This page provides access to all the key info you need as a CBEST test-taker, including 2024 exam dates, testing center locations, fees, registration info and prep resources.

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  • Reading, Mathematics and Writing (3 separate subtests)
  • 50 multiple-choice for Reading, 50 multiple-choice for Mathematics, 2 essays for Writing
  • Computer-based and online-proctored test: 1 hour and 30 minutes each for Reading and Writing subtests; 2 hours for Mathematics subtest.
  • Total score of 123 for all three subtests (scaled scores); minimum score of 37 for each subtest.

CBEST Overview

The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) is designed to assess basic mathematics, reading and writing skills for candidates planning a career in teaching. The exam is comprised of three subtests.

CBEST Mathematics 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 use of calculators is prohibited.

CBEST Reading 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.

CBEST Writing requires candidates to write two short essays, one that analyzes a given situation or statement and another which asks them to write about a specific personal experience.

The CBEST exam is currently available in computer-based and online-proctored format. The computer-based exam must be taken in a testing center. The online-proctored exam can be taken remotely.

CBEST Testing Costs

2024 CBEST Testing Costs*

Below is an overview of the 2024 CBEST testing fees. Registration fees for California educator examinations are currently being waived for eligible California residents. Visit the official testing service website to learn more.

Service Fees
Computer-based test (CBT) registration $30 registration fee per subtest
Online-proctored test registration $30 registration fee per subtest
Change of registration No fee
Additional copy of test results  $10 per copy
Score verification $50 for constructed response section of one subtest
Fee to clear an account $20


CBEST Test Dates

2024 CBEST Test Dates*

Computer-based testing for the CBEST is available at testing centers year-round by appointment, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays), on a first-come, first-served basis during the testing windows listed below.

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


Online-proctored testing is available by appointment during one-week testing windows each month. Testing windows are listed below.

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


*This information is subject to change. All test-takers should visit the official CBEST website at https://www.ctcexams.nesinc.com to confirm fees, registration, and testing requirements before enrolling.

Not sure how you’ll perform on the exam? 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 your overall likelihood of passing and identify any areas in which you may need to improve.

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