How to Study for the Physical Education CSET

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

Standardized testing can be stressful, especially since there is no specific class to take to prepare you for this exam. This lesson provides a layout of the CSET Physical Education exam and gives you some study ideas.

Layout of the Physical Education CSET

The physical education CSET is laid out into three sections. I have broken them down below, so you know what subjects to expect and what types of questions will be asked.

Section One (1 hour and 45 minutes allotted)

''Growth Motor Development and Motor Learning''

20 Multiple Choice

1 Constructed Response Question

''Science of the Human Movement''

20 Multiple Choice

1 Constructed Response

View's CSET Physical Education Subtest 1 study guide.

Section Two (1 hour and 30 minutes allotted)

''Psychology and Sociology of Human Movement''

10 Multiple Questions

1 Constructed Response

''Movement Concepts and Forms''

24 Multiple Choice

1 Constructed Response Question

''Assessment and Evaluation Principles''

6 Multiple Choice

View's CSET Physical Education Subtest 2 study guide.

Section Three (1 hour and 45 minutes allotted)

''Professional Foundations''

16 Multiple Choice Questions

''Integration of Concepts''

24 Multiple Choice Questions

1 Constructed Response

View's CSET Physical Education Subtest 3 study guide.

How to Study for Multiple Choice

The CSET is based on the 'Challenge Standards for Student Success: Physical Education,' which were created to make sure teachers have a basis of knowledge that will help them create an environment that promotes success for students in physical education.

Since you'll be answering multiple choice questions, it's a good idea to create flashcards to help you study, which you can do by grabbing some index cards and putting concepts on the front and explanations or definitions on the back. First, making the flashcards will get you to write down the ideas and concepts you need to know, which helps with memory all by itself. Then it will get you to quiz yourself and look at the answers regularly, which helps even more with memory. Just remember to shuffle the cards periodically so that you don't memorize anything in a specific order - things will, of course, look different on the exam.

Some of the subjects you will want to address on your flashcards are:

  • Motor learning, and how to help increase this in students
  • Balance and strength, and how a student would show their capabilities in this area
  • The visual discrimination of tasks
  • The hows and whys of body movement
  • Current and historical physical education philosophies
  • Legal and ethical implications
  • National and state standards for physical education teaching and learning
  • Kinetic principles
  • What exercise does to the body
  • Muscles and how they work

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