CSET, CBEST and RICA Test Prep

January 18, 2011

A key step in California teacher certification is passing the CSET, CBEST and/or RICA.  If you need help, a good option to consider is Teachers Test Prep, Inc.

Teachers Test Prep offers prep classes, private tutoring and online preparation for the CSET Multiple Subjects exam, and CSET Single Subject Math, Science, Social Science, and English, CBEST and the RICA.  At Teachers Test Prep, you can find free online study guides and practice tests for all these exams.

The CSET Multiple Subjects Practice Test is made up of three subtests: Subtest 1 is langauage, literature and history, Subtest 2 is math and science, and Subtest 3 is arts, PE and human development.  The CBEST Practice Test is comprised of reading, writing, and math sections.  The RICA Practice Test is a single exam , which includes multiple choice questions and a number of constructed responses and a case study, all related to teaching reading.  The CSET Mathematics Practice Test is made up of three subtests: Subtest 1 is algebra and number theory, Subtest 2 is geometry, statistics and probability, and Subtest 3 is calculus and math history.  The CSET Science Practice Test for general science is comprised of two subtests covering essentially every major domain of science.  The CSET Social Science Practice Test is made up of three subtests: Subtest 1 is world history and geography, Subtest 2 is U.S. history and geography, and Subtest 3 is civics, economics, and California history.  And the CSET English Practice Test is comprised of four subtests which cover the gamut of language, literacy, rhetoric, composition, etc.; Subtests 1 and 2 are multiple choice and Subtests 3 and 4 are written response.

Hopefully you will find these free online resources helpful as you prepare for your exam.

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CSET Single Subject and Multiple Subjects Test Prep

September 18, 2008

While there seem to be a number of CSET Multiple Subjects test prep classes available, there seem to be far fewer for the Single Subject exams, or at least those that do exist for the CSET Single Subjects are a lot harder to find. 

The blog Teacher Guy’s CSET Test Tips has a link to a CSET test prep website which actually offers a listing of several CSET Multiple Subjects and CSET Single Subject test prep programs.  The website, aptly titled CSET Test Prep not only lists a number of good classes by area, but also gives some good reviews on study guides and some great advice on CSET test preparation in general.

If you’re looking for info on CSET test prep programs in your area, definitely take a moment to check out the above sites.

CSET Practice Tests

September 1, 2007

A lot of people are studying for the upcoming CSET Multiple Subjects exam right now and have been discussing what the best way is to prepare. Personally, I think, in addition to reviewing the subject matter, taking as many practice tests as possible is hugely important. I’ve found a number of good sources for both free and low cost CSET practice tests. The first one I’d suggest is the NES Inc. website (they’re the company that administers the CSET). I think the practice tests on this site are probably the closest to what you’ll find on the actual exam, for obvious reasons. A second online source I think is really valuable is the CSET Tutor website. They’re a company that offers prep classes, etc., but they also have a free online CSET practice test that not only gives you your score at the end, but also gives you a breakdown of the specific subjects you need to study, which is pretty cool. A final suggestion would be to check out CSET study guides like Kaplan and Cliffs that include a number of practice tests in addition to review sections. There are also some websites that sell CSET practice tests, but I would steer away from these for the most part. The exams I’ve seen don’t really seem very representative of the kinds of questions you will see on the actual exam, and frankly, if going to spend $20 on a CSET practice test, you might as well buy one of the above mentioned books, which come with better practice tests and include review sections.