Becoming a teacher in California requires you to pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). To obtain an elementary teaching credential, you must take three CSET Multiple Subjects subtests (101, 214, and 225).
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CSET Multiple Subjects Exam Outline
Each of the three CSET Multiple Subjects subtests contains a mix of multiple-choice questions and constructed-response questions, and the time limit varies for each subtest.
Subtest I (101)
The first subtest contains 52 multiple-choice questions and four constructed-response questions, and you will be given a time limit of three hours.
The questions are grouped into two domains:
1. Reading, Language, and Literature
- Language and linguistics
- Non-written and written communication
- Reading comprehension and analysis
2. History and Social Science
- World history
- United States history
- California history
Subtest II (214)
The second subtest contains 52 multiple-choice questions and four constructed-response questions, and you will be given a time limit of three hours.
The questions are grouped into two domains:
- Physical sciences
- Life sciences
- Earth and space science
- Number sense
- Algebra and functions
- Measurement and geometry
- Statistics, data analysis, and representation of data
Subtest III (225)
The second subtest contains 39 multiple-choice questions and three constructed-response questions, and you will be given a time limit of two hours and 15 minutes.
The questions are grouped into three domains:
1. Physical Education
- Movement skills and movement knowledge
- Self-image and personal development
- Social development
2. Human Development
- Cognitive development from birth through adolescence
- Social and physical development from birth through adolescence
- Influences on development from birth through adolescence
3. Visual and Performing Arts
- Visual art
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CSET Multiple Subjects Exam Registration
To register for the exam, you must create an online NES account via their website. Once your account has been created, you can use it to register for the exam and schedule an exam date. When you register, you will need to pay the $99 examination fee per subtest ($247 for all three subtests taken together).
You should arrive at the testing center 30 minutes early on the day of your testing appointment to allow time for the check-in process. Upon arrival, you will be asked to sign in and provide at least one form of valid photo ID.
After the check-in process is complete, you will be asked to leave all personal items (cell phone, watch, wallet, keys, etc.) in a locker outside the testing area.
Once you enter the testing room, you will be given a brief tutorial on the testing system before the exam begins.
How the CSET Multiple Subjects Exam is Scored
Your CSET Multiple Subject test results are reported as scaled scores based on your total raw score points from both the multiple-choice section and the constructed-response section. Your raw scores are converted to a scale of 100 to 300, with the scaled score of 220 being the minimum passing score.
Generally, it takes around two to three weeks after the last day of the examination period before you receive your test results.
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How many questions are on the CSET Multiple Subjects exam?
There are 143 multiple-choice questions and 11 constructed-response questions on the exam.
How long is the CSET Multiple Subjects exam?
The overall time limit for the exam is 5 hours.
What is the passing score for the CSET Multiple Subjects exam?
To pass the exam, you must achieve a minimum scaled score of 220 on each subtest.
How much does the CSET Multiple Subjects exam cost?
The examination fee for each subtest is $99, and the combined total for all three subtests together is $247.