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CSET: Multiple Subjects (Cliffs Test Prep) [Paperback]

Jerry Bobrow Ph.D. , Stephen Fisher
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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September 5, 2003 0764539833 978-0764539831 1
The CliffsTestPrep series offers full-length practice exams that simulate the real tests; proven test-taking strategies to increase your chances at doing well; and thorough review exercises to help fill in any knowledge gaps.

CliffsTestPrep CSET can help you prepare for the California Subject Examination Test: Multiple Subjects. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing uses the CSET to evaluate subject matter competence for instructors seeking the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Inside this test prep tool, you'll find

  • Full-length practice tests with answers and in-depth explanations
  • Analysis of exam areas and question types with emphasis on suggested approaches and samples
  • Intensive review of subjects using outlines, glossaries, and diagnostic tests
  • Introduction to the format and scoring of the exam, overall strategies for answering multiple-choice questions, and questions commonly asked about the CSET
  • Some test-taking tips and reminders to put candidates on the right track

This book will help you understand the types of questions that will test your knowledge in seven general areas, including Visual and Performing Arts. You can get ready to show what you know in topics such as

  • Sentence structure, preferred usage, and conventional forms of spelling, capitalization, and punctuation in written English
  • United States and California history of early exploration through modern-day economic, political, and cultural development
  • The fundamentals of mathematics with focus on prime numbers, factors, integers, ratio, area, volume, perpendicular, and more
  • Primary scientific concepts, principles, and interrelationships in the context of real-life problems and significant science phenomena and issues
  • Concepts of biomechanics that affect movement and the critical elements of basic movement skills
  • Social development of children and young adolescents, including persons with special needs
  • Components of dance, music, theatre, and visuals arts education

With guidance from the CliffsTestPrep series, you'll feel at home in any standardized-test environment! (For additional help, be sure to visit the Test Prep Think Tank for free online resources.)

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From the Back Cover

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

Why CliffsTestPrep Guides?

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Written by test prep specialists

About the contents:


  • 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.

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: 10.8 x 8.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

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128 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Helped Me Pass the CSET On My First Try June 14, 2004
By "ekito"
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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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big disappointment! October 20, 2003
By Rocky
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
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
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Narrowing your focus
This book outlines the major content areas of the C-Set, and helps you to narrow your focus to the essentials in a very broad subject area.
Published 4 months ago by Sharon Scurries
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for the teachers Iin the making
I have been taking the Csets as an Undergrad Student...my credential program requires that I have all 3 passed.
I have passed 2 out of the 3. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gilda R. Cobbs
4.0 out of 5 stars just what I was needing.
The previous owner had notes written on practice but nice to see what others would do on open ended questions.
Published 19 months ago by Whitney Cauzza
5.0 out of 5 stars This book helped me pass
Okay if you are relying on this or any book you are probably not going to pass but this book served me very well. Read more
Published on February 6, 2010 by Trevor Doyle
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay for preparation
I have not taken the CSET yet, so I cannot say that this book helped me pass (or fail) the tests. It does seem to be helpful in understanding the format of the test and providing... Read more
Published on July 31, 2009 by April
1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Money and Time
The review sections of this book are completely worthless. For instance, for the Communications/Media/Drama review section there is only 2 pages of the most basic terms, that any... Read more
Published on April 30, 2009 by Test Prep Instructor
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the self-help guides, in my opinion
I took all 3 CSET multiple subjects test in March, 2009. I just found out that I passed all 3. To my shock, I even passed the math/science exam even though I stopped studying for... Read more
Published on April 14, 2009 by brian
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good condition
The book had writing on almost every page, AND there was pink highlighter EVERYWHERE! The book was not even close to being in good condition, or fair, or even acceptable.
Published on January 12, 2009 by Christine A. Stone
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete waste of time
Wasted my valuable time using this and the Kaplan guide (which I have given an equally bad review...) The practice tests are NOTHING like the real thing. Read more
Published on July 19, 2008 by Colleen J. Schaffer
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Outline...Not A Good Source
The theory of organization in this book was good, but in practice it was a disaster. The book includes subtests to show you your trouble areas, which I thought was helpful. Read more
Published on January 14, 2008 by TCB
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