The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) is a standardized test administered throughout the state of California and Oregon for individuals who want to teach at public schools and gain a credential. The CBEST is designed to provide information about basic proficiency in reading, mathematics, and writing. The CBEST is divided into three sections; the reading and math sections each contain 50 multiple-choice questions, while the writing section consists of two essay questions. The test must be completed in four hours, but test-takers may use that time to work on any or all of the three sections. Also, there is no limit to the number of times someone may take the test in order to pass, and test-takers do not have to pass all three sections at one sitting. The CBEST test can be taken at Pearson Vue testing centers.

Testing is available by appointment, year-round, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays). Test appointments are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and seating is limited.

You may take 1, 2, or all 3 sections in a single test session; you do not have to pass all 3 sections at a single administration. It is not possible to pass the CBEST if any section score is below 37, regardless of how high the total score may be.

Make sure you are prepared for your California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). McRee Learning Center can help.
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