CSET Test Info

One way to earn your bilingual authorization is to take three CSET tests in Spanish. Passage of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Languages Other than English (LOTE) Test, Section III (Spanish), IV (Bilingual Methodology), and V (Culture).
CSET subtests used toward a Bilingual Authorization for Spanish:
  • Spanish Subtest III (test code 147)
  • World Languages Subtest IV (test code 250)
  • Spanish Subtest V (test code 258)

You may register to take any one subtest in a single test session.

Grant will pay $500 for CSET Tests III, IV, and V registration fees, prep courses and study materials and $500 scholarship for the CTC issued Bilingual Authorization.

CSET Test Prep courses

Online Test Prep for CSET Test III, IV, and V in Spanish $100 with access until February 29, 2020 through San Diego County Office of Education

The 100% Online prep sessions are self-paced, closely aligned with the CSET content, and available by subject area or by subject-area subtest. There is no instructor. The materials are grouped by content and are a mixture of powerpoints, articles, links, videos and practice tests. The resources were gathered or developed by exemplary, experienced content experts who have current firsthand knowledge of the CSET exam.

  • COST:
    • $100 per subject area (All subtests)
    • $40 per subtest
  • Your payment provides unlimited online access for the duration of the session. See course timeline in registration.
  • Payment is by credit card. A payment link will be sent after the registration is processed. Registrations are processed Monday – Friday, during normal business hours. (No refund. No proration of cost.)

  • The timeline for registration, payment and access to materials can take 2 – 3 days to complete. Registrations and payments are processed Monday – Friday, during normal business hours.

All Subtests Bilingual Authorization – Subtest III, IV and V Registration

Words of advice from others who have taken the CSET Test III in Spanish

Speaking: Practice giving recommendations using the subjunctive. For example they ask questions like, “What would you recommend that a student visiting from Mexico do to learn more about the language and culture here?” Also what similarities and differences in the cultures may they encounter. Practice and prepping with the subjunctive is helpful in answering these questions. Also as a note that this section can be a little challenging because you can hear others answering around you so it’s pretty distracting. If this might bother you, maybe you
could request a separate room or booth that would be quieter.

Listening: 
This section is pretty easy. 

Reading: 
Just read carefully and do your best to infer meaning on any unknown vocab. There’s some challenging vocab.

Writing:
 The questions are mainly formatted around stating your opinion and reasons to support that opinion, so practice doing this in Spanish.