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CSET Passing Rates for Single Subject Exams

The most recent CSET passing rates are for tests taken between September 2012 and July 2013. The data was reported by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), which administers the CSET exams.

The following table includes passing rates for a sampling of CSET exams that can be taken to earn a Single Subject Teaching Credential:

CSET TestPassing RateNumber of Tests Taken
Art73.4%143
Biological Sciences71.8%582
Chemistry79.1%177
English58.4%1,454
French79.2%48
Geosciences59.0%105
Health Science61.8%254
Mathematics70.5%220
Music89.1%119
Physical Education 44.8%426
Physics59.5%116
Social Sciences63.7%1,316
Spanish70.8%336

Multiple Subject Exam Passing Rates

Educators can also take a CSET exam to earn the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. From 2012-2013, 5,839 teachers took the Multiple Subject CSET with a passing rate of 79.2%.

The CSET Writing exam was also taken by 869 educators. Prospective teachers can use the writing test, along with the Multiple Subject CSET, to meet the state's basic skills requirement. The passing rate for the writing test was 86.2% over this same period.

Preparing for Your CSET Exams

Please make sure to register for the CSET in advance. If you need help getting ready for your CSET exams, check out Study.com's CSET study guides. Each study guide's user-friendly video lessons and detailed practice tests were written by educational experts with one goal in mind: providing teachers with the resources they need to pass the CSET exams. Access the following resources on a laptop, phone, or tablet anytime day or night.

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