What is the CBEST?

The (CBEST) California Basic Educational Skills Test is a standardized test administered throughout the state of California and Oregon for individuals who want to teach at public schools and gain a credential. The CBEST is designed to test basic reading, mathematics, and writing skills found to be important for the job of an educator; the test is not designed to measure the ability to teach those skills.

CBEST Format

CBEST Test Section # of Questions Content

Reading

50 multiple-choice questions Critical analysis and evaluation
Comprehension and research skills

Mathematics

50 multiple-choice questions Estimation, measurement, and statistical principles
Computation and problem solving
Numerical and graphic relationships

Writing

2 essay topics One topic to analyze a given situation or statement
One topic to write about a specified personal experience

CBEST Test Dates

Computer-Based Testing: Offered Year-Round

The CBEST is available for computer-based testing year-round by appointment, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays), on a first-come, first-served basis. Computer-based testing is offered at over 30 test centers in California and over 250 test centers nationwide. Scores will be reported within 2 weeks of testing. For more information visit Pearson Education, Inc website: http://www.pearsonvue.com/cbest/.

Paper-Based Testing

2014-2015 Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Online Score Release
September 6, 2014 August 8, 2014 August 26, 2014 September 22, 2014
November 1, 2014 October 3, 2014 October 21, 2014 November 17, 2014
January 10, 2015 December 12, 2014 December 30, 2014 January 26, 2015
March 7, 2015 February 6, 2015 February 24, 2015 March 23, 2015
May 2, 2015 April 3, 2015 April 21, 2015 May 18, 2015
July 11, 2015 June 12, 2015 June 30, 2015 July 27, 2015