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Dear Friend,

On a beautiful late spring afternoon, this past year, a young woman received the devastating news. She had just gotten back her results on the CSET Social Science test. It was not what she had hoped for. In fact, it was not even close to the expectations she had and what she thought her excellent grades in college would help her score on the CSET Social Science test.

The worst part was that she knew that she could never get certified as a teacher in her desired subject area with a CSET Social Science test score that low.

Then she remembered her friends and felt even worse. All of her closest friends had already gotten their CSET Social Science test scores back and had all passed. She had been procrastinating about taking the CSET Social Science test, because she hated standardized tests, and this only confirmed her hatred.

"Why do you have to take the CSET Social Science test to become a teacher?" she angrily wondered.

She didn't look forward to having to tell the embarrassing news to her friends.

"What will I do if I can't pass this test?" she thought with dismay, slowly realizing the harsh reality of her predicament and its upsetting implications on her future.

How to Solve the Problem

Unfortunately, this hypothetical situation occurs all the time. Someone thought they were going to breeze through college, become a teacher, have a successful career, and then got an embarrassing reality check from their results on the CSET Social Science test.

Contrary to popular belief, the CSET Social Science test is not a measure of your academic performance, which is why test takers with perfect grades in college don't always pass their CSET Social Science test.

Teacher licensing agencies use the CSET Social Science test as a standardized measuring stick to determine who has demonstrated qualification for licensure. While it may not be fair, someone's entire career could be completely jeopardized by their CSET Social Science test result.

That is the whole purpose of the CSET Social Science Exam Secrets study guide: to give future teachers the keys to understand how to succeed on their CSET Social Science test.

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(Video) CSET Social Science Test Prep - Subtest 1

Our comprehensive study guide for the CSET Social Science test is written by our test experts, who painstakingly researched the topics and the concepts that you need to know to do your best on the CSET Social Science test. Our original research into the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) Social Science test, offered by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and Pearson Education, Inc., reveals the specific content areas and the essential skills that are critical for you to know on your CSET Social Science test. We've taken the information and developed a study guide that is guaranteed to help you be successful on your CSET Social Science test.

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Some academic studies have revealed that test takers do not really benefit from the traditional test preparation process. But we knew there had to be a solution. If test takers were not doing well on their CSET Social Science test despite high intelligence, there had to be a set of secret keys to the test that would open the door of success for these test takers.

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One reason some test takers do well on the day of the test is that they have made the critical connection between the material they learned and how to use the material to succeed on the CSET Social Science test.

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Before we go any further, let us clarify what CSET Social Science Exam Secrets is not. It is not a stale rehash of all of the things you have already learned in the past.

(Video) CSET Social Science Study Guide

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  • U.S. History
  • California History
  • Principles of American Democracy
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(Video) CSET Social Science Test Prep - Subtest 2

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This Page Last Updated: 12/08/2022


How hard is the CSET Social Science test? ›

The CSET Social Science exam is a difficult test that covers a wide range of history, economics, political science, and geography concepts. Learn more about the challenging nature of this assessment, and pick up some tips to help you prepare.

What score do you need to pass CSET Social Science? ›

How is the CSET Social Science exam scored? You must score at least 220 points on each subtest to pass the exam.

What is the best way to study for the CSET? ›

You should begin studying for the CSET: Multiple Subjects about two months before your exam date. This gives you plenty of time to prepare for each subject and then review at the end. You will want to study the material for the first six weeks and then spend the last two weeks reviewing everything.

How many people fail the CSET? ›

Although the CSET had an overall cumulative passing rate of 80.8 percent between 2003 and 2017, the cumulative passing rates for single subject tests varied from 96.9 percent for one in preliminary educational technology to 7.9 percent on the test for prospective teachers of English learners.

Is California getting rid of the CSET? ›

California is not eliminating the CSET, but rather has created alternative options, other than the CSET, for prospective teachers to earn credentials.

Can you student teach without passing the CSET? ›

If you want to teach several subjects, you will need to take and pass the CSET: Multiple Subjects test or the corresponding CSET: Single Subject tests. Once you pass your selected exams, you'll be able to earn your Multiple Subject Teaching Credential which allows preschool and K-12 educators to teach most subjects.

What if I can't pass the CSET? ›

Individuals must pass all of an exam's subtests to be qualified to teach their chosen subject. If you did not pass your test or subtests on your first attempt, you must wait 45 days from the date you took a test or subtest or were registered for that test.

How many questions do I need to get right on the CSET? ›

CSET subtests are composed of multiple choice questions and essay questions. There are typically between 30 and 50 multiple choice questions, but some tests can have up to 100. In order to pass a subtest, you must score a 70% or better.

How many hours should you study for the CSET? ›

Here's what it takes to succeed: a) ~125-150 hours of concentrated study for Subtest I and 100+ hours of intensive study for Subtest II [um, astute observers shall distinguish "concentrated" and "intensive"...

