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Course SummaryThis self-paced study guide is designed to help you pass the CSET Social Science Subtest 1. Use the entertaining lessons to enhance your comprehension of various social science topics, and assess your knowledge and readiness to take the test using multiple-choice quizzes and practice exams.
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Study the history of the Ancient Near East, the fall of Rome and the French Revolution on any mobile device or computer as you use this informative online test prep course to prepare for the CSET Social Science Subtest 1 exam. The lessons and quizzes in this course allow you to work at your own pace as you study all the topics that you'll need to know to do your best on test day. Help from one of our experts is available just a few clicks away in the Dashboard should you need it.
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Syllabus & Course Information
Each lesson and chapter provided in this course corresponds to a topic covered on the exam. You'll study concepts ranging from ancient Asia and pre-Columbian America to Western civilization after 1945. The course is also designed to help you:
- Provide an overview of World War I and World War II
- Detail European absolutism and constitutionalism
- Discuss 18th century empires and expansion
- Explain the history of the Elizabethan era
- Detail Bonaparte and the French Revolution
- Give an overview of the Late Middle Ages
- Outline Hellenism and provide information about ancient Athens
- Describe the Reformation across Europe
- Identify prehistory and early civilizations
This engaging study guide resource is made up of 32 chapters which are divided into 303 lessons. Along with each lesson, you'll find a short self-assessment quiz to help you check your knowledge.
CSET Social Science Subtest I Exam Information
Aspiring teachers need to pass one or more of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) to qualify for licensure in this state. The CSET for social science teachers consists of three subtests covering history, geography, civics and economics. Subtest I focuses on world history and world geography.
- Number of Questions: 42 questions
- Question Type: 39 multiple-choice questions, 2 short-response essay questions and 1 extended-response essay question
- Time Limit: 2 hours and 15 minutes
- Exam Cost: $99
CSET Social Science Subtest I Exam Breakdown
|CSET Social Science Subtest I Exam Concept||Chapter Lessons|
|Ancient Civilizations||84 lessons|
|Medieval and Early Modern Times||130 lessons|
|Modern World History||89 lessons|
Preparing and Registering for the CSET Social Science Subtest I
This study guide provides you with short video lessons that discuss all of the topics included on the exam. The instructors break down the information into manageable sections that are engaging and easy to follow. You can even use the corresponding quizzes to assess your understanding of the material and find out how the exam's multiple-choice questions are formatted.
Begin the registration process by creating an online account through the CSET website. Once you've selected a username and password and entered in your personal information, you'll be able to choose the test date and testing location that suits you. The social science subtests are administered four times a year. The regular registration deadline falls about one month before the test date, though you can sign up by the late and emergency registration deadlines for an additional fee.
Scoring the CSET Social Science Subtest I
Responses to multiple-choice questions make up 70% of the exam score. Scores awarded to essay responses comprise the remaining 30%.
The exam's two short response essay questions are designed to be completed in 10-15 minutes each. Your response will be evaluated on how well you answered the prompt in addition to the quality, relevance and accuracy of the supporting evidence you provided. The extended response essay question is a little bit more labor intensive and should take between 30 and 45 minutes to answer. The length of the response allows scorers to also assess the breadth and depth of your subject area knowledge.
Test results are available four weeks after your test date. You'll need a minimum score of 200 on a 100-300 point scale to pass.
Subtest I uses 35 multiple-choice questions along with one short response and one extended response essay question to test your knowledge of world history. Questions covering ancient civilization require you to be familiar with pre-history and the development of human culture beginning in the Paleolithic era. You'll also need to be aware of how climate and landforms influenced civilizations in the Fertile Crescent, China and pre-Columbian America, among other areas. The social and political structures, accomplishments and cultures of these regions are covered as well, as are the effects of early Western and Eastern philosophical traditions.
Other questions evaluate your knowledge of medieval and early modern times. You should be able to compare and contrast the Roman and Byzantine Empires' religious and political views and discuss the spread of Christianity through Europe and the Middle East. A familiarity with Islamic culture and society from the 7th to the 18th century is also required, as is a working knowledge of the similarities and differences between feudal systems in Japan and Europe. Characteristics of pre-Columbian American societies, the impact of the Renaissance's cultural revolutions and outcomes of the Reformation, Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment are also addressed.
Test questions on modern world history ask you to elaborate on the effects of the French and American revolutions, as well as the impact of imperialism on Asian, Latin American and African societies. You'll be asked to answer questions about the Industrial Revolution's causes and the significant political theories and modes of thought emerging in the previous three centuries. Questions also cover the outcomes of World War I and the rise of totalitarian governments leading up to World War II. Lastly, you'll need to be familiar with the Cold War's origins and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. More contemporary exam topics include the rise of the global economy and political relations in the Middle East.
Principles of Geography
There are only four multiple-choice questions and one short response essay question covering geography, and these test your proficiency at using maps, geographic information systems and other tools for reporting spatial information. You should also be aware of the criteria used to define geographical regions. The progression of human settlements as they moved from agricultural to metropolitan settings is covered as well.
Other questions ask you to describe the geographical patterns of interdependence required to produce, market and transport goods. You must also be familiar with concepts like demographic transition and place identification, not to mention the role physical environments play in determining the development of human societies. You'll also want to be aware of the settlement patterns and processes that created contemporary landscapes.
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