How to Register for the CBEST Test

Registering for the CBEST

The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) assesses the proficiency of prospective teachers in California in the sections of math, reading, and writing. You may take each section in a separate test session, and you can also take all three sections in a single test session. Scoring of the CBEST is completed by Pearson. When it comes to taking the CBEST, candidates have the option to choose between paper- and computer-based testing. The registration process differs slightly depending on the format you choose.

Paper-based CBEST Registration

For those who choose this testing method, the first step involves logging into your account on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) website. If this is your first time taking an exam with the CTC, you'll need to first create an account. To do so, you'll need to create a username and password and provide some basic information such as your street address.

Once you have logged in, make sure you are on the 'My Account' homepage and then select the 'Register to Test' option. You'll then review your personal information and confirm its accuracy before reviewing and agreeing to follow all testing procedures and regulations. Next, if you need to have alternative testing arrangements because of a disability, this is the point during the registration process that you must make your request.

Now it's time to select your testing date and testing center to schedule your test appointment. The paper-based version of the CBEST is typically offered five times per year. Once you've selected a test date, choose the test or subtests that you intend to take. For more information, read the article about CBEST Test Dates and Locations.

Next, you'll need to specify which institutions you wish to receive your scores, whether you want the scores emailed to yourself, and respond to background questions. Afterward, you'll need to pay the exam fee, which is $41. Registration fees must be paid using a credit card, debit card, or check card.

Computer-Based CBEST Registration

This option begins in the same manner as the paper-based testing process. You'll need to create an account on the CTC website before beginning the process. You'll then need to agree to follow all testing protocol and abide by all CTC rules. Continue with the same steps as those followed for the paper-based registration.

For the computer-based test, you'll need to pay the $41 test registration fee and a $61 computer-based testing service fee. Registration fees must be paid using a credit card, debit card, or check card.

Confirmation Emails

In the course of registering for the CBEST, you will receive several emails concerning your status for testing.

The first email is a confirmation that you have submitted a request to test. While this is important, it does not mean that you are officially registered for the CBEST; it simply means you have entered a request to take the exam.

Within one business day, your request will be processed. Assuming everything is in order, you will receive a second email granting you an authorization to test. Following this step, candidates for the computer-based test will need to schedule their testing appointment. The computer-based administration of the test is done on an appointment basis. You can schedule this appointment on a year-round basis, Monday through Saturday except for major holidays. For both forms of the test, candidates will receive a third email. However, for the paper test, you'll receive an admission ticket, and for the computer test, you'll receive confirmation of the test date, time, and location.

Registration Deadlines

As the paper-based edition of the CBEST is only held on certain dates, you'll need to make sure you comply with all registration deadlines so that you don't miss out on the opportunity to sit for the test. Registration typically closes about four to five weeks before the administration of the test.

Computer-based testing, on the other hand, is done by appointment and is done on a first-come, first-served basis.

Regardless of the format you choose, you should register for the CBEST as soon as you know when you want to take the test. Seats tend to fill up quickly, and missing out on a date will force you to take the test at a later date.

There's also the matter of late fees for those taking the paper-based test. The CTC charges an $18 late registration fee that is added on to the original fee. Students signing up extremely late will be hit with a $35 emergency registration fee (in addition to the original test fee).

Preparing for the CBEST

Now that you know how to register for this test, it's time to focus on studying for the CBEST.

This CBEST Test Prep Course provides a comprehensive review of content on the exam, complete with a study guide aligned with the concepts on the test and practice tests to identify your areas of strength and weakness. If you only need to brush up on your skills for a particular part of the test, check out these test preparation options:

All courses include video lessons, interactive quizzes, and practice tests that could make studying less stressful and fun. Courses can be accessed via computer, smartphone, or tablet. A full list of CBEST and CSET prep courses offered by can be found here:

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