Multiple Subjects Ultimate Guide 2018-10-30T20:31:51+00:00

CSET Multiple Subjects Practice Test and Ultimate Guide

So you’re taking the CSET Multiple Subjects and need to master the test? No problem, we’ve got everything you need!

1- Important Tidbits: There are a few important details you need to know, like the cost of the test, where to take it, and how many questions are on each subtest.

2- What to Know: Each subtest focuses on a specific set of skills and knowledge. We breakdown the specific concepts, ideas, and skills you need to pass EACH subtest.

3- Practice Test: Get an idea for the kinds of questions on each subtest and see how well you know the concepts. Check out our CSET videos and practice questions below.

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CSET Multiple Subjects Breakdown

Each subtest has a specific number of questions you must complete in the allotted time. Below is a breakdown of the number of question per subtest, as well as the time allotted to answer the questions.

Subtest Domains Number of Multiple-Choice Questions Constructed-Response Questions Time Allowed
I Reading, Language, and Literature

History and Social Science

26

26

2

2

3 Hours
II Science

Mathematics

26

26

2

2

3 Hours
III Physical Education

Human Development

Visual and Performing Arts

13

13

13

1

1

1

2 Hours and 15 Minutes

Important Tidbits

Cost: $99 per subtest. $247 for all subtests taken together.

Locations: The Multiple Subjects is a Computer-Administered Test (CAT), so it can be taken at numerous locations across California, as well as a few locations outside of California.

Passing Score: 220 per subtest. Test results are available within 5 weeks of testing.

Miscellaneous: A standard four-function on-screen calculator is provided examinees for the Multiple Subjects II. Testing is not available on Sundays and major holidays.

CSET Multiple Subjects: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CSET Multiple Subjects

The CSET Multiple Subjects exam is an assessment of English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Fine Arts. It is required to teach at the elementary level in the state of California.

How much is the CSET Multiple Subjects

The CSET Multiple Subjects cost $99 per subtest when taken separately. The cost for all three subtest taken together is $247.

How long is the CSET Multiple Subjects

The CSET Multiple Subjects consist of 3 separate subtest:

  • Subtest I: 52 multiple-choice questions and 4 constructed-response questions
  • Subtest II: 52 multiple-choice questions and 4 constructed-response questions
  • Subtest III: 39 multiple-choice questions and 3 constructed-response questions

For a more in-depth test breakdown, see test breakdown section.

How is the CSET scored/graded

Each CSET Multiple Subjects subtest has a passing score of 220. Each subtest is scored on a scale from 100 to 300. The test is graded on a scale. This means that if you have an easy set of questions that you, and everyone else, scores very high on- the test will “scale” your score so that the passing percentage is equal (or fair) for people who get hard test questions.

How hard is the CSET (Subtest 1, 2, & 3)

In 2014, the Multiple Subjects exam was revised. The cumulative passing rate for the Multiple Subjects has been 73%. The exam is difficult to very difficult and requires a test-taker to properly study and prepare for the exam.

*Source: Annual Report on the Passing Rates of Commission-Approved Examinations from 2010-2015.

CSET Multiple Subjects Locations

Pearson offers locations United States (and some places internationally). To find the testing location(s) nearest you, simply register for the CSET and choose the most convenient testing center.

CSET Dates

The CSET offers Computer-Based Testing (CBT). When taking the CSET via CBT, you can register at multiple locations throughout California during most weekdays.

CSET ID Requirements

To take the CSET, you must present an original, government-issued, valid (non-expired) identification that has your photograph, full name, and signature. Make sure to bring the ID with you on the day of the test to the testing center. For most test-takers, a valid driver’s license or United States Passport is a valid ID.

CSET Multiple Subjects Tips (Top 7)

  • Make sure to answer every question (even if you guess)
  • Know how much time you have left
  • Be familiar with the on-screen calculator (for the math section)
  • Understand how to write a Constructed Response Question
  • Eliminate incorrect answers first
  • Work through practice questions so you know what to expect
  • Study quality, trusted sources [like 240Tutoring]

How to Pass the CSET

To pass the CSET you must first understand what is on the exam and what you will be expected to know. The best way is to review the 240 Tutoring test breakdown materials and practice questions. Once you identify areas of weakness, you can begin targeting those areas with instructional content and practice questions.

Big Concept to Know: Phonemic Awareness. Make sure you THOROUGHLY understand what phonemic awareness is.

Big Concept Resource: http://www.begintoread.com/articles/phonemic-awareness.html

Non-Written and Written Communication

Writing questions appear on the exam, and focus mainly on two aspects of writing: strategies and applications. Writing strategy questions cover the five steps of the writing process- outline, note-taking, rough draft, revision, final draft. You also need to know about specific writing concepts such as principles of organization, transitions, point-of-view, word choice, task, purpose, and audience.

Also, for writing you should know the four principles of composition (appropriate structure, logical development of ideas, appropriate vocabulary, and context). You need to recognize the characteristics of different writing genres (argument, informative, narrative, summaries, letters, and research reports). Also, you should know how to teach students to create arguments and then support their claims.

Non-written communication addresses genres like storytelling, narratives, persuasive pieces, research presentations, and poetry recitations. But the aspects of communication still hold. Non-written communication questions address how the speaker best communicates their idea.

Big Concept to Know: The Writing Process.

Big Concept Resource: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/1/

Reading Comprehension and Analysis

Reading comprehension and analysis is the last major area the Multiple Subjects: Subtest I English questions address. The reading questions measure how well you, the test-taker, understand what you’re reading. The test provides various reading passages and asks you to identify the main idea, reason for word choice, and other relevant questions to gauge your comprehension.

You should be familiar with characteristics of different genres, including novels, short stories, folktales, fairy tales, and poems. Make sure you understand how to analyze the structure of a reading passage, looking the structure, organization, and purpose of informational texts.

CSET Multiple Subjects: English

The CSET Multiple Subjects: Subtest I English questions focus on Language and Linguistics, Written and Non-Written Communication, and Reading Comprehension. The tricky part of the English question is they focus, primarily, on how well you understand the pedagogy of English (that is how students learn, and how best to teach, English).

Language and Linguistics

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To teach English, you must first know the basics of the English language. So, the Multiple Subjects: Subtest I exam tests you on the fundamental components of human language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and the role of pragmatics). One of the foundational aspects of language is phonemic awareness – the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes. After you master that, make sure you understand the alphabetic principles, the parts of speech, and know basic sentence structures (simple, compound, and complex).

