California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)

Definition - What does California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) mean?

The California Basic Educational Skills Test, or CBEST, was designed to test basic skill levels for educators in the state of California.

Comprised of three individual sections, the CBEST looks at the candidate’s knowledge in the areas of Reading, Mathematics and Writing. The Reading and Mathematics sections are each made up of 50 multiple choice questions while the Writing segment contains 2 essay topics.

The CBEST is a computer based exam that is administered at Pearson Professional Testing Centers all across the country. Also, this test is available year round and does not need to be taken on a specific day.

Costs for the CBEST include:

$41 Testing Fee
$61 Computer-based Testing Service Fee

Candidates can also insure additional fees if they choose to take advantage of other scoring or testing options. Keep in mind that these fees are per registration, so if you choose to break the test up into multiple days, the cost will go up.

Testopedia explains California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)

The CBEST represents one of the five testing options that an educator must pass before they are eligible to teach in California. Please note, this does not mean that a candidate must pass all five requirements, it simply means they must pass one of the five.

In order to pass successfully candidates must receive a total score of 123 or higher. However they cannot score lower than 37 on any single section. It is also important to note that while all three sections must be passed, candidates are not required to sit for the full test in a single session. Instead they have the option of splitting the exam into one, two or even three separate tests periods. Once passed the CBEST never needs to be taken again.

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