Yikes! CSET Math

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  1. DancingBear

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    I'm freaking out! I just registered for the CSET Math Subtest 1 for January 20, and now it is very real that I have a month to cram for it! I've been planning on this for months and I started studying in October, little bits a time, but now I need to really kick it into high gear! It's a good thing that I'm on vacation for a couple of weeks. I'm a non-math major who last studied math about 10 years go in college, so I've got a lot of work to do. I will probably be on here with all sorts of questions over the next few weeks!
     
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    CSET math

    It is not so bad. Just find a pre-calculus book and do all of the problems. Don't worry about the abstract algebra stuff - it is only a small part of the test. I passed the test the first time and I still don't know what a "ring" is!

    Caroline
     
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    I would say don't freak out, but don't think it is simple either. A healthy dose of anxiety is probably sound, as long as it prompts you to study more and not procrastinate. I was in your situation as well...crammed for approximately 6 weeks about 10-15 hours the first couple of weeks and then about 20 hours per week for the last month.

    Good luck!
     
  5. slywilcox

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    You took a very good first step in only attempting 1 test at a time. It is how I approached my tests and was successful. I treated them like finals and prepared accordingly. Many math books and practice are the key.
     
  6. Teacher2007

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    Dancing Bear,
    I took both subtest I and II back in November and did not pass either. I studied from the online program "Ace the CSET," as well as a few of the Shaum's quick review guides and did not find it helpful as the test material was much more difficult. I came very close to passing Subtest II, but felt that I needed a whole new way to study.

    So, this time, I'm only taking one subtest at a time... although it may be possible to complete 2 or more, if you are amazing, I was personally just burned out after 5 hours of math.

    I recently purchased the study guides from Orange County Office of Education and they look pretty good. There are actual problems worked out as well as lessons. It is the most impressive study material I've seen so far. I'm planning on cramming for Subtest II over the next couple of days, so I can keep you (and others) updated on my thoughts. If I were you, I would send in a check and order it ASAP though, as it takes about 1.5 wks to get to you. It is pretty reasonable priced at $35/subtest for a study guide.

    I found that I wasted more time online, looking for tips, than I did actually studying, so I hope you don't fall into that trap. Good luck!
     
  7. hellokitty

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    Hi,
    I am new new...CSET test taker. Just about to study but have difficulty in choosing guide book. Appreciate if you could share some ideas or books.
    thanks !
     
  8. DancingBear

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    Right now I am working through all of the problems in the Shaum's precalculus book.

    Teacher 2007, those study guides sound like a good price and I think I've heard about them before. Do you think it would be worth buying the one for subtest I when I have only until Jan. 20? It sounds like it might not get here until the week before I take the test, with the holiday and all. Right now I think the precalculus book is the best I have for the test content. I have more algebra textbooks to refer to, but they are either too easy or too advanced to focus on for the test content.
     
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    hellokitty, are you taking CSET single subject math, or CSET multiple subjects, or what? You've posted in a threads for both, but the tests vary quite widely in what they cover.
     
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    I will be takin the multiple subjects one...thanks
     
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    Then if I were you I would forget that this thread even exists. This is for single subject math, which is a very, very different animal altogether than is the math in CSET-MS.
     
  12. Malcolm

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    Schaum's Precalculus is what I used for the bulk of my preparation for CSET Math Subtest 1. You will also need a little (very little) group theory and some number theory (mostly the properties of integers and reals). Only ten years out of school? Should be no sweat. I was 30 years out when I took it. All it takes is appropriate preparation.
     
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    Thanks, Malcolm. That makes me feel better. My goal is to get through the whole precalculus book, but I still have a long way to go!
     
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    I love precalc; let me know if I can be of any help!
     
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    You won't need to study the chapters on analytic geometry and related things like conic sections for Subtest 1. They will show up on Subtest 2. Be sure to check what you are doing against the requirements in the Subtest Description to be sure you don't waste any precious time studying something that will not be on the subtest you take. If it isn't in the Subtest Description, or implied by it, it won't be on the test.
     