You also need to understand how a child’s first language develops, how a child can develop a second language, and the observable milestones for each development. And you should be familiar with the major theories associated with language acquisition.

Literacy development is another big aspect of Language and Linguistics. You need to understand the process of literacy development and how to assess it. Become familiar with concepts like decoding, comprehension, word recognition, spelling, accuracy, rate and prosody.

Big Concept to Know: Phonemic Awareness. Make sure you THOROUGHLY understand what phonemic awareness is.

Big Concept Resource: http://www.begintoread.com/articles/phonemic-awareness.html

Non-Written and Written Communication

Writing questions appear on the exam, and focus mainly on two aspects of writing: strategies and applications. Writing strategy questions cover the five steps of the writing process- outline, note-taking, rough draft, revision, final draft. You also need to know about specific writing concepts such as principles of organization, transitions, point-of-view, word choice, task, purpose, and audience.

Also, for writing you should know the four principles of composition (appropriate structure, logical development of ideas, appropriate vocabulary, and context). You need to recognize the characteristics of different writing genres (argument, informative, narrative, summaries, letters, and research reports). Also, you should know how to teach students to create arguments and then support their claims.

Non-written communication addresses genres like storytelling, narratives, persuasive pieces, research presentations, and poetry recitations. But the aspects of communication still hold. Non-written communication questions address how the speaker best communicates their idea.

Big Concept to Know: The Writing Process.

Big Concept Resource: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/1/

Reading Comprehension and Analysis

Reading comprehension and analysis is the last major area the Multiple Subjects: Subtest I English questions address. The reading questions measure how well you, the test-taker, understand what you’re reading. The test provides various reading passages and asks you to identify the main idea, reason for word choice, and other relevant questions to gauge your comprehension.

You should be familiar with characteristics of different genres, including novels, short stories, folktales, fairy tales, and poems. Make sure you understand how to analyze the structure of a reading passage, looking the structure, organization, and purpose of informational texts.

CSET Multiple Subjects: Social Studies

The Social Studies portion of the Multiple Subjects: Subtest 1 can be divided into three main categories: Ancient Civilizations, United States History, and California History. The tricky part is the CSET test requirements weave geography and history together, so that you must know both to really have a shot at answering the questions correctly.

Ancient Civilizations

The Social Studies portion of the Multiple Subjects: Subtest 1 can be divided into three main categories: Ancient Civilizations, United States History, and California History. The CSET test complicates things by weaving geography and history requirements together, so you must know both to really have a shot at answering the questions correctly.

For ancient civilizations, the first thing to know is how geography impacted the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Kush, Hebrew, Greek, Indian, Chinese and Roman civilizations. So, what are some examples of geography impacting these civilizations? Just take a look:

  • The Egyptians were surrounded by desert on three sides and the Mediterranean Sea on one side. This geography placement insulated Egypt from its enemies, as any invading force would have to cross a desert or sail across the Mediterranean to reach Egypt.
  • The Greek city-states, while Greek in name, were very independent in culture and values (think Athens v. Sparta) due to the difficulty of overland travel in the mountainous Greek topography.
  • Israel (the ancient Hebrew nation) is in a trade intersection of multiple major civilizations – giving it a distinct advantage in trade.

Also, you should know about the major intellectual contributions of these ancient civilizations.

Ancient civilizations also applies to the Medieval and Early Modern civilizations. Questions from this section look at the influence of physical geography on the civilizations of the Chinese, Japanese, African, Arabian, Mesoamerican, Andean Highland, and European civilizations. (See above examples for how geography impacts civilizations). You MUST know the causes for the decline of the Western Roman Empire, as well as the rise of feudalism in Europe and Japan during the “Dark Ages” (the period between 600 A.D. –  1400 A.D.) You should be familiar with Pre-Columbian American art, architecture, and science. Also, you need to know about the influence of Christianity and Islam on Europe and the Middle East during this time, as well as the cause and influence of the Renaissance.

P.S. Check out the Magna Carta – it’s a big deal.

Big Concept: How Geography impacts Civilizations

Big Concept Resource: http://ancienthistory.mrdonn.org/geography.html

United States History

United States history is not nearly as broad, but you need to know specific details. The big concepts to know for U.S. History begin with why Western European countries began exploring the Americas (see this page about the Northwest Passage), how the economic idea of Mercantilism influenced American colonization (article about Mercantilism), and how slavery developed in the New World (in-depth analysis about Bacon’s Rebellion). You really need to know about the Revolutionary War (the War for Independence), specifically, the colonial political and military leaders, the impact of the war on Americans, France’s role in the war, and the key ideas outlined in the Declaration of Independence.

Moving forward in history, you need to know about the political system in the U.S.- such as how citizens participate, the Articles of Confederation, the factors leading to the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights (see article above), the major principles of the U.S. Constitution and – this one is VERY IMPORTANT – the separation of powers outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

Once you understand the political ideology of the new republic, look at U.S. expansionism (like Manifest Destiny) and the government’s policies toward American Indians during this time of expansion. As the U.S. expanded, the question of slavery became even more polarizing and important. Eventually, this would lead to the Civil War and subsequent Reconstruction. While specific Civil War battles are unlikely to be on the Multiple Subjects: Subtest I, you should know about the implications of Reconstruction on the South, such as the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendment, the role of Blacks and women in this time, and Jim Crow laws. Reconstruction eases into the industrialization of America – the second Industrial Revolution – and the immigration it encouraged. So be familiar with the response of Nativism and the impact of industrialization on the U.S.

Big Concept to Know: The ensured rights of the U.S. Constitution, specifically the separation of powers, federalism, and the concept of a Democratic Republic.

Big Concept Resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO7FQsCcbD8

California History

California history is all about… CALIFORNIA! (Didn’t see that one coming, did you? Maybe you did…)

California history focuses somewhat on Pre-Columbian civilization in California, so make sure you know the geography, economic activities, folklore, and religion of American Indians in California. Also, you should really understand the impact of Spanish exploration on California – such as the impact of the mission system.

Make sure you know the impact of the gold discovery on the culture, politics, social fabrics, and economy of California.

Finally, you need to know about the key principles in California’s Constitution – such as progressive-era reforms of the referendum and recall – as well as the similarities and differences between California’s Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. You should know about migration to California (during the Dust Bowl and in the 1950s) – and the cultural, social, political, and economic impact of migration. You should know the factors leading California’s water system – and its relationship to geography – as well as the development and locations of California’s major economic activities (mining, agriculture, entertainment, recreation, aerospace, electronics, and international trade).

