CBEST Format and Test Dates

CBEST Format and Test Dates2018-02-22T12:10:08+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 the Pearson Education, Inc website: http://www.pearsonvue.com/cbest/.

Paper-Based Testing

2017-2018 Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Emergency Registration Deadline Online Score Release
September 23, 2017 August 18, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 15, 2017 October 9, 2017
December 9, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 24, 2017 December 1, 2017 December 26, 2017
February 3, 2018 December 29, 2018 January 19, 2018 January 26, 2018 February 19, 2018
April 21, 2018 March 16, 2018 April 6, 2018 April 13, 2018 May 7, 2018
July 7, 2018 June 1, 2018 June 22, 2018 June 29, 2018 July 23, 2018