CBEST Test Dates

Below is a current listing of the 2024 CBEST test dates.

When selecting your CBEST test date, ensure you have enough time to prepare. Start by viewing our free CBEST Study Guide for a list of the topics that appear on your exam. Then take a free CBEST Practice Test, which includes a diagnostic breakdown of your strengths and weaknesses in each topic area. This will help you determine how much preparation you need.

If you decide to take a CBEST Prep Course, you'll ideally want to schedule your exam a short time after your last class session, so the information you've learned is fresh in your mind. (View upcoming CBEST prep course schedules here.)

Once you've chosen a test date, visit our CBEST Registration Info page to find a testing center location near you and learn how to sign up for the exam.

2024 CBEST Test Dates

If you wish to take the CBEST at a testing center, computer-based testing is available year-round by appointment, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays), on a first-come, first-served basis. Alternatively, online-proctored testing is offered remotely and is available by appointment during one-week testing windows each month. Dates for all forms of testing are provided below.

Not all testing centers are open on all dates and registration policies may apply. All test-takers should visit the official CBEST testing service website (www.ctcexams.nesinc.com) to confirm test dates, registration procedures and testing requirements.

CBEST Test Dates

CBEST Test Dates - Computer Based Results Release Date
3/25/24 - 3/31/24 4/5/24
4/1/24 - 4/7/24 4/12/24
4/8/24 - 4/14/24 4/19/24
4/15/24 - 4/21/24 4/26/24
4/22/24 - 4/28/24 5/3/24
4/29/24 - 5/5/24 5/10/24
5/6/24 - 5/12/24 5/17/24
5/13/24 - 5/19/24 5/24/24
5/20/24 - 5/26/24 5/31/24
5/27/24 - 6/2/24 6/7/24
6/3/24 - 6/9/24 6/14/24
6/10/24 - 6/16/24 6/21/24
6/17/24 - 6/23/24 6/28/24
6/24/24 - 6/30/24 7/5/24
7/1/24 - 7/7/24 7/12/24
7/8/24 - 7/14/24 7/19/24
7/15/24 - 7/21/24 7/26/24
7/22/24 - 7/28/24 8/2/24
7/29/24 - 8/4/24 8/9/24
8/5/24 - 8/11/24 8/16/24
8/12/24 - 8/18/24 8/23/24
8/19/24 - 8/25/24 8/30/24
8/26/24 - 9/1/24 9/6/24


CBEST Test Dates - Online Proctored Results Release Date
Week of April 1, 2024 April 12, 2024
Week of April 29, 2024 May 10, 2024
Week of May 27, 2024 June 7, 2024
Week of June 24, 2024 July 5, 2024
Week of July 22, 2024 August 2, 2024


Choosing Your Test Date

Passing the CBEST is one of the main ways prospective teachers meet the basic skills requirements for a California teaching credential. Many teacher preparation programs require that you pass the CBEST before being admitted. It is also typically required for substitute teaching, as well as for a service credential.

Begin by learning the deadline your prospective employer or educational institution requires you to pass by. Then take a look at the current CBEST test dates and results release schedule.

Make sure you also allow time to retake the test if you do not achieve a passing score on your first attempt. You may retake the exam as many times as needed, but keep in mind that you must wait 45 calendar days between attempts.

Plan to take the exam as early as possible, while still giving yourself sufficient time to prepare. To work out how much study time you need, view our free CBEST Study Guide to see what content is covered on your exam. Then take our free CBEST Practice Test to see how you’ll perform and identify any areas where you need to improve.

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