Cst test prep night 1

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Cst test prep night 1

  1. 1. CALIFORNIASTANDARDSTEST Tips and Techniques
  2. 2. What is the CST??? The STAR--CST test is based on the California State Standards. It stands for “California Standards Test” CST tests are intended to assess what the state expects teachers to teach and what students are supposed to learn. Tests in English and Math are given in grades 2 through 11. Content area tests (e.g. science) are given during specified grades.
  3. 3. WHAT IS THE CST USED FOR? It is designed to help teachers andadministrators determine areas ofacademic strength and areas to improveupon.
  4. 4. Test PerformanceAdvanced — Superior performance. Students demonstrate a comprehensive and complex understanding of the knowledge and skills measured by this assessment, at this grade, in this content area.Proficient — Solid performance. Students demonstrate a competent and adequate understanding of the knowledge and skills measured by this assessment, at this grade, in this content area.Basic — Limited performance. Students demonstrate a partial and rudimentary understanding of the knowledge and skills measured by this assessment, at this grade, in this content area.Far Below/Below Basic — Lack of performance. Students demonstrate little or flawed understanding of the knowledge and skills measured by this assessment, at this grade, in this content area.
  5. 5. SLOW DOWN! Don’t rush. CST tests are NOTtimed. There is no reward for finishingfirst and no penalty for finishing last.
  6. 6. How to Mark Your AnswerSheet Fill in the bubbles completely Erase any changed answers completely
  7. 7. General Tips• Double-check the test number in your test booklet against the answer sheet every few questions to be sure you are on the right number.• Answer the question in your head before you read through the answers you can choose from.• Cross out any answer that you know is wrong.
  8. 8. Math Tips Clue WordsSubtraction Addition • difference • sum • how much • total more • in all • perimeter • exceed
  9. 9. Math Tips Clue Words DivisionMultiplicati on • share • product • distribute • total • quotient • area • average • times
  10. 10. Steps to Solve a WordProblem1) Read the question twice.2) Circle the active word, (e.g. total, sum, difference).3) Underline the information they give you.4) Draw a picture, chart or graph.5) Fill in the information provided and put a question mark for the unknown.6) Solve the problem.7) Assess the answer: Does it make sense?8) Check your answer.
  11. 11. English Exam Tips1) When given a passage to read and questions to answer after, scan the questions before you read the text.
  12. 12. Maximizing Performance Research suggests that human beings think, learn and communicate most effectively when the brain and central nervous system are operating at a peak level. How well we think is influenced by human physiology:  Mood  Exercise and movement  Hydration level  Nutrition  Sleep  StressExcerpted from: http://www.palmbeachschools.org/settingthestage/BrainResearch.asp
  13. 13. S H I F T YOUR PERSPECTIVE I collected a point there, and there and there!I know I got that wrong! ☺ ☹
  14. 14. Tip #1Treat your body well! Get a good night’s sleep. Eat a breakfast with protein and slow burning carbohydrates. Relax and believe in yourself.
  15. 15. Tip #2 If after you’ve used all of yourresources you still don’t knowthe answer ….guess!!
  16. 16. Tip #3http://www.palmbeachschools.org/settingthest age/StudentAnimation.mov
  17. 17. Tip #4 If time remains, go back through but do notchange all your answers. Only changesomething if you are certain it was wrong.Remember: Your first guess isusually right.
  18. 18. Practice QuestionsReleased Test QuestionSTAR Sample Questions with StandardsCA State Standards
  19. 19. The most effectiveperformance happens when we create a profoundly optimistic and stress-free testing environment.

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