CSET Science Subject Test

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  1. JDawg

    JDawg New Member

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    Looking for any suggested resources to study for the CSET single subject science test other than the ones listed on the CSET website?? Are there any practice tests out there?
    What study process did you use?? Currently, I have some textbooks on general science, physics and chemistry and am jumping in....
    Any tips or advice would be appreciated.....
    Nervous :eek:
     
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    use your old college textbooks...
    there are practice exams on the cset.nesinc.com website
    also...for physics make sure you can give some examples of the various machines used in physics problems...can you draw a lever and explain how it works...how is the mechanical advantage of the lever calculated?? also a likely essay question will ask you to be able to design an experiment or explain why a particular experiment design is flawed... also be able to talk about bioethics/genetic engineering etc....

    there is not too much chemistry, which subtest 3 are you taking?? bio, chem, physics?????

    I can give you more info for subtest 120 ...
    in general, you can probably pass the first two subtests without much studying at all.....
     
  4. JDawg

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    Good info....thanks

    Thanks for the information. I think I will take the physics subtest 3; but have considered the biology. Does the physics include calculus???
    any other info. on test 120 would be helpful.
    Thanks,
    JDAWG
     
  5. KRISI

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    Hi ,
    I will be taking the subset 120- biology. Please pass out any/all information to help prepare for the test. Have you already passed the test?

    Thanks,
    Krisi
     
  6. TeacherGroupie

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    SparkCharts on biology, microbiology, and a nice new one on environmental studies might be helpful; use them as shopping lists of stuff to look up on Answers.com, if the explanations in the SparkCharts aren't enough. SparkCharts are at Barnes & Noble. The Web site is www.sparknotes.com. AP guides can be good too.
     
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    Science CSET

    I've taken the two general science and the earth science CSET tests and passed all three. All that I did to study was make sure I knew the answers to ALL of the questions that they posted on their website. I studies for about 2 weeks for about 2-3 hours a night. The only resource I used was the internet. But be careful on what site you get your info from. I was looking up an answer from sparknotes or something like that and they had the wrong answer in their text!
    Good Luck, and take your time during the tests!


     
  8. SUE#3

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    please help me I am taking Science Subtest 120 & 124
    and I need to see if there are any study guide or if you guys any more insight :(
     
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    Biology Help

    Hi! I took the Science Subtests I (Earth Science and Physics) and II (Biology and Chemistry) in March 05 and passed both, then went on to take Subtests III in both Biology and Earth Science in May 05 and again passed both. My study resources for Biology were primarily on line:

    The Biology Project by University of Arizona:
    http://www.biology.arizona.edu/DEFAULT.HTML
    • An interactive resource for learning biology

    BioCoach:
    http://www.phschool.com/science/biology_place/biocoach/index.html
    • Great tutorial and self quizzes for H.S. level biology

    Biology Self Check Quizzes:
    http://www.glencoe.com/sec/science/biology/bio2004/self_check_quiz/scquiznat.php?abrev=ntl

    If you're taking it this Saturday July 16, I recommend going through the self check quizzes. Also, go through the domains listed on the CSET website under subtest description. Unless it's listed in the domains, it won't be on the test. So save yourself any unnecessary studying by focusing on the domains as listed and make sure you can address each topic listed. :)

    Good luck!
     
  10. cbickley

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    Hi! I have taken and passed Science Subtests I, II and both Biology and Earth Science Subtest III. I took two each time. March 05 I and II, May 05 III's.

    For physics resources, I like The Physics Classroom online:

    http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Default2.html

    If you're a visual learner, this website has great animations as well:
    Physics Animations:
    http://physics.nad.ru/Physics/English/index.htm
    • Waves, Optics, Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electricity

    For Biology:
    BioCoach:
    http://www.phschool.com/science/biology_place/biocoach/index.html
    • Great tutorial and self quizzes for H.S. level biology:


    The Biology Project by University of Arizona:
    http://www.biology.arizona.edu/DEFAULT.HTML
    • An interactive resource for learning biology:

    Biology Self Check Quizzes:
    http://www.glencoe.com/sec/science/biology/bio2004/self_check_quiz/scquiznat.php?abrev=ntl

    For Earth Science:
    Earth Science Self Check Quizzes:
    http://glencoe.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0078664233/student_view0/self-check_quizzes.html

    For Chemistry:
    Chemistry Coach:
    http://www.chemistrycoach.com/home.htm

    Overall, my best advice, go through the domains listed on the CSET website in each subtest description. Each domain has the concepts the test will cover. If it's not there, it's not on the test. Don't study information you don't need to :)

    Good luck!
     
