CBEST Format and Test Dates

CBEST Format and Test Dates 2017-05-22T09:01:45+00:00

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


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


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


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

2016-2017 Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Emergency Registration Deadline Online Score Release
September 24, 2016 August 19, 2016 September 9, 2016 September 16, 2016 October 10, 2016
December 3, 2016 October 28, 2016 November 18, 2016 November 25, 2016 December 19, 2016
February 4, 2017 December 30, 2016 January 20, 2017 January 27, 2017 February 20, 2017
April 22, 2017 March 17, 2017 April 7, 2017 April 14, 2017 May 8, 2017
July 8, 2017 June 2, 2017 June 23, 2017 June 30, 2017 July 24, 2017