Testing Office

CBEST California Basic Educational Skills Test


CBEST exams are available at test centers throughout California and Oregon, presently CSUSB is not a test site

Registration Information for the CBEST Exam is available at the CBEST web sitewww.cbest.nesinc.com. You may also pick up a CBEST Bulletin at the Testing Office (UH 368), CASE Office (CH 123), or Liberal Studies Dept. (PL 241).

What is the purpose of the CBEST?
Who must take the CBEST?
When should the CBEST be taken?
How do I prepare for the CBEST?

What is the purpose of the CBEST?



The CBEST provides a general measurement of basic proficiency in (1) Reading, (2) Writing, and (3) Mathematics, in English. The CBEST fulfills the California requirements of laws relating to credentialing and employment.

Who must take the CBEST?



The CBEST is taken by individuals:
  • Applying for a first teaching credential or service credential
  • Applying for the issuance or renewal of an Emergency Permit, unless you already hold a valid California teaching credential for which a baccalaureate degree is required.
  • Have not taught in a school district during the 39 months prior to new employment, the CBEST may also be required under Education Code Section 44830 as a condition of employment. If you are uncertain about whether the CBEST is required for employment, you should contact the school district where you are considering employment.
  • You are applying for admission to California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) approved teacher preparation program, unless you already hold a valid California teacher credential for which a baccalaureate degree is required.
  • You are applying for admission to a CCTC approved service credential program.

When should the CBEST be taken?



Each University/Employer has specific deadlines for submission of test scores. You should therefore allow appropriate time for the receipt of scores.

How do I prepare for the CBEST?



The College of Extended Learning offers preparation classes for the CBEST. Study guides are available at the Campus Bookstore and most mall bookstores.

For more information on Test Dates, Registration, Scoring and Fees, please go to the CBEST Homepage at http://www.cbest.nesinc.com/.
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Last Updated: November 25, 2014