CSET Science

2016 CSET Science Exam Dates, Registration Info & Prep Options

Below is important information for CSET Science test-takers, including current 2016 Test Dates, Registration Info with suggestions to help you save on testing fees, and info about the test preparation services available to help you pass, like free online CSET Science Study Guides and CSET Science Practice Tests, plus popular Prep Classes, One-on-One Tutoring, and on-demand Online Prep programs featuring instructional videos, virtual tutoring, and more.

California educators planning to teach science at the secondary school level typically must pass the CSET Science exam.  CSET Science consists of four subtests.  Each CSET Science subtest may be taken and passed separately.  Subtests 1 and 2 are general science exams.  Subtest 1 covers astronomy, dynamic processes of the Earth, Earth resources, waves, forces and motion, and electricity and magnetism.  Subtest 2 covers ecology, genetics and evolution, molecular biology and biochemistry, cell and organismal biology, heat transfer and thermodynamics, and the structure and properties of matter.  Subtest 3 and 4 exams are specialized exams offered in four areas of concentration: biology/life science, chemistry, Earth and planetary science, and physics. 

Candidates seeking a foundational-level general science certification need only pass subtests 1 and 2.  Candidates wishing to teach general and integrated science, as well as a specific area of concentration, must pass subtests 1 and 2, plus the subtest 3 exam corresponding their specific area of concentration.  Candidates wishing to teach exclusively in a specific area of concentration (without the option to teach general science) must pass only the subtest 3 and 4 exams corresponding to that concentration.

Candidates may register for the CSET exam by mail, by phone, or online.  Certain registration options apply to specific deadlines, and when you choose to register can affect the costs and fees associated with taking the test.  For more info on CSET test registration, and suggestions on how to reduce registration costs, please click below...

CSET Registration Info and How to Save on Testing Costs


2016 CSET Science Testing Costs*

Below is an overview of the 2016 CSET Science testing fees for computer-based testing.

CSET Science Costs*
Service Fees
Registration for Subtest I (118) $99 test registration fee
Registration for Subtest II (119) $99 test registration fee

Registration for Subtest III (120-123)
   Biology/Life Science (120)
   Chemistry (121)
   Earth and Planetary Science (122)
   Physics (123)

$99 test registration fee
Registration for Combined Test (Subtests I, II, and III) $297 test registration fee
Change of registration No fee
Additional copy of test results  $10 per copy
Score verification for constructed-response (CR) section $50 per subtest
Fee to clear an account $20

*Please note: The above information is provided for your convenience. No warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.  All test-takers should visit the official CSET website at http://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/about_CSET.asp to confirm fees, registration, and testing requirements before enrolling.


2016 CSET Science Test Dates* for Computer-Based Testing

Computer-based testing for the CSET Science exam is available year-round by appointment, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays), on a first-come, first-served basis during the testing windows listed below.

2016 CSET Science Test Dates*
Testing Period Test Results Release Date
7/11/16 - 8/7/16 8/26/16
8/8/16 - 9/4/16 9/23/16
9/5/16 - 10/2/16 10/21/16
10/3/16 - 10/30/16 11/18/16
10/31/16 - 11/27/16 12/16/16
11/28/16 - 12/24/16 1/13/17
12/26/16 - 1/22/17 2/101/7
1/23/17 - 2/19/17 3/10/17
2/20/17 - 3/19/17 4/7/17
3/20/17 - 4/16/17 5/5/17
4/17/17 - 5/14/17 6/2/17
5/15/17 - 6/11/17 6/30/17
6/12/17 - 7/9/17 7/28/17
7/10/17 - 8/6/17 8/25/17
8/7/17 - 9/3/17 9/22/17

*Please note: The above test dates and deadlines are provided for your convenience. No warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information. Not all test centers are open on all test dates, and specific registration policies and procedures may apply. All test-takers should visit the official CSET website at www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/about_CSET.asp to confirm test dates, registration, and testing requirements before enrolling.


For more info on CSET test dates and advice on choosing the best date for you, please click below...

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Official CSET Website



Want to learn more about the CSET Science exam before registering?  Start by viewing our free CSET Science Study Guide to get a concise overview of exactly what subject matter will appear on your exam, then take our free, full-length CSET Science Practice Test with diagnostics to see how you will perform and identify any areas in which you may need to improve...


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PLEASE NOTE: The CSET information provided above is intended as a helpful overview.  It is not comprehensive, and is not intended to replace the full information found on the official CSET website.  No warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.  All test-takers should visit the official CSET website at www.cset.nesinc.com for complete CSET registration info and to confirm test dates, procedures, and testing requirements, and should consider their individual needs, before making any registration decision.  Teachers Test Prep is an independent test preparation company, and is not affiliated with Pearson Education, the company that administers the CSET.


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