CSET Tests

All about the CSET

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing or CTC has developed the CSET tests for those individuals who wish to become teachers. This is a test that is taken by candidates who are required to meet certain requirements for the purpose of certification or who choose to take this exam in order to get certified. It is basically a series of tests that has been created with the main purpose of assessing the knowledge and skills of an individual in specific subjects. There are five types of tests in this examination and these are CSET: Single Subjects, CSET: Multiple Subjects, CSET: LOTE, CSET: Writing Skills and CSET: Preliminary Educational Technology. The examination can be given on paper as well as on the computer, depending on the kind of test that you will be taking. Furthermore, the questions that you will find in this examination can be in the form of multiple-choice or constructed-response types. If it is a multiple-choice question, then you will find four options for each question from where you need to choose the right option.

Sections of CSET

Each of the CSET tests has different number of sections. These are as the following:

  1. CSET: Single Subjects - This exam is paper-based and the subjects that will be tested on are Art, Business, Agriculture and English. Agriculture and Business has three subtests (Subtest I, II and III) each, Art has two subtests (Subtest I and II) and English has three subtests (Subtest I, II and III). The questions that you will find here will be of the multiple-choice type as well as those requiring a constructed-response. The time limit for exams in this category is 5 hours.

  2. CSET: Multiple Subjects - This is a computer-based examination and it consists of 3 CSET tests and these are Subtest I, Subtest II and Subtest III. In Subtest I, the topics that will be tested will be on History, Social Science and Literature, Language and Reading. In Subtest II, you will find questions relating to Mathematics and Science. Last but not the least, in Subtest III; you will be tested on Visual & Performing Arts, Human Development and Physical Education. The questions that you will find here will be of the constructed-response and multiple-choice formats. The time limit given for the first two subtests is 180 minutes each and the third subtest should be completed within 135 minutes.

  3. CSET: LOTE or Languages Other Than English - This consists of several CSET tests; a subtest that will determine the method of bilingual education, subtests that will determine the communication and language skills and subtests that will determine the bilingual cultural familiarity of an individual. Depending on the subtests, you may find either multiple-choice and constructed-response questions; or either of the two. The time given to complete this test will be 5 hours.

  4. CSET: Writing Skills - You will find one test included in this examination and there are two constructed-response questions that will be in the form of Expressive Writing and Expository Writing. You will have to finish these two questions in 90 minutes. The main purpose of this test is to determine whether you have the writing skills required for succeeding as a teacher. If you have already taken another exam, like the CBSET or the California Basic Educational Skills Test, then you do not have to take this test.

  5. CSET: Preliminary Educational Technology - You will find two subtests included in this examination and the questions will be in the form of constructed-response as well as multiple-choice questions. The topics that will be covered in this exam will be related to the Computer-based Technology.

To Conclude...

The CSET tests are taken by individuals who wish to earn credentials so that they can prosper in the teaching field. If you want to become a teacher of record, then this is one examination that you will need to take. As such, proper preparation is important because the higher you score the better it will be for you.

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