Big Concept: The Mexican-American War – because it changed California immensely. Who controlled California before the war, then after the war, how this timeline relates to the Gold rush and when California became a U.S. state are all important details to know.

Big Concept Resource: http://www.history.com/topics/mexican-american-war

IMPORTANT NOTE:

On Part II of the CSET Multiple Subjects: Subtest I test guide, it does state that non-history, social studies skills will appear on the test. This includes economic concepts like scarcity, opportunity cost, supply and demand, the business cycle, and fiscal and monetary policy. For political science, this includes concepts like reading a map and a globe, geographic systems (like the water cycle), and cultural diffusion. This can also include concepts related to philosophy, anthropology or general concepts relating to human migration.

CSET Multiple Subjects: Mathematics

The mathematics questions on the Multiple Subjects: Subtest II can be the most intimidating for many test-takers. The reason is many test-takers do not feel comfortable with math, yet alone answering 24 math questions ranging from solving for “X” to calculating the probability of a die roll to how best to teach fractions to fifth-graders. The good news is that the mathematics tested on the Multiple Subjects: Subtest II is just, for the most part, basic mathematical skills. The math questions can easily be divided into four sections: Number Sense, Algebra and Functions, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics/Probability.

Number Sense

Number sense questions focus on how well you understand the base 10 place value system, your understanding of the greatest common factor and prime factors (which are really important), ordering real numbers (integers, mixed numbers, and rational numbers) on a number line, representing numbers in scientific notation, and performing operations with positive, negative, and fractional exponents.

Big Concept: You must understand the order of operations: P-E-MD-AS and how it impacts solving or simplifying a function.

Big Concept Resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClYdw4d4OmA

http://www.purplemath.com/modules/orderops.htm

Algebra

The Algebra questions focus on how well you can identify numerical patterns – specifically using functions, tables, and graphs. That means you should be able to identify patterns and create an equation to mimic the pattern. Also, you should understand proportional reasoning – ratios, equivalent fractions, similar triangles, etc. The Algebra section also focuses on expressions for equalities and inequalities (no, not the political inequalities you see in the news, mathematical inequalities). You need to know equations can be different, but also the same, like how 2(x + 3) = 2x + 6. You should understand basic linear equations (y = mx + b) and how to translate an equation to a graph. And finally, make sure you know what basic exponential equations look like on a graph.

Big Concept to Know: You need to be able to explain the meaning/connection between symbolic expressions- like relating a real-life situation to a mathematical equation or vice-versa.

Big Concept Resource: Practice Questions below

Geometry and Measurement

Geometry questions focus on shapes and their symmetry, translations, rotations and reflections – as well as triangles (I mean, it is geometry). Make sure you understand the basic definitions of shapes – how many sides each shape has and the sum of their interior angles. You should also know how shapes are reflected, translated, and rotated along a geometric plane.

Measurement questions focus on how well you can measure basic units (time, length, angles, perimeter, area, surface area, volume, weight/mass, temperature). You need to be able to calculate the perimeter of two- and three-dimensional figures, as well as their surface area, and the volume of 3D figures. Also, you will be tested on proportional reasoning – or how a scale drawing translates to a full-sized object.

Big Concept to Know: The Pythagorean Theorem. If you don’t know what that is- you need to watch the video in the resource.

Big Concept Resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA6RfgP-AHU

Probability and Statistics

The probability and statistics questions focus on analyzing data for mean, median, mode, and range, expressing probabilities in a variety of ways, using ratios, proportions, decimals, and percentage, while assessing the probability of outcomes in terms of defined samples.

To prepare for the probability and statistics questions, make sure you know how to gauge the probability of outcomes of a given situation.

CSET Multiple Subjects: Science

The science questions on the CSET Multiple Subjects: Subtest II are divided into three categories: Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. Earth Science covers the solar system and the universe, the structure and composition of the Earth, and the Earth’s atmosphere. Life Science is about the living and nonliving components in environments, as well as the life cycle, how reproduction works (get your mind out of the gutter, it’s a science test) and evolution. Physical Science questions focus on the structure and properties of matter, as well as the principles of motion and energy.

Earth Science

Multiple Subjects ScienceTo really conquer the earth and space science section, you need to know the characteristics of different minerals – such as quartz, calcite, hornblende, mica, and other common ore materials. You should really be familiar with the three types of rocks – sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic. Also, you should understand that the earth’s processes impact the earth’s structure. What does that mean? Things like how erosion, especially from water, can shape rock formations and how weathering can affect environments. Finally, you really should know the water cycle and the fundamental impact it has on all life on Earth.

P.S. Make sure you brush up on the lunar cycle. It’s important.

Big Concept to Know: Plate Tectonics – the theory that underneath the Earth’s crust are large plates that float/shift across the surface of the earth. These shifts are the primary cause of mountains, earthquakes, and volcanoes. Be sure to brush up on plate tectonics for the science test.

Resources for the Big Concepts: https://www.livescience.com/37706-what-is-plate-tectonics.html

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg_UBLFUpYQ

Life Science

The life science questions focus on living organisms and life on Earth. So that means knowing things are made up of cells, and knowing how cells work. All living things must have food, water, and shelter to survive. Knowledge of ecosystems and what impacts them is important – water supply, temperature, soil composition. Also, you should know about specific life cycles – like the butterfly, frog, or mouse, and the different ways animals reproduce (sexual v. asexual reproduction). How cells reproduce (mitosis) and the different types of cells is another key concept you should grasp. Finally, undergirding the understanding of life is the theory of evolution and that living organisms evolve through natural selection.

Big Concept to Know: Energy and Food Chain. Among living things there is a hierarchy of plants, insects, small animals, and big animals. You should know what a primary producer is, what a consumer is, and what a decomposer is. All this makes up an ecosystem – the plants, the consumer, and the decomposers. AND, energy is passed between these levels to keep the energy in the ecosystem and food chain.

