What is the CSET Multiple Subjects
The CSET Multiple Subjects exam is an assessment of English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Fine Arts. It is required to teach at the elementary level in the state of California.
How much is the CSET Multiple Subjects
The CSET Multiple Subjects cost $99 per subtest when taken separately. The cost for all three subtest taken together is $247.
How long is the CSET Multiple Subjects
The CSET Multiple Subjects consist of 3 separate subtest:
- Subtest I: 52 multiple-choice questions and 4 constructed-response questions
- Subtest II: 52 multiple-choice questions and 4 constructed-response questions
- Subtest III: 39 multiple-choice questions and 3 constructed-response questions
For a more in-depth test breakdown, see test breakdown section.
How is the CSET scored/graded
Each CSET Multiple Subjects subtest has a passing score of 220. Each subtest is scored on a scale from 100 to 300. The test is graded on a scale. This means that if you have an easy set of questions that you, and everyone else, scores very high on- the test will “scale” your score so that the passing percentage is equal (or fair) for people who get hard test questions.
How hard is the CSET (Subtest 1, 2, & 3)
In 2014, the Multiple Subjects exam was revised. The cumulative passing rate for the Multiple Subjects has been 73%. The exam is difficult to very difficult and requires a test-taker to properly study and prepare for the exam.
*Source: Annual Report on the Passing Rates of Commission-Approved Examinations from 2010-2015.
CSET Multiple Subjects Locations
Pearson offers locations United States (and some places internationally). To find the testing location(s) nearest you, simply register for the CSET and choose the most convenient testing center.
The CSET offers Computer-Based Testing (CBT). When taking the CSET via CBT, you can register at multiple locations throughout California during most weekdays.
CSET ID Requirements
To take the CSET, you must present an original, government-issued, valid (non-expired) identification that has your photograph, full name, and signature. Make sure to bring the ID with you on the day of the test to the testing center. For most test-takers, a valid driver’s license or United States Passport is a valid ID.
CSET Multiple Subjects Tips (Top 7)
- Make sure to answer every question (even if you guess)
- Know how much time you have left
- Be familiar with the on-screen calculator (for the math section)
- Understand how to write a Constructed Response Question
- Eliminate incorrect answers first
- Work through practice questions so you know what to expect
- Study quality, trusted sources [like 240Tutoring]
How to Pass the CSET
To pass the CSET you must first understand what is on the exam and what you will be expected to know. The best way is to review the 240 Tutoring test breakdown materials and practice questions. Once you identify areas of weakness, you can begin targeting those areas with instructional content and practice questions.