Beating the CSET! Methods, Strategies, and Multiple Subjects Content for Beating the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (Subtests I-III)


Beating the CSET! will help both pre-service and practicing teachers in California pass the CSET Multiple Subjects Subtests I - III.

Because passing the CSET Multiple Subjects test is now required for an elementary credential in California, this new text has been designed to address the essential time-management methods, essay and multiple-choice strategies, and content that test takers must master in order to pass Subtests One through Three of the exam. Unlike other preparation...

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Beating the CSET! will help both pre-service and practicing teachers in California pass the CSET Multiple Subjects Subtests I - III.

Because passing the CSET Multiple Subjects test is now required for an elementary credential in California, this new text has been designed to address the essential time-management methods, essay and multiple-choice strategies, and content that test takers must master in order to pass Subtests One through Three of the exam. Unlike other preparation books, this text does not simply offer a copy of MSAT materials. Instead, the content, constructed-response and multiple-choice strategies, and special time-management models for the tests are all research based and tailored to CSET Multiple Subject content in great detail.

People who used Beating the CSET! report:

"I took all three sections of the CSET and passed- the first time! The invaluable time-management, scoring, essay and multiple-choice approaches all worked for each of the subtests, and the content is in abundance. I know for a fact that Beating the CSET! is the reason that I passed. Based on my success, I strongly recommend this book to everyone."
Sarah S., elementary teacher, McSwain Elementary School District

" Beating the CSET! helped me to manage my time during the test and provided guidelines and strategies that were helpful in making sure that I achieved a passing score. It also provided additional information as well as other resources to aide in my preparation. I highly recommend this text to anyone who wants to be prepared to pass this test the first time."
Lisa N., Teaching Specialist, Merced, California

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205458097
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/3/2005
  • Series: TEACH CERT
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents




Section One: Test Methods.

1: Real Scores, Real Strategies.

What Formats of NEX Exams Exist?

What Formats of ETS Exams Exist?

How Do You Pass These Tests?

How Are Passing Scores Calculated?

In What Order Do the Multiple-Choice Questions Appear?

How Should I Approach a Test with Essays?

The Hybrid Approach.

Dividing and Conquering the Multiple-Choice Questions.

The Tally Strategy.

How Do I Pass My Test?

2: Major Essay Formats and Strategies.

Effective Written-Response Outlines.

Question One: Writing the Case Study.

Question Two: Writing Unit Plans.

Question Three: Writing Lesson Plans for Decoding.

Question Four: Writing Lesson Plans for Comprehension.

Question Six: U. S. Conflicts.

Question Seven: Astronomy.

Question Eight: Geometry and the Pythagorean Theorem.

Question Nine: Physical Education.

Question Ten: Human Development.

Question Eleven: Art History.

3: Multiple-Choice Strategies and Applied Content.

Diagnostic Test.

Multiple-Choice Strategies.

Learning How to Apply Content.


Section Two: Language Arts.

4: Elementary Language Arts.

Domain One: English Linguistics.

Content Area One: English Linguistics.

Content Area Two: First and Second Language Acquisition.

5: Literacy.

Domain One: Linguistics (continued).

Content Area Three: Literacy Development.

Content Area Four: Assessment.

6: Literature.

Domain Two: Language Arts.

Content Area Six: Genres of Children's Literature.

Content Area Seven: Features of Literature.

Content Area Eight: Interpreting Literature.

7: Written and Oral Communications.

Domain Three: Communications.

Content Area Nine: Writing Applications.

Content Area Ten: The Writing Process.

Content Area Eleven: The Research Process.

Content Area Twelve: The Editing Process.

Content Area Thirteen: Interpersonal Communications and Public Speaking.

Section Three: Elementary Social Studies.

8: World History.

Domain One: Egyptian, Indian, Mesopotamian, Chinese, and Hebraic Civilizations.

Content Area One: Egyptian Culture.

Content Area Two: Indian Culture.

Content Area Three: Mesopotamia Culture.

Content Area Four: Chinese Culture.

Content Area Five: Hebraic Culture.

Domain Two: Kush, Greek, and Roman Ancient Civilizations.

Content Area Six: Kushite Culture.

Content Area Seven: Greek Culture.

Content Area Eight: Roman Culture.

Domain Three: Chinese (Late), Japanese, and African Civilizations.

Content Area Nine: Later Chinese Culture.

Content Area Ten: Japanese Culture.

Content Area Eleven: African Culture.

Domain Four: Medieval & Early Modern Times: 500 A.D.—1500 A.D.

Content Area Twelve: Arabian Culture.

Content Area Thirteen: Mesoamerican.

Content Area Fourteen: Andean Culture.

Content Area Fifteen: European Culture.

Content Area Sixteen: Christianity and Islam.

Content Area Seventeen: The Renaissance, Reformation, and Enlightenment.

9: United State History.

Domain Five: United States.


Content Area Eighteen: Native Americans.

Content Area Nineteen: The Age of Exploration and Colonization.

Content Area Twenty: The English Colonies.

Content Area Twenty-One: The American Revolution and the Birth of the United States.

Content Area Twenty-Two: The War of Independence.

Content Area Twenty-Three: The Articles of Confederation and the U. S. Constitution.

Content Area Twenty-Four: Period 1789—1830.

Content Area Twenty-Five: California–Before and After the Gold Rush.

Content Area Twenty-Six: Period of Reform (1830—1860).

Content Area Twenty-Seven: The Civil War and Reconstruction.

