CSET Science Subtest IV

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  1. studentfirst

    studentfirst New Member

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    I was looking at the CSET Test Guide for all the science subtests and saw that there is a Subtest IV for each subject as well. I do not see this option when signing up for the CSET (I'm signed up for I and II - Life Sciences), so I'm confused as to what they are and how to even take them if they're necessary.

    I'm applying to teaching credential programs and finding out there's another subtest freaked me out, because I have to have all of my CSET tests done by basically this year to be considered for my programs. If there's another science subtest, I don't really know what to do?

    And since we're on the topic of these subtests, I'll be taking mine soon and would love to hear any tips about the science CSET tests.
     
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    No: there WAS a Subtest IV, and it isn't your problem: the biology Subtest IV, to take one example, was for someone who intended to teach biology and only biology but never any kind of general science. What you need is the current Subtest I, which combines the old general science Subtests I and II, and the new Subtest II that focuses on biology, and the two tests will qualify you for biology plus general science.

    As for tips, start by looking around for older threads here on A to Z. The content of CSET Science has changed a bit, but not much.
     
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    That's so interesting because Subtest IV was listed on the 2017 PDF I was looking at, which is why I was so confused. They even listed the number of questions on it along with Subtest I and II. No idea why they did that without further elaboration that it was no longer a test.

    Thank you!
     
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    Subtest IV is still listed because it's still possible to apply for the Science (Specialized) Credential on the strength of having passed Subtests III and IV, but Subtest IV is no longer being offered. I'll hazard a guess that text from an earlier version of the webpage got ported over to the new one without getting as thorough an update as it should have.
     
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    I'm two months late in responding, but just wanted to add and confirm that you're all good, test-wise!

    The new NGSS-aligned CSET's for Life Science are only two exams - CSET 215 and CSET 217. CSET 215 is the General Science portion and CSET 217 is your Life Science part.

    I took the old CSET 118 and 119 (2 exams for the General Science portion back then), didn't pass the CSET 120, and when I had to re-take the last exam, I had to take the new NGSS CSET 217 exam (post-Aug 5 2017, test-takers have to take the CSET 217).

    Overall, I felt the new NGSS exam CSET 217 not that much different as the CSET 120, in my opinon.
     

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