secret to passing the RICA?

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  1. Sharif Jabsheh

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    Dimples do you still have the study guide
     
  2. Sharif Jabsheh

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    Vsimpkins any I can get your study guide please
     
  3. JGomez

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    Hello Everyone! I just took the RICA for the second time and I didn't pass. It was really discouraging because I scored a 195 the first time without studying much and got a 188 this time while actually studying. Any strategies you can suggest or study guides you can refer me to will be much appreciated.
     
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    What diagnostics were given on your score reports?
     
  5. vsimpkins

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    Email me
     
  6. Apr 26, 2017

    Hello! I sadly have taken the RICA 4 times! I missed the last one by one point. I am so discouraged and need any advice for studying. I am taking the test end of May and have to pass! I am currently a long term sub and they want to hire me full time for next year but have to have this test passed first! Please help!
     
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  8. SPH_Teacher

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    what were your scores?
     
  9. SPH_Teacher

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    For word analysis I used the study guide on this https://github.com/cboosalis/RICA
    Make sure to use the correct term. The last few attempts on the RICA I would say consonant diagraphs instead of consonant blends. This is very important. Also, in the said study guide, Boosalis provides some very easy teaching strategies.
     
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    I felt the same way after my 9th attempt. Keep your head up! https://github.com/cboosalis/RICA Study the worksheets as you watch the boosalis videos. If you have any questions just ask!!!
     
  11. Aaronbrock

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    On 4th RICA attempt coming up. Missed by 5, 1 and 11. Very frustrated and looking for new resources. Been seeing lots of Boosalis talk so I am going that route this time but also looking for online test prep. Anybody used TeacherTestPrep? Here is my last score report.

    Total Score: 209

    Domain

    1: Planning, Organizing, & Managing Reading Instr. Based on Ongoing Assessment...+++

    2: Word Analysis...++

    3: Fluency....++

    4: Vocabulary, Academic Language, and Background Knowledge.....++

    5: Comprehension...........++

    Case Study (Domains 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)...............++

    Domain

    Case Study Performance Index

    Your case study response showed a need for improvement in the following area(s):

    * Describing instructional strategies and/or activities
     
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    Please refer to my post on the Boosalis videos, do you use his worksheets to study?
     
  13. Mr.A721

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    Hi everyone!

    I'm new to this forum, but I was hoping someone can give me pointers as to what they did to pass the RICA? I'll be taking the RICA, again, for the 6th attempt. (I'm getting quite frustrated at this point.) The lowest score I received was a 168, while the highest, thus far, is a 213. I have read the Zarrillo book and currently own it. But was hoping anyone else had other pointers? Thank you.
     
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    Welcome to A to Z, Mr.A721. That's quite a range of scores. What diagnostic indicators are you seeing on your score reports?
     
  15. TeacherGroupie

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    Plus marks run on a scale from + to ++++. 209 is a rather good score for getting ++ practically across the board.

    Tell me what you think word analysis consists of.
     
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    To be honest, that 168 was when I didn't study the material at all. I was simply trying to get a feel for the test and pass it blindly. (I know, worst thing to do.) So technically, this will be my 7th time taking the exam. Anyway, when I did study, the scores I received are as follows, 203, 208, 202, 212, and 213.

    On the exam with 208, Domain 1 was ++ Domain 2 +++ Domain 3 + Domain 4 ++ Domain 5++ And case study was +

    On the exam with 212, Domain 1 was +++ Domain 2 ++ Domain 3+++ Domain 4 ++ Domain 5+++ And case study was +++

    And on the exam with 213, Domain 1 was ++ Domain 2 ++ Domain 3++ Domain 4 +++ Domain 5++ And case study was ++

    I just find it peculiar that on the exam with 212, I got higher marks, but I still didnt pass. :(

    And yes, I'm well aware that I probably needed another + for Domain 2 and 4. But I was just saying that in reference to the exam where I got 213. Partly because it seemed as though the exam with 212 should have been higher?
     
