Page 1 of the Subtest II: Science Study Guide for the CSET Multiple Subjects Test (2022)

General Information

In addition to math, Subtest II of the CSET Multiple Subjects Test contains 26 multiple-choice and two constructed-response questions about science. The areas covered include life, physical, and Earth and space sciences. There will be an onscreen calculator provided for these questions.

You’ll want to go through the following study guide to review your knowledge and assess your readiness for these science questions. Be sure to obtain further study materials if any of this puzzles you.

Physical Sciences

The physical sciences are those that study non-living systems. The main subject of study in the physical sciences is matter and its interactions.

Matter

Matter is defined as everything that occupies space, has an associated mass, and a duration in time. All matter is composed of atoms and can be measured.

Physical Properties

The physical properties of matter are those that can be measured without changing the nature of the substance. To measure them, it is crucial to understand the physical properties of solids, liquids, and gases, such as:

Color—Color is the response of the brain to the stimulation of the eye by light rays with wavelengths roughly between 380 nm and 700 nm that emanate from objects.

Mass—Mass is a physical magnitude that describes the amount of matter that a body has. In the International System of Units (S.I.), it is measured in grams.

Density—Density is the ratio between the mass of an object and its volume. In the S.I., it is measured in \(\frac{kg}{m^3}\).

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Hardness—Hardness is the capacity of a solid substance to resist deformation or abrasion. There are different scales to measure hardness, such as the Mohs, Brinell, and Rockwell scales, with the Mohs scale for rocks and minerals being the most common.

Electrical and thermal conductivity—Generally speaking, conductivity refers to the capacity to transmit something. In the case of electrical conductivity, it refers to the transmission of electrical current; in the case of thermal conductivity, it refers to the capacity to transmit heat.

Changes in Matter

Matter is not static; it can change. It is important to know that matter can undergo physical and chemical changes, which can be described as follows:

Physical changes—Physical changes are those where the chemical nature of the substance doesn’t change. Such changes include dissolving, changing shape, and changes in state such as the evaporation and freezing of water.

Chemical changes—When matter undergoes a chemical change, the atoms in reactants rearrange to form products with new physical and chemical properties. Examples of this are the burning of paper and the rusting of iron.

Conservation of matter laws—In both physical and chemical changes, there are two laws with respect to matter and energy that are always obeyed: the law of conservation of mass and the law of conservation of energy. They state that the initial total amount of mass and energy has to be conserved after matter undergoes any type of change.

Matter Components

Matter is made of atoms. The components of the atom are described below:

Atom—An atom is the smallest stable form of matter. It is composed of protons and neutrons located in a nucleus and of electrons located in electron clouds around the nucleus.

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Molecule—A molecule is the combination of two or more atoms. Molecules can be formed by two units of the same atom (like in hydrogen, \(H_2\)), or by different atoms (like in water, \(H_2 O\)). When a molecule is made up of different atoms, as it is with water it is also known as a compound.

Proton—Protons are positively charged particles located in the nucleus of the atom. The number of protons in the nucleus is called the atomic number.

Neutron—Neutrons are neutrally charged particles located in the nucleus of the atom. The sum of the number of protons and neutrons is called the mass number.

Electron—Electrons are negatively charged particles located in electron clouds around the nucleus of the atom. They are described by the electronic configuration of each atom. In a neutral atom, the number of electrons is equal to the number of protons.

Element—An element is a substance formed by atoms with the same atomic number. Atoms are arranged in the periodic table according to their atomic numbers. The most metallic elements, such as sodium and potassium, are located to the left on the periodic table, and the non-metals, such as oxygen and chlorine, are located to the right.

Combining Elements

There are different ways of combining elements and molecules without changing their chemical nature:

Mixture—Mixtures are the combination of two or more substances. They can be homogeneous if the composition is the same throughout the entire sample, and heterogeneous if the composition is variable. To separate them, scientists take advantage of the difference between the physical or chemical properties of the components of the mixture, such as density, boiling point, and magnetism.

Solution—A solution is a type of liquid homogeneous mixture. It can be composed of a solid, liquid, or gaseous solute dissolved into a solvent, and depending on the nature of the solute, it can have different pH levels.

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pH level—The pH level is a measure of the acidity of a solution. Acidic solutions, such as lemon juice and coffee, have pH levels between 0 and 7. Neutral solutions have a pH equal to 7 (distilled water), and basic solutions, such as bleach and soapy water, have pH levels between 7 and 14.

Motion and Energy

A body that is in motion has an associated energy, which is defined as the capacity to produce work.

