Free Practice Tests for the CSET® Multiple Subjects Test

Are you going into the field of education in the State of California and do you plan on becoming a teacher? Taking our free practice test for the CSET® can help you prepare for your certification exam. Our practice test is written to prepare you for the style of questions and format you will experience on the test. Using our practice test will help you feel prepared and confident on the day of the test.

About the CSET® Multiple Subjects Test

Subtest I: History and Social Science

The CSET® Multi-Subject exam contains 26 multiple-choice and 2 constructed-response (short answer) questions that will require you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in the areas of World History, United States History, and California History. You should be able to answer questions in each of these areas by utilizing and interpreting graphs, tables, timelines, charts, and maps while applying chronological and spatial thinking.

Subtest III: Human Development

The CSET® Multi-Subject exam Human Development questions will assess your understanding in the areas of cognitive development from birth through adolescence, social and physical development from birth to adolescence, and influences on development from birth to adolescence. Be prepared to make connections, describe cultural influences, and analyze different stages of development through these ages while also considering gender and special needs.

Subtest III: Physical Education

Movement skills and movement knowledge, self-image and personal development, and social development are the content areas that will be assessed by the Physical Education questions on the CSET® Multi-Subject exam. You will be expected to understand how to create and structure a lesson for students on different skill levels, be able to express the importance of physical and emotional health, and have knowledge of the cultural and historical influences of movement and exercise activities.

Subtest III: Visual and Performing Arts

The Visual and Performing Arts questions on the CSET® Multi-Subject exam will cover the components from the State Curriculum Framework and the strands from the California Students Academic Content Standards in the Visual and Performing Arts. These consist of the following:

  • Artistic perceptions—processing sensory information
  • Creative expression—producing works in the arts
  • Historical and cultural context—the time and place of creation of works of art
  • Aesthetic valuing—pursuing meaning of the arts
  • Connections, relationships, applications

These components and strands will cover the areas of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. You will be given 13 multiple-choice questions and 1 constructed-response question. You may be asked to interpret a piece of art, supporting your answer with reasoning, analyzing the components and citing strands from State Curriculum Framework and the California Students Academic Content Standards in the Visual and Performing Arts, and discussing other ideas with regard to the visual and performing arts.

Subtest II: Mathematics

The CSET® Multi-Subject exam includes mathematics questions covering the topics of number sense, algebra and functions, measurement and geometry, statistics, data analysis, and probability. You will be required to answer 26 multiple-choice questions and 2 constructed-response questions to apply your mathematical knowledge in these content areas. You will also be expected to show mathematical reasoning using a number of different strategies, such as numbers, words, mathematical language, charts, graphs, symbols, and diagrams. You will have access to an on-screen calculator for Subtest II, which includes Mathematics.

Subtest II: Science

The Science questions on the CSET® Multi-Subject exam will cover an array of topics such as physical sciences, life sciences, and earth and space sciences. This portion will also consist of a multiple-choice format and 2 short-answer written response questions. For the short answer portions, be prepared to analyze and interpret a scientific investigation while responding with scientific academic language. There will be an on-screen calculator available during Subtest II, which includes the science questions.

Subtest I: Reading, Language, and Literature

Exactly half of the questions in Subtest I of the CSET® Multi-Subject exam relate to these topics. So, 26 multiple-choice and 2 constructed-response (short answer) questions will require you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in the areas of Language and Linguistics, Written and Non-Written Communication, and Reading Comprehension and Analysis. Questions will not only cover the content in these areas, but also ask you to relate that content to instructional practices. These questions will occupy about half of the 3 hours you are given to complete Subtest I.


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