What percentage of people pass the CSET? ›

CSET Passing Rates for Single Subject Exams
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Is the CSET difficult? ›

The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) is very important in your pursuit of a teaching credential or graduate degree in education in the state of California. It was developed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and it is notoriously difficult.

What is the easiest way to memorize social sciences? ›

First, write down all events that you can recall from memory. Then, search your textbook and notes to add in other important events. Highlight any events that you have a hard time remembering so you can study them more before taking the test. Synthesize your notes into paragraphs to make sure you understand them.

What is the fastest way to memorize social studies? ›

Practice reading and writing daily. Keep a journal. These things will help you with social studies because they will increase your comprehension. Use flash cards to remember important dates and key terms.

How can I learn SST answers easily? ›

Write down every event you can remember in order to start. Then look through your notes and textbook to add any more significant events. To study them more before the test, highlight any incidents that are particularly difficult for you to recall—this is a good approach to understand how to learn SST easily.

How do I get my CSET waived? ›

To not take the CSET, candidates must obtain a CTC CSET waiver.
Candidates must meet one of the following requirements:
  1. Compete a Bachelor of Arts (BS) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program with an embedded CSET waiver.
  2. Earn a degree in the desired subject area.
  3. Complete the required CTC-approved CSET waiver courses.
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How fast do you get CSET results? ›

Test results are available within 5 weeks of testing. Review test results release dates . Score reports may be delayed for up to 2 weeks for candidates taking this test via online proctoring. Candidates taking an online-proctored test will not receive a receipt of completion when their test ends.

Why are teachers quitting in California? ›

Other factors impacting teacher retention include heavy workload, low pay and escalating living costs, with some 80% of survey respondents saying it was difficult to find affordable housing close to where they teach.

Do California teachers still need to take the Rica? ›

Also, California did make temporary adjustments to when teachers were required to pass the RICA. Is the RICA still required in California? Yes, the RICA is still one of the main ways a candidate can satisfy the licensure requirements. Plans to phase the RICA out have not been finalized, but may take effect in 2025.

Is the CSET free right now? ›

This means that most California Educator Exam and Performance Assessment fees are now waived for eligible candidates as of July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, or until funds remain.

Do CSET scores expire? ›

Period of Validity

Passing CSET scores must be used for certification purposes within ten years from the individual passing date of each exam.

Which is harder CBEST or CSET? ›

Nearly 66 percent of the people who took the CBEST in 2019-20 passed it on the first try and 83 percent passed after multiple attempts, according to commission data. The CSET, which is actually a suite of tests, had a first-time passage rate of about 67 percent in 2019-20.

How long did you study for CSET? ›

It is often recommended that you spend between one to six months studying for the exams. Creating a study plan can make reviewing for the CSET Multiple Subject test a lot easier. It helps you maintain a focus and a discipline when it comes to thoroughly reviewing all the subject areas.

Can you take the CSET at home? ›

Test with confidence and convenience. Take your exam online, on your schedule, from your own home.

What kind of math is on the CSET? ›

CSET Mathematics consists of three subtests. Each CSET Mathematics subtest may be taken and passed separately. Subtest 1 covers Number and Quantity, and Algebra. Subtest 2 covers Geometry, and Probability and Statistics.

Do I have to take all subtests for CSET? ›

California educators planning to teach elementary school or special education typically must pass the CSET Multiple Subjects exam, which consists of three subtests (101, 214, 103). Each CSET Multiple Subjects subtest may be taken and passed separately.

Does your CSET score matter? ›

CSET scores must be used toward a California credential within ten years of the test date. To pass an examination of the CSET, you must earn a passing score on each of the examination's required subtests, which are listed in the “Tests” section at www.ctcexams.nesinc.com.

Is the CSET changing? ›

On August 1, 2022, the existing CSET Multiple Subjects Subtest 3 (test code 103) was discontinued. A new version of this subtest (test code 225) replaced it. In general, the changes are relatively minor.

Can you teach in California without a credential? ›

Can I Teach in California Without a Credential? While it's not possible to teach in a California public school without a credential, you could still work in the following positions: Private school teacher: According to California state regulations, teacher certification is optional for private schools.

What is on the CSET Social Science test? ›

The CSET Social Science exam consists of 3 separate subtests and cover topics such as economics, world history, and U.S. geography.

How long is the CSET social science test? ›

CSET Social Science
CSET Social Science Quick Facts
Subtest 1:World History; World Geography (Test Code 114)
Time to complete:2 hours and 15 minutes each for Subtests 1 and 2; 1 hour and 45 minutes for Subtest 3; 6 hours and 15 minutes for all 3 Subtests in a single session
Passing score:220 per subtest (scaled score)
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Is the Social Science CSET Multiple choice? ›

Computer-based test (CBT) and online-proctored test: Subtest I: 39 multiple-choice questions and 3 constructed-response questions. Subtest II: 39 multiple-choice questions and 3 constructed-response questions.


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