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 AND TEST DATES
WHAT IS THE CBEST?
|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 the Pearson Education, Inc website: http://www.pearsonvue.com/cbest/.
Note that there are ongoing test date postponements and cancellations due to COVID-19 related closures. See https://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com/ for up-to-date information.
|2020-2021 Test Dates||Registration Deadline||Late Registration Deadline||Emergency Registration Deadline||Online Score Release|
|CANCELLED: Sept. 26, 2020||Aug. 21, 2020||Sept. 11, 2020||Sept. 18, 2020||Oct. 12, 2020|
|CANCELLED: Dec. 5, 2020||Oct. 30, 2020||Nov. 20, 2020||Nov. 27, 2020||Dec. 21, 2020|
|CANCELLED: Feb. 20, 2021||Jan. 15, 2021||Feb. 5, 2021||Feb. 12, 2021||March 8, 2021|
|CANCELLED: May 1, 2021||March 26, 2021||April 16, 2021||April 23, 2021||May 17, 2021|
|July 10, 2021||June 4, 2021||June 25, 2021||July 2, 2021||July 26, 2021|