Ch 1: About the CSET Science Test

About This Chapter

Use the lessons in this chapter to prepare for the CSET science test. Each of these short video lessons offers an effective way to review material while the interactive quizzes provide you with questions similar to those you would find on the CSET.

About This Course

This course helps you review the material needed to pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). Each lesson in this course covers important topics included on the science portion of the CSET. You will review important topics and practice putting that knowledge to use, with an emphasis on:

  • Basic fields of science
  • Using the scientific method to create an experiment
  • Mathematics used in science
  • Scientific technology

About the Exam

The CSET Science Test covers subject specific information using three subtests. The first and second subtests cover general science information, while the third focuses on the examinee's area of specialization. These tests are all computer-based tests and include a mix of multiple-choice and constructed-response questions. Tests I and II both include 58 multiple-choice and two constructed-response questions, while test III is made of up 50 multiple-choice and three constructed-response questions. Each of these subtests has a two-hour time limit, for a total exam time of six hours. You must achieve a score of 220 on each subtest in order to pass. Test results are made available within seven weeks of the exam.

CSET English Subtest II Preparation & Registration

This study guide helps you ready yourself to take the CSET Science test. Short video lessons provide a quick refresher on topics you have previously learned, or introduce you to new and useful knowledge. These lessons cover the basics of many different fields of science, including biology, anatomy and physiology as well as Earth science. They also review scientific mathematics, including how mathematical analysis can be used when reviewing experimental data. Once you have finished each lesson, the included self-assessment quiz allows you to quickly test your new knowledge.

This exam is available by appointment Monday through Saturday, excluding specific holidays. You are required to register online and pay the testing fee before taking your exam. There are multiple testing locations available throughout California. An on-screen scientific calculator as well as a periodic table and formula reference sheet will be provided. You will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) is a registered trademark of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), which is not affiliated with

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: About the CSET Science Test
How to Study for the CSET Science

1. How to Study for the CSET Science

This lesson focuses on the Science California Subject Examination for Teachers, the format, topics to study, and ways to study that will help you get prepared for this exam.

CSET Science Requirements

2. CSET Science Requirements

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 Exam Dates

3. CSET Exam Dates

Test dates for the various CSET examination subjects are offered multiple times each year. For more specific information about CSET test dates, read on.

CSET Passing Rate

4. CSET Passing Rate

Passing scores on the CSET exams are among the requirements for teacher certification in California. Find out the most recent passing rates in a variety of CSET subjects and learn how you can prepare for these exams.

CSET Waiver Information

5. CSET Waiver Information

The CSET exams are used to assess the content area knowledge of individuals seeking teacher certification in California. However, teachers who want to obtain a Single Subject Teaching Credential can earn a testing waiver for the CSET. Keep reading to learn how.

How to Register for the CSET

6. How to Register for the CSET

Aspiring teachers in the State of California will need to pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) in their desired subject area(s). Read on to learn everything you need to know about the CSET registration process.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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