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CSET Math: Study Guide & Prep18 chapters | 218 lessons | 15 flashcard sets

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You must pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) to teach students in the state of California. This lesson focuses on how to study for the CSET Math exam.

The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) Math is broken up into three subtests. You can choose to take one at a time, or take all three at once. Each subtest is a combination of multiple choice questions and constructed response questions. You are given seven hours to complete the whole exam, or two and a half hours to complete subtest one and two, and two hours to complete subtest three. The constructed response questions are mini essay questions.

- 10 Multiple choice questions
- 1 Constructed response question

- 25 Multiple choice questions
- 2 Constructed response questions

View Study.com's CSET Math Subtest 1 study guide.

- 25 Multiple choice questions
- 2 Constructed response questions

- 10 Multiple choice questions
- 1 Constructed response question

View Study.com's CSET Math Subtest 2 study guide.

- 30 Multiple choice questions
- 2 Constructed response questions

View Study.com's CSET Math Subtest 3 study guide.

Before we get into how to study for the CSET Math, it is important to know which topics you should be studying:

- Algebraic expressions and structures
- Qualitative data, quantitative data, and number sets
- Euclidean algorithm
- Theorems
- Fundamental theorem of arithmetic
- Rational root theorem
- Conjugate root theorem
- Pythagorean theorem
- Binomial theorem
- De Moivre's theorem
- Intermediate Value theorem
- Rolle's theorem

- General and linear functions in math
- Geometry
- Euclidean plane geometry
- Coordinate geometry
- Three-dimensional geometry
- Transformational geometry

- Finite and conditional probability
- Scatterplots, sampling methods, linear regression, and quartiles
- Trigonometry and its functions
- Polynomial functions
- Newton's method
- Integrals
- Finite and infinite arithmetic

Now that we not have an idea on what to study, you can start coming up with ways to study for the CSET Math.

It is important to take practice exams when you can. These are helpful on two fronts. First, you get a better idea of what is going to be asked so you can study those subjects more in depth. Secondly, it gets you prepared for the formatting and taking of the actual test.

The CSET Math test is full of theorems and rules. Note cards will help you memorize what you need to know. Put the name of the theorem on one side, and then put what it means and an example on the other side. This is a great way to test yourself. When you know a specific aspect extremely well, you can take that card out of your pack and set it aside. Just make sure to add it back in occasionally so you can test whether or not you remember it. Note cards are also helpful because you can have your friends quiz you to reinforce your knowledge in a different way.

If you are a visual learner, you may want to consider filming yourself doing problems on a white board. This will allow you to work out the problem and then view the video of yourself working out the problem over and over until you are comfortable with the process. If you have problems watching yourself, enlist a friend to help you do the problem. Watching a video of your friend rather than yourself might make things easier.

Remember that math is more than just a series of equations and theorems. Math has principles that have to be used when working a problem. If you do not have a sound knowledge of these, then it will be challenging to really put other math knowledge into practice. A standard saying is ''math is cumulative''. Meaning that you cannot jump to calculus without a basic knowledge of algebra. This is important to remember when studying for math exams.

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