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# Getting To Know The Cahsee

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### Getting To Know The Cahsee

1. 1. CAHSEE PREP An LBG PowerPoint
2. 2. To Pass You Need 66% Out of every three questions you only need to get two right
3. 3. Tactics <ul><li>Each multiple choice question has 4 choices. </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate 2 = a 50% chance of getting it right </li></ul><ul><li>[1 out of 3 right] + [ a 50/50 guess at the other 2] = [ 2 out of 3] = PASS </li></ul>
4. 4. Remember <ul><li>Take your TIME… Ask for Extra Time! </li></ul><ul><li>Stay Calm … Stay Focused! </li></ul><ul><li>Answer Every Question </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate at least 2 Wrong Answers </li></ul><ul><li>Go with Your Gut (Read them out loud) If it sounds wrong, it probably is! </li></ul><ul><li>Then … </li></ul>
5. 5. Stay Calm, Stay Focused … Take Your Time … Take Extra Time! <ul><li>You WILL pass!  </li></ul>
6. 6. STRATEGY TO PASS: Eliminate the Wrong Answers & Make an Educated Guess! <ul><li>Answer EVERY Question </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate wrong answers - You do not lose points for guessing </li></ul><ul><li>TRUST YOUR EARS! If it doesn’t sound right – it probably isn’t! Eliminate it! </li></ul>
7. 7. Breakdown <ul><li>45 points = Reading passage questions </li></ul><ul><li>15 points = Writing Conventions </li></ul><ul><li>12 points = Writing Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>18 points = Writing a short essay </li></ul>
8. 8. The Facts <ul><li>TOTAL POINTS: </li></ul><ul><li>CAHSEE ENGLISH TEST </li></ul><ul><li>Entire section = 90 points </li></ul><ul><li>NUMBER NEEDED: </li></ul><ul><li>to PASS = 59 points </li></ul><ul><li>66% Correct and “You have done it!” </li></ul>
9. 9. FORMAT <ul><li>SENTENCE QUESTIONS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grammar - Multiple Choice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sentence Structure – Fill in the Blank or Choose the Best Version for the underlined part of the sentence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ESSAY REVISIONS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rough Drafts – Sentence revision or reading comprehension </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ESSAY – WRITING TASK </li></ul>
10. 10. Rule #1: If it sounds wrong, it probably is wrong. Rule #2: Identify the Concept being tested… or WHAT KIND OF QUESTION IS IT?
11. 11. Focus on the Answer Choices <ul><li>Sentence Questions #1: Fill in the Blank Pronouns, Adjectives, Contractions, Diction </li></ul><ul><li>Sentence Questions #2: Underlined/Replace? Verbs, Punctuation, Quotations, Parallelism, Modifiers </li></ul>
12. 12. Writing Conventions <ul><li>1.2 Understand sentence construction (e.g., parallel structure, subordination, proper placement of modifiers) and proper English usage (e.g., consistency of verb tenses). </li></ul><ul><li>1.1 Identify and correctly use clauses (e.g., main and subordinate), phrases (e.g., gerund, infinitive, and participial), and mechanics of punctuation (e.g., semicolons, colons, ellipses, hyphens). </li></ul><ul><li>1.3 Demonstrate an understanding of proper English usage and control of grammar, paragraph and sentence structure, diction, and syntax. </li></ul>
13. 13. Writing Strategies <ul><li>1.1 Establish a controlling impression or coherent thesis that conveys a clear and distinctive perspective on the subject and maintain a consistent tone and focus throughout the piece of writing. </li></ul><ul><li>1.2 Use precise language, action verbs, sensory details, appropriate modifiers, and the active rather than the passive voice. </li></ul><ul><li>1.5 Synthesize information from multiple sources and identify complexities and discrepancies in the information and the different perspectives found in each medium (e.g., almanacs, microfiche, news sources, in-depth field studies, speeches, journals, technical documents). </li></ul><ul><li>1.9 Revise writing to improve the logic and coherence of the organization and controlling perspective, the precision of word choice, and the tone by taking into consideration the audience, purpose, and formality of the context. </li></ul>
14. 14. Parallelism <ul><li>Understand sentence construction (e.g., parallel structure, subordination, proper placement, modifiers) and proper English usage (e.g., consistency of verb tenses) </li></ul><ul><li>PARALLELISM is a rule of grammar that says words in a sentence that have the same function must be in the same form </li></ul>
15. 15. Parallelism matches words up
16. 16. Parallelism <ul><li>Rule #1: Words in a sentence that have the same function must be in the same form. </li></ul><ul><li>Tip: Lists of VERBS in DIFFERENT FORMS (Tenses) which means that they should have the same endings. </li></ul><ul><li>In other words, pick the matching ending </li></ul>
17. 17. Are they a match?? <ul><li>Step 1: Check the question. </li></ul><ul><li>*Is it underlined? </li></ul><ul><li>*Are they asking about commas? </li></ul><ul><li>*Are they asking about parallelism? </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2: Eliminate answer choices that have verbs with different endings. </li></ul>
18. 18. Tips <ul><li>1.) Skim the question and look for the words AND or OR … check on each side of those words to see whether the items that are matching are identical triplets. </li></ul><ul><li>2.) If they are not look for the answer that makes them identical. </li></ul><ul><li>3.) If there are several items in a list put them in a column and see if they are alike or parallel </li></ul><ul><li>4.) Read it to yourself are there words that make the same sound? i.e. Racing, skiing, boating, cooking </li></ul>
19. 19. Let’s Try It! <ul><li>greeting a customer, escort them to a table and offer a beverage </li></ul><ul><li>to greet customers, escorting them to tables and offering them a beverage. </li></ul><ul><li>to greet customers, escorting them to a table, and to offer a beverage. </li></ul><ul><li>greeting customers, escorting them to a table and offering beverages. </li></ul>
20. 20. And the correct answer is… <ul><li>D </li></ul>
21. 21. So now you can say…
22. 22. Writing Conventions: 10WC1.2 <ul><li>Rule of 3: look for _____, _____ and ____. </li></ul><ul><li>VERBS: look at the ends of the words (they should be in the same form, i.e., ___ing or ___ed (Where they trick you is giving you an irregular verb ending) </li></ul><ul><li>TIP: See what’s different in the answers (and figure out what kind of question it is: parallel) </li></ul>