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The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) measures basic reading, math, and writing skills. While it is required of most people entering the teaching profession in California, it does not test your ability to teach these subjects, just your performance skills in the disciplines. There are additional requirements for obtaining a license to teach in California.
Other CBEST facts:
The CBEST may be taken in either computer-based or paper version. You may take one, two, or all three sections at any test session.
The CBEST is only given in English, including the responses to the Writing essays.
The total score possible for each section is between 20 and 80. You must score a total of 123 on all three sections to pass, with no individual section score of less than 37. For each section alone, the passing score is 41.
You may retake any or all sections of the CBEST as many times as needed to obtain a passing score. You must wait 45 days to retest on any computer-based section, but paper versions may be retaken on any scheduled test date.
If you do retest, you may want to retest on sections you passed, as well, to raise your total score to the passing level of 123. Only your highest scores will be used to compute your passing status.
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