CSET (REA) - Best Test Prep for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers : 1st Edition (Test Preps)
Be prepared. Get certified. Then get ready to teach! REA's excellent CSET: Multiple Subjects test prep helps you master the CSET exam so you will be one step closer to teaching in a California classroom of your own. Our new CSET test prep comes complete with a comprehensive review and 2 full-length practice exams that focus on all subject areas of the new CSET. The California Subject Examination for Teachers: Multiple Subjects is one of the most comprehensive educator certification exams in use today. Covering seven subject areas and requiring writing as well as analytical skills, the CSET: Multiple Subjects Test is designed to ensure that only well-rounded, competent educators become certified to teach in the state of California. The CSET: Multiple Subjects Test is a challenging exam; so follow up your CSET study with REA's powerhouse test-taking strategies. We get you ready for this all- important, career-oriented exam. Every type of question, every subject area, and every skill needed to pass the exam is given complete coverage.DETAILS- Written by six leading California-based specialists with doctorates in teacher education.- Comprehensive review of all CSET subject material- Features every type of question, every subject area, and every skill that can be expected on the actual CSET.- Each practice exam question is fully explained in easy-to-follow, step-by-step detail.- Adaptable eight-week study schedule that fits your lifestyle.- Fully compliant with federal No Child Left Behind guidelines.- Fully indexed for quick and speedy topic searches.CONTENTSAbout Research & Education AssociationChapter 1 Passing the CSET: Multiple Subjects- Know the Format- How to Use this Book- Scoring the CSET- Studying for the CSET- CSET Test-Taking Strategies- The Day of the Test- CSET Study ScheduleChapter 2 Reading, Language, and Literature Review- Prose - Poetry - Language and Linguistics Chapter 3 History and Social Science Review - World History: Ancient Civilizations through Early Modern Times - River Valley Civilizations- The Rise of Advanced Civilizations- Trade and Migration in the Ancient World- Rise of World Religions - Civilizations in the Middle Ages - Renaissance, Reformation, and Enlightenment- United States History: Pre-Colonial through the Industrial Era - Beginnings of European Exploration- Beginnings of English Colonization- Attempts at Stronger Control of the Colonies- The Colonies and the Coming American Revolution- The War for Independence- Development of the New Nation and the Constitution- The Constitution of the United States- Westward Expansion and Conflict- Expansion and Economic Growth of the U.S.- Slavery in the U.S.- Continuation of Westward Expansion- The Civil War and Reconstruction- California History: Pre-Columbian Development through the Present Day Chapter 4 Science Review- Structure and Properties of Matter- Principles of Motion and Energy - Life Science - Structure of Living Organisms and their Functions (Physiology and Cell Biology)- Living and Nonliving Components in Environments (Ecology)- Life Cycle, Reproduction and Evolution (Genetics and Evolution)- Earth and Space Science - The Solar System and the Universe (Astronomy)- The Structure and Composition of the Earth (Geology)- The Earth's Atmosphere (Meteorology)- The Earth's Water (Oceanography)- Planning and Conducting ExperimentsChapter 5 Mathematics Review - Arithmetic- Algebra - Measurement and Geometry- Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability Chapter 6 Physical Education Review- Benefits of Diet and Exercise- Principles of Cardiovascular Fitness- Aerobic Exercise- Low-Impact Aerobics- Anatomy and Physiology- Sports and Games- Health and Diet - First Aid- Movement Education- Psychological and Social Aspects of Physical EducationChapter 7 Human Development Review- Student Development and Maturation- Theories of Cognitive Development- Nature and Nurture- Learning Styles- Study Strategies- Jointly Constructed Meaning - Abuse and Neglect of Children: Factors of Risks and TreatmentChapter 8 Visual and Performing Arts Review- Aesthetic Perception and Creative Expression>- Cultural Heritage- Historical Survey - Dance, Theater, Opera, Popular Musical Theater, and Ethnical Folk Traditions- Critical JudgmentPractice Test 1- Answer Sheets- Subtest I: Reading, Language & Literature, History & Social Science- Constructed-Response Questions- Subtest II: Science, Mathematics - Constructed-Response Questions- Subtest III: Physical Education, Human Development, Visual and Performing Arts- Constructed-Response Questions- Answer Key- Detailed ExplanationsPractice Test 2- Answer Sheets- Subtest I: Reading, Language & Literature, History & Social Science- Constructed-Response Questions- Subtest II: Science, Mathematics - Constructed-Response Questions - Subtest III: Physical Education, Human Development, Visual and Performing Arts- Constructed-Response Questions- Answer Key- Detailed ExplanationsIndexCHAPTER 1 - Passing the CSET: Multiple Subjects The California