CSET Mathematics Practice Test

The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) exams are part of the qualification process for licensure in the state of California. Those who wish to be licensed mathematics teachers will need to take this exam specifically. Licensure is not based on this exam alone but several exams and the appropriate education and work experience.


Who Can Take It?

There are no specific limits to who can and cannot take any CSET exams. However, these exams are typically taken by prospective California state teachers during their education or licensing program. These programs or institutions may have certain requirements for candidates. To make that you qualify and are ready to take this and other CSET exams, check with your licensing agency or school district.

The CSET: Mathematics is made up of three subtests. Each subtest costs $99. This must be paid during registration.

When and Where is it Taken?

The CSET: Mathematics exam can be scheduled to take each subtest separately or all three can be taken in one testing session. You can schedule these sessions year-round, Monday through Saturday except on holidays.

Pearson VUE administers the CSET and all of its exams. They offer this exam at locations throughout the state of California, as well as nationwide and in Canada.

You will be provided with a complete list of dates, times and available locations during registration. To make sure you get your preferred testing session, register soon, as space may be limited.

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What Should Be Brought?

It is important that you arrive at the testing center at least 30 minutes before your scheduled exam to have enough time to sign in. If you arrive late for the exam, you be considered a no-show and will not be allowed to test that day. You will forfeit any fees paid up to that point and will have to go through the registration process again.

You will need to bring a piece of current and valid personal identification. This ID must contain your signature, a recognizable photo, and your full name that matches your registration information.

This exam is taken on a computer only. This means that items such as pencils, paper, and other personal items are not needed and prohibited from being in the testing area.

It is allowed, and recommended, that you bring a graphing calculator for Subtest II. Only Texas Instruments TI-73, TI-83, and TI-84 are allowed. Note that memory of your calculator will be cleared by testing staff both before and after the exam.

What Does it Cover?

The CSET: Mathematics exam has three subtests. These can be scheduled to take separately or together in one testing session.

Below is a brief outline of each subtest:

Subtest I has 35 multiple choice questions and three constructed response questions. You are given two hours and 30 minutes to finish it. The constructed response questions will require that you handwrite and scan your responses into the computer system. You will be given instruction of this during the exam.

Domains covered:

  • Number and Quantity – 10 multiple choice questions and one extended response question
  • Algebra – 25 multiple choice questions and extended response questions

Subtest II consists of 35 multiple choice questions, three constructed response questions. You are given two hours and 30 minutes to complete it.

Domains covered:

  • Geometry – 25 multiple choice questions and two extended response questions
  • Probability and Statistics – 10 multiple choice questions and one extended response question

Subtest III has 30 multiple choice questions and two constructed response items. You will have two hours to complete it.

Domains covered:

  • Calculus – 30 multiple choice questions and two extended response items.

How is it Scored?

It can take up to seven weeks to get your exam results. When you receive these, it will include your pass/fail status. For those that did not pass, it will include a breakdown of each subtest with total scores and your strengths and weaknesses. This will help you understand what subjects to study at length for your re-take.

A scaled score of at least 220 must be received on each subtest to be considered passing.

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