Barron's how to Prepare for the LAST/ATS-W (Liberal Arts & Sciences Test)

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This all-new manual prepares student teachers for an important exam within the PRAXIS complex of teacher qualification tests. LAST/ATS-W is short for Liberal Arts and Sciences Test and the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written. Many authorities in education predict that within a very few years, as many as 18,000 applicants will take this test annually. The new manual offers an overview of the test, then devotes separate chapters to Reading, Writing, Mathematics, History and Social Sciences, Science, Visual and ...
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Overview

This all-new manual prepares student teachers for an important exam within the PRAXIS complex of teacher qualification tests. LAST/ATS-W is short for Liberal Arts and Sciences Test and the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written. Many authorities in education predict that within a very few years, as many as 18,000 applicants will take this test annually. The new manual offers an overview of the test, then devotes separate chapters to Reading, Writing, Mathematics, History and Social Sciences, Science, Visual and Performing Arts, and Teaching Skills. Model tests follow: a Practice LAST I, a Practice ATS-W I, a Practice LAST II, and a Practice ATS-W II. All test have explained answers. The book's final chapters give information on getting certified in New York State and getting a teaching job.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780764104466
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Series: Barron's Test Preparation Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.79 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    it's o.k.

    I was preparing for LAST & ATS-W by BARRON'S, KAPLAN & REA for 3,5 months. I passed both exams from the 1 st time. This book is actually more difficult than Kaplan & REA, but it has smth what they do not have.What I didn't like about it was that some explanations of answers were really confused. The exams are not that hard, you just need to give yourself enough time to prepare. To my mind, Kaplan is the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2004

    The best NYSTCE Book

    I worked through three LAST ATSW books and this one is the best by far and much better than the Kaplan book. This book lets you know what the test is really like and gives good review and practice. One review by the person who said she had to take a workshop completely misrepresents this book and is so confusing it makes me wonder. The LAST and ATSW are not extremely hard and if you can't pass the test in several tries after using this book then you should stop and reconsider a career in teaching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2003

    Excellent Study Guide

    This book prepared me very well for both tests that I took. It provided me with great information and the self pace schedule helped me out a bunch as well. I would recommend this book to all individuals who are planning to take the tests. Even if you do not have any information regarding the exams this book will get you on the right track. I passed both tests with ease.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    Barron's or Kaplan's? about the same...

    Barron's and Kaplan's both suck...well that maybe a lil harsh, more like too broad and very distracting by focusing on EVERY bit of information you are not gonna need... Yes i know they have to cover all the basics but if they took time to look over past tests they should have realized what areas they should have stressed more on... but IMO i found the barron's (2 stars) slightly better than the kaplan's (1 star) due to the format\structure of the book (like that really matters)... If you are preparing for your LAST, you are better off saving your money and borrow some h.s. books and skim over the basics, these books are def. more helpful in preparing for your ATS-W's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2003

    Total Disappointment...

    I bought the Barron's LAST study guide, and all I can say is that I am absolutely disappointed. I wasted countless hours of my time reviewing the various subjects presented in this book. The format presented in the book was different than what was on the exam. For instance, the exam questions and answers were logically structured, i.e: a math problem was presented and the answers choices available were as follows: I, II and IV only, II, III only, etc. On the other hand, the Baron's study guide questions and answers were presented in a concrete fashion i.e: The difference between a plant cell and an animal cell is a plant cell...and then an actual answer. I was absolutely stunned to discover how the book's structure differed so much from the actual exam. The best advice I can offer from experience is if you're not naturally gifted when it comes to logic in standardized exams, take some kind of prep. course to provide you with the most updated guidance and structure for the LAST exam. Although you'll pay a great deal of money, taking a prep. course will prove to be a wise investment that will save you time and unnecessary aggravation!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2003

    The Review Guide I Recommend

    I bought the two current books for this test this book and the book from Kaplan. I sum it up just saying that I got all the help I needed for both tests from this nook. The Kaplan book did not help me with the hardest test the LAST. If I had to do it again I just would get the Barron's book. The practice LASTs in this book a are lot like the test I took. There was the right mix of the longer passages with other types of questions. You should take time to review for the LAST unless you are really great at taking long reading tests and writing while you are rushed. Barrons shows you excellent steps for answering the reading questions and writing the essays. This book also shows you how to answer the other kind of questions that pop up on the test. You can pick up points on these questions. The ATSW in this book and the Kaplan book are about similarly helpful. The Kaplan answers are more detailed and Barrons gives you a review that you will not find in the Kaplan book. The Kaplan book tells you that if you know the test area the ATSW question is from that that will help you answer but most of the time you can not tell and even when you can it does not help. If I followed the Kaplan advice I would never finish the test.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    A very good very helpful book

    I used this book, found it very helpful, and it helped me do very well on the tests. My copy of the book had no errors. The first part of the book gave me the strategies I needed to pass the tests. These tests are primarily about reading and writing and those sections of the book definitely prepared me for the test. The mathematics chapter in my copy had several review options and suggested a streamlined review. The book specifically says to use the History and Science chapters to learn about how to read these subjects and NOT to learn the subjects. If you followed the book's advice you would not come away feeling that you had needlessly studied these chapters. The practice tests in my book had the longer more detailed readings found on the real test. This was an excellent book for me to prepare for these tests.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2000

    Not even close to the LAST & ATS-W, Don't waste your time or money!!!

    I used this book to study for my LAST and ATS-W tests. I studied for countless hours, relearning concepts from History or Math, that I needed some review on. I definitely had aced the book's version of the NYSTCE tests, but unfortunately it did not reflect or mock the true test. After taking the real test, I realized that I had wasted hours and hours of my time, while at the same time completely frying my brain. Your best bet is to use your common sense. This is the type of test that you cannot study for. All of the facts and data they give you in the book are not even asked once. In fact, the real test is a lot of reading, in which the answers to the questions can be found in. So take it from me, use your knowledge from your education classes and your common sense, don't fall in the trap that I fell into. Instead, save yourself time and money.

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