CSET Health Science Test

The CSET Health Science test has three subtests. The first subtest has 10 multiple-choice questions, and 1 extended-answer question dealing with the foundations of health education; 10 multiple-choice questions dealing with human growth and development; and 20 multiple-choice questions and 1 short-answer question dealing with chronic and communicable diseases. The second subtest has 15 multiple-choice questions and 1 short-answer question dealing with nutrition and fitness; 10 multiple-choice questions dealing with mental and emotional health; and 15 multiple-choice questions and 1 extended constructed- response question dealing with alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The third subtest has 15 multiple-choice questions and 1 short-answer question dealing with family life and interpersonal relationships; 15 multiple-choice questions dealing with consumer and community health; and 15 multiple-choice questions dealing with environmental health.

On the first CSET Health Science exam subtest the candidate must demonstrate knowledge of professional foundations and familiarity with Healthy People 2010. Additional topics include knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, the ability to identify trends in health education, and knowledge of laws concerning the balance between privacy and school reporting obligations. The second portion of the first subtest requires knowledge of growth, development, and emotional and social development. The third part of the first subtest requires the candidate to demonstrate knowledge of risk factors and symptoms of common communicable diseases.


The second CSET Health Science subtest covers nutrition, including information on requirements for vitamins, fats, water, and proteins. The candidate must demonstrate an understanding of how nutritional requirements change based on age, activity level, and health. The candidate must understand physical fitness and how fitness can be assessed and improved through a fitness plan. The second part of the subtest examines the candidate’s knowledge of mental and emotional health including stress, depression, and suicide. The third part of the subtest tests the candidate’s knowledge of drug effects on the human body, drug use, abuse and addiction, and strategies for preventing substance abuse.

The first part of the third CSET Health Science exam subtest deals with family, interpersonal relationships, human sexuality and reproductive health. The second part tests the candidate’s knowledge of consumer and community health. The candidate should be able to explain the social implications of bullying, abuse, and hate crimes. The candidate should also show an ability to develop an emergency preparedness plan and discuss why a plan is important. The final portion discusses environmental health, biohazards, and prevention of pollution.

CSET Health Science Test Practice Questions

1. Which of the following is true about hepatitis A?
A) The virus is easy to detect.
B) It may be spread when non-sterilized tools are used for getting a tattoo.
C) It can be transmitted from mother to newborn.
D) You can get it by eating shellfish.

2. All of the following are health risks associated with childhood obesity EXCEPT:
A) Low blood pressure
B) Asthma
C) Diabetes
D) Sleep apnea

3. Which of the following are signs of alcohol poisoning?
A) Acting unusually quiet or loud
B) Vomiting or mental confusion
C) Extreme thirst or hunger
D) Headache

4. Why is the Hib vaccine given to children?
A) It helps to prevent chickenpox.
B) It helps to prevent measles, mumps and rubella.
C) It helps to prevent tetanus and diphtheria.
D) It helps to prevent meningitis and pneumonia.

5. Which of the following can lower the risk factors for heart disease?
A) Exercise
B) Counseling
C) Getting enough sleep
D) Taking few or no over-the-counter medications

CSET Health Science Test Answers

1. Answer: D
Hepatitis A is spread through contaminated water, milk, or food (particularly shellfish). The virus lives in the fecal matter of anyone who has it. It is more likely to spread in crowded or unhygienic environments. Answer choice A is incorrect because many people (especially children) who get this mild virus never know it. Answer choices B and C are true for hepatitis C, but not hepatitis A.

2. Answer: A
Childhood obesity is associated with high blood pressure, not low.

3. Answer: B
If someone has or may have alcohol poisoning, do not hesitate to call 911. Any of the following indications may be found: mental confusion, stupor, coma, person cannot be roused, vomiting, seizures, slow or abnormal breathing, hypothermia, bluish skin tone, and paleness. Without treatment, alcohol poisoning can cause permanent brain damage or death.

4. Answer: D
The Hib vaccine helps to prevent Haemophilus influenza type b, which can lead to meningitis, pneumonia, or a severe throat infection (which may lead to choking). Answer A is incorrect because it is the varicella vaccine which helps prevent chickenpox. Answer B is incorrect because it is the MMR vaccine which helps prevent measles, mumps and rubella. Answer C is incorrect because it is the Td vaccine which helps prevent tetanus and diphtheria.

5. Answer: A
Exercise as part of a regular routine makes the heart and lungs stronger, lowers blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugar, and aids in weight management.