Resources for the Big Concepts:  https://www.khanacademy.org/science/biology/ecology/intro-to-ecosystems/a/food-chains-food-webs

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZhE2p46vJk

Physical Science

The physical science questions test your understanding of the physical properties of matter (solid, liquid, and gas) – specifically about their mass, density, hardness, and conductivity. You should know about the physical changes of matter, like water moving from a freezing state to a gaseous state, and the chemical changes of matter, like brewing coffee, and how physical changes differ from chemical changes. You should know the structure of an atom, and how different structures create different elements – which is how the Periodic Table is arranged – by the increasing number of protons in the atomic nucleus. You will see questions about pH, and you need to know the approximate pH levels of common items (detergent, soda, and water). And since physical science deals with physics, you need to know the fundamentals of objects in motion – like the different ways to describe an object’s motion (position, displacement, speed, velocity, acceleration). You must know about simple machines (levers and pulleys) and different energy forms (solar, wind, chemical, electrical, nuclear, etc.). You should know the different ways heat is transferred (conduction, convection, and radiation) and the difference between heat and temperature.

Big Concept to Know: Waves – specifically the properties of waves (mainly light waves). Know how amplitude and frequency impact wavelength, and how changing these properties influences the characteristics of wavelengths.

Big Concept Resources: https://www.khanacademy.org/science/physics/mechanical-waves-and-sound/sound-topic/v/sound-properties-amplitude-period-frequency-wavelength

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRBfpBPELmE

CSET Multiple Subjects: Fine Arts

The CSET Multiple Subjects: Subtest 3 focuses on Physical Education, Human Development, and the Visual and Performing Arts. The physical education questions focus on teaching students physical education, human development questions focus on how students develop – both emotionally and physically – and the visual and performing arts section focuses on dance, music, theater, and visual art.

Physical Education

Physical education questions center on body movement skills, such as body awareness, space awareness, and movement exploration. Make sure you know the object of manipulation (like catching) and the basic concepts of biomechanics that affect movements (like how the body moves, and the impact of gravity, friction, and the laws of motion on body movement). Also, the questions focus on exercise physiology, like the benefits of exercise, how often a student should exercise, and the frequency and intensity of exercise. Exercise physiology focuses on flexibility, muscular strength, endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance, and body composition.

The physical education questions also assess your knowledge of traditional and non-traditional games and physical activities (so brush up on common P.E. games elementary students play and learn why). The questions also measure your ability to choose games that are inclusive for all students, regardless of gender, race, culture, religion, ability or disability.

Physical development questions focus on mental and physical human development. For these questions, you should know the development of an adolescent’s fine and gross motor skills, as well as factors that influence development (exercise, relaxation, nutrition, stress, substance abuse, etc.) Also, know how physical activity impacts a student’s self-image and how goal-setting using physical activities impacts a student’s life-long growth. Finally, recognize individual differences pertaining to gender, race, culture, ability, and disability and how to promote a positive classroom using cooperation, competition, and socially responsible behavior.

Big Concept: What is exercise and why is it important.

Big Concept Resource: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/facts.htm

Human Development

Human development questions look at the cognitive, social, and physical development of children. Cognitive development questions focus on a student’s understanding of reasoning, symbolic manipulation, and problem-solving. You need to know the stages of cognitive development and the characteristics of each stage.

Social development refers to a student’s personality and temperament – things like attachment, self-concept, autonomy, and identify.

A student’s development is also influenced by various factors which can be genetic, organic, sociocultural, socioeconomic, sex, and gender. Abuse – physical, emotional, substance abuse, and neglect – also affects a student’s development. Know how each of these factors can impact a student’s development.

Big Concept: You need to know Erikson’s stages of Devleopment

Big Concept Resource: https://www.simplypsychology.org/Erik-Erikson.html

Fine Arts

California has a handbook about how to teach the Arts: Visual and Performing Arts Framework and Student Academic Content Standards. Review that booklet and know the basics. It is a great first step in preparing for the Multiple Subjects: Subtest 3 test.

For each of the arts (dance, music, theater and visual arts) you should know that art is created purposefully to communicate something. Depending on the medium, you can use different tools to communicate different things. Examples for each area might be:

  • Elements of dance, such as
    • Space
    • Time
    • Levels
    • Energy/force
  • Elements of music, such as
    • Pitch
    • Rhythm
    • Timbre
    • Music Concepts
      • Music Notation
    • Elements of theater
      • Acting
      • Directing
      • Design
      • Scriptwriting
    • The principles of art:
      • Balance
      • Repetition
      • Contrast
      • Emphasis
      • Unity

Big Concept: Art is used to communicate ideas. What are the different tools of each medium and how to use those tools.

CSET Multiple Subjects: Subtest I Practice Test

Reading, Language and Literature Questions

Now, let’s look at a few CSET Multiple Subjects practice questions in each area to see how these concepts might actually appear on the real test.

Ready? Let’s go!

Question 1

A first-grade teacher can formally and informally assess students’ phonemic awareness development in a variety of ways including all EXCEPT:

  1. having the students blend together sounds into words that the teacher gives orally
  2. repeating the words back after the teacher says them aloud
  3. having the students read silently and write down certain syllables
  4. having the students give rhymes to short words that the teacher gives

Correct answer: 3. 

When a student is reading silently, the teacher cannot assess pronunciation. Also, phonemic awareness is the ability to hearindividual sounds, not necessarily read them. Therefore, this is the answer to the question.

Question 2

When teaching decoding skills, what kind of words should a teacher use to introduce the concept?

  1. Single, closed-syllable words
  2. Multi-syllable words
  3. Words with clear suffixes and prefixes
  4. Vowel digraphs and diphthongs

Correct answer: 1. 

Single, closed-syllable words are the most basic words and decoding instruction should start with the most basic words. Examples of single, closed-syllable words include mom, dad, pen, top, hat, etc.

Question 3

A third-grade class is learning the steps of the writing process. The students are currently writing sentences and paragraphs. Which of the following steps of the writing process have students already completed?

  1. Brainstorming ideas on a topic
  2. Rewriting sentences to correct any grammatical errors
  3. Adding or adjusting words in a sentence
  4. Sharing the final product with classmates and the teacher

Correct answer: 1. 

Brainstorming comes before writing sentences and paragraphs in the writing. The incorrect options come after writing sentences and paragraphs.

Question 4

Read the two sentences below and answer the question:

Original Sentence: Its hot outside.

Edited Sentence: It’s hot outside.

What aspect of the edited sentence was improved?

  1. Word choice
  2. Sentence fluency
  3. Writing conventions
  4. Organization

Correct answer: 3. 

Writing conventions are the tools and mechanics that structure a written language. Examples of writing conventions are spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar. The edit in the sentence is the punctuation (an apostrophe) in the words “its”, which is a writing convention.

Question 5

Which of the following is the best definition of qualitative evaluation of text complexity?

