I think it depends on the person’s study style but I studied for about a month mostly because I procrastinated on it. But if you really want to make life easy, study almost everyday for some time. It can be a long period of time or a short one depending on your test date. Take breaks after sections or a certain time. Step away from it and then come back. Focus on what you think is your weakest area. You want to be able to do well enough to pass that section. For me it’s History and English. But you must not forget the other areas so make sure to study your strengths as well. You might not need to put in that much time for them but you still should put in some, just to refresh your memory and solidify your strengths.
I used the Cliffnote CSET study guide because everything there are main points you should remember. Plus it’s super cheap. But if you want a legit Pearson one, try checking your local library to see if they have an older edition. I’m pretty sure the material in them is still relevant.
What helped me the most were the test samples that the Cliffnote guide provides. Taking them will allow you to feel out how the questions might look. Take it one section at a time if you have too. The sample questions tend to be harder than the actual test to if you can do well on those, you can pass the CSET.
I took my CEST all at once so it was kind of pressuring. If you don’t feel like you can handle more than one subsection in one sitting, I suggest you take the CSET in parts. That way you can focus on the subjects in those parts and not the whole sha-bang.
- Study in increments
- Take breaks
- Make sure to cover your weak points
- PRACTICE TESTS!!!!
The night before your test, don’t try to cram in things. Just go over the material you feel the least comfortable with in the morning the day before the test. I know some say to not do that but I think it may help. Spend the day as a casual relaxingish study? Try not to be super stressed but I know it happens. Have relaxing time. Hang out with some friends for a while if ya have to! Being too stressed can lead to bad vibes during the test XD Sleep early!!
Day of the test, EAT! I cannot stress this enough. Fricken eat cause you’ll be sitting there, all hungry during the test and it will NOT HELP. I think there will be scheduled breaks your test gives you so you can bring a small snack. The testing center will have you lock your stuff up so you can ask about snackage. Arrive early because they need time to check you in AND REALLY, GET DIRECTIONS TO YOUR TESTING CENTER!! I was a dumb that day and thought it was the SAME testing center as my last one and I was wrong… So going early will allow you to correct misdirections as well!
I hope this helps in some way!!! Remember, you’re not trying to ace the exam, just pass it!!