What is the CBEST?
The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) was developed to assess educator's proficiency in three areas: writing, reading, and mathematics. The Reading and Mathematics sections are each made up of 50 multiple-choice questions and the Writing test involves two essays. Test takers can take one or all three sections. Nevada also recognizes the CBEST test.
What are the CBEST testing dates?
Testing appointments for the computer-based CBEST are offered year-round, Monday through Saturday. The only exceptions are a couple of holidays. To determine the date of your CBEST session, you'll need to go through the online registration process. Once your testing info and payment have been processed, you'll receive authorization to log back into your account and schedule the test date that works best for you.
The paper-based CBEST test schedule, however, is less flexible. Like other standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT, the paper-based CBEST is only available on specified dates. For 2020-21, the CBEST testing dates are:
- Dec. 5, 2020
- Feb. 20, 2021
- May 1, 2021
- Jul. 10, 2021
To find out more about the content and format of the CBEST, read the article entitled What is the CBEST?
What are the CBEST registration dates?
Given the appointment-oriented nature of computer-based testing, for the computer-based CBEST there are no specific CBEST registration dates. However, your registration might take up to three days to process. It's recommended you give yourself a few days to plan and schedule your test date. Signing up for the exam as soon as possible can also help ensure you get the appointment you want since availability is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration for the paper-based test generally closes four to five weeks before the test day. Candidates may still register after this date (assuming there are still seats available), but they will need to pay a late fee of $18 or $35, depending on whether they register by the late or emergency registration deadline.
To learn more about registering for the CBEST, read the article about CBEST Registration.
Where are the CBEST testing locations?
If you're taking a computer-based test, the Pearson website features a handy and user-friendly search engine that helps prospective candidates select from among CBEST testing centers near them. Simply visit the Pearson site, find the engine, and enter the exam you want to take along with your zip code or city name and you will receive a list of testing locations closest to you. The site also provides a list of testing centers on military bases for personnel in the armed forces.
If you're taking a paper-based test, you'll be asked to select a general testing area (such as Bakersfield area, Fresno area) along with your desired test date during the registration process. Once your registration has been confirmed, you'll be assigned to a testing center in your area.
Keep in mind that the paper-based test is only administered in California, and some test areas do not offer all of the available paper-based testing dates or the emergency registration option.
What are the CBEST fees?
The cost of the CBEST is $41. Candidates who are sitting for the computer-based test will need to pay a $61 CBT service fee in addition to the original fee. There is also an $18 late test registration fee or a $35 emergency registration fee that can be assessed.
How can I prepare for the CBEST?
Selecting a test date is merely the first step for candidates taking the CBEST. You'll also need to study diligently, and Study.com has a number of resources that can help you get ready for this test. This CBEST Study Guide offers a detailed review of the entire exam and provides plenty of helpful interactive study tools, such as quizzes and tests. There are also courses focusing on each of the three subtests included on the CBEST:
Another free resource for the CBEST includes The California Educator Credentialing Assessment website