  1. Qualitative evaluation analyzes the level of meaning, structure, language, conventionality, clarity, and knowledge demands of a text.
  2. Qualitative evaluation analyzes the readability measures and other scores of text complexity.
  3. Qualitative evaluation analyzes the reader variables, such as motivation, knowledge, and experience of a reader.
  4. Qualitative evaluation should not be used in analyzing text complexity.

Correct answer: 1. 

Text complexity is simply how challenging text material is for the students at their specific grade level. Determining text complexity is important in proper assessment of students because the level will help the teacher understand how best to interpret students’ assessment scores. Qualitative evaluation of text complexity measures the qualitative dimensions of a text, such as the level of meaning, structure, language, conventionality, and knowledge demands. Qualitative evaluation of text complexity seeks to understand how difficult a text is for the reader. Quantitativeevaluation of text complexity measures the word frequency, word difficulty, and sentence length. Quantitative measures typically use a set formula and are calculated by computer software.

Question 6

A fourth-grade teacher wants to help her students become more aware of their literacy development by helping them better monitor their progress during reading and writing. Which of the following will best help students track their development?

  1. Work with partners to complete weekly running records of progress
  2. Journal daily what they have learned that day
  3. Set specific and individual goals regarding improvements they want to make
  4. Write as many grade-level vocabulary words by memory as they can within five minutes

Correct answer: 3. 

This is correct because setting specific individual goals will help students become more invested in their own learning and will provide them with a way to hold        themselves accountable.

Question 7

Research in the area of fluency instruction indicates repeated and monitored _____  reading improves reading fluency.

  1. Choral (with all the students reading simultaneously)
  2. Character
  3. Oral
  4. Silent Oral

Correct answer: 3. 

There is not a type of reading called character reading. Silent reading is an incorrect answer even though it might enhance fluency. The problem is that in many instances, students get off-track with silent reading unless there is accountability for what has been read. With choral reading, students can look like they are actually reading but are only “mouthing” the words.

Question 8

Mary is reading a book and is making judgments and decisions beyond what is stated in the text of the book. Which of the following methods of comprehension is Mary using?

  1. Inferential
  2. Literal
  3. Vocabulary
  4. Internal

Correct answer: 1. 

Inferential comprehension is the ability to make judgments and decisions beyond what is explicitly stated in the text.

Question 9

Which of the following stages of spelling development is primarily characterized by letter-sound correspondence?

  1. Semiphonetic
  2. Transitional
  3. Phonetic
  4. Conventional

Correct answer: 3. 

Phonetic spellings, also known as invented spelling, require students to use their knowledge of sounds in words and then assign corresponding letters.

Question 10

Ms. Ader wants her students to develop an understanding of how to write for different audiences. Which of the following writing activities will best address this goal?

  1. Students write instructions for a board game.
  2. Students write to their principal requesting a day off. Students then write to the assistant principal asking for a day off.
  3. Students write a thank-you note to the local firefighter station. Students then write a thank-you note to the local police station.
  4. Students write to a friend about their school experiences so far. Students then rewrite the letter for their teacher.

Correct answer: 4. 

Students will write differently to their friend than to their teacher. These are two very different audiences, as one audience (the friend) is informal and the other audience (the teacher) is more formal.

History and Social Science

Now, let’s look at a few practice questions in each area to see how these concepts might actually appear on the real test.

Ready? Let’s go!

Question 1

Many gold miners who came to California during the gold rush, despite finding significant amounts of gold, left California with the same amount of money as when they arrived. Which of the following offers the best explanation for this phenomenon?

  1. Businesses took advantage of the influx of miners and raised prices to accommodate the demands.
  2. Gold was of little value in California.
  3. The miners did not invest their gold findings wisely.
  4. The miners were exploited by more organized mining companies.

Correct answer: 1. 

An example can be found in analyzing a business like a hotel. If a particular region experiences many miners finding lots of gold, then the hotel rates will increase. For example, if the hotel has five vacant rooms for one dollar a night, and six men, each with 20 dollars in gold, want the room, then the six men will bid the price of the room up to a much higher rate than one dollar. The business charged relative to what other miners could pay.

Question 2

The English desire for colonies in the Americas was directly influenced by:

  1. King James signing the Magna Carta.
  2. mercantilism and the creation of joint-stock companies.
  3. the Civil War between the Roundheads and the Cavaliers.
  4. Parliament’s increasing power during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Correct answer: 2. 

Many colonies were founded with permission or at the request of the king. King James signed the Magna Carta 500 years before the first colony was founded. This did not directly affect England’s desire for colonies. The English Civil War was a series of wars in the mid-17th century over the balance of power between the King of England and the Parliament. The war was fought between supporters of the king (Cavaliers) and supporters of Parliament (Roundheads). This did not directly affect England’s desires for colonies.

Question 3

Manifest Destiny inspired Americans to migrate westward and settle the land between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean. Which of the following is a major long-term effect of this westward expansion by the United States?

  1. A peaceful relationship with American Indians
  2. Increased tensions between the United States and France
  3. Increased tensions between the United States and Great Britain
  4. The growth of agriculture and mineral operations in the United States

Correct answer: 4. 

Much of the land settled by Americans in the 19thcentury was west of the Mississippi and the land was great for farming and had many natural resources like gold, silver, and oil that Americans extracted. Americans and American Indians clashed and fought in many battles because of the westward American expansion. France and Great Brittan had no stake or claim on the lands of the West.

Question 4

Which of the following describes how the Crusades led to the Renaissance?

  1. Crusaders brought back wealth from the Holy Lands
  2. Trade with Asia was stimulated by Crusaders bringing back Asian goods
  3. The increased power of the Church
  4. Bringing Jerusalem under Christian rule

Correct answer: 2. 

As more goods were brought back, the nobles of Europe began to demand more Asian goods. Merchants began establishing trade routes to fulfill the demand and, along with Asian goods, brought back literature from ancient Greece and Rome that had been preserved by Byzantine and Arabic scholars.

Question 5

Which of the following geographic factors favored the development of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China?

  1. All four civilizations were located in tropical climates
  2. All four civilizations were located near coastlines
  3. All four civilizations were located along the banks of major rivers
  4. All four civilizations were located in higher grounds of free diseases

Correct answer: 3. 

Each of the four civilizations developed around a large river. The main reason for settling near a large river is to take advantage of a close freshwater source. As the civilizations developed, they began diverting water for irrigation purposes. The rivers that the civilizations began next to were Egypt- The Nile; Mesopotamia- The Tigris and Euphrates; China- The Yellow River and the Yangtze River; India- The Indus and Ganges.

