CSET Health Science
What is The Importance of CSET Health Science Test?
There are five categories of the CSET test namely, CSET: Multiple Subjects, CSET: Single Subject, CSET: Writing Skills, CSET: LOTE and CSET: Preliminary Educational Technology. CSET Health Science falls under the Single Subject category of the CSET test.
Importance of the Test
Health Science is an important subject as it deals with the day-to-day happenings and the ways students can overcome difficulties they face in their everyday lives.
An understanding of the various aspects of the field of Health Science as per the standards set by the Health Framework for California Public Schools (2003) is a pre-requirement if you want to teach the subject. This understanding is tested in CSET Health Science and a pass in the CSET Health Science is mandatory if you want to become a teacher in that subject and teach the middle and secondary school students.
Other Details about the Test
The test consists of three subtests and the subtests are made of three domains each.
Foundations of Health Education - The understanding of the basics of the legal, professional, and scientific aspects of Health Science is tested in this domain.
Human Growth and Development - The understanding of pattern of growth and development of humans is tested here.
Chronic and Communicable Diseases - The understanding of diseases and their classification is questioned here.
Nutrition and Fitness - The aspects and importance of nutrition and fitness are tested here.
Mental and Emotional Health - The requirements for a stable mental and emotional health is tested here.
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs - The use, misuse and abuse of drugs and their understanding is tested here.
Family Life and Interpersonal Skills - The understanding of family, its structure, sexuality, and human relationships are tested here.
Consumer and Community Health - The understanding of the impact of media and other sources on health and safe health practices are tested here.
Environment Health - An understanding of the relationship between humans and the environment and ways and means to protect the environment are tested here.
The syllabus of the CSET Health Science has been compiled based on the requirements of the Health Science subject matter.
The full syllabus of the CSET Health Science section is available at http://www.cset.nesinc.com/PDFs/CS_healthscience_SMR.pdf.
Two types of questions are administered in the test and they are multiple-choice questions and constructed-response type questions.
There are 40 multiple-choice questions and two constructed-response type questions in subtest I. There are 10 multiple-choice questions in domains 1 and 2 and 20 such questions in domain 3. In domain 1, you must answer a constructed-response type questions and it is of the extended type, and in domain 3, there is one constructed-response type question but it is of the short-focused type.
In subtest II, there are 40 multiple-choice questions. The domains 1 and 3 contain 15 each and domain 2 contains 10 multiple-choice questions. There are two constructed-response type questions that you must answer, 1 each for domain 1 and 3. The constructed-response type question for domain 1 is of the short-focused type and that for domain 3 is the extended type.
In subtest III, there are 40 multiple-choice questions and 1 constructed-response type question. Domains 1 and 2 contain 15 questions each and domain 3 contains 10 questions. Only in domain 1, the constructed-response type question is administered and it is of the short-focused type.
The CSET Health Science is a paper-based test and the test dates are available once in the months of September, November, January, March, May and July.
The details of the test dates and registration deadlines are available at http://www.cset.nesinc.com/CS18_Testdates.asp?PageType=PBT
You can register for the test either by phone-in registration mode or by online registration mode. There are three registration periods namely, regular, late and emergency periods. Phone-in registration is available during the late and emergency periods, while the online registration is available during all the periods.
The registration fee for each subtest is $69.
The time duration of a session in one day is 5 hours and you can opt to take all the subtests on the same day or on different days. 5 hours will be available for you to complete the paper even if you opt for just one subtest.
The scores are calculated as raw scores and scaled scores. Raw score is the score that is awarded based on the number of correct responses in the multiple-choice questions and the quality of your response to the constructed-response type questions. A weight is assigned to each subtest and the scaled score is calculated by multiplying the weight of the subtest with the raw score you have obtained in that subtest.
The scaled score ranges between 200 and 300 and the minimum score required for passing the subtest is 220.
You can pass each subtest separately.
To Sum Up...
CSET Health Science is a subject available in the CSET: Single Subject category and you must pass this test if you want to teach this subject at the middle or secondary school level. You can attain passing scores in the test, if you prepare thoroughly for the test.
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