CSET Math Requirements

Instructor: Bill Sands
Read on to learn more about eligibility and test registration requirements for the CSET Math exam. You can also find out what to bring on test day and get useful study resources to help you prepare.

CSET Math Requirements

Candidates looking to take the CSET Math will need to satisfy a lengthy list of requirements before they can officially sit for this computer-based exam.


There are no eligibility requirements to take the CSET Math exam. Anyone can take the test, but you should only do so if it aligns with your career goals. Most candidates taking the CSET Math are looking to earn California's Single Subject teaching credential.


The CSET Math exam consists of three subtests. You can register for all three at once or take them separately.

Each subtest is offered on a year-round basis. Candidates simply need to create an online account through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) web site and schedule an appointment. A calendar containing available test dates can also be found on the CTC web site along with a map of all test centers, which allows candidates to find the center closest to them.


When registering, you'll need to pay a fee of $99 per subtest. Additional fees will be charged for extra copies of test results, score verification, and account clearance.

The CTC has a strict refund policy, and students taking computer-based tests generally only receive a refund if they withdraw within 24 hours of their appointment. Candidates who are absent on test day will not receive their money back, even if there is an emergency. Candidates deemed to have a legitimate excuse for missing the test will be issued a voucher to be used for future examinations.

What to Do & Bring on Test Day

After you've registered for a test date, you might want to familiarize yourself with the following requirements to avoid any unnecessary test day anxiety.


The first and most important task on test day is showing up on time.

When you register for the CSET Math exam you will receive an email confirmation that includes your test time. Students typically need to arrive 30 minutes before this point. You might not be able to take the test if you arrive 15 minutes after your appointment time.

Late arrivals who are not admitted to their testing appointment will need to begin the registration process all over again. (This means paying the registration fees again as well.)

Admissible Test Materials

Students who take computer-based tests will be given a pen and several writing pads to be used for note taking, so candidates will not need to bring much. In fact, any outside pens, pencils, or writing implements are forbidden in the testing center.

Clothing and Personal Items

The CTC recommends dressing in layers so that you can modify the temperature to your liking. Administrators also request that candidates wear soft-soled shoes so as to prevent excess noise.

Test takers will be asked to leave cellphones, bags, hats, and other personal items in a locker before entering the testing room.


The CTC enforces a rigorous identification verification process to prevent cheating. Students will need to bring a government-issued ID (passport, driver's license, etc.).

Candidates will also need to provide a digital signature. You may be asked to provide a palm scan or have your photograph taken as well. Refusal to submit these items will result in your dismissal from the test site.

Preparing for the CSET

Once you're sure that you are capable of satisfying all these requirements, you'll also need to prepare for the exam.

This CSET Math Study Guide offers a comprehensive review of the entire exam, while these study guides for CSET Math Subtest 1, CSET Math Subtest 2, and CSET Math Subtest 3 focus on each respective section of the test.

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