How to Pass the CSET

Study Tips

Create a Study Group

Study groups make it easy to pool resources. You might be able to talk out a problem you couldn't solve on your own, or another person in the group might stumble upon a great book that can help you get ready for the exam.

Post an online ad or network with other students in your classes to find others who are preparing for the CSET and want to study together. Keep your group small, around 3-6 individuals, to avoid scheduling conflicts and inefficiencies.

Supplement Class Resources

While your class notes can be useful, you might want to supplement those resources with online refresher courses that offer a more in-depth review of the subjects you'll be tested on for the CSET exams. has several CSET Prep Courses and CSET practice tests that can help you prepare for the questions you'll find on the CSET exams.

These courses include easy-to-understand video lessons that can help you review the subjects you'll be tested on. You'll be able to work your way through interactive quizzes and tests that were designed to help you track your progress. There are also subject-matter experts available to answer any questions you have as you get ready to pass your test.

Take Practice Exams

Practice exams allow you to work on questions that are similar in difficulty level and content to what you will face on the CSET exams. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) website offers practice tests for the CSET: Multiple Subjects exam as well as practice questions for the single subject exams. Complete all of them and focus extra attention on any that you don't understand.

Test Day Prep

Manage Your Time

Make sure that you plan your test time out efficiently. These exams are timed, and some include multiple subtests, so you need to be sure to leave enough time to complete everything. It's also a good idea to answer all the easy questions first and then focus on handling more difficult sections of the exam.

Understand Question Types

Many of the multiple-choice questions on these exams will ask you for the best answer. This means that there may be multiple answers that are nearly correct. Don't let yourself get caught by these options! Carefully read each question before picking the correct solution.

You'll also face constructed-response questions on some of these exams. Make sure you read all of the directions for these questions, as sometimes they involve multiple steps. Don't try to rush and end up missing a vital component of the answer.

Take Your Best Guess

Keep in mind that you don't want to leave any questions unanswered. You won't be penalized for getting an answer wrong, so go ahead and guess even if you don't know what the proper solution is. In the best case scenario, you could guess correctly and improve your score.

Check Your Answers

Finally, try to allow yourself enough time to go over all of your answers after you've completed the test. A quick review of your answers can help you make sure you selected the responses you meant to select. You might even catch something you missed the first time!

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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