CSET Foundational-Level General Science

The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) is a set of tests developed by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for teacher candidates desiring certification in certain subject areas. In order to teach Foundational-Level General Science in the state of California, candidates are required to take the CSET Foundational-Level General Science Exam which is actually subtest I of the CSET: Science Exam. The computer-based test includes one hundred multiple-choice questions and four constructed-response questions. You will have a total of four hours to complete the test. A scientific calculator will be provided to all examinees (go to test website for a list of calculator models provided). A score of 220 is required to pass. This test ensures that prospective teachers have the knowledge required to teach the material outlined in the California Common Core Content Standards for Science for grades six through 12.

The CSET Foundational-Level General Science exam consists of four content domains: Scientific Practices, Engineering Design and Applications, and Crosscutting Concepts (33 questions); Physical Sciences (23 questions); Life Sciences (22 questions); Earth and Space Sciences (22 questions). There will also be one constructed-response question within each domain.

In the domain of Scientific Practices, Engineering Design and Applications, and Crosscutting Concepts, you will be evaluated on your understanding of scientific practices such as planning, conducting, analyzing, interpreting and communicating information from scientific investigations. This domain will also assess your ability to use engineering practices to identify problems and evaluate solutions, the use of models in the engineering design process, and your knowledge of crosscutting concepts between engineering and the sciences.

The Physical Sciences domain consists of topics such as the periodic table, structure and properties of various states of matter, chemical reactions, biochemistry, motion and stability, forces and interaction, waves and their applications, energy, electricity, and magnetism.

In the Life Sciences domain, the questions include the structure and function of cells, the development and growth of organisms, ecosystems, genetics and heredity, and biological evolution.
The Earth and Space Sciences domain covers the formation and history of the earth and the solar system, astrological instruments used to collect data about Earth, Kepler’s laws, Earth’s structure and systems, and plate tectonics.

The CSET Foundational-Level General Science practice test developed by Mometrix covers the same content as the actual test and includes answers and detailed explanations of those answers so that you can clearly understand which questions you missed and why you missed them. This is your first step to achieving your dream of becoming a Foundational-Level Mathematics teacher in the state of California.