Discussion in 'Other Tests' started by littlemama, Mar 26, 2004.
Sep 4, 2017
Oct 2, 2017
I've been staying awhile from RICA because I've been so close every time and got discouraged. I am studying again and am very motivated this time. However, I come here and received a very big shock that caused me to call my school for answers.
On the previous page, I read that your CSET, teacher prep courses, everything expires??? I have already received my Masters and completed all my courses at the same school. I just need the RICA to receive my pre-lim credential. Somebody please clarify!! It has been 5 years since I graduated! I didn't realize there was such a thing! I remember freaking out over the CSET because you had 5 years to pass it or else you would have to take all sections of the test again. I can't go back to school! It was expensive and time consuming going the first time!
This is an email I got from my credential program. CSET/RICA Examinations: The CTC has made a change to the validity timeframe. Examinations passed after April 1, 2007 are now valid for 10 years (in lieu of 5 years) and can be used towards a teacher certification license. However, for the TPA (teacher performance assessments, depending on your university, you may have to take a recourse and do another TPA.) And I also found this out.
Credential coursework is only valid for 7 years. Depending on when you completed your credential coursework you may be required to request course extensions from your credential program.
Fingerprint clearance with the CTC can expire so a new livescan may be needed.
Ultimately, it depends on what your school says. Good luck!!
Oct 3, 2017
Thanks for sharing this, Mr.A721, and welcome to A to Z!
Jan 10, 2018
I've been utilizing this website since I began taking the CSET: MS to the RICA. Many of you have shared disappointments and frustrations on here and it helped me because I didn't feel alone in my struggles. I always felt so jealous whenever I came here for advice only to see people posting that they passed their tests. I come today with different news than what I usually come for: I, too, have passed the RICA!!!! I tried not to think about my score because I felt my essays weren't strong enough, but I actually gained a star with nothing missing (meaning that I didn't miss the identify, describe, explain parts). I came here for two reasons: to confirm what Mr.A721 wrote on the previous page and how I studied this time that made a difference.
Mr.A721 is correct! The CSET has a validity of 10 years while the RICA has it for five years. I even e-mailed my credential manager at my credential program, who confirmed it! She said that if you didn't pass the RICA or CSET within the time frame, and "your PACT expired, then you will be required to pass the new assessment which is the edTPA" (her direct words).
For motivation, 2017 was my fifth year, and I had failed in November by seven points. I was obviously devastated and stressed out, but decided to take it again one more time before finally resigning to the fact that I'd have to take that new assessment. I took the test on December 30. I began with the case study and worked my way backward. I didn't realize I took longer on the case study until I got to the multiple choice with 60 minutes remaining, and if you know the test, there are 70 choice questions, so I couldn't doubt myself. I zipped through the questions and even had 20 minutes left to look over the questions I flagged.
The reason I passed it this time after many, many times of failing, Chris Boosalis really, really, truly helped me. I found out about him through this book I bought called "Beat Them All!" His website is no longer listed but found his videos on YouTube. PLEASE WATCH ALLLLL OF THEM!!!! I cannot stress how important it is!!!! Download the practice test from the RICA website and following along as he goes through each question and helps you eliminate the wrong answers and why the answer is the right one. He has videos going over the constructed response and case study questions from the practice test. He also has his own case study questions with the materials that you can download to follow along. I followed his way of writing the case study, which was:
Strength 1 + example
Strength 2 + example
Need A + B
Lesson for issue A + benefit
Lesson for issue B + benefit
I found this to be soooo helpful! But obviously, there are different ways you can go about doing it.
His videos are not boring! They are quite the opposite! His book is also recommended! There are very good strategies that you can use on your essays! I also watched other Youtube videos that pertained to the areas where I was weak, but mostly, I watched a lot of case study videos because I always scored two stars and could never pass the "describe instructional activities/strategies" part. He has a chart with all the essays, and what each essay is about, which was so helpful to me!!! I couldn't believe I never noticed it!!! His videos are under "DISTANCEPREP".
People always mention the Zarillo text and there is a reason why! He goes deeeeep into each content area and their specifications. If there is something you don't understand, always Google!! There is so much information out there to help you! Heck, Pinterest is filled with it!!!
I've used the Cliffnotes book, and while it didn't help me the first few times I used it, it made a heck of a lot of sense the second to last time I used it. The text really breaks down each section, but what I really liked about it was the practice tests! I recommend taking it and then checking your answer because it tells you why the answer you picked is the right one and why the other ones don't work.
I made a flashcard using the vocab list in the back of the Cliffnotes book whether I knew the words or not because these are buzzwords you should use in your essays. BUZZWORDS!!!!! I can't stress how important this is!!! These buzzwords show the people reading your essays that you know what you're talking about.
I also ended up writing out all the essays from the Boosalis videos and Cliffnotes book. It was tedious, sure, but I needed a different method instead of just reading text after text.
I used Teacher's Test Prep videos that my friend loaned me, and while it was great, it was a bit boring. Use it to help you if you haven't read any of the study guide books (at least that's what I did).
I read somewhere on here (probably from TeacherGroupie) who said that if you don't pass, your next strategy is to either work on the areas where you were weak or to strengthen your strong areas.
I wish you much luck and much success. I hope I helped in a way you all helped me. If you have any questions, please message me! I really enjoy spreading knowledge that I gained!!
Nice work, Anny! It's a post like this that really makes me believe I WILL pass this exam! And thank you for also providing me other useful tools that I haven't explored yet! Once again, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Feb 9, 2018
I also have to give credit to Chris Boosalis' YouTube videos and this site! I took the RICA on 1/26/18, got my results on 2/7/18 and I passed, first try! Some advice that was given that I agree with is work on the case study and long answers first, save the multiple choice portion of the test for last. Also, I had studied and memorized Chris Boosalis' foundations for reading diagram, so as soon as I began the test, I wrote on that diagram/chart so I didn't have to remember the stages of fluency. I wanted to say thank you to all of you that have posted suggestions, I took all of them and used them! THANK YOU. That was my last step in the credential program, so now I begin the job search!
Well done! I’m so happy for you. Congratulations!
Happy job hunting!
Feb 11, 2018
Hey, studying for the RICA in Los Angeles. Just wanted to see if there's any other folks that would like to study together using all these tips.
Feb 14, 2018
I finally passed this test.. I took it MULTIPLE times, and let me tell you Chris Boosalis' YouTube videos made the difference, really wish I would of watched them and studied of them along time ago... This site has helped me soooo much, mostly by staying positive and driven that I wasn't the only one that was struggling and having a hard time with this test. Thank you too everyone who has helped me and good luck to the ones that still need to pass this test. I honestly dont know how i passed but glad i did.. Keep your heads up and keep going.
Feb 21, 2018
Hi Anny! Congratulations! I have been struggling to pass the RICA...going on my 4th time taking it and only miss the passing grade by only a few points. I have missed on teaching opportunities because of this.
You mentioned BUZZWORDS...would you be willing to help me?
Thank so much!
Mar 7, 2018
I just got my score of 219..
Mar 21, 2018 at 8:43 PM
Can't pass the RICA,
I read every single comment in this Forum, will study and watch videos.
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