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CBEST Test Dates

The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) is designed to test basic reading, mathematics, and writing skills of prospective teachers in California public schools. Oregon also uses the test. The CBEST may be taken either on a computer or on paper, and either will fulfill the passing requirements of the exam.


Regular Registration

Late Registration

Emergency Registration

Official Score Release*

September 7, 2013

August 9, 2013

August 27, 2013

September 3, 2013

September 23, 2013

November 2, 2013

October 4, 2013

October 22, 2013

October 29, 2013

November 18, 2013

January 11, 2014

December 13, 2013

December 31, 2013

January 7, 2014

January 27, 2014

March 8, 2014

February 7, 2014

February 25, 2014

March 4, 2014

March 24, 2014

May 3, 2014

April 4, 2014

April 22, 2014

April 29, 2014

May 19, 2014

July 12, 2014

June 13, 2014

July 1, 2014

July 8, 2014

July 28, 2014

Math Practice Quizzes

Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Averages & Rounding
Basic Operations
Interpreting Graphs
Percents and Ratios
Quantity Comparison
Word Problems

Which Should I Take, the Computer-based or Paper-based CBEST?

In order to pass the CBEST, examinees do not need to pass all three sections on the same date.  That means that if you fail a section, you may retake that section on a later date, pass it, and fulfill the passing requirements.

When you register to take the paper-based exam, you are automatically registered to take all three sections of the test.  On the other hand, when registering for the computer-based test, you may choose one, two, or all three sections of the exam.  For this reason, many future educators in California choose to start with the paper-based test; if they fail a section, they simply retake that section on the computer.  (Unfortunately, the fee for taking one section of the test is the same as for taking all three sections.) 

Moreover, those who take the computer-based exam are not allowed to take another computer-based CBEST within 120 days of their exam – another reason to start with the paper-based test.

The Computer-based (CBT) CBEST

The CBT CBEST is available to be taken for one week out of every month of the year.  For instance, testing is available from December 16-December 22, 2010, and from January 20-January 26, 2011.  Scoring is released approximately two weeks after the last day of the test sessions. 

Although registration for the CBT CBEST can be completed up to the start of the testing session, space at test centers is limited and registration more than a week in advance of the test is strongly recommended.

The Paper-based Test/Registration Schedule

*Unofficial scores are available online 3 days prior to the Official Score Release
More information can be found on the CBEST home page, and contact information may be found on the Contacts Page.

Last Updated: 10/04/2013