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The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST®) was developed to meet requirements of laws relating to credentialing and employment. This test requirement in no way replaces any of the other requirements of subject matter knowledge, professional preparation, and practice teaching or field experience used in the issuance of credentials. The CBEST is designed to test basic reading, mathematics, and writing skills found to be important for the job of an educator; the test is not designed to measure the ability to teach those skills.
The California legislation that established the CBEST directed the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in conjunction with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and an Advisory Board consisting of a majority of educators from California classrooms, to develop the CBEST. The development of the CBEST included definition of the primary skills to be tested; test-item writing and review for relevance to the specified skill areas; field testing; a validity study focusing on the accuracy, fairness, clarity, and job relevance of each test item; bias reviews; standard-setting studies; and determination of the passing scores. Since the initial development of the CBEST, new test items have been developed by contractors and all items have been reviewed by committees of California educators to verify that they meet test specifications adopted by the CTC and are free of bias.
The CBEST consists of three sections: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. CBEST test specifications, including information about the skills eligible for testing in each section, are available on the CBEST Web site by selecting "Test Specifications."
The examination is delivered in English, and all responses must be in English.
Tests may include some questions that will not count toward an examinee's score. These questions are placed on the test in order to collect information about how they will perform under actual testing conditions.
Proper identification will be required on the day of your test. Please arrive on time for your scheduled appointment.
Parking in the B3 structure is recommended. You may purchase a single day permit at an attendant booth or dispenser for $6.00. Day pass dispensers accept credit cards or cash and are located by the elevator on each level. View the campus map for more details.