CSET: Art will be offered only on computer beginning in April 2015. The last paper-based administration of this test will occur on March 7, 2015. Please visit this page in the upcoming months for more information about this new computer-based test.

CSET: Art consists of 2 subtests:

  • Subtest I (test code 140)
  • Subtest II (test code 141)

Subtest II requires the submission of photographs of examinee artwork at the test center. To allow sufficient time for examinees to prepare photographic material, the registration deadline for Subtest II is the regular registration deadline (late and emergency registration are not available for this subtest).

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

Paper-based test (PBT) only:
  • Subtest I: 50 multiple-choice questions and 4 constructed-response questions
  • Subtest II: 50 multiple-choice questions and 4 constructed-response questions, including a portfolio submission
Sept. 6, 2014
Jan. 10, 2015
Mar. 7, 2015
Review applicable registration deadlines .
Session Length
5 hours for one or both 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.
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Subtest I: $103
Subtest II: $104

Applies only to Subtest I:
$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 .


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

Subtest II Portfolio Submission

After registering for Subtest II, examinees will receive an instruction packet, including a Portfolio Procedures Manual, describing the process and requirements for preparing materials for submission at the test center on the day of the test. The instruction packet will be sent by U.S. mail approximately one week following the regular registration deadline. If you registered for Subtest II and have not received your instruction packet by two weeks prior to the test date, contact Evaluation Systems.

For additional information about the submission of photographs of artwork for Subtest II, please refer to the CSET: Art Subtest II Portfolio Procedures Manual links to a PDF doc.

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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