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Barron's How to Prepare for the Last/Ats-W: How to Prepare for the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written

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A book by Robert D. Postman

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Author: Robert D. Postman
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
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Preparing for the LAST-Teacher Examinations by Postman

  • Apr 29, 2005
Overall, this work is understandable. The exam has a number of
lengthy paragraphs followed by a single question. Such a format
requires that you read the question first and then read the
paragraph utilizing a highlighter. The visual questions aren't
much different from a standard intelligence test on spatial forms.
The math and science are very straight-forward. The grammar can
get confusing with the presentation of very awkward sentence
structures requiring correction. Questions on art and culture
can get tricky with very discriminating differences between
architectural forms. Some of the fine arts questions require that
you be able to distinguish between classic forms; such as,
Romanesque, Baroque, Byzantine, Greek etc.

This test will measure very general knowledge in the arts and
sciences. The format gets very awkward in spots. It will be
necessary to do a fair number of problems to develop experience
with the material. The Postman work is well organized. The
problems are challenging. A criticism of the work is that the
problem sets are somewhat limited in number although the level
of difficulty is appropriate. This book should be utilized in
conjunction with others on the subject. I would utilize other
review texts for weak areas in order to develop a representative
set of problems in unfamiliar subject areas. Testing on amorphous
spatial forms and problems contrasting classic architectural
differences typify new or unfamiliar material for the candidate
reviewing the material for the first time.

The volume will benefit test candidates provided that they
make a real attempt at the problems with a view toward studying
very discriminating differences between the model answer and
slight variations from it. This volume is not a reader. It contains numerous problems which depict the material to be tested. Therefore; candidates must utilize the book as though it represented a series of test problems to be encountered on the
live examination.

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