Pass the cset test by applying the one minute rule to exam questions

  • Pass the cset test by applying the one minute rule to exam questions

Time is critical for success on your California Subject Examination for Teachers, or the CSET test date. Whether it is your preparation sessions or time in the test center, managing this priceless resource fruitfully could be the cheat code for passing your CSET exam. However, a large majority of candidates do not spare sufficient time for good study when choosing CSET test dates. With a dearth of exam prep time, candidates tend to do panic learning and “cram” information, which leads to failure. The One Minute Rule is a revolutionary technique for organizing time in the CSET testing center.

“The CSET test is governed by time limits and will certainly challenge the degree of your competence in honing yourself for the actual exam,” says Abir Ahmed Lemon, a renowned writer on CSET practice and review. “Assuming that you know the answers to the questions, but did not answer fast enough to finish the exam; then you still fail, don't you?”

Applying The “One Minute Rule” To CSET Practice Once you have decided how to choose the right date on Pearson VUE’s registration information portal, you must go forth managing the time on the actual test. With 143 Multiple Choice Questions and 11 structured response essays, the CSET examination allows only 300 minutes (5 hours) for the three sub-tests. Therefore, an average of 1.9 minutes can be allocated to each question (300 minutes/154 questions). Since the structured responses will take up much longer to complete, more time should be assigned to these answers. Thus, the One Minute Rule is created.

This Rule states that each Multiple Choice Question should be allocated a time of one minute in order for you to complete this evaluation for credential candidates on time. The One Minute Rule is critical while taking CSET practice tests because this is when you will be learning time management. Here is a step-by-step guide on mastering the Rule:

  • You will need a CSET practice test, alarm clock, pencils and erasers. In case of a Computer Administered Practice Test, rough sheets and pencils are optional.
  • Break down the Multiple Choice Questions into groups of 10. You will have 14 groups of 10 Multiple Choice Questions each, with the last group having an additional 3 questions.
  • Remove all distractions from your surroundings, including cell phones, computers, friends and family members, and sit in a comfortable position with a desk to support your stationery.
  • Set the alarm clock on a 10-minute timer and begin doing the first group of 10 CSET Multiple Choice Questions.
  • Stop writing when the timer goes off and count the number of questions you managed to complete.
  • You can divide 10 minutes with the number of CSET test questions you completed to get your speed and compare it with the desired rate of one minute per question.
  • Put the alarm clock on 10-minutes again and begin with the next group of Multiple Choice Questions. Repeat until your speed in consistent with the One Minute Rule.

Applying the Rule On Your CSET Test Date The One Minute Rule is integral for effective time management in Multiple Choice Questions on your CSET date. Not only will it “condition” your brain to keep track of each passing 10 minute period, but it will also help you cope with and overcome the panic of running out of time. Following the One Minute Rule will help you muddle through test anxiety by successfully managing stress to stimulate brain activity. It is also highly beneficial during practice because it enables candidates to sit down and do an entire CSET practice exam in one go.

Therefore, if your test date is just around the corner, apply the One Minute Rule for the fastest way to learn to pace yourself, avoid running out of time, maximize your exam score and get your California teaching credential.

Author Bio:


Nicki Thompson is test coach and contributor to CSET Test Score Breakthrough, an organization that helps California education students pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) Single and Multiple Subjects exams. She’s a teacher who’s passionate about test prep, developing new test practice methods and helping teacher candidates succeed.