Mathematics for CSET





4 Important points about CSET Math Section

The CSET allows the prospective teachers to take those tests that are required for obtaining certification that correspond with the teaching profession. In other words, the candidates for this test do not need to take all the categories of test; rather they should consider taking only those tests that are required for the certification that they want to obtain.

As far as the Mathematics test is concerned, it is available in Computer-based administration. The following points sum up the features of the Math test:

  • The test takers must complete the registration procedure for each subtest in individual sessions.

  • For Foundational-Level Mathematics, there are two domains or subareas in which the students need to answer the questions. While the first sub category includes Algebra and Number Theory, the second category comprises of Probability and Statistics followed by Geometry.

  • Those test takers, who intend to obtain Single Subject Teaching Certification in Foundational-Level Mathematics, get an opportunity to teach in specific areas of this subject such as Consumer Mathematics, General Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, Agebra and Geometry.

  • For Algebra in the Foundational-Level, the topics include Algebraic Structures, Polynomial Equations and Inequalities, Functions and Linear Algebra.

  • Similarly, the topics of Geometry include Parallelism, Plane Euclidean Geometry, Three-Dimensional Geometry and Transformational Geometry.

  • The contents of Number Theory include Natural numbers. In the problems of Probability and Statistics, the test takers have to answer the questions that are based on Conditional Probability, permutation and combination, and finite probability to name only a few. On the other hand, calculation of mean, median and mode are the basic areas that are tested in CSET.

  • Many of the topics of Foundational level are repeated except for Calculus and History of Mathematics.

  • The topics of Calculus include Trigonometry, Derivatives and Applications, Limits and Continuity, Integrals and Applications along with Sequences and Series.

  • In History of Mathematics, the topic includes Chronological and Topical Development of Mathematics.

Therefore, Math is a vast section covering a range of varied topics that should be mastered by the test takers. What are the principle issues that must be remembered by the test takers while taking the Math test? Let us analyze four of these points below:

  1. Mathematics includes an array of topics or contents and the test takers must work hard to sharpen their skills in each of the subtests.

  2. The duration of the subtests differ. For instance, the test takers are allotted 2 hours for Foundational-Level Mathematics; whereas 150 minutes are provided for the third subtest on Calculus and History of Mathematics. However, with effect from March 25, 2013, the CTC has approved the addition of 30 minutes in the third subtest. On the whole, the time duration of each subtest is inclusive of the time that is required for the completion of the subtests.

  3. This is a comprehensive section covering a varied range of topics for the test takers.

  4. The entry-level teachers must follow the study guides and other relevant materials of preparation in order to perform well in the sub tests for obtaining the certification that is desired by them. The pattern of questions may be of multiple-choice format or the test takers may require drawing their responses for the questions that are asked in this section.

For this subject, the candidates need to know the subtests that align with the certification that is required by them. Moreover, the test takers must fulfill the passing scores that are devised by CTC or California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. However, the candidates get an opportunity to retake the subtests as many times as they desire although a waiting period of 45 days is required between each administration.