Useful Web sites for single subject math/science

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  1. llchem

    llchem New Member

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    Teacher2007,
    I'm in the bay area also. Do you have study guides to sell?

    Contact me through my member contact.

    Thanks,
    llchem
     
  2. JayR

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    My undergraduate program omitted College Geometry, and I feel I am deficient in this subject. Does anyone know of a good, inexpensive, online College Geometry course for math majors? (Please don't send me to a high school level course.)
     
  3. bigsishongkong

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    I haven't read through everyone's messages to this thread, but have you thought about looking up state certification test on the net? I did that to prepare for the TExES and I found several states that have study guides and practice test that help. New York's even has answers that tell why the answer is correct. I went to each state and printed them out and I'm studying them now. NY, Illinois, Mass, and Tx are just some of the states that you can go to online and look at their test for certification and click on the link for the preparation material.
     
  4. wellinmysoul

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    practice test comparison

    I registered for the April 26th middle school math praxis exam. I am an elem ed teacher, 18 years out of college. I have been teaching jr high math at a private school and am moving back into the public sector next year. I spent the last two weeks going through every lesson in the Saxon Alg I textbook for review and am studying the different topics listed on the test at a glance site.
    My question is this. I purchased five tests from the praxismiddleschoolmath site and took two of them. I scored a 178 on the second one I took. Have any of you taken these practice test. How do they compare to scores on the actual test?
     
  5. TeacherGroupie

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    If you've been teaching the material that's being tested, you're probably in fine shape.
     
  6. wellinmysoul

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    Hope prepared enough

    I hope I have prepared enough. I am tired of studying. I haven't studied this much in years. I have actually been dreaming about equations and proofs. lol
    I was just wondering if that website is legitimate. The tests seem authentic, but I wonder about how much to trust the scoring.
     
  7. TeacherGroupie

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    Probably close enough to be fairly reliable as to how much you should be worrying.
     
  8. wellinmysoul

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    how much?

    What do you mean?
     
  9. TeacherGroupie

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    If the questions look authentic - by which I assume you mean that they seem to reflect the material that the TAAG doc says is being tested - then, though you probably won't get exactly 178, it's quite likely that you will pass.
     
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    thanks

    I will be holding my breath from April 26th till I call May 23rd to get my score. I will post it here. Thanks again.
     
  11. TeacherGroupie

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    Think of this as a teaching task that happens for some odd reason to involve a Scantron, wellinmysoul. And best of luck, though I don't think you'll need all that much.
     
  12. SOSME1972

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    I just bought the books that are mentioned in the study guide for Science when I did my research in the CSET website.

    http://www.cset.nesinc.com/

    To study for General Science 118: Earth Science by Tarbuck and Lutgens 10th edition WITH CD !!! This book has a website with additional quizzes and practice.

    http://www.prenhall.com

    (then choose the book title with the right edition.) and answer the quizzes after you read the book chapters.

    You can buy a used book with CD on eBay or Amazon. But be careful and choose wisely your vendor. A recommendation is WWW.BetterWorld.com (they have cheap books and are responsible and economical).

    Another book is Conceptual Physical Science by Hewitt, Suchocki, Hewitt (second edition) There is no CD for this book, but there is a link that you can find easily if you look for Hewitt Conceptual Physical Science on the web.

    To study for CSET General Science 119: Buy Biology by Campbell (sixth edition). It only cost me $6.00 on www.betterworld.com.

    Also, studying Conceptual Physical Science will help you out with CSET General Science 119 as well.

    Important: Read the questions and concepts in the guide for the California Science Academic Standards Grade 9-12, and the framework for each CSET test. For example, CSET 118: 8 multiple choice questions (Astronomy), 16 multiple choice questions (Earth Dynamics), Forces and Motion (does have a constructed question), so you can get an idea of what to expect on test.

    I hope this help... and Good Luck!
     
  13. TeacherGroupie

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    Thanks for posting, SOSME1972!
     
  14. anadir

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    Good evening, All.

    After nearly 30 years as an engineer and computer systems hack, I hope to get back to teaching. That is, if I can pass the Praxis Math (0061). In my search for study aids and suggestions, I think I've found a few hucksters (the visually loud) and several voices that suggest that I simply re-read all of my college texts. This forum seems a bit more grounded --- Thanks.

    If anyone here has experience or knowledge of this test, I'd appreciate your impressions and recommendations for study materials.

    Thanks in advance....
     
  15. JayR

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    Hi. The ETS bulletin is pretty clear about the topics to study. I have always been a fan of the Schaums series, so I suggest the Schaums in College Algebra, Geom, Trig, and Calculus. Calculus on the exam is first semester only. A little matrix algebra and prob & stats too. Many people think the major publishers produce Praxis study material that is too easy. Jerry at www.praxisiimath.com has taken the opposite approach, and produces study material that some say is too hard, but I thought it helped me.
     
  16. TeacherGroupie

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    Wait, anadir. You're in Colorado, but you need Praxis? Last time I checked, Colorado's exams were the PLACE series, which are NES exams: see http://www.place.nesinc.com.
     
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    JayR, thanks for the Schaums recommendation and the praxisiimath.com looks worthwhile as well. And I have seen the ETS bulletin; It clearly states that I've been out of school for a long time.

    TeacherGroupie, Colorado accepts both PLACE and PRAXIS II in some cases. From www . cde . state . co . us / cdeprof / Licensure_alt1_faq . asp (sorry, as a new member, I cannot post URLs)
    Recently, Colorado started accepting PRAXIS II, in 5 content areas: Elementary Education (Test 10014), English (Test 10041), Mathematics (Test 10061), Science (Test 10435) and Social Studies (Test 10081).

    In conversation with a local school district official, I asked if Colorado preferred one test over the other. The recommendation was to use the Praxis if there was a need to apply in other states. I didn't feel that there was a preference expressed.

    Thanks for your help
     
  18. TeacherGroupie

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    Ah: facilitating transfers in, then. Thanks for the info.
     
  19. donblack32

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    Cset math prep

    Is there much memorization of formulas/theorems required for the test? Also, do some problems require a graphing calculator to solve? (I'm not to good with this calculator so I need to know if I should spend some time mastering its use before the test.)

    Thanks folks.
     
  20. TeacherGroupie

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    Yes to both.
     

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