Indiana Core Content Exam

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  1. luttpj01

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    I have now tried to pass the Middle School Social Studies content test 6 times, I REPEAT 6 TIMES and have not passed. I am really getting frustrated that I won't pass the test and be able to continue teaching at this point. IF ANYBODY has any study material for this test please send it my way with replying to this comment. The test question are just so unbelievable hard with the wording and content asked on the test. I took college courses that didn't cover some of the questions asked on a MIDDLE SCHOOL content test. The other questions that I am not happy with are the best practice strategy questions. How can those questions be A,B,C,D answers? Best practice would depend on the students in the classroom and could differ from period to period. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
     
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    Have you looked at the standards? After taking all these tests, I have realized that taking apart the standards is the best way.
     
  3. mrsfolz

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    Has anyone had any luck passing the Middle School Science test for Indiana Core? I have taken it 4 times with no luck. I have written several pages of notes on each standard that Pearson gives and it's not enough. Please, help! :(
     
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    Hiral, this is probably super late, but if you're looking at IUPUI for help go into the Education/Social Services building to the Education CRC (Curriculum Resource Center). It's on the first floor, you can't miss it. They have very specific education-related books and study guides you can use. The trick with the pedagogy exams is that you have to answer all the questions the way THEY want you to answer--not necessarily what you would actually do.

    I have passed Secondary Pedagogy and Secondary English Language Arts, now on to the Reading (038) test! Any luck or advice with that one anyone??
     
  5. mango75

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    Does anyone one know any websites that can aid me with tutoring for IN historical perspectives I am stuck on 212 score right now.
     
  6. turntoPaige_394

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    Hello everyone,
    I am studying to take the English Language Arts (021) exam on June 16. Does anyone have any advice or experience with this exam? Do I need to know specific literary works? I am studying from the Mometrix secrets study guide to brush up on my language arts. Anything is helpful, I am very nervous!
     
  7. Wendi Wallet

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    I have taken the test twice and failed even after teaching for 11 years in a different state. The first time I just brushed up. I had the Mometrix and got my money back because it doesn't align to the test at ALL! I bought the Pearson online guide. It's exactly like the test. I printed off the blueprints, took notes on every single topic and studied. I am hoping my score improved but I didn't pass again.
     
  8. turntoPaige_394

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    Thank you for the response, Wendy. So you purchased the practice test through Pearson? Is that the guide you're referring to? What was the test like?
     
  9. turntoPaige_394

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    Could you please explain a little more about what the English Language Arts exam was like? I am taking it June 16 and am very nervous!
     
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    Try the flash cards. I failed on my first try then I started using the cards and came razor close to passing the exam +25 points. I believe that if I would have finished the flashcard sets (I'm a pretty lazy guy when it comes to studying) I would have passed. I failed because of my world history score. My U.S history percentage was +80%. My History percentage was <50 which makes since because I only studied the flashcards for U.S History
     
  12. Jun 5, 2017

    Does anyone have any tips for the Indiana core casa test? Things like what to expect, difficulty level etc. I'm scheduled to take the Math and Reading test next Friday, and will be taking the writing test in a few weeks.
     
  13. Wendi Wallet

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    Sorry, I am just seeing this. Yes, that is the one that mirrors the test closely.
     
  14. wally1383

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    I am taking the Historical Perspectives test Wednesday and am nervous as all get out. I have the mometrix book, and have taken the practice test provided by Pearson. Would you say the practice test resembles the actual test, or should I be using the Mometrix book more? I did alright on the practice test, but some of the questions are like trick questions and had me second guessing myself. The standards are pretty broad in areas to study, so I am hoping that the actual test is similar to the practice test in that I only have to worry about the little details instead of the broad idea. Any help would be great! Thanks
     
  15. Robert Williams

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    I have taken the Pedagogy for Elementary Education five times. I have bought the practice test from the Pearson site, I have purchased the Indiana Core Elementary Education Study Guide from Mometrix, and even another college text book to help. I took my test yesterday and got the same result. I am so desperate for any advise or other suggestions. This is the last one I need to pass to get my teaching license. If anyone has any suggestions, PLEASE HELP!!
     
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    Does anyone have study suggestions/tips for the Indiana Elementary Education Generalist-Subtest 4: Social Studies and Fine Arts exam? I have passed CASA, Elementary Education Generalist-Subtests 1-3, and the Pedagogy. I have taken the social studies/fine arts exam a few times and need a new perspective on study materials! I have purchased both practice tests and studied the concepts from those exams. Also, I have read the standards for both subjects. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
     
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    I used the practice test from the site, and a 4th grade social studies text book to pass that. Seems odd, but it worked for me. Good luck! Any suggestions for the pedagogy? I still need to pass that.
     
