Day of the Test

Reporting to the Test Center

You must arrive for your test no later than the reporting time indicated on your CBT confirmation or PBT admission ticket.

Computer-based testing

Your CBT confirmation lists your test date, testing time, and test center. Please report to the test center 30 minutes before your scheduled testing time. The consequences of arriving late to or missing a test appointment are noted in the late arrival policy and absentee policy .

Examinees scheduled to test in areas impacted by severe weather conditions or a natural disaster will be informed of test center closings. For more information about the notification process, read the test cancellation policy .

Paper-based testing

  • CBEST

    Your admission ticket lists your test selection, test center, test date, and reporting time. Please report to the test center no later than your scheduled reporting time. The consequences of arriving late to or missing a test session are noted in the late arrival policy and absentee policy .

    Examinees scheduled to test in areas impacted by severe weather conditions or a natural disaster will be informed of test center closings. For more information about the notification process, read the test cancellation policy .

    If you have questions on the day of the test, contact Evaluation Systems by phone from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Pacific time.

What to Bring to the Test Center

For all tests, you must bring identification as described in the identification policy to the test center on the day of your test. If you do not have proper identification, you will not be admitted to the test and you will not receive a refund or credit of any kind.

Computer-based testing

On the day of the test, you are not allowed to bring pencils, pens, or any other writing utensil to the test center. A pen and a booklet of erasable sheets will be provided to you for taking notes, writing an outline, or otherwise preparing your response. Any response recorded within the erasable notebooklet will not be scored.

You may wish to dress comfortably in layers. This will allow you to adjust for the temperature at the test center, which may vary and may not be under the control of the test administrators. Please wear soft-soled shoes to help maintain a quiet testing environment.

Refer to test center rules for a complete list of prohibited materials.

Paper-based testing

  • CBEST

    In addition to bringing an acceptable form of identification, you must also bring the following with you to the test center:

    • A printed copy of your admission ticket (an electronic version will not be accepted)
    • Several sharpened No. 2 pencils with erasers (no pens or mechanical pencils); pencils will not be supplied at the test center

    If you do not have a printed copy of your admission ticket, please report directly to the Information Table at the test center. You may be required to complete additional paperwork, which may reduce your available testing time.

    On the day of the test, you may wish to dress comfortably in layers. This will allow you to adjust for the temperature at the test center, which may vary and may not be under the control of the test administrators. Please wear soft-soled shoes to help maintain a quiet testing environment. Water bottles may be allowed in the testing room, provided they are clear, do not have a label, have a secure lid, and are stored under your seat, not on your desk, during testing.

    Refer to test center rules for a complete list of prohibited materials.

Identification Verification Process

The identification verification process includes other procedures in addition to checking your government-issued identification as described in the identification policy. Select a testing method below to learn more.

Computer-based testing

As part of the identity verification process for computer-based testing, your digital signature will be taken at the test center, and a palm scan and/or a digital photograph may also be taken. These will be used only for the purpose of identity verification. If you do not allow your palm scan, photograph, or digital signature to be taken, you will not be allowed to test and you will not receive a refund or credit of any kind.

Note that a palm scan provided at the test center does not fulfill the fingerprint requirement for California educator certification.

Paper-based testing

  • CBEST

    As part of the identity verification process for paper-based testing, your thumbprint will be taken at the test center. Thumbprints will be used only for the purpose of identity verification. If you do not provide a thumbprint, you will not be allowed to test and you will not receive a refund or credit of any kind.

    Note that a thumbprint provided at the test administration does not fulfill the fingerprint requirement for California educator certification.

    Enhanced security measures, including additional security screenings, may be required by test centers. If an additional screening is conducted, only screened persons will be admitted to the test center. If you do not proceed through the security screening, you will not be allowed to test and you will not receive a refund or credit of any kind.

Test Session

Test sessions are designed to allow sufficient time for sign-in, distribution of materials, and communication of directions before testing begins, and for completion of the test by examinees. Each examination is designed to allow sufficient time for examinees to complete the test within the allotted time. Select your test to see the time available for your test. Some examinees may finish testing well before the scheduled ending time of the test session. However, you should be prepared to use the entire test session. You will be allowed no more than the allotted time to complete the test or subtest(s).

Computer-based testing

During testing, the following procedures apply:

  • A nondisclosure agreement will be presented to you on the computer after you sign in at the test center. It will ask you to indicate your agreement to the conditions set forth on this website, including the Rules of Test Participation, review of the Test Center Rules PDF document, and the rules communicated to you orally or in writing at the test administration. You will have five minutes to read and accept the terms of this nondisclosure agreement. If you do not respond within five minutes, or if you indicate that you do not accept the terms of the agreement, your test session will terminate, you will not be permitted to test, and you will receive no refund or credit of any kind.
  • You may take restroom breaks. Any time that you take for restroom breaks during testing is considered part of the available testing time. If you leave the testing room at any time during the test session (e.g., to take a restroom break), your identification will be checked and/or your palm scan will be taken when you leave and when you re-enter the testing room. Examinees taking all three CTEL subtests will be offered a scheduled break.
  • You may not leave the test center or testing room in which you have been seated for any purpose (other than for a scheduled break or to use the restroom, as permitted) until you have been officially dismissed by a test administrator.
  • During the test administration, you may not communicate with other examinees or any unauthorized persons in any way, either in person or by using any communication device.
  • Computer-based testing sessions are monitored at all times by video and audio recording.

Once you begin a computer-based test, you may not cancel your score.

Paper-based testing

  • CBEST

    During testing, you may take restroom breaks. Any time that you take for restroom breaks is considered part of the available testing time. You may not leave the test center or room in which you have been seated for any purpose (other than to use the restroom, as permitted) until your test materials have been collected and you have been officially dismissed by a test administrator. During the test administration, you may not communicate with other examinees or any unauthorized persons in any way, either in person or by using any communication device.

    Should you become ill and unable to finish testing, you may be dismissed before the end of the test session. In this case, your test results will be reported unless you request in writing that your test results be canceled as described in canceling or voiding of test results .

Dismissal from the Test

When you have completed testing or when the test session ends, whichever occurs first, your test materials will be collected or secured and you will be dismissed from the test session. Once you have been officially dismissed from the test session, you must leave the test center.

Submitting Comments

The CTC and Evaluation Systems employ stringent quality-control procedures in preparing test materials. However, if you wish to comment about a test question for any reason, notify a test administrator at your test center.

If you have comments about the test center or the conditions under which you took a test, please submit your comments in a letter sent to Evaluation Systems at the address indicated in Contact Us no later than seven calendar days after your test date.


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