CSET Exam Dates

What are the CSET Test Dates?

Educators in California may be required to complete one of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) assessments, which are available in 40 different subjects. Most of these computer-based tests are offered by appointment only during 4 week testing windows. A few of the core subject areas, such as English, Math and Science are available throughout the year. Refer to the table below for more specific information regarding test dates.

SubjectDates
AgricultureNov 25 - Dec 22, 2019
Jan 20 - Feb 16, 2020
Mar 16 - Apr 12, 2020
American Sign LanguageApr 13 - May 10, 2020
Arabic Subtest IApr 13 - May 10, 2020
Armenian Subtest IApr 13 - May 10, 2020
Art Nov 25 - Dec 22, 2019
Jan 20 - Feb 16, 2020
Mar 16 - Apr 12, 2020
BusinessNov 25 - Dec 22, 2019
Jan 20 - Feb 16, 2020
Mar 16 - Apr 12, 2020
Cantonese Subtest I & IIDec 23, 2019 - Jan 19, 2020
Feb 17 - Mar 15, 2020
Apr 13 - May 10, 2020
EnglishYear-round, Monday-Saturday
English Language DevelopmentApr 13 - May 10, 2020
Farsi Subtest IApr 13 - May 10, 2020
Filipino Subtest IApr 13 - May 10, 2020
Foundational-Level General ScienceYear-round, Monday-Saturday
Foundational-Level MathematicsYear-round, Monday-Saturday
French Subtest I & IIDec 23, 2019 - Jan 19, 2020
Feb 17 - Mar 15, 2020
Apr 13 - May 10, 2020
German Subtest I & IIApr 13 - May 10, 2020
Health ScienceNov 25 - Dec 22, 2019
Jan 20 - Feb 16, 2020
Mar 16 - Apr 12, 2020
HebrewApr 13 - May 10, 2020
Hindi Apr 13 - May 10, 2020
Hmong Subtest 1Apr 13 - May 10, 2020
Home EconomicsNov 25 - Dec 22, 2019
Jan 20 - Feb 16, 2020
Mar 16 - Apr 12, 2020
Industrial and Technology EducationNov 25 - Dec 22, 2019
Jan 20 - Feb 16, 2020
Mar 16 - Apr 12, 2020
ItalianApr 13 - May 10, 2020
Japanese Subtest I & IIApr 13 - May 10, 2020
Kmer Subtest IApr 13 - May 10, 2020
Korean Subtest I & IIDec 23, 2019 - Jan 19, 2020
Feb 17 - Mar 15, 2020
Apr 13 - May 10, 2020
Mandarin Subtest I & IIDec 23, 2019 - Jan 19, 2020
Feb 17 - Mar 15, 2020
Apr 13 - May 10, 2020
MathematicsYear-round, Monday-Saturday
Multiple SubjectsYear-round, Monday-Saturday
MusicNov 25 - Dec 22, 2019
Jan 20 - Feb 16, 2020
Mar 16 - Apr 12, 2020
Physical EducationNov 25 - Dec 22, 2019
Jan 20 - Feb 16, 2020
Mar 16 - Apr 12, 2020
PortugeseApr 13 - May 10, 2020
Preliminary Educational TechnologyNov 25 - Dec 22, 2019
Jan 20 - Feb 16, 2020
Mar 16 - Apr 12, 2020
Punjabi Subtest I & IIApr 13 - May 10, 2020
Russian Subtest I & II Apr 13 - May 10, 2020
ScienceYear-round, Monday-Saturday
Social ScienceYear-round, Monday-Saturday
Spanish Subtest I & II Sep 30 - Oct 27, 2019
Dec 23, 2019 - Jan 19, 2020
Feb 17 - Mar 15, 2020
Apr 13 - May 10, 2020
Jun 8 - Jul 5, 2020
TurkishApr 13 - May 10, 2020
Vietnamese Subtest I & IIApr 13 - May 10, 2020
Writing SkillsYear-round, Monday-Saturday

You can check the complete list of upcoming CSET exam windows and find information regarding test formats, test codes, test session lengths, test fees, and policies and rules at www.ctcexams.nesinc.com.

CSET Tests Overview

  • Tests are computer-based
  • Subtest costs range between $63 to $297
  • Subtests may be taken individually or together
  • Test times vary based on how many tests are completed at one time
  • Test results are generally available within 7 weeks of testing

For more information about how to register for the CSET, read our article on CSET registration.

Prepare for Your CSET Test Date

CSET Test Center Policies and Rules

Be sure to review the polices and rules carefully before your CSET test date. You will need to bring a valid photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport. If you need to make alternative testing arrangements, this should be done at the time you register for the exam.

Know the CSET Exam Content

The website for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing provides preparation materials for all the subject examinations. This is a good resource to review and so you can know ahead of your test date what to expect on the exam.

Changes to CSET Exam Dates and Tests

If, for any reason, you need to change your original test date, you may make these changes through your online account up to 24 hours before your scheduled test date and time. There is no fee to reschedule a test date.

If you need to change your test to a different one, you will need to withdraw from the original test selection and register for the new test. You will lose your testing appointment when completing this process, so be sure to give yourself ample time if you do need to make a test change.

Study for the CSET

Study.com offers many courses that are designed to help you pass a CSET test on your first attempt. These CSET study guides feature engaging video lessons, lesson transcripts, and practice quizzes and exams that help test-takers meet subject matter competency. The courses can conveniently be completed with a smartphone or tablet when a computer isn't nearby.

Study.com also offers a study guide for the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), which consists of a reading, math, and writing section and the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA), which consists of five domains that support effective reading instruction to students.

Continue reading: How to Register for the CSET

There are a number of tests that are part of the CSET test family. This article looks at different resources that can be used to study for CSET tests as well as useful test prep information.

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