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How Hard is the CSET Multiple Subjects Test?

Instructor: Bill Sands
The CSET Multiple Subjects test measures a candidate's knowledge of topics ranging from social science to math and art, but a good score is entirely possible with proper preparation and good study habits. Read on to pick up some tips that can make the exam seem much easier.

CSET Multiple Subjects Test Difficulty

Between 2014 and 2015, 73% of examinees passed the CSET Multiple Subjects exam, so the test is not so difficult that it prevents the majority of test takers from passing.

However, the difficulty (or lack thereof) of exams like the CSET Multiple Subjects test is entirely dependent on your willingness to study and arrive prepared on test day. Candidates who work hard and study effectively are more likely to do well, while those who fail to get ready are almost certain to face a frustrating testing experience.

Making the CSET Multiple Subjects Test Easier

If the difficulty of this exam is dependent on your ability to prepare, you'll want to do everything in your power to get ready. The following list contains some effective study resources and test-taking suggestions.

Understand the Content and Structure

The first and most obvious step to making this CSET test easier is to learn what kind of content will be on the exam. The CSET Multiple Subjects test is comprised of three subtests covering the following subjects (referred to as domains). Click on the links to find self-paced study guides containing plenty of helpful information about what's covered on each subtest:

By carefully reviewing these study-guides' video lessons, and using the accompanying practice quizzes and tests, you can develop a study plan that allows you to address areas you're unsure of and therefore greatly reduce the difficulty of the exam.

Familiarize Yourself with Question Types

CSET exams use two types of questions: multiple-choice and/or constructed-response, wherein students compose their own answers to a writing prompt. The CSET Multiple Subjects exam is no exception, and knowing the type of question you'll be asked is sure to help improve your score.

Subtests I and II each include 52 multiple-choice questions and four constructed-response questions, while Subtest III contains 39 multiple-choice questions and three constructed-response questions.

These constructed-response questions ask you to perform tasks that can include explaining a student's development in a particular subject area, analyzing an excerpt of text, outlining the causes and effects of a historical event, or interpreting scientific data.

Know the Time Limits

Subtests I and II are three hours each, while students have two hours and 15 minutes to complete Subtest III. Be advised that students who take all three sections in one sitting are subject to different rules. In this case, students have only five hours to complete all three sections.

You might consider taking only one or two subtests at a time if you're worried about your ability to sit for all three at once or would like to focus on any subtests you think will be particularly challenging.

Additionally, failing to practice proper time management can lead to a more stressful and difficult test, so be sure to work on these skills beforehand. Take advantage of the practice tests included on the CSET website to determine exactly how much time you have to devote to the multiple-choice and constructed response questions on each subtest.

Take Care of Registration Early

When you're engrossed in a demanding study routine, the last thing you want to worry about is the hassle of signing up for the exam. While registration is by no means difficult, you should be sure to sign up for the CSET Multiple Subjects test as soon as possible to ensure you get the test date and location you want.

Registration can be completed online after creating an account on the CSET website. There is a registration fee of $99 per subtest, and students who register for all three will only need to pay $247.

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