CBEST California Teacher Exam Prep

Practice Quiz presents 40 free review questions and explanations for the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST), required for all aspiring California and Oregon public school teachers

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The California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) is administered to residents of California and Oregon who are seeking employment in public schools. CBEST tests the applicant\'s grasp of basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills that are needed to acquire and maintain a teaching position. The test is administered by the National Evaluation Systems, Inc., and can be taken on a number of set dates throughout the year. It is a computerized exam. 

Applicants are given 4 hours to complete the exam, which is broken up into three sections: 50 multiple-choice questions in the reading section, 50 multiple-choice questions in the math section, and two essay questions in the writing section. Applicants may take the test as many times as they want or until they pass. Applicants must receive at least a 123 combined score to pass.

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There are about 102 questions on the CBEST exam across three main categories: Mathematics (50 questions), Reading (50 questions), and Writing (2 essays).

The CBEST exam is 3 hours and 30 minutes long.

A good passing score for the CBEST exam is 123.

A passing CBEST exam score is required to become a teacher in the state of California.

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