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Testing Requirements - Elementary (Multiple Subjects)

Requirement Who How to Fulfill Deadline

CSET: Multiple Subject

All applicants

CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers)
For CSET test dates and locations visit

*Applicants might be able to meet this requirement via coursework. For more information see this link

Encouraged to take prior to application date but no later than March 31, 2022. 

Basic Skills Requirement

All applicants

There are many ways to fulfill this requirement. Please review the requirements to see what option is best for you.

Some options include:
•Qualifying ACT, SAT, or AP scores
•CSET: Writing Skills Examination

More information on meeting this requirement

*Applicants must be able to meet this requirement via coursework or a combination of coursework and tests.

For more information see this link

Applicants currently residing in California must meet this requirement no later than application deadline. 

Applicants currently residing outside of California must meet this requirement no later than end of August of their STEP year. 


International applicants

EXEMPT: International applicants who completed a 4 year bachelor’s degree or 2 year masters in the US or at an institution where English is the main language

Register at

Use Stanford Institution code: 4704 (no dept. code is required)

For more information, visit the Grad Admissions FAQs

Take TOEFL no earlier than 18 months prior to deadline and no later than the application deadline. 

California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET)

The CSET is the primary way to verify your subject knowledge. CSET Multiple Subject exams are offered as a computer based test, year round, Monday through Saturday in California and across the country.

Admitted students must pass a minimum of two CSET Multiple Subject subtests to begin the program in June. Therefore, STEP Elementary applicants should plan on taking at least two subsets of the CSET test no later than March 31, 2022. Advanced registration is required. 

We strongly encourage applicants to take the CSET before applying to STEP. Applications will be reviewed if candidates have not taken the exams or have not received their results by the application deadline. If you have previously passed any of the exams, include a score report with your application.

Admitted students must ultimately pass all subtests by January of their program year. 

STEP Elementary Program CSET Test CSET Subsets
Elementary Multiple Subjects Subset I (test code 101)
Subset II (test code 214)
Subset III (test code 103)

CSET Stanford reporting code: 582

Please visit California Subject Exam for Teachers (CSET) page for information on test date locations, registering for the exam and test preparation materials.

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