The California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST)

I went and took the CBEST nearly a month ago. ((((I PASSED!!!!)))) ❗  PARTYYYYYYY!  WHOOOOOO!  heehee :mrgreen:

It was an early morning call time. 8am. My information paper said that everyone was expected to BE THERE at 8am. WELL. I’ll share with all of you future CBESTers that it’s great if you are there at 8am but *my* proctor didn’t even start passing test  materials out until 8:30. And then my TEST actually started at 8:50am after my proctor had finished reading her little schpeel to us about the procedure for the test.

Every prospective California educator (even prospective school counselors and psychologists, I believe) needs to take the CBEST. It’s a test that is meant to “assess educators’ basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills in the English language.”
(As I quote from their website *^-^*) Check it out if you are interested…
La la laaaa

I started studying for my test a month before. I borrowed the KAPLAN study guide for the CBEST from my library. The book recommends starting to study one month before your test date. So, I was right on par! 😉 I strongly recommend that book for anyone who doesn’t feel über confident about his/her Math/English/Writing skills. I felt weak about my Math skills…so I practiced problem after problem after problem on all of the practice tests I could get my hands on. And look what happened to me–my Math score was higher than both of my Reading and Writing scores! HAHA 😆 Go figure…

In my opinion, I feel that the State of California has gone overboard with all of the burning hoops prospective educators need to jump through in order to become a teacher. Especially nowadays when jobs are scarce to none. Hmph* I’s is just-uh sayin’, tha’s all. 😐

So. One test down. Four to go. The CBEST was the bargain-priced test costing only $41.00 as of February 2011. I have three subtests within the CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers). Each subtest costs $70.00 to take. (So, $210.00 for my March 2011 test date) Each subtest tests on more than one subject. I’ll be tested on Reading, Writing, Literature, History (CA, U.S. and World), Science, Math, P.E., Human Development, and Music. And then I have to take the RICA. That test costs $130 for the written part. And I’m not even sure if I have to do both a written test and a video performance test which would be additional money. RICA stands for: Reading Instruction Competence Assessment and it is supposed to measure people’s abilities to teach Reading in the classroom. More about all of that fun stuff later.


March 28, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . High Desert Life, Uncategorized.


  1. Osea Nelson replied:

    Hi, Celeste,

    Enjoyed this and the “Hoarder” post (I don’t know if I told you or, if I did, you remember that Em started a service to help people (mostly women) declutter their homes–she aptly named her business “The Clutterbuster.” I have tales.

    I’m intereste in your testing–very much. I’ll follow your updates with interest. I assume every prospective teacher has to pass those tests? Even ones who’ve recently graduated from schools of education? To get certified, everyone takes the battery of tests you’re talking about?



    • grasshoppergrrl replied:

      Yep, everyone has to take and pass them–and I can’t start my Student Teaching until I pass all subtests of the C-SET…eek! I’ll get my results for that one in about a week.
      OK–send Emily over to CA!!! I need her! And I’d love to hear some tales. Email me! 😀

  2. Sher replied:

    Congrats and good job, love.
    I’m sure you “scored” the CSET, too. 🙂 *fingers crossed*

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