When to Take the CSET
How to Decide Your CSET Exam Schedule?
Are you planning to take the California Subject Examinations for Teachers? If yes, then you need to know what this examination is all about. The CSET is a test that is taken by potential teachers as a part of the job recruitment process or they take it simply to get certified that they have the skills to teach a specific subject(s). There are various types of tests that are included in this examination and these are LOTE, Single Subject, Multiple Subjects, Writing Skills and Preliminary Educational Technology. You need to choose an exam type depending on the subject(s) that you wish to teach in school. For instance, if you want to teach several subjects then the Multiple Subjects test is what you should be taking. If you want to take this test, it is important for you to select a date on which you will be taking this examination. You will be required to register for the test beforehand, so make sure that you know the exam schedule. The good news is that you can get the information that you need by getting in touch with the CTC or Commission on Teacher Credentialing. You can get give them a call at (800) 205-3334 or you can check their website (http://www.cset.nesinc.com/CS18_testdates.asp) for more information.
Choosing Your Exam Date
The selection of a date to take the exam is important and there are certain things you need to take into account when you are selecting a date for the CSET. Given below are the points you should consider:
First of all, it is important for you to find out the dates that are available on the official website of the CSET for the examination that you wish to take. If you open this link http://www.cset.nesinc.com/CS_ann20142015testdates.asp, you will be taken to a page that will give you detailed information about the dates on which the computer-based exams will be offered. For the paper-based tests, you can find the information that you need by clicking on this link (http://www.cset.nesinc.com/CS18_Testdates.asp?PageType=PBT)
You need to know the last date of submitting your job application and accordingly take the exam. If the last date of submission is near then you need to make sure that you take the exam on the very first testing date. Keep in mind that the result will be released in about four weeks from the date of the examination so you should select a date from the schedule accordingly.
However, if you are taking this test simply to get certified then you can choose a date that will be convenient for you. Generally, it is best if you take this exam when you decide to look for a teaching job so that you will have the result of this examination ready with you at the time of application to a job. A high score will also be a plus point because you will be given preference over other candidates.
You need to also consider the period of time that you have to prepare for the examination. It is only when you consider this; you can choose a date from the available ones. You should know that preparation will take about a month, so ensure that you choose a date that will give you enough time to study.
Keep in Mind...
Make sure that you refer to the official exam schedule because the dates for the test are mentioned there. When you know when the tests are offered, you will be able to decide on a date that you feel would be best for you .Once you have chosen the date, make sure that you register for the exam as soon as possible to secure a seat for yourself. Since there will be many candidates enrolling for this exam, you need to ensure that you are fast so that you will be able to book the test on a specific date.