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					CAHSEE Exam for 10th graders

      Scheduled this year for
     March 8 and March 9, 2011
       What is the CAHSEE?

• CAlifornia
• High
• School
• Exit
• Examination
             Outline for today
1.   Review CAHSEE content: math and English
2.   Review CAHSEE structure
3.   CAHSEE strategies
4.   Practice problems
 Why should I even care about the
          CAHSEE???
• It’s very simple……

• If you don’t pass……

• YOU DON’T GRADUATE FROM HIGH
  SCHOOL!
  – No graduation ceremony
  – No diploma
  – No financial aid at many colleges
MATH SECTION OF CAHSEE
       What is covered by the math
                CAHSEE?
1.   Number Sense (NS)                                 14
2.   Statistics, Data Analysis, Probability (PS)       12
3.   Algebra and Functions (AF)                        17
4.   Measurement and Geometry (MG)                     17
5.   Mathematical Reasoning (MR)                   8
6.   •Algebra I (1A)                                   12


• TOTAL                                                80

• CAHSEE covers 6th and 7th grade math standards, as well as
  Algebra 1.
   Additional facts you need to know
        about the math portion
• 12 trial questions for future tests
  – These don’t count against you, but you won’t
    know whether they are trial questions or not
• Total questions: 92
• Two sessions with 46 questions each
• Approximate working times: 1 hour 30
  minutes (i.e., 90 minutes)
• This means you have an average of about 2
  minutes per question
  Most important thing to know:
• You have unlimited time to complete the
  CAHSEE!
• BUT……you must be ready to demand the
  extra time!
• Be assertive!
• Don’t give in to peer pressure…take AND
  DEMAND as much time as you need!
ENGLISH SECTION OF
      CAHSEE
   What is covered by the English
 language-arts part of the CAHSEE?

1.   Word Analysis (RW)                        7
2.   Reading Comprehension (RC)          18
3.   Literary Response and Analysis (RL) 20
4.   Writing Strategies (WS)                  12
5.   Writing Conventions (WC)                 15
6.   Writing Applications (WA)                 1

TOTAL                                         73
   Additional facts you need to know
       about the English portion
• 7 trial questions for future tests
  – These don’t count against you, but you won’t
    know whether they are trial questions or not
• Total questions: 79 multiple-choice, 1 essay
Differences in the English-language arts
        portion of the CAHSEE
             Approximate working   Number and kinds of
             times                 question

Session 1    2 hours               21 multiple choice,
                                     1 essay


Session 2    1 hour 30 minutes     58 multiple choice
   Basic Strategies for CAHSEE
              success
• Have a positive approach
  – Look for questions you can answer and should get
    right
  – Skip the ones that give you a lot of trouble
  – Don’t get stuck on any one of the questions
• Multiple-choice elimination strategy
  – Eliminate the wrong answer right way
  – Mark them in your question booklet
  – Try to narrow your choices to two so you can take a
    better guess
          Miscellaneous FAQs
• TIME UNLIMITED
• No calculators allowed unless IEP allows it
• Can’t use scratch paper….but CAN write in
  the test booklet.
• Passing score: 350 points
• Never leave a question unanswered: NO
  penalty for guesses
  Quick review of basic strategies
1. Do the easy problems first.
2. Don’t get stuck on one problem—they’re all of equal
   value.
3. Eliminate answers; cross out the wrong choices in
   your test booklet.
4. Don’t misread a question—circle or underline
   important words.
5. Take advantage of being allowed to write in the test
   booklet.
6. No penalty for guessing means “never leave a
   question without at least taking a guess.”
          Additional resources
• The California Department of Education has
  many valuable materials on line:

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/resources.asp
Good luck!

				
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