  11. KRISI

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    Hi,
    Can anyone advise on how many multiple choice/ short answer questions are there in each subtest? If I decide to take one subtest at a time, do I get to use the 5hrs for the subtest?
    Any other suggestions for preparing well will be appreciated. I have to take 118,119 and 120.
    Thanks,
    Krisi
     
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    No matter how many subtests you take, you have all five hours of testing time. The Test Guide for your subtests should tell you how many multiple choice questions and constructed response questions there are - it will probably be in the neighborhood of 50 multiple choice and three to four constructed response. cbickley's links are good choices. In addition, look for books and resources that will be useful in your classroom afterward. I like Usborne's ILLUSTRATED DICTIONARY OF SCIENCE, ISBN 0-7945-0064-1, which is designed for British kids who are studying for what amount to the biggest final exams you've ever seen in high school, but of course there are other possibilities - check the science section of your local bookstore to see what's out there for the intelligent layperson.
     
  13. KRISI

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    Thanks Teacher Groupie for your quick response.

    Krisi
     
  14. TeacherGroupie

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    You're welcome!
     
  15. scholastica

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    Hello, l am new...l am taking the cset social science subtests in january, and l need help on reading materials especially for subtests l and ll. All suggestions will be appreciated!!
     
  16. TeacherGroupie

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    Oh, good, scholastica, you HAVE joined us here. This is a science thread; if you use the Forum Jump feature at the bottom of the page to go back to the Single Subject Tests forum page, then go to the SECOND page of results, you'll find a couple of threads on single subject social science. In addition, you can launch a new thread - put "social science" somewhere in the title to attract the attention of other people who are concerned about social science. Feel free to ask whatever questions you have about test format or the sorts of things that can be tested. The one thing we don't do here is discuss actual test questions.

    Anyway, welcome!
     
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    Cset Social Science

    Thanks a lot Groupie....you are helpful!!
     
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    As my friends say of me: well, I'm trying...

    You're welcome.
     
  19. HilaryP

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    .. so I see Conservation of Energy and Momentum in the subtest III Physics, but I do NOT see it specifically mentioned in Subtest I..does that mean I can safely skip it, or is in embedded in one of the domains for subtest I?
     
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    Let me put it this way: Subtest I knowledge isn't knowledge to the depth required to teach AP classes in the science in question, but it is knowledge to the depth required for general science classes. I don't think you'd need to do much of the math, but you almost certainly do need to know how to use the concepts to explain the different effects on, say, a cement truck and a tricycle of a collision between them.
     
  21. Malcolm

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    If a topic, or a another topic which normally includes it, is not in the Subtest Description, and not in the referenced content standards, it is not on the test. That said, one would think that momentum is relevant because it is related to Newton's laws which are mentioned in the Subtest Description.
     
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    Okay, so refering to the content standards is useful then. I had started to, I will continue.

    I have the basic idea of momentum, enough to answer multiple choice questions, but wouldn't be too happy if the written question was about it! That's what I'm preparing for now, focusing in on earth science and motion for the written q's (plus those two sections have 15 q's each, more than the others).
     
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    For Subtest I, you are going to have one CR question on Dynamic Processes of the Earth and one on Forces and Motion. I wouldn't worry too much about momentum, just understand what it is. If it comes up at all, it will be part of a more general question. And there isn't enough space on the answer sheet to go into much detail about anything.
     
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    You are definitely on the right track, HilaryP. Just stick to the content domains on the test outline in your studies. That was my approach to studying for the general Science subtests and was successful. Subtest I is very concept based and the math involved is very basic (you may not even use the calculator provided at the site!) Just make sure you have a general idea of Earth Science concepts and general Physics. Also, make sure you know vectors...good luck!
     
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    Thanks Teacher groupie, Malcolm and Aciervo. I'm taking subtest I this month, and then I will tackle the others. I expect this test to be the most difficult for me.
     
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    Some people do well getting the scary stuff out of the way, and some people do well starting with someothing easy-ish to get their confidence up. It's all good...
     
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    Depending on their backgrounds and interests, I can understand some folks finding CSET Science Subtest I more difficult than Subtest II, and vice versa. But I think most of us will find Subtest III to be the difficult one. That is where you have to prove your command of a specific subject in much more detail.

    Personally, I find them all scary. You just never know what you are going to face. I just make a point of telling myself that I have prepared adequately, or at least as well as possible under the circumstance, and whatever will be will be (oh my, I am having a flashback to Doris Day singing "Que sera, sera"). If I have to take it again, then I will do better then.
     
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    A guy in my credential class recently passed his cset (social science) after many attempts and said about it "they finally asked the right questions!"

