CSET: Foundational-Level General Science

CSET: Foundational-Level General Science is being redeveloped to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

  • If you are taking this test on or before August 6, 2017: Review the information on this page for the CSET: Foundational-Level General Science test that will be administered through August 6, 2017. The last day to register is August 3, 2017. Scores for this version will have no delay.
  • If you are taking this test August 7, 2017 or later: Review the information for the redeveloped CSET: Foundational-Level General Science test that will be administered starting August 7, 2017. Registration is now open. Please review the score delay for this test.

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CSET: Foundational-Level General Science consists of 2 subtests:

  • Subtest I (test code 118)
  • Subtest II (test code 119)

A Single Subject Teaching Credential in Foundational-Level General Science authorizes teaching only in general, introductory, and integrated science (integrated science through Grade 8 only).

You may register to take one or both subtests in a single test session.

Computer-based test (CBT) only:
  • Subtest I: 58 multiple-choice questions and 2 constructed-response questions
  • Subtest II: 58 multiple-choice questions and 2 constructed-response questions
By appointment year-round, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays). Check appointment availability link opens in a new window.
Session Length
Subtests I and II: 2 hours per subtest
Both subtests in a single session: 4 hours
Learn more about how the subtests are administered in a single session .
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.
$99 per subtest
$198 for both subtests taken together

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Passing Score
220 per subtest
Test Results
Test results are available within 7 weeks of testing.
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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 .

An on-screen scientific calculator is provided to examinees for the CSET Foundational-Level General Science subtests. Read more links to a PDF doc.

A periodic table is provided to examinees taking Subtest I (118) & Subtest II (119). A copy of the periodic table is available in the Sample Questions for each of these subtests.

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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