CSET-ART

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  1. Ashwee

    Ashwee New Member

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    Jul 3, 2017

    Hello!
    So, I have taken both subtests two times already, failed, and can't seem to understand what I am doing wrong. I was just told I shouldn't take both on the same sitting. So, that was my first mistake. I feel like I need to try a new study method. None of the books online have been helping. There's questions on there I have NO idea where I would even find the answers for them. I was wondering if anyone would like to start a study group? Or give me any advice on better ways to study. I heard YouTube videos might help.
    I am on a deadline to pass the CSET, and am even on hold in my credential program because of this. I am seriously stressing over it! Please help!
    Thank you
     
  2. Ashwee

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    Jul 3, 2017

    Hello,
    would you be able to get together and help me study? I can't seem to pass and am freaking out!! I will pay you to tutor me! I take my test in sept. Please message me!
    Thanks so much
     
  3. jmckernan

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    Ashwee, I feel your pain and frustration.
    I passed on my first go round, but I am convinced that I lucked out on drawing just the right grader for my written responses.
    Teachergroupie recommends, and I concur, to read the report for clues to where you are weak.
    I can only repeat what I stated before: Annotated Mona Lisa, dig through Google for valuation, aesthetics, etc...
    Use the suggestions for constructed response: it's not an essay, bullet points work.
    I used unusual work for breadth: charcoal drawing, cartoon/commercial art and theatrical set construction, (this one worried me, however I selected a set that was more sculpture like and abstract, rather than conventional.)
    My breadth was painting, I showed a progression from famous artist inspired pieces to original work. Oils through to acrylic. I went into depth on what inspired me to copy styles, what period hallmarks I was attempting to emulate, etc.. my 3rd and final was original, but I remarked that I was channeling my inner Fauvism and cubism...which I was.
    I would like to help you more than this, but not sure what you need to improve upon.
    Your score report will give you hints...
     
  4. marsthecat

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    What areas are you struggling in? I just took the test earlier this year and passed. I found that for all essay portions, knowing elements and principles down cold was most important. For practice, I did all the essay questions on the practice exam and tried to incorporate vocabulary words used in the glossary of 'need to know words'. I read quite a bit: annotated Mona lisa, art teachers book of lists, how to look at modern art, short guide to writing about art...
     
  5. sinnylong

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    Hi there,
    I'm scheduled to take the CSET in Art (both subtests on the same day) in December. I feel somewhat confident in my knowledge of art history (I have a Masters in Theater, and a lot of the history aligns, as evidenced by my doing quite well on several practice tests). I am still studying, of course, so far with several of the books recommended here (thank you, folks). Where I'm not so confident is in the elements and principles area. Many on this forum have suggested having those down, which I understand. All sources seem to agree on the Elements of Art, so that's easy. But even in my cursory research, I have already discovered three vastly different lists for Principles. They all include Rhythm, Balance, and Movement (and two of the three include Contrast). But one list I found also includes Proportion, Gradation, Harmony, and Variety. Another focuses instead on Unity and Pattern, but doesn't include Contrast (or Proportion, Gradation, Harmony, and Variety). Should I just pick a list, or is one more "correct" than the others? Thanks for any guidance.
     
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  6. TeacherGroupie

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    Let me give you a utilitarian answer: You're taking CSET Art, so start with the list of principles in the subject matter requirements/subtest descriptions. I cribbed this from the Subtest I subtest description:
    The boldfacing is mine. That "e.g." in point 1 indicates that other design principles are possible, and as a teacher you may find you want to add some from the list or swap some out. But the scorers are looking less for a specific set of design principles than for evidence that the test takers understand what the concept "design principle" refers to and why it matters. That is, two different test takers presented with the same artwork could perfectly easily focus on different design principles and come up with two answers that, on the face of it, wouldn't look similar - and, as long as each of them can justify her choices with evidence based on the elements in each artwork, the scorers will be happy.

    You might also want to have a look at the state visual and performing arts framework, which spells out the content standards on which CSET Art is based; you can download it for free at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/cf/allfwks.asp. Look for references to the design principles there.
     
  7. sinnylong

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    Oct 10, 2017

    Thank you for the thoughtful answer. Your second paragraph explains very well what I had hoped/suspected might be the case. I'm going with the set of posters an art teacher in my district uses in his classroom: Unity, Contrast, Rhythm, Movement, Pattern, Balance, and Emphasis. These make sense to me, and I'm confident I can use them in my answers. Thanks again!
     
  8. TeacherGroupie

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    You're welcome. Spend a little time thinking about how the state's list maps onto your list: that way, if a state term that isn't on your list shows up in a multiple-choice question, you'll know what to do with it.
     
