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- Available Lessons: 120
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryLet us help you prepare for the CSET Chemistry Subtest 2 with this self-paced study guide. You can use the short video lessons to explore the topics you'll find on the exam, and then assess your understanding using the quizzes and chapter tests.
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12 chapters in CSET Science Subtest II Chemistry (218): Practice & Study Guide
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About This Course
Utilizing this study guide course takes the stress out of your test preparations for the CSET Science Subtest 2 Chemistry exam. Our self-paced, online format allows you to work on as many or as few of the subjects as you know you need to, ranging from the structure of matter to electric power generation. Help from an expert is available through the Dashboard if you have any questions or need assistance with any of these concepts.
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Syllabus & Course Information
If you require a resource that helps you to study for Subtest II, check out this study guide at your convenience. All the concepts tested on the exam are thoroughly covered. You'll study nuclear processes, bonding in chemistry, biochemistry and more. Once you complete this course, you should be able to:
- Discuss atomic and molecular structure
- Outline chemical reactions
- Describe kinetic molecular theory
- Explain solution chemistry
- Understand chemical thermodynamics
- Detail organic chemistry and biochemistry
- Define nuclear processes
- Explain the nature of science
Along with the lessons included in this course, you'll find a handy self-assessment quiz to help clarify your knowledge. There's also a more comprehensive test at the end of each chapter. You'll find 108 lessons in 11 chapters provided in this test prep course.
CSET Science Subtest II Chemistry Exam Information
The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) are used to assess the content-area knowledge of applicants for a California teaching license. Subtest II is computer-based.
- Number of Questions: 53 questions
- Question Type: 50 multiple-choice questions and three essay questions
- Time Limit: 2 hours
- Exam Cost: $134
CSET Science Subtest II Chemistry Exam Breakdown
|CSET Science Subtest II Chemistry Exam Concept||Chapter Lessons|
|Understand the Structure of Matter||10 lessons|
|Understand the Properties of Matter||14 lessons|
|Understand the Behavior and Properties of Solutions||14 lessons|
|Understand Nuclear Processes||8 lessons|
|Understand Chemical Reactions||15 lessons|
|Understand Chemical Bonding||6 lessons|
|Understand Conservation of Matter and Stoichiometry||9 lessons|
|Understand Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry||12 lessons|
|Understand the Definitions of Energy, Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer||10 lessons|
|Understand Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday Life||10 lessons|
Preparing and Registering for the CSET Chemistry Subtest II
Get ready for the chemistry subtest by watching the video lessons and taking the self-assessment quizzes included in our study guide. These resources can show you which topics are covered on the exam and familiarize you with the way in which the multiple-choice questions are formatted. Let experienced instructors walk you through lesson content and help you review key points in time for exam day.
You can register for Subtest II up to around four weeks before the exam date and still meet the regular registration deadline, though late and emergency registration deadlines are also available. The exam is administered throughout the year, and you'll be able to select a test date and testing location after creating an online account that contains your personal and contact information. To complete the registration process, submit your payment information and wait for a confirmation email. You'll also receive an admission ticket to the testing center that you must print and bring with you on exam day.
Scoring the CSET Chemistry Subtest II
You'll get test results roughly four weeks after taking the exam. A score of 220 or above is required to pass. Seventy percent of your exam score is based on answers to multiple-choice questions; the remaining 30% depends on your essay responses. These are graded by licensed California teachers who award points based on the relevance and accuracy of the evidence you used to support your argument and the thoroughness of your response.
Atomic and Molecular Structure
Questions in this content domain assess your awareness of the relationship between the chemical properties of matter and their atomic structure. You should be familiar with the grouping of elements on the periodic table and be able to determine an element's electronegativity or electron shell structure based on its positioning. Some questions ask you to use the Bohr and quantum mechanical models to describe the evolution of atomic theory, while others require you to decipher Lewis dot structures illustrating covalent bonds and their valence electrons. You'll also want to be able to compare types of hydrogen and ionic bonds and use Van der Walls' force to explain electrostatic forces between molecules with varying polarities. Quarks and atomic spectroscopy are also covered on this part of the test.
Chemical reaction questions cover such concepts as chemical equilibrium and the conservation of matter. You'll need the ability to determine the molar mass, volume, and particle number of compounds and elements, as well as products and reactants, in a chemical equation. You should also be aware of the differences between decomposition and combustion, single and double replacement, and synthesis reaction types. Other questions ask you to read a diagram outlining reaction pathways and use LeChatelier's principle to determine how factors like temperature and concentration will effect reaction rates.
Kinetic Molecular Theory
Kinetic molecular theory questions assess your familiarity with the properties of gases and their behaviors. You should be able to convert Kelvin temperature scales to Celsius and recognize the importance of absolute zero. Questions also ask you to evaluate pressure-temperature, pressure-volume, and volume-temperature relationships using the ideal gas law. Additional topics include Dalton's law and Graham's law as well as explanations of partial pressures and the diffusion of gases.
You'll need the ability to solve equations calculating a solution's percent composition and molarity to answer these types of questions. This domain covers the uses of distillation and chromatography as well as the roles temperature, surface area, and other factors play in speeding up or slowing down the dissolving process. You should be familiar with the chemical properties of acids and bases and be able to calculate the pH of a solution and its concentration of hydrogen ions. The Arrhenius, Lewis, and Bronsted-Lowry definitions of acids and bases are also covered.
Chemical thermodynamics questions determine whether or not you're familiar with concepts used to explain the transfer of energy in both physical changes and chemical reactions, such as specific heat, enthalpy, and heats of vaporization. You'll need the ability to decipher phase diagrams to do well on this part of the test.
Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
The carbon bonds and resulting organic molecules essential to living organisms are the focus of this content domain. You'll need to recall characteristics of hydrocarbons with single and multiple bonds and describe the molecular structure of benzene rings. The chemical structures of aldehydes, ketones, amines, organic acids, and other organic functional groups are covered as well. You should also be able to explain the differences between amino acid and sugar polymers.
This section requires you to use your knowledge of nuclear processes to explain the benefits and drawbacks of using radioactive materials. You'll need to be familiar with such concepts as radioactive decay, nuclear fusion, and nuclear fission. You should also be able to elaborate on mass-energy relationships and calculate the half-life of radioactive materials. The differences between the three types of radioactive decay and the resulting damage inflicted by alpha, beta, and gamma rays are also discussed.
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