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    I just wanted to give some hope to all who are feeling frustrated, on my third try I finally passed the RICA! After receiving a 217 and 219 I was feeling quite frustrated as I studied a month before each test. What really helped me was the Ready for Revised RICA book, I focused most of my time on word analysis competencies and comprehension. I also took the free practice test on teachers test prep. It breaks down your score as well, which helped! I also made flash cards from Quizlet specifically on word analysis.
    I improved by 1 + on every competency section, which I never though was possible. It can be done! I ended up getting all 3 pluses (+++) and one (++++). This test can be conquered! I hope all of you find success with this test!!
     
  18. TeacherGroupie

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    Let me sketch out a response to Mr.A721.

    If all RICA questions were equally difficult, there'd be no need for scaled scores. They're not, however: it's darned near impossible to write even two questions, let alone a whole test's worth, that are exactly equivalent in difficulty. The numbers of plus marks in each domain and on the case study are based on your raw score (that is, the number of multiple-choice answers you got right plus, for constructed responses, the sum of the number of points that each scorer awarded you). The score conversion algorithm weights the various questions and question types and spits out a number on a scale from 100 to 300. The scaled score of 212 reflects a test version that was somewhat easier overall than the scaled score of 213 did.

    The good news is that you're very close to passing - though, yes, you've got some work to do in domain 2.

    When you write RICA constructed responses, to whom do you think you're writing?
     
  19. TeacherGroupie

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    Congratulations, CrossFitKayla! If you now find yourself viewing and talking about reading instruction differently than you did, you've not only beaten the test but gotten the best out of it.
     
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    Hey everyone!

    So this will be my 6th time taking this test. I am on the verge of going back to school for another career. I love working with kids and I don't want this test to crush that for me. That being said, any tips to help? I had the Cliff notes book, that didn't work. I have the Zarillo book, but it only helped so much. I have done the RICA seminars and is able to take it again for free since I didn't pass. I have watched the videos on YouTube by the one professor. Each time I have not gone lower than 200. The closest I have gotten to passing is 218. Every test I have gotten a 2 for the case study as well as word analysis and I believe comprehension. At this point, I will take anything ANYTHING to help me pass next month. I would like to find a job for the next year.
     
  21. Curiousfox

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    How can I also obtain the study guide? I can't find anywhere to PM you or email you.
     
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  22. TeacherGroupie

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    Bringing up your word analysis score will stand you in very good stead. Can you tell me the difference between phonemic awareness and phonological awareness? Can you tell me the difference between a letter and a grapheme?
     
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    Hello everyone, I am a first year teacher and this is my first time visiting this site. It is great to see that I am not the only one struggling with the RICA. I took it a year ago before teaching and got a 212, then took it two months ago and recieved a 217 with little to no studying. I would really apreciate any advice or study tips to help me along. I am taking it again on May 30th and I just need to know what to study and how to study it. I am decent at the multiple choice but have been told that my responses for the case study and short answer questions have not explained how my strategies will help my students enough. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you for your time.
    Brandon Golbek
     
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    I would also love to get the study guide if at all possible from someone please, I can be reached in a number of ways, easiest being email, thanks again everyone.
     
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    Can I PLEASE get that study guide as well!!! that would be amazing.
     
  26. TeacherGroupie

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    BrandonG88, looks like you've come close to passing on your previous attempts at RICA.

    The case study is the only RICA constructed response for which a separate diagnostic is offered: the other four responses are folded into their domains (word analysis, fluency, vocab & academic language, comprehension), so it's a little challenging to separate out multiple choice performance vs. constructed response.

    What are you seeing in word analysis?

    Explaining how a strategy will help students is, in essence, connecting the dots between the needs you identify and the strategy you choose to meet those needs. This is the sort of explanation that you'd give to a friendly fellow professional who's intrigued by your choice of strategy but can't quite see how it fits the needs. Use the technical terminology of reading instruction.
     
  27. BrandonG88

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    I got ++ on word analysis so I know that's a weak point for me. I just don't know which way they want me to explain how the strategies worked. I felt like I did a great job explaining so I'm baffled. Thank you so much for the quick reply. Any advice or certain study tips would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for your time.
     
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    Word analysis ranks right up there with not describing one's strategy on the case study as a pervasive problem area for most RICA takers. I've discussed it and posed questions about it elsewhere.