Question 6

Which of the following is the greatest contributing factor to the fall of the Western Roman Empire?

  1. Pressure on the northern frontiers by Germanic tribes and the decline of central authority
  2. Increased pressure of trying to feed the enormous population of Rome
  3. Lead water pipes that poisoned the ruling class
  4. The feeding of Christians to the lions as entertainment for the Romans

Correct answer: 1. 

The fall of the Western Roman Empire is marked by a series of events beginning in the late 4th century. Many of these markers, such as the deaths of emperors, resulted in political instability. Also, Germanic tribes in the northern regions began to recapture many Roman lands and apply pressure on the northern borders of Rome, eventually sacking Rome in 410 and 455.

Question 7

Which best describes the Emancipation Proclamation?

  1. Ended slavery only in the border states
  2. Was a major factor in the South’s decision to secede from the Union
  3. Freed slaves in those states that were fighting against the U.S. Government
  4. Ended slavery in the entire United States

Correct answer: 3. 

The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, during the American Civil War. It stated that all slaves were free in states that were rebelling against the U.S. – the Confederate States of America. The Emancipation Proclamation did not outlaw slavery or make former slaves citizens. Today it is seen as a milestone in the fight against the institution of slavery.

Question 8

Spain was the third country to explore the lands of California, but the first country to colonize the area. Which of the following best explains why Spain was the first country to colonize California?

  1. Spain already had land holdings in Mexico and establishing missions in California was an extension of their land claim
  2. The Treaty of Versailles in 1606 required England and Portugal to focus on land claims east of the Mississippi River
  3. The land claims of Francis Drake were deemed invalid by the English Crown
  4. The exploration by Portugal concluded that California had poor geographic factors for colonization
Correct answer: 1. 

This is the best answer. The two other nations did not have land holdings in the area, and the time it required to sail around the tip of South America to reach California made colonization very hard. The Spanish colonization of California was immensely easier than if Portugal or England would have tried because of Spain’s established forts in Mexico.

Question 9

Which of the following will most likely result in a price decrease and sales decrease for smartphones?

  1. A decrease in demand for smartphones
  2. An increase in demand for smartphones
  3. A decrease in supply of smartphones
  4. An increase in supply of smartphones
Correct answer: 1. 

A decrease in demand for smartphones will likely decrease the price and sales of smartphones. If people do not want to buy smartphones, then prices will drop to entice consumers to purchase the smartphones and sales will likely decrease because people are not interested in smartphones.

Question 10

Mr. Scotts breaks up a dispute among two second-grade students. In discussing the situation with the students, Mr. Scotts realizes they were arguing over the use of class resources. This situation could best be used to teach which of the following economic principles?

  1. Opportunity cost
  2. Free trade
  3. Scarcity
  4. Mercantilism
Correct answer: 3. 

Scarcity refers to the limitation of resources in a given scenario. Scarcity is a fundamental economic problem that humans have needs and desires, but they live in a world of limited resources. On a daily basis, humans must choose how best to spend their time to accomplish their priorities; humans cannot pursue all their desires and needs due to the limitation of time and resources. Scarcity leads to the idea of opportunity cost. A person must decide to pursue opportunity A or opportunity B and the cost of pursuing opportunity A is that opportunity B cannot be pursued (and vice-versa).

CSET Multiple Subjects: Subtest II Practice Test

Science Questions

Now, let’s look at a few practice questions in each area to see how these concepts might actually appear on the real test.

Ready? Let’s go!

Question 1

Which parts of an atom are located inside the nucleus?

  1. Protons
  2. Electrons
  3. Subtrons
  4. Magnetrons

Correct answer: 1. 

The protons are located inside the nucleus of an atom.

Question 2

Which of the following would be the best explanation for why motion occurs?

  1. Motion occurs when an object’s physical position changes due to having equal forces acting on it
  2. Motion occurs when an object’s physical position changes due to unbalanced forces acting on the object
  3. Motion occurs when an object’s physical position changes due to the object’s mass equaling the amount of force being applied to it
  4. Motion occurs when an object’s physical position changes due to a change in density

Correct answer: 2. 

Motion occurs when an object changes its physical position because unbalanced forces are acting on it. Unbalanced forces result in motion because the forces acting on the object have different magnitudes. For example, if you push a pen across a desk, the force acting on one side of the pen is not equal to the force acting on the opposite side of the pen; therefore, the pen moves.

Question 3

Many rodents living in the Sahara Desert have sand-colored hair. Which of the following best explains this phenomenon?

  1. The sand caused a mutation to occur
  2. Sand-colored hair is easier for predators to see
  3. Because of the long days in the desert, the sun darkened their hair color
  4. Natural selection favors this color

Correct answer: 4. 

Natural selection favors the sand-colored hair because this color helps protect the rodents by camouflaging them from predators.

Question 4

Which of the following rocks are formed under molten material?

  1. Shale
  2. Igneous
  3. Sedimentary
  4. Metamorphic

Correct answer: 2. 

Igneous rock is rock that is solidified lava or magma. Shale rock is a mix of mud and clay materials. Sedimentary rock is one of the three main types of rock groups. It is caused by a buildup of minerals over a period of time. Metamorphic rock is rock that has undergone a metamorphosis. The metamorphosis is usually a profound chemical or physical change that is caused by the rock being exposed to heat and pressure.

Question 5

The earth’s crust is divided into sections called plates. These plates essentially float around the mantle of the earth, which is a molten rock layer underneath the crust. As these plates move around, their boundaries can collide with one another pushing the earth’s crust together. Which of the following best describes the result of these collisions?

  1. Mountains
  2. A magnetic field
  3. A reservoir
  4. Valleys

Correct answer: 1. 

The movement of plates can be constructive or destructive. The boundaries of the plates can collide together pushing the earth’s crust together forming mountains. This is considered to be a constructive process because the force between the plates is constructive (creating) instead of destructive (destroying).

Question 6

When a substance undergoes a _____ change either one or more new substances are formed.

  1. chemical
  2. physical
  3. natural
  4. ecological
Correct answer: 1. 

A chemical change results in the production of one or more new substances that have different properties from the original substance. The new substance is chemically different from the original (Ex. burning wood is a chemical change because it changes the wood into ashes).

Question 7

Different organisms undergo different stages, or cycles, during their lifetime. Most organisms, including dogs, snakes, and fish, have a life cycle that includes 3 stages, while others like the butterfly have 4.  Which of the following statements is true regarding organisms that have a three-stage life cycle?

