CBEST Score

CBEST ScoreThe California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) make up part of the California Educator Certification Program. As such, in order to become a public educator in California or Oregon, you must take this test to demonstrate you have the necessary knowledge and skills.

The CBEST test consists of three sections:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Mathematics

Not only does your CBEST score inform you whether you passed or failed the test, it also informs you how well you did on each section.

For each section of the CBEST, your score ranges from twenty to eighty. For the Math and Reading sections, your score is based on the number of questions you answered correctly.

  • Both the Math and the Reading sections consist of fifty questions.
  • The writing section consists of two essays.
  • California and Oregon educators grade both of your essays and then convert your score to the CBEST scale from 20-80.
  • You must earn a 41 on each section in order to pass that section; you must earn a score of 123 in order to pass the entire CBEST test.
  • A score of as low as 37 on one or two tests is acceptable, as long as all three scores add up to 123.
  • A score below 37 on any section will result in failing the entire exam, no matter what the other two scores are.
  • The CBEST costs $41, but there is an additional fee of $64 for the computer-based test.
  • You can register for the CBEST online. You can expect to receive your test results in the mail following the score release dates found in the chart below:

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

Emergency Registration Deadline

Score Report Date

January 12, 2013

December 14, 2012

January 1, 2013

January 8, 2013

January 28, 2013

March 9, 2013

February 8, 2013

February 26, 2013

March 5, 2013

March 25, 2013

May 4, 2013

April 5, 2013

April 23, 2013

April 30, 2013

May 20, 2013

July 13, 2013

June 14, 2013

July 2, 2013

July 9, 2013

July 29, 2013

Chart Source: http://www.cbest.nesinc.com/CA18_testdates_pbt.asp


Last Updated: 08/20/2013

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