CSET Social Science Practice Test

In preparation to become certified in Social Science for grades K-12, prospective teachers are required to take the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET). This examination was developed by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to ensure that teachers have mastered the subject matter. The CTC designed the CSET Social Studies examination with a composition of three subtests. You have the option of taking each subtest at separate times or you can take them in a single session. Use the CSET Social Studies practice questions to study for the examination. You will need to achieve a score of 220 on each of the three subtests to pass the examination and receive your certification.


Free CSET Social Science Practice Test Questions


CSET Social Studies subtest #114 gives you 39 multiple choice questions. 35 questions will be on World History and 4 questions will be on World Geography. CSET Social Studies subtest #115 will test your knowledge in the subject areas of U.S. History. 35 questions will be on U.S. History and 4 questions will be on U.S. Geography. Finally, CSET Social Studies subtest #116 will assess your mastery of Civics with 18 multiple choice questions, Economics with 15 multiple choice questions, and California History with 7 multiple choice questions. The multiple choice questions are not designed to merely be a recollection of factual information. They are designed to assess your critical thinking skills in relation to the subject matter. All three subtests will also test your level of knowledge and mastery with constructed response questions. You will be asked to formulate a short focused response to some questions and extended responses for others. The constructed response answers will be in response to introductory material that will be provided on your test.

CSET Social Science Study Guide

The CSET Social Studies practice test will give you a good idea of the types of questions that you will be expected to answer. Take your time and think your answers through. The computer based examination will time you, giving you 2 hours and 15 minutes for subtests #114 and #115. You will have 1 hour and 45 minutes to take subtest #116, or you can opt to take all three subtests in a single session. You will have 6 hours and 15 minutes to take all three subtests if you take them in a single session. You’ll do your best if you arrive early for your appointment and dress comfortably.


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Last Updated: 07/05/2018


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