Kaplan CSET Study Guide
Multiple Subjects is one of the best-selling CSET
Study Guides on the market. Here we provide a thorough
review of Kaplan CSET to help you decide if this is the right
study guide for you.
Like a number of CSET
guides, Kaplan CSET is quite lengthy, and at 560 pages, covers much of
the material you'll find on each Multiple Subjects subtest. Each
subtest content section also includes a practice test for that
section, though this virtue is offset by the fact that Kaplan CSET
includes only one full-length practice test, while several of its
leading competitors include two or more. However, if you
purchase this book and are looking for additional full-length exams,
you can download one from NES Inc., or take the free
CSET Practice Test provided here
on our website.
In reviewing this book, we
have found that it is easy to read and user-friendly in terms of the
writing itself, but is inconsistent in the level of subject matter
expertise demonstrated from one subtest area to the next. The
History and Language sections of Kaplan CSET, for instance, are nicely
crafted, while the Math and Science sections are very repetitive with
regard to the types of problems presented, and contain a number of
incorrect answers and somewhat clumsy explanations. And while
this study guide does present a great deal of relevant material, it
also presents quite a few problems that are not at a difficulty level
representative of the actual CSET exam.
As with most study guides,
our clients that used this guide have told us that Kaplan CSET was a
helpful resource in studying for the CSET Multiple Subjects Test, but
that Private Tutoring or CSET Prep Classes were the key to helping
them fully understand the concepts presented. While certainly
useful on its own, most of our clients found the extensive information
presented in Kaplan CSET to be most beneficial when used in
conjunction with the more focused outlines given in our free CSET Study
We highly recommend that if
you use this guide without taking one of our comprehensive classes,
that you also download the Content Specifications available on the
CCTC's website, as well as take the free practice tests available from
both CSET Tutor and NES, to insure that you get an accurate sense of
the test's difficulty level and that you are covering all the key concepts needed to pass.
Overall grade: B-
Kaplan CSET Multiple Subjects
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Kaplan CSET is one of the
more user-friendly prep books available, but is not always the most
focused or accurate in terms of the actual material presented.
There are also some issues with practice test questions being both
repetitive and inappropriate in terms of difficulty level.