  1. The 3 stages include the pupa, adult, and the egg. The cycle starts with the pupa. The pupa grows into the adult and then forms an egg.
  2. The appearance of the young resembles the adult; the young are just smaller in size
  3. The 3 stages include the pupa, egg, and the adult. The cycle starts with the pupa. The pupa grows into the egg and then hatches into the adult.
  4. The appearance of the young is greatly different from the appearance of the adult
Correct answer: 2. 

This is the true statement.

Question 8

Energy cycles through an ecosystem from one organism to another.  Which of the following depicts the correct order in this cycle?

  1. Parasitism → commensalism → mutualism
  2. Cell → tissue → organ
  3. Egg → larva → adult
  4. Producer → consumer → decomposer

Correct answer: 4. 

This is the correct order in which energy cycles through an ecosystem.

Question 9

The majority of nitrogen on Earth is found in:

  1. the atmosphere
  2. plants
  3. trees
  4. animal waste

Correct answer: 1. 

The majority of the nitrogen on Earth is located in the atmosphere. About 78% of the Earth’s atmosphere consists of nitrogen.

Question 10

Using the picture above, which of the following best describes the conditions of a new moon?

  1. A new moon occurs when the Earth is between the sun and the moon
  2. A new moon occurs when the moon is between the sun and the Earth
  3. A new moon occurs once every two lunar cycles
  4. A new moon occurs when half the moon is illuminated by the sun

Correct answer: 1. 

The movement of plates can be constructive or destructive. The boundaries of the plates can collide together pushing the earth’s crust together forming mountains. This is considered to be a constructive process because the force between the plates is constructive (creating) instead of destructive (destroying).

Math Questions

Now, let’s look at a few practice questions in each area to see how these concepts might actually appear on the real test.

Ready? Let’s go!

Question 1

What is the value of the “3” in the number 17,436,825?

  1. 30,000
  2. 300,000
  3. 3,000
  4. 300

Correct answer: 1. 

In a base ten system, each place location for a number has a value that is a power of ten. Specifically, the ones place is properly understood to be 100(because any nonzero number raised to the zero power equals 1). The tens place is 101, the hundreds place is 102, the thousands place is 103, etc.

Question 2

Which situation could best be represented by the equation: 12x = 54?

  1. Marty earns $12 for typing a paper. If her rate is $54 per hour, what is x, the number of hours it actually took to type the paper?
  2. Marty collected 12 dozen eggs for every day for 54 days. What is x, the total number of dozens of eggs she collected?
  3. Marty had 54 minutes left on his cell phone plan. If he uses 12 minutes, what is x, the number of minutes remaining on his cell phone plan?
  4. Marty made car payments on her car for 54 months until it was paid off. What is x, the number of years it took Marty to pay off her car?

Correct answer: 4. 

This is the correct situation for the given equation. 54 months divided by 12 months per year gives us 4 ½ years.

Question 3

X Y
1 -2
3 4
5 10
9 22

Use the table to answer the question:

Which of the following equations correctly models the relationship in the table?

  1. y = x – 2
  2. y = 2x
  3. y = 3x + 1
  4. y = 3x – 5

Correct answer: 4. 

Natural selection favors the sand-colored hair because this color helps protect the rodents by camouflaging them from predators.

Question 4

Jim wants to walk to Bill’s house. To get to Bill’s house, Jim walks 3 miles south and then walks 4 miles east. Jim wants to know how many miles he would have walked if he just walked in a straight line. How many miles would Jim have walked if he walked in a straight line to Bill’s house?

  1. 4 miles
  2. 5 miles
  3. 6 miles
  4. 7 miles

Correct answer: 2. 

This can be solved using the Pythagorean Theorem: a2+ b2= c2. The Pythagorean Theorem allows students to find the length of any side of a right-angle triangle when the length of the other two sides is known. Because Jim walked south, and then directly east, Jim makes a 90 degree turn. To find the distance if Jim walked straight, simply take the two lengths Jim walked and fill in the Pythagorean Theorem: (32) + (42) = 9 + 16 = (52). C = 5.

Question 5

Susan surveyed the people leaving Mama Mia’s Pizza Palace to determine America’s favorite food when eating out. What is the best explanation for why the results of Susan’s survey might NOT be valid?

  1. The survey is biased because it did not include everyone in America
  2. The survey should have been conducted in front of a different restaurant
  3. The survey is biased because it only interviewed people who had just eaten at a specific restaurant
  4. The survey should have been conducted online

Correct answer: 3. 

This gives the best explanation of why this survey is invalid: it only interviewed the people who had just eaten at a specific restaurant, so the sample surveyed was definitely not random.

Question 6

Order the following numbers from greatest to least: -2, ½, 0.76, 5, √2, π.

  1. 5, π, √2, 0.76, -2, ½
  2. 5, π, √2, 0.76, ½, -2
  3. -2, 0.76, ½, √2, π, 5
  4. -2, ½, 0.76, √2, π, 5

Correct answer: 2. 

This is correctly ordered from greatest to least. The largest number is 5, which rules out answer choices C and D. The biggest issue here might be deciding which is larger: π or √2. It is important to know that a good estimate for π is 3; it is good to know that √2, the square root of 2, is some irrational number slightly bigger than 1. So π > √2 and so far, we have: 5, π, √2. 0.76 is close to 0.75 or 3/4, which is bigger than 1/2. -2 is the smallest, the only number less than 0. So, the correct order is 5, π, √2, 0.76, 1/2, -2.

Question 7

Simplify: 200 – 3(6 – 2)³ + 10

  1. 174
  2. 246
  3. -2
  4. 18

Correct answer: 4. 

To get the correct final value of 18, the Order of Operations must be followed. In this problem, there are several operations occurring: subtraction, multiplication, use of exponents, and addition. Because the order of operations, commonly abbreviated by the acronym PEMDAS, requires that what is inside parentheses be addressed first, the first step in this problem is to perform the subtraction of 6 – 2 = 4. From there, the problem becomes 200 – 3(4)³ + 10. Once the work inside of the parentheses has been completed, exponents should be handled next. In this case, 4 is raised to the third power, resulting in 200 – 3(64) + 10. The subtraction, multiplication, and addition remain. As “M” precedes both “A” and “S” in PEMDAS, multiplication of the 3 with 64 must be completed before subtraction or addition can occur, leaving 200 – 192 + 10. In this next stage, the fact that Subtraction is a form of Addition (subtraction is addition of opposites), and so Addition and Subtraction form a pair of equally ranked operations, means that the subtraction and addition in this problem are to be simplified in the order in which they appear when reading the problem from left to right. Accordingly, 200 – 192 + 10 = 8 + 10 = 18.

