CSET Multiple Subjects Requirements

Instructor: Bill Sands
Aspiring teachers in California may need to sit for the CSET Multiple Subjects exam. Learn more about general requirements, the registration process, and test day protocol for this test.

Requirements for CSET Multiple Subjects

In order to sit for the multiple subjects exam, you'll first need to make sure that you have met all the necessary prerequisites and requirements.

Eligibility Status

The CSET assessments are intended for prospective teachers. As such, candidates for these exams are presumed to be inexperienced, meaning that prerequisites are sparse.

The multiple subjects exam (and all other CSETs) has no official prerequisites. Anyone who has a high school diploma or the equivalent is eligible to sit for this test. While the multiple subjects exam is an excellent stepping stone on the path to teaching credentials, you should only sit for the exam if it aligns with your professional goals. If you're looking to receive a teaching credential in an area such as basic skills, multiple subjects, or subject matter competence, you'll need to take this assessment.


The CSET Multiple Subjects exam is not offered on a single fixed date. Instead, registration is done using an appointment system in which candidates consult a calendar to choose the date and time that works best for them. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) administers the exam, and this calendar can be found on their website.

Test dates occur Monday-Saturday throughout the year, with no test dates on federal holidays and other select dates.


The CSET consists of three subtests, all of which must be taken and passed in order to earn credit for the exam.

Each subtest carries a $99 registration fee. Students who register for all three sections at once receive a discount and pay only $247.

What to Bring on Test Day

As the multiple subjects exam is only offered via computer-based testing, candidates will not need to bring many materials.

Candidates must comply with the identification verification process, which involves bringing a government-issued ID such as a passport or driver's license. Candidates without proper identification will not be allowed to take the test and will have to register (and pay registration fees) a second time.

The CTC provides pens and paper for note-taking, and candidates may not bring their own writing implements into the testing area.

Candidates should dress in layers, so that they can easily cool down or warm up, depending on their preference. The CTC also requests that candidates wear soft-soled shoes in order to reduce noise when moving around.

Penalties for Tardiness

The CTC enforces an extremely strict attendance policy that makes very few exceptions. If you show up more than 15 minutes after the test has begun, more than likely, you will not be able to sit for the exam and will be considered absent. You will not receive a refund for your registration fee(s).

To make sure you don't need to stress about time, make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of your testing session.

In most cases, being absent means, you won't get a refund. However, the CTC allows a few exceptions for emergency situations. If you're sick, find yourself in the hospital, injured, or have experienced a death in your immediately family, you may be eligible for a refund. You must meet documentation/verification requirements to receive a refund voucher that can be used to take the test at a later date. All documentation must be received within 30 days of your original testing date.

Preparing for the CSET

Now that you fully understand the registration process and test day requirements for the multiple subjects test, it's time to start studying for the exam.

The following study guides correspond to each of the three subtests on the CSET Multiple Subjects assessment. Each course will help you review topics on the exam, including child development, physical fitness, performing arts, social science, math, and much more.

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