CSET: Music

CSET: Music consists of 3 subtests:

  • Subtest I (test code 136)
  • Subtest II (test code 137)
  • Subtest III (test code 138)

Subtest II consists of two sections: (1) a multiple-choice section, presented on screen at your computer-based test administration, and (2) a video performance component. The video-recorded material for the video performance component must be uploaded no later than the submission deadline for the testing window in which your test appointment is scheduled. To allow sufficient time for examinees to prepare video-recorded material, you must schedule a testing appointment in your desired testing window prior to the scheduling deadline.

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

Computer-based test (CBT) only:
  • Subtest I: 45 multiple-choice questions and 3 constructed-response questions
  • Subtest II: 40 multiple-choice questions and 2 constructed-response questions, including a video performance component
  • Subtest III: 40 multiple-choice questions and 2 constructed-response questions
By appointment during the following 4-week testing windows:
Aug. 7–Sep. 3, 2017
Nov. 27–Dec. 24, 2017
Jan. 22–Feb. 18, 2018
Mar. 19–April 15, 2018
If you register to take Subtest II, you must schedule an appointment by the scheduling deadline for the testing window in which you wish to test.
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Session Length
Subtest I: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Subtest II: 1 hour
Subtest III: 1 hour and 45 minutes
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.
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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 .

Subtests I and III 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.

Subtest II Video Performance Component

A materials packet including the Exercise Booklet, Submission Checklist containing uploading instructions, and Candidate ID Form will be sent by U.S. mail to you one week after the scheduling deadline and upon confirmation of your scheduled test appointment. If you scheduled your test appointment for Subtest II and have not received your instruction packet by two weeks after the scheduling deadline, contact Evaluation Systems.

For additional information about the submission of video-recorded materials for Subtest II, please refer to the CSET: Music Subtest II Video Performance Procedures Manual links to a PDF doc.

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