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Course SummaryThis CSET Science: Study Guide & Test Prep course examines all of the topics you'll encounter on this certification exam. Work through the course's video lessons and practice quizzes at your own pace to solidify your understanding of the topics you'll be tested on to make sure you're fully prepared.
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About This Course
Get the help you need as you prepare for the CSET Science exam by studying this informative test prep course. All of the topics you'll need to know to do well on the exam are covered in these thorough and professionally written lessons. These include geodynamics, the nature of science, biochemical compounds and thermodynamics. Work at your own pace and feel free to go back and review any of the lessons as often as needed for full comprehension. If you still have questions, reach out to one of our experts through the Dashboard.
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Syllabus & Course Information
Our study guide has fun and quick video lessons and quizzes that you can use to get ready for the exam. All the important concepts from the exam are found in this course, including plant biology, biochemistry, science safety and math in science. We've created this course to ensure that once it's complete, you'll be able to achieve the following objectives:
- Define astronomy
- Outline the Earth's processes and resources
- Explain waves and their applications
- Discuss magnetism and electricity
- Detail concepts of ecology
- Describe evolution and genetics
- Identify motion and forces
- Understand molecular biology and cell biology
- Define the concept of thermodynamics
- Explain matter and its scientific significance
In 316 lessons grouped into 26 chapters, you'll find all the information you need to earn a high score on the CSET Science exam. To ensure you're ready, take the multiple-choice lesson quizzes and chapter tests.
CSET Science Exam Information
The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) exam in science is designed for prospective science teachers in the state who need to meet requirements for certification. This computer-based exam was redeveloped in August of 2017 to omit Subtest III and now consists of Subtest I and Subtest II. Subtest I tests a candidate's knowledge of general science concepts, while Subtest II covers the candidate's specific area of concentration, from a selection of biology and chemistry, Earth and planetary science, physics and life science.
- Number of Questions: 157 (104 in Subtest I, 53 in Subtest II)
- Question Type: 100 multiple-choice questions and 4 constructed-response questions on Subtest I; 50 multiple-choice questions and 3 constructed-response questions on Subtest II
- Time Limit: 6 hours (4 hours for Subtest I, 2 hours for Subtest II)
- Exam Cost: $267 ($133 for Subtest I, $134 for Subtest II)
Preparing and Registering for the CSET Science Exam
The fun and engaging video lessons and self-assessment quizzes in our study guide are useful tools for your review of the critical topics covered on the two subtests that comprise the CSET Science exam. Start from the beginning and watch each lesson in order or skip around to watch lessons on just the topics that you're unfamiliar with. Use the quizzes to gauge your comprehension of the material before moving on to the next lesson. Our study guide also features a tracking tool that shows you how many lessons you've watched and quizzes you've passed.
Registration for the CSET Science exam can be completed online at any time, seven days a week. Take both subtests at once or schedule each subtest for different days. The regular registration deadline is about one month before each test date, but late and emergency deadlines are also available. Keep in mind test spots aren't guaranteed if you don't register before the regular deadline. The CSET Science exam is offered year-round, with the exception of Sundays and some holidays. During registration, you'll need to select a test location and the schools you want to receive your test scores and pay a fee. An admission ticket will be sent to you after your registration is confirmed.
Scoring the CSET Science Exam
Passing the CSET Science exam requires earning a score of 220 on each subtest. This is a scaled score that is calculated based on your raw score and the weight of each section. The scale for each test is 100 to 300. You'll be able to access your test results online about a month after you take the test. Scores are also released to your chosen schools and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
This domain of subtest I tests your knowledge of fundamental astronomical concepts, including the universe's composition, the solar system's place in the Milky Way and the differences between stars and planets. Be prepared to answer questions on characteristics of stars, phases of the moon and the process of fusion in stars.
Dynamic Processes of the Earth
In this subtest I domain, you'll be tested on geodynamics, including the processes that form Earth's features and the importance of plate tectonics. To do well in this section, understand the rock cycle, erosion and deposition, the water cycle and energy transfer processes.
To succeed in this domain of subtest I, you'll need knowledge of energy resources and earth materials, including fossil fuels, rocks, soil, water and solar energy. You should be able to distinguish between renewable and nonrenewable resources and understand how resources can be used in a sustainable manner.
You'll likely see questions about wave characteristics and behavior in this subtest I section as well as the different types of waves, such as sound, seismic and light waves. Questions will cover the ways that energy is transferred through waves and applications for reflection and refraction laws. You'll also need to know about lenses and principles of optics to do well in this domain.
Forces and Motion
This section of subtest I tests your knowledge of Newton's laws, pressure, gravity and electromagnetic forces. You'll need to be familiar with calculations for the velocity, speed and acceleration of an object and know how to create vectors and graphs of forces and motion. An understanding of levers and pulleys, atmospheric pressure, inclined planes and friction are needed for this section.
Electricity and Magnetism
This final section of subtest I asks you about the relationship between electrostatic and magnetostatic phenomena and the connection between electric currents and magnetic fields. You'll need to know how to predict charges using attraction and repulsion observations and use a compass to find the direction of magnetic fields. This section will also ask you about simple series, parallel circuits and calculations for voltage differences, power and resistance.
In this subtest II domain, you'll see questions on energy flow, nutrient cycling and the transfer of matter in ecosystems. You'll need to be aware of the differences between abiotic and biotic factors and understand how photosynthesis works. Relationships that exist in ecosystems and factors that play a role in the size of populations are also addressed here, so plan to answer questions on predator/prey relationships, species interactions, habitats and resource competition.
Genetics and Evolution
This subtest II domain quizzes you on how genes determine the inheritance of traits, differences between sexual and asexual reproduction and the process of DNA coding. You'll be asked about causes of mutations, the DNA replication process and evidence for evolution. Be prepared to explain adaptation and speciation and identify events that played a role in the evolution of life.
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Awareness of the elements that make up a living organism's chemical compounds is expected for this domain of subtest II. Questions will likely cover molecule structure and function, the protein synthesis process and photosynthesis.
Cell and Organismal Biology
In this subtest II domain, you'll be asked about cellular processes, including energy storage in the cell, mitosis and meiosis. Questions might cover the differences between single-cell and multicellular organisms and the different organizational levels of plants and animals. You'll need to understand human body systems' structure and function and the structures of vascular and nonvascular plants. Reproductive and other life processes for plants are also asked about in this domain.
Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics
For this subtest II domain, you'll need to understand the process of energy transfer and the conservation of energy principle. Knowledge of how energy is transferred as heat and the different types of heat transfer is needed to answer questions in this section. You'll need to know how to diagram a system's heat flow and perform experiments that create physical changes like freezing or melting.
Structure and Properties of Matter
Expect to be asked about an atom's components and the differences between atoms, molecules and compounds in this final domain of subtest II. You should know about the different states of matter and matter's physical properties. Calculations for density, the periodic table, properties of acidic and basic solutions and chemical reactivity are all covered in this domain. You might also be asked about inorganic and organic compounds, the role of carbon and chemical bonding.
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