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    Good point, Malcolm. Now that I really look through it, I think there's quite a bit in the book that I don't need to know. The first time I read through the test description, it didn't mean much to me since I hadn't seen this stuff in so long. Now I have a better idea, but I have some questions for you (or anyone else who has taken the test):

    1) You said that things like anaytic geometry and conic sections will be on Subtest II, but I don't see anything like that in the test description. What category would the fall under?
    2) Do I need to learn the trigonometric functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, angles, trigonometric identities and equations, triangles, etc.? If not for Subtest I, do I need it for Subtest II?
    3) Here are a few other things in my book that aren't specifically in the test description. Are any of these important? Transformations and graphs (horizontal shifting, stretching, and compression), polor coordinates, parametric equations, loci, parabolas, ellipses, hyperbolas, rotation of axes, sequences and series. Some seem like they may be important, but like you siad, I don't have time to waste on things that aren't on the test.

    Thanks so much!!!
     
  17. Malcolm

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    Analytic geometry is also called coordinate geometry. It is referenced as that under Plane Euclidean Geometry in the Subtest Description for Subtest 2. So are the trigonometric ratios, the Law of Sines, and the Law of Cosines. Transformations are what the section on Transformational Geometry is all about.

    I think a made a mistake about conic sections. It has been over a year since I took Subtests 1 and 2 and my memory is beginning to fade a bit. Ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas are covered in Subtest 1 IIRC. Besides looking at the Subtest Descriptions, you also need to look up the referenced parts of the California Content Standards for Mathematics in Public Schools. Algebra II, Standard 17 is the one that speaks to this. The referenced Content Standards tell a lot more about the exam than you will get just reading the Subtest Description.

    BTW for Subtest 2, make sure you get a calculator that is on the approved list, and learn how to use it, including regressions, chi square, etc., before the day of the test. It is amazing, but folks show up with unapproved calculators and wind up with none because they are not allowed to use them, or show up with an approved calculator they just bought or borrowed and don't know how to use.
    Sure, you can do a regression or chi square with nothing more than a calculator with a square root key. But it is a lot faster and less error prone to use the built in capabilities of a calculator.
     
  18. DancingBear

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    OK, I'll start today by going through all the referenced standards.

    I bought a TI 83 from the approved list because it's exactly like the one I had in high school, but I need to relearn how to use it. Right now I have no idea what those functions are you're talking about! I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed.

    Malcolm, any suggestions on books or study guides to use for Subtest II? I was considering buying one of those study guides from the Orange County Department of ED as well as textbooks.
     
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    Click here for a CSET-specific link for the TI-83 [and 83+] commands.

    I agree that Conic Sections are indeed part of the Subtest I; however, lately, they've been prominently examined in Subtest II under the guise of "locus"...and less so in Subtest I. However, parabolas [and quadratic functions, in general] are strong Subtest I topic candidates! My recommendation: keep ellipses and hyperbolas for the end!

    Re trigonometry, basic concepts - definitions of ratios, common ratios of the following acute angles - 0, 30, 45, 60 degrees - ought to be known for vectors: finding the direction of a vector, angle between 2 vectors, etc.

    For Subtest II, only Right Triangle trigonometry is evaluated...The more intimidating stuff [?!] is preserved for Subtest III!

    Transformations and graphs are fair game - it's an exceedingly simple and elegant concept useful for graphing more complicated functions based on the "family of basic graphs": ergo, not much time need be devoted!

    NO!! for parametric functions and polar coordinates; and rotation of axes for Conic Sections.

    Sequence and Series, and Binomial Theorem are indeed required for Subtest I.

    For a general overview of CSET Singgle Subject Math Subtests, click here...

    Jay.
    http://innovationguy.easyjournal.com
     
  21. Malcolm

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    Jay is spot on as usual. Check out his site.

    For Subtest 2, all you need to know is in Schaums Geometry, the relevant parts of Schaums Precalculus and Barron's EZ-101 Statistics.
     

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