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CSET: Multiple Subjects (Cliffs Test Prep) Paperback – September 5, 2003

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ISBN-13: 078-5555868649 ISBN-10: 0764539833 Edition: 1st

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Your complete guide to a high score on the new CSET: Multiple Subjects test

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About the contents:

Introduction

  • Action plan for doing your best
  • Basic overall strategies
  • Description and format of the exam
  • Commonly asked questions

Part I Analysis of Exam Areas

  • Successful strategies for every subtest
  • Analysis of every question type
  • Special section on how to understand charts, graphs, maps, cartoons, and diagrams

Part II Review of Exam Areas

  • Short, intensive reviews of reading, language and literature, history and social science, math, science, physical education, human development, and visual and performing arts
  • Outlines, glossaries, and diagnostic tests in selected areas

Part III Two Full-Length Practice Examinations with Answers and Explanations

Test Prep Essentials from the Experts at CliffsNotes

About the Author

Jerry Bobrow, Ph.D., is a national authority in the field of test preparation. As executive director of Bobrow Test Preparation Services, he administers test preparation programs at over 25 California institutions, including 15 California State Universities, numerous county offices of education and major school districts, and the California Teachers Association. In the past 30 years, Dr. Bobrow has authored over 30 books used nationwide and assisted over a million test takers in preparing for various standardized exams.

Stephen Fisher, M.A., is recognized as an outstanding educator who has spent over 35 years in education and for the past 17 years has been an administrator in the Beverly Hills Unified School District (currently principal at El Rodeo School). Mr. Fisher has authored 5 books used nationwide. Since the inception of the MSAT and CSET: Multiple Subjects, he has been developing preparation materials and teaching preparation classes for many California State Universities.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cliffs Test Prep
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Cliffs Notes; 1 edition (September 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764539833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764539831
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jerry Bobrow, Ph.D. is an award-winning educator and author. He is a national authority in the field of test preparation and has been administering the test preparation programs for most California state universities for the past 29 years. Each and every year he administers over 500 programs assisting over 17,000 students in preparing for standardized exams. Dr. Bobrow has authored over 30 national best-selling test preparation books including Cliffs Preparation Guides for the MSAT, GRE, GMAT, SAT I/PSAT, CBEST, NTE, PPST, ELM, GED and ACT tests.

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131 of 137 people found the following review helpful By "ekito" on June 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
I just received my scores for the CSET exam, and I passed ALL THREE subtests on my first try, and all taken on the same day, thanks in large part to Cliff's CSET test prep book by Jerry Bobrow and Stephen Fisher.
There was a test prep workshop that I enrolled in that recommended the MSAT book by Research & Education Association. However, the CSET exam replaces the MSAT exam; the reason given for using the older MSAT book was because it contained more detail in the history and literature sections. To this day, I never opened the MSAT book; rather, I used the Cliff's CSET book extensively.
Here is how the Cliff's CSET book worked for me:
First, I studied the CSET Web site (URL: [...]) to find out exactly what the exam was all about. There is a link that provides you with a comprehensive outline of the subject matter requirements that you are responsible for on the CSET. Print this out and study it! THEN, I started reviewing Cliff's CSET book and saw how closely it mirrored the official CSET Web site's content requirements that would be tested for on the exam. It was this organization, and additional detail not found on the CSET official Web site, that helped me tremendously in preparing for the exam.
Second, after reviewing each section in the Cliff's CSET book, I referred to a series of books that provided additional detail. I have read complaints about this book not having enough detail from other reviews of this book. I also read reviews that recommended supplementing this lack of detail with a series of books by Hirsch: "What Your 4th (or 5th or 6th) Grader Needs to Know." When I took a look at these books, I said to myself, they are good resources if you have the time to sift through them all by grade.
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Rocky on October 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
First of all, let me say that this book, the CliffsTestPrep guide on the CSET, is a big disappointment. I waited 2 months for this book to be published, and when it finally came to my door i was overjoyed. I happily scanned through the pages, and by the time i got to the last page, i felt like there was something missing. The contents seemed very general and not thorough enough. The book was filled with outlines and reviews on the topics that were "supposed" to be on the test, however, it does not go in depth with these topics.
Nevertheless, i stuck with it anyways, since i had never taken the CSET before, and Cliffs had gotten me out of trouble many times in the past. So i studied this book religiously for 3 weeks. Then when it came time to take the CSET, i thought i was ready. I went into taking the CSET with confidence, and came out shattered. The topics that were covered in the book came reasonably close to the actual test, but it didn't matter because the questions in the test requires you to know more of the details... which was not provided in this book.
Let me give you a preview of Cliff's guide on the CSET. There are three parts to it. The first part is: Analysis of Exam Areas, which is pretty pointless, because this info could be downloaded off the CSET website. The second part is a review of the subject areas. And like i said earlier, was insufficient. Finally, the third part of the book consists of 2 practice exams with detailed answers. The only thing i thought was useful about this book.
I did not get my results yet, but it doesn't look good for me. If i didn't pass, i don't blame anyone but myself. I guess if there is an advice i can give you is to use more than one study aid. I don't recommend this book, but you can buy it for reviewing if you have extra money and time to spare. Hope this helps.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Halley on February 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I thought the Cliff Notes was a good study guide to start with. It gives a nice overview of the contents (maybe not as detailed-but hey) and it gives some sample tests in the back, so it was a big + for me. I had a good feel for how the CSET would test me out in terms of the format of the test. Although I had to use "What my XX grader needs to know" to supplement my studies, I found the CLiff's study guide a helpful tool.
I also purchased the Teaching Solutios CD (cateachingsolutions.com) and it is a total bogus product! Watch out for this product, cause the material is not relevant to the CSET AT ALL. They have weird fonts all over the material, they have NO sample test or sample test questions, and the content is nowhere near what the CSET is testing. This is one of those internet scam companies, so watch out. I deeply encourage serious customers to do an internet online search about this product, to re-verify what I am saying (if you think I'm making this up). If you had already purchased this product, file a complaint with your credit card company, and have it removed and blocked from your account. Just my thoughts ...
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Starflower on January 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
I used this book three months prior to taking the 3 cset multilple subjects tests. It took that much time for me to read all of the material covered in the book! Don't expect to read through the book one week before the test and ace the exam. You'll be covering alot of material and will have to remember alot of it. This book is comprehensive, well organized and breaks down the material covered into palatible slices. Just start early with it and like me you will be able to pass the cset tests in the first go!
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