An Introduction to CSET NESINC

The CSET NESINC or The California Subject Examination for Teachers is a test, which is taken by the potential teachers for obtaining teaching certificates or credentials by demonstrating their skills and abilities in those subjects that are tested in this examination. The test has been initiated by CTC or California Commission for Teacher Credentialing or CTC in association with Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson, for test administration, and scoring of CSET.

The candidates taking this test need to attain the qualifying scores in the subjects for which they have taken the test in order to fulfill their aim of obtaining the certificates.

The Subjects of CSET Test

The following subjects are tested in CSET NESINC for the candidates who are eager to pursue a career in teaching:

  • CSET Multiple Subjects : In this section of CSET NESINC, the candidates have to appear for three subtests and the total time, which is allotted to the test takers for completion of this sections is 5 hours. There are multiple-choice questions as well as those in which the test takers have to construct their own responses.

  • CSET Single Subjects: For the section on Single Subjects, the topics or the contents of the test are based on those criteria that are associated with specific subjects that enable the test takers to earn credentials for teaching Single Subjects. There are 2-4 subtests in this section with both patterns of questions as stated above.

  • CSET Writing Skills: There are two separate domains for this section of CSET NESINC. However, not all candidates need to appear for this section. Thus, the test takers must visit the web page at http://www.cset.nesinc.com/CS18_certrequirements.asp before registering for this section of CSET.

  • CSET – LOTE (for bilingual authorization): In this section of CSET NESINC, the test takers have to prove their skills in Languages Other Than English and earn teaching credentials in those languages.

  • CSET Preliminary Educational Technology: For this section of CSET, the candidates need to answer questions on those topics that are based on their skills of using computers within an educational setting. The formats include multiple-choice types and the responses constructed by the test takers.

The Requirements of Certification

What are the requirements of certificates that the test takers of CSET NESINC need to accomplish through their performances in this test? The following points provide the details of the same:

  • The candidates taking this test must establish their knowledge of basic skills by taking the test of Writing Skills and all the subtests of Multiple Subjects and attain passing scores in them.

  • By taking the test of Preliminary Educational Technology, the test takers are able to earn credentials for Multiple Subjects or Single Subject for teaching this subject to their students.

  • The test takers must also prove their competence in the subject matter by taking all the sections of Multiple Subjects test and attain passing scores in them. However, Single Subject teaching credential may also be obtained by the candidates after taking the relevant test for this purpose.

  • No Child Left Behind subject matter requirement can be fulfilled by the candidates either by taking CSET Multiple Subjects and Single Subject according to the credential that is required to be earned by the candidates of CSET NESINC.

  • The test takers may appear for CSET LOTE along with other relevant tests for exhibiting their knowledge, which is required for earning credential in Languages Other Than English.

Formats of testing in CSET

Those candidates who are keen to appear for this test should note that CSET NESINC is taken in two different formats that include the following:

  • Computer-Based Testing: This format is applicable for Mathematics, Multiple Subjects and Writing Skills.

  • Paper-Based Testing: The remaining sections of CSET belong to this category of testing.

There are separate methods of registering for the Computer-Based and Paper-Based testing in CSET NESINC that must be followed by the test takers in order to appear for the test subjects of their choice and earn the credentials that correspond with their abilities.

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