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- Available Lessons: 83
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryLet us help you prepare for the CSET English Subtest 4 with short lessons on topics related to creative writing, oral communication, dramatic performance and more. Use the quizzes and chapter tests in this course to gauge how well prepared you are to take the exam and where you may need to focus your studies.
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About This Course
Check out this engaging test prep course for help studying for the CSET English Subtest 4 exam, a requirement for prospective California English teachers. The information you'll need to know for the test is laid out in concise lessons covering media and journalism, major dramatic works, the writing process and more. You can work at your own pace and on your own schedule, with 24/7 computer and mobile access to the chapter's learning tools.
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Syllabus & Course Information
Each lesson in this course is aligned with concepts that could appear the CSET English Subtest IV exam. Review lessons on public speaking, oral communication and more. You can get ready for the exam with lessons that prepare you to:
- Identify notable plays and playwrights
- Outline the writing process
- Describe the process of creative writing
- Discuss literary forms and genres
- Detail the oral communication process in speaking and listening
- Provide tips for public speaking
- Discuss key elements of media and journalism
- Relate information about dramatic performance
There are 9 chapters in this course, which are broken down into 70 lessons, all aligned with the subjects covered on the exam. Each lesson is accompanied by a short, multiple-choice quiz for quick assessment.
CSET English Subtest IV Exam Information
The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) are used to determine if applicants for a teaching license in California have the content area knowledge needed to succeed in the classroom. Prospective English teachers must pass a 4-part series of exams that includes subtest IV.
- Number of Questions: 4
- Question Type: constructed-response
- Time Limit: 1 hour and 30 minutes
- Exam Cost: $75
CSET English Subtest IV Preparation and Registration
Before you tackle this English subtest, check out our study guide. You can use the video lessons to review exam topics and take the quizzes to figure out how much study time you need to put in before exam day.
Subtest IV is administered six times annually, and regular registration for the exam is available up to around one month before the test. The registration process requires you to create an account by entering your personal and contact information after selecting a username and password. When you're ready to pick a test date and test site, you can log in and complete your registration. Once your payment has been received, you'll get a confirmation email and an admission ticket that you must print and bring with you to the testing center on exam day.
CSET English Subtest IV Scoring
A group of licensed California teachers will read your constructed response essays and award up to three points for each one depending on how well you fulfilled the purpose of the assignment. The appropriateness and accuracy of the evidence you used to back up your response will also be taken into consideration.
These scores are converted to a 100-300 point scale, and you'll need at least a 220 to pass. You can find out how you did on the exam one month after your test date.
Communications: Speech, Media and Creative Performance
This subtest includes one content domain concerned with evaluating a wide range of communication skills. These skills include your ability to use appropriate diction, eye contact and body language when giving an impromptu speech, participating in a debate or attempting to persuade an audience. You should also be able to recognize how the relationship between the speaker and the audience changes depending on whether communication takes place in small group, public address or interpersonal settings.
Other exam questions address the aesthetic qualities of media and the impact of various media formats on society. You'll also need to know how to create your own multimedia presentations using strategies designed to persuade, entertain or inform your audience.
Additionally, this subtest assesses your familiarity with the processes involved in staging and rehearsing a dramatic production. Exam questions might address the steps required to direct movement on stage, set up lighting and sound and design sets, costumes and props. You'll also need to come to the test with a fundamental knowledge of storytelling and recitation traditions. You should be able to conduct character analyses of a script or play's dramatis personae and employ the acting techniques needed to bring them to life on stage.
Last but not least, there are exam questions addressing the techniques used to write poetry, fiction and drama. You'll want to be aware of the purposes of workshops and readings in the creative writing process.
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