CSET Industrial and Technology Education Test

The CSET Industrial and Technology Education test is broken into two subtests. The first subtest has 45 multiple-choice questions, 2 short-answer questions, and 1 extended-response question dealing with the nature of technology. The second subtest has 25 multiple-choice questions, and 1 short- answer question dealing with power and energy; 25 multiple-choice questions, and 1 short-answer question dealing with information and communication; and 25 multiple-choice questions, and 1 short-answer question dealing with project and product development.

The first CSET Industrial and Technology Education subtest covers innovation and design, careers and employability skills, safety and the environment, society and globalization, independent and integrated system models, and integration with other academic disciplines. The innovation and design section requires the candidate to understand engineering design, the uses of technology to solve problems and to meet the needs of new fields, and understanding what factors influence design form and function. The safety and the environment section tests on knowledge of safety regulations and procedures, as well as environmental issues.


The second CSET Industrial and Technology Education subtest covers the processes of power generation, including solar, geothermal, and nuclear power systems and how they convert energy from one form into another. This section also tests on knowledge of the infrastructure and architecture associated with different systems. The next portion of the second subtest covers renewable resources and their uses. The information and communication section covers design processes, telecommunications systems, computer design, and the materials that go into making and using these systems. The candidate must also demonstrate knowledge of physical and electronic security issues. The final major section of the second subtest covers project and product development. Areas tested include engineering principles, manufacturing and construction processes, resources, and quality assurance. This final area deals with both product testing and consumer satisfaction and feedback on the CSET Industrial and Technology exam.

CSET Industrial and Technology Ed. Test Practice Questions

1. Which of the following occurs during the growth stage of a product life cycle?
A) Product branding is set
B) Discontinuing the product
C) Lower pricing due to competition
D) Channels of distribution are added

2. Which of the following is an example of imminent danger in the workplace?
A) A toxic substance which might cause death or brain damage is present in the workplace.
B) The noise level in the workplace is such that hearing loss could occur.
C) A worker continually smokes in the workplace.
D) A large machine in the workplace has a sharp steel blade.

3. A hydrothermal convection system is one in which cooled water seeps into the earth, warms, and then rises. The steam energy powers electric generators. This is an example of:
A) Fossil fuel energy.
B) Nuclear energy.
C) Fuel cell energy.
D) Geothermal energy.

4. Which of the following occupations is one in which a worker checks a final product for quality?
A) Plan examiner
B) Building inspector
C) Airport tower controller
D) Brokerage clerk

5. Which of the following is a nonrenewable energy source?
A) solar
B) biomass
C) fossil
D) wind

CSET Industrial and Technology Ed. Test Answers

1. Answer: D
During the growth stage, there is more demand and the product will be more widely distributed. Answer choice A, product branding, occurs during the introduction stage rather than the growth stage. Answer choice B, discontinuation, occurs during decline. Answer choice C, lower pricing, occurs during the maturity stage of the product.

2. Answer: A
Under OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) standards, imminent danger occurs when there is a reasonable expectation of serious physical harm or death occurring within a short time. Imminent dangers should be reported to OSHA at the earliest opportunity. Answer choices B, C, and D are hazards in the workplace, but not imminent dangers.

3. Answer: D
The brief description is of geothermal energy in which the earth’s heat is used to generate power. Answer choices A, B, and C are other ways to generate power.

4. Answer: B
A building inspector checks for structural soundness in terms of quality and safety. Answer choice A, plan examiner, is a person that inspects plans and building code compliance prior to construction. Answer choice C, airport tower controller, does have a responsibility of quality assurance, but not in a final product. This person would be organizing the way aircraft come in and out of the airport and making sure it is safe. Answer choice D, brokerage clerk, is someone that buys and sells stock.

5. Answer: C
Fossil fuel examples include petroleum, coal, and natural gas. Answer choice A, solar, is energy from the sun’s light or heat. Answer choice B, biomass, is the use of a biological material (like corn) which is then converted into fuel. Answer choice C, wind, uses wind turbines to catch the wind and generate energy.