CSET Home Economics Test

The CSET Home Economics test has three subtests. The first subtest covers personal, family, and child development. This portion has 40 multiple-choice questions and 1 extended constructed-response question. The second subtest covers nutrition, foods, and hospitality. This portion has 40 multiple-choice questions and 2 short-answer questions. The third subtest has 12 multiple-choice questions and 1 short-answer question dealing with fashion and textiles; 12 multiple-choice questions and 1 short-answer question dealing with housing and interior design; and 16 multiple-choice questions and 2 short-answer questions dealing with consumer education.

The first CSET Home Economics subtest has sections on personal, interpersonal, and family relationships, parenting, and child development and education. The candidate should be able to explain how values, goals, and morals affect self-concept, and how a person relates to other people. The parenting section deals family planning, stages of pregnancy, and parenting techniques for children at each stage of development. The section on child development requires the candidate to understand theories of development, and to identify age appropriate activities for each developmental level.


The second CSET Home Economics exam subtest has sections on food and nutritional science, and food preparation and hospitality. The food and nutritional science portion tests the candidate’s knowledge of digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients. It also tests on terminology used in the food science industry, and cultural and environmental factors that affect diet, nutrition, and health. The food preparation and hospitality section tests the candidate’s knowledge of food safety and sanitation, effective kitchen design, and identification of hazards in the kitchen both as food-borne illnesses, and as mechanical dangers. The candidate is also expected to show familiarity with FDA standards. Finally, the candidate is tested on the differences in food preparation and ingredients used in different geographical locations and amongst different cultures.

The first section of the third CSET Home Economics exam subtest covers fashion influences, wardrobe management, fibers, fabrics, and finishes, and apparel construction. This section tests on the history of fashion, the elements of fashion design, and how fashion choices relate to different lifestyles. The second section covers housing, interior design, and furnishings. This section requires the candidate to understand the basic principles of housing construction, as well as how interior construction and design impact the activities conducted in those rooms. The third section covers personal and family resources, consumer rights and responsibilities, economic systems, and personal finances.

CSET Home Economics Test Practice Questions

1. Which one of the following types of fabrics is an elastic fiber made from Latex and used along with other fibers to make fabrics like Spandex or foundation clothing?
A) Lastex
B) Nylon
C) Acrylic
D) Acetate

2. Which of the following styles, initiated in the 1600s, features furniture that is large, ornate, veneered, inlaid, gilded and carved?
A) Regency
B) Biedermeier
C) Louis XIV
D) Empire

3. Which product is recommended for getting a ballpoint ink stain out of fabric?
A) Dishwashing detergent
B) Hairspray
C) Vinegar
D) Rubbing alcohol

4. Interfacing is:
A) A layer of fabric put between other layers of fabric in order to give the product more strength or shape.
B) The amount of fabric between the seam and the raw edge.
C) The finished edge along the edge of a roll of fabric that keeps it from raveling.
D) A quarter yard (18″ x 22″) of fabric created when half of a yard of fabric is cut into two halves.

5. All of the following are ways to prevent food-borne illnesses EXCEPT:
A) Cooking meat, poultry, and eggs
B) Using the same utensil for each different foods being prepared.
C) Washing fruits and vegetables.
D) Putting leftovers in the refrigerator as soon as possible.

CSET Home Economics Test Answers

1. Answer: A
Lastex is the fabric described. This fabric loses its elasticity and breaks down after many cycles of washing and drying. Answer choice B, nylon, is used for the foundation clothing of hosiery, but is not made out of Latex or used to make Spandex. Answer choices C and D are fabrics, but they do not match the description given.

2. Answer: C
The style described is Louis XIV furniture (also known as Baroque). It began in the 1600s. Answer choices A, B, and C are styles from the 1800s. Regency style furniture is elegant, with a foundation of neo-classical designs. The Biedermeier style arose in Germany and was utilitarian and simple. Empire style, which includes veneers and ornamentation, arose during Napoleon’s reign and had influences from Rome, Greece, and Egypt.

3. Answer: D
The current method for getting ballpoint ink out is to put the fabric ink-side down on a towel, and then pat (not scrub) rubbing alcohol onto the other side. Answer choice B, hairspray, was used for this purpose in the past, but today’s hairspray is not made of the same ingredients that were used then.

4. Answer: A
Answer choice B is the definition for seam allowance. Answer choice C defines selvage. Answer choice C describes a fat quarter.

5. Answer: B
A different, clean utensil should be used for each of the different foods being prepared. Raw meats and poultry should be separated from other foods during the preparation process so that no cross-contamination occurs. Cooked meat should be placed on a clean surface rather than the same surface it was on when it was raw. Another way to prevent cross-contamination is for the cook to wash his or her hands thoroughly after touching raw meat or poultry.