CSET Science Requirements

Instructor: Bill Sands
While there are no eligibility requirements for the CSET Science exam, there are a myriad of registration and test center requirements that candidates must satisfy. Keep reading to learn more about what will be expected of you before you can sit for this exam.

CSET Science Registration Requirements

The CSET Science (and most other CSET tests) consists of three subtests, which can be taken in the same sitting or on different days. Regardless of how many you intend on signing up for, the registration process is the same.

Test Dates

Unlike other standardized tests, computer-based CSET tests like the science exam are not offered on a fixed date. Instead, candidates can schedule their exams on a rolling basis through the website for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The CTC website features a calendar detailing all available test dates, and candidates can choose the date that is most convenient for them.

The exam is held every week Monday-Saturday, with the exception of a few major holidays.

Test Fees

During the registration process, you will be asked to pay a one-time fee of $99 per subtest. The total cost to sign up for all three subtests is $297, and CTC also charges for additional services, such as account clearance, multiple copies of exam results, and score verification.

You should be aware that CTC enforces a rigid refund policy. Students taking computer-based tests will not receive their money back if they cancel a testing appointment within 24 hours of the scheduled start time.

CTC also does not refund money if a candidate is absent. Should a candidate experience an emergency, such as a medical issue or death of an immediate family member, the organization will issue a voucher equal to the amount paid when registering. Candidates without a valid excuse will not a receive a voucher nor their money back.

CSET Science Test Day Requirements

After going through the CSET registration process and paying all required fees, it may be helpful to take note of test day procedures for computer-based exams. By reviewing these policies, you can reduce your anxiety and enjoy a much less stressful test day.

Reporting Times

CTC is also very strict when it comes to tardiness on test day. Once you register for the exam, you will receive a confirmation email with information about your test date and location. Included in this confirmation email is the start of the testing period.

Candidates should plan on showing up at least 30 minutes before the time given. If you arrive late, you will not be allowed to take the CSET. You will need to restart the registration process, and this includes paying the registration fees a second time.

Prohibited Items

Candidates are issued a pen and several note-taking pads at the test site. You may not bring your own writing materials.

Personal items are also not be allowed in the testing center. The test site has a secure location in which candidates can leave personal effects, such as phones, wallets, hats, and purses.


Being comfortable is absolutely essential during the test, so wearing the right clothing is important. CTC suggests wearing multiple layers of clothing so that you can quickly make yourself warmer or cooler, depending on your preference. Out of respect for other candidates, CTC asks that all test-takers wear soft-soled shoes to prevent excessive noise when moving about during the test.


In order to prevent fraud and cheating, CTC employs a thorough identification verification process. You will need to bring a government-issued ID to the testing site, such as a driver's license or passport.

Candidates will also be asked to offer their digital signature, and you might be required to have your photo taken or undergo a digital palm scan.

Preparing for the CSET

Between registering for the test and double-checking your supplies for test day, it's easy to forget the most important part of all: studying for the exam. These CSET study guides are a good place to start. Each one contains self-paced video lessons, quizzes, and practice tests to help assess your mastery of exam content:

If you're looking for more information on how to prepare, this How to Study for the CSET Science lesson contains plenty of helpful advice.

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