Content Area Twenty-Eight: Expansion into the Last West (1865—1900).

Content Area Twenty-Nine: An Industrial Nation.

Content Area Thirty: The Spanish—American War and World War I.

Content Area Thirty-One: World War II.

Content Area Thirty-Two: Post-World War II America (1945—1960).

Content Area Thirty-Three: Changes Brought on during the 1950s, the 1960s, and Beyond.

10: The U. S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Domain Five: United States (continued).

Content Area Thirty Four: U. S. Constitution.

Content Area Thirty-Five: The Bill of Rights.

Section Four: Elementary Science.

11: Physical Science.

Domain One: The Study of Physical Science.

Content Area One: Physical and Chemical Properties.

Content Area Two: Physical and Chemical Changes.

Content Area Three: pH.

Content Area Four: Motion and Forces.

Content Area Five: Simple Machines.

Content Area Six: Energy.

Content Area Seven: Light.

Content Area Eight: Conservation of Energy Resources.

12: Life Science.

Domain Two: Structure and Functions of Living Things.

Content Area Nine: Plant and Animal Cells.

Content Area Ten: Plant Parts.

Content Area Eleven: Specialized Tissues in Plants.

Content Area Twelve: Tissues of Body Systems.

Content Area Thirteen: Body Systems.

Content Area Fourteen: Body Systems and Other Vertebrates.

Content Area Fifteen: Chemistry of Living Things.

Content Area Sixteen: Characteristics of Living Things.

Content Area Seventeen: Needs of Living Things.

Content Area Eighteen: Adaptations of Living Things.

Content Area Nineteen: Populations in an Ecosystem.

Content Area Twenty: The Flow of Energy and Matter through Ecosystems.

Content Area Twenty-One: Life Cycles of Living Things.

Content Area Twenty-Two: Factors Affecting Plant Growth.

Content Area Twenty-Three: Reproduction.

Content Area Twenty-Four: Reproduction of Plants and Animals.

Content Area Twenty-Five: Evolution.

13: Astronomy and Earth Science.

Domain Three: The Study of Astronomy and Earth Science.

Content Area Twenty-Six: The Solar System.

Content Area Twenty-Seven: Positions of the Sun and Moon.

Content Area Twenty-Eight: Other Bodies in the Universe.

Content Area Twenty-Nine: The Structure and Composition of the Earth.

Content Area Thirty: Rocks.

Content Area Thirty-One: Land Forms.

Content Area Thirty-Two: Rock and Soil Forming Processes.

Content Area Thirty-Three: Layers of the Earth.

Content Area Thirty-Four: Plate Tectonics.

Content Area Thirty-Five: Dynamic Earth Processes.

Content Area Thirty-Six: Formation of the Earth.

Content Area Thirty-Seven: Weather and Climate.

Content Area Thirty-Eight: Bodies of Water.

Content Area Thirty-Nine: Tides.

Content Area Forty: Eclipses.

Section Five: Elementary Math.

14: Elementary Mathematics.

Domain One: Numbers, Relationships, Systems, Computations, and Fractions.

Content Area One: Place Value.

Content Area Two: Scientific Notation.

Content Area Three: Properties of Numbers.

Content Area Four: Exponential Notation.

Content Area Five: Computations.

Content Area Six: Fractions'.

15: Algebra and Functions.

Domain Two: The Study of Algebra and Functions.

Content Area Seven: Terms in Algebra.

Content Area Eight: Solving Equations.

Content Area Nine: Monomials.

Content Area Ten: Polynomials.

Content Area Eleven: Solving Advanced Linear Equations.

Content Area Twelve: Factoring Polynomials.

Content Area Thirteen: Graphing Functions in Four Quadrants.

Content Area Fourteen: Inequalities.

16: Measurement and Geometry.

Domain Three: The Study of Measurement and Geometry.

Content Area Fifteen: Two and Three Dimensional Geometric Objects.

Content Area Sixteen: Circles.

Content Area Seventeen: Three Dimensional Geometric Objects.

Content Area Eighteen: Terms and Movement in Geometry.

Content Area Nineteen: Pythagorean Theorem.

17: Techniques in Computation.

Domain Four: The Study of Techniques in Computation.

Content Area Twenty: Patterns and the Use of Formulae.

Section Six: Elementary Humanities.

18: Physical Education.

Content Area One: Basic Movement Skills.

Content Area Two: Health and Physical Fitness.

Content Area Three: Individual and Team Sports.

Content Area Four: Physical Growth and Development.

Content Area Five: Self-Image.

Content Area Six: Social Aspects of Physical Education.

Content Area Seven: Cultural and Historical Aspect of Movement Forms.

19: Child Development.

Content Area One: Cognitive Development.

Content Area Two: Social Development.

Content Area Three: Physical Development.

Content Area Four: Influences on Development.

20: The Arts.

Content Area One: Visual Art.

Content Area Two: Music.

Content Area Three: Theater.

Content Area Four: Dance.


Test Day.

Language Arts.

World History.

U. S. History.


Earth and Space.


Physical Education.

The Arts.


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    The math section of this book has many errors in it.

    I was very disappointed with this book because in the 90 page section of the math book I found 14 math errors. It is discouraging to think that teachers will be learning some important math procedures incorrectly.

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    Posted August 22, 2005


    This text really helped me A LOT for the multiple subjects test!!! I can't recommend it enough. I felt completely prepared for each and every subtest I had to take. I passed on my first attempt with this text and my hard work!!!

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