Accommodations for CBEST Test-Takers
If you're taking the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), you may qualify for adjustments to the testing process. These changes may be warranted due to factors such as a medical condition or a diagnosed disability. The specific types of adjustments vary from person to person, since all applications for alternate testing arrangements are considered on a case by case basis.
Who May Qualify for Accommodations
Nursing mothers can apply to have testing conditions altered due to personal circumstances. Although they are not allowed to bring their infant with them, they can apply for consent to bring a pump, containers and a cooler so that they can pump milk during a break.
Test-takers with specific medical needs may qualify for changes to the test site rules so that they can bring special medical equipment with them to the test site. In some cases, an individual may qualify to use special equipment, such as a trackball mouse.
Individuals with disabilities may qualify to have access to specific resources during the testing process or changes to the test format. For example, an individual may have a diagnosis that qualifies them to receive extra testing time. A test-taker who is legally blind may also apply for accommodations.
Types of Accommodations
The specific testing changes that a person may receive depends on their condition and the recommendations of the professional treating them for their condition. Examples include:
- Receiving the test in Braille
- Using an adjustable table
- Receiving extra testing time
- Multiple breaks
- Access to medication
- Written instead of verbal instructions
There are some items individuals can bring to a test site that are pre-approved. These items include:
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A complete list is provided on the Pearson VUE website.
How To Apply For Accommodations
There are certain steps that must be taken to apply and receive accommodations for a test. You can find them below.
Step 1: Register for the CBEST
The first thing you'll need to do is set up an account on the CTC exam website. Once this is done, you can log on and register for the CBEST exam or one of the CBEST subtests.
Step 2: Collect Documentation
If you're applying for alternative testing arrangements, you must be able to demonstrate grounds for the request. This can involve providing documentation from a doctor, psychiatrist or other professional that is qualified to diagnose and treat your condition. The documentation must be signed and presented on the professional's letterhead, with their qualifications indicated, and the professional must present the diagnosis and recommendations for test accommodations for you.
In some cases, additional documentation may be required. If a CAT scan or any other tests have been used to diagnose your condition, you may need to present copies with your application. A copy of your academic history may be required to demonstrate that you've previously received testing accommodations for your condition. The CTC exam website outlines the documentation requirements in detail.
Step 3: Fill Out the Alternative Testing Arrangements Request Form
The CTC exam website has specific application forms for test accommodations for the computer-based version of the CBEST exam, as well as the paper-based version. You should select the appropriate application form and complete it. You will be required to provide personal information, such as your address, as well as information about your condition and the types of adjustments you're applying for.
Step 4: Attach Documentation and Submit
The required documentation can be uploaded with your application form. Once all required documents are attached, you can submit your application form.
Processing Applications for Accommodations
In most cases, applications for alternative testing arrangements are processed within 3 weeks of the application date. It is a good idea to apply for accommodations as soon as possible because some adjustments may take longer to arrange. Allowing extra time also ensures that you will have time to appeal or provide additional supporting documentation if your initial request is denied.
Scheduling a Test With Accommodations
After an alternative testing arrangement application has been processed and approved, you can schedule your exam time. This involves logging onto your account on the CTC exam website. You will be provided with instructions for scheduling your exam with accommodations.
Applying For The Same Accommodations on Another Test or Subtest
Individuals taking the CBEST may opt to take 1 subtest at a time. If you applied for accommodations on 1 subtest and it's approved, that information is kept on file for 1 full year. If you wish to apply for the same accommodations on the same grounds for another subtest, you only need to fill out the request form and submit it. The same applies for any retakes you may have to do within the 1-year time frame.
CBEST Test Resources
Even if you are pursuing testing accommodations, you still need to prepare thoroughly for your CBEST test. Using self-paced resources, such as the study courses listed here, is a good way of ensuring you cover all of the material during your preparation.
- CBEST Test Prep: Practice & Study Guide Course
- CBEST Writing: Practice & Study Guide Course
- CBEST Reading: Practice & Study Guide Course
- CBEST Math: Practice & Study Guide Course