Test Preparation


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. Also see Basic Skills Requirement.

CSET: The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) have been developed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for prospective teachers who choose to or are required to meet specific requirements for certification by taking examinations. Also see Subject Matter Competency.

CBEST and CSET Test Prep

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) offers test preparation courses for various teacher exams. Visit SDCOE Educator Preparation.


If you earned your degree in a country where English is not the primary language, then you will likely be required to take the TOEFL exam to show your English proficiency. Visit TOEFL Exam for more information.

Links to Related Sites

  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)
    The major purpose of the agency is to serve as a state standards board for educator preparation for the public schools of California, the licensing and credentialing of professional educators, the enforcement of professional practices of educators, and the discipline of credential holders in the State of California.
  • California Department of Education (CDE)
    The CDE oversees the state's diverse public school system, and is responsible for the education of more than 6 million children and young adults in more than 10,000 schools. It enforces education law and regulations while continuing to reform and improve public school programs.
  • CSU Exit Survey
    Thank you for participating in this evaluation of your university's teacher preparation program. Your feedback is important because it will help us learn more about the quality of your experiences at our campuses and improve the effectiveness of our programs.
  • San Diego County Office of Education Fingerprinting Services
    Effective Jan. 1, 2017, Assembly Bill 1918 requires a Certificate of Clearance on file at the Commission on Teacher Credentialing prior to activation of any Temporary County Certificates. To apply for a Certificate of Clearance, applicants must complete Live Scan fingerprinting, then apply online with the Commission of Teacher Credentialing.
  • Ed-Join
    EDJOIN is the number one education job site.