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.
When you register to test, you agree to comply with all program rules, including the Rules of Test Participation, and the rules communicated to you at each test administration for which you are
Violation of test center rules, including the possession or use of prohibited materials during a test administration,
may result in the voiding of your results.
The following are prohibited at the test center:
Smoking and the use of all tobacco products
Visitors, including relatives, children, and friends
Weapons of any kind
DO NOT bring any unauthorized aids or prohibited materials, listed below, with you to the test
center. If you do bring any of these materials, you will be required to leave them in a designated area. For computer-based
testing, any personal items that you bring to the test center must be stored in a locker outside of the testing room during
the test. This includes jewelry, watches, wallets, and purses in addition to the prohibited materials listed below.
Cell phones (possession or use of)
Electronic communication devices,
visual or audio recording or listening devices, or any device
with an on/off option, including, but not limited to, MP3 players, PDAs, tablets, computers,
CD players, removable storage devices, calculator watches, clocks
or watches with alarms, spellcheckers, etc.
Eyeglasses with communication and recording devices; note that during the check-in process you may be asked to remove any pair of eyeglasses for a visual inspection, but the test center proctor will not touch or otherwise handle your glasses
Calculators and calculator manuals
Handwritten or printed
materials, such as dictionaries, notebooks,
scratch paper, textbooks, etc.
Packages and bags
of any kind, such as backpacks, briefcases, etc.
Hats or headwear,
except those being worn for religious or medical purposes
For paper-based tests, 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.
For computer-based tests, water bottles are NOT allowed in the testing room, but may be stored in a locker outside of the testing room during the test.
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.