    I start getting anxious, especially now, I have way to much going on (in a credential program, having to do my first TPA, and then the cset), and I start to spend more energy worrying than studying and working. I had been given advice that I should get my cset out of the way before I start the program, which I didn't follow. It would have been too easy to procrastinate this kind of test, and if I have everything BUT the cset done, then I will for sure work to pass it; there is a lot more at stake (like repaying student loans if nothing else!). Otherwise I would just never do it. I would have just kept drifting.

    So, yes, worst case, I have to take it again, and everything is delayed. I know I will pass eventually.
     
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    Has anyone here taken and failed the subtest I? I'd heard that if you pass, you just pass, no info about how well you did, but if you fail, you get more detail about it.
     
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    You get information whether you pass or fail. The information comes on your score report.

    To be precise, there are two sides to the score report. The first side is the information that goes to the CCTC and to whatever universities and/or districts you've designated to receive score reports. The first side shows what subtests you took on a given date, what your numerical score was if you didn't pass, and whether you passed; in addition, it shows which subtests you've attempted and passed so far.

    The second side of the sheet goes only to you. On the second side you'll find a chart of performance indicators. For each subtest you take, your performance will be rated by domain and by question type. Results for the constructed responses are broken down by question and scored as to how you satisfied the Purpose, Knowledge, and Support standards (for those who write extended responses, there's also a Depth and Breadth standard).

    Multiple choice performance, and constructed response performance in the aggregate, is scored on a scale from + (not good) to ++++ (excellent). I suspect this corresponds to quartile scores, though exactly how is a closely held secret.

    Again, this information is on the second side of the score report. Please don't destroy your report in despair if you don't pass - that information on the second side can be very valuable to a tutor or test prep teacher in helping you ascertain what's all right and what needs improvement.
     
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    The reason NES doesn't give exact scores for passing status is so that there is no chance of employers will factor the actual score in the hiring process. Everyone who passes meets the minimum requirement to be successful as a beginning teacher in that subject area.
    I think you will do fine on subtest I. Subtest I and II for CSET Science are probably not going to be as difficult as you think. I had thought these tests were going to be much harder when I first went through the test outlines which are very demanding. I found subtest II to be quite a bit harder than subtest I, most likely because I am not as interested in Biology as I am Physical Science.
    I know that I missed a lot of questions on subtest II (I received a(+)on the molecular biology portion of MC) but was still able to pass. Subtest I is general and I don't remember any extremely tricky or confusing questions. I would recommend the book Conceptual Physical Science by Paul Hewitt for your studies. This book covers almost everything found on Science subtest I. Good luck!
     
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    Yes I have that book! I am watching all the videos on the website, they are great.

    I went over everything tonight, and I feel like I am in pretty good shape. I'm at peace with not passing, if that happens, but I think I will scrape by.
     
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    Hey guys, I just found this thread on google.

    I'm taking the CSET subtest science I, II, and III (physics) in a few days. I'm starting to get into panic mode, after realizing how little I remember about earth science, bio, and chemistry. Physics is fine, but everything else I'm worried about. I tried looking for resources at Barnes and Noble, but could only find AP level books for test preparation for science subjects not named Physics. I will look at the links that HillaryP provided. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
     
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    If you can find a copy of Usborne's Internet-Linked Science Encyclopedia, it covers earth science in enough detail to get through Subtests I and II. You may have to follow some of the links to get enough on some of the other subjects.
     
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    If you're looking in a Barnes & Noble, the Usborne book will almost certainly be in the children's section. Don't let that deter you. If it isn't there, you MIGHT get something of the same mileage from Dorling Kindersley's e-encyclopedia for science - sorry I can't remember the exact title, but it will have both "e-encyclopedia" and "science" prominently listed. Kingfisher also has a big fat textbook-size science encyclopedia - also in the kids' section - that might be useful.
     
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    Im going to be taking the Earth Science subtest III this Saturday and Im using the self-check quiz links on earlier posts in this thread. They are good for review. Good luck!
     
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    I am taking Earth Science Subsets III and IV this Saturday. Does anyone know if it would be worth while studing the Lab Safety Manual that is mentioned in the CSET study guide. The Lab Safety manual is about 200 pages, and if there are not that many questions on the topic, I would prefer to finalize my studies in other areas. Thanks as always for your input. Good luck to all other test takers!
     
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    Cannot speak to Subtest III. The questions on Subtest IV are drawn from Subtests I and II. There were questions related to lab safety on those when I took them, but not many. And IIRC most of them were pretty basic, almost common sense. You might want to know how to read a MSDS, though.

    Good luck!
     

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