CSET Subtest 2: I don’t get it!

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  1. Efit1986

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    I took subtest 2 for the 3rd time today. Last time I took it there was a lot of plant physiology on it, so I made sure I teach myself and review that content. This time, it was all about geography and geology! I can’t figure out what to focus on when studying!
    I took prep classes and keep studying but I don’t know what I need to work on because the results only list ‘**’ stars indicating the amount of questions incorrect, but I need to know what content areas I am getting incorrect. I just don’t know what else to do! I’m 8 months pregnant and really am hoping I pass this time. This needs to get done before baby comes!
     
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  3. futuremathsprof

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    Unfortunately, you can only take it once every 45 days from your last test date, and so your baby will most likely be delivered before then.

    If I were you, I would download all of the standards covered on the test — this can be found on the CTC website. Study every concept thoroughly. Good luck!
     
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    Hugs, Efit1986.

    In theory, every one of the topics listed in the subtest description could be tested on every version of Subtest II. In practice that doesn't work: a single version's 26 multiple choice questions and two constructed responses simply don't give enough room to cover everything. But the likelihood that one version may emphasize certain content a bit more than another is rather high. Back in the day of the paper-based CSET-MS, there were at least eight versions of each subtest; I see no reason to believe that there aren't more now - and what governs which version a given test taker will see on a given day is, as far as I can tell, entirely up to chance. In short, the prudent test taker does prepare for all the possible content each time out.

    So you've just taken the test, and it sounds like you're obsessing a bit about whether you've passed. Let me suggest something like this while you wait for your score report: when the fear surfaces, deliberately choose ONE principle or fact to study/rehearse/look up online. If your schedule doesn't permit dropping everything to do this, have a time scheduled in which you can do it, tally this occurrence of fear surfacing, remind your brain that "we'll deal with it later", and get right back to whatever you were doing; then, in your scheduled time, look up one principle or fact for every tally. I know this sounds like work you'd rather not do, but it's a move to take what control you can take, and it's surprising how well brains respond to that sort of thing.
     
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    These are great ideas, TeacherGroupie! I really like the suggestion of how she can get a handle on her test anxiety.
     
  6. Ruben

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    hi, can i bother you and ask you to email me, i'd like to discuss subtest 2 with you. im new here and dont know how (or if we even can) send private messages. thanks!

    rsando37@calstatela.edu
     
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    Welcome to A to Z, Ruben. We can send private messages, yes. I'm afraid you're not permitted to, until you've convinced the system software that you're not a bot. If your question is about the test experience, or scoring, or topics that the test can cover, or a number of other things, we might be able to help you publicly.
     
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    thanks for the info, i wanted to ask about the prompts but i dont know if its forbidden to ask what they were in a public venue.
     
  9. futuremathsprof

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    You can discuss general concepts; for example, it would be permissible for you to say, “the free response had you explain certain aspects of cellular respiration,” but you could not say, “the free response asked you to describe the difference between the Kreb’s cycle and the electron transport chain, as well as state the number and type of products generated for every glucose molecule consumed.” Specificity is not allowed but the general case is okay. The reason you can do this, I believe, is because the standards that you are tested on are listed broadly.
     
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    Forbidden, yes, by the test companies. Test takers agree to or sign documents promising not to divulge actual specific test questions when they register to test and again when they take the test. The test companies can and do monitor sites like this to ensure that actual specific test questions aren't being divulged, and they can and do take actions that aren't very pleasant. So the wrath to fear is Pearson's, not A to Z's.
     
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