## CSETMathGuru: THE Site for Single Subject Math

Information about the CSET

This is based on information on the CSET website & is interspersed with my comments and opinions!

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Teacher candidates in California are required to demonstrate competence in the subject matter they will be authorized to teach. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) provides candidates with two options for satisfying this requirement.

Candidates can either

(a) complete a CCTC-approved subject matter preparation program (ie. relevant coursework at a College/University) or

(b) pass the appropriate CCTC-adopted subject matter test(s).

The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET®) is a new testing program serving as the examination option for the subject matter competence requirement.

Official information about CSET can be obtained at:

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A test guide, providing information about the tests, is available via the CSET Web site. Each test guide includes the content to be covered, information on the test structure, scoring scales, sample test questions, sample responses to constructed-response questions, and an annotated list of suggested resources that candidates can use to study for the test.

This is not entirely surprising as the Guides offer only a sample of the diverse concepts and skills required. So skim through it only to get a very general idea!

3.

Each testing session is five hours in length. Examinees can choose to take up to three Subtests in one testing session. However, individual subtests are not timed so that candidates can allocate their time flexibly from one Subtest to another.

4.

There are 3 Subtests one needs pass to meet the CSET Single Subject Mathematics teaching credential requirement.

Subtest I: Algebra / Number Theory

Subtest II: Geometry / Probability & Statistics

Subtest III: Calculus / Trigonometry / History of Mathematics

Further, there is a

In other words, the Foundational Credential allows one teach the following classes: Algebra I, Geometry, Business Math, Algebra II. Certain school districts prohibit teaching Algebra II since it requires Trigonometry, which is a part of Subtest III.

Most school districts require only a Foundational Credential for employment purposes!

5.

All 3 Subtests are similarly structured:

30 Multiple Choice Qs + 4 Constructed (or Free) Response Qs (Written/Essay Type)

The Free Response Qs are graded according to the demonstration of the following criteria:

Purpose

Subject Matter Knowledge

Support

Depth and Breadth of Understanding

This is based on information on the CSET website & is interspersed with my comments and opinions!

1.

**What is the CSET?**Teacher candidates in California are required to demonstrate competence in the subject matter they will be authorized to teach. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) provides candidates with two options for satisfying this requirement.

Candidates can either

(a) complete a CCTC-approved subject matter preparation program (ie. relevant coursework at a College/University) or

(b) pass the appropriate CCTC-adopted subject matter test(s).

The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET®) is a new testing program serving as the examination option for the subject matter competence requirement.

Official information about CSET can be obtained at:

**http://www.cset.nesinc.com/**2.

**What materials are officially available for CSET preparation?**A test guide, providing information about the tests, is available via the CSET Web site. Each test guide includes the content to be covered, information on the test structure, scoring scales, sample test questions, sample responses to constructed-response questions, and an annotated list of suggested resources that candidates can use to study for the test.

**Caution!**There's a general consensus amongst teachers that've taken the CSET that the pattern of Qs on the official Test Guides are quite different from those on the Test!! I have myself found the Test Guides to be not very representative of the Test itself!This is not entirely surprising as the Guides offer only a sample of the diverse concepts and skills required. So skim through it only to get a very general idea!

3.

**How much time do I have to complete each subtest of the CSET?**Each testing session is five hours in length. Examinees can choose to take up to three Subtests in one testing session. However, individual subtests are not timed so that candidates can allocate their time flexibly from one Subtest to another.

4.

**What are the requirements about the CSET Single Subject Math test?**There are 3 Subtests one needs pass to meet the CSET Single Subject Mathematics teaching credential requirement.

Subtest I: Algebra / Number Theory

Subtest II: Geometry / Probability & Statistics

Subtest III: Calculus / Trigonometry / History of Mathematics

Further, there is a

**Foundational Mathematics**Teaching Credential for which one needs to pass only Subtest I and II. This authorizes teaching only in limited Math content areas: General Mathematics, Algebra, Geometry, Probability and Statistics and Consumer Math.In other words, the Foundational Credential allows one teach the following classes: Algebra I, Geometry, Business Math, Algebra II. Certain school districts prohibit teaching Algebra II since it requires Trigonometry, which is a part of Subtest III.

Most school districts require only a Foundational Credential for employment purposes!

5.

**What is the format of the tests?**All 3 Subtests are similarly structured:

30 Multiple Choice Qs + 4 Constructed (or Free) Response Qs (Written/Essay Type)

The Free Response Qs are graded according to the demonstration of the following criteria:

Purpose

Subject Matter Knowledge

Support

Depth and Breadth of Understanding