CSET Science

2018 Exam Dates, Fees, Testing Locations, Registration Info, and Prep Resources

This page provides access to all the key info you need as a CSET Science test-taker, including 2018 exam dates, testing center locations, fees, registration info, and prep resources.

You can also view our free CSET Science Study Guides for a concise, bullet-pointed listing of exactly which topics appear on your exam, and take our free CSET Science Practice Tests to see your current likelihood of passing and a complete diagnostic breakdown of your individual strengths and weaknesses in each exam domain, so you can focus your valuable study time on the specific content knowledge you need for success on test day.

When you're ready to sign up for the exam, please visit the official CSET testing service website at www.ctcexams.nesinc.com.


Key CSET Science Info and Resources

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CSET Science Test Info

CSET Science Exam Overview

California educators planning to teach science at the secondary school level typically must pass the CSET Science exam.  CSET Science consists of two subtests.  Each CSET Science subtest may be taken and passed separately.  Subtest 1 (test code 215) is a general science exam; it covers physical science, life science, earth and space science, scientific practices, engineering design and applications, and crosscutting concepts.  Subtest 2 exams are specialized exams offered in four areas of concentration: Life Sciences (217), Chemistry (218), Earth and Space Sciences (219), and Physics (220). 

Candidates seeking a foundational-level general science certification need only pass subtest 1.  Candidates seeking the Single Subject Credential in a specific science area must pass subtest 1, plus the subtest 2 exam corresponding to their specific area of concentration.  

CSET Science Test Info
Subtests: Subtest 1 (215), Subtest 2 (217-220)
Number of questions: 100 selected response questions and 4 constructed response questions on Subtest 1; 50 selected response questions and 3 constructed response questions on Subtest 2
Detailed list of topics covered on each subtest: View CSET Science Study Guide
Time to complete Subtest 1:  4 hours
Time to complete Subtest 2:  2 hours

Candidates may register for the CSET Science exam by mail or online, and may re-register by phone.  When and how 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...

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CSET Science Testing Costs

2018 CSET Science Testing Costs*

Below is an overview of the 2018 CSET Science testing fees for computer-based testing.

CSET Science Costs*
Service Fees
Registration for Subtest I (215) $133 test registration fee

Registration for Subtest II (217-220)
   Life Sciences (217)
   Chemistry (218)
   Earth and Planetary Science (219)
   Physics (220)

$134 test registration fee
Registration for Combined Test (Subtests I and II) $267 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.


CSET Science Test Dates

2018 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.

2018 CSET Science Test Dates*
Testing Period Test Results Release Date
5/14/18 - 6/10/18 6/29/18
6/11/18 - 7/8/18 7/27/18
7/9/18 - 8/5/18 8/24/18
8/6/18 - 9/2/18 9/21/18
9/3/18 - 9/30/18 10/19/18
10/1/18 - 10/28/18 11/16/18
10/29/18 - 11/25/18 12/14/18
11/26/18 - 12/23/18 1/11/19
12/24/18 - 1/20/19 2/8/19
1/21/19 - 2/17/19 3/8/19
2/18/19 - 3/17/19 4/5/19
3/18/19 - 4/14/19 5/3/19
4/15/19 - 5/12/19 5/31/19
5/13/19 - 6/9/19 6/28/19
6/10/19 - 7/7/19 7/26/19
7/8/19 - 8/4/19 8/23/19
8/5/19 - 9/1/19 9/20/19
9/2/19 - 9/29/19 10/18/19
9/30/19 - 10/27/19 11/15/19
10/28/19 - 11/24/19 12/13/19

*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.


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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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