Motion

Motion is a physical parameter that is defined as the change in position of a body in space with respect to time and a reference point.

Describing motion—There are many ways to describe the motion of an object, such as speed, velocity, position, acceleration, and displacement.

The position refers to the coordinates that allow us to locate an object in space at any given time (x). Displacement is the change in position (\(\Delta x = x_2-x_1\)), speed is the ratio between displacement and time (\(s = \frac{\Delta x}{t}\)), velocity is the speed times a vector which describes the direction of the speed, and acceleration is the change in speed with time (\(a = \frac{\Delta s}{t}\)).

Forces—Motion changes when the balance of forces on an object is disrupted. The types of forces that can change the motion of an object include friction, gravity, and magnetism.

Electrical charges—Charged objects may experience changes when exposed to other charges or magnetic fields. Objects can be positively or negatively charged, and objects with the same electrical charge repel each other, while objects with different charges attract each other.

Simple machines—Machines are a set of devices that transform one kind of energy into another to perform work. They change the direction and magnitude of the applied force, allowing people to do more work with less force. An example of this is the lever, which is a long and rigid bar that rotates over a supporting point to overcome a strong resistance with the use of a small force.

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Energy

Energy can be manifested in many different ways. That includes chemical, solar, magnetic, sound, nuclear, wind, electrical, electromagnetic, and light energies. The different forms of energy can be converted into each other.

Conservation of energy—In any given process, energy is neither created nor destroyed, but it is converted into other forms of energy. An example of this is the process where the kinetic energy of a power generator is converted into electrical energy.

Velocity and energy relationship—Energy and velocity are related in the form of kinetic energy: \(KE = \frac{1}{2}m \cdot v^2\).

Heat—Heat is the total energy associated with the movement of the molecules of a substance, while temperature is a measure of the average kinetic energy. For example, a bucket of water can have the same temperature as a small glass of water, but the bucket has more heat because it has more water, and therefore, more total thermal energy.

There are different systems used to measure temperature. The most common ones are degrees Fahrenheit (°F), degrees Celsius (°C), and degrees Kelvin (K). The latter is based on the value of absolute zero and is the unit used in the S.I.

Heat can be transferred by three different mechanisms: conduction (when two bodies are in direct contact), convection (when a body is in contact with a fluid), and radiation (which is independent of the medium and can occur through a vacuum).

Electromagnetic radiation - Electromagnetic radiation is a form of energy emitted by excited atoms in the sun and other sources. It propagates in the form of waves and can interact with matter. Visible light is one form of electromagnetic radiation. Other forms are radio, microwave, infrared, ultraviolet, x-ray, and gamma. Although we cannot see them, they are sometimes referred to as forms of light.

Waves—Waves are a way to transfer energy without transferring matter. Some magnitudes that describe waves are the amplitude (maximum height of the wave), wavelength (the distance between two maximum values), cycle (the complete motion of the wave from the start of the vibration until it comes back to the initial position), period (the time required to perform a cycle), and frequency (the number of cycles per unit time).

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Waves have optical properties, such as reflection, a phenomenon that occurs when a wave hits an object that opposes its propagation and is reflected back (this happens with mirrors). Another phenomenon is refraction, when the wave hits a medium with a different propagation speed, changing its direction (this happens when light hits water and changes direction).

Environmental concerns—Humankind needs energy to achieve goals and fulfill needs, but there are certain environmental concerns regarding energy resources. There are renewable energy resources, which are those that can be replenished at a rate that is higher than the consumption rate (e.g., water, wood, solar radiation); and there are non-renewable energy resources, which have a replenishment rate lower than the consumption rate (e.g., fossil fuels). To achieve sustainable development, it is necessary to shift away from non-renewable energy resources and move toward renewable energy.

FAQs

How do you pass the CSET subtest 2? ›

The best way to prepare for Subtest 2 is by utilizing CSET Multiple Subject study guide and practice tests. Candidates who use CSET Multiple Subjects Subtest 2 practice questions can gain a better understanding of the content that will be on the exam and narrow down content areas they still need to study more.

How long should I study for CSET multiple subject? ›

You should begin studying for the CSET: Multiple Subjects about two months before your exam date. This gives you plenty of time to prepare for each subject and then review at the end. You will want to study the material for the first six weeks and then spend the last two weeks reviewing everything.

How many questions do I need to get right on CSET? ›

Scores for each subtest range from 100 to 300. To pass any of the subject-specific CSET exams, you need to score at least 220. CSET scores range from 100 to 300. The CTEL exam includes three subtests: CTEL 1, CTEL 2, and CTEL 3.