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    Thanks for your response, Robert! These exams are tricky; some people can pass them on the first try, while others must try several times. It is frustrating!

    For the Pedagogy exam, I studied with the practice exam. If a person or concept was mentioned that I was unfamiliar with, I would conduct online research about the person or concept. Also, I worked for a school system this past school year and I feel some of the scenarios were similar to the things I experienced at the school, which helped a lot. And I spoke with an experienced teacher about the exam material.

    What is the title and author of the social studies textbook you used to study for the exam?

    I hope this helps. Like you, I only have one exam left to pass!
     
  19. Robert Williams

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    Thanks for the advise. The book is Indiana in the Nation and the World. It's a Macmillian McGraw Hill publishing. I found it on Amazon for about $15. Good luck I hope it helps.
     
  20. Slemenhi

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    Thanks!!
    Good luck to you :)
     
  21. turntoPaige_394

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    I just wanted to extend a sincere 'thank you' to everyone who gave me advice about the IN021 English Language Arts exam. I took it yesterday for the first time and passed! I couldn't have done it without all the advice. You guys are the best!
     
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    Congratulations, turntoPaige_394!
     
  23. Brooke R

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    Any tips on how to study for the world history portion on the historical perspectives (51) exam? I just took it for the second time and did not pass. I was more confident but this section is killing me.
     
  24. Sep 26, 2017

    Hi, I have take the CASA math exam twice now. I purchased another practice test but they have the same questions as the first one. Does anyone have any helpful advice on how to practice for this test. I passed reading and writing on the first try, but math is giving me a headache. Thanks so much.
     
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    I suspect CASA is a basic-skills test (reading, writing, and math, and required of all teachers) rather than a multiple-subjects test (subject matter for elementary teachers and the like). You might want to try A to Z's Basic Skills Tests subforum for help: from state to state, the skills tend to be pretty similar.
     
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  26. Sep 28, 2017

    I just took the Historical Perspectives test for the first time today and did not pass. I am struggling with discouragement. I felt really good about the test as I was taking it :( any study tips?
     
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    The best thing I did to pass the historical exam was to quickly look at the wiki page for indiana history. I read the page on the day of the test. I was surprised to find that I passed that section at a higher score than the regular section that I had been studying here and there for months. Maybe focus on the Indiana history for a while before looking at the history since the beginning of time. There is definitely a lot less Indiana history to study.
     
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    Has anyone taken the middle school math exam? What did you study and how did you do it? Do you have any suggestions. I plan on not passing that at the end of the month. Hoping, but not expecting much!
     
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    I am a tutor and tutor middle school math. I will be taking it soon. I have found the best resources are the REA book, the tests and guide on the ETS website, and the resources at teachertestprep.com

    - Tim
    www.wyzant.com/tutors/timctutor
     
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    I am graduating next month with Honors, and yet I cannot pass these stupid Pearson Elem Ed Generalist Subtests. WHY are they so ridiculously difficult? I bought the Mometrix study material (which is the only study material available), but have found that to be completely useless. I heard that Indiana DOE has a task force looking into lowering the passing requirements, but the news article says that this result was due in August, and now they have no firm timeline. This is CRAZY! I've gone $125,000 in debt to earn $35k starting salary (if I'm lucky), and now I cannot even pass. The tests cover material that was never discussed in any of my coursework or practicums. If I was good at calculus, i would have majored in engineering and taken an $80k starting salary. I want to teach K-6, why am I being tested on Calculus? The Pedagogy exam was easy, these subtests are impossible. I am so discouraged. Wishing I would have chosen a different field. Does anyone have any suggestions??
     
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    Why do you have $125,000 in student loan debt?! I went to a UC school in CA for my math degree and graduated with 17k in student loan debt and I paid that off in less than a year. I went on to self-finance my Masters elsewhere, which boosted my salary by almost 20k — I work at a private school in CA. Do you at least have a Master’s degree? I don’t think you should teach in Indiana because you will barely make enough money to cover your student loan payments...

    I used an online payment calculator and you are looking at a monthly payment of roughly $1,440 dollars at 6.8% interest! If your annual salary is 35k, you would make only $2,230 a month in Indiana after taxes... So, after paying your student loans that would leave you with a whopping $790/month. You should really rethink about teaching in Indiana. Come to New Jersey or CA or New York. We pay more!!!
     
