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How to Study for CSET Math

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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.

CSET Math Format

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.

Subtest One

Number and Quantity

  • 10 Multiple choice questions
  • 1 Constructed response question

Algebra

  • 25 Multiple choice questions
  • 2 Constructed response questions

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

Subtest Two

Geometry

  • 25 Multiple choice questions
  • 2 Constructed response questions

Probability and Statistics

  • 10 Multiple choice questions
  • 1 Constructed response question

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

Subtest Three

Calculus

  • 30 Multiple choice questions
  • 2 Constructed response questions

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

Topics to Study

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

How to Study

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

Take Practice Exams

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.

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