Subject Examination for Teachers: Multiple Subjects is one of the most comprehensive educator certification exams in use today. Covering seven subject areas and requiring writing as well as analytical skills, the CSET: Multiple Subjects Test is designed to ensure that only well-rounded, competent educators are certified to teach in the state of California. The CSET: Multiple Subjects Test is a lengthy, challenging exam, and may cover material that you have not studied in several years. But by studying the information and proven strategies in our book, you will be well on your way to succeeding. REA provides you with everything you need to know to achieve a passing score. Every type of question, every subject area, and every skill needed to pass the exam is given complete coverage. The information in this book, coupled with your dedication, will get you certified. Let's start by learning a little bit about the background of the exam. In California, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential enables one to teach any subject in a self-contained classroom. While this credential is good for grades K-12, in practice it is used mostly in elementary schools. A California Single Subject Teaching Credential enables the holder to teach a specific subject in a departmentalized class. Again, the Single Subject Credential allows the holder to teach in grades K-12; however, its most prevalent use is for getting certified in middle and secondary schools. The focus of this book is the CSET: Multiple Subjects Test, which is administered by National Evaluation Systems, Inc. (NES). CSET: Multiple Subjects is part of NES's series of teacher certification exams, which also includes the California Basic Educational Skills Test. For more information on the CSET series in general, or the CSET: Multiple Subjects examination in particular, contact NES as follows:National Evaluation Systems, Inc.P.O. Box 340813Sacramento, CA 95834-0813Phone: (916) 928-0244Website: www.cset.nesinc.comKNOW THE FORMAT The CSET consists of three distinct subtests, each containing both multiple-choice and constructed-response items. By and large, this exam has the feel of the straightforward fill-in-the-oval kind of exam you've seen many times in your educational career. The balance of the CSET, however, features items that require you to write short, focused responses. Thus, the exam is of considerable breadth and scope. Don't be daunted: One-hundred forty-three multiple-choice and 11 constructed-response questions covering seven subject areas may sound like a lot, but let's take a look at a breakdown of the questions by subject. Number of Constructed-Subject Number of Questions Response QuestionsSubtest IReading, Language and Literature 26 2History and Social Science 26 2Subtest IIScience 26 2Mathematics 26 2Subtest IIIPhysical Education 13 1 Human Development 13 1Visual and Performing Arts 13 1 You'll notice that the test favors core subjects like math and English by a ratio of 2 to 1 over physical education and human development. While all areas of the test are important, the exam is biased toward math, science, English, and history. Knowing this will allow you to play to your strengths and tailor your study time accordingly. Each testing session is five hours in length. You may choose to take up to three CSET: Multiple Subjects subtests per session. Subtest I consists of Reading, Language and Literature, and History and Social Science. Subtest II consists of Science and Mathematics, while Subtest III encompasses Physical Education, Human Development, and Visual and Performing Arts. Individual subtests are not timed.HOW TO USE THIS BOOKWhen Should I Start Studying? It's never too early to start studying for the CSET. With so many subject areas to cover, the more time you have, the better. We've included an eight-week study schedule, but the format is very flexible. If you've only got a few weeks before your test date, you'll have to make some adjustments. If you've got a few months, then extend the time allotted to each section in the study schedule. Remember, the more time you spend studying, the more confident and prepared you'll feel on test day. About the Review Sections The review material in this text has been compiled in accordance with explicit guidelines provided by National Evaluation Systems, Inc. California currently adheres to these standards. By using the review material in conjunction with the practice tests, you should be well prepared for the actual CSET: Multiple Subjects Test. At some point in your educational experience, you have probably studied all the material that constitutes the test. For most candidates, however, this was most likely some time ago. The reviews will serve to refresh your memory of these topics, and the practice tests will help you gauge which areas you need to work on. SCORING THE CSETHow Do I Know If I've Passed the Exam? NES administers several versions of the CSET, and these versions vary in t
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- Edition Info: Paperback; 2005-01-11
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