    Distinguishing between describing the instructional strategy and explaining it may help you. Describing the strategy is giving the teachers'-eye view of what you're telling the students to do and what you have for them to do it with. For instance, there are lots and lots of graphic organizers: a good description narrows things down to a specific graphic organizer and the sorts of things that students are supposed to organize with it (story sequence vs. word relationships, for example), preferably with at least one concrete example of thing-to-be-organized. If seventh graders are having trouble sequencing events in a novel, you could walk them through a graphic organizer to sequence events and subevents in, say, The Cat in the Hat (which, like most of Seuss's works, is more complex than it looks). Explaining the strategy is giving the teachers'-eye view of what the activity will buy the student. Understanding event sequence is not merely about first-next-last order: it contributes to the metacognitive skill of recognizing plots and how each event in a plot shapes the next; it can also contribute to grasping how events can be foreshadowed and how later events can shed light on initially random-seeming details from earlier in the story line. The impact of an instructional strategy should be explained using the technical terminology of reading instruction as the insiders' jargon that it is.
     
  29. Mr.A721

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    So after this work year, I plan to take the RICA for one final attempt (Jul 14) before I think I'm gonna have to find a different career. Anyway, does anyone have a study guide they find particularly useful? I really don't want to quit this, but at the same time, I know I'm not getting any younger. Thank you to all of you who have helped me thus far. :)
     
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    Hello future educators...I did not pass the RICA last year Nov 2016. I am retaking the exam this Saturday. I scored a 212 the first time around so I am close. Teaching Solutions, Chris Boosalis, Cliffnotes, Zarrillo, and Teachers Test Prep. I know overboard right? I finally took an online workshop today but will not share unless I pass. This workshop had definitely cleared up some confusion I had previously on Word Analysis and Comprehension. The workshop is taught by a college professor and she is wonderful. I will keep you posted !!!
     
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    Good luck on the test! I hope you pass the exam!
     
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    Congratulations, SPH_Teacher! Way to go!!!
     
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    Thanks, TeacherGroupie. Bear in mind that I know how hard I prepared for the RICA, and I know what God did for me. Hence, I repeat that I could not have done it without Him!
     
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    Thank God I passed...2nd time around. I purchased Teachers Test Prep, Teaching Solutions, Cliffnotes, Zarillo...but the one thing that helped me the most..
    DR. RENE MENDEL's RICA online tutoring prep. Online tutoring session for about 3 hours on a Saturday. She knows her stuff and cleared up a lot of gray areas for me!!!
     
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    I am coming up 5-7 points short every time I take this test. Can someone give me in great detail what the scores are looking for in the essays and case study. I feel like I write a great essay and I know the material, but I just need to write it the way they want it. Please let me know if anyone has information on being able to write a better essay the way they want it. Thank you again.
     
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    What diagnostics (plus marks, phrases about case study response) are you seeing?
     
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    D1 ***
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    The combination of ++ in the case study with ++ in domains 2 (word analysis), 3 (fluency), and 4 (vocab, academic language, background knowledge) suggests that the issue isn't how you're writing, or at least not solely how you're writing.

    I'll guess also that the diagnostic statements on your case study include at least describing the instructional strategy and explaining how it will help the student.

    Let me add that RICA responses aren't essays. They're short answers: the emphasis is not at all on form and grammatical correctness but rather on content and on demonstrating both a knowledge of reading instruction and a good grasp of the terminology of the domain in question.

    So tell me: what do you think word analysis consists of?
     
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    vsimpkins
    I am also new to this site and am in RICA guano for the fourth time. Might you be so kind as to email me your RICA study guide. I was 10 points short last time and based upon what has been said to others, I need to focus on domain 2, 4 and 5 so I can get on with my new career teaching spec ed medically fragile students. Thanks for a lot of great advice but I have to go study.
     
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    Hey Newbie808
    I searched for Dr Rene Mendel online but to no avail. Might you have some contact info?
     
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    I do would you like her number her 3 hour course online is a 100 and her in person is 130 she also does tutoring I think for 50 and hour
     

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