Passing the CAHSEE: English-Language Arts About this Book This book will provide you with an accurate and complete representation of the English-Language Arts section of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). Inside you will find reviews that are designed to provide you with the information and strategies needed to do well on the test. Two practice tests are provided, both of which are based on the official CAHSEE. The practice tests contain every type of question that you can expect to encounter on the CAHSEE English-Language Arts. Following each test, you will find an answer key with detailed explanations designed to help you completely understand the test material. About the Test Who Takes the Test and What is it Used For? Beginning with the class of 2006, every high school student who plans to graduate from a California public high school must first pass the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). The test consists of two parts: Mathematics and English-Language Arts. Students are first required to take the CAHSEE in grade 10. Those who pass both parts, Mathematics and English-Language Arts, have completed the test requirement for graduation and do not have to retake the test. Students who do not pass either or both parts need to retake the part or parts they have not passed in 11th grade and 12th grade, until they pass. When and Where Is the Test Given? Every public school district in California will provide students with multiple opportunities to take the CAHSEE. Each district may administer the CAHSEE several times a year, choosing from a list of test dates that are designated by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The CAHSEE test is administered over two days. The English-Language Arts section is given on the first day followed by the Mathematics portion the next day. Is There a Registration Fee? No. Because all California public high school students are required to take and pass this test in order to receive a high school diploma, no fee is required. Test Accommodations and Special Situations Parents of special education students, students with disabilities (including attention deficit disorder), and students who are learning English should contact their local high school officials regarding possible waivers, extra time, or special arrangements (accommodations or modifications) during the CAHSEE. These special arrangements can include the use of a calculator, special seating, a quiet environment, or a large print test booklet, among others. English learners may be able to use a glossary. Scoring of the test may be done differently, depending on whether the special arrangement is an accommodation or a modification. Ask your school officials for further information or check on the CAHSEE website. Additional Information and Support Additional resources to help you prepare to take the CAHSEE include: * the official State of California CAHSEE website at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/hs/resources.asp * REA's The Best Test Preparation for the CAHSEE Mathematics How to Use this Book What Do I Study First? Read over the review sections and the suggestions for test-taking. Studying the review sections thoroughly will reinforce the basic skills you need to do well on the test. Be sure to take the practice tests to become familiar with the format and procedures involved with taking the actual CAHSEE. To best utilize your study time, follow our CAHSEE Independent Study Schedule located on page xix of this book. When Should I Start Studying? It is never too early to start studying for the CAHSEE. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to sharpen your skills. Do not procrastinate! Cramming is not an effective way to study, since it does not allow you the time needed to learn the test material. The sooner you learn the format of the exam, the more time you will havMoody, Daniel L. is the author of 'Best Test Preparation For The CAHSEE English-Language Arts' with ISBN 9780738600017 and ISBN 0738600016.