The California Education Code and Title 5 Regulations specify that in most cases applicants for any credential,
certificate, or permit to serve in California public schools must verify basic skills proficiency before the credential,
certificate, or permit will be issued. For Multiple Subject and Single Subject Teaching Credential candidates,
the basic skills requirement must be met prior to being assigned daily responsibility for whole-class instruction
in student teaching or serving as an intern.
Based on California Education Code Section 44252 and 44252.6 candidates must complete the Basic Skills Requirement through one of eight available options:
- Pass the CBEST.
- Pass a basic skills examination from another state.
- Pass all three subtests of CSET: Multiple Subjects plus the CSET: Writing Skills.
- Demonstrate proficiency on both the English and Mathematics sections of the California State University (CSU) Early Assessment Program (EAP), showing status as "College Ready" or "Exempt" in each section.
- Demonstrate proficiency on both of the California State University placement examinations: the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry-Level Mathematics Test (ELM). For use of the EPT, candidates must achieve a score of 151. For use of the ELM, candidates must achieve a score of 50.
- Achieve minimum acceptable scores on the College Board SAT examination: a score of at least 500 on the SAT English exam and a score of at least 550 on the SAT mathematics exam.
- Achieve minimum acceptable scores on the ACT examination: a score of at least 22 on the ACT English exam and a score of at least 23 on the ACT mathematics exam.
- As of December 2014, the following additional option for satisfying the basic skills requirement is also available:
Achieve minimum acceptable scores on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations: a score of 3 or higher on the College Board AP English and a score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus or the AP Statistics exam.
Sections from different examination options may not be combined; candidates must pass one option in its entirety. However, candidates using only the CSU examinations to meet the basic skills requirement may combine scores from the EAP and the EPT/ELM examinations as long as the candidate passes a section of English and a section of mathematics. Regardless of the option used, once a basic skills examination is passed, the score is valid indefinitely.
Please see Coded Correspondence 15–03 , dated March 10, 2015, on the CTC website for more information about these different examination options.