CBEST Test Info

2018 Exam Dates, Fees, Testing Locations, Registration Info, and Prep Resources

This page provides access to all the key info you need as a CBEST test-taker, including 2018 exam dates, testing center locations, fees, registration info, and prep resources.

You can also view our free CBEST Study Guide for a concise, bullet-pointed listing of exactly which topics appear on the exam, and take our free CBEST Practice Test to see your current likelihood of passing and a complete diagnostic breakdown of your individual strengths and weaknesses in each exam domain, so you can focus your valuable study time on the specific content knowledge you need for success on test day.

When you're ready to sign up for the exam, please visit the official CBEST testing service website at www.ctcexams.nesinc.com.


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CBEST Test Info

CBEST Exam Overview


The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) is designed to assess basic math, reading, and writing skills for candidates planning a career in teaching.  The exam is comprised of three subtests.  The CBEST Math test includes 50 multiple choice questions which require candidates to solve problems from three major areas: estimation, measurement, and statistical principles; computation and problem solving; and numerical and graphic relationships.  The CBEST Reading test is also comprised of 50 multiple choice questions, and demands application of reading abilities from two major skill areas: critical analysis and evaluation, and comprehension and research skills.  The CBEST Writing test requires candidates to write two short essays, one that analyzes a given situation or statement and another which asks test-takers to write about a specific personal experience.

CBEST Test Info
Subtests: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics
Number of questions: 50 multiple choice for Reading, 50 multiple choice for Mathematics, 2 essays for Writing
Detailed list of topics covered on each subtest: View CBEST Study Guide
Time to complete test: 4 hours for one, two, or all three subtests

A paper-based version of the CBEST is offered on specific test dates, but candidates may also schedule a computer-based version of the test year-round.  For more info on CBEST test dates and advice on choosing the best date for you, please click below...

2018 CBEST Test Dates and Deadlines

Candidates may register for the CBEST exam by mail, by phone, or online.  Certain registration options apply to specific deadlines, and when you choose to register can affect the costs and fees associated with taking the test.  For more info on CBEST test registration, and suggestions on how to reduce registration costs, please click below...

CBEST Registration Info, Fees and Testing Center Locations


Free CBEST Prep Resources


Want to learn more about the CBEST before registering?  Start by viewing our free CBEST Study Guide to get a concise overview of exactly what subject matter will appear on your exam, then take our free, full-length CBEST Practice Test with diagnostics to see how you will perform and identify any areas in which you may need to improve...


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PLEASE NOTE: The CBEST information provided above is intended as a helpful overview.  It is not comprehensive, and is not intended to replace the full information found on the official CBEST website.  No warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.  All test-takers should visit the official CBEST website at www.ctcexams.nesinc.com for complete CBEST registration info and to confirm test dates, procedures, and testing requirements, and should consider their individual needs, before making any registration decision.  Teachers Test Prep is an independent test preparation company, and is not affiliated with Pearson Education, the company that administers the CBEST.


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