internet Riches: The Simple Money-making Secrets of Online Millionaires - Scott C. Fox; Hardcover, for $14.96.

    Well, I'll have to decide later. The landlord is coming for an inspection Sunday, but the girls and I will be at my step-daughter's wedding Saturday. The house is a mess, the weeds need pulling, and we have not even begun to clean. Yikes. I am so good at procrastinating!:p
     
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    If you like Pullman, try Garth Nix's Abhorsen trilogy (Sabriel, Lirael, and The Abhorsen).
     

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