How do you pass the CSET? ›

How to Pass the CSET
  1. Set or Review Your Objectives.
  2. Familiarize Yourself with the Test.
  3. Speak with Your Peers.
  4. Build a Study Plan.
  5. Set Aside Time for Study.
  6. Practice.
  7. Set aside Time for Yourself.
  8. Enroll in a Structured Course.
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What percentage of people pass the CSET the first time? ›

The CSET, which is actually a suite of tests, had a first-time passage rate of about 67 percent in 2019-20.

How long should I study for CSET? ›

It is often recommended that you spend between one to six months studying for the exams. Creating a study plan can make reviewing for the CSET Multiple Subject test a lot easier. It helps you maintain a focus and a discipline when it comes to thoroughly reviewing all the subject areas.

Is the CSET waived in California? ›

CSET Fee Waivers Available for 2021-2022

To further ease the path to becoming an educator in California, the state budget allocated $20 million to provide a credential fee waiver for those entering the PK-12 educator workforce, or for those seeking new credentials.

What happens if you fail the CSET? ›

Retaking the CSET

If you score lower than a 220 and fail a CSET subtest, you have the option to retake it, and there is no limit to the number of attempts you can make to pass the CSET. If you need to pass multiple subtests for your CSET, you only need to retake the subtest(s) that you failed.

What score do you need to pass the CSET Multiple subject? ›

Raw scores are converted to a scale of 100 to 300, with the scaled score of 220 representing the minimum passing score. A passing subtest score must be achieved at a single CSET administration; performance on sections of subtests cannot be combined across administrations.

How many questions can I get wrong on CSET? ›

CSET subtests are composed of multiple choice questions and essay questions. There are typically between 30 and 50 multiple choice questions, but some tests can have up to 100. In order to pass a subtest, you must score a 70% or better.

How many times can you retake the CSET? ›

You can retake the exam as many times as you need. However, be aware that if you're taking the test on computer, there must be 45 calendar days between attempts.

Can the CSET be waived? ›

To All Credential Candidates: Free Exams

You are eligible for a fee waiver for the CBEST, CSET, RICA, edTPA, and CalAPA. Now is the time to take the exams you still need for your credential. IMPORTANT: Do not wait for your transcripts to be reviewed or for new regulations to pass: Take the CSET now while it is free.

Can you use a calculator on the CSET? ›

Examinees taking CSET: Mathematics Subtest II must bring their own graphing calculator but may not bring a calculator manual. Graphing calculators will not be provided at the test session. Only the brand and models listed below may be used.

Do you have to take CSET subtests in order? ›

Taking Multiple Subtests in a Single Test Session at a Test Center. If you register to take all subtests in a single session at a CBT test center, you will be presented with one subtest at a time. Subtests are not individually timed, and you may work on the subtests in any order.

How much does the CSET cost? ›

CSET
CSET Quick Facts
Required For:Most credentialed K-12 educators in California
Test format:Most CSET exams contain both multiple choice and constructed response questions
Testing costs:$63-$297 depending on test
Passing score:220 per subtest (scaled score)
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Who qualifies for CSET waiver? ›

Eligibility: To be considered for a CSET I-III waiver evaluation, students must complete all degree requirements for the CSUSM Liberal Studies ESM Option B.A. or the ITEP Option B.A. (or the ICP Option B.A) and earn an overall GPA of 2.67 or higher in their coursework.

Does CSET expire? ›

Passing CSET scores must be used for certification purposes within ten years from the individual passing date of each exam.

Can I teach in California without a credential? ›

Can I Teach in California Without a Credential? While it's not possible to teach in a California public school without a credential, you could still work in the following positions: Private school teacher: According to California state regulations, teacher certification is optional for private schools.

Is the Rica hard to pass? ›

How Hard is the RICA? The RICA written exam is a focused test that covers reading instruction and had a 71.9% cumulative passing rate for 2019-2020, but the passing rate for first-time examinees is only 60.3%. This test is hard, and preparation is key!

How do you study for multiple subjects? ›

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How hard is CSET math? ›

It is a comprehensive and challenging exam, but by no means is it impossible to pass the exam. The difficulty level is entirely reliant on a candidate's willingness to properly train beforehand.

What degree do you need to be a teacher in California? ›

At minimum, you will need a bachelor's degree to teach most grade levels and school subjects in California, including elementary school. You can obtain a bachelor's degree in various subjects, but must also complete a master's degree program or a teaching credential program to fulfill the state's requirements.

