CBEST Test Prep

Test and Certification Preparation Courses

(California Basic Educational Skills Test)

Due to the current health crisis, the CBEST test prep course, which is usually conducted in a classroom setting, will now be conducted online using Zoom and the Blackboard Learning Management System. Live virtual class sessions will be conducted at the day/time indicated in the program schedule. Attendance at all class sessions is required.

Let our outstanding teachers give you the edge to pass this very important California state teacher’s exam! Our credentialed instructors provide you with expert in-class instruction, successful test-taking strategies, computer-assisted information, and practice testing by topic area. Two class meetings consist of a mathematics review (problem solving, estimation, measurement, and numerical/graphic relationships). One class meeting consists of multiple approaches to help you improve your reading comprehension and essay writing skills. The book included in the course fee is CliffsTestPrep CBEST® preparation guide, revised by authors of BTPS Testing.

The CBEST measures proficiencies in three general areas: reading comprehension, mathematics and essay writing. This test was developed to meet requirements related to credentialing and employment. It is based upon the theory that teachers should be able to use the same skills taught to students – skills essential to students both in the classroom and outside school. All questions (except the essay in the Writing Section) are multiple choice with five answer choices for each question.

What to Expect

Each of the three sections receives a score ranging from 20 to 80. The passing score for each section is 41. The total passing score for the CBEST is 123. If you score below the passing mark on one section (or even on two sections) but your total score is 123 or higher, you can still pass the exam but only if your score in each section is 37 or above. This test is paper based or computer administered.


1) Cliffs Notes CBEST (2010) – ISBN # 978-0470454534
2) Official CBEST website: www.ctcexams.nesinc.com (test information and practice test)

CBEST Test Prep Course Schedule

Major: Education | Program: CBEST Exam Review | * C = Class Canceled *

Start DateEnd DateCRNDept | SecCourse TitleMtgsDaysHoursBldg/RmFeeInstructor

Fall 2020

09/12/202010/10/202049293NXCB 101 01CBEST Review4Sa09:00 - 13:00online$355J Gilmore
 * No class on 09/19/2020; Registration Deadline: 9/7/20
Course materials (included in cost of tuition) will be mailed to the home address listed in the student account. Registration Deadline: 9/7/20.

Spring 2020

  Course Held at Beach Cities Health District
01/25/202002/02/202023266NXCB 101 01CBEST Review3Sa/Su09:00 - 15:00BCHC L9$355J Gilmore
 * No class on 02/01/2020

Summer 2020

C06/14/202006/28/202030604NXCB 101 01CBEST Review3Su09:00 - 15:00online$355J Gilmore
Course materials (included in cost of tuition) will be mailed to the home address listed in the student account. 

* Schedule subject to change; consult with instructor for specific date details | Updated 08/03/2020


For information about test administration and application contact:

CBEST Program
Evaluation Systems
P.O. Box 340880
Sacramento, CA 95834-0880
(916) 928-4001 or (800) 262-5080

CBEST Official Website (with Exam Dates) ►

For Questions about CBEST or CSET policies contact:

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)
(916) 445-7254

The Book included in the course fee is the CliffsTestPrep CBEST Preparation Guide written by the instructors of BTPS Testing.

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  OPERATIONS During COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Mandate:
CSUDH Extended Education is continuing to provide quality programs during the current COVID-19 health situation. However, our office will be limiting communication to online and phone communications. We are answering questions via phone, live chat on our website at csudh.edu/ee, through Facebook Messenger, and via email at learn@csudh.edu. We are currently experiencing a high volume of calls to our Registration Office during peak call times (8am-11am), and are less busy in the afternoon. We thank you for your patience & understanding during this time, and stay safe!

 Information & Registration

There are no prerequisites for enrollment and no admission process. When you're ready to register for courses, call 310-243-3741 (Option 1). If you have previously taken a class at CSUDH, you can register at myCSUDH (https://my.csudh.edu).

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