Pray for me I Can not seem to pass the cbest.

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  1. Ajcoop

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    I have dyslexia I try to take the cbest essay three time, I still can not pass it. This last time I had a number of prayer warriors pray for me. But I failed the test again. Right I am a little mad with God. Any words and prayers will be great. Thank you!
     
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    In addition to prayer - which is a very good thing - what else have you been doing to prepare? Have you passed the other two sections?
     
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    I been working with my wife, my mother and father-in -law. They are all teachers. My father-in -law was a language teacher at the high school. The other two section I passed.
     
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    What materials have you been using?
     
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    I have been using the Cliffs test Prep study book, and the princeton review's Cracking the Cbest book. I also have used your essay topics.
     
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    Who's been evaluating your essays?
     
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    My father-in -law.
     
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    He taught honors english.
     
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    What diagnostic indicators are you seeing in the lower left corner of your score reports?
     
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    For both of the eassys, It said I have a problem with usage, and Structure and Conventions.
     
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    Has your father-in-law been able to help you understand what that might mean in terms of YOUR writing?
     
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    No. The last paper I wrote he said it was at a low 3 score.
     
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    wow; it's nice having TeacherGroupie here to help! :)
     
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    yes.
    I know TeacherGroupie will help me!
     
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    Did your father-in-law tell you the reasons that he thought it was a low 3?

    Are you taking the paper-based test or the computer-based test?
     
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    I have been taking the computer-based test. He did say the essay was well put together. I had few to no spelling problems.
     
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    Ajcoop, have you thought about taking a writing class at your local college. There is only so much you can do on your own.
     
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    A good many people do struggle with organization, Ajcoop, so it's good that that's not an issue for you.

    The "Usage" notation indicates that the scorers see issues for you in word choice; the "Structure and Conventions" notations point to difficulties with sentence-level syntax and punctuation and the like, in addition to spelling. If you still have the essays you've written while practicing, here's an exercise: Go through them as a reader, looking for content words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs) that you use over and over. Look also for phrases that you use repeatedly. Then, with the help of a thesaurus (the Web site of The Free Dictionary includes one), find one or two replacements for each of those words or phrases. Substitute a replacement word into one of your existing sentences and ask the people around you whether the sentence now expresses your intended meaning.

    Since your issue is with the essay, you might also get more good at this point from a book like Write Better Essays in 20 Minutes a Day or one of the other writing books from LearningExpress: I think newer editions include online essay evaluation.

    If you've been diagnosed with dyslexia, you might consider applying for alternative testing; I know of people with diagnosed difficulties in math who have gotten to use calculators on the math section, so it's possible that your dyslexia could be accommodated with a text-processing program that includes a spell checker or a simple grammar checker. Instructions and a list of documents required are on the CBEST Web site.
     
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    I send in the information in about my dyslexia the only accommodated that will given was time and a half. They said that it would be unfair to have an programs to help with my dyslexia.
     
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    Yes, will plan to do what ever it take to become a teacher. So I will be taken a writing class this quarter.
     
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    Please work on getting over being mad at God as well.
     
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    Know you are right! I have not walked away from him but I am just tired of fight though trials. I have been in college since 93. With maybe a 3 year break. With a year and half here and there. I am now 35 and how trying to start a career! So I am a little mad but nothing major. Thank you of you prayers.:love:
     
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    Ajcoop, is your first language English?
     
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    Yes, are my sentences that bad.
     
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    What are you planning to teach?
     
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    Physical Education
     
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    Just trying to make sense of some things in your posts that might shed light. It's often the case, though, that people's posting behavior isn't the same as their formal-writing behavior.

    What's your deadline for passing CBEST?
     
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    At my college, my deadline may have already passed. My advisor is on vacation. When he get back he will tell me in the door has closed on me. They are closing the physical education program at my college. I am the last to go though the program. The only thing left is student teaching! I can not do this without passing the cbest. The next college is more a hundred mile away.
     
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    Ajcoop, I understand how you must feel. My first language was not English, I was mainly raised by my mother who is deaf. I was diagnosed with a learning disability when I was, I believe, in second grade (but feel that due to my language, it was not an accurate diagnoses). I struggled for years in school. Things just did not make sense to me. I was in a sink or swim situation and back then, we did not have ELD programs. Anyways, I am going back to school and I am getting straight A's (sometimes passing the class with above a 100%, top in the class) in my science courses. I found my niche and feel proud that I overcame my struggles. I worked very hard to where I am today. Good luck! Things will fall into place. :)
     
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    Thank you! I need that. :hugs:
     

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