Does CBEST expire? ›

Once the CBEST examination has been passed, it need not be taken again since it indefinitely satisfies the basic skills requirement necessary for certification and program enrollment.

How long does it take to become a substitute teacher in California? ›

Or three years of at least 90 days per year of day-to-day subbing from one or more state school districts in the county requesting the permit. Statement of endorsement signed by the superintendent of the employing school district or county office of education.

How soon can you retake CSET? ›

You must wait 45 calendar days from the date you took the test to retake a test or subtest on computer.

Do I have to pay to retake the CSET? ›

Retaking the CBEST, CPACE, CSET, CTEL, or RICA

Keep in mind, though, that you will need to pay the testing fees each time you take the test. This is one reason that you want to be fully prepared before your testing day.

What time do CSET scores come out? ›

Your score report will be emailed to you if you requested this option when you registered. It will also be available in your account at 10 p.m. (PST) on the test results release date that corresponds to your testing date.

Is CSET pass no pass? ›

CSET Exam Passing Scores

To pass a CSET exam, you need to score a 220 or above on each subtest that makes up your exam. Each subtest is scored on a scale of 100 to 300 once your raw score has been converted. The passing score is the same for all of the CSET subject exams available.

What is a passing score on the CSET social science? ›

How is the CSET Social Science exam scored? You must score at least 220 points on each subtest to pass the exam.

What is CSET exam? ›

The full form of CSAT is the Civil Services Aptitude Test. It was introduced in the year 2011 as a part of the UPSC Civil Services Exam (Preliminary) to test the analytical skills, reasoning ability and aptitude of IAS aspirants.

What score do I need to pass the CBEST? ›

Individuals only need to pass The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) once; CBEST passing scores remain valid indefinitely for all credential and employment purposes. To pass the CBEST, one must obtain a minimum scaled score of 41 in each of the three sections—reading, writing, and mathematics.

Is the CBEST Cancelled? ›

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — As part of California's new budget, the state is no longer requiring the California Basic Skill Test (CBEST) or the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET).

How do I get a CBEST waiver? ›

Applying for a CBEST Waiver

If you need a CBEST waiver, the request (form WV1) must be submitted to the CTC by your employer. Before submitting a request to the CTC, your employer must inform their governing body of the request. The employer must provide your name and the position you will fill through the waiver.

Is the Rica required in California? ›

Who is Required to Pass the RICA? The RICA requirement generally applies to candidates who complete Multiple Subject Teaching Credential or Education Specialist Instruction Credential programs through accredited California colleges or universities or via district intern programs.

What if I fail the CBEST? ›

But what happens if you do not pass the CBEST test? You can retake any or all of these subtests as many times as you need to get a passing score. The only limitation is a waiting period after your last attempt – 45 days must pass before you can sit for any retakes.

Do you need to pass the CBEST to be a substitute teacher? ›

As long as you have a Bachelor's degree, we'll be able to place you into a classroom without a CBEST or 30 Day Permit. While you wait to receive your “pass” results, feel confident that you'll be considered for schools that do not require CBEST of 30 Day Permits for substitute teachers.

Do liberal studies majors have to take the CSET? ›

Now, thanks to a newly CSET-aligned curriculum, eligible liberal studies majors won't have to take the exams provided they meet the criteria which includes taking the CSET-aligned courses, getting at least a C in their courses and maintaining a GPA of at least 2.7.

What kind of math is on the CSET? ›

CSET Mathematics Overview

CSET Mathematics consists of three subtests. Each CSET Mathematics subtest may be taken and passed separately. Subtest 1 covers Number and Quantity, and Algebra. Subtest 2 covers Geometry, and Probability and Statistics.

Can you use a calculator on the CSET Multiple Subject subtest 2? ›

An on-screen calculator preview is provided on the "Computer-Based Testing Tutorials" page of the California Educator Credentialing Examinations website. You may not bring your own calculator for CSET: Multiple Subjects Subtest II.

What do I need to bring to the CSET? ›

You must bring to the test administration one piece of current, government-issued identification printed in English, in the name in which you registered, bearing your photograph and signature. Acceptable forms of identification include the following: Driver's license with photograph and signature.

Can I teach if I pass the CSET? ›

Once you pass the CSET: Single Subjects test in the subject matter you want to teach, you'll be able to earn your Single Subject Teaching Credential and teach in preschools and K-12 grades.

Do you need a degree to take the CSET? ›

If you plan on fulfilling a requirement by passing one or more of the examinations of the CSET, please note that you may take an examination of CSET only if you have earned, at minimum, a high school diploma, a GED, or the equivalent, or if you are or have been a student taking courses for college credit pursuant to a ...

