CSET: Foundational-Level Mathematics

(Effective until December 28, 2014)

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing adopted revised Subject Matter Requirements (SMRs) for CSET: Mathematics to ensure alignment with the California Common Core State Standards. The adoption of revised SMRs necessitated changes to the test's structure and content.

The current version of the CSET: Foundational-Level Mathematics examination will be administered until December 28, 2014. Registration will be open through December 19. Examinees who register to take this examination must schedule a test appointment by December 26.

If you plan on taking the CSET: Foundational-Level Mathematics examination on or after December 29, 2014, please review the information for the updated version of the examination that will be administered at that time.

CSET: Foundational-Level Mathematics consists of 2 subtests:

  • Subtest I (test code 110)
  • Subtest II (test code 111)

For the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Foundational-Level Mathematics, you must pass Subtests I and II . This credential authorizes teaching only in limited mathematics content areas: general mathematics, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics, and consumer mathematics.

You may register to take any one subtest in a single session.

Computer-based test (CBT) only:
  • Subtest I: 30 multiple-choice questions and 4 constructed-response questions
  • Subtest II: 30 multiple-choice questions and 4 constructed-response questions
This version of the exam is available by appointment, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays), until December 28, 2014.
Check appointment availability .
Session Length
2 hours per subtest
15 additional minutes is provided to complete a nondisclosure agreement and tutorial. Any time taken for breaks is considered part of your available testing time.
Passing Score
220 per subtest
Test Results
Test results are available within 7 weeks of testing.
Review CBT test results release dates .
Policies and Rules
When you register, you agree to abide by all testing policies and rules. Read them now.
Before you test, review the list of materials that are prohibited at the test center .

A graphing calculator will be allowed for Subtest II only. Examinees must bring an approved graphing calculator to the test administration.

Subtests I and II include one or more assignments that allow you to handwrite and scan responses. See scanning instructions links to a PDF doc and the hand-draw tutorial video link opens in a new window for information on how to use a response sheet for handwritten responses. (The instructions will be available during testing.)


Tests may include questions that are evaluated for future administrations and do not affect a candidate's score.

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