CSET Writing Skills

This page provides access to all the key info you need as a CSET Writing Skills test-taker, including 2023 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. Then take our free CSET Writing Skills Practice Tests to see your current likelihood of passing and a breakdown of your individual strengths and weaknesses.

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

  • Expository Writing; Expressive Writing (Test Code 142)
  • 2 constructed-responses
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 220 per subtest (scaled score)

CSET Writing Skills Overview

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

The exam consists of two constructed-response essays. One asks candidates to analyze a given situation or statement. The other asks candidates to write about a specified personal experience.

CSET Writing Skills Testing Costs

2023 CSET Writing Skills Testing Costs*

Below is an overview of the 2023 CSET Writing Skills testing fees for computer-based testing.

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 per subtest
Fee to clear an account $20

 

CSET Writing Skills Test Dates

2023 CSET Writing Skills Test Dates*

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. Alternatively, online-proctored testing is offered remotely and is available by appointment during one-week testing windows each month.

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

 

CSET Writing Skills Test Dates - Online Proctored Results Release Date
Week of December 12, 2022 January 6, 2023
Week of January 9, 2023 February 3, 2023
Week of February 6, 2023 March 3, 2023
Week of March 6, 2023 March 31, 2023
Week of April 3, 2023 April 28, 2023
Week of May 1, 2023 May 26, 2023
Week of May 29, 2023 June 23, 2023
Week of June 26, 2023 July 21, 2023
Week of July 24, 2023 August 18, 2023

*This information is subject to change. All test-takers should visit the official CSET website at https://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com to confirm fees, registration, and testing requirements before enrolling.

Not sure how you’ll perform on the exam? 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 your overall likelihood of passing and identify any areas in which you may need to improve.

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