Question 8

Which of the following is equivalent to the inequality?

5 > x -1

  1. x < 6
  2. x > 4
  3. x < 7
  4. x < 4

Correct answer: 1. 

To simplify the expression 5 > x -1, add +1 to both sides of the equation: 5 + 1 > x -1 + 1 = 6 > x.

Question 9

Jonathan is filling large cylindrical metal buckets with popcorn to sell as a money-raising project for new band uniforms.  Which is closest to the volume of the bucket?

  1. 179.43 cu ft
  2. 2155.13 cu ft
  3. 1.2 cu ft
  4. 15 cu ft
Correct answer: 3. 

The volume of a cylinder is found by the formula V = Bh where B is the area of the base. In a cylinder, the base is a circle so the area of this base is π7² = 49π and the height (h) is 14. So, V = 49π14 = 686π ≈ 2155.13 cubic inches. All the answer choices are given in cubic feet. How many cubic inches are there in 1 cubic foot? 12 in x 12 in x 12 in = 1728 in. Therefore, to find the correct answer divide 2155.13 by 1728 to get roughly 1.2 cu ft.

Question 10

Jessie draws a marble from the bag and then, without replacing the first marble, he draws a  second one.  What is the probability that he drew a red marble both times? (View attachment  for larger image)

  1. 3/10 • 3/9
  2. 3/10 • 3/10
  3. 3/10 • 2/9
  4. 3/10 • 2/10
Correct answer: 3. 

This is an example of dependent events. P(red) = 3/10 for the first draw. In this situation the first marble is not returned to the bag, changing our sample to 9 marbles. If the first marble drawn was red, that leaves only 2 red marbles, so on the second draw, P(red) = 2/9; two red marbles out of 9 total. The probability of both events happening is 3/10 • 2/9.

CSET Multiple Subjects: Subtest III Practice Test

Physical Education, Human Development, and Visual and Performing Arts Questions

Now, let’s look at a few CSET Multiple Subjects practice questions in each area to see how these concepts might actually appear on the real test.

Ready? Let’s go!

Question 1

Mr. Alberts is an elementary physical education teacher. For an activity, he writes various letters on large poster boards and has his class stand in a line perpendicular to him. He holds up a poster board with a letter and the students think of a way to shape their body to mimic the shape of the letter. This activity is most likely to promote the students’ physical development in which of the following areas?

  1. Muscle memory
  2. Eye-foot coordination
  3. Tactile awareness
  4. Body awareness

Correct answer: 4. 

This is the best answer as the students would have to think about ways to move and shape their body to mimic the letter.

Question 2

Which of the following is the best example of a non-locomotor activity?

  1. Have students jump on incrementally higher boxes until they can no longer jump high enough onto the next box
  2. Have students stand back to back and have them practice passing a basketball between each other by rotating their hips while remaining in place
  3. Have students run an obstacle course that incorporates skipping, running, and jumping
  4. Time students in a quarter-mile footrace

Correct answer: 2. 

A non-locomotor activity consists of moving body parts but remaining in the same place. Non-locomotor activities include stretching, twisting, turning, bending, etc. This is the only activity where students stay in the same spot throughout the activity.

Question 3

Which of the following actions best demonstrates a student’s expression and capacity for empathy?

  1. The student demonstrates active listening skills when engaged in conversations with classmates and teachers
  2. The student honestly provides his opinion during group activities
  3. The student offers to help a classmate struggling on a homework assignment
  4. The student writes a three-paragraph essay about the concept of empathy

Correct answer: 3. 

This is the best answer option because a student is observing another student struggling, most likely thinking how that would make the student feel, and then responding to the student.

Question 4

A student is observing a painting and notices that objects on the bottom of the canvas overlap objects in the middle of the canvas. Which of the following artistic concepts is best achieved by overlapping objects?

  1. Perspective
  2. Motion
  3. Texture
  4. Contrast

Correct answer: 1. 

Perspective is a technique that allows the artist to create depths in the drawing. When objects near the bottom of the canvas overlap objects higher in the canvas, it makes the objects lower in the canvas appear closer to the observer, creating depth in the drawing.

Question 5

Mrs. Tune is creating a unit about meter in music for her elementary students. Before Mrs. Tune introduces meter, which concept should she introduce?

  1. Weak and strong beats
  2. Syncopation
  3. Temp
  4. Singing in tune

Correct answer: 1. 

Meter, the grouping of beats into repeated sets, depends on a weak and strong beat. Students must first learn about weak and strong beats before grouping beats into sets.

Question 6

Which of the following is the best strategy to help students become more flexible?

  1. Incorporate massages into the weekly class schedule
  2. Start each activity with a warm-up activity and stretching
  3. Start each activity with a short run and jumping jacks
  4. End each activity with sprinting exercises

Correct answer: 2. 

Stretching helps students become more flexible. Stretching is the best activity to increase students’ flexibility.

Question 7

The potential to achieve mature performance in skipping, sliding, and galloping may be evident around the age of:

  1. 3
  2. 5
  3. 6
  4. 7

Correct answer: 1. 

At age three, children should be demonstrating the ability to gallop, skip, and slide.

Question 8

Theatre emerged in ancient Greece from which of the following?

  1. Social tensions between slaves and citizens
  2. Religious ceremonies
  3. Political conflict between the city-states
  4. The need for actors to support themselves

Correct answer: 2. 

Modern theatre emerged from Greece in the 6th century B.C. Theatre evolved from religious ceremonies.

Question 9

When a singer is described as singing sharp, it means that:

  1. the pitch is too low
  2. the pitch is too high
  3. the tempo is too fast
  4. the tempo is too slow
Correct answer: 2. 

Singing a pitch too high is “singing sharp.” Singing a pitch too low is “singing flat.” Tempo does not have anything to do with singing sharp.

Question 10

Which of the following is NOT a printmaking process?

  1. Lithography
  2. Engraving
  3. Etching
  4. Tempera
Correct answer: 4. 

Tempera is a permanent, fast-drying painting medium. Tempera also refers to the paintings done in this medium. So tempera deals with a type of paint and the paintings done with this paint; it is not a printmaking process.

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