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# What is the CBEST? for CBEST Exam Study Guide (page 4)

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Updated on Mar 29, 2011

#### What Is a Passing Score?

To pass the CBEST, you must pass all three sections of the CBEST. Raw scores can range from 1–50, and these are then converted to scaled scores ranging from 20–80. The passing scaled score on each section of the test is 41. You must achieve a minimum total score of 123 for the three sections (the sum of the Reading, Writing, and Mathematics scaled scores).

It is possible to pass the CBEST even if your scaled score in one or two sections is as low as 37, providing your total scaled score is 123 or higher. (Take note that regardless of how high your total scaled score might be, you will not pass the CBEST if, in any section, you get a scaled score lower than 37.)

### What Do My Scores Mean?

You should receive your scores four to six weeks after the test date. For each section—Reading, Math, and Writing—your scores will tell whether or not you passed the section and will suggest areas within each section that you may need to improve. The score report will also include the highest score you have obtained so far in that section. A passing score on any part of the test means that you will not have to take that part of the CBEST again.

#### Retaking the Test

What happens if you fail, or fail to finish, one or more sections of the CBEST? Don't worry. You don't need to pass all three sections at the same time, nor is there a limit to the number of times you can retake any or all sections of the CBEST to achieve a passing score. Once you pass a section, you need never take that section again. However, you may wish to repeat a section already passed to achieve a higher score, if that higher score can help you reach the total score required to pass the entire CBEST.

Once you have passed the entire CBEST, you will never have to take it again. You need to pass the entire CBEST only once to qualify for the initial issuance or renewal of any teaching credential.

#### When Is the Test Given?

The CBEST is offered six times a year, once every two months, at various locations throughout California and Oregon. It is usually given on the first or second Saturday of the months of February, April, June, August, October, and December.

#### How Do I Register?

There are three periods of registration: Regular, Late, and Emergency; and three registration options: by mail, phone, or Internet.

For Regular Registration, you should register at least one month prior to the applicable test date. You can register either by mail or through the Internet; phone registration is not available for this option. If you register by mail, applications must be postmarked by the Regular Registration deadline, or received by the Late Registration deadline. If you register online, applications should be completed by 5:00 P.M. PST on the Regular Registration deadline.

For Late Registration (up to approximately two weeks prior to the test date), a late fee applies, and registration is granted on a space-available basis only. You may complete late registration by mail, phone, or Internet. If you are registering by mail, your completed materials must be received on or before the Late Registration deadline. If you register by phone, you must call before 5:00 P.M. PST on the Late Registration deadline. If you register online, your application must be finished by 5:00 P.M. PST on the Late Registration deadline.

For Emergency Registration (up to four days prior to the test), an additional late fee is charged, and registration is granted on a space-available basis only. You can register either by phone or Internet; mail registration is not available for this option. If you register by phone, you must call before 5:00 P.M. PST on the Emergency Registration deadline. If you are registering online, your application must be submitted by 5:00 P.M. PST on the Emergency Registration deadline. Emergency Registration limits you to ten test sites in California, and one in Oregon.

Alternative testing arrangements can be made for either religious reasons or for special needs accommodations. All requests for alternative testing arrangements must be postmarked by the Regular Registration deadline for the test date applied for. Be advised that registration deadlines are strictly enforced—and there are NO exceptions!

#### Whom Do I Contact with Questions?

For any questions, or more detailed information regarding registration procedures, test dates, or locations, contact:

#### CBEST PROGRAM

National Evaluation Systems, Inc.
P.O. Box 340880
Sacramento, CA 95834-0880
916-928-4001
Telephones are open 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. PST,
Monday–Friday, excluding holidays; Saturday test
dates only: 7:30 A.M.–3:30 P.M. PST
Facsimile: 916-928-6110 (Note: Registration forms are not accepted by fax.)
Automated Information System is available 24 hours daily: 800-262-5080
CBEST website: www.cbest.nesinc.com
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD): 916-928-4191
Telephones are open from 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. PST,
Monday–Friday, excluding holidays; 7:30 A.M.–3:30 P.M.
PST, Saturday test dates only.
For Late and Emergency Registration services: 916-928-4001
During phone-in registration periods, telephones are open
from 9:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. PST, Monday–Friday,
excluding holidays.

For more detailed information about CBEST policies in general, contact:

#### CALIFORNIA COMMISSION ON TEACHER CREDENTIALING (CCTC)

Attention: CBEST Project Officer
P.O. Box 944270
Sacramento, CA 94244-2700
916-445-7254; If outside the 916 area code, call toll free: 888-921-2682.
Telephones are open 8:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. PST,
Monday–Friday, excluding holidays.
Automated Information System is available 24 hours daily.
OR
Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
465 Commercial Street NE
Salem, OR 97310
503-378-3586

For more detailed information about CBEST test requirements in California and Oregon, or other questions:

• For college or university program admission in California, you can contact the department or school of education that you are interested in.
• For employment in California, you can contact the county school district's credentialing department, or office of education.
• For employment, or college or university Commission-approved program admission in Oregon, call the personnel office or the Education Service District, of the school district you are interested in, the Dean of Teacher Education at the university or college you are interested in, or the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

### Don't Panic

The CBEST probably will not be the hardest test you will be faced with in your life. For many, it will require some careful and thoughtful preparation. If you have completed four years of college, you will be able to pass the CBEST. Some of you may need extensive review first, and some of you may need private tutoring. If you are willing to put forth the effort, passing is possible!