secret to passing the RICA?

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  1. TeacherGroupie

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    If you need further help, eternalsunshine, be in touch.
     
  2. vsimpkins

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    Received your message, sent documents and wish you true success.
     
  3. eternalsunshine

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    Onsite (not online) RICA Prep Courses

    Hi again. So originally I was going to take the National University RICA Prep Course, and onsite 5 week course. However, I called today and they now only offer it online. Does anyone know any RICA onsite prep courses in the Los Angeles area that is not just for 1 day but over a longer period of time? I feel ok studying for the multiple choice section, but the case study is killing me!! I never know what all to say. TIA!!
     
  4. TeacherGroupie

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    Do you have a principled objection to working online, eternalsunshine?
     
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    I just find that if I am required to physically go somewhere concrete--where there will be an actual teacher I am held accountable to, I tend to be more focused. I also feel it is more worth my money to be able to ask questions, etc. Any info would be much appreciated. TIA!
     
  6. TeacherGroupie

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    You've got a PM.
     
  7. DriveFly44

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    Hello,
    I'm getting ready to take the RICA in October (currently enrolled in a test prep course through my credential program) but feel I need some additional resources. I also have 2nd edition cliff notes and 3rd edition ready for the revised rica. Once I can pm, I would like to contact vsimpkins to get the study guide. Thanks so much :)
     
  8. TeacherGroupie

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    Have you done any student teaching yet, DriveFly?
     
  9. Amilch

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    I'm in the same boat. I ve taking it a couple times and missed it but couple points. I ve been putting it off for while but now I must pass it. Can anyone recommend a RICA workshop? Thank you
     
  10. TeacherGroupie

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    Hugs, Amilch. What are you seeing on your score reports?

    And whereabouts in the state are you?
     
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    Hi guys im sooo desperate to pass the RICA!!! I have given it twice and failed first by 6 points and then by 20 points, I have given up and now my CSET exams are expiring since i haven't received my credential. I am very scared and actually get nauseated when i think about the RICA but if i don't pass then all of my hard work will go doooowwwnnnn the drain. IS THERE ANYONE WHO CAN HELP GUIDE ME IN ANY WAY??? I AM WILLING TO DO ANYTHING JUST TO PASS, THANKS GUYS I KNOW I CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON MY FELLOW TEACHERS, PEGAH
     
  12. TeacherGroupie

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    What are you seeing on your score reports, queenpegs? What's the distribution of plus marks, and what's the feedback on your case study?
     
  13. DriveFly44

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    Rica

    I teach algebra 1 in h.s. It has been recommended to me that I go observe the younger kids (1st grade through 5th or so) to get some valuable classroom experience.

    Ladd
     
  14. TeacherGroupie

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    Observation will help. What you're looking for is examples - instantiations - of the technical terms in the Cliffs and Zarrillo books. Note also that RICA presupposes familiarity with reading instruction methodology not merely at the K-5 level but also at the middle-school level.
     
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    VCLA

    VCLA

    So I just took the VCLA's and was very overwhelmed
    I received a raw score of 74% on the reading and a 62% on the writing and knew these were fairly low scores. However, I think I did well on the writing

    do you think I have a chance of passing? Or know anyone that had similar scores as me that still made the cut off?


    I would prefer you most honesty
     
  16. TeacherGroupie

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    babycakes, this thread is about a very different test: RICA is California's test about how to teach students to read, whereas the VCLA is a test of your own basic literacy skills. You've posted about your score elsewhere, and I'll deal with your question there.
     
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    Hello vsimpkins, Would you mind emailing me the RICA study guide that you developed. I plan on taking the RICA in 3 weeks. I previously took the test in March & missed it by 10 points :(
     
  18. galvanized23

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    HI, vsimpkins could I also get the studyguide I'm taking the RICA in about a month.
     
  19. TeacherGroupie

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    Hugs, etrevino. In what areas did you come up short?

    galvanized, have you taken this thing before?
     
  20. eternalsunshine

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    Passed!!
     
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    I'm so happy for you. Takes a load off you.
    Good luck on your path.
     
  22. TeacherGroupie

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    Congratulations, eternalsunshine!
     
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    Thank you Vsimpkins and TG! Now I kind of think I shouldn't have put off so long!

    For anyone still studying, I searched Chris Boosalis videos on you tube while studying for the case study. I had studied for RICA from other books pretty extensively but felt shaky with the case study. I don't know much about him, but he helped me a great deal on how to approach the case studies. So as they say--this is not medical advice lol, but for me, I found that his approach helped me think in a more focused and organized way about the case study. Hope that will help someone!
     
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    Rica

    I didn't study for this test and I passed! I thought it was pretty easy. I almost didn't go on the morning of, because I was afraid that I wouln't pass and I did.
     
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    Hi vsimpkins...I have the same problem and cannot pm you. I know it's been a long time since your original post about the study guide, but I was wondering if it was still available. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks so much!
     
  26. twingklez

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    vsimpkins, I'm beginning my RICA studies and would like to request your study guide as well. Thanks in advance!
     
  27. TeacherGroupie

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    JaxAttax and twingklez, my sympathies. About how close are you coming to passing? Are there particular domains with which you're struggling (fewer than two plus marks)? Are your case studies all right, or are areas identified in which you need to improve?
     
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    Hi TeacherGroupie!
    I have not taken the exam yet. I'm just barely cracking the study guide open (Revised RICA, 3rd ed.). Do you recommend taking a practice test first to see how I score and then proceed with studying?
     
  29. TeacherGroupie

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    Forgive me for leaping to an assumption, twingklez - most people who post to A to Z about RICA post because they haven't passed. Have you had reading instruction methodology coursework?
     
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    Yes, I've taken a methodology course.
     
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    Just making sure... Now let me fish for experiences to anchor your study to: Have you done your student teaching yet?
     
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    I haven't done my student teaching yet but have had some time in the classroom during observations to work with students one-on-one and in small groups of 2-3. I'm hoping to be placed by the end of the month.

    I completed the RICA practice exam from the website. Seems like the area I need to review the most is Competency 6, Phonics and Sight Words Instruction and Assessment.
     
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    As you work through the content, think back to your experiences with students: where possible, illustrate the principles and terminology you need to know with examples involving students that you've worked with and activities that you've seen or helped implement in the classroom.

    Make sure you're up on the technical terminology of reading and reading instruction. The resources you had (and, I hope kept) for your reading-instruction methodology coursework should contain one or more glossaries: if you don't know some terms, look them up on Google.
     
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    Sounds good! I felt the same about the terminology after taking the practice exam; I definitely need to brush up on some of the vocabulary. Thank you for your suggestions =)
     
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    Are there any study guides to the rica people found helpful? I found one on amazon called something like RICA secrets that has no reviews...I so regret not taking this after my methodology class!
     
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    I would love a copy of your study documents as well but can't pm you when I click on your name...maybe b/c I am a new member? :unsure: Anyone know? Or for those who got a copy from vsimpkins, anyone willing to forward the docs along to me? thanks in advance! :thumb:
     
  37. TeacherGroupie

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    Welcome to A to Z, kzot04. How long ago were your methodology courses?
     
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    about 2 years ago!
     
  39. TeacherGroupie

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    Do you still have your books and notes?

    Have you already taken RICA, or is this your first attempt?
     
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    I am getting ready to take the test, any advice or anybody wants to have a study session... I don't plan on taking this test twice, I saw how much the test is! Ouch! Darn! Wow! What the hecKKK!!!
     

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