CSET: Science

CSET: Science consists of 3 subtests:

  • Subtest I (test code 118)
  • Subtest II (test code 119)
  • Subtest III (test codes 120-123)
    • Biology/Life Science (test code 120)
    • Chemistry (test code 121)
    • Earth and Planetary Science (test code 122)
    • Physics (test code 123)

Subtests I and II cover general science content while Subtest III covers the candidate's area of concentration. A credential in this subject matter area authorizes teaching general and integrated science and the area of concentration. Science: Biological Sciences is the credential area for Biology/Life Science, and Science: Geosciences is the credential area for Earth and Planetary Science.

You may register to take 1, 2, or all 3 subtests in a single test session.

Paper-based test (PBT) only:
  • Subtest I: 58 multiple-choice questions and 2 constructed-response questions
  • Subtest II: 58 multiple-choice questions and 2 constructed-response questions
  • Subtest III: 50 multiple-choice questions and 3 constructed-response questions
Sept. 6, 2014
Nov. 1, 2014
Jan. 10, 2015
Mar. 7, 2015
May 2, 2015
July 11, 2015
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Session Length
5 hours for 1, 2, or 3 subtests
Reporting time for all PBT centers is 7:30 a.m.
Any time taken for breaks is considered part of your available testing time.
$69 per subtest

$18 late registration (in addition to test fee)
$35 emergency registration (in addition to test fee)
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Passing Score
220 per subtest
Test Results
Test results are available approximately 4 weeks after 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 .

A scientific calculator will be provided to examinees for the CSET: Science subtests. You may not use your own calculator or calculator manual.
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Tests may include questions that are evaluated for future administrations and do not affect a candidate's score.

Registration Information

The CBEST and CSET paper-based tests are administered at the same time. For this reason, it is only possible to register to take either the CBEST or take one or more CSET subtests on a single paper-based test administration date.

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