  9. Art lover

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    I am in need of some good advice! I have passed CSET 1 but I have taken CSET subtest 2 - two times and did not pass. The first time I missed by 12 points, the second time by 8 points. I have been following the thread and cannot figure out where I can find the information needed. I was weak the first time on my constructed responce because I ran out of time. I practiced for weeks to improve and felt confident when leaving.
    Teacher groupie (and friends) can you look at my scores and help me figure out where to go to study?
    First try at subtest 2:
    Creative expression: +++
    Connections: ++
    History and theory: ++++
    Constructed responce 1 (p, k) 2 ( p) 3 (passed) 4 (p, k)

    Second try subtest 2:
    Creative expression: ++
    Connections: +++
    History and theories: ++++
    Constructive responses : 1, 2, 3, passed 4 (k)
    I guess my question is, how is it that I improved by passing 3 out of 4 constructive responce and still not pass?
    I am frustrated however that both #4 responce were about dance and I thought I had answered all of the questions.
    Where would you recommend I study?
     
  10. TeacherGroupie

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    Hugs, Art lover. Your scaled score on the second try improved by four points, you improved from ++ to +++ in multiple choice Connections, and you improved in all four constructed responses. On the other hand, your multiple choice performance in Creative Expression dropped from +++ to ++: if that domain accounts for very many of the multiple choice questions, it could account for you not amassing quite enough points to pass.

    I should add that a checkmark on a given constructed response doesn't mean that the test taker aced the question but rather that the test taker's performance in purpose, knowledge, and support (and, where appropriate, depth) was adequate. It is possible to earn a checkmark without picking up all three or four available raw points on a response.

    Have you worked through the state content standards and framework in visual and performing arts (www.cde.ca.gov/ci/vp/cf/index.asp)?
     
  11. LizCaffey

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    I found the content standards pdf in a response you had given to someone else. It is the one that has an illustrated purple cover? 294 pages? I posted this in the wrong thread but it wont let me delete it just edit sorry if it doesn't make sense here.
     
  12. TeacherGroupie

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    There are two docs.

    The content standards doc is, yes, the large pdf with the purple cover: it lays out what it is that students in a given grade are expected to know and be able to do about art. The state is still using that 2001 edition, though I believe a revision is in the works.

    The frameworks doc is a larger pdf with a person wielding a paintbrush on the cover. The publication date is 2004. As I noted in the other thread, the frameworks doc puts some flesh on the relatively bare skeleton that is the content standards.
     
  13. glassgirl

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    Hi guys, I'm taking both tests in Dec. I'm pretty nervous, but I've been studying (largely based on what I've read here!). Forgive me if this is obvious, but do both subtests have multiple choice questions and written responses, or is that just subtest 1, and subtest 2 is specifically responses about the portfolio?
     
  14. TeacherGroupie

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    Each subtest has 50 multiple choice questions and four constructed responses. The General Information doc for CSET Art, which is the first item on the preparation-materials page and easily the most frequently not-noticed, lays out the subtest's structures:

    Subtest I's domains
    - Aesthetic valuing: 20 multiple choice questions, 1 extended (longer) response
    - Historical and cultural context of the visual arts: 15 multiple choice questions, 1 short response
    - Artistic perception: 15 multiple choice questions, 1 focused response (written), 1 short response (drawing-based)

    Subtest II's domains
    - Creative Expression: 30 multiple choice questions, 1 extended response on portfolio concentration, 1 short response on portfolio breadth, one short answer (drawing-based)
    - Connections, Relationships, and Applications: 10 multiple choice questions, 1 short response
    - History and Theories of Learning in Art: 10 multiple choice questions, no constructed response
     
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    Jan 12, 2018 at 8:02 PM

    I passed both tests! Thank you TeacherGroupie, and everyone else that posted helpful advice in this thread! I am so happy, and so relieved!
     
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    Jan 12, 2018 at 9:37 PM

    Congratulations, glassgirl! I'm delighted for you!
     
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  17. donnaann23

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    Jan 14, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Just passed CSET Art Subtest 1! Phew!!

    I'm planning to use Fluid Acrylic Painting as my concentration, and BW Photography, Pencil Drawing, Pastel Drawing for my Breadth requirement. Any thoughts? Thanks so much for your help!
     
  18. donnaann23

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    Jan 14, 2018 at 6:13 PM

    Actually, the Pencil drawing is a portrait, and the Pastel Drawing is a Seascape if that helps.
     
  19. TeacherGroupie

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    Jan 15, 2018 at 1:55 AM

    Pencil and pastel are both types of drawing. Use one, or use both as drawing, but I think you'll find it difficult to sell the idea that they're different enough to count as distinct areas for breadth. Have you got anything that doesn't involve pushing fluids or solids around a two-dimensional surface?
     
  20. donnaann23

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    Jan 15, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    Darn, I was afraid you'd say that! Guess I'll start modeling something. Will that work?
     

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