CSET Test Preparation
The key to effective CSET
Test Preparation is to begin early. This means at least a month,
or more, prior to your planned test date. Your first step in an
effective CSET Test Preparation program should be...
Before you begin to study, or
enroll in any CSET Prep Course, you should first assess your
major areas of strength and weakness. This will not only help you
target the areas you need to focus on, but will also help you decide how
much time you should allot for CSET preparation. We recommend
taking a number of practice exams so that you will get a sense of the
areas in which you are consistently strong or weak. After all,
anyone can get lucky, or unlucky, when answering any one specific
One source we recommend for CSET
practice tests as you begin your CSET test preparation is the
NES website, located at www.cset.nes.com. NES is the company that
administers the actual CSET exam, and they offer practice tests on
their website that can be taken online or downloaded as a PDF and
printed. (Please consider taking their test online to avoid printing
and help the environment!)
The other source we recommend
for self evaluation as you undertake your CSET Test Preparation
program is the complete online
CSET Practice Test available here on
our website. This interactive CSET Practice Test covers all three
subtests of the Multiple Subjects Exam, and will not only give you
your scores in each subtest area, but also allows us to give a you a
complete breakdown of your individual strengths and weaknesses, which
is extremely valuable as you begin to prepare. This CSET test
preparation service is absolutely free!
Your second step as you
prepare for the CSET is...
Designing an Effective
Preparation Program for You
For many students, this is as
simple as taking one of our
CSET Prep Courses covering the
specific area, or areas, of weakness in which they need review. As a
general rule of CSET test preparation, we suggest taking a
CSET Prep Course in any subtest area in which you score 80% or
less correct on your practice exam. To determine your percent correct,
divide your number of correct answers by the total number of questions
in that subtest. For example, if you got 22 answers correct on
Multiple Subjects Subtest 3, which has a total of 39 multiple choice questions, your
percent correct is 56%.
If you find that you need to
take a prep class in all three Multiple Subjects subtest areas, don't
worry, you're not alone-- this is a very challenging test for most
teaching candidates. We offer a discounted rate for students wishing
to take all three of our CSET test prep courses. Visit our
CSET Prep Class Registration page for prices and details.
If you discover that you only
need a CSET Prep Course in one or two of the three Multiple
Subjects subtest areas, we also allow you to enroll in just the
classes you need. Again, visit our CSET Prep Class registration
page for full details.
If you find that you are weak in
only one specific area of a subtest, you may wish to consider Private
Tutoring to focus on that that specific area. You may also wish to
consider a private tutor, or tutoring in conjunction with a CSET
Prep Course, if you find that your score is extremely low on one or
more subtest. Contact us if you'd like more info on private tutoring.
Something to remember during
your CSET test preparation, is that we all have a different
learning style and pace. Our CSET Prep Courses cover all the
key subject matter you need to pass, so this can often be a great
deal of info to absorb in one day! You should be prepared to take
good notes, and allow time to review these notes daily for at least a
week prior to the test. You should also review the free
Guide that will be included with your course to make sure you are comfortable
with all the concepts listed. If you are unclear on any concept, you
should ask your instructor or tutor for additional help. That's what
we're here for, and we're more than happy to assist you!
Your final step in CSET test
Being Ready on Test Day
This doesn't just mean doing
your homework ahead of time. It also means being well rested,
energized and early on the day of your test.
Do not stay up late cramming the night before your test! This will
only result in you being tired and stressed out on test day. Get a
good night's sleep, then eat a light, but
nutritious breakfast-- the kind of meal that you might eat before
going hiking. Taking the CSET can be just as stressful on your mind,
and body, as exercising, so an important aspect of CSET test
preparation is making sure you're well rested and well fueled so you won't crash
halfway through the test.
We also recommend arriving at
your test site at least an hour early. This will lower your
stress level and also give you some extra time to review your notes
just before the test. Going over key points one last time right
before the exam is an excellent way to have these concepts fresh in
We hope you have found this
CSET Test Preparation advice helpful.
Further prep tips, as well as great strategies for taking the actual exam, are included in every
CSET Prep Course!