CBEST Test Dates & Locations


CBEST Test Dates

Testing appointments for the computer-based CBEST are offered on a year-round basis, Monday through Saturday. The only exceptions are for a couple of holidays. To determine the exact date of your CBEST session, you'll need to complete the registration process online. Once your testing info and payment have been processed, you'll receive authorization to log back in to your account and schedule the test date that works best for you.

Paper-based testing, 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 2017, the test is being held on:

  • February 4
  • April 22
  • July 8

To find out more about the content and format of the CBEST, read the article about What is CBEST.

Registration Deadlines

Given the appointment-oriented nature of computer-based testing, there is no real registration deadline. However, your registration might take up to three days to process. It's recommended you plan on scheduling your test date at least a few days in advance. 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, on the other hand, usually closes about 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.

CBEST Test 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 testing sites 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 (Bakersfield area, Fresno area, etc.) 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.


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.

CBEST Preparation

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:

What is CBEST?

The CBEST is a test given to aspiring teachers looking to work in California. Read on for more information about the structure, format, and content of this assessment.

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