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About This Course
Utilize the lessons and quizzes included in this engaging test prep course to help you prepare for the CSET Science Subtest 1 - General Science exam. You can work at your own pace through this course as you review graphs of motion, nuclear energy, math concepts and scientific data analysis. At any time before, during or after completing the lesson, take the short quiz we've included with each one to help you test your knowledge. Our experts are available via the Dashboard to answer your questions.
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Syllabus & Course Information
We've created the lessons in this course specifically to provide you with a comprehensive tool you can use to get ready for the CSET Science Subtest I - General Science exam. All of the topics you'll be tested on are included, from performing scientific investigations to understanding waves. After completing this course, you should demonstrate your readiness for the exam by being able to:
- Discuss engineering practices, applications and design
- Understand atoms, elements and the Periodic Table
- Provide an overview of matter
- Detail Newton's Laws of Motion
- Explain the principles of heredity
- Outline the formation of the universe
- Describe the basics of weather and climate
- Define natural resources and hazards
Containing 30 chapters and 249 lessons, this engaging study guide course allows you to work at your own pace and at your leisure to prepare for the exam. Each lesson is accompanied by a short quiz, and you'll also find a test at the end of each chapter to assess your memory of covered topics.
CSET Science Subtest I - General Science (215) Exam Information
The California Subject Examinations for Teachers General Science Subtest I is designed to evaluate the subject-area knowledge of applicants for a teaching license in California.
- Number of Questions: 104 questions
- Question Type: 100 multiple-choice, 4 constructed-response
- Time Limit: 4 hours
- Exam Cost: $134
CSET Science Subtest I - General Science (215) Exam Breakdown
|CSET Business Subtest I Exam Concept||Chapter Lessons|
|Understand Scientific Practices||31 lessons|
|Understand Engineering Practices, Design and Applications||4 lessons|
|Understand Crosscutting Concepts Across the Sciences and Engineering||4 lessons|
|Understand Structure and Properties of Matter||22 lessons|
|Understand Chemical Reactions and Biochemistry||5 lessons|
|Understand Motion and Stability - Forces and Interaction||21 lessons|
|Understand Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer||12 lessons|
|Understand Energy||9 lessons|
|Understand Electricity and Magnetism||10 lessons|
|Understand the Structure and Function of Cells||22 lessons|
|Understand Ecosystems - Interactions, Energy and Dynamics||14 lessons|
|Understand Heredity - Inheritance and Variation of Traits||22 lessons|
|Understand Biological Evolution - Unity and Diversity||7 lessons|
|Understand Earth's Place in the Universe||16 lessons|
|Understand Earth's Materials and Systems and Surface Processes||13 lessons|
|Understand Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions||8 lessons|
|Understand Weather and Climate||16 lessons|
|Understand Natural Resources and Natural Hazards||13 lessons|
CSET General Science Subtest I Preparation and Registration
Our study guide includes chapters that address each of the CSET General Science exam's content areas. Watch the videos to review key topics and take the self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson to get an idea of the types of questions that are found on the exam. You can also use the results to identify any opportunities for improvement.
The regular registration deadline for Subtest I is around three weeks before the exam date. Registration is an online process requiring you to create an account that includes your personal information and background. You'll also be asked to select your testing location and test date and to specify the institutions you'd like to receive your results. Payment is also required at this time. Once the process has been completed, you'll get an email containing an admissions ticket that you must print and present on exam day.
CSET General Science Subtest I Scoring
Points are awarded for correct answers to multiple-choice questions. You can also receive up to three points each for answers to constructed-response questions. These are evaluated by a panel of licensed teachers and assessed on such factors as the quality of the supporting evidence you provided and your overall knowledge of the subject matter. How well you addressed the question is also taken into consideration.
You'll need 220 total points to pass Subtest I of the CSET General Science exam, and you'll receive the results around one month after your test date.
The exam's astronomy questions cover topics like the structure of the universe and solar system as well as the patterns of the moon, planets and stars. You should also be able to recognize the different characteristics of stars and planets. The uses of such instruments as reflecting and refracting telescopes and astronomical units of measurement are covered as well.
Geodynamics is concerned with the phenomena that develop the Earth's features. Questions on this topic test your knowledge of the ways in which thermal processes and shifting tectonic plates cause the earthquakes and volcanoes that shape and reshape the Earth's surface. The roles of weather, rock and water cycles are also covered.
Questions about the Earth's resources test you on the origins of materials like fossil fuels and biomass. You'll need to be familiar with the processes and energy expenditure required to convert nonrenewable and renewable resources into usable forms as well as the consequences of such processes on the environment. Test questions also cover the sustainability of these resources.
Exam questions covering this area ask you to identify characteristics of different types of waves, including seismic and sound waves, and explain how they transfer energy. You'll also be tested on your knowledge of concepts like reflection and refraction and their practical applications in the optic lenses of instruments like microscopes and telescopes.
Forces and Motion
Questions on forces and motion require you to calculate and graph such variables as speed, distance and acceleration. You'll need to be able to recognize how factors like force and mass can be manipulated by mechanical devices, and describe the role that pressure plays in buoyancy and fluid flow. Your familiarity with Newton's laws will be tested.
Electricity and Magnetism
Electricity and magnetism questions examine your knowledge of simple and parallel circuits. Different ways in which electric current can be manipulated by the polarity of magnetic force are covered. You might be asked to identify ways in which these phenomena can be used to create electric current generators and transformers.
Investigation and Experimentation
These types of questions test your ability to formulate a hypothesis, design and carry out an experiment, and use the appropriate tools to collect data. You'll need to know how to evaluate, graph and analyze the results, draw conclusions and connect findings back to a hypothesis.
Nature of Science
Nature of science questions assess your familiarity with the scientific ethics that require practitioners in this field to clearly and accurately report their procedures and findings. The importance of curiosity and skepticism in the scientific process and the responsibility of experimenters to critically examine scientific theories are also covered in these types of exam questions.
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