General Science Test of CSET





CSET General Science Test- A Brief Overview

CSET or California Subject Examinations for Teachers is an exam that identifies those candidates who possess the ability, skills and knowledge to become successful teachers in California. Different subjects are tested here, according to your specializations and the level at which you want to teach. Basically, there are five categories and these are:

  • CSET: Multiple Subjects
  • CSET: Single Subject
  • CSET: Writing Skills
  • CSET: LOTE
  • CSET: Preliminary Educational Technology

General Science is one of the subjects offered in the CSET: Single Subject category.

The CSET General Science Category

  • The General Science category tests your knowledge of science.

  • It consists of three subtests in which subtests I & II cover the General Science subjects and subtest III offers specific subjects namely, Biology/ Life Science, Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Science and Physics.

  • You can choose any one subject from the above-mentioned four subject specializations.

  • Each subtest is composed of domains and there are six domains in subtests I & II.

  • Each domain is composed of multiple-choice questions and constructed-response type questions.

  • There are 58 multiple-choice questions and 2 constructed-response type questions in subtests I & II. The tabular column below gives the details of the number of questions in each domain of subtest I:

    Domains

    No. Of Multiple-choice
    Questions

    No. Of Constructed-response
    Type Questions

    Astronomy

    7

    0

    Dynamic Processes of the Earth

    15

    1

    Earth Resources

    7

    0

    Waves

    8

    0

    Forces and Motion

    15

    1

    Electricity and Magnetism

    6

    0


  • The distribution of the two question types in the subtest II is given below:

    Domains

    No. Of Multiple-choice
    Questions

    No. Of Constructed-response
    Type Questions

    Ecology

    8

    0

    Genetics and Evolution

    14

    0

    Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

    7

    1

    Cell and Organismal Biology

    7

    1

    Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics

    7

    0

    Structure and Properties of Matter

    15

    0


  • For the subtest III, whichever subject you choose, you will be administered 50 multiple-choice questions and 3 constructed-response type questions.

  • The time duration is five hours per session and you can take up all the three subtests in one session or take up any one or two subtests. You will be allotted the full five hours even if you take up just one subtest.

  • The test is available in the paper-based format.

  • The test dates are available once in the months of September, November, January, March, May and July.

  • It is advised that you register for the test early as the seats get filled up fast and the allotment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • The registration fee for each subtest is $69.

  • There are three registration periods- regular, late and emergency, if you are registering in the late and emergency period, you have to pay the late or emergency fee in addition to the registration fee.

  • You can register by the online mode or phone-in registration mode. You can register during all the periods by the online mode but you can use the phone-in registration mode only during the late and emergency period.

  • The multiple-choice questions are electronically scored and the constructed-response type questions are evaluated by subject experts.

  • The scores obtained from these two question types are termed the raw score and each subtest is assigned a weight.

  • The product of the weight and the raw score is the scaled score and it falls in the range of 200 to 300.

  • To pass this test, you have to pass each subtest and the minimum scaled score required for passing a subtest is 220.

  • If you want to teach Science in the middle and secondary school, a pass in this category is required.

Conclusion

The above-mentioned points provide an overview of the General Science subject. If you want to know the details of the full syllabus, you can log on to http://www.cset.nesinc.com/CS_testguide_Sciopener.asp.

To learn about the test dates and deadlines, you can visit http://www.cset.nesinc.com/CS18_Testdates.asp?PageType=PBT.