CSET English Test

The CSET English test has four subtests. The first subtest has 40 multiple-choice questions dealing with reading literature and informational texts, and 10 multiple-choice questions dealing with composition and rhetoric. The second subtest has 50 multiple-choice questions that deal with language, linguistics, and literacy. The third subtest deals with composition, rhetoric, literature and textual analysis. This subtest has no multiple-choice questions; rather, it has 2 constructed- response questions, 1 based on literary texts, and 1 on nonliterary responses. The fourth subtest covers communications via speech, media, and creative performance. This subtest also has no multiple-choice questions, and instead has 4 constructed-answer questions.

The first CSET English exam covers topics like reading literature; the craft and structure of literature; reading informational texts; craft and structure of informational texts; integration of knowledge and ideas in informational texts; the writing process; text types and purposes; the production and distribution of writing; and conventions of oral and written language.


The second CSET English exam subtest covers language, linguistics, and literacy. This is broken down into sections covering human language structures, acquisition and development of literacy, literacy studies, and grammatical structures of the English language.

The third CSET English subtest covers composition, rhetoric, literature and textual analysis. This is broken down into sections covering text types and purposes, writing processes, and conventions of oral and written language.

The fourth CSET English subtest covers speech, media, and creative performance. The sections tested in this category are oral communication processes that require the candidate to deliver an oral performance, as well as demonstrate an ability to critique the oral performances of others; media analysis and journalistic applications; dramatic performance both from the perspective of acting and the perspective of directing; and creative writing in several genres.

CSET English Test Practice Question

1. Which one of the following demonstrates a sentence combining with a subordinator?
A) Although she wanted to go, she still had work to do.
B) She could not go, nor did she want to.
C) She promised that she would finish the work.
D) Her boss, Mr. Jackson, would expect the work done properly.

2. Which of the following sentences matches the sentence structure in the diagram?

CSET English Test Practice Questions

A) He wanted to do homework.
B) She did the homework.
C) The girl wanted to do the homework.
D) The boy did the homework.

3. Which of the following is a common linguistic problem for someone learning a second language?
A) attitude of the learner
B) age
C) phonology
D) ability to hear

4. Positive transfer occurs when:
A) There is a misconception.
B) A student finds similar elements in two different ideas.
C) There is a moral.
D) Information has been memorized.

5. Which sentence is an example of hypercorrection?

A) The meal was just right for you and I.
B) You and I had a great time at dinner.
C) Our friends waited until you and I got there.
D) Our friends are just right for you and me.


CSET English Test Answers

1. Answer: A
Subordinators are sentence-joining words that form relationships between ideas. Some examples of common subordinators arealthough, though, while, because, since, if, and unless. In this case, the word although is used to form the relationship. Answer choice B uses the word for as a coordinator. Answer choices C and D do not contain subordinators.

2. Answer: D
The final result is at the bottom of the diagram below.

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3. Answer: C

Phonology is an aspect of linguistics that has to do with sound and how sounds work together. Answers A and B are factors in learning a second language, but they are not part of linguistics (which is the scientific study of language). Answer D is incorrect.

4. Answer: B
Positive transfer occurs when a student finds that a meaningful idea or skill which has already been introduced or learned is linked to another idea or skill. Answer choice A, misconception, is related to negative transfer. Answer choice C is simply incorrect. Answer choice D, memorization, implies that the information is learned by rote, is not meaningful, and will probably be forgotten.

5. Answer: A
Hypercorrection is a linguistic phenomenon in which someone might, in an effort to follow the rules, use wording that is not correct but may sound as if it is. If you would say the meal was just right for me, then you would also say the meal was just right for you and me. But since many people have it ingrained into them that “you and me” is incorrect (as it would be in you and me will go to dinner), people hypercorrect and change it to the incorrect formulation “you and I.”

CSET English Practice Questions