Course SummaryBoost your confidence ahead of the CSET Mathematics Subtest I exam by reviewing the video lessons in this study course. Use our lesson quizzes and chapter tests to identify which topics you have mastered and which topics need a little more study.
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The CSET mathematics subtests are administered to individuals looking to earn math teaching credentials in California. Subtest I is the first in a three-part series of computer-based tests. It lasts two hours and contains 30 multiple-choice questions as well as four short-answer questions covering algebra and number theory. Prepare for them with our lessons on the following topics:
- Real and complex numbers
- Polynomial equations
- Linear inequalities
- Inverse functions
- Polynomial functions
- Logarithmic functions
- Vectors and matrices
- Natural numbers
Test questions on Subtest I are divvied up into five content domains. Some are designed to assess your knowledge of real, rational, natural, and complex number properties, while others will require you to be familiar with the processes involved in factoring and solving polynomial equations. A working knowledge of function operations is also required, as is experience with linear algebra and number theory.
Preparing and Registering for the CSET Mathematics Subtest I
If you're getting ready to sit for the first CSET Math subtest, consider using the materials included in this study guide. Our experienced instructors address the same topics covered on the test over the course of several illustrated video lessons. There are also matching transcripts, which break down content into manageable portions, as well as self-assessment quizzes that allow you to affirm your understanding of these topics.
Registration for a CSET exam can be completed online after you've created an account detailing your personal information and indicated which test you want to take. After completing this process and receiving an authorization to test via email, you can select a test date and location. The test is administered continuously and registration can be completed at any time. However, it's recommended that you do so no fewer than four days prior to your intended test date.
Scoring the CSET Mathematics Subtest I
The minimum passing score for Subtest I is 220 points. Scores are available around six weeks after your test date. You can opt to receive these results by email when signing up for the exam.
This content domain is designed to ensure you recognize the differences between real, imaginary, and complex numbers. You'll need to be able to construct mathematical arguments containing real and complex numbers, order real and rational numbers, and discern whether a polynomial equation contains real coefficients.
Polynomial Equations and Inequalities
To master this content domain, you'll need to apply the theorems used to simplify polynomial expressions containing both real and complex numbers. If you can also use the quadratic formula to factor and solve higher degree polynomials, you should do well on this part of the test. An ability to apply the fundamental theorem of algebra and determine the number of solutions for a polynomial equation is required as well.
Questions included in this content domain assess your familiarity with a function's domain, range, and inverse. You'll also need to be able to compose functions and identify one-to-one functions. Other questions ask you to graph or solve a variety of function types, including absolute value, rational, polynomial, and exponential functions.
Linear algebra questions gauge your familiarity with the properties of vectors and scalar multiples. An ability to perform arithmetic operations with matrices and take their determinants is also required.
This last content domain focuses on the number theory used to prove the associative, distributive, or commutative properties of natural numbers. Topics addressed here include the principle of mathematical induction, the Euclidean algorithm, and the fundamental theorem of arithmetic. You'll also need an ability to determine a number's greatest common factor or least common multiple and prove irrational roots.
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