PREPARING FOR THE TESTS
CSET Test Guides
You may view or download test guides for all examinations of the CSET on the CSET website by selecting "Test Guides." CSET test guides are free of charge and are available only in electronic form on the CSET website.
CSET test guides were developed in consultation with California teacher educators. Each test guide contains applicable subject matter requirements or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities; information about examination and subtest structure; scoring scales; sample test questions; annotated responses to multiple-choice questions; sample responses to constructed-response questions; and other useful information about the examination. The CSET: Writing Skills, CSET: Preliminary Educational Technology, and CSET: LOTE Subtests IV and V test guides provide similar information.
Most test guides also contain an annotated list of resources recommended by California teacher educators in CTC-approved teacher preparation programs, which you can use to prepare for the examinations. This list includes authors, titles, publishers, and publication dates of materials that are related to the scope and content of the test, including textbooks, journal articles, research summaries, state policy documents, and other relevant materials.
CSET: Multiple Subjects Practice Test
You may download a practice test for CSET: Multiple Subjects on the CSET website by selecting "CSET: Multiple Subjects Practice Test." The practice test is available free of charge. The CSET: Multiple Subjects Practice Test is an interactive computer program that contains practice test forms for CSET: Multiple Subjects Subtests I, II, and III (test codes 101, 102, and 103, respectively). The program includes instructions on how to use and navigate through the practice test, a full-length practice test form for each CSET: Multiple Subjects subtest, and scoring of the multiple-choice section of each subtest. If you do not wish to or are not able to download this program, you can print a paper version of the practice test from the CSET website.
Tutorials for Computer-Based Testing
CBT Tutorials. These tutorials can give you a sense of what you will see when you begin your test at a Pearson Professional Center. The tutorials are available by selecting "Tutorials for Computer-Based Testing" on the CSET website.
Pearson Professional Centers Tour. The Pearson Professional Centers Tour gives candidates taking CSET computer-based tests a virtual tour of a Pearson Professional Center. It includes a video and floorplan to help acquaint the candidate with the Pearson Professional Centers testing experience. Select "Tutorials for Computer-Based Testing" on the CSET website to view this tour. As noted in the Pearson Professional Centers Tour, some testing programs require two forms of identification at check-in. To take a California educator credentialing examination on computer, such as the CSET examination (if available on computer), you will be asked to provide one form of identification. Please refer to "What to Bring to the Test Center" for more information on proper identification.
On-Screen Calculator Preview. An on-screen calculator is available for candidates taking CSET: Multiple Subjects Subtest II on computer. Select "Tutorials for Computer-Based Testing" on the CSET website for more information about how to use the on-screen calculator.
2012–2013 CSET Registration Bulletin
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