What Do I Expect On The Various CSET Exams?

For the most part the exams are constructed as about 70% multiple-choice type questions, and about 30% constructed answers. The tests involving languages other than English have more constructed-response questions, and the writing exams of course focus on writing. Musical performance and art are also exceptions.

The day of the test, the morning session starts at 7:15 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m. The afternoon session starts at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 7:15 p.m. If you are late you may not be admitted and will be considered absent. You will not be entitled to any refunds. To be allowed admission to the test site you must have your admission ticket, and you will be asked to submit to having a thumbprint taken. You should also bring sharpened pencils with erasers and a state issued form of identification. If your name has changed, bring official proof of a name change such as a marriage license or divorce decree. If you don’t have an acceptable identification, you may fill out a form under penalty of perjury that you are who you claim to be. You then have 13 days to provide acceptable proof of identification or your test scores will be voided.


Wear comfortable clothes and quiet shoes so as to make yourself as comfortable as possible, and to avoid unnecessary noise distractions. You may bring water only in clear bottles that have had the label removed. During the test the water must be stored under your desk. No electronic devices are allowed, including cell phones and calculators. You may not bring in scratch paper or other aids such as highlighters. No totes of any sort are allowed either. Try to make arrangements to either leave your purse in your car, or only bring what you can carry in a pocket.