CSET Preliminary Educational Technology Test

The CSET Preliminary Educational Technology test is broken down into two subtests. The first subtest has 40 multiple-choice questions on basic operations, concepts, and issues of computer-based technology; and 30 multiple-choice questions and 2 short-answer questions dealing with productivity applications of computer-based technology. The second subtest has 40 multiple-choice questions, 2 short-answer questions, and 1 extended constructed-response question dealing with teaching and learning applications of computer-based technology.

The first CSET Preliminary Educational Technology exam subtest is broken down into two sections. The first section covers operations, concepts, and issues of computer-based technology. This section includes subsections on basic principles of computer hardware and software operation and care, basic troubleshooting for computers and related peripheral devices, acceptable use policies and legal and ethical issues, and privacy, security, and safety issues. The second section deals with productivity applications of computer-based technology. The subsections are: Managing records and information, communicating through multiple forms of media, communicating using computer-based collaborative tools, and using electronic research tools and applying information literacy skills.


The second CSET Preliminary Educational Technology exam subtest covers teaching and learning applications of computer-based technology. The candidate must demonstrate an ability to use current best practices and research findings on the effective use of technology to improve teaching and learning. The candidate must also demonstrate understanding of the criteria for evaluating and selecting software and electronic learning media. This requires the candidate to understand what software best suits an individual student’s needs and development.

CSET Preliminary Educational Technology Test Practice Questions

1. A teacher gets a new printer, but it will not print. She finds out that she needs to add a driver. A driver is:
A) A set of instructions that lets the computer know how to communicate with a peripheral device.
B) A different monitor for the computer.
C) A USB line.
D) The disk that came with the printer.

2. An excellent source of educational research material is:
A) Encyclopedia Britannica.
B) ERIC.
C) OSHA.
D) CNN.

3. Which of the following describes a peer-reviewed journal?
A) A journal that does not publish articles unless they have been evaluated and approved by one or more independent experts in the same field
B) A newspaper that includes critical comments of recent articles
C) A personal account of one’s life that is shared with other people
D) A journal in electronic form

4. Which of the following adaptive technologies would benefit a student who is visually impaired but not blind?
A) Hands-free keyboard control mechanism
B) Touch screen
C) Software that magnifies everything by 2 to 16 times
D) Text-to-speech software

5. The main purpose of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) of 2002 is:
A) To limit the amount of time children spend online.
B) To restrict unsupervised children from using the Internet in libraries.
C) To keep children from seeing explicit content on the Internet.
D) To mandate crossing guards around all elementary schools.

CSET Preliminary Educational Technology Test Answers

1. Answer: A
A driver is a software file that lets the computer know how to communicate with a peripheral device, in this case a printer. Printer drivers are provided by the manufacturer and can be downloaded online.

2. Answer: B
ERIC stands for Education Resources Information Center. It is an online, searchable database of educational information. Answer choice A, Encyclopedia Britannica, would not have in-depth educational research material. Answer choice C, OSHA, stands for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Answer choice D, CNN, is a television news channel.

3. Answer: A
In a peer-reviewed journal, every article must be reviewed by one or more experts in the field. Journals differ from magazines in that they are usually put out by an association, institution or society in order to publish information in a particular field of research. Answer choices B, C, and D are incorrect.

4. Answer: C
While all of the answers are ways to adapt computer technology for disabled people, only answer C is appropriate for someone who is visually impaired.

5. Answer: C
CIPA is mainly about keeping children from viewing pornography or explicit material online. Answer choice C, regarding the library, is incorrect, but in 2001 there was an American Library Association (ALA) suit challenging whether CIPA is constitutional or whether it violates the freedom of speech. The courts ruled that the First Amendment is not violated by this act. Answers A and D are incorrect.