What is CBEST?
It is one of the many CTC exams (Commission on Teacher Credential) required by law for ones who want to become a teacher and are applying for the California teaching credential or services credential. The test aims at measuring the basic reading, math, and writing skills which are found to be important for being an educator. However, the test is not designed to test one's ability of teaching these skills. For details on teaching credentials requirements in California, you can check this page out.
How should I start my CBEST test prep?
You can first test yourself with this sample CBEST practice test to see which areas and topics you need to focus more on. Then, watch our video lessons and work on the practice questions for review and better understanding!
What to expect when taking the CBEST test?
You can choose whether to take the computer-based test or paper-based test. They both consist of three sections: reading, math, and writing. It is also up to you whether you take 1, 2 or 3 sections in the 4-hour test session. However, you do not need to pass all the sections in a single test session. All questions are delivered in English and all responses must be in English as well. There will be no breaks during a test session. You may take breaks anytime, but it will count toward your 4-hour test time.
How does the math section look like on CBEST?
In the math section, there are 50 multiple-choice questions, and most of them are word problems. Here's the breakdown of the section: about 30% of the questions is on estimation, measurement, and statistical principles; about 35% is on computation and problem-solving; and about 35% is on numerical and graphic relationships.
Can you use a calculator on the CBEST?
No, the use of calculators is not allowed on the CBEST exam. In fact, there is a list of items you are NOT allowed to bring into the test center. Make sure you check out the test center rules before you attend!
What is the CBEST passing score?
The CBEST results are reported in scaled scores ranging from 20 to 80 for each section. The passing score of each section is a scaled score of 41. In other words, a total score of 123 for all three sections is required in order to pass the test.
A passing status will still be granted with a scaled score on one or two sections that is lower than 41 but higher than 37, and the total score is 123 or higher. However, if a score on any of the sections is below 37, it does not matter how high the total score is, a passing status will not be granted.
When will I get my CBEST results?
For computer-based testing, you will be provided the preliminary test results at the end of the Reading and Mathematics sections. The official test results will be available within two weeks of testing. For paper-based testing, the test results will be available within three weeks of testing.
What are the CBEST test dates?
Computer-based testing is by appointment and takes place on Mondays to Saturdays, except for some holidays. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you need to choose which sections you want to take when making the test appointment. You can make and check appointment availability here. For paper-based testing, it only takes place every two to three months; therefore, be sure to register before the registration deadlines. By registering for the paper-based test, you are automatically signed up for all sections. However, you can choose which sections to take on the day of the test.
Is there anything I should pay attention before and during the CBEST test?
If you are taking the computer-based testing, before the test, you can take a look at this tutorial that helps you get a better idea of the test format and how the test is delivered. Also, before the beginning of the test, you will be asked to read and sign a nondisclosure agreement which you can access here. You are advised to take the tutorial and go through the policies before the test because you will only be given 15 minutes to finish the tutorial and reading the CBEST policies.