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The California Subject Examinations for Teachers, or CSET, was developed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The tests were designed for those individuals wishing to become teachers of certain subjects in the state of California. There are multiple parts of the program that aid the candidates in meeting certification requirements.

There is the basic skills requirement, which is met by passing the 3 subtests of the multiple subjects and writing skills test. The next requirement is the subject matter competence requirement. For any candidate that need to meet the subject matter requirements for a multiple subject teaching credential must pass the CSET: Multiple Subjects subtest. For those applying for one particular subject, or for an education specialist credential; you must pass the appropriate exam for your subject of interest.

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For candidates that must satisfy the No Child Left Behind subject requirement, the requirements are the same as those for the subject matter requirement. The multiple subjects require that subtest, and the specific subjects require their respective subtests.

The educational technology requirement is met by taking the only exam currently approved to satisfy the requirement, the CSET: Preliminary Educational Technology exam. This exam is only for those out-of-state candidates requiring credentials in the state of California. This exam fulfills the basic requirements for educational technology as required for the multiple subjects section or the appropriate subject in which the individual is seeking credentials.

The last requirement is for those who wish to acquire the proper credentials to be a bilingual educator. They must prove their competence by taking the CSET: World Languages subtest, along with other valid exams that can help demonstrate their knowledge.

The tests themselves measure the candidate’s knowledge in comparison to a set standard. It is not in relation to how fellow candidates score. Each of the subtests of CSET are designed to measure specific knowledge and skills of the respective subject. The test materials were developed using many forms of media, state standards, and other programs. To aid you in your quest for credentials, Mometrix Academy has provided the following list of free CSET practice test questions. More subtests will be added as they are developed. We also have many other test prep materials such as CSET flashcards and a CSET study guide for all the sections. See the links below for more details.

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What is the CSET?

The CSET, or the California Subject Examinations for Teachers, measures a potential teacher’s knowledge and skills that are needed to teach K-12 in public schools in California. You will be tested over basic skills such as reading and writing.

How much does it cost to take the CSET exam?

If you choose to take the CSET Multiple Subjects exam, the testing fee is $99 per each subtest if you take them separately. If you choose to take all three subtests together, the testing fee is $247.

How long does it take to get the CSET scores?

You can expect to see your score results within 5 to 7 weeks after taking your exam. However, each exam has a different release time for your scores.

What score do you need to pass the CSET test?

Each CSET subtest is scored on a scale of 100 to 300. To pass a CSET exam, you will need to have a score of 220 or above.

How long do you have to wait before you can retake a CSET exam?

To retake a CSET exam, you must wait 45 calendar days from the day that you took your test or subtest.

How many questions are on the CSET test?

The CSET Multiple Subjects exam consists of 3 subtests. Subtests 1 and 2 have 52 multiple-choice questions with 4 constructed-response questions. Subtest 3 has 39 multiple-choice questions and 3 constructed-response questions.

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by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: August 25, 2023

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