Course: Math Subtest III
Lesson: Course Introduction
Topic: How to take this course      Page 1 of 1  

How To Take This Course

This online course is designed for the prospective secondary mathematics teacher who needs to pass Mathematics Subtest II to be able to comply with California requirements. It is not a traditional "course," in the sense that it will not substitute for postsecondary coursework. Rather, it is a resource to help you identify specific gaps in your understanding. Each lesson corresponds to a California Subject Matter Requirement and each topic corresponds to an individual or group of California K-12 Content Standards for Mathematics. The CSET exam is itself is tied to these standards. Each lesson follows the same pattern:

Diagnostic Questions - Diagnostic questions allow you to rapidly ascertain your own level of comfort with the topic matter. If you find them to be easy, and you correctly answer the questions, you can move on to the next topic. In this manner, you will only spend time on areas where you need to strengthen your understanding.

Guided Examples - The guided examples are a second level of help. If you answered the diagnostic questions correctly, but have doubts as to the depth of your understanding, these step-by-step solutions can help. Following this example, you can try answering a new diagnostic question. If you just needed something to jog your memory, this may be sufficient and you can move to the next lesson.

Content "Refresher" - The "refresher" is designed to provide just-in-time instruction to reinforce your understanding, particularly if you have struggled with the diagnostic questions. These screens provide further examples and opportunities for practice along with an explanation of the topic. Another diagnostic question follows the refresher. These refreshers are necessarily brief and far from inclusive of the full depth of the area of mathematics. However, it may be enough for someone who previously learned the material through coursework and needs to brush up before taking the CSET exam.

One final note: No online resource can really substitute for a full course, whether online or in the classroom. UCI Extension provides an online course based on these open materials in which an instructor works with you to analyze and strengthen your individual understanding of the topics covered by the CSET exam. For more details, please see our website at