What is CBEST test?

The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) is designed to test whether requirements relating to credentialing and employment, as stated by the law are met. The CBEST tests basic reading, mathematics and writing skills which are important in educators, the test does not measure the ability to teach these skills.

The CBEST includes definition of primary skills to be tested, test item writing, field testing, a validity study focusing on accuracy, fairness, clarity and job relevance of each test item, bias reviews, standard setting studies and passing scores. The Evaluation Systems group of Pearson assisted in the development, administration and scoring of the CBEST.
If the CBEST is passed entirely, it need not be taken again to qualify for renewal of credentials.


The CBEST test consists of three sections, Reading, Mathematics and Writing. The test also includes questions that collect information about how testers will perform under actual testing conditions.

Reading section consists of 60 multiple choice questions that test the ability to comprehend information from written passages, tables and graphs.

Mathematics section consists of 50 multiple choice questions test knowledge of estimation, measurement and statistical principles.

Writing section consists of two essay topics that test writing ability and command of written language.

Eligibility and Requirements

Persons requiring Teacher credential or services credential, persons applying for CTC Accredited teacher preparation program, or applying for a CTC accredited services credential program are required to appear for the CBEST if they fulfill the eligibility conditions like if they have a high school diploma, a GED or the equivalent.

The CBEST requirements is that the candidates must show proficiency in basic reading, mathematics and writing in English.


The first step in preparing for CBEST is to study the test specifications which are available in PDF format on the CBEST website.


The minimum passing scores for the CBEST is a scaled score which ranges from 20 to 80 for each of the three sections. The passing score is a scaled score of 41, that is a total score of 123 (sum of Reading, mathematics and writing scaled scores) is needed for passing. The scaled score on any one can be 37 but not less than 37.

All three sections need not appear together; you can appear for one or two sections at a given time.

CBEST Test Dates 2015

Jan. 10, 2015     Jan. 6, 2015 Jan. 26, 2015
Mar. 7, 2015 Feb. 6, 2015 Feb. 24, 2015 Mar. 3, 2015 Mar. 23, 2015
May 2, 2015 Apr. 3, 2015 Apr. 21, 2015 Apr. 28, 2015 May 18, 2015
July 11, 2015 June 12, 2015 June 30, 2015 July 7, 2015 July 27, 2015

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