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  1. yessiebravo

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    studying like crazy

    ok I have checked out every movie about world history, US history and CA history in the nearby libraries and I'M still not ready ready for Sat. I got an English tutor for 5 hours to help me with grammar and poetry but I'm still feeling nervous....what are these exams doing to us!!!!! does anyone got any last minute study tips to share!!!!!! awwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!! I'm going CRAZY!!!!!! I have failed the sub-test 1 twice and I don't want to fail again!!!! HELP!!!! SOS!!!
     
  2. TeacherGroupie

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    Please don't cram Friday night, yessiebravo.

    Look for connections between world history, US history, and California history - there's very little in California history that isn't also US and/or world history, including the notorious Gold Rush.

    What are you seeing on your score reports?
     
  3. yessiebravo

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    On the first try I missed it by 3 points on the second by five....I get stuck on the writing my mind just goes blank....I don't know what I'm doing wrong :(
     
  4. TeacherGroupie

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    Ah, very close. Could be a relatively small process issue. What are you seeing on side 2 of your score reports?
     
  5. petit_ecole

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    Hello everybody....

    Well yesterday (I took the science/math of cset) was just awful! I am extremely disappointed that cset didn't vary their questions more since there were hardly anything on biology or astronomy (lots on Physics). NOTHING at all on the stuff that I studied for, but rather on things that one wouldn't normally ever hear about, or even read about deliberately since none of my study guides mentioned them! If I pass this portion, it would be a miracle since it took me all of 4.5 hours, and I still wasn't sure on about 9-12 questions. The short responses were ok, except for the math portion, which I probably didn't score so well on...but oh well....no sense in beating myself up for things that I cannot control, right?! Honestly, I believe it's just all a ruse--a deliberate attempt to trick us so that they wouldn't have to pass so many teachers. I also think it's because California can't get it together in terms of its budget....and I can go on and on about my quibbles, but I will spare you all.

    Anyhow, I hope you all did well yesterday (if you had taken section 2 like I did). It was a war zone! I feel really beat up.....
     
  6. TeacherGroupie

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    Your study guides had nothing on physics??
     
  7. petit_ecole

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    Oh yes maybe one, but mostly on chemistry questions. Nothing at all on cells, mitotic/meiotic, etc., etc., Or perhaps it's only because i hardly had much sleep the night before so I don't recall anything :rolleyes:

    I'm just disappointed at the lack of variety, that's all :yawn::yawn:
     
  8. petit_ecole

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    Yes, the study guides covered everything. The CSET exam did not.
     
  9. TeacherGroupie

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    Cells? That's not physics, that's biology.

    It stands to reason that a given version of a given subtest of a teacher test won't cover everything. CSET-MS Subtest II has 52 multiple choice questions and four constructed responses, and that's not very many questions in which to plumb the sum of human knowledge in science and math.
     
  10. T.A.

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    I hear you! I've lost all my energy studing for this test. I don't even want to touch another study guide. Now the waiting! We're to wait for the results. I'm trying to cheer up, but it's nearly impossible.
     
  11. petit_ecole

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    But that's just what I'm saying. They had at least 3-4 questions between physics and chemistry and hardly anything on biology. And yes, as I said, nothing about cells, which is biology! They had one question on natural selection. I mean, the study guide focused SO much on biology (it had a huge section on it), so one would expect at least 3 questions from that portion, would not one? That's really all I'm saying. It should be more varied since so much of the practice exams had them. c'est la vie, je supposent!
     
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    The scores come out on Oct. 6.....good luck to you too!
     
  13. TeacherGroupie

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    Oui, petit_ecole, c'est la vie: one hears the same thing about the other subtests, too, that one version or another had nothing on x and lots on y. In some cases this has worked to the test taker's advantage... though the volume of complaint when it doesn't is much higher, naturally.

    Like the different versions of the subtest, different test guides inevitably specialize - for the compelling reason that there's no way to cover everything every test taker is going to need to know in a book that would be both engaging and affordable. (Believe me, I've tried.) This is why it makes sense to consult the subtest description: what's on that description is fair game.

    Which is not to say I don't sympathize. Have a hug. I'll add that from what you've posted here, I think you stand a decent chance of coming out okay anyway. If you don't, let's talk.
     
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    tell me about ..I have spend so much money on trying to pass Sub-test one.....is ridicules...I passed Sub-test two with no problem..there are some cute cartoon programs on physics on youtube I believe they are called eurika
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by-7kkAu2Pg there's like 30 of them.....
    also for algebra " Key to Algebra" is excellent since it goes very very slow..... I also checked out videos in the library about science and math....... since I"m very stupid I need to see it to understand it!!! anyway that's what I did for the science part of the CSET if anyone want to share any study guides or strategy for CSET multiple subject Sub-test one...just in case I did not pass again :( please let me know :)
     
  15. TeacherGroupie

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    Um. Needing to see information to understand doesn't mean one's stupid, yessiebravo, it just means one needs to see information to understand.

    Have you tried drawing pictures of the terms and relationships you need to understand for Subtest I?
     
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    I passed it!!! I'm all done with all my state testings!!!! thanks for all your support!!!
     
  17. TeacherGroupie

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    Congratulations, yessiebravo! And don't forget to take some credit: no one ever passed one of these things by dumb luck.
     
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    thank you ....you are so sweet :)
     
  19. MandiNicole

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    Congrats yessiebravo!!! I can't wait to feel how you feel... I just passed Subtests 1 and 2 on the first try... I'm hoping for the same with subtest 3! Great job, it's awesome to see other people succeed so that everyone knows it's not impossible! =)
     
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    The rumor mill spreads perfectly hideous reports of these tests; one hears people claim that only about 15% of test takers pass CSET-MS. In fact, however, state statistics suggest that 15% is closer to the number of test takers who DON'T pass, over time.
     

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