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Exams including Subject Matter Competence


CBEST/Basic Skills requirement (BSR)

The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) is administered by National Evaluation Systems, Pearson. The exam consists of basic reading, writing and math skills. Information and registration for the CBEST exam are available online.  You may also contact Pearson by phone at 916-928-4001. The test is given approximately every other month. Teaching or Service Credentials require passage of CBEST, CSET: Multiple Subject Plus the Writing Examination or other approved BSR exams before an application will be accepted if you are California trained.

If you are out-of-state trained, you may qualify for a one-year waiver of the CBEST/BSR requirement. The CTC Basic Skills Exam Guide is a leaflet and chart of currently approved out-of-state basic skills exams which the Commission will update as necessary. Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.

Subject Matter Competence

The subject area listed on the out-of-state credential authorization must correspond to a California subject area in order for the commission to issue a credential. If the subject(s) listed on the out-of-state credential are other than "elementary teaching" or "self-contained teaching", a preliminary credential will be issued but the applicant will be required to meet California subject matter requirements before the clear credential may be issued. For greater detail about subject matter competence, refer to CTC leaflet CL-674M (multiple subject) or CL-674S (single subject)

​SDCOE CSET Test Preparation Program

Additional Information

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