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Course SummaryBoost your confidence ahead of the CSET Earth and Planetary Science Subtest 2 with this review course. Watch our short video lessons to study the material you'll find on the test, and then use the lesson quizzes and chapter tests to see how well you understand each subject.
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About This Course
We've created this study guide course to assist you as you get ready to take the CSET Science Subtest 2 Earth and Space Sciences exam. Learn about rocks and minerals, the celestial bodies of the solar system and the impact of humans on global climate change. In addition to short, easy-to-follow lessons, this course also includes self-assessment quizzes to help you evaluate your progress and test your readiness.
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Syllabus & Course Information
We have developed this extensive study guide for teaching candidates who are preparing for the earth and planetary science subtest. Through our series of video lessons, you can refresh your knowledge of planets and moons, tectonics and the ocean, and rocks and minerals. Other lessons are specific to the science of California, including its tectonic evolution, water supply and economic resources. Additional topics covered in this study guide help you achieve these objectives:
- Understand galaxies, stars and solar systems
- Detail the atmosphere and Earth's energy budget
- Outline the water, carbon and nitrogen cycles
- Discuss surface processes and geologic mapping
- Explain scientific investigation and experimentation
- Define science from a historical perspective
- Describe science literacy
- Outline diversity in science
- Detail science, technology and society
- Identify the importance of safety in science
Our study guide course is made up of 90 lessons in 11 chapters aligning with the content areas that will be tested on the exam. Before, during or after reviewing these lessons, utilize the lesson quizzes and chapter tests as helpful test prep tools.
CSET Science Subtest II Earth and Space Sciences Exam Information
The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) Earth and Planetary Science Subtest III is the third of three subtests that aspiring teachers must pass to earn a multiple-subject teaching credential in geosciences. The first two subtests focus on general sciences, while Subtest III measures proficiency in the candidate's specialty area, in this case, Earth and planetary science. This subtest also is used as part of the single-subject teaching credential process in geosciences.
- Number of Questions: 53 questions
- Question Type: 50 multiple-choice questions and three constructed-response questions
- Time Limit: 2 hours
- Exam Cost: $134
CSET Earth and Planetary Science Subtest III Preparation and Registration
This study guide on earth and planetary science features dozens of brief, engaging video lessons developed by experienced educators. Each lesson is accompanied by a short assessment quiz, the purpose of which is twofold: to help you gauge your proficiency in earth and planetary science and to expose you to the types of questions you're likely to encounter on the CSET.
The CSET Earth and Planetary Science Subtest III is offered six times a year, in January, March, May, July, September and November. Regular online registration ends approximately four weeks prior to the testing date. During the registration process, you'll be asked to identify institutions that you'd like to receive your test scores.
CSET Earth and Planetary Science Subtest III Scoring
To pass the CSET Earth and Planetary Science Subtest III, you need to earn a scaled score of 220 points on a scale of 100-300. Seventy percent of your score is based on your performance on the multiple-choice section of the test, while the remaining 30 percent reflects how well you did on the constructed-response questions. Your test results will be available online - and sent to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the institutions you identified during registration - approximately four weeks after your test date.
Earth's Place in the Universe
This multiple-choice section of the exam covers galaxies and stars, solar systems, and planets and satellites. Specifically, questions might address the evolution of stars, planets that are orbiting stars other than the sun and collisional processes that helped shape the surface of the Earth.
Another multiple-choice section, this domain tests your knowledge of tectonic processes, oceans and the atmosphere. You might be asked about the relationship between geologic structures and tectonic forces, chemical and physical properties of ocean water, or the role the ozone layer plays in absorbing UV radiation.
Energy in the Earth System
This domain includes questions about the inflow of energy to Earth, including incoming solar energy, and the outflow of energy, such as energy reflected back to space. Other topics covered include circulation in oceans and the atmosphere and climate variations in time and space. Questions in this section are presented in multiple-choice format.
The multiple-choice questions in this domain cover the rock, water, carbon and nitrogen cycles. You might be asked about common rock-forming and ore minerals or the photosynthesis and respiration processes.
Questions in this domain are specific to California. Topics covered include tectonic evolution, major economic Earth resources and surface processes that shaped - and continue to shape - the state. You also might be asked about natural hazards and geologic mapping in this multiple-choice section.
Investigation and Experimentation
For this section, you'll need to demonstrate your ability to formulate a hypothesis, plan a scientific investigation, observe and collect data. You'll also have to show that you can analyze and graph data and draw logical conclusions from that data. This domain is presented in the form of a constructed-response question.
Nature of Science
Another constructed-response section, this domain tests your knowledge of scientific inquiry and scientific ethics. You also might have to address science from a historical perspective.
Science and Society
The final constructed-response question focuses on science and society. You might be asked to show that you understand the importance of scientific literacy or the value of scientific advances on society. Other possible topics include diversity in science and the safe use of scientific supplies and equipment.
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