Testing - CBEST & CSET

1) California Basic Skills Requirement 

There are two ways to satisfy the California Basic Skills Requirement: by submitting scores from SAT or AP exams (details here) OR by passing and submitting scores for the CBEST

CBEST Practice/Study Resources here!

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. Check appointment availability.
Paper-Based Testing
Sep. 22, 2018
Dec. 8, 2018
Feb. 2, 2019
Apr. 13, 2019
Jul. 13, 2019
Review registration deadlines 

2) Subject Matter Competency 

*Cal Teach UCSC does not recommend taking all subtests in one sitting. 


Test structure for all 3 subtests

$99 for each subtest

You may register to take any one subtest in a single test session.

Subtest I (211): 35 multiple-choice questions and 3 constructed-response questions

Subtest II (212): 35 multiple-choice questions and 3 constructed-response questions

Subtest III (213): 30 multiple-choice questions and 2 constructed-response questions

Practice Tests for Mathematics: Subtest 1 (211), Subtest 2 (212) and Subtest 3 (213). 

CSET Mathematics Exam Prep Resources:

CSET Mathematics I: Algebra

CSET Mathematics II: Geometry, Probability and Statistics

CSET Mathematics III: Trigonometry and Calculus

Miscellaneous math CSET prep resources here.


Test structure for both subtests

$133 for Subtest I
$134 for Subtest II
$267 for both subtests taken together

Subtest 1 (215)100 multiple-choice questions and 4 constructed-response questions

Subtest 2 (217–220)50 multiple-choice questions and 3 constructed-response questions

Practice Tests: Subtest 2 - Life Sciences (217), Subtest 2 - Chemistry (218), Subtest 2 - Earth & Space Sciences (219) and Subtest 2 - Physics (220)

CSET Science Exam Prep Resources:

CSET Science Subtest I: Astronomy, Dynamic Processes of the Earth, Earth Resources, Electricity and Magnetism, Optics and Waves.

CSET Science Subtest II: Ecology, Genetics and Evolution, Structure and Properties of Matter (Chemistry)

Miscellaneous science CSET prep resources here.