- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 112
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
Eligible for Certificate: Yes
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Course SummaryLet us help you prepare for CSET English Subtests 1 and 3 with this comprehensive practice and study guide. Use our short video lessons to review the topics you'll find on the exams and then test yourself using the self-assessment quizzes.
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About This Course
In this study guide, you'll find lessons and quizzes designed to help you do your best on the CSET English Subtests 1 and 3. Review all the subjects that you'll find on the exam around the clock at your leisure. You can practice essay writing and learn more about American and British literature as you examine this course. Because these lessons are self-paced and mobile-friendly, you can work as quickly or as slowly as you need to.
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Syllabus & Course Information
This comprehensive study guide is designed to make your test preparations quick, easy and convenient. This study guide has all of the information you'll need to prepare for both the CSET English Subtests I and III, including the literature of the ancient world, philosophy, grammar and usage and much more. After completing this chapter, you should be ready to:
- Outline literary analysis
- Identify literary elements
- Discuss literary criticism
- Explain non-literary text analysis
- Describe individual and collaborative written composing processes
- Detail rhetorical features of literary, non-literary, oral and written texts
- Outline rhetorical effects of grammatical elements
- Define oral and written language conventions
- Explain different research methods
This course contains 10 chapters broken down into 96 bite-sized lessons for your review at your convenience. Before moving on to other subjects, take the lesson quizzes and chapter test to ensure you're ready.
CSET English Subtests I & III Exam Information
Aspiring teachers need to pass one or more of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) to qualify for licensure. These tests measure knowledge of subject-specific concepts. English Subtests I and III cover literature and textual analysis, composition and rhetoric. The CSET English Subtest I is the first exam in a four-part series.
- Number of Questions: 50 questions
- Question Type: multiple-choice questions
- Time Limit: 1 hour and 30 minutes
- Exam Cost: $72
The CSET English Subtest III has two questions; one question is based on literary text and the other question is on non-literary text.
- Number of Questions: 2 questions
- Question Type: constructed-response questions
- Time Limit: 2 hours
- Exam Cost: $75
CSET English Subtests I & III Exam Breakdown
|CSET English Subtests I & III||Percent of the CSET English Subtests I & III Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Reading Literature and Informational Texts||50%||41 questions||49|
|Composition & Rhetoric||50%||41 questions||47|
CSET English Subtests I and III Preparation & Registration
This study guide covers all of the concepts found on the CSET English Subtests I and III. In the lessons, you'll learn about American, British and ancient world literature, genre and form, text and media analysis, grammar and usage, philosophy and sentence structure. You'll also study essay writing, rhetoric, methods to improve your writing and research conventions. These lessons are generally just a few minutes long, but each offers a fun way to learn or refresh your knowledge of the information needed for the exams. You can test your knowledge of the subject matter using the short quizzes that are part of each lesson. These quizzes can also prepare you for the formatting of the questions on the actual tests.
The CSET English exams are available four times a year, and you can register for the exams up to a month before the test date; you'll also find late and emergency deadlines closer to the test date, but meeting these later deadlines doesn't guarantee that you'll be able to take the tests. During the online registration process, you'll be asked to choose the exams you want to take, provide some information about your education and experience and select a desired exam date. You can also specify the institutions that you'd like to receive your scores. After you register, you'll receive an email containing your test ticket. Bring this ticket with you to the test site along with photo identification and your own #2 pencils to complete the tests.
CSET English Subtests I and III Scoring
You can find your test results online about a month after you take the tests; your results are also sent to the institutions you specified at registration. To pass each test, you'll need to score at least 220 points. For Subtest I, keep in mind that only questions you answered correctly will count toward your score. You won't need to retake a subtest if you use the score to get certification within five years of taking the exams.
Literature and Textual Analysis
Questions in this section cover mythology, oral tradition, world literature, relationships between purposes and characteristics of dramatic literature, criticism of major authors and comparisons of print and visual media features. You'll need to be familiar with the structure and content of non-literary texts and be able to interpret specific works within social and political contexts. Questions on literary elements ask about point of view, narrative structure, tone, style and figurative language. You'll also need to know about the features of various genres, including poetry, drama and novels.
Composition and Rhetoric
In addition to being able to describe your own writing style for this section of the subtests, you'll need to understand how to use alternative methods of evaluating, drafting, revising and editing. The tests cover software application integration in multimedia presentations or print documents and the use of outlines, notes, charts and summaries to clarify content. You'll need to understand methods like analogy, cause and effect, definition and illustration, and be able to employ critical-thinking strategies to evaluate persuasion methods such as appeal, advertising techniques and logical arguments. Grammatical elements include controlling the focus of a sentence, using cohesive devices and utilizing coordinators and subordinators to logically connect ideas. You should have knowledge of basic punctuation, conventional spelling, proper capitalization and accurate sentence structure. The tests also cover research inquiry methods, critical evaluation of source quality, ethical standards for citation and presentation methods.
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