CSET: Science

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

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

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CSET: Science consists of 2 subtests:

  • Subtest I (test code 215)
  • Subtest II (test codes 217-220)
    • Life Sciences (test code 217)
    • Chemistry (test code 218)
    • Earth and Space Sciences (test code 219)
    • Physics (test code 220)

Subtest I covers general science content while Subtest II 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 Life Sciences, and Science: Geosciences is the credential area for Earth and Space Sciences.

You may register to take any one subtest or Subtests I and II in a single test session.

Computer-based test (CBT) only:
  • Subtest I: 100 multiple-choice questions and 4 constructed-response questions
  • Subtest II: 50 multiple-choice questions and 3 constructed-response questions
By appointment year-round, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays). Check appointment availability link opens in a new window.
Session Length
Subtest I: 4 hours
Subtest II: 2 hours
Both subtests in a single session: 6 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.
$133 for Subtest I
$134 for Subtest II
$267 for both subtests taken together
Review complete fee and payment policy information.
Passing Score
220 per subtest
Test Results
There will be a score report delay for the redeveloped version of CSET Science (test codes 215, 217, 218, 219, and 220), administered beginning August 7, 2017.
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 Science subtests. Read more links to a PDF doc.

A periodic table is provided to examinees taking Subtest I (215) and Subtest II Chemistry (218). A copy of the periodic table is available in the Sample Questions for each of these subtests.

A reference sheet containing constants, trigonometric functions, formulas, and notes is provided to examinees taking Subtest II: Physics (220). A copy of these reference materials is available in the Sample Questions for this subtest.

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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