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Are you getting ready to take the CSET: Multiple Subjects exam? If so, you definitely need to keep reading.
The Multiple Subjects is a big test that covers a lot of material. Before you begin to study, you need to know how hard the test is and what you need to do to pass it. You can find the best study guides and resources for the Multiple Subjects below, as well as a brief how-to for using these guides.
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In the 2019-2020 year, the CSET: Multiple Subjects had a passing rate of 68.8%. It is challenging because of the amount of material you must know and the 11 constructed-response questions (CRQs). You have to be knowledgeable enough to answer the CRQs without having answer choices.
The following table outlines the basic structure of this test:
Check out this article for more information about the structure of this exam.
The passing score for each subtest is 220. You must earn at least this many points on each subtest to pass the test in its entirety. The great news is that once you pass a subtest, you do not have to retake it, even if you need to retake others.
More questions about scoring? 240 Tutoring has an article about that, too! Check out this CTC scores article to find out more about scoring systems for California teaching exams.
There are many resources out there to help you study for the CSET: Multiple Subjects. The best ones familiarize you with the format of the test, help you master the material, and explain how to answer CRQs. You can find resources online and in print, but the interactive online guides and tests are best. They allow you to better understand what you have mastered and what areas you’re weak in. You can find a comprehensive study guide complete with practice tests here!
The best resources will prepare you for the actual test and for the specific subject matter on the test. The CTC Exams website is ideal for explaining the test’s structure, letting you know when you’ll get your scores, and allowing you to practice with the on-screen calculator. 240 Tutoring is ideal for mastering the material. 240’s comprehensive study guide offers practice questions, flashcards, and study material to help you prepare. Check out both the free exam overview and practice test page and the complete CSET Multiple Subjects Study Guide.
There are study guides all over the internet, but that doesn’t mean they are good. The best one available is from 240 Tutoring because it offers all the usual things plus a practice test for each subtest to help you make the best study plan. These pretests will tell you what topics you have already mastered and what topics you need extra practice on, so you can focus your study time and be sure you’ll pass.
The best way to use a study guide for the CSET: Multiple Subjects is to start with a practice test and then review the topics and study the flashcards. The flashcards are super important because the test may use unfamiliar jargon or vocabulary and you don’t want to miss a concept you know just because you don’t recognize a word. Then you should spend time practicing what you know by using the practice questions.
You should plan to spend a week or two on each subject, depending on the amount of material you need to study. Again, this is where the practice test helps! You can plan how much time you’ll spend based on what the test tells you about your strengths and weaknesses. Then, break up the topics from each subject and study them. Towards the end of your study session, use the practice questions to test yourself.
You should begin studying for the CSET: Multiple Subjects about two months before your exam date. This gives you plenty of time to prepare for each subject and then review at the end. You will want to study the material for the first six weeks and then spend the last two weeks reviewing everything. Plan to review each subject for three to four days.
If your test is coming up soon and you cannot spread out your studying as much as you would like, check out Dr. Kristy Mulkey’s “Effective Cramming” tips.
You should study quite a bit for the CSET: Multiple Subjects. You may need more effort in some subjects compared to others, but the only way to know is with a practice test. After completing the practice test, you can determine how much time to spend on each topic to make sure you pass!
Need help making a study schedule? Check out these tips!