CSET Writing Skills

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 Writing Skills test-taker, including 2018 exam dates, testing center locations, fees, registration info, and prep resources.

You can also view our free CSET Writing Skills Study Guides for a concise, bullet-pointed listing of exactly which topics appear on your exam, and take our free CSET Writing Skills 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.


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CSET Writing Skills Test Info

CSET Writing Skills Exam Overview

California educators may in certain cases be able to use the CSET Writing Skills exam to satisfy the basic skills requirement.

CSET Writing Skills Test Info
Number of questions: 2 essays
Detailed list of topics covered on each subtest: View CSET Writing Skills Study Guide
Time to complete test: 1 hour 30 minutes

Candidates may register for the CSET Writing Skills 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 Writing Skills Testing Costs

2018 CSET Writing Skills Testing Costs*

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

CSET Writing Skills Costs*
Service Fees
Registration $63 test registration fee
Change of registration No fee
Additional copy of test results  $10 per copy
Score verification for constructed-response (CR) section $50 
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 Writing Skills Test Dates

2018 CSET Writing Skills Test Dates* for Computer-Based Testing

Computer-based testing for the CSET Writing Skills 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 Writing Skills Test Dates*
Testing Period Test Results Release Date
5/28/18 - 6/10/18 6/29/18
6/11/18 - 6/24/18 7/13/18
6/25/18 - 7/8/18 7/27/18
7/9/18 - 7/22/18 8/10/18
7/23/18 - 8/5/18 8/24/18
8/6/18 - 8/19/18 9/7/18
8/20/18 - 9/2/18 9/21/18
9/3/18 - 9/16/18 10/5/18
9/17/18 - 9/30/18 10/19/18
10/1/18 - 10/14/18 11/2/18
10/15/18 - 10/28/18 11/16/18
10/29/18 - 11/11/18 11/30/18
11/12/18 - 11/25/18 12/14/18
11/26/18 - 12/9/18 12/28/18
12/10/18 - 12/23/18 1/11/19
12/24/18 - 1/6/19 1/25/19
1/7/19 - 1/20/19 2/8/19
1/21/19 - 2/3/19 2/22/19
2/4/19 - 2/17/19 3/8/19
2/18/19 - 3/3/19 3/22/19
3/4/19 - 3/17/19 4/5/19
3/18/19 - 3/31/19 4/19/19
4/1/19 - 4/14/19 5/3/19
4/15/19 - 4/28/19 5/17/19
4/29/19 -  5/12/19 5/31/19
5/13/19 -  5/26/19 6/14/19
5/27/19 - 6/9/19 6/28/19
6/10/19 - 6/23/19 7/12/19
6/24/19 - 7/7/19 7/26/19
7/8/19 - 7/21/19 8/9/19
7/22/19 - 8/4/19 8/23/19
8/5/19 - 8/18/19 9/6/19
8/19/19 - 9/1/19 9/20/19
9/2/19 - 9/15/19 10/4/19
9/16/19 - 9/29/19 10/18/19
9/30/19 - 10/13/19 11/1/19
10/14/19 - 10/27/19 11/15/19
10/28/19 - 11/10/19 12/2/19

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


  Free CSET Writing Skills Practice Test


  Free CSET Writing Skills Study Guide


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