CALIFORNIA BASIC EDUCATIONAL SKILLS TEST (CBEST)
California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) is administered by the National Evaluation Systems (NES). The examination consists of basic reading, writing and math skills. Application packets for the CBEST are available at any school district office, the county office of education and at most of the colleges and universities in the area.
If you are applying for an Emergency Permit, the California Basic Educational Skills Test
(CBEST) must be taken and passed prior to submitting your application. Trained out-of-state teachers applying for their first CA teaching credentials are provided with a one-year grace period to successfully pass the examination. The grace period begins on the date of the credentials application and terminates after a period of one-year.
The CBEST Test is given approximately every other month. You may pick up a registration packet at the SCCOE Credential Services Office. Registration packets are also available by mail from the National Evaluation Systems at (916) 928-4001. Service credentials (Administration, Pupil Personnel Services, etc.) require passage of CBEST before an application will be accepted, but for those that are out-of-state trained
and have a job offer, you may qualify for a one-year waiver of CBEST with a One-Year-Nonrenewable Credential (contact your employing district for details).
The CBEST test schedule is available at the following web site:
SUBJECT MATTER COMPETENCE EXAMINATIONS
Date last updated: January 31, 2007