Hi. I'm new to this forum so I would like to say hello to everyone first I have a situation that is killing me right now. I am trying to get my New York State Certification in visual arts. I have passed the first two exams (LAST, ATS-W) the last exam I must take in order to get my certificate is the CST in visual arts.
After I graduated college I left the country for two years to work with the peace corps. When I came back I tried to take the cst exam and did not pass (I guess two years took its toll on my test taking strategies.) I used a study guide but it was very very limited with information for this specific exam. It didn't even have a practice exam or anything. Now just thinking about this test gets me all anxious... Has anyone taken this test who can help me? I'm Desperate!
I moved this to a seperate thread for you. Sorry I couldn't be of help on the actual topic...
Don't expect others to do for you what you are not willing to do for youself.
I have taken the test a number of times and have yet to pass.
I am still struggling with the exam. Over time, along with classmates we have come up with subjects/questions that are asked and recycled on the test. The essay questions are often recycled as well.
The works of art used in the essays that we have seen are:
Edward Hopper- Nighthawks
Salvador Dali - Persistence of Memory
Andy Warhol - 100 Soup Cans
Picasso - les demoiselles d'avignon
I do have questions written down that I have pulled from the exam.
The test is EXTREMELY frustrating and all I would like to do is pass the thing.
Hopefully this helps and I can help you some more with the questions i have, but I have yet to type them out... I'll try to get them up soon. Maybe with the questions we can come up with appropriate answers
Thanks everyone for all your help. Still trying to get use to the whole forum format haha. Ectocooler! The test is beyond frustrating! I hate how this damn test is delaying the whole certification process. I remember the essay being the Dali painting... grrrr. It will be incredibly helpful to get some of the questions you have pulled from the test. I wish I could help you in preparation for the test. Keep in touch!
In the meanwhile, have you thought about the possibility of working as a substitute? If you work as a substitute you'll develop some valuable teaching experience. You will also have the opportunity to get to know some of the schools within a district.
Originally Posted by I<3Art
If you have substitute teaching experience and a vacancy opens up after you're certified, you may have a leg up on the competition if you have building administrators who know and like you.
that's funny, as I took the test with a friend of mine who failed by one point and wanted to be in the peace corps.
The practice tests were helpful for me (obtained on the website of NYSTCE). The essay writing was a large amount of points. You have to make an argument in the first paragraph and go into detail with your supporting paragraphs.
You must know art techniques and ART HISTORY. I took Chinese, 20th century, General art history I and II, and Gender Art history, but was still challenged by the printmaking, sculpture, and other art history questions. You must choose the "best" answer even though two or more may be right.
Do not fear! you will pass the next one. Take the practice test on the NYSTCE website and yes, they do sell books similar to SAT practice books.
Note: Very little of what is covered in the CST was actally relevant to my K-5 or 8th and 9th grade art teaching! However, the kids occassionally appreciate an art history lesson tied in with a project.
Originally Posted by I<3Art
My test showed a print (Chinese I think) or a woman and a little boy in kimonos. The woman had her obi tied in the front, so I guessed she was low class and went on from there based on Memiors of a Geisha! Luckily I knew the names of some Chinese Art History Eras and was able to b.s. my way into a good score on the essay. I later found the print in some kids art history book somewhere and I was wrong about the period, etc... I guess just sounding like you know what you're talking about and using art words is what they're looking for.
Originally Posted by ectocooler28
Yes! i heard about this but cant identify it.. if anyone can identify this, or help us out so we can be prepared that be of great help!
Originally Posted by Artsy Marci
also if anyone is studying for the 12.11 test feel free to PM me and we can get some emails going with an email study group maybe?
You are taking the test in december! I'm not ready to take it again so I wish you the best of luck. If i would have gotten that chinese piece as an essay question i probably would have had a panic attack right there and then! haha oyi!