CBEST Format and Test Dates

CBEST Format and Test Dates2019-03-28T15:32:39+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

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/.

Paper-Based Testing

2018-2019 Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Emergency Registration Deadline Online Score Release
Jul. 7, 2018 Jun. 1, 2018 Jun. 22, 2018 Jun. 29, 2018 Jul. 23, 2018
Sep. 22, 2018 Aug. 17, 2018 Sep. 7, 2018 Sep. 14, 2018 Oct. 8, 2018
Dec. 8, 2018 Nov. 2, 2018 Nov. 23, 2018 Nov. 30, 2018 Dec. 26, 2018
Feb. 2, 2019 Dec. 28, 2018 Jan. 18, 2019 Jan. 25, 2019 Feb. 18, 2019
Apr. 13, 2019 Mar. 8, 2019 Mar. 29, 2019 Apr. 5, 2019 Apr. 29, 2019
Jul. 13, 2019 Jun. 7, 2019 Jun. 28, 2019 Jul. 5, 2019 Jul. 29, 2019