What is the difference between CSET and CBEST? ›

The CBEST measures those basic skills needed for teacher certification. CSET stands for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers. Unlike the CBEST, the CSET is not a single, uniform test for all teachers.

What is a CSET paragraph? ›

CSET is an acronym to help students remember the components of a good response. C - the claim - this is the answer to the prompt or question. In an essay, this would be your thesis or main idea. S - the general support and transition to the evidence - this is where you briefly give the basic reason behind your claim.

What score do you need to pass the CSET Multiple Subject? ›

Raw scores are converted to a scale of 100 to 300, with the scaled score of 220 representing the minimum passing score. A passing subtest score must be achieved at a single CSET administration; performance on sections of subtests cannot be combined across administrations.

Is the CSET waived in California? ›

CSET Fee Waivers Available for 2021-2022

To further ease the path to becoming an educator in California, the state budget allocated $20 million to provide a credential fee waiver for those entering the PK-12 educator workforce, or for those seeking new credentials.

Can you use a calculator on the CSET? ›

Examinees taking CSET: Mathematics Subtest II must bring their own graphing calculator but may not bring a calculator manual. Graphing calculators will not be provided at the test session. Only the brand and models listed below may be used.

Can you use a calculator on the CSET Multiple Subject? ›

Calculators for CSET: Multiple Subjects

A basic four-function on-screen calculator will be provided for examinees taking Multiple Subjects Subtest II: Science; Mathematics. An on-screen tutorial at the test center will not be provided for this feature.

What happens if you fail the CSET? ›

Retaking the CSET

If you score lower than a 220 and fail a CSET subtest, you have the option to retake it, and there is no limit to the number of attempts you can make to pass the CSET. If you need to pass multiple subtests for your CSET, you only need to retake the subtest(s) that you failed.

Can the CSET be waived? ›

To All Credential Candidates: Free Exams

You are eligible for a fee waiver for the CBEST, CSET, RICA, edTPA, and CalAPA. Now is the time to take the exams you still need for your credential. IMPORTANT: Do not wait for your transcripts to be reviewed or for new regulations to pass: Take the CSET now while it is free.

What is a 220 on the CSET? ›

A scaled score is based on the number of raw score points earned on each component. For each subtest of the CSET, raw scores are converted to a scale from 100 to 300, with a score of 220 representing the minimum passing score as set by the Commission.

How many times can you take the CSET? ›

You can retake the exam as many times as you need. However, be aware that if you're taking the test on computer, there must be 45 calendar days between attempts.

Can I teach in California without a credential? ›

Can I Teach in California Without a Credential? While it's not possible to teach in a California public school without a credential, you could still work in the following positions: Private school teacher: According to California state regulations, teacher certification is optional for private schools.

How long does it take to get CSET results? ›

Test results are available within 5 weeks of testing. Review test results release dates . Candidates will receive a receipt of completion at the conclusion of their test center appointment. Test results are available within 5 weeks of testing.

What kind of math is on the CSET? ›

CSET Mathematics Overview

CSET Mathematics consists of three subtests. Each CSET Mathematics subtest may be taken and passed separately. Subtest 1 covers Number and Quantity, and Algebra. Subtest 2 covers Geometry, and Probability and Statistics.

Is the math CSET hard? ›

It is a comprehensive and challenging exam, but by no means is it impossible to pass the exam. The difficulty level is entirely reliant on a candidate's willingness to properly train beforehand.

What do I need to bring to the CSET? ›

You must bring to the test administration one piece of current, government-issued identification printed in English, in the name in which you registered, bearing your photograph and signature. Acceptable forms of identification include the following: Driver's license with photograph and signature.

How much does the RICA cost? ›

RICA Exam Costs

Individuals taking the written exam pay a registration fee of $171. Those taking the video exam are required to pay an $80 registration fee when signing up for their exam. They have the option of paying $20 to have their registration materials sent through express delivery.

How many csets are there? ›

There are 40 different CSET exams. The exams you need to take depend on the subject matter you wish to teach. If your goal is to teach elementary education, you will most likely want to take the CSET Multiple Subjects examination, which consists of three subtests.

How much does CSET cost? ›

CSET Testing Costs
CSET TestRegistration Fees
CSET Multiple Subjects$99 per individual subtest or $247 for combined test
CSET Science$99 per individual subtest or $297 for combined test
CSET Social Science$99 per individual subtest or $297 for combined test
CSET Writing Skills$63
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