About the CBEST/CSET
The state of California uses the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) and the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) to make sure that prospective teachers meet specific credentialing and employment requirements for teaching K-12 subjects. These criterion-referenced exams are developed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), and there are several differences between the CBEST and CSET. The CBEST is a three-section standardized test that measures knowledge and skills in major academic subjects (reading, writing and mathematics), all of which are all essential for entry-level teaching positions. The CSET assessments are designed to assess specific academic subject knowledge taught in schools, such as art, business, English, health science, home economics, mathematics, music, social science and foreign languages. The CSETs also evaluate candidates on several teaching certification requirements, including basic pedagogical skills, subject matter competence, and educational technology requirements.
These exams are mostly made up of multiple-choice and constructed response questions. However, the formats may differ slightly based on the academic subject. Passing scores for the CBEST are 123 for all three sections, and the CSETs typically require a passing score of 220 for each subtest. Test lengths for the CSET and CBEST will vary, but the typical subtest time allotments are between 1 and 2 hours.
Most CBEST/CSET exams are offered in computer-based and paper-based formats. While registering for the exam, you'll have the option of taking multiple subtests in the same day or spacing them out over several testing sessions. The official CTC website allows you to register for your exams and select nearby testing centers. For computer-administered exams, you can expect to receive an initial score assessment right after you complete your tests. Full testing reports for computer and paper-based exams are sent to you a few weeks following your test date.
About Study.com CBEST/CSET Courses
Preparing for a comprehensive exam can be difficult, especially when there are many hours of studying required. To help you with your exam preparation, we've developed specific courses to prepare you for each CSET/CBEST exam. All materials are carefully developed by academic experts to cover all the concepts you'll need know for a successful test day.
As you work through your study guide courses, you'll review short lessons that are aligned specifically with the concepts that appear on your CBEST/CSET test. Each course also comes with short lesson quizzes and chapter exams to help you check your understanding of the material as you study. These assessments will identify concepts that you haven't yet mastered, which helps you focus on the areas that will most impact your exam score.
As a Study.com member, your course dashboard will keep track of your progress, so you can see how far along you are in your study plan. Use the dashboard to jump to specific chapter topics or take the course from start to finish. You can also study the course materials on any computer or mobile device, which helps you prepare for the CBEST/CSET wherever you have access to the Internet.
Finally, we've included full CBEST/CSET practice tests to help you get comfortable answering the types of questions you'll be asked on your exam day. Take these practice tests to gain confidence for your exam and identify subject areas that might require additional study time. If you have any questions as you progress through these study materials, simply reach out to our subject matter experts for extra help.
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