CBEST FORMAT AND TEST DATES

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

2019-2020 Test Dates Registration Deadline Late Registration Deadline Emergency Registration Deadline Online Score Release
July 13, 2019 June 7, 2019 June 28, 2019 July 5, 2019 July 29, 2019
Sept. 21, 2019 Aug. 16, 2019 Sept. 6, 2019 Sept. 13, 2019 Oct. 7, 2019
Dec. 7, 2019 Nov. 1, 2019 Nov. 22, 2019 Nov. 29, 2019 Dec. 23, 2019
Feb. 8, 2020 Jan. 3, 2020 Jan. 24, 2020 Jan. 31, 2020 Feb. 24, 2020
April 18, 2020 March 13, 2020 April 3, 2020 April 10, 2020 May 4, 2020
July 11, 2020 June 5, 2020 June 26, 2020 July 3, 2020 July 27, 2020