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California Teacher Credentialing | Test Information2019-11-19T17:13:03+00:00

California Teacher Credentialing – Practice Test & Information [Updated 2019]

Frequently Asked Questions: Dates, Fees, & More

What are the CSET exams?

CSET stands for California Subject Examinations for Teachers. Prospective teachers in California are required to pass specific CSET exams before obtaining certification.

The CSET exams are created and administered by Pearson.

Who takes a CSET exam?

Any person needing to satisfy one or more of these requirements must take a CSET exam:

  • Basic skills requirement
  • Subject matter competence requirement
  • Educational technology requirement
  • Competence requirement for a Bilingual Authorization

When and where do I take a CSET exam?

Most CSET exams are offered year-round at various times and locations.

However, some CSET exams are only offered during specific, 4-week windows.

For more information about exam-specific dates and test center locations, click here.

What are the CSET test fees?

CSET test fees vary by exam.

For exam-specific test fees, click here.

How are CSET exams structured?

CSET exams are computer-based tests (CBT). All of the exams have multiple-choice questions and/or constructed-response questions.

What do I need to bring to the test center?

You must bring one current, government-issued ID document (with your photograph and signature) in English. Make sure your name on your identification matches the name in which you registered.

How long are the CSET exams?

Session length varies by exam.

For exam-specific session lengths, click here.

Can I use a calculator on a CSET exam?

Some CSET exams have an on-screen calculator.

What are the testing policies for the CSET exams?

The testing policies for the CSET vary by exam. Take a look at your specific exam here.

How are the CSET exams scored?

Each test or subtest is scored on a scale from 100 to 300, with a passing score of 220.

For most CSET exams, scores are available within 5 to 7 weeks after testing.

How do I pass a CSET exam?

To pass an CSET exam, you must first understand what is on the exam and what you will be expected to know. The best way is to review the 240Tutoring test breakdown materials and practice questions. Once you identify areas of weakness, you can begin targeting those areas with instructional content and practice questions.

Can I retake a CSET exam?

 Yes, you can retake a CSET exam, but you have to wait 45 days in between testing sessions.

How do I register for a CSET exam? 

You can register online for a CSET exam right here.

CSET Practice Test and Study Material

You have access to very basic preparation materials through Pearson; however, these materials are very limited and do not address the exam content in depth (which is what you need to be successful). Take a look at those materials here.

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