Test Preparation

On this page: Learn about test preparation resources available to students in the College of Education at SDSU.

Test Preparation

The CBEST Prep Course is offered through SDSU's College of Extended Studies. SDSU offers a free repeat policy for these classes.

About the CBEST

The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) was developed to meet requirements of laws relating to credentialing and employment. This test requirement in no way replaces any of the other requirements of subject matter knowledge, professional preparation and practice teaching or field experience used in the issuance of credentials.

The CBEST is designed to test basic reading, mathematics, and writing skills found to be important for the job of an educator. The test is not designed to measure your ability to teach those skills. You must take the CBEST if any one of the following conditions applied to you:

  • You are applying for a first teaching credential or services credential 
  • You are applying to be a day-to-day substitute 
  • You are applying for a Pre-Internship Certificate 
  • You are applying for the issuance or renewal of an Emergency Permit, unless you already hold a valid California teaching credential for which a baccalaureate degree is required 
  • If you have not taught in a school district during the 39 months prior to new employment, the CBEST may also be required under Education Code Section 44830 as a condition of employment. If you are uncertain about whether the CBEST is required for employment, you should contact the school district where you are considering employment 
  • You are applying for admission to a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) accredited teacher preparation program, unless you already hold a valid California teaching credential for which a baccalaureate degree is required 
  • You are applying for admission to a CCTC accredited services credential program

To pass the CBEST, you have to pass all 3 sections (Reading, Mathematics, and Writing). You may take 1, 2, or all 3 sections at any given test location during any given test administration. If you are taking the CBEST Writing section, you must complete both essays in the section.

Retaking: You may retake the CBEST as many times as you need to in order to pass all of the sections. You must reregister each time you take the test, and the entire test fee will be required regardless of how many tests you plan to retake.

Register: For detailed information and to register for the exam, visit the CBEST website at www.cbest.nesinc.com.

  • The California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) test preparation course is offered through the San Diego County Office of Education. 
  • Online test prep: The San Diego County Office of Education offers online CSET preparation support courses. The CSET resources are self-paced, closely aligned with the CSET content, and available by subject area or by subject-area subtest. Learn more at http://www.sdcoe.net/human-resources/teacher-prep/Pages/cset-training.aspx
  • About the CSET: Multiple Subjects test is required to demonstrate subject matter competence. Take the test late in your junior year. For detailed information and to register for the exam, visit the CSET website.

SDSU requires that all sections (verbal, quantitative, analytical, writing) of the GRE be completed. Note: GRE scores may be waived for those who hold a master's from an accredited university. Check with SDSU Graduate Admissions.

If you are not a native English speaker, you may be required to pass the TOEFL iBT test.  This test measures your English language proficiency and ability to use and understand English at the university level.

Find a variety of practice materials to help you prepare for the TOEFL iBT® test and build your English skills. Materials include free sample questions, practice tests, interactive skill-building programs, and detailed tips and information for understanding more about the test.  Test preparation tools are available for test takers with disabilities.

Test preparation classes are offered through SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES). 

For decades, students have been maximizing their test-taking potential with Test Prep courses at CES. You'll learn important strategies, expectations, and content information from the outstanding, full credentialed instructors from BTPS Testing. CBEST, GMAT, GRE, and LSAT test prep books and materials are included in the registration fee and are authored by BTPS Testing.

  • Registration is available online, in person or via phone at 619-594-5152.
  • SDSU offers a free repeat policy for these classes.

Find more information at http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/testprep.html.

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