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.
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.
|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|
|CANCELLED: 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|