CBEST

The CBEST consists of 3 sections:

  • Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Writing

You may take 1, 2, or all 3 sections in a single test session; you do not have to pass all 3 sections at a single administration.

Content
Computer-based test (CBT) and paper-based test (PBT) options:
The examination is delivered in English, and all responses must be in English. The use of calculators is prohibited on this examination.
Dates
Computer-Based Testing
By appointment, year-round, Monday through Saturday (excluding some holidays). Test appointments are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and seating is limited.
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Paper-Based Testing
Sept. 7, 2013
Nov. 2, 2013
Jan. 11, 2014
Mar. 8, 2014
May 3, 2014
July 12, 2014
Review registration deadlines .
Session Length
Computer-Based Testing
4 hours for 1, 2, or all 3 sections,
including 15 minutes to complete
a nondisclosure agreement and tutorial
Paper-Based Testing
4 hours for 1, 2, or all 3 sections
Reporting time for all PBT centers is
7:30 a.m.
Locations
Computer-Based Testing
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Paper-Based Testing
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Fees
Computer-Based Testing
$41 test fee per registration
$61 CBT service fee (in addition
to test fee)
Paper-Based Testing
$41 test fee per registration
$18 late registration (in addition to test fee)
$35 emergency registration (in addition to
test fee)
Passing Score
A total score of 123 for all 3 sections
Read more about passing scores for individual sections .
Test Results
Computer-Based Testing
Unofficial test results for Reading and Mathematics sections are provided at conclusion of testing. Test results are available within 2 weeks of testing.
Review CBT test results release dates .
Paper-Based Testing
Test results are available approximately 3 weeks after testing.
Review PBT test results release dates .
Policies and Rules
When you register, you agree to abide by all testing policies and rules.
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Tests may include questions that are evaluated for future administrations and do not affect a candidate's score.

Registration Information

The CBEST and CSET paper-based tests are administered at the same time. For this reason, it is only possible to register to take either the CBEST or take one or more CSET subtests on a single paper-based test administration date.


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