CBEST Test Breakdown

The CBEST test was developed to meet requirements of laws relating to credentialing and employment, is to assess and verify acceptable proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics skills in the English language.

The CBEST test is not a measure of teaching skills or abilities. Instead, it measures more basic educational skills that are needed and used by professional staff members in schools that offer academic programs in kindergarten, grades one through twelve, and adult education.

Prospective teachers applying for their first California teaching credential or services credential or those applying for an Emergency Teaching Permit, unless they already hold a valid California teaching credential for which a baccalaureate degree is required must take the CBEST test.

The CBEST Reading and Mathematics sections consist of multiple-choice questions, and the CBEST Writing section contains two essay topics. A summary of the number of questions in each CBEST test section appears below.

Section – Number of Questions

  • Reading – 50
  • Mathematics – 50
  • Writing – 2
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by Enoch Morrison | Last Updated: January 8, 2019