Early Completion Internship Option Candidates: Visit www.nestest.com/california for information about the new required assessments.
Information about the CBEST, CPACE, CSET, CTEL, and RICA is now available on one website. Examinees have easy access to:
Tests: Learn about your test's format, when and where you can test, test fees, your test appointment, and more
Prepare: Access preparation materials for your test
Register: Register for your test, or reschedule your test appointment
Get Results: Access your test results online
Policies: Review all of the testing policies and rules
If you already created an account for the CBEST, CPACE, CSET, CTEL, or RICA, you do not need to create a new account through this website. Continue to use your existing username and password to log in.
Revised Subject Matter Requirements (SMRs) for CSET: Multiple Subjects, English, and Mathematics
At its June 13–14, 2013 meeting, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing adopted
revised Subject Matter Requirements (SMRs) for CSET: Multiple Subjects, English,
and Mathematics to ensure alignment with the California Common Core State Standards.
More information can be found in the Commission Meeting Agenda for June 13–14, 2013 .
June 13 Update: Administrations of the updated CSET: Multiple Subjects and English examinations will begin on August 11, 2014. The updated CSET: Mathematics examination will be implemented at a later date; in the meanwhile, the current Mathematics examination will continue to be administered. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.
If you have previously passed one or more subtests of the CSET: Multiple Subjects and/or the CSET: English examinations prior to August 11, 2014, your scores will remain valid and you will not have to retake those subtests. Please note that CSET scores must be used toward a California credential within five years of the test date.
August 25 Update: Administrations of the updated CSET: Mathematics examination will begin on December 29, 2014.
If you have previously passed one or more subtests of the CSET: Mathematics examination prior to December 29, 2014, your scores will remain valid and you will not have to retake those subtests. Please note that CSET scores must be used toward a California credential within five years of the test date.
The NES® Assessments for California
The NES (National Evaluation Series) tests are now used by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to fulfill the testing requirements for the Early Completion Internship Option (ECO).
At its August 14–15, 2014, meeting, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) took action to align the science content area authorization structure with the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). As a result of this action, the option to earn a specialized science content area on a Single Subject Teaching Credential will be discontinued as of August 1, 2020, and the last administration of a CSET: Science (Specialized) is July 11, 2015.
As test results are valid for five years, the authorizations for specialized science content areas will continue to be issued through August 1, 2020, for individuals who verify subject matter equivalency on or before July 11, 2015.
The February 2015 administration of the California Preliminary Administrative Credential Examination (CPACE) was the final administration of the current CPACE. This applies to both the CPACE–Written and the CPACE–Video. CPACE scores for examinees who pass both the CPACE–Written and the CPACE–Video are valid for use toward a California Preliminary Administrative Credential for five years from the date of administration.
If you have a registration for the current version of the CPACE that has not expired, your registration will be automatically withdrawn and you will receive a refund of your testing fees. You must re-register and schedule to take the new CPACE when registration is available.
Starting July 2015, the new CPACE will be in place for candidates seeking a California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. Additional information about the new examination, including registration information and preparation materials, will be available on this site in early May 2015. For further information about earning the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, candidates may contact the Commission's Credentials Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.