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    I didn't mean to type "in debt", I really meant 'indebted' to my parents because they paid my whole tuition and are in the hole $125k plus the opportunity cost that I could have earned. Thankfully I don't have student loan debt. But, I am a double major - Special Ed and Elem Ed - and the program is 145 credit hours. So it has taken me 4.5 years (plus two summers). All the state schools in Indiana are much higher cost that in California, unfortunately. And the private schools are 2x or even 3x more. I had originally planned to earn my masters part time over the next few years, but I won't do that if I can't pass this ridiculous Pearson exams. Some of these exams only have a pass rate of 16%! We have a teacher shortage in Indiana - I wonder why?? Does Pearson handle the tests for California? Do you have a crisis in California with such low pass rates? Even if another state isn't facing this same stupidity with the exams, I am required to be licensed in the state in which I earn my teaching degree - Indiana. Then, upon passing, most every state (all but 3 or 4) uses reciprocity and will accept my Indiana credentials to become licensed in their state. So, I am stuck with being required to pass these tests which most people are taking over and over again and still failing. Either these exams are flawed or our teacher ed programs are flawed, or both! I have dreamed of becoming a teacher since I was 8. I love children, and I love inspiring them to learn. I can't imagine doing anything else as a career, but I need to figure out a plan B....
     
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    I have always been extremely good at standardized tests and so I passed all of my teacher certification tests on the first try. I took and passed the CBEST (basic skills test); CSETs: Subtest I (Algebra and Number Theory), Subtest II (Geometry and Probability and Statistics), and Subtest III (Calculus and History of Math); Praxis 5161 (194 out of 200), and Preliminary Technology Subtests I and II all on the first try. I got perfect (full marks) or nearly perfect scores on each so I can’t really relate to your situation.

    As an aside, I have always marveled at the time, preparation, and number of attempts it takes teachers or aspiring teachers to pass these type of exams — no disrespect, of course. I just did the practice tests offered by Pearson or whomever once and studied for like 1-2 hours just reviewing certain concepts and took the tests. I even took the practice Indiana test online and only missed 1 question. It didn’t seem difficult to me, so I’m not sure why it is giving people so much trouble...

    I do know there is a huge shortage of math teachers in California, though. I am practically guaranteed a job wherever I go, which is nice. For example, when I applied for my first teaching job four years ago (I’m 25) I was offered a position at every single school I applied to out of 11 schools. I was shocked, but then again, my counselor at UCD kept telling me that I would not have to worry about finding a job with a math degree, haha!

    Elementary teachers are oversaturating the market so you will have trouble finding a job, similar to how history teachers have difficulty finding work.

    Edit: I did not see that you double majored in special education. That increases your job prospects considerably!
     
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    It will be interesting to see whether the dismissive line about job prospects in a state 2000 miles away is made any more credible to residents of that state by the paragraphs of self-congratulation that precede it.
     
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    To my credit, the poster did ask about the Pearson tests and teacher shortage in CA, so I gave my $0.02. I don’t think the certification tests were difficult. To each their own, I guess.

    Also, elementary teachers and history teachers do typically have difficulty finding jobs. I barely ever see job postings for those teachers on Edjoin or elsewhere. I primarily see, and by a wide margin, SPED, ESL, Language, Math, and Science positions.
     
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    The question that was asked was "Does Pearson handle the tests for California?" That's a yes/no question; a pragmatically competent reply, following Grice's maxims of cooperation in communication, would have been an affirmative. You can think of Grice's maxims as something like Occam's razor for discourse. Since the earlier poster's concern (and the thread's topic) is Indiana's elementary-education test, mention of CSET-Multiple Subjects isn't inappropriate - but naming CSET Math and the instructional technology test strains Grice's maxim of relevance, and dwelling on one's own performance on either test certainly violates both that maxim and the maxim of quantity.
     
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    Yes, but I was giving my perspective where the CSET Single Subject tests are concerned. I was speaking to the rigor of said tests, as the overall topic involved teacher certification tests. I may have given extra information, but the respondent that I was speaking with was referencing the impossibility of these tests. I disagreed.
     
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    Very interesting to read about. I’ve never heard of these axioms! I am aware of mathematical axioms, but not linguistic ones.

    Also, I don’t like giving closed-ended answers. Yes or no does not provide much insight. A negative or affirmative response would provide finality, but not much beyond that. Imagine someone says, “These tests are so hard!” Then, I respond, “No.” Kind of defeats the purpose of these forums, doesn’t it? You, yourself, give beautifully written responses to most if not all respondents. Your short replys are few and far in between. We are allowed to give alternative viewpoints and I did